Anna and John’s incredible Old City wedding was a family affair that touched our Elegant Events team’s hearts. Family is everything to this fantastic couple who blended Jewish and Christian traditions into their touching wedding ceremony.

They also included family members throughout the wedding weekend that included a Friday night welcome dinner, the Saturday wedding, and a post-wedding brunch on Sunday morning.

Bride and groom posing for photos on Penn's Landing


It’s All About Family

Anna and John’s wedding was initially scheduled for December 2020 and was rescheduled due to Covid restrictions.

In March of 2021, John officiated at his twin sister Claire’s marriage to Ritam, which our Elegant Events team also planned.

Claire was John’s Woman of Honor. And Anna and John’s wedding was officiated by her brother!

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First Look

After a morning spent with their wedding parties, Anna and John each headed into Old City for their first look. The Merchant’s Exchange was the backdrop for the couple to see each other for the first time.

Philadelphia groom walking up behind his bride for their first look at the Merchants Exchange in Old City

Philadelphia couple embrace after their first look in Old City

Black and white portrait of a bride and groom in from=nt of Old City's Merchants Exchange

After some time together, the bride and groom met up with their wedding parties in Washington Square Park for some photos.

Bride adn groom with thier wedding party in Washington Sqaure Park in Old City Philadelphia


I Am My Beloved’s

After their incredible photo session, the couple returned to their hotel for family photos before their ketubah signing.

Shortly after sunset, Anna, escorted by her father, made her way down the aisle covered with rose petals.

Bride and father walking down the aisle at her Hilton Penn's Landing wedding ceremony

In a beautifully touching ceremony under a white birch chuppah, the couple exchanged their vows. The chuppah was draped in lush greenery and accented with soft white and cream florals.

Bride and groom under a birch wood chuppa during thier Philadelphia wedding

Philadelphia bride touching her grooms face in an emotion moment during their wedding ceremony


Dinner and Dancing

Following the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour in the Grand Ballroom Foyer, guests made their way into the ballroom. The room was accented with warm lighting. Reception tables were dressed with luxurious linens and an eclectic mix of floral arrangements with winter greens and flowers in rich red and burgundy tones.

Wedding reception in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Penn's Landing in Philadelphia

The newlyweds made their entrance and took to the dancefloor for their first dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Kina Grannis before being swept up in an energetic hora.

Bride and groom during their first dance at the hilton Penn's Landing

Bride and groom lifted in chairs during a hora at their Hilton Penn's Landing weding

The evening continued with a welcome and blessings by family members, a delicious dinner, and plenty of dancing. The couple took a short break from the dancefloor to cut their spectacular four-tiered wedding cake.

Intricate four-tierwedding cake by Bredenbeck's Bakery in Philadelphia

Our Elegant Events Planning and Design team loved the time we spent with this incredible couple and their loved ones. This weekend was indeed a family affair!


The Wedding Team

Philadelphia Wedding Planner: Elegant Events Planning and Design

Philadelphia Wedding Venue: Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

Grooms Styling: Sai Styling Salon

Hair and Makeup: Capelli & Trucco

Entertainment, Lighting, Cinema and Photo Booth: EBE Talent

Floral Design: Xtraordinary Events LLC

Wedding Photography: Philip Gabriel Photography

Wedding Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery