HughE Dillon: Mia Tinari Gets Married — And She and Dave Fisher Lived Happily Ever After
On Saturday May 22nd at 1 p.m. at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Mia Tinari was walked down the aisle by her mom and dad, Carol and Nino Tinari, into the loving arms of her best friend and fiance Dave Fisher, assistant vice-president in commercial real estate at U.S. Bank.
Mia wore an original Simone Cavalli silk gown designed with Swarovski crystal at the bodice dripping into another band of Swarovski crystal, which highlighted the expansive mermaid skirt with a train. The veil was cathedral-length and adorned with Swarovski crystals. Jewelry was the bride’s grandmother’s diamond bracelets; shoes were by Jimmy Choo; makeup was by Carrie Brescia; and hair was by Giovannia and Pileggi.
Mia and Dave’s life together began when they met on October 31, 2004 at Ursinus College. Mia was a freshman and Dave was a senior. It was the traditional “Midnight Madness” basketball game and all of Mia’s friends were going. And the rest, Nina Tinari says, is history.
Mia and her mom had looked at a lot of different glorious venues in the City, but after a suggestion from their florist, Il Fiore, they went to The Atrium at the Curtis Center. As soon as they walked through the door they fell in love with the place. The cocktail party took place beneath the Dream Garden in the lobby, the Maxfield Parrish and Louis Comfort Tiffany enormous glass mosaic. It was catered by Cescaphe Ballroom’s Joe Volpe, one of my favorites.
The entertainment at the wedding began with a tribute to the bride’s Cajun roots with the band, EBE’s Paris, introducing the bridal party and parents to the song “New Second Line.” The bridal party and parents carried parasols designed by a New Orleans parasol designer. The bridal party and parents carried parasols designed by a New Orleans parasol designer. (Did I mention that Mia just completed Widener Law School this year, passed the bar, planned her wedding and last week moved to Center City? She’ll be joining her dad’s firm.). Flower girl Talyor Shore and Ring Bearer Jackson Tinari help open the dance floor as best man Brian Pendleton and maid of honor Nina Tinari look on.
Mia and Dave will be honeymooning on the Amalfi Coast, then on to Italy and the French Riviera. Each of the tables in the beautifully transformed Curtis Atrium were titled after a city where they would be visiting. I was sitting at St. Tropez.
The bride’s parents surprised the bride and groom and the guests by having their long-time friends and hall of fame inductees, The Tymes, serenade the couple with their hit song “So Much in Love” as well as “Lovers Never Say Goodbye”.
Some of the notable guests that were in attendance included Representative Patrick J. Murphy, his wife Jennifer S. Murphy Esq., John F. Cordisco, Esq. (here with Nino V. Tinari, Nina Tinari, Carol Tinari, Mia and Dave Fisher). Also on hand were Wayne Spilove, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), Rep. Bob Brady, Pamela Browner-White, Philadelphia Eagles Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Jeremiah White, Chairman, Osiris Group Inc of Osiris Group Inc”s. (who were the toast of the dance floor), Carol’s cousin author Lisa Scottoline,
Judge Dan Anders, Mr. H Mack, Herb Vederman, and many other notables. (Note: Mia changed into a reception dress designed by Stephen Yearick.)
The formal reception ended at 11 p.m., at which time the Fisher After Party kicked into gear. Cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and cake were on the menu as well as a few other surprises. I headed out of there around 1 a.m, but the bridal party was still going strong.
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