posted by Joseph Gidjunis on April 15, 2014 Return to Weddings

Kristen and Jamie, The Full Story at the Rittenhouse Hotel

To the D’Amores and Benkos, family is everything and by the end of our time together, JPG felt like an extended cousin. Kristen and Jamie understand the importance of cherishing time and the people that surround them. They opted for our Full Story, which allows us to document the entire wedding process from the engagement shoot, to the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and finally the big day. We then put it together with a written feature-story about their relationship and wedding.

Making lasting relationships is probably what I love most about my job, and I can honestly say with Kristen and Jamie, I was so glad to get to know them as well as I did.

Kristen is incredibly close to her mom and dad so on the morning of the wedding at the amazing Rittenhouse Hotel, Kristen surprised each of them with special gifts. She met Jamie in Rittenhouse Square for their first look and he was moved by her in white. After some exploration of the square, we drove to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to add in some classic Philly architecture.

At the start of the ceremony, their daughter, Lily, was asked to give her blessing before the start. It was a great way to make her part of this important moment. With the music pumping at the start of the reception, I was surrounded by familiar faces. It’s always a wonderful feeling when people are happy to see you. In honor of the D’Amore’s the DJ played “That’s Amore” and everyone was on their feet singing at the top of their lungs! Kristen’s father, comes from Italian tradition, where he made everyone feel welcome and made sure we were all well fed — a quality I emulate. Kristen and her dad shared a powerful moment during their dance. With a celebration that awesome I took comfort knowing that that was not the end of our relationship with Kristen and Jamie. We still had one more step in their story.

Included in their package is the storybook album – a story of memories, well-wishes and advice from loved ones. The process is always a delight because creating story is what we do. It’s what we love. It’s why we choose this path. We know this story is going to be read, re-read, and passed on for generations to come.

Kristen and Jamie I will never forget you and you’re incredible families! Thank you!


Joe G.

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