Christine and Marc’s wedding recap! Finally!

wedding date: May 2009

venue: Columbia Station

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From Collages

This is what my brain looked like when I first started going through Andrew‘s images from Christine and Marc’s wedding… it was wedding inspiration overflow!  I tried to be conservative and pick only a small number of my favorite images… and I pared it down to 70!

So, it is with a deep breath, and a large cup of coffee, I attempt to write a recap; to do justice for all these great images and the wonderful memories that went behind the planning and executing their gorgeous wedding.

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

Christine and her beautiful bridesmaids started the day early in Christine’s room at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Phoenixville, PA.  Natalie Pagano and Mila (from Face the Occasion) came to make the pretty girls even more beautiful.

Um… isn’t her hair absolutely stunning?! But then it went up into a neat, but very sophisticated up-do.

In lieu of a veil, Christine accented her hair with a silk flower.

Christine’s family friend is a florist, and Christine’s father brough hydrangeas, hypericum berries, and loads of roses down.  We used all those flowers to create bouquets, boutonnieres, and all the ceremony and reception pieces.

A simple ivory rose wrapped in a lime green satin ribbon for the guys.

I saw this picture and wondered if her mom knew about her little tattoo in the back!  My mother found mine about a few months before my wedding and I remembered being very nervous about it.  Well, her mother is super sweet, so I’m sure she didn’t say anything, except maybe, “That’s a cool tat!”

Christine and Marc decided to see each other before the ceremony.  A very wise idea!  I love Christine’s face in anticipation here!

A tip for the budget conscious: inquire at your hotel if they have a shuttle van/bus you can use for a few hours.  This van was used for the wedding party, and also shuttled all guests back and forth during the entire day, for a very low cost.

The day prior, on my way into their rehearsal, I saw that there was a local carnival set up a few blocks down.  I told Andrew about it, and sure enough, the entire wedding party headed over their for some cool portraits.  Check out one of the girls up on the monkey bars!

Of course, Marc and his boys can make a pink background look very masculine. :)

I have no idea what Christine was thinking here!  But hey…

It made for a very cool picture!

I think the guys are in a jungle or something here.

They eventually made their way back to the Columbia Station for some quick photos before the ceremony.

Can you tell they’re all very excited to get married?

We used some of our shepherd hooks (a very popular item this year), to hang a few pomanders. We made them with carnations, roses, and hydrangeas.

The bouquet you see here is a totally different bouquet from the portraits.  Truth be told, our first bouquet wilted… completely.  On May 15th, it felt like it was 100 degrees with 100% humidity!  The hydrangeas all died.  But we had a new one ready before arrived to the Columbia Station.  So this one was fresh and brand new for the ceremony. This is one of the reasons why I love having extra stems on site for each wedding.  We also had a few roses left, so we were able to make additional boutonnieres as well.

Here, Marc greets Christine’s father in a very traditional Asian way.

At the end of the ceremony, they both bowed to both sets of parents and to all the guests.  It was a very nice touch; very respectful towards their families.

I loved the damask runners!  Christine purchased them along with all the glass vases of different sizes from a weddingbee reader.  Columbia Station bought them from Christine after the wedding for a future bride who wanted to achieve the same look.

Centerpiece #1: green apples with rose accents, in a black ribbon band.

Centerpiece #2: 3 hydrangeas with green hypericum berries, with a lime green ribbon band.

Instead of a guest book, they framed one of their favorite engagement photos (also by Andrew) for guests to sign.

For favors, they had a candy bar in their wedding colors! In the back, Christine made a neat chart of all the candies.  This picture was taken before the reception.  Once all the escort cards were picked up, we spread out the candy buffet so it was easy for guests help themselves.

Columbia Station’s caterers – Robert Ryan Catering- always do a fantastic job with their food decor.

Apple caramel was their signature drink.  It looked so pretty!

Cupcakes and cake (pictured below) by Brown Betty Dessert Boutique.  Always lick-your-fingers good!

The cupcakes took up one entire table, so last minute, we decided to put it on their sweetheart table, since they didn’t have a centerpiece. 

Christine and Marc were true hosts for their wedding.  They had Korean and Filipinio dancers perform during dinner.

First up, we had the Korean folk dancers perform a traditional Korean Fan Dance.

Then the kids from the Mutya Dance Company performed. First a dance with candles:

Then a very exciting Tinikling performance.  I think we all held our breath praying that the dancers didn’t lose any toes!

The Korean folk dancer came back ground for some drumming.

Check out this video to learn more about the Korean drum dance.

After dinner, Christine and Marc changed into their respective cultural clothes.  Marc wore a barong tagalong (which looks very comfortable!) and Christine wore a beautiful hanbok, which came with matching shoes and purse.

The dance floor was packed all night!  Magical Sight and Sound’s Tom Carroll keep the people dancing.  All the vendors couldn’t help but smile and nodd along to the beat.  We had some break dancers, some slow dancing, and lots of line dancing! Who knew!

We had both Lauren and Duyen on the job with me.  With all the flowers and other decor, in addition to managing both dance troupes, I needed an extra hand, and it worked out perfectly!

So that’s a wrap!  Thanks to Christine and Marc See for allowing cHill Weddings into your planning process and inviting us to coordinate your wedding day.  We love you guys so much!

Vendor Roundup:

Wedding Planner: cHill Weddings, LLC – with Lauren and Duyen as wedding day assistants
Venue: Columbia Station, Phoenixville, PA
Caterer: Robert Ryan Catering
Photographer: Andrew Ippolito of Strive Studios
DJ: Magical Sight and Sound
Flowers: cHill Weddings, LLC
Dessert: Brown Betty Dessert Boutique
Filipino Dance: Mutya
Korean Dance: Korean American Folk Dance Company 215-927-4318
Hair: Natalie Pagano
Makeup: Face the Occasion, Mila

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