Justine and Kyle chose Osteria, a charming Italian restaurant in Philadelphia to have their ceremony and reception.
With a guest list of 72, the couple was able to pull out all the stops, treating their guests to an intimate and unforgettable feast.
“We wanted the experience to feel like a big family dinner. We wanted to be able to interact with each of our guests. Keeping it intimate made the family style dinner and dancing feel like we were in someone’s home,” says Justine. “Osteria could not have done a more amazing job with the food, drinks and service. Everyone and everything was perfect.”
Thanks to the talented Inna Spivakova from Peach Plum Pear Photo for sharing this enchanting intimate wedding with us!
Justine, 29 & Kyle, 29
Location: Philadelphia PA
Wedding Date: December 2, 2017
Number of Guests: 72
Wedding Cost: $45,000
Wedding Ceremony Location: Osteria
Wedding Reception Location: Osteria
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We wanted the experience to feel like a big family dinner. We wanted to be able to interact with each of our guests. Keeping it intimate made the family style dinner and dancing feel like we were in someone’s home.
What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
Keeping the guest list small enough. Not being able to give everyone a plus one or invite extended family was tough. Ultimately we sent 85 invites and had 72 people in attendance.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
Yes at first until we were able to set some “rules”, after that it went very quickly.
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?
Not really. It was tough explaining that we were choosing to not invite cousins, as there were just too many, and creating that as one of our “rules” was the only way to manage the guest list. Our parents understood.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
We had my (the bride’s) uncle marry us. There was something so wonderful of someone who watched your love grow being the one to officiate. Also, we had a solo guitar player, Scot, play during the ceremony and through the first dance. He was amazing and really helped create an intimate vibe.
What were the highlights of the reception?
The food, food and more food. Osteria could not have done a more amazing job with the food, drinks and service. Everyone and everything was perfect. Our small dance floor was perfect and everyone danced the night away.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
Being able to celebrate with those closest to you!
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Do it! We also had everyone stand in a circle for our ceremony rather than sitting in rows. It helped create an intimate feeling and made it feel as though they were all a part of the ceremony and not just spectators. I would highly recommend it.
Ceremony and Reception: Osteria
Photography: Peach Plum Pear Photo
Coordination and decor: Sara Rea Design
Dress: Lovely Bride
Florals: RAM Floral @ramfloral
Hair and makeup: Shimmer and Spice
DJ: Shane Petrellis EBE Entertainment