In 2006, Gregory Luehrs had tickets to a concert at the Electric Factory, but no one to go with. Lucky for him, Hailey Brodkin saw his AIM away message — and had been harboring a crush on him for a while. "We dated during the summer of 2006, then headed back to school," she says. "We talked every day and sent each other mix CDs until we made our relationship official that fall." Six years later, on Thanksgiving morning in 2012, Greg got down on one knee on his grandparents' dock—the same place his father had proposed to his mother!
Hailey and Greg's love of music played a big role in their November 23, 2013 wedding at Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum. The venue's playful amusements, such as the Walking Piano (the same one featured in Big, donated by a local collector), and mix CD favors tied it all together. See all the details, captured beautifully by Marie Labbancz Photography.
During their year-long engagement, "our overall theme turned into simply trying to represent who we both are as individuals and as a couple—fun and romantic," Hailey says. The couple's 225 guests received ivory-and-gray invitations that featured modern, swirling script.
"I always knew I wanted a ball gown," says Hailey. "You only get married once, and it's not every day you get to wear a beautiful, big white dress!" The bride chose a Matthew Christopher gown with a tulle and organza-wrapped bodice. Hailey's favorite detail? It had pockets! The bride wore gray Betsey Johnson pumps, topped with crystal bows, beneath the gown's chapel-length skirt.
"Just walking inside the Please Touch Museum makes you feel like a child again," Hailey says of their venue. "How could we not love such a beautiful, historical and magical place?"
Hailey and Greg made things easy for their guests, having both the ceremony and reception at the museum. The museum's South Foyer provided the backdrop for the ceremony, where dimmed lights and stunning architectural details "felt so romantic and warm," Hailey says.
The couple's chuppah was draped in ivory fabric that twisted down the corners. White hydrangeas, snapdragons and dendrobium orchids cascaded down each corner.
Hamilton Hall's nearly 60-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling molding set the backdrop for an ornate affair. "We wanted to highlight, not compete with, the breathtaking architecture and playful spirit of the museum," Hailey says. Cream satin tablecloths were topped with arrangements of ivory and blush hydrangeas and roses, while floating candles of varying heights cast a soft glow.
The four-tier ivory wedding cake was covered in buttercream and Swiss dots, and topped with fresh flowers than complemented the couple's centerpieces.
Hailey and Gregory chose Ray Lamontagne's "You're the Best Thing" for their first dance as husband and wife. "Music plays a huge role in our lives, so it was important that we had a band that kept the crowd dancing," says Hailey of their band, CTO Tribeca.
Guests left the wedding with mix CDs entitled "Best of Times," a collection of the couple's favorites from the mix CDs they've made over the years. "Making the CDs was definitely a trip down memory lane," says the bride.
The couple honeymooned in the Dominican Republic, then returned home to see concerts, of course! "Planning our wedding took a lot of time away from our favorite pastime—going to concerts together," Hailey says. "As a wedding gift, I promised Greg would we see at least one concert a month for a year. And so far, I've kept my promise!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Please Touch Museum || Wedding Planner: Wedding by Ann Marie || Bride's Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher || Shoes: Betsey Johnson || Jewelry: Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion || Hair & Makeup: Mack Stylist || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Noir by Lazaro || Groom's Tuxedo: Boyd's Philadelphia || Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: N.D. Reiff Company || Florist: Carl Alan Floral Designs || Invitations & Paper Goods: Pen & Paper, (610) 525-6870 || Music: CTO Tribeca || Catering: Brûlée Catering || Cake: Isgro Pasticceria || Videography: Stomping Bread Productions || Photography: Marie Labbancz Photography