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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia wedding

Mika and Sam

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Mika and Sam

After leaving Florida A&M University, Mika and Sam's friendship carried on. In fact, 10 years post-graduation, they began to date and, after three years of long-distance, they got engaged. The destined pair wanted their fall nuptials to happen in the bride's hometown, and Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia proved a perfect "modern, elegant, chic and eclectic" venue for their wedding on a 70-degree, sun-soaked October day. After five months of planning, the team pulled together an intimate Stratus Rooftop Lounge ceremony, followed by a cocktail hour that featured tasty butlered hor d'oeuvres including, "the largest shrimp cocktail and scrumptious sushi station as the sun set and the firewall blazed." The joyous celebration then continued at the Lafayette Ballroom reception.

Memorable Details

The big day commenced with a "First Look" in the Stratus Rooftop Lounge, followed by pictures in the lobby and a photo shoot of the bridal party in Philly's surrounding historic streets. By 5 p.m., the rooftop had filled with 120 family members, friends and musicians, waiting in joyful anticipation.

"We are so thankful to the staff at Hotel Monaco for making the wedding of our dreams come true."

Memorable Details

The Lafayette Ballroom greeted guests with exquisite table settings, a delectable four-course meal and a top shelf open bar. Guests danced and partied into the evening during an event filled with love and happiness.

"Our guests loved the ambiance of the Stratus Lounge and the open air feeling. Everyone commented on the rooftop’s unique beautiful decor, the delicious food and the excellent service."