A Preppy Philadelphia Wedding with a Sparkling Twist

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Quinn made his way into Kelly's heart the very first time they met: "We were at my maid of honor's birthday party in 2011, and he was on crutches," says Kelly. "I thought it was adorable!" The pair dated for three years before Quinn got down on one knee during a walk along Philadelphia's Boat House Row with their dog, Sully.

The self-described preppy couple knew they wanted to wed in the City of Brotherly Love, choosing St. Patrick's Church for their ceremony and falling for the glitz of the ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, for their reception. So on July 18th, 2015, they invited 220 guests to join them for an elegant summer affair, planned by Truly You Events and photographed by Tina Jay Photography. See how they captured the city's atmosphere (with a sparkling twist!), below.

After trying on a handful of gowns "just for fun" with her mom and maid of honor — "Let's just say shoulder pads and sequins aren't my style!" the bride laughs — Kelly fell for a Watters ball gown with a beaded bodice and a soft net skirt. She paired the gown with a chic chignon, silver Cole Haan pumps, her grandmother's pearl necklace, and a pearl hair comb hand-made by her cousin. A bouquet of navy-centered anemones, peach stock, blush lisianthus, and garden roses, all tied with gold sequin ribbon, was a perfect match for the summer affair.

The couple's traditional invitation suite (with a shimmering gold bellyband for good measure) let guests know exactly what was in store: A formal event with a lighthearted twist.

The ring bearer donned navy Converse with his seersucker shorts, while the flower girl wore a flower crown and carried a gold-embellished nosegay.

"As soon as we walked in to St. Patrick's, I knew how special it would be to meet Quinn at the end of the aisle," Kelly says. The tiled floor and dramatic ceiling didn't need much decoration, so just two arrangements of hydrangeas and garden roses flanked the altar.

"Walking down the aisle with my dad is one of my favorite memories," says the bride. "He looked so proud and happy for me, it was such a special moment."

The couple kept their wedding party classic, with groomsmen in tuxedos and bridesmaids in navy Amsale gowns. "I wanted them to wear dresses that would be comfortable in the July heat," says Kelly. The bridesmaids' bouquets, combining garden roses and white ranunculus, were tied with navy ribbon to match their gowns.

The classically-dressed pair wandered Philadelphia for photos. "I loved my cathedral veil, I felt so regal!" Kelly says.

After cocktail hour, guests were greeted with a dramatic escort card display. Navy sequin linens and white calla lilies topped a table where trays filled with gold glitter held the escort cards. "We used the table again later in the night — for cheesesteaks!" says Kelly.

Inside the ballroom, tables were dressed in navy linens and topped with white and blush arrangements of hydrangeas and roses. Crystal Chivari chairs added a playful spin to the formal, elegant setting. For a touch of sparkle, table numbers were gold glitter script, and candles were placed in gold mercury votives.

The bride and groom's chairs were draped with hydrangeas and strands of gold sequin ribbon. Guests sipped champagne from flutes rimmed in gold sugar and ate slices of carrot cake and vanilla pound cake with raspberry filling.

The couple's pup couldn't be at the party, but they filled their guest book with photos of them and their dog, and skipped favors, choosing instead to make a donation to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.

After their first dance to "Is This Love" by Bob Marley, Kelly and Quinn snuck out to Broad Street with their photographer (and some sparklers!) for photos. "We had so much fun!" says the bride, who headed to Australia with her husband for three weeks to tour Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Lizard Island, and Sydney.

One of the bride's other favorite memories? The evening before. "My mom and I stayed at the hotel together the night before the wedding, chatting and laughing. She made me feel so ready for the wedding, I was so happy to have her by my side," Kelly remembers.

Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick's Church || Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia || Wedding Planner: Truly You Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Shoes: Cole Haan || Hair & Makeup: Duette Hair & Makeup Design || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Attire: J.Crew || Groomsmen's Attire: Black by Vera Wang || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Winthrop Jewelers || Florist: Petals Lane || Invitations & Paper Goods: Chick Invitations || Music: Sid Miller Dance Band || Catering & Cake: Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia || Rentals: Ultrapom; Party Rental Ltd. || Favors: Donation to Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society || Videography: Rosetree Films || Photography: Tina Jay Photography

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