A Classic Black-and-White Affair at the Arts Ballroom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mark Goodman (35, financial analyst) and Rhea Hartman (29, pharmacist) had their first date at Twenty Manning Grill. Four years later, they returned t

Mark Goodman (35, financial analyst) and Rhea Hartman (29, pharmacist) had their first date at Twenty Manning Grill. Four years later, they returned to the same booth where they shared their first meal together and took their wedding pictures. Mark proposed to Rhea while on a trip to Florida. Mark had a business conference in Miami, and he brought Rhea along so they could visit the Florida Keys afterwards. They drove a convertible down to Hawk’s Cay, on the island of Islamorada. Before dinner, the couple took a walk down the beach to watch the sun set over the ocean. “The ocean stretched on endlessly and the bright light of the sun was shimmering off its surface like a million tiny candles,” says Rhea. When they arrived at a gazebo overlooking the sunset, Mark got down on one knee and proposed to Rhea. After what Mark called “the longest pause he’s ever experienced,” Rhea said yes, and the happy couple began planning their wedding. Mark and Rhea wanted a wedding pictures that they could look back on many years later and never feel like they were dated. They opted for neutral slate gray color scheme with hints of blush. Their wedding was held at the Arts Ballroom in Center City, a venue made regal with its hardwood floors, grand staircase and crystal chandeliers. Rhea also wanted to incorporate an abundance of flowers. The floral arrangements featured gardenias, which were the first flowers Mark ever gave her, and freesias, because the fragrance reminded her of her grandmother. The night ended with a surprise send-off in which Mark and Rhea’s family and friends illuminated their exit with sparklers.

The invitations were enclosed in a muted, slate gray pocketfold and wrapped with a white silk ribbon and the couple's monogram.
"The ring was the wrong size but I couldn't have cared less. It was just what I wanted," says Rhea.
Rhea wore a gardenia in her hair on the wedding day because gardenias were the first flowers Mark ever gave her.
The groom wore a classic Ralph Lauren Black Label tuxedo with a white rose boutonniere.
The bridal bouquet consisted of white roses, gardenias and hydrangeas.
The bride wore an A-line Martina Liana jacquard wedding dress. "Jacquard fabric has this way of adding richness, texture and personality to the gown while maintaining a classic appeal," says Rhea. The jacquard print featured gardenias.
Photo Session on the Streets of Philadelphia
During the wedding photo session, the bride and groom took a picture in the same booth where they sat on their first date, at Twenty Manning Grill.
The Bride and Groom in a City Park
Bride Entering with her Godfather
Ceremony at the Arts Ballroom
The centerpieces consisted of dome-shaped ivory and blush floral arrangements on tall, transparent vases.
First Dance in the Arts Ballroom
"My parents are lesbians and I elected to dance with each of them in addition to my godfather during my first dance," says Rhea. "After the wedding, countless people told me how great it was that I included both of my mothers. I couldn't agree more."
Newlyweds Cutting the White Buttercream Cake
The bride and groom's families and friends surprised them with an exit illuminated by sparklers.