• Groom in Air Force uniform and bow tie
  • Pear-shaped engagement ring from Pierce Jewelers, Zales wedding ring
  • Gold, formal wedding invitations
  • Bride with elegant updo hairstyle hugging her mother
  • Soft makeup for bride
  • David's Bridal sweetheart wedding dress with floral skirt
  • David's Bridal gold, halter bridesmaid dress
  • Glamorous wedding style with diamond jewelry and ruffled dress
  • Badgley Mischka gold, peep-toe bridal heels
  • David's Bridal ruffled wedding dress and waist-length veil
  • Cream bridal bouquet with roses, Calla lilies, and berries
  • David's Bridal gold, halter neckline bridesmaid dresses
  • Orange and pink bridesmaid bouquet with roses, lilies and orchids
  • Military groomsmen attire, David's Bridal gold bridesmaid dresses
  • Wedding ceremony prayers at Old St. Mary Church in Philadelphia
  • David's Bridal waist-length wedding veil
  • Traditional sword exit for military wedding ceremony
  • Trolley wedding transportation by Cescaphe Events in Philadelphia
  • Tall tree branch centerpiece for wedding reception
  • Gold branches and hanging candles for wedding reception decor
  • Pink-orange wedding centerpiece with roses, lilies and orchids
  • Full bar for ballroom wedding reception
  • Classic, black and white wedding menu
  • Pumpkin mousse dessert for wedding reception
  • Pink faux-rose napkin ring for wedding reception
  • Monogram in lights for wedding reception
  • Cream tablecloth for wedding reception sweetheart table
  • White wedding cake with gold ribbon and monogram topper
  • Bride and groom's first dance at a Philadelphia ballroom wedding
  • Romantic horsedrawn carriage as a wedding exit

A Traditional Ballroom Wedding in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One military couple recites their wedding vows at the second-oldest church in the country—followed by a sword tunnel recessional.

Tyler, a decorated Air Force pilot, met Francesca just weeks before he was deployed to Germany—but, the bride says, "when he returned, we picked up where we had left off and we've been together ever since."

It was following yet another deployment that Tyler proposed. As Francesca walked with a friend through Queen Village, Philadelphia—the neighborhood in which she grew up—she spotted Tyler. It was Christmas Eve. "I immediately thought something was wrong, because he was supposed to be spending the holiday with his family in Indiana," Francesca says. "But he took my hand and walked me into Starr Garden Park, which is where we also had our first date, sat me on the swing and proposed." Photo: Rachel Pearlman Photography