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 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.