A New Year's Eve Wedding

Philadelphia, Real Weddings

Photos: Monika Broz and Tanya Salazar

Michele and Rye planned their nuptials in just one month. "Rye is a painter and has works on display at a local art gallery," says Michele. "I joked with the owner about having our reception there, and he looked at me for a solid 20 seconds then said, 'Sure.' He's a man of many words." Since Michele owns a catering company, her bouquet was made up of fresh vegetables and silver spoons. The invitation poster was designed by the bride's brother. 275 guests celebrated in a cocktail party-style reception at the New Hope Arts Center. The bride's friend Morrie Breyer, an interior designer, transformed the site by draping aisle runners through ceiling rafters. On display at the gallery was a large art installation that was actually a clock programmed to run backward once it struck midnight. "It was as if we all got younger," says Michele. "We wanted our wedding to be a New Year's Eve party our guests would want to come to over and over again—and they do! We can't wait for our one-year anniversary," says Michele. See more from this couple's wedding here.

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