Melissa and Ed get Married!

wedding date: September 18, 2010

venue: Talamore Country Club and Dolce Valley Forge


This wedding recap is so overdue and I’m so sorry because it was such a great wedding!  The world needs to see this awesome wedding!

I first met Melissa at a local Starbucks and I was blown away with her organization and creativity!  Most clients come to me because they need help staying organized, but Melissa used her work experience to create an elaborate timeline and checklist, which in the end, really was helpful to me and my team the day of the wedding.  Melissa and Ed created all their own paper products for the wedding and they were so beautiful and professional.  I’m surprised they’re not graphic designers.  I love working with creative people!

I had the opportunity to work with the amazing Pete Malone of 217 Photography  and First Floor Films.  All images below are courtesy of 217 Photography.

Melissa and Ed got ready at the Dolce Valley Forge Hotel.  Melissa had a great suite where she had her makeup done by Nina from Cheekadee, who we always love to work with!

I loved her dress, it was so flowy and feminine, and her shoes were so HOT!

After putting on the dress, Ed and Melissa did their first look by the stairs in the lobby.  What a sweet moment…

Like I always say, the first look is great, because you really have a moment to take in the moment that you two are getting married!  But it also gives you the opportunity to take pictures before the ceremony so that you, your wedding party, and your family can enjoy the rest of the day without worrying about portraits.  Melissa and Ed really took advantage of this and you can see how awesome the pictures are!

Everyone hopped into the party bus from The Party Ride, which really was the ultimate party bus, and headed over to the Talamore Country Club  for portraits and ceremony.

The ceremony was head in the courtyard of the club.  The weather was perfect.  We hung flower buckets provided by their florist Marcus Hook Florists, and draped the aisle with ribbon.

My favorite part of their beautiful ceremony was their hand fasting ceremony.  They had asked additional friends and family to read a little poem or saying and they placed a ribbon over the bride and groom’s hands.  The ribbon was saved as a keepsake after the wedding.

Like I said – Party Bus!

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Their tables looked amazing, thanks to the florist, linens from Select Event Rental, and Melissa and Ed’s table numbers, menus, and signs.  Special thanks to my awesome staff that day, Lydia and Nikole, for setting up all the tables.  Those flower tops were heavy, but really worth it because it looked great.

Melissa and Ed decided to have a more private cake cutting in their bridal party suite area.  Cake by Kim Lex.

Afterwards, they were introduced into the main ballroom and started their party!

It was one hell of a reception!  The band, 39 Mariner, was awesome!  The dance floor was PACKED all night.

Ed also did a surprise serenade to his new wife, and he was very good!

We had some bag pipers bag piping, and some Irish dancing courtesy of Ed’s family.

After the reception, more partying was to be had, so Magical Sight and Sound came in to get the karaoke festivities going in the restaurant.

Thank you Melissa and Ed for choosing cHill Weddings to take care of your wedding day!  It was so much fun to work with you and we had a great time at your wedding! 

For more pics, see Pete’s 4 min proof video here: