Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Directions & Details

Ceremony is scheduled for 4:30PM (please leave time to park and join us in the Library on the 3rd floor), cocktail hour will be outside on the lawn (women should consider wearing or bringing flats & a sweater) then inside for the dinner & dancing reception.

German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Website of the venue: http://www.germansociety.org/.

The German Society is on the Northeast corner of 7th and Spring Garden Streets. The entrance facing Spring Garden Street will be open for the wedding.   

  Driving Directions: 
There isn't a Phillies or Eagles game, however it is Yom Kippur so there could be traffic as a result of the Jewish holiday.
From 76: Take I676 East to the 8th Street exit. Go straight one block and turn left on 7th St. Turn right onto Spring Garden St. Almost immediately to your left is a break in the median to allow you to turn into the Society's driveway and parking lot.
From I-95 North: Take Callowhill Street exit. Turn right on Callowhill St. and turn right on 7th St. Turn right onto Spring Garden St. Almost immediately to your left is a break in the median to allow you to turn into the Society's driveway and parking lot.
From I-95 South: Take Callowhill Street exit. Turn left on Callowhill St. Turn right onto 7th Street.  Turn right onto Spring Garden St. Almost immediately to your left is a break in the median to allow you to turn into the Society's driveway and parking lot.
From NJ Benjamin Franklin Bridge: Cross bridge. Go to first light. Turn right on Franklin Street (7th St.). Turn right onto Spring Garden St. Almost immediately to your left is a break in the median to allow you to turn into the Society's driveway and parking lot.

Parking: The German Society has a parking lot, adjacent to the building, with an entrance in the middle of the block between 6th and 7th Streets on Spring Garden (across from the break in the median).  The lot holds roughly 40 cars. Please make sure you park behind the black gate.  The parking area under the mural and in front of the gate does not belong to us, and you will be in danger of towing if you park there. Street parking along 6th and 7th streets is free of charge.

Public Transit: The Society is only minutes away from Center City and University City (Penn) via the Frankford Elevated (the El). Visitors traveling by train to Center City can make easy connections to the El at all 30th St., Suburban, and Market East Stations. From the Spring Garden St. El stop, walk west on Spring Garden Street approximately five blocks to Sixth Street.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown Marriott

There are rooms available until 9/21/11 at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown,
21 N Juniper Street · Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107 USA.  Vtfvtfa (Van Trieste/Fawley wedding) is the code to use online, Marriott.com. On the left side, right above the Edit button will be a block called Group Code. This is where you input the code or call hotel reservations at 1-800-321-2211. 
$149.00/room and a rate on suites  
Kellie M. Quinton
Property Coordinator
Philadelphia Courtyard by Marriott
21 N. Juniper St @ City Hall
Philadelphia, Pa. 19107
215-832-3054 (direct dial)
215-564-1984 (fax)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Unofficial Engagement Shoot

Our good friend and talented photographer, Suzanne Delaney, invited us up to a friend's farm in June to take some pictures. Visit her new blog here to have a look at her work.

Monday, September 5, 2011

What's Done & What's Left...

We've had a wonderful bridal shower, located outfits, secured music for the ceremony & during the reception, selected the buffet menu, sent out our homemade invitations, thought about hairstyles, confirmed our officiant, written our ceremony, booked the honeymoon and set-up final dates with our photographers, venue, & officiant. But we still have a lot of details to plan and execute. In the next thirty days or so we will firm up the rest of the things and then we can relax and enjoy!

 (photographs either courtesy of Angelique Kuyper or Emilie)

Friday, July 15, 2011


Everything I look at related to the wedding reminds me of the exact amount of days we have left to get this thing organized and it's not much time! I posted pretty photos of Paris as a wedding distraction- well the Philadelphia Flower Show this year not actually France- but close enough. They remind me of when we were there 2 years ago on one of the best trips we have ever taken.

Anyhow, we have in fact made some progress on the nuptial plans with the help of friends that are either related to the wedding business or just great friends offering their expertise & time. We are lucky to have them!

This weekend is also Steve's birthday & our 10 year anniversary:)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Independence Park Hotel

Rooms are now available to book at the Independence Park Hotel (Best Western Plus) located at 235 Chestnut St., http://www.theindependenceparkhotel.com/. The hotel is located 1.2 miles from the German Society of Pennsylvania (611 Spring Garden St.)-a short cab ride.

Room Options:
$165/night for Deluxe Queen
$185/night for Superior King
$205/night for Two Bedded Accommodation for four people (several bed options available)

When making your reservation you must call 1-800-624-2988 OR send an email to stay@independenceparkinn.com and identify as part of the "Van Trieste/Fawley Wedding" You can not book online via their website and recieve the discount. Rooms will be held until September 8, 2011.

Friday, March 18, 2011

for japan with love...

We barely blog, however this is very near and dear to our hearts...as i'm sure it is to yours, too. A couple of well known blogs decided to mark March 18th as a Bloggers day of Silence in order to raise money for those in need in Japan. Please consider donating, here, or to any other organization that is collecting.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Amazing Vera Wang dress

This dress makes me re-think my already purchased gown a bit- it's just so beautiful. For more of their details check out the post on Ruffled.

Elegant Martha.

I love her wedding photo and so many of these ideas: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/50-great-centerpieces.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wedding Archive: Venice, Italy 2006

Jessy (my sister) & Chris were married in Venice at the Palazzo Contarini on a very warm day in May 2006. It was such a beautiful wedding & we all felt so fortunate to be with them to celebrate!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Welcome, Liliana Marie Crossley!

Our youngest flower girl has arrived!! And we couldn't be happier to meet our niece born January 13, 2011 at 4:33PM. She is the sweetest girl!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

We've Found Our Photographers!!

And we're stoked about it. We met with Carina and Amanda at LoveMeDo Photography last night at their beautiful warehouse studio in Fishtown. Their wedding photography was sort of a catalyst for us to start actually thinking about getting married. I think you will see a lot of our style in their photography. Here are a couple photos, to see more, check out their blog.