Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Adria and Stephanie Bartash
Every Wednesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we kick off the column with a pair of lovely ladies, Adria and Stephanie Bartash, from Newtown, Pennsylvania.
Names: Adria and Stephanie Bartash
How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 2 1/2 years
When did you get married?: Domestic partnership in Philly: January 2010. Our wedding (State commitment ceremony): July 10th, 2010. Civil Union: September 16th, 2010. FINALLY, federally-recognized marriage: November 2nd, 2013.
Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: After careful planning, we selected the (then) Dolce in King of Prussia for a three day weekend event (note: it’s since changed ownership and names). We knew we wanted to start a family so we wanted to make sure we held a wedding that our future child could be proud of. All 125 of our closest family and friends were in attendance and shared in a carefully crafted ceremony that was a reflection of all the elements of love from each major religious practice. The most memorable part was surprising my bride with a first dance to her favorite song, “Crazy for You” by Madonna. Half way through, our DJ accidentally kicked the USB port out of his computer and revealed all of our guests were singing along. They serenaded us to the end. It was a magical moment.
Were there any local businesses that were helpful when you prepared your wedding?:
- Heather DiPiazza Photography: She’s a gay-friendly photographer in Philadelphia.
- Petals Florist in King of Prussia: gay owned.
- Kevin Kessler was the banquet/event planner at Dolce. He’s now with the Desmond Hotel. He was amazing!
- Lisa with Invitations of Distinction in Conshohocken: Gay-friendly.
- Synergetic Sound and Lighting in Bensalem.
- DJ Michael Kane with Silver Sound Entertainment.
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