Ethereal Black-Tie Wedding at The Kimmel Center • Asya Photography


Oh friends, we're in LOVE. Just wait until you see today's wedding from Asya Photography. It's more than beautiful. It's breathtakingly beautiful. It's classic and elegant and timeless and FULL of love and emotion. Monica + Andrew's fall wedding is one for the books, and we know you'll love it as much as we do. From her dress and her bold red lipstick, to the allll the fall floral goodness and the cutest sparkler exit, we have major wedding envy. Go ahead, grab a second cup of coffee and get ready to swoon right along with us. 


How did you two meet? We met at work. I was a resident in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of PA, and Andrew was a medical student in his last months of school at that time. He was doing an elective in anesthesiology and worked with me for 1 week. I thought he was a good medical student and a fun person, but I didn't think of him romantically because of our work relationship. Then a couple of months later after he had matched into surgery at Penn and was near graduation, he saw that I had "accidentally" clicked on his OKCupid profile and used that as a reason to ask me out. Apparently he had a crush on me the whole time :) We always joke that Andrew forced me to go out with him, but I knew early on he was going to be in my life forever. He's the kindest and funniest person I know, and really puts me above everything else, even his busy job as a surgery resident. We also have great families that got along really well - just an added bonus.

What is unique about this venue, what is your favorite thing about the venue?  Both the ceremony and the reception were at the Kimmel Center in Center City Philadelphia. We chose the venue because Philadelphia is an important city to us. We both grew up in the area, met in Philly, and lived in the city for a number of years. In fact, our first apartment together was right across the street from the Kimmel Center. We were able to see the grand glass dome of the Kimmel Center the day Andrew proposed. We thought it would be a perfect place for a city wedding. I think this venue is unique because the architecture gives this place a new city feel, and there's a view to the most iconic building in Philly - City ahll. I also like it because the lighting during the winter months gives the ceremony a romantic feel

What was the theme of the wedding, and how would you describe the day?  I would describe it as a romantic fall Philadelphia city wedding. It was a formal wedding. We really wanted to capture the essence of the city during that fall, and picked our getting ready, pre wedding photos, and venue that epitomizes that. The girls got ready at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, one of the most historic hotels in Philadelphia. We did our first look there and were able to capture some nice city view on top of the Bellevue, thanks to our photographers. Then we moved on to Old City and Independence Hall. We loved the area not only for its historical features but also the foliage and bright fall colors still present in the area. Finally we went to the wedding venue, the Kimmel Center, another iconic building in Philadelphia.

The colors for the wedding were gold and navy. The navy was present in the bridesmaids dresses and the gold in the decor. I think the combination of the two colors are very regal. The floral colors included green, gold, and neutral tones that reflected the season well and really made the space look romantic. Lots of candles were used as well to make the space look romantic.

Most of the decor was provided by Sullivan, including the card catcher. My sister in law Katherine made the welcome sign, the table numbers, and the sign one of the ring bearers carried out. My sister in law Anne provided some of the wooden signs. Susan Norcross made the card catcher sign and the hashtag sign.

What will you remember most about your wedding day? What is a story you'll be telling for years to come? Did anything funny or unexpected happen? Most people say your wedding day is the best day of your life and it REALLY was the best day of my life and I had an amazing time thanks to my family, Susan Norcross, and other vendors. I think what I will remember most is how our families helped us every step of the way, and how incredible the speeches were. I don't get to hear my family speaking publicly much, and I was surprised at how funny they were and how they moved me to tears. We have all gotten closer throughout the wedding planning process and I will always remember the love and happiness of that day.

I will also remember the fun times with my friends. I had friends coming from all over the country and the world, and I was so happy and thankful to have them there. We had a great time dancing and taking photos. My friends and I love to dance, and I don't remember a time when the dance floor was empty when it wasn't supposed to be.

I think some of the funniest moments were me and Andrew trying to shove cake into each other's faces, but we were too stupid to realize we shouldn't stab each other with forks. We finally figured that out after the 3rd time. I will also remember Andrew's dancing. There was a moment when his sister was doing pushup on the dance floor (not sure why), so Andrew started doing sit ups. I will also remember our vows, and how I ugly cried during them.

Photographer: Asya Photography | Wedding Dress Designer: Reem Acra | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids Dresses: Maid of honor: BHLDN; Bridesmaids: Donna Morgan | Men's Attire: Groom: Bonobos | Jewelry: Rings: Safian Rudolph; Necklace: Cartier; Earrings: Marchesa | Florist: Sullivan Owen | Cake/Dessert: Garces Events | Catering: Garces Events | Music: Ceremony: Elegance Quartet; Cocktail hour and dinner: Drew Nugent Band; Reception: DJ Gaetano (BVT Entertainment) | Planner/Coordinator: Susan Norcross from Styled Bride | Stationery: Vera Wang for Paperless Post | Transportation: Sterling Limousine | Rentals: Garces and Sullivan | Photobooth: The Photobooth Group | Hair: Amanda D'Andrea Hair | Makeup: Nina Moran with Cheekedee Makeup Artists