Real Wedding | Mollie + Eddie

I love the beautiful blend of cultures and traditions at Mollie and Eddie’s Philadelphia wedding. The Catholic ceremony incorporating bits and pieces from another faith was held at a gorgeous historic cathederal. Next, friends and family enjoyed a traditional reception in the ballroom of a downtown club. Mollie’s dress was the perfect fit (literally!) for this classic celebration. The gorgeous form-fitting top with beading detail, unique lace-up back and full tulle skirt showed off her perfect petite figure, and made her feel like a princess on her special day.

Mollie + Eddie | May 27, 2011 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The ceremony

We had a Catholic ceremony held in a large church called St. Malachy in Philadelphia.  We loved our ceremony as we really strived to blend our different backgrounds and religions. Eddie is from County Kildaire, Ireland and we were lucky that his family priest flew over to conduct the ceremony. I considered the blending of our family backgrounds a big success as I watched my Irish Catholic husband smash a glass under his foot in the Jewish tradition.  The ceremony was very warmly received by all of our guests and family.

The reception

Our reception was held at a beautiful downtown penthouse ballroom called the “Downtown Club’.  For us, it perfectly combined the formality and glamour of a city wedding with more traditional elements of romance and grandeur.  Since our wedding was in late spring, we kept the colors bright and cheery with yellows, oranges, and greens.

How Mollie found her dream wedding dress

I started my wedding dress search thinking that I wanted something modern and romantic…straight, with perhaps some lace and a bit of glitz.  And that’s actually what I bought at first! However, about a week after buying a slim fitting lace gown, something just didn’t feel right.  I went back to Kleinfeld’s and the second time around I felt more comfortable trying on traditional ball gown dresses.  I knew right away after trying on some ball gown styles that I regretted my original purchase decision.  There is absolutely no other day in your life when you can wear a ball gown and feel like a princess (as cheesy as it sounds!).  I changed my mind that day and ended up purchasing my beautiful dress.

The way Mollie felt in her wedding dress

Glamourous, fun, classic.

Why she decided to sell her wedding dress

While I absolutely love my dress, I have all the memories of it I need, captured in my wedding photos and in my memories.  Those memories are filled with the joy I had spinning on the dance floor and watching my gown spread out around me.  They are filled with the memory of my two-year old nephew whispering to his mom, “she’s a princess” and of the rhinestones sparkling in the candlelight.  Those memories are really all I need, and I hope that this gown brings the same joy to another bride!

Mollie’s wedding dress: Pnina Tornai, Pearla D, 5957

Photography: Suzanna March Photography