Lindsey and Chad’s enchanting Curtis Arboretum Wedding was a romantic, beautiful affair. The light, classic colors of the wedding complemented the enchanting garden look of this stunning historic Philadelphia wedding venue. Lindsey’s white and light blue wedding flower bouquet with eucalyptus green leaves interwoven was gorgeous. Lindsey’s dress, however, was the real show stopper! A satin white train trailed behind her, but my favorite dress detail was the sheer back with white buttons.
After getting ready, Lindsey exited out onto the balcony where Chad was waiting for their first look. They shared an intimate moment together before stepping off onto the grounds to capture wedding portraits in the beautiful scenery. Lindsey and Chad were the sweetest couple together and you could feel their love for one another throughout the day!
Enchanting Curtis Arboretum Wedding
Wedding guests started to take their seats in the lovely outdoor garden ceremony space. The same classic flowers found in Lindsey’s wedding bouquet adorned the columns and trellis over where they exchanged vows on the raised stone patio. Once the couple were officially announced husband and wife, guests enjoyed cocktails out on the patio. Then everyone headed under the tented patio area for their enchanting Curtis Arboretum wedding reception.
Before Lindsey and Chad’s romantic wedding day, the couple shared with me their love story, and it is too good not to share!
Their Love Story
“Our love story would be nothing without the thief that broke into Chad’s car in the summer of 2018. Seriously…
For two years, Chad and Lindsey worked on the same audit team at PwC. During those two years, they were cordial colleagues – nothing more than trading stories of their weekends amongst their teammates, passing each other with a quick smile in the halls of our office, and working late nights in the dead of winter with their team in advance of filing deadlines. By the summer of 2018, Chad was living in Philly, less than a mile from Lindsey’s apartment. Before the days of remote working, they would both separately brave the hour-long drive on the infamous route 76 West from the Fairmount neighborhood out to their client site each day.
How It All Started
One morning Chad walked to his parking lot only to find his car window shattered, car battery dead, and his old orange duct taped iPhone 5 charger stolen. Without any kind of transportation for a few days, Chad told the team he was going to Uber to work the rest of the week. Lindsey offered him a ride; he politely declined; she wouldn’t take no for an answer; and by the next morning, they were carpooling. Whether the car actually took as long as it did to get fixed is still up for debate, but regardless, the two carpooled for the remainder of the week – about two hours a day together, in bumper to bumper traffic, learning a little more about each other as each day went by and becoming fast friends by the end of that week.
After stressful days at work, the typically even more stressful drive home became something they both looked forward to. Their carpooling continued, spending more and more time together both in and out of the office, and not long after, they found themselves coming clean about their relationship in a few slightly awkward conversations with their bosses and HR department.
From then on, they were inseparable, facing the highest of highs and lowest of lows together and spending their time exploring Philadelphia…then spending a lot of time in either of their separate apartments as the pandemic set in…and then even more time as they moved in together and also became officemates, working 100% remotely in a small 1,000 square foot apartment. In the fall of 2021, Chad planned a brunch date in Old City and suggested they walk around Independence Mall afterwards. As they wove through the pathways and approached Independence Hall, Chad proposed.
Though Chad lost a few personal belongings that day in the summer of 2018, he gained something a whole lot better (and she’s pretty happy too).”
How incredibly sweet is their story?! One thing is certain, these two are meant to be together! I am so thankful I was able to capture their beautiful wedding day and the next chapter of their story together. Congratulations, Lindsey and Chad.
Photography: Amber Dawn Photography
Wedding Venue: Curtis Arboretum
Caterer: Jeffrey A. Miller Catering
Florals: A Modern Touch Flowers
Hair/Makeup: Jacqueline Michelle & Co.
Band: Bachelor Boys Band
Amber Dawn Photography specializes in light and airy, natural, and romantic wedding photography. With a penchant for estate weddings, Amber strives to create timeless images that reflect the romanticism in soft hues, capturing for posterity the many facets of the love that is the reason for the celebration. To view more of Amber’s work, click here to view her wedding portfolio. If you are interested in learning more about working with Amber, please connect with her today!
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