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Alexis & Alberto: A Traditional Wedding in Philadelphia, PA

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Alexis & Alberto in Philadelphia, PA
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The bride carried a tight bouquet of Vendela and cream-colored roses with their stems wrapped in ivory satin ribbon.
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Alexis walked down the aisle in strappy silver heels by Kate Spade.
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The bridesmaids -- Alexis' sister and the groom's sister and sister-in-law -- wore champagne-colored dresses in a variety of styles from Vera Wang Maids.
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Alexis and Alberto married in the sanctuary of the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. The couple included the lazo ceremony, a Spanish tradition, using a crystal lasso that had been a gift from the bride's great-grandmother to her parents for their wedding.
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Each table at Alexis and Alberto's reception was unique, with clusters of vases holding single blooms all in white and cream. The flowers included roses, calla lilies, dendrobium orchids, peonies, hanging amaranthus, French tulips, and cymbidium orchids.
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At each place setting guests found a glass charger with silver beading around its edge. The circular menus were set beneath, giving the illusion that the menu was engraved onto the charger.
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Rather than serving cake, Alexis and Alberto opted for a dessert buffet with cakes, ice cream sundaes, chocolate fountains, and other yummy treats.
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Although Alexis and Alberto didn't serve wedding cake, they decided to keep with tradition and still displayed one -- just the top tier, which the couple cut, was real. The four tiers were separated with fresh flowers and draped in fondant icing.
The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Philadelphia
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The sounds of Etta James' "At Last" brought Alexis and Alberto to the dance floor for their first spin as husband and wife.

Alexis & Alberto in Philadelphia, PA

Alexis and Alberto first met while going to school in Philadelphia -- Alexis was finishing up a bachelor's degree while Alberto studied for the bar exam. "Although fate had much to do with our paths crossing, we also owe a great deal of thanks to my friend Brittany, who spotted him from across the room," the bride says. The Bride Alexis Ramos , 25, preschool teacher The Groom Alberto Soler, 33, attorney The Date June 16 While on their way to a surprise birthday party for Alexis' father, Alberto shared a surprise of his own -- he asked Alexis to marry him. It turns out their parents had been in on the planning, and the party was to celebrate their engagement. Though the two later moved to New York, they chose to marry back in the city where they met and fell in love.
- Kate Wood
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