Old City Philadelphia | Engagement Session | Dan + Sam

January 23, 2019 by Afrik Armando in EngagementStories
Old City Philadelphia | Engagement Session | Dan + Sam

The BIG day for the Eagles (Philadelphia’s football team) was right around the corner and the city was buzzing with high anticipation for their Super Bowl 52 game. With all of that going on, Samantha had no inclination that Dan was getting ready to pop the question. They had made plans to meet his sister, Leah, out for drinks. But as they walked to Race Street Cafe, they got a phone call from her and apparently, she needed help with a flat tire (wink wink). Dan led the way past the bar, down 2nd street and wanted to cut down Elfreth’s Alley (the nations oldest street) to get to the car quicker. While Samantha, not knowing what was next to come, wanted to read the signs offering information about the street, Dan eagerly pulled her to keep on walking. But as they walked down, she noticed a person walking towards them who looked a lot like Leah. And as the question “Dan, is that your sister” was coming out of her mouth, Dan stopped, pulled her arm around and got down on one knee with the ring in his hand asking her to marry him. Of course, she said Yes!

Samantha deals with a lot of brides since she’s in charge of weddings at the Philadelphia Distilling Venue, so I asked her for some tips on any future brides planning a wedding;
Everyone has been telling me “enjoy the planning and have fun” – trust me, it’s easier said than done. Planning a wedding is a lot of time and energy, so try to enjoy the little moments you have together and don’t take anything too seriously. I think for us, it has been pretty easy because, from the beginning, we never had “the perfect day” planned out of what we wanted, we’re just figuring it out as we go. The main thing we cared about was sharing this special day with our friends and family and we know everything will turn out great, even if it’s not perfect.
Other tips I would share and do share with my recently engaged friends and clients – don’t get discouraged if one thing doesn’t work out because you will find another solution and it will be even better, definitely hire a day of coordinator (absolutely a necessity!) or planner to help get everything laid out in front of you so you have a plan and steps to follow. If you think you will save money by not hiring a day of coordinator, you will pay with a whole lot of stress and mishaps on the day of the wedding – you will be SO busy and you need to have someone responsible for everything you’ve worked so hard to plan, this way it’s executed properly.
And my last point is on the venue – I think if you find a venue you like, structure your plan of action around that. You will be happier than trying to fit the perfect idea into a space that it won’t work in. When I find myself stressing out and stuck in the chaos of everything, I just picture the moment I’ll be walking down the aisle to my fiancé and everything instantly turns around because that’s the only moment I truly care about. Happy planning to all the brides!
Ilona Belous is Sams planner and coordinator and we’ve been working together on some wedding stationary, can’t wait to share everything with you guys soon :). Hope you enjoyed this and let me know what you think in the comments section below.


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