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Julie & Justin

Julie + Justin

A New Year’s Eve Wedding, A Springtime Reception

A Magical Day + a Surprise Announcement

When Julie and Justin were on the hunt for the perfect Philadelphia wedding venue, it was Hotel Monaco’s uniquely human touch that won the couple over. “We loved how welcoming Desiree was. She made our tour so personal. We loved how the hotel was not your typical cookie cutter hotel. We loved the uniqueness of the menu and how attentive everyone was. It was a mix of classic with a twist of modern.”

The couple had dreamed of a New Year’s Eve wedding, and though Desiree was able to make their dream of ringing in the New Year as newlyweds come true, their reception was put on hold due to Covid restrictions. “When we were told that due to state guidelines we would have to postpone our party Desiree was with us each step of the way! She helped us to feel at ease with the changes and was even able to help us weigh out our options.”

Fast forward to June 2021 and a perfect late spring evening that also happened to be the day Philadelphia lifted its Covid restrictions. Julie and Justin had chosen Stratus, the hotel’s rooftop lounge, to host their postponed reception. It was a casually glamorous affair featuring a live band, a delicious menu (including two signature cocktails for the bride and groom) and special surprise announcement for the guests—Julie was five months pregnant!


Memorable Details

Julie and Justin wanted “a romantic, moody atmosphere with hints of pink” for their rooftop reception. The warm glow of string lights under the Philadelphia night sky alongside gorgeous pink and white flowers helped to create the exact ambiance they wanted for their special day.

Julie in her dress
Julie getting her makeup done
Reception food

“Thank you so much to Desiree and Hotel Monaco for helping us to navigate through Covid and still have the magic of a special wedding day. We truly appreciate you and call you family.”

Reception Table
Reception flowers
Julie and Justin reception entrance
Reception décor

We are so thankful for the staff at hotel Monaco who went above and beyond to make our night amazing.

Julie and Justin at reception
Guests at reception
Signature cocktails

Rather than choosing a traditional sit-down dinner, Julie and Justin opted to go with a “lounge atmosphere” and the food and drinks were on the go all night long, much to their guests enjoyment. “They raved about how exceptional the food and drinks were,” said the couple.

Live band
Ice Cream Station
Wedding Cake

Julie’s pregnancy announcement wasn’t the only surprise of the night. Desiree surprised the newlyweds and their guests with liquid nitrogen ice cream—a sweet treat for the perfect pre-summer evening.