couple is taking a pose before their wedding at the Curtis atrium

The Curtis Atrium Wedding|Lia and Rob

Lia and Rob went to the same JCC Camp as kids but officially met during the summer of 2016. In addition to recognizing Rob immediately, she noticed he had a Weimaraner on his lap when he appeared as a suggested friend on Facebook. During this time, her family had recently said goodbye to their beloved Weimaraner pet and missed her dearly.

On their first date, it rained, but as soon as Rob held her hand, everything else seemed to fade away. Their friendship quickly blossomed after they reconnected. Their summer together was essentially inseparable and they fell deeply in love. But, in no time, their summer romance had come to an end. Even so, they knew what they had was special and wanted it to last forever. 

This lovely couple instantly became best friends and loved spending every second together. They started dating when they were preparing to return to school for the fall semester a few weeks later. They realized they wanted to spend their lives together. It happened quickly, but they knew they had found their other half.

In the four years between earning their undergraduate degrees at Drexel University and NJIT, Lia and Rob lived long-distance, visiting each other on the weekends as often as they could. Friday evenings filled their hearts with excitement and Sunday mornings were filled with dreadful goodbyes. 

After many Skype calls, train tickets, bus rides, and study sessions, they completed their degrees. Their long-distance relationship lasted through the pandemic, and they moved in together. As Rob navigated his engineering career, Lia worked towards her MBA. Everything fell into place by May of 2021 when Rob proposed.

The proposal:

Despite Philadelphia's unusually chilly and rainy weather on May 30th, Rob wanted to take graduation photos. Lia had no idea that he had something else in mind. They made their promise to each other official when Rob got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. In the misty rain, she took his hand and said "YES"!

As they approach their wedding day, they look forward to seeing each other for the first time and finally sealing the deal with their loved ones! They can't wait to start their lives together as an officially married couple.

Wishing a long and happy marriage to Grace and Ryan!!

Here are some of my favorites from their Curtis Atrium wedding:

Getting Ready

bridal shoes, wedding invitation, ketubah and skullcap or kippah which is a head covering for jewish wedding cermeonies

a wedding invitation, ketubah and skullcap or kippah which is a head coveing for jewish wedding cermeonies

diamond engagement rings and a wedding band shot in a black background

diamond engagement rings and a wedding band shot in a gray background

bride getting her makeup done

bride's wedding gown

bridesmaids helping the bride wear the gown

A bride gets her wedding gown hung in the window

bridesmaid putting on the shoes for the bride

bridesmaids helping the bride with her wedding dress for her curtis atrium wedding

close up of the groom's shoes

groom's mother smiling at him while fixing his suit

the groom's essential including watch, cologne and bouttonniere

groom getting his cheek pinched by his giggling father

Bride and Groom

smiling portrait of bride for her curtis atrium wedding

bride is smiling for her bridal portrait for their curtis atrium wedding

bride smiling while her veil flows in the air

portrait of the bride

portrait of the bride infront of the museum

a dashing groom posing behind the steel gates before his curtis atrium wedding

groom poses and leans on the gate before his curtis atrium wedding

solo shot of the groom sitting

landscape shot of the bride in the garden

bride and groom before their first look

bride and groom holding each others hands and looking at each other

bride and groom first look

bride and groom holding each others hands and looking at each other

couple is taking a pose before their wedding at the Curtis atrium

before the bride's father first look of her

bride and her father tearing up before the wedding

bridesmaids tearing up during the wedding

bride and her father hugging each other

intimate moment between the bride and groom holding each other's hand while walking in the garden

bride and groom kissing each other

back shot of bride and groom walking together

groom with groomsmen

landscape shot of bride and groom kissing outside the curtis atrium

The Curtis Atrium Wedding Ceremony

A chuppah has four corners and a covered roof to symbolize the new home the bride and groom are building together

Two cups of wine place on top of the table are used in the wedding ceremony. The first cup accompanies the betrothal blessings, recited by the rabbi. another cup on the table is wrapped in a large cloth napkin, and placed beneath the foot of the groom to stomp and shatter the glass.

long shot of the curtis atrium wedding altar

interior of the wedding reception

bride with her parents walking her on the aisle back shot

bride and groom on the altar during their curtis atrium wedding

bride and groom under the chuppah during their curtis atrium wedding

bride and groom under the chuppah during their curtis atrium wedding

bride and groom tearing up during their curtis atrium wedding

landscape shot of bride and groom kissing under the chuppah while the bridesmaids and groomsmen are cheering during their curtis atrium wedding ceremony

the ceremonial exit

The Curtis Atrium Wedding Reception

landscape shot of the curtis atrium wedding reception

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reception table decorations

the guest tables of the curtis atrium wedding reception

the newlyweds reception table

a four-tierred white wedding cake with white flower accents

close up of the table arrangement

bride and groom's name on a table decorations

close up shot of a table decoration

Lia and Rob choose The Curtis Atrium in Philadelphia because it is grand, elegant, timeless, romantic, and located in one of their favorite areas of Philadelphia.

A 100-year-old landmark in downtown Philadelphia, The Curtis Atrium is the idyllic venue for one of the most timeless weddings of a lifetime. From the luxurious bridal suite to the airy cocktail hour mezzanine, couples recite vows in a twelve-story chamber adorned with delicate décor.

As you enter the historic Curtis Atrium, you feel as though you are entering an era when elegance and luxury were not only common but natural. You are greeted by towering columns, radiant skylights and a grand staircase framed by an art deco waterfall.

entrance of the bride and groom kissing on the stairs during their wedding reception

black and white shot of bride and groom kissing during their first dance

bride and groom in their traditional hora, or chair dance, is the highlight of a Jewish wedding reception. The wedding couple is lifted above the crowd on chairs, while guests sing "Hava Nagila" and circle the couple in a celebratory dance.

the first dance

bride and groom being carried by the guests

black and white candid shot of bride and groom getting emotional during reception

groom dancing with his mother

bride dancing with her father

bride dancing with her father long shot

bride and groom with their parents

guest greeting the newlyweds

wedding guests greeting the newlyweds

bride's parents saying their messages to the newlyweds

bride and groom cutting of the wedding cake

long shot of everyone in the reception

landscape shot of everyone dancing during the wedding reception

end of night shot of bride and groom kissing in the street

Reception: The Curtis Atrium│Dress:  La Belle Mariee and Vulcania by Pronovias│Grooms Suit: Jos. A. Bank│Shoes:  Bella Belle│Cake: Alfred S. DiBartolo│Music: Adam Weitz - Xplosive Entertainment│Hair: Jill Kozar of Starlit Salon assisted by Maureen │Make-up: Emily of Dylan Michael Cosmetics assisted by Ceyl │Florist: Steven J Letendre of Willow and Thistle│Videographer: Shutter and Sound│Wedding Planner:  Elizabeth Knox

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-Jackie Izabelle

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