July 7, 2016 /
Pennsylvania Wedding at the John Wright Restaurant - Philip and Tessa
Philip and Tessa met when her sister Sophie married Philip's best childhood friend Gregory in Oxford, England. They didn't begin dating until much later, and during a family trip to the Abruzzo region of Italy. (Where Philip's Italian side of the family were originally from) It didn't take much longer for them to realize they had fallen head over heels for one another.The combination of Italian and English may sound like an odd one at first, but Philip and Tessa are a match made in heaven, and I can't explain it better than the words of the bride herself:
A Pennsylvania Wedding With Italian and English Flair
Philip and Tessa met when her sister Sophie married Philip’s best childhood friend Gregory in Oxford, England. They didn’t begin dating until much later, and during a family trip to the Abruzzo region of Italy. (Where Philip’s Italian side of the family were originally from) It didn’t take much longer for them to realize they had fallen head over heels for one another.
The combination of Italian and English may sound like an odd one at first, but Philip and Tessa are a match made in heaven, and I can’t explain it better than the words of the bride herself:
“As it turned out, Sophie had decided Philip was the perfect man for Tessa the first time she had met him, and had been praying for it ever since! Not only that, but Tessa’s father had basically said that Philip was his choice for her to his sister before he died, and had agreed with her mother that Tessa’s future husband was going to be first on his agenda when he reached ‘The Other Side’.
Both of these facts were quite startling for us to discover, as we thought we’d come up with the whole idea ourselves.”
When I arrived on the morning of the wedding, the girls were getting ready in a stunning home in Columbia, PA. It was full of hidden details and rooms with gorgeous decor around every corner.
Olive branches were a theme throughout the wedding as a nod to Philip’s Italian ancestry, and the trip to Italy that helped spark their love. Olive branches were interwoven in Tessa’s bouquet, along with a locket from one of her best friends in England who couldn’t make the trip across the pond.
Chris and I love doing first looks, and were so happy when we found out these two had planned to do one already! When all of their guests were seated in the church, they had a chance to see one another for the first time before walking down the aisle together.
It was such a sweet moment for Philip and Tessa to enter the church together and make their way down the aisle. They were married in a traditional Catholic mass at St Mary’s in York, PA, that had soaring stained glass windows.
There’s nothing like a truly SPECTACULAR exit! Not only did these two have an epic confetti exit from the church, but they waited to share their first kiss until right after the ceremony. They were surrounded (literally) by cheering friends and family!
Tessa grew up in Oxford, England, and included some lovely details that gave nods to those who couldn’t travel across the Atlantic for the wedding. This included the locket on her bouquet, and the fabric that made the Maid and Matron of Honor’s dresses, which was given to Tessa by her Grandmother. The dresses were lovingly hand made by Gregory’s mother (the same Gregory at who’s wedding Philip and Tessa met!)
(Sometimes Bridal Party portraits get a little weird, and we’re totally ok with that)
Philip and Tessa’s reception were held at the River Room at the John Wright Restaurant in Wrightsville, PA. The venue is a perfect mix of rustic, industrial, and completely charming.
Each centerpiece featured a different herb, as well as rosemary wrapped into every napkin. I don’t know if we’ve ever been to a reception that smelled so delicious! The gorgeous brick walls in the River Room, combined with the delicate gold chairs and rustic accents made a truly stunning reception space.
If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that wedding speeches always get to me. It doesn’t matter how many weddings we’ve attended or photographed, hearing loved ones talk about the love a couple has for one another always gets me emotional. The speeches made by Philip and Tessa’s bridal party totally floored me, and I think a few tears were shed by all.
Their cake was chocolate and buttercream, made by The Copper Crust in York, PA and was decorated with fresh roses, baby’s breath and wax flowers.
They danced their first dance to a Duotone song they listened to on their first date, which was actually a family holiday to Italy (molta bella!)
After they enjoyed their first dance, the reception was in full swing. Guests danced inside, and enjoyed the gorgeous patio views with cocktails outside.
The John Wright Restaurant looks out over a crazy beautiful river view, and we were lucky enough to have a full moon that night as well.
Congratulations Philip and Tessa!