When Chloe headed outside on February 13th, 2012, the last thing she expected to see was a knight in shining armor. But there was Bill, dressed in armor and leading a horse across her front lawn. Chloe was shocked, and even more surprised when her boyfriend of nearly two years presented her with a bouquet of roses and an engagement ring.
The two romantics took their time planning their wedding, settling on October 12th, 2014 as the date. They worked with The Wedding Factor to transform the Atrium at Curtis Center in Philadelphia into an eclectic bash that combined the couple's Jamaican, Ukrainian, and Italian roots.
Keep reading to see how they brought a unique touch to their wedding, photographed by Susan Stripling.
Chloe went all the way to Paris to find her wedding gown. While she was wandering the streets with her mom, looking at boutiques to add to a new bridal shopping tour she was curating for her fashion experience company, she spotted a unique design in a shop window. "We found out that it was a prototype, and I fell in love the second I tried it on," says Chloe. The Suzanne Ermann design featured modern rosettes and miniature ostrich feathers.
The bride wore not one but three pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, including these white satin pumps and glittering flats. Chloe's bouquet combined vibrant green trachelium with whit phalaenopsis orchids.
Photo: Susan Tripling
The ceremony took place in front of three walls decorated with oversized white paper flowers and arrangements of white hydrangeas. The dramatic backdrop perfectly complemented the modern setting.
As part of the ceremony, the couple displayed Ukrainian wedding bread, which is decorated with animals made of dough, then shared amongst the guests at the end of the evening.
After the ceremony, guests were greeted with Kir Royales (Chloe's favorite!) on their way into the reception.
Tables were decorated with candelabras, low arrangements of white roses, gold dishes, and striking blue glassware.
After an international meal that included a raw bar, Jamaican specialties, and a Parisian café serving macarons, the bride and groom cut into three cakes, including Jamaican rum cake, gluten free pistachio cake, and a classic wedding cake featuring layers of vanilla, chocolate chip, and red velvet.
At the end of the after party, the DJ played a final song for the bride and groom after the guests had gone. "It was just me, Bill, and the cleaning crew sweeping around us. It was so sweet to have that last moment," says Chloe.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Atrium at Curtis Center || Wedding Planner & Rentals: The Wedding Factor || Bride's Wedding Dress: Suzanne Ermann || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Jewelry: Ti Adoro || Headpiece: Leah C. || Hair: Zoe Sky Hair || Makeup: Aja's Artistry || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung || Groom's Attire: Boyds || Engagement Ring: Rina Limor || Florist: Beautiful Blooms || Invitations & Paper Goods: Invitations by Celine || Music: Monte Carlo || Catering & Cake: Cescaphe || Favors: Flour Pot Cookies || Photography: Susan Stripling Photography
Want to see more Philadelphia weddings? Then check out another gorgeous bash in the video below!