Alexandra and Alex’s glamorous nuptials at the Philadelphia Museum of Art were an unforgettable celebration that was worth the wait.
Alexandra and Alex on June 19, 2021
For Alexandra Kim Panichello and Alex MacKeith Hay, quarantining in May 2020 was not all that bad. With the help of their “quarantine squad,” Alex built a beautiful backdrop in the couple’s backyard to propose to his girlfriend of one year. The couple—who originally met on the dating app Hinge—chose a wedding date of May 1, 2021, but due to the city’s restrictions had to alter their plans. “We were still married on May 1, and had an intimate reception at Merion Cricket Club with our bridal party and closest family,” says Alexandra of their 80-guest affair.
“Thanks to our incredible wedding planner, Robert Canada, we had a backup plan the whole time and were able to move the party to June 19.” This time, in front of 225 guests at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the duo created a miniceremony before stepping into a glamorous, white and pink wonderland—a tent filled with over-the-top floral arrangements, gold accents and etched mirrored seating cubes—the bride’s dream wedding. The ultimate wow moment came at the end of the night at the Four Seasons Philadelphia: DJ Kim Lee (of the Netflix show Bling Empire) flew in to surprise everyone at the “ballroom transformed to club” afterparty. “It was absolutely incredible,” says Alexandra.
Clockwise from top left: Alexandra’s Jimmy Choo shoes; Ron Ben-Israel Cakes created a white and gold masterpiece with two letter A’s for the couple; Evantine Design produced a glamorous pink and gold ambiance including orchids, roses and peonies under the tent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the couple overlooking beautiful views from the Four Seasons Philadelphia.
Ceremony The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, cathedralphila.org
Wedding Planner Robert Canada, Evantine Design, evantinedesign.com
Bride’s Gown Ceremony: Dream Wedding For You; Reception: Berta, both from The Wedding Factor, theweddingfactor.com
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo, King of Prussia, jimmychoo.com
Bride’s Veil Pnina Tornai, Kleinfeld Bridal, kleinfeldbridal.com
Groom’s Tux Henry A. Davidsen, henrydavidsen.com
Groom’s Shoes Christian Louboutin, King of Prussia, christianlouboutin.com
Groom’s Watch Rolex, rolex.com
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Jenny Yoo, jennyyoo.com
Florals Evantine Design, evantinedesign.com
Catering Constellation Catering, constellationculinary.com
Cake Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, weddingcakes.com
Invitations & Calligraphy Fancy That, fancythatnyc.com
Lighting Evantine Design, evantinedesign.com
Entertainment Starlight Music, starlightmusic.com
Videographer CinemaCake Filmmakers, cinemacake.com
Photographer Chuck Anerino, Anerino Originals anerinooriginals.com
Ice Sculpture Ice Concepts, iceconceptsinc.com
Getaway Car Vintage Rolls-Royce, Metropolis, metro-ride.com
Photography by: Chuck Anerino, Anerino Originals