• Amy Hammond

Real Weddings: Keri & Andrew's Down Town Club Celebration in Philadelphia



Keri and Andrew were married at The Down Town Club in Philadelphia, a historic building overlooking Old City, the area known as America’s most historic square mile. Iconic landmarks like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and The Betsy Ross House are just a stones throw away. The building "exudes the energy of the Industrial Revolution: An age of modernization and luxury."


The historic neighborhood and architectural details of the Club made it the perfect venue for Keri and Andrew's classic, elegant wedding celebration that included fun, contemporary personal touches like flambé and an ice sculpture of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the NY Jets!

Keri’s stationery vision included gold script on white stock. She wanted the invitations to have an ornate, luxe feel so we played with a cursive font that had lots of lift and was malleable enough for additional flourishes and custom design.


We paired the elegant script font with all caps in places to balance the design, making sure the important information was legible. The suite includes two different paper finishes, metallic and matte, to subtly differentiate the pieces. A custom vertical pocket held the enclosures neatly and was sealed with their duogram and wedding date in gold ink. Wedding photos provided by  Grace Winter from Asya Photography. Stationery photography by Stone Hill Paperie



How did you and Andrew meet?

Andrew and I met through a mutual friend. I was living in NYC and needed a date for my boss’s wedding. We met up a few times before the wedding to see if we would hit it off and the rest is history! 



How did Andrew propose?


It was my birthday weekend and Andrew surprised me with a trip home to visit my parents. As soon as we arrived my mom said she wanted to show me some of her fall decorations for her back deck. When we walked outside Andrew was standing there in front of a banner, balloons, and champagne along with my parents, sister, and my closest friends.


It was very important to me to have my family be there when we got engaged since we live on Long Island now and was so touched that he included everyone. 



What surprised you most about planning your wedding?

I was really surprised how far in advance you need to book some of the vendors. We got engaged in Fall 2017 and wanted to get married in Fall 2018. We started looking at venues pretty soon after we got engaged and the earliest we could book a venue was Spring 2019. 


What was your best resource for wedding planning?

I looked at Pinterest a lot, used the Wedding Wire app, and bought a few things from Etsy. My mom and sister were also very helpful and were there every step of the way. 


What was your inspiration for your wedding day details?

I knew I wanted purple bridesmaid dresses and once we picked our date in the Spring I knew I wanted to use soft pastel colors. I picked lilac bridesmaid dresses and used lilac, blush, and white for the flowers. I used metallic colors as accents and it all came together so beautifully. 




What was your favorite thing about your wedding day?

Besides marrying Andrew, I loved looking around and seeing all of our family and friends have a great time. It was so nice having everyone together since we don’t get to spend as much time in Pennsylvania as we would like. 


Best part of planning your wedding?

The best part of wedding planning for me was spending time with my mom and sister and just see everything come together. 

What advice will you give your friends getting married?

Book the vendors you really want first. Also, just try and enjoy the process, there are vendors for every style and budget. 

CREATIVE PARTNERS

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Down Town Club | Photographer:  Grace Winter from Asya Photography | Florist and Uplighting:  Beautiful Blooms | Ceremony Music: Philadelphia Quartet | Reception Music:  Silver Sound Entertainment- DJ Todd Frederick  | Hair and Makeup: Make Me Up Pretty | Keri's Wedding Dress: The Curvy Bride | Transportation: Cescaphe Trolley

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