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A Kimmel Center Wedding Bursting With Beautiful Fall Florals

Southern traditions, copper details, and a chuppah inset with eight different kinds of roses livened up the celebration.


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Photography by AGP Collective

Some love stories begin in Philadelphia and branch of elsewhere for happily ever after. But the City of Brotherly Love is special, so much so that many couples return to say “I do” where their romance kicked off. The couple behind this Kimmel Center wedding, photographed by AGP Collective, is one of them. The fall-hued Big Day brought with it tastes of the South, tons of florals by Fresh Designs Florist, and plenty of copper details.

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Love-at-first-sight might work in fairy tales, but real-life romances are built through time. Like that of Kate Silverstein and Jordan Davidson. The duo met four years ago through their work in sales at FS Investments. They were friends first, until Jordan upped the ante with a first date at Tria for snacks and drinks.

“We shared every plate,” Kate says.

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One date turned into many. Three years later, on a visit back to Philly one cold winter weekend — the couple had since moved to Boston — Jordan proposed in Rittenhouse Square. There was no over-the-top gesture, just a guy getting down on one knee in the middle of what Kate thought was just another evening stroll. The next day, the universe provided an auspicious sign (at least for Kate, a Penn Valley native): The Eagles won the Super Bowl.

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Nine months later, Kate and Jordan returned to Philadelphia for their wedding at the Kimmel Center, with family flying in from around the country — Jordan is from Arkansas — to attend the festivities. Kate selected a Watters Wessex wedding dress with help from Lovely Bride owner Ivy Kaplin Solomon, a family friend. At a pre-wedding reception at Di Bruno’s the night before, Jordan’s cousin, Sarah Jo, performed songs by Dolly Parton and Bonnie Raitt, bringing a slice of the South to Philly. “Everybody was dancing,” says Kate.

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At the wedding the next day, Kate’s seven bridesmaids wore full-length gowns of their own choosing in shades of blush and champagne. Guests arrived to glasses of champagne, a sign inviting them to “Sip and be seated,” and more Southern touches: They sipped ginger mint juleps come cocktail hour and were directed to their places by a six-and-a-half-foot faux-copper slab created by Hello, Bird. Jordan’s favorite Arkansas delicacies, Janis & Melanie cheese straws, were included in the welcome bags.

Fresh Designs Florist softened the clean lines of Hamilton Garden with a lush ceiling installation of smilax and autumn maples and a chuppah inset with eight different kinds of roses. At long tables from Maggpie Rentals, guests dined on halibut and braised short rib. Burnt-orange velvet and rich leather furniture, also from Maggpie Rentals, were fitting touches for the fall wedding. True to the night’s copper theme, the honey-lavender and vanilla buttercream cake sat atop a copper stand and was cut with a copper knife.

To Jordan’s surprise, the flowers — roses, ranunculus, lisianthus and amaranthus — were his favorite design element of the wedding. But the standout moment for Kate came earlier, when she walked down the aisle to a trumpet rendition of “La Vie en Rose.”

“It was,” she remembers, “anything but ordinary.”

THE DETAILS
Photographer: AGP Collective | Venue: Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Center | Event Planning, Design & Invitations: Clover Event Co. | Florals: Fresh Designs Florist | Catering: Garces Events | Bride’s Gown: Watters from Lovely Bride | Hair & Makeup: Aleksandra Ambrozy | Groom’s Attire: Alton Lane | Entertainment: Chevy Chevis Entertainment | Cake: Cake Life Bake Shop | Rentals: Maggpie Rentals and South Jersey Party Rental | Calligraphy: Hello, Bird | Officiant: Jill Magerman of Meaningful Milestones | Photo Booth: Clique Bait | Lighting & Staging: On Q Productions

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