This GORGEOUS gold wedding contains so much sparkle that you just might need your sunglasses! You might recognize Julie and Chad from their urban rooftop engagement session. They went with something a little bit different for their September celebration – all out glitz and glam! Classic gold, ivory, and black was brightened with bright magenta, making for a rich and regal color palette. From her statement drop earrings to her beaded Eddy K wedding dress to her absolutely drool-worthy embellished Miu Miu shoes, Julie's look totally played into the day's style. So did that of the bridesmaids – each girl wore a gold sequin dress that had been custom designed and hand-made by a family friend!! Lots of candlelight, sequin linens, and even a metallic cake help to ensure the Longue Vue Club looked glamourous. Meanwhile, a spread of 300 homemade cannolis served as a “cookie table” and tribute to the couple's adorable dog, aptly name – you guessed it – Cannoli! Prepare yourself for a big pop of color and an even bigger dose of sparkle with these images from Jeannine Bonadio Photography!
From the bride…
Tell me about yourselves! When and how did you meet? How long have you been together? How did you get engaged? All the juicy details!
It started in 2008 when I saw Chad in the halls at Penn Trafford High School. After weeks of texting and hanging out among mutual friends, I got brave and asked Chad out on our first date. He told me previously he was a Bon Jovi fan; I thought the concert would be a great idea! It wasn't until we got to the concert when I realized he totally lied; he knew one song! After almost 10 years together, he knows all the songs haha.
He proposed to me on Christmas morning 2015. He set up a scavenger hunt all over our house. Half way through, I thought, “This is it. He's going to propose.” My last clue was “It's out in the cold where someone could steal it. Good thing there's no green in it.” I thought, “Oh my god…I did ask for a wallet this year but HOW is the ring not my final clue?!?” I opened the front door and there was a perfectly wallet shaped box. All that build up for a wallet?! I turned around to Chad looking pretty nervous. He told me I should open the wallet. When I opened the wallet there was the FINAL note inside, telling me how much he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. He pulled the ring out of his pocket and got down on one knee.
Describe the wedding and what inspired it. What was unique about it?
Our wedding was very traditional with a lot of sparkle! Our colors were gold, ivory, and black with a pop of beet! I wanted something that would play well with the fall foliage and also reflect my love of color. For my bridesmaid dresses, I had a family friend make all eight dresses from reams and reams of gold sequin fabric. Each bridesmaid designed her own to fit her own style. We're absolutely obsessed with our dog, Cannoli. She is way too wild to have attended our wedding, so we had a cannoli bar to represent her! My grandma and aunt made 300 cannolis the day before the wedding. They didn't sleep! Italian women will do anything for the love of food!
What was your favorite moment of the day?
GAH, it is so hard to pick one! I loved that Chad swept me up in his arms and carried me into the ballroom as we were welcomed as Mr. and Mrs. by our closest family and friends.
Is there any advice you would give to other couples planning their big day?
Timelines are important, but don't get too caught up in sticking to the minute! If you need more pictures because the light is perfect, take them – you won't get that moment back!
Bride's Dress: Eddy K from The Exquisite Bride | Bride's Shoes: Miu Miu | Bridesmaids Dresses: Custom | Cake: Tasty Bakery | Caterer: Longue Vue Club | Ceremony Location: Blessed Sacrament Cathedral | DJ: 2nd II None Productions | Flowers: Brides & Butterflies | Hair: Pure Salon | Makeup: Tiffani Johnson | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Jeannine Bonadio Photography | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Transportation: Urso Bus, LLC. | Videography: 2nd II None Productions
Photography: Jeannine Bonadio Photography