Villanova University Wedding, Pennsylvania | Katie + Laeka !!

I think I need to start this post by saying after our super cold engagement session we stopped in a coffee shop that just happened to make butter beer coffee.
Dead, dying, and reborn into an HP oblivion.
Basically all these months later I’m still geeking out.
But moving onto Katie + Laeka, haha

These two souls make you immediately want to be the best version of yourself, without realizing it.
For me? It’s that inner-romantic, faithfully in love, extremely generous type of human.
They show you, without speaking, how beautiful it is to find a person who gets you – inside and out.
They prove how important it is to be confident and respectful toward others.
And lastly, they are true examples as to how important laughter and light-heartedness are in creating a life to be proud of.

The love and excitement these two shared while planning for their wedding reminded me why I capture love stories.
It is about the marriage.
Not the candy bar, gold plates, or gorgeous sunset.
Not the dress, suit or even the socks.

It’s the commitment to another human being.
It’s saying those vows on that altar, promising to be there through the ups and downs.
Because even if it torrentially rains on your entire wedding day, you still have each other.
Even if your dress has some mud on the bottom of the hem, you are still married.
Even if a thousand things go wrong while planning, THIS BOND you have is what is right.

This wedding was FILLED to the brim with exciting things AND exciting people!
Tons of family members traveled to Villanova to witness these two tie the knot, and the amount of love showcased on their special day was unmatched.
Also, I’m fairly certain their reception falls into the top 3 most energetic dance floors of my season!!
Scroll below to see what I mean! 🙂
// xo riss


Katie + Laeka’s Wedding Vendors
Photography – Marissa Decker Photography
Dress and Veil – BHLDN
Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses – JJ’s House
Tuxes – Saget’s Formal Wear
Cake – The Master’s Baker
Flowers – Blue Moon Florist
Favors – Willow Gardens on Etsy
DJ – Silver Sound
Invites, Programs, Name Cards – Santina Amendola Design
Videographer – Pure Genius Pictures
Ceremony Venue – Villanova University: St. Thomas of Villanova Parish
Reception Venue, Appetizers, Dinner – The Desmond Hotel
Flip Flops – Rock the Flops on Etsy


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