Our Story
How We Met & Our First Date

Alison and Kyle met when they both frequented the same local bar with their respective friends. After seeing each other there for several weeks, Alison accidentally hung her purse on the back of Kyle's chair instead of the chair next to him, which led Kyle to strike up a conversation about being on "purse duty." After talking for several hours, Kyle asked Alison if she wanted to do something "spontaneous" later that week. Kyle planned a full afternoon of adventures, which included bowling at Lucky Strike, games at Dave & Buster's, and a walk on Kelly Drive. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Proposal

The weekend following their 2nd anniversary, Kyle again planned an afternoon of adventures, which concluded with a picnic on Kelly Drive by the playing angels statues. Kyle had friends hiding behind a tree to capture the moment and while Alison was searching for some music to put on, he said, "I have a question for you…" When Alison looked up from her phone, Kyle was down on one knee and asked her to marry him. After an emphatic "yes!" and a quick photoshoot, Kyle and Alison returned to the bar where they met under the guise of having dinner at a special table for two. Waiting for the happy couple were their parents, siblings and many friends, ready to celebrate!

The Wedding

Saturday, November 11, 2017
3:00 PM
Attire: Black Tie Optional
Ceremony and Reception
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

Please use the 1450 Sansom Street entrance.

Our Ceremony
Reading one - Song of the Open Road, Walt Whitman

Listen, I will be honest with you …

I do not offer the old smooth prizes

But offer rough new prizes

These are the days that must happen to you:

You shall not heap up what is called riches,

You shall scatter with lavish hand

all that you earn or achieve.

However sweet the laid up stores,

However convenient the dwelling,

you shall not remain there.

However sheltered the port,

However calm the waters,

you shall not anchor there.

However welcome the hospitality that welcomes you,

you are permitted to receive it but a little while.

Afoot and lighthearted, take to the open road

Healthy, free, the world before you

The long brown path before you,

Leading wherever you choose.

Say only to one another:

Camerado, I give you my hand!

I give you my love more precious than money;

I give you myself before preaching and law:

Will you give me yourself?

Will you come travel with me?

Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?

Reading two - Heather Berry, The Promise

Within this blessed union of souls, where two hearts intertwine to become one, there lies a promise. Perfectly born, divinely created, and intimately shared, it is a place where the hope and majesty of beginnings reside. Where all things are made possible by the astounding love shared by two spirits. As you hold each other’s hands in this promise, and eagerly look into the future in each other’s eyes, may your unconditional love and devotion take you to places where you’ve both only dreamed. Where you’ll dwell for a lifetime of happiness, sheltered in the warmth of each other’s arms.

Reading three - Unknown, Untitled (Often attributed to Bob Marley according to the internet but you know what they say about trusting everything you read on the internet)

Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colors seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.

Irish Blessing

May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace. May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase. May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past. May your hands beforever clasped in friendship and your hearts joined forever in love.