How did you meet?  “E-Harmony!”

How did the proposal happen?  “Mark was on a one-year unaccompanied assignment with the Army when he proposed.  Before he left for the assignment, he gave me a note to open every day he was going to be away.   One weekend, when he came home, he told me he wanted to go to the national mall (we live outside of DC) after his plane arrived.  I thought this was a horrible idea because that week had been freezing!  However, we drove to the Tidal Basin and sat on a park bench across from the Jefferson Memorial, the same bench we sat at when we had gone to see the cherry blossoms a little less than a year before.  Unbeknownst to me, Mark had changed out the card for that day – he replaced the card with one that said ‘Will you Marry Me?’  I opened that while we were at the Tidal Basin, a moment I will never forget.  After I opened the card, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him.  It could not have been more romantic.”

Why did you choose a Cescaphe Wedding?  “We LOVED the look and view of the Down Town Club and had heard nothing but awesome things about Cescaphe.  We wanted a venue that had real ‘Philadelphia’ character and soul, and the Down Town Club was just that.”

What was your favorite part about wedding planning?  “Probably picking out my dress and choosing the flowers.  Our event manager, Dana, was amazing too. After we chose our vendors, so much pressure was taken off us, and to have her really coordinate everything was awesome!”

What was your favorite part of your wedding?  “ALL OF IT.  Everything could not have been more perfect.  I wish the night could have lasted forever.” 

What did you do to make your wedding day extra special?  “Our wedding day was made special by all the people who were there –  everyone, far and wide, who we love.”

What advice would you give to future brides and grooms?  “Relax and enjoy the ride!  Remember the important part of the day is that you are marrying your best friend, not just planning some party.  Keep things in perspective.” 


Venue:  Down Town Club
Florist:  Petals Lane
Band/DJ: JellyRoll
Invitations & Stationary:  Incredible Inc.
Photographer:  Adrienne Matz
Dress Designer/Dress Shop: Watters from Nordstrom
Makeup: Beke Beau
Menswear Designer/Shop: Mens Wearhouse for non-military members of the wedding party.  (and Army Mess Dress)
Additional Vendors:  Kathy Stoios

Cescaphe CREDITS

Client Development Associate: Betsy Shoustal
Event Coordinator: Dawn Mullan
Event Manager: Dana Yacovelli
Maitre D: Andrew DiCamillo
Head Server: Pedro Montanez