Emelia & Jay

Emelia & Jay Bachman, May 18, 2008, Appleford, Villanova

Five years ago on New Year’s Day — nearly nine years after becoming best friends at the Johns Hopkins orientation for incoming Philly-area students — Emelia Argyropoulos and Jay Bachman looked at each other and finally realized they should be together.  “Yes,” says the bride, “it was definitely one of those ‘About time!’ moments for everyone who knew us.” After that moment — and a surprise proposal (she found the ring in the glove box of a new car Jay had just bought her) — they tried to set a date, but their busy schedules (she’s an ob-gyn resident at Penn; he’s a program manager for a defense contractor) kept thwarting any would-be wedding plans. After nearly a year of this, their moms stepped in and took the reins, and the end result — albeit on a rainy spring day — was a wedding filled with love, breathtaking decor and rich Greek traditions. “The whole day was just wonderful,” says Emelia. “So much more than I wanted — and I didn’t even know I wanted it!”

The Details
Venue: Appleford, Villanova
Catering/Cake: Max Hansen Caterer, Doylestown; Truli Confectionary Arts, Philadelphia 
Decor: Design coordination by Eclatante Event Design, Media; flowers by Beautiful Blooms, Philadelphia; lighting design by Eventions Productions, Aston 
Photography: Marie Labbancz Photography, Philadelphia and New Jersey
Bride’s look: Gown and veil handmade by dressmaker and friend-of-the-family Peggy Katsapis; hair and makeup by Claudia Seyler, Chester County
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal, Plymouth Meeting
Men’s formalwear: Brooks Brothers, the Court at King of Prussia
Stationery: Designed by Emelia and Jay; assembled by groom’s mother, Nancy Bachman; printed by Argus Printing & Design, Wayne
Music: CTO 5th Avenue, Manayunk
Transportation: King Limousine, King of Prussia  

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