Paris and Vernon’s Gorgeous Church Wedding in Historic Philadelphia

Even though Paris and Vernon met during college in 2008 and shared numerous mutual friends, it wasn’t until late 2014 that their relationship would begin to develop. In her third year of law school in Washington D.C., Paris received a random text message on a Saturday morning while on a train back to her home state of Delaware. “Just thinking about you, hope all is well…,” Vernon’s text message read. For the remainder of Paris’ train trip they caught up over text messages and realized they were attending the same open mic night a few days later. The sparks flew between on the evening of the open mic, after which they’ve remained inseparable ever since…
Continue reading all about Paris & Vernon, with wedding planning by Tiffany Chalk Events, florals by Event Loft, and DJ performance by Mike Music.
Bride & Groom: Paris & Vernon
Occupations: Corporate Lawyer & University Recruiter/Men’s College Basketball Coach
Wedding location: Philadelphia, PA
Photographer: Kanayo Adibe

Sharing birthdays a week apart, Paris decided to surprise Vernon with a trip to the Dominican Republic for his thirtieth birthday. Unfortunately an approaching hurricane would place their trip in the center of poor weather. Able to switch the flights to Mexico, Paris’ surprise birthday trip for Vernon was saved. On the first night of their trip they enjoyed a romantic dinner to celebrate both of their birthdays. Halfway through, a photographer stopped by their cabana to ask if they would like their picture taken. After taking a few, Vernon turned to Paris, dropped to one knee, and asked Paris to spend the rest of her life together as husband and wife. Completely shocked, her initial response was “are you sure” before answering with a resounding yes. Little did she know that Vernon had received details regarding their trip from her mother in order to plan their perfect proposal.
For Paris, wedding shopping was “so much fun.” Over the course of a few months she took numerous trips to bridal stores with her mother, mother-in-law, and bridesmaids – falling in love with at least one dress at every store she went to. Their wedding style was a “modern take on a traditional wedding,” and when the big day arrived she walked the aisle in an elegant Berta gown, fitted with a sexy flare and beautiful train. Vernon met her at the altar in a custom designed Henry Couture Paris suit with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.

Best Memories: Vern: “My best memory from our wedding was watching Paris come down the aisle. She was stunning.”
Paris: “My best memory was our reception entrance and celebrating all night long with our family and friends.”

Wedding Party Gifts: Bridesmaids – We gifted our bridesmaids with Kate Spade sneakers, monogrammed oxford button downs and jewelry. Groomsmen – Schaefer personalized whiskey stones and shot glass gift set.
Gifts for Each Other: Bride received a Gucci Belt, Groom received a cigar humidor.
Ceremony Entrance Song: “Ava Maria” by Beyonce
First Dance Song: “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar feat. H.E.R.

Advice for Engaged Couples: Enjoy the process – it goes by really fast. As a couple, don’t be afraid to be a little selfish, and don’t sacrifice your desires to please others – it is your day after all! Also, don’t sweat the small stuff – and roll with the punches!

Wedding Planner: Tiffany Chalk Events
Bride’s Dress and Bolero: Berta purchased at L’Fay Bridal in NYC
Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Hair: Courtney Willis
Bride’s and Bridemaids’ Makeup: Robin Lynette
Bride’s Engagement Ring and Wedding Band: Armorris Jewelers
Groom’s Suit: Henry Couture Paris
Groom’s Shoes and Cufflinks: Salvatore Ferragamo
Groom’s and Groomsmens’ Hair: Javar Pastreno
Groom’s Wedding Band: Cartier
Florist: Eilena Mercier of Event Loft
DJ: Mike Music
Band: The Company Band Live
Venue: Ballroom at the Ben
Caterer: Finley Catering
Photographer: Kanayo Adibe
Videographer: CineMavericks
Officiant: Pastor Christopher Rue of Word of Life Christian Center
Ceremony Venue: St. John the Evangelist
Wedding Invitations: Ola of Ijorere

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