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June 29, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Jinny and Peter, June 2018, Barn on Bridge, Collegeville, PA

On June 2nd, 2017, I received an email from Bride Jinny asking for help with wedding planning.  She admitted she wasn’t very into the idea of wedding planning and really never thought about her “big day”.  Jinny and fiancé Peter were both very busy pharmacists with unconventional work schedules so finding time for wedding planning was also a concern.  Jinny was hoping a wedding planner would help her find the perfect venue (she knew she wanted something classic but rustic) as well as incorporate some personal details (more about this later!) in her wedding day vision.  Jinny’s biggest request for her wedding planner though was to stay on budget as much as possible!  I was excited to meet Jinny in person and after connecting right away, I knew that she was a perfect Diamonds and Details client and I was excited to get the planning process started with her!

After visiting several rustic themed venues in the Philadelphia area, Jinny and her fiancé Peter fell in love with the Barn on Bridge in Collegeville.  Jinny wanted a barn type venue but Peter also wanted to accommodate his family and guests that were used to Korean weddings that usually have a more formal, banquet style to them.  Thankfully, Barn on Bridge and their in-house caterers – Robert Ryan Catering – offered just that type of wedding day – many different options of menu and bar service for the couple to choose from (a late night french fry station was the big hit!) as well as the scenery that Jinny envisioned.   After securing the perfect venue, I knew that Jinny and Peter also needed the right photographer to capture the vision that Jinny had asked me to bring to life for her on wedding day.  One of Jinny’s favorite movies is “UP” and she asked that we could design some of the wedding details around the movie’s balloon theme as well as it’s fun and whimsical nature.  After working with photographer Alyssa Maloof for a wedding we did with a previous client that featured live owls (!) and seeing the photos that she took of that wedding, I knew she was a perfect fit to capture the fun natured feel that Jinny was asking for.

As you can see from Alyssa’s photos, wedding day on June 2nd, 2018 (exactly 1 year after my first email from Jinny!) was exactly what Peter and Jinny had requested – fun, whimsical and featuring the personal details that were so important to them.  To incorporate the “UP” theme, the wedding featured a mailbox with handprints as the card container, a cake topper with the saying “Our Greatest Adventure Begins” and a first look photo with balloons (a surprise from Alyssa and I after Jinny’s budget kept her from adding huge pastel balloons to her ceremony seats – something she had seen online and loved).  To further personalize the wedding day details, Jinny and Peter also put together “Hangover Kits” featuring headache medicine as well as a signature drink sign designed to look like a prescription pad as a nod to their pharmacy jobs.

While the personal details may have come together, wedding day was not without its little hiccups, particular the extreme heat and humidity and the threat of thunderstorms.  Part of the reason Jinny and Peter fell in love with Barn on Bridge was their outdoor ceremony space.  They both were determined to have their ceremony outside rain or shine.  Even when Mother Nature risked this happening (thanks to thunder and lighting in the area), Jinny and Peter’s family and friends thankfully braved the elements and were willing to sit under umbrellas and even newspapers in a light drizzle.

I wish nothing but many more happy adventures to Jinny and Peter as they continue on in life and thank them so much for letting me travel with them over the last year to help plan their perfect wedding day!


Ceremony and Reception Venue – Barn on Bridge, Collegeville, PA

Caterer – Robert Ryan Catering 

Photography – Alyssa Maloof Photography 

Wedding Planning and Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Florist – An Enchanted Florist at Skippack Village 

Officiant – Weddings by Paul

Wedding Cake – The Master’s Baker 

Ceremony and Reception Music – Schaffer Sounds DJs

Hair and Make-up – Aiko from Daneene Jensen and Associates 

Photo Booth – Chariot Services 

Guest Hotel – Fairfield Inn and Suites Philadelphia Broomall/Newtown Square

  • Amanda
June 12, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

The Details on…The Diamonds and Details Team! Meet Katie!

It’s time for another introduction of our Diamonds and Details team!  Katie may have a familiar face to our clients and professional partners.  She interned with Diamonds and Details over the last year and because she was such a valuable member of the team, we decided we couldn’t let her go!  Katie’s current position in the company is serving as one of our Day of Assistants but she is also training to eventually work with her own clients as one of the company’s Wedding Day of Coordinators.  We are excited to connect future clients with Katie and have her add the details to their wedding days!  katie

MEET: Katie Auffant, Assistant Day of Coordinator at Diamonds and Details

Quick fire responses —

  1. 2 truths and 1 lie? “I was in a Sorority in college. My favorite vacation was to Italy. I had mini horses growing up.”
  2. What’s your coffee order? “Iced Mocha Latte or sometimes a French Vanilla Cappuccino”
  3. Fun fact? “I just got certified in Wedding Planning & Consulting from Temple in December! Excited to put it more to use”
  4. What’s 1 thing you can’t live without? “If we are talking materialistic…I’ll go with a really good mascara! Otherwise, family of course”
  1. Where is your favorite place to be? “The beach! The more tropical the better, but any beach will do!”

Katie has had a love for all things wedding for quite some time but when you’re growing up in a small town in PA (ever heard on the PA Grand Canyon? That’s where she’s from!) – being a wedding planner is more of a dream than an attainable reality. The spark was first lit while in college; Katie worked for a caterer/banquet hall and got a lot of exposure to the many weddings they held in-house and catered off-site. Although food service wasn’t her favorite aspect, something about weddings stuck out to her. When she moved to the Philadelphia area recently, she decided it was time to finally pursue this dream and started reaching out about internship opportunities with local wedding planners.  An opportunity with Amanda at Diamond and Details came up at the perfect time and it’s been happily ever after!

Katie’s favorite wedding trends are donut walls and unique escort card displays – these are two great ways to personalize a wedding and ensure that every little detail is accounted for. The age-old question of “what’s your favorite venue” stumped Katie, there are so many gorgeous and unique wedding venues in the Philadelphia area that it’s hard to choose one! She does, however, have a love for tented weddings at private residences! Is this because that was what she did for her wedding? Maybe. BUT – these weddings tend to be extra special because the location is normally tied to a family home with lots of memories and to see such a sentimental place transformed into a beautiful wedding venue is very cool!

Katie is a self-proclaimed romantic at heart, so her favorite part of wedding day is watching the couple recite their vows to each other; she loves to see two people so happy to be getting married to each other! Her one piece of advice to all couples is take a step back, take a deep breath and remember that all of this is to celebrate the love you share! It’s easy to get overwhelmed and wrapped up in the details, instead, take a moment (hire someone else to deal with those details) and remember why you’re doing this! It’s going to be perfect no matter what.

  • Amanda
May 29, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Moe and Rob, May 2018, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

With less than 2 months before their wedding day, Bride Moe reached out to Diamonds and Details for help with wedding day of coordination.  Moe and her fiancé Rob were in the process of becoming Doctors and working many hours as Residents.  Moe was based out of NYC and Rob was in Philadelphia.  Moe also had a trip to South America on her calendar right before the wedding and felt, along with day of coordination, she really needed someone to bring all the final details of their wedding planning together.  I am a true believer in “everything happens for a reason” and this was definitely the case with meeting Moe.

Rob and Moe’s wedding date was May 5th – Cinco de Mayo, a very popular wedding weekend and one that we are usually booked for months (or even a year) in advance.  This year however, we somehow were still available when Moe reached out.  (Funny enough, the day after Moe and Rob signed their contract, I received 2 emails from Brides asking if we were available for day of coordination for May 5th.)  From the very first emails exchanged and from the several phone calls discussing her wedding day needs (and maybe a little off topic discussion on NY Football teams (a favorite of both of us!)), I knew that there was a reason the calendar left this particular wedding weekend available.  I immediately clicked with Moe and couldn’t wait to finalize all the details for Rob and her and take the last-minute stress off their shoulders.

Thankfully all came together in the final weeks before the wedding (who says you can’t do your tasting with the caterer last-minute – much thanks to Frog Commissary for pulling this off!) and Rob and Moe had a ridiculously fun fiesta themed wedding day celebration with some of the coolest friends and family we have ever worked with!  Special thanks to photographer Brittney Raine for her photos – she knocked it out of the park with capturing all the little details, the uniqueness the Franklin Institute offers as a  venue and the intimate moments between Bride and Groom throughout the wedding day.  (A very special addition to wedding day was Moe and Rob’s 4 legged child – “Duncan”.  I don’t think Moe would argue with me when I say, Duncan may have won “Best Dressed” for the festivities.)

Congrats to Moe and Rob on a beautiful wedding day!  Thank you for choosing me to work with you and letting my team partake in your wedding day celebration and the opportunity to meet your family and friends.   We wish you many happy (and especially) healthy days ahead filled with long dog walks with Duncan and hopefully some breaks from busy night shifts at new doctors!


Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Franklin Institute

Catering – Frog Commissary 

Photography – Brittney Raine Photography 

Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Florist – Beautiful Blooms Events

Ceremony and Reception Music – Bachelor Boys Band

Photo Booth – Illumination Photobooths 

Hair – Lock and Shade Salon 

Make-up – Nancy Caroline – Bridal Beauty 

Wedding Dress – Lotus Bridal (New York)

Hotels – The Logan Philadelphia 

  • Amanda
May 17, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Jill and Zach, April 2018, The Horticultural Center, Philadelphia, PA

In August of 2017, Bride Jill contacted Diamonds and Details to help with day of coordination for her April 2018 wedding at the Horticultural Center.  We are always excited to hear from a Horticultural Center client as the venue is a favorite of Diamonds and Details to work out.  Jill and Zach had put together a great team of vendors already on their own but Jill wanted to make sure that her many decor ideas and details were executed and set up properly at the venue on wedding day.  (Just by speaking with a Jill over the phone, I knew she would be a perfect fit for Diamonds and Details as she was extremely organized and all about the details – two of our favorite things!)  After finally meeting for a venue walk through in January and meeting Jill, Zach and Jill’s parents in person, we couldn’t wait for all the details to come together for their spring wedding!

We were excited to be working on wedding day with Jill and Zach’s photographer Brianna Wilbur Photography who we had admired from afar, but had yet to have had the opportunity to work with.  As you will see in Brianna’s photos, she perfectly captured every little detail of Jill’s wedding day design.  Working alongside florist FabuFloras, Jill used candles and accents of gold to compliment her white and green decor and the natural, organic feel of the venue.  A favorite decor detail of our team was all the personal touches Jill added into the day including family photos, signs made by her bridesmaids and even an antique typewriter and suitcase that belonged to her grandfather.  What might have been the true showstopper for the wedding (besides how amazing Jill and Zach looked of course!) was the Donut Cake Tower from Federal Donuts (of course accented with the perfect sign and cake topper provided by the Bride!).

Thank you to Jill and Zach for allowing Diamonds and Details to be part of you wedding day, having the opportunity to meet your beautiful families and to help bring all your details together.  Congratulations on a picture perfect wedding day!


Ceremony and Reception Venue – Horticultural Center

Caterer – Starr Catering Group

Photography – Brianna Wilbur Photography 

Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Florist – FabuFloras

Wedding Cake – Federal Donuts 

Reception Music – EBE London Bridge

Videographer – NST Pictures

Lighting – Eventions Productions

Make-up – Emily De Stefano from Tribe Beauty

Hair – Alyssa Gallen

Wedding Dress – Hayley Paige Bridal 

Rentals – T&T Farm Table and Bar Rentals

Transportation – Krapf Buses

Hotels – Loews Philadelphia

May 10, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

The Details on….The Diamonds and Details Team!

Has it really been January since we have shared any new details?!  Forgive us!  It’s been a very busy beginning to the 2018 wedding season.  While we wait to receive some beautiful photos from recent weddings (and will be sharing them soon), we thought it was time to put the spotlight on the Diamonds and Details team and introduce each of us!  First up, is Amanda – owner and Lead Planner for Diamonds and Details!


(Photo by Brittany Ostrov Photography)

MEET: Amanda Dabbeekeh, Owner and Lead Planner at Diamonds and Details

Quick fire responses —

  1. 2 truths and 1 lie? “I don’t eat seafood, I grew up in NJ, and I hate weddings! I made this one easy!”
  2. What’s your coffee order? “I don’t drink coffee! I love tea with lemon!”
  3. When you’re not working, what are you doing? “When I am not working, I am spending time with my family which includes my husband, 2 kids – 7-year-old and 4-year old boys, 2 cats and 2 dogs (I like multiples of 2!).”
  4. What’s 1 thing you can’t live without? “Of course, I would say my family, especially my children.  I also couldn’t live without my phone unfortunately!  It’s how I run Diamonds and Details and my personal schedule.”
  5. Where is your favorite place to be? “Hands down – the beach. My ultimate goal is to retire to Florida someday and live on the beach!”

Amanda started Diamonds and Details in 2009 after a career in Human Resources and interning with some of the top wedding planners in the area! She is a self-proclaimed planner and has always had a knack for planning events. Anything from a party for a friend’s birthday to a formal or recruitment event for her sorority, you name it…Amanda was on it! After planning her own wedding, she knew that she finally found a career where her intuitive planning skills would be appreciated! A career in wedding planning would also afford her the opportunity to meet, work with and help lots of different people!

Amanda is a sucker for a non-traditional wedding – she loves when a couple completely ignores the trends all over Pinterest and infuses their own personality into the design of the wedding! It is beyond difficult for Amanda to pick a favorite venue, but here’s a few she loves and the reasons she loves them:

  1. The Barn at Silverstone in Lancaster: Feels like a country farm wedding but still very close to restaurants and hotels.
  2. The Radnor Hotel: Closer to Philadelphia with a classic ballroom feel. (It’s also Amanda’s wedding venue so she is a little partial.)
  3. The Horticultural Center: Perfect for couples looking for a garden style wedding
  4. The Baldwin School: Great venue that provides many different space options for the ceremony and reception.

Amanda pinning boutonnieres on wedding day (Photo by Pat Robinson Photography)

She wants to leave all couples with one small piece of advice: hire a wedding planner or a day of coordinator – for your sanity! And when she says sanity, she truly means that hiring a planner/coordinator will ensure you have someone to chase the family dog who decides to run away from home the morning of your wedding. …Yes, that’s a true story! After all the craziness of planning, coordinating and keeping everyone on time – her favorite part of a wedding is watching the bride and groom walk down the aisle. It’s that moment when her team can breathe a small sigh of relief – all the hard work has finally paid off!


January 22, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

The Details on…The Baldwin School

Many times I will work with a client requesting a wedding venue with a historic past.  Philadelphia is obviously a city with a history and there are many venues that celebrate that past.  While Old City Philadelphia might be the obvious choice to begin the search for a historic venue, there are also some hidden gems on the Main Line and in the suburbs surrounding the city.  Once such venue is the historic Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA.


Photo Courtesy of the Baldwin School

The Baldwin School, formerly the Bryn Mawr Hotel, was built-in 1871 and was a popular spot for Philadelphians to escape the summer heat.  At the time it was built, it offered 350 rooms, a bathroom on every floor (rare in those days) and even the first elevator on the Main Line.  Destroyed by fire in 1887, famed architect Frank Furness built a new hotel in 1890 and in the early 1900s, the building was bought by the Baldwin School for Girls and remains a school today.

I was recently invited to tour the school by the new Event and Rentals Coordinator, Jane Darnell and was excited to see all the options the venue offers for wedding day.  For a ceremony, Brides and Grooms can choose to either get married on the grounds outside in front of one of many staircases the venue offers (my favorite aspect of the venue!) and if weather is not agreeable – you can choose to use one of the inside options such a smaller ballroom or even the foyer area.

For cocktail hour, the venue offers an enormous veranda for an outside option, as well as use of the foyer area (the venue is extremely accommodating with removing their furniture that is there during the week) or even one of its many decks and patios around the property.


Cocktail hour inside (Photo courtesy of the Baldwin School)

When it comes time to enjoy dinner and dancing, the Baldwin School‘s ballroom can host over 250 guests (not an easy find for a wedding venue on the Main Line or even in the Philadelphia area).


Ballroom (photo courtesy of the Baldwin School)

Rental pricing is extremely reasonable – for a five-hour rental (cocktail hour and 4 hour dinner reception), pricing starts at $3000.  For an on site ceremony, cost is $500.  Included in the rental fee is use of the school’s in-house rentals, including high top tables, banquet tables and several options for seating.  The venue also offers the luxury of using one of their preferred caterers or you can bring in your own for an additional fee.  (Even though it is a school, the venue does allow alcohol on site and has a BYOB policy.)  An additional plus to getting married at the venue – because of its hotel history, the property offers Brides and Grooms a converted hotel room to get ready in, relax before the wedding or even a safe place for the wedding party to store their items during the evening.  As a Wedding Planner, I can attest to clients appreciating having a private space to retreat to during the evening if they want to change into a 2nd dress or even need a little break from the celebration.



photo courtesy of the Baldwin School

I am excited for the opportunity to share the Baldwin School as a potential wedding venue with future clients looking to celebrate the history of the Philadelphia area.  Even for the non-history minded client, the venue offers an array of possibilities for wedding day – an inside/outside ceremony and/or cocktail hour, a beautiful ballroom with wood trimmings and space to arrange any style of seating and a perfect location on the main line, close to hotels, public transportation and first look photo opportunities!  If you are still searching for the perfect venue, we would love to introduce you to the Baldwin School as an option and help bring your wedding details to life!

  • Amanda
January 15, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Kim and JP, April 2017, The Horticultural Center, Philadelphia, PA

“Good things come to those who wait” and this could not be truer for being able to share the details from Kim and JP’s wedding day.  Why were we waiting to share?  Well….we are excited to announce that Kim and JP’s wedding day has been featured in New Jersey Bride magazine!  


We couldn’t be happier for a more deserving couple to be able to highlight their wedding in print and we feel extremely grateful to be part of the team that brought all the pieces to wedding day together.

Kim reached out to Diamonds and Details in January of 2017 to help with day of coordination.  The couple felt with a ceremony at St. Joe’s Chapel and the reception at the Horticulture Center, as well as a very large vendor team and many items to set up at the venue, they would benefit from a day of coordination team to keep things moving smoothly.  If all those items were not enough to require the assistance of a day of coordinator, Kim and JP also had the extra stress of planning their wedding around one of Philadelphia’s biggest events in 2017 – the NFL draft which was taking place right around their home and where Kim would be getting ready for wedding day.  I met with Kim and JP at the Hort Center for a walk through and immediately clicked with the couple.  (It didn’t hurt that JP and I root for the same sports teams.  Do I dare say in Philadelphia – Go Mets and Go Giants?)  I looked forward to working with them and assured the couple that even the NFL draft wouldn’t keep my team from making sure their wedding day was stress-free and flawless!

Now that the New Jersey Bride feature has been released, I am excited to be able to share more than just the sneak peek photos that we had previously shared from Kim and JP’s wedding photographer Emily Wren Photography.  Emily really does work magic with her photos and what you can’t tell from looking at them was that (as if we didn’t have enough to contend with on wedding day!) Mother Nature decided to share a very rare and very hot almost 90 degree April day with us!   With a venue (the Hort center) without air conditioning and a Bride who added long sleeves to her wedding dress (yikes!), the heat never really become an issue as Kim and JP had put together a dream team of wedding professionals (thank you!) who handled all the extra hiccups as pros and a wedding party filled with family and friends who were just there to make JP and Kim’s day as special and memorable as possible (no matter how much they were sweating!).

We can’t say it enough, Diamonds and Details clients are truly the best in the business.  While it’s always exciting to see your company name in print, the reason that I continue to pursue this passion is because of the people I get to work with and the clients who continue to trust me with their wedding day.  Thank you to Kim and JP for including us in your wedding day dream team and for the opportunity to to share in your New Jersey Bride magazine feature and most importantly, having the opportunity to meet you both.  Many, many happy wishes ahead from Diamonds and Details (and to JP – don’t worry the Giants will be back next season)!

Ceremony Venue – Chapel at St. Joe’s University

Reception Venue – Horticultural Center

Caterer – Seven Starr Events

Photography – Emily Wren Photography

Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Florist –Kristin Rockhill Designs

Wedding Cake – Whipped Bakeshop

Reception Music – Groove Place

Videographer – Muddysnow Productions

Invitations – April Lynn Designs

Make-up – Aleksandra Ambrozy

Hair – Flawless Finish Artistry

Bride’s Hair – Balance Hair Spa

Wedding Dress – Anne Barge

Farm Tables – Barnes Farm Table

Transportation – J & J Luxury Transportation

Hotels – Le Meridian Philadelphia and The Westin Philadelphia

  • Amanda
December 18, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

Lauren and Ted, 11/4/17, The Olde Bar, Philadelphia, PA

One of my favorite sayings is “You are only as strong as the people standing next to you.”  It’s pretty much the mantra for how I run Diamonds and Details as a business.   I have put together the best of the best on my team and the company wouldn’t be what it is without them.  I bring this up because my 2nd in command Svetlana was responsible for taking on the lead for Lauren and Ted’s November wedding in Center City.  As the gorgeous photos from the team of Kyle and Stuart from Pat Robinson Photography show, it was a magical day where all the details came together perfectly!

Lauren and Ted contacted us a little less a year before their wedding day looking for someone to assist with day of coordination.  (We love when clients are thinking this far ahead to keep things stress free and smooth on wedding day!)  The couple were getting married at Saint Peter’s Church and hosting their reception at The Olde Bar (which is managed and catered by the Garces Group.)  Svetlana has worked with the Garces team for several weddings and I was happy to connect Bride Lauren with her immediately so they could start to work out the logistics for our team to manage wedding day.

With many moving parts, including separate ceremony and reception locations, a first look in Washington Square Park and getting the wedding party and guests from one place to another in a timely manner, Sveltana had no issues with keeping everything stress-free and fun for the Bride and Groom.  Lauren and Ted also made things a little easier for our team by putting together an amazing group of professionals to work alongside with for wedding day – A Garden Party Florist, SilverSound DJs, Brooklyn Girl Bakery, Philadelphia Trolley Works and Bella Angel hair and make-up.

Congratulations to Lauren and Ted on a beautiful wedding day!  Thank you for trusting our team and allowing Svetlana to take the lead on this one.  She is actually stepping away from wedding planning for a little while to focus on other ventures and she was so happy to have you be one of her final couples.  We wish you many, many magical moments in the future!

Ceremony Venue – Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA

Officiant – Claire Nevin-Field

Ceremony Music – Tessa Ellis and Matthew Boatman

Reception Venue  – Olde Bar at Old Original Bookbinder’s, Philadelphia, PA

Caterer- Garces Group

Wedding Cake – Brooklyn Girl Bakery

Photography – Pat Robinson Photography

Reception Music – SilverSounds DJs – DJ Binh Nguyen

Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Floral Design and Decor  – A Garden Party, LLC

Hair and Make-up – Bella Angel

Bridal Gown – Theai Couture, purchased at Lovely Bridal Philadelphia

Tuxedos – Indochino

Transportation – Philadelphia Trolley Works

Guest Hotels – Sheraton Society Hill, Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing

  • Amanda
December 11, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

The Details on….Aqimero Restaurant

One of the most asked questions I get from clients is, “Do you have any rehearsal dinner suggestions?”  While planning the wedding may seem the most stressful aspect of the process (hiring Diamonds and Details of course can help with this!), finding the perfect rehearsal dinner venue seems to be a constant source of decision-making for most Brides and Grooms.   This edition of “Give Me More Details!” will help make those decisions a little easier with a great option for a Center City rehearsal dinner, post-wedding brunch or even a meeting spot for wedding planning.


Aqimero Lounge and Bar Area (photo courtesy of website)

Located in the beautiful Ritz-Carlton hotel is Aqimero Restaurant.  Alayna Gardner, the new Event Sales Manager, hosted me for lunch and a tour last week and the restaurant did not disappoint.   Upon first walking into the Ritz-Carlton, you are greeted by the restaurant’s open seating lounge and bar area.  (If you can get there before the end of the year, their holiday decorations are a showstopper!)  This semi-private area offers you direct access to the bar as well as full food service.  If you sit in the middle of the lounge area, you can even peek at the chandelier that hangs below in the Ritz Carlton ballroom space!


Main Dining Room (Photo courtesy of the website)

If you prefer a more intimate dinner experience, you can be seated by their hostess in the Main Dining Room which gives you a first-hand look into their kitchen, featuring one of Center City’s only wood fired grills.  A cool feature of using this space for a private event is that you can arrange with Alayna to lower the restaurant’s sheer curtains.  This gives you a private space for your guests but also allows for them to see the gorgeous columns and architecture the venue offers.  (The building used to be home to the Girard Trust Company, the Girard Bank and the Mellon Bank East and was built between 1904 and 1908.)

If you are planning a rehearsal dinner, post-wedding brunch or even a bridal shower, Aqimero also offers a completely private dining space that would be ideal for around 40-50 guests.  While the restaurant may be located in one of Center City’s more high end hotels, Alayna wanted me to know that they have great options at many price points for their private events.  Rehearsal dinners start at around $83/person and even though the restaurant is known for it’s Latin style menu, the chef would love to work with any Bride and Groom to design a dinner menu that suits their style and tastes buds!


Private Dining Space (Photo courtesy of website)

Much thanks to Alayna for inviting me to have lunch with her and see the spaces Aqimero offers for private events.  I will be happily referring the restaurant this as an option to my clients in the future!  If you have yet to hire a Wedding Planner and find yourself stressed about any part of the wedding planning process, especially the rehearsal dinner, do not hesitate to reach out to us!  We can schedule a meeting a Aqimero to talk more details!

  • Amanda




November 14, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

Karlee and Rob, 8/5/17, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

“Mawwiage is wot bwings us togetha today.” – The Princess Bride

Bride Karlee found Diamonds and Details on the website Offbeat Bride. (If you are planning a non-traditional wedding, this website is one of our favorites for ideas and advice.)  From her initial email, I knew that I would be obsessed with the wedding she and fiance Rob wanted to plan.  They described themselves as “two giant nerds’ and “wanted to avoid a “cookie cutter” wedding.”.  Karlee wanted to incorporate the couple’s  favorite things into their wedding – Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, Star Trek and Star Wars, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, general history and science nerddom.  I pretty much begged Karlee to hire me when we met for a consultation.  I couldn’t wait to start putting her ideas and vision to life and plan the ultimate “nerd wedding”.

With the perfect venue to showcase all of their quirky details booked – The Franklin Institute – it was up to me to match all of Karlee and Rob’s vendors to the vision they wanted to bring to wedding day.   To find the perfect photographer for Karlee and Rob, I referred them to one of my favorites – Oh Karina Photography.  As you will see from Karlee and Rob’s wedding photos, Karina is a master at capturing unique wedding details with such imagination and beauty.  (It didn’t hurt that she also considers herself a nerdy girl as well.)  During the planning process, Karlee decided she wanted to incorporate Legos into the wedding decor, a favorite hobby of the Bride and Groom.  To match the lego colors, Karlee also requested a rainbow of colors in the floral table decor.  Carly from Carly is Inspired managed to find a way to make these requests elegant and fun and still fit the wedding’s theme and style.  (The Bride and Groom deserve a special shout-out for all their hard work during the 16 months of planning – they used their lego skills to make all the table numbers, card box and even boutineers out of legos.)  Karlee and Rob found a perfect match with the reception entertainment in DJ Jane from Stylus DJ Entertainment, who specializes in non-traditional weddings.  Hair and Make-up was also on point for Bride Karlee and the wedding party (which included both Bridesmaids and a “Bridesdude”) – Laura from Bridal Beauty by Laura loved that Karlee wanted to bring out her natural beauty on wedding day with a simple updo and birdcage veil in her gorgeous red hair.  After a self-uniting ceremony in the museum’s Planetarium (with a special appearance from the Princess Bride Priest) and cocktail hour in the exhibits halls, Karlee and Rob hosted their wedding guests to dinner and dancing in Franklin Hall.  To cap off this perfect “nerd wedding”, Frog Commissary Catering team (exclusive to the Franklin Institute) filled a special request of the science loving Bride and Groom and entertained guests with a liquid nitrogen ice cream bar for dessert!

I can’t thank Karlee and Rob enough for allowing me to help put together all these wedding details for them.  I love when couples want to incorporate their own personal style into their wedding and Karlee and Rob were always open to taking my ideas and running with them.  I can’t wait to see what fun the couple has planned for the future!  Congrats from the Diamonds and Details team!


Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Officiant – Self-Uniting Ceremony performed by the Bride and Groom and Family and Friends

Caterer and Wedding Cake – Frog Commissary, Philadelphia, PA

Photography – Oh Karina Photography, Boston, MA

Wedding Planning – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Floral Design and Decor – Carly is Inspired, Philadelphia, PA

Bride and Bridesmaid’s Bouquets – EcoFlower

Reception Entertainment – Stylus DJ Entertainment

Guest Hotels – Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, The Logan Philadelphia

Hair and Make-up – Bridal Beauty by Laura

– Amanda