This lovely Thursday afternoon Philadelphia City Hall wedding was full of elegance and love. The ceremony was at Philadelphia City Hall and getting ready was close by at the Inn at the Union League. Diana and Ricky chose to have a gathering of close family. Although they kept their gathering small on guests, they went big on warmth and class.
Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Lucy 100 Suede Ankle-Strap Pumps in Grey
Flowers: Suzanne Cody, Washington DC
Hair/Make-Up: Alessandra Melillo at BLO/OUT Rittenhouse
I asked Diana to share a little bit about their love storey. There are so many experience, richness and life that brings two people together. Diana gives us a peek into the path that lead to this specail day.
Ricky and I first met at the College of Charleston through mutual friends in the Fall of 2008. He returned my missing cell phone that had suspiciously disappeared at his house. We connected again that spring after he broke up with a girlfriend. We started dating that summer and moved in together within 3 months. We took a “break” in 2012 after I returned home to DC to look for new job opportunities, although it wasn’t a break for too long. I did some blogging, an internship, but was pretty miserable being away from him, Charleston, and with the slow job prospects. It was at that point when I realized Ricky was the one. He felt the same way and I moved back after the New Year. We got along better than we ever had before.
Ricky proposed in November 2014. We looked at rings that Fall, feeling particularly motivated after learning I was pregnant. Ricky wanted my opinion on a new dog leash he was giving away as a Christmas present, and it took a double take before I realized the ring was attached! We shared the news about baby on the way at Christmas, with plans to move to Philadelphia or DC for Ricky’s graduate program in the Fall.
A pivotal moment in our relationship was the birth of our daughter Sabine. She arrived in the front seat of our car on the way the hospital, while Ricky was driving about 100 mph! I had a “precipitous labor,” which is a medical term, and our doctors hadn’t seen anything like it before. Ricky was as cool as cucumber and stayed completely calm despite my screams and what was happening. He was a great dad from day one, and a wonderful partner in the tough postpartum month following.
*****Here is a note that I posted on Facebook, two days before our wedding: In two days, after seven and a half years, one baby, and six months following the saddest heartbreak I will ever know, I am finally marrying the love of my life. In two days, two months shy of your 25th birthday, I will be thinking of you, my Lukey love, as Ricky and I say our vows in the judge’s chambers. Ricky loved you as a brother as I do, and I know you loved him just as much. So as the sad and happy tears come, here’s to the love of Lukey.
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