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by Meghann on May 22, 2011

A BIG CONGRATS to the newlyweds!

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Charles and Leslie know how to throw one heck of a party! It was a beautiful ceremony followed by an equally gorgeous reception. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the union of a couple I admire and adore. Congrats you guys! πŸ™‚

The rain and clouds from the week before cleared out for blue skies and sunshine yesterday. Perfect. Our anti-rain dances in Leslie’s honor paid off and we were all able to comfortable wear fun dresses and heals.

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I’d say Ashley, Sabrina, and I clean up pretty nicely. πŸ˜‰

I nibbled on half of a Luna bar on the drive to Villanova.

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Leslie and Charles were married in the picturesque Villanova Cathedral.

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The cathedral was full of so much history and character, it was the perfect wedding day match for the couple.

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The room was beaming with energy. I love that feeling of anticipation right before the wedding party walks down the aisle, I could barely sit still I was so excited to see the big reveal!

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Ready to go! (see the bridesmaids’ floral heels? soooooo Leslie! πŸ™‚ )

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And when they opened the door….. I got goosebumps

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I now present the new Mr. and Mrs!!!

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We were escorted outside to watch the new couple exit the steps of the church.

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Even the Villanova mascot was there to celebrate!

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Stunning.

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We had a few hours to kill between the ceremony and reception and were all starving. We headed into a cute little town for drinks and a quick bite to eat.

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When in Rome…. errr…. Mexican Restaurant. πŸ˜‰

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Cheers!

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The table shared two things of guacamole

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The stuff was good! This serving x2

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I also shared an interesting beer with Bo

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Derek and I split the chicken quesadilla and wild mushroom tapas

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At 5:30 we headed to the equally as impressive and charming reception site. Everything was so picturesque and beautiful.

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I tried the something borrowed, which was a mix of an arnold palmer and mojito. Interesting.

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There were several amazing looking horderves floating around.

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The glowing bride!

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All the bloggers!

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Loved the band! They played a great mix of contemporary music and wedding classics. They also had a great voice and beat.

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Food time!

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It was a plated dinner that started with a spinach salad.

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And I had selected the Salmon via the RSVP card a couple of months ago. The salmon was really light and flavorful. I loved the sweet mango salsa with the salty green beans and mashed potatoes. Everyone’s plates at our table looked delicious, Leslie and Charles did a great job on the food front!

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Somehow I became the collector of everyone’s champagne. How did that happen? πŸ˜‰

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After dinner, the party got started!

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We had a blast striking a pose at the photo booth

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Eating cake

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And shaking our booties off at the dance floor

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Too. Much. Fun!

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I may not have caught the bouquet.

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But, I still had a blast!

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Congrats Charles and Leslie!

You two are one of my favorite couples who complement each other in the best way possible. Thank you for including Derek and I in your special day! We wish you nothing, but happiness and joy in the years to come.

Have fun in Greece!!!! πŸ™‚

1 Katy (The Singing Runner) May 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

Beautiful beautiful beautiful! Congratulations to the new married couple! πŸ™‚
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2 Heather May 22, 2011 at 8:49 am

Aww everything’s SO gorgeous. It looks like such a fun wedding!!

3 Dori May 22, 2011 at 8:54 am

Looks like such a fun day!!! Mazel tov to Leslie & Charles.
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4 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 22, 2011 at 8:55 am

Everything looks gorgeous *and* delicious! I absolutely love the series of shots of the newlyweds walking outside from the cathedral, silhouetted in the doorway by the sunshine. Frame-worthy!
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5 Kristen May 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

Gorgeous pics! Love Villanova’s architecture (I do the SEO for their online course).
So beautiful and such a happy looking couple!
Congrats πŸ™‚

6 kristy @ kristyruns.com May 22, 2011 at 8:58 am

What a beautiful wedding! I love the names of the signature drinks at the reception. Too cute. πŸ™‚
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7 Cara May 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

What a beautiful celebration! It looks like you all had a blast!

8 Freya May 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

Gorgeous x 100! Weddings make me all fuzzy inside πŸ™‚
Who is the blogger in the blogger photo on the far left, with the orangey-coral dress? I hate not being able to place people lol :p
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9 Meghann May 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

That’s Melissa. She write MilesForMarkets.com πŸ™‚

10 Melissa May 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

Meghann it was SOO great meeting you and Derek last night!!! And this post captures the night perfectly πŸ™‚ I hope you two enjoy the rest of your time in Philly and have a safe flight back to FL!

11 Meghann May 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

It was great meeting you too!!!!! We had a blast in Philly and can’t wait to go back!

12 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 22, 2011 at 9:44 am

what a stunning wedding and a beautiful couple!

13 Jaclyn May 22, 2011 at 10:23 am

That looks like it was such a fun and gorgeous wedding! I absolutely love the “something old, new, borrowed and blue” drink themes – too cute!! ;D
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14 Meghan May 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

Meghann how funny that you went to a wedding at Villanova! I love reading your blog but never expected my now alma mater to pop up on here since you live in Florida! I just graduated from Villanova this past Sunday, the 15th, and seeing pictures of the church that I have spent so many hours in made me so happy/sad/already nostalgic thinking about walking past that most beautiful building every time I stepped foot on campus! And the town around Villanova is beautiful, so glad you got to explore Wayne and some of the same things that I have loved so much for the last 4 years πŸ™‚

15 Meghann May 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

Congratulations on Graduation! Villanova looked like such a beautiful school, it must have been a great place to spend 4 years! πŸ™‚

16 Toronto Girl West May 22, 2011 at 10:30 am

What a gorgeous wedding!!!!!! <3

And a HUGE congratulations to Leslie and Charles! May they have a lifetime of joy and laughter!!!!
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17 Laura @ LauraLikesDesign May 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

Pretty dress on you!
What a gorgeous cathedral..wow!
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18 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

What a fun wedding! I can’t wait until my friends start getting married πŸ™‚
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19 Michelle May 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

Ahhh — looks like such a great time! That color looks really good on you.

I haven’t been to a wedding in forever. Guess that just makes me old — all of my friends are now married.

20 Lauren May 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

It was great meeting you last night! The wedding was so much fun!
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21 Christine May 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

Love the pockets in your dress! That’s my new obsession. Their cocktail theme was pretty cute!
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22 Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] May 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

What a beautiful wedding! The ceremony looks gorgeous. I love weddings!!!
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23 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

What a pretty wedding! Looks like it was amazing πŸ™‚ And the meal/food looks fab. What kind of cake was it?

24 Jess@atasteofconfidence May 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm

That cathedral is gorgeous!!
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25 Jamie Sometimes Healthy Girl May 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Looks like a beautiful wedding! The cathedral was stunning and the bubbles made it look so magical. Great pictures!
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26 Chloe (South Beach Girl) May 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

The wedding looks beautiful AND fun! I love how pretty the church was and also Leslie’s dress was gorgeous. You look great Meghann, and look like you had a blast!
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27 Courtney May 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Oh, what a lovely wedding! So elegant and perfect πŸ˜€

Also, a random thought: if you and Derek get married, then Maddie’s name will be “Maddie Russell the Jack Russell” πŸ˜›
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28 Meghann May 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

haha to make it even better… Derek’s grandfather is named Jack Russell! (but he’s not the sort of guy you’d joke about that with πŸ™ )

29 Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates May 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Looks like a really fun day!!
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30 Silvina May 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm

What a beautiful wedding!

31 Colleen May 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Hooray for wedding season–what a perfect day! Such a beautiful wedding and Leslie’s dress is stunning!
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32 Stephanie May 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Oh gosh I love weddings!!! Thanks for sharing!

33 Courtney May 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm

OMG! I love the blue dress you’re wearing! Her wedding dress is beautiful, too πŸ™‚ What a great day!
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34 Grace May 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Oh wow the wedding was so beautiful! It looks like amazing food and lots and lots of fun!
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35 Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Awww I loved everything about this post! The pictures are so wonderful, the bride looked fabulous and Meghann, your dress is gorgeous!
So glad you had a great weekend, it definitely looks like one to remember πŸ™‚
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36 Ali @ Ali Runs May 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm

What a beautiful wedding! I love the idea of having a photo booth to take pictures–it’s such a fun idea. Looks like you guys had a blast! πŸ™‚

37 Lauren May 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Beautiful! I went to nova for 2 years, and apparently the church is booked for years in advance – students have been known to book a date 5 years or so in advance, then hope they have a date by then!
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38 Meghann May 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

They had to book theirs a year and a half in advance. They got luck because of a cancellation!

39 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

What a beautiful wedding! The bride’s dress is so gorgeous.
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40 Amy @ Love4Living May 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Wow what a beautiful, beautiful wedding. I loved her dress OMG so stunning! and blue is def one of your colors; you looked great!
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41 Alaina May 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm

That looks absolutely beautiful!! And a ton of fun. I love weddings. πŸ™‚
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42 Hope May 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

What a beautiful wedding! The weather was absolutely perfect too! I actually work down the street from Villanova! πŸ™‚
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43 Audrey May 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

I love your dress. Where did you get it?

44 Meghann May 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

Thanks! I bought it from the Gap two years ago.

45 Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted May 23, 2011 at 11:31 am

Love her dress! And yours too – are those pockets? My bridesmaids had pockets (actually they almost had the same dresses as Leslie’s) and they loved having them.
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46 Brittany May 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Ahh! So funny/surprising to see Villanova’s Church in this post! I go to Villanova and will be a senior in the fall. Its so gorgeous and I’m so happy you got to experience it! (Coming all the way from Florida!)

47 Lindsay May 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

where is your blue dress from?! i love it!

48 Meghann May 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Gap! Circa 2009

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