Grace Greenhall is a St. Louis native, but the Philadelphia roots of her new husband, Nicholas Gaspari, landed the couple in the City of Brotherly Love for a romantic early summer wedding. The couple met in 2014 and got engaged the following year during a trip to Venice, Italy. Their honeymoon featured a romantic stay along the French Riviera plus a few days in Paris, another famous ‘city of love.’
The two were married at Old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Philadelphia, a Jesuit parish, which Greenhall says was important to them because both are Jesuit-educated. A reception followed at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. “The party featured signature cocktails, peach bellinis,” Greenhall says. “When we got engaged in Venice, we had them at a famous bar called Harry’s.” She adds that her husband chose his proposal timing very carefully—the day of his parents’ anniversary.
Greenhall, a Villa Duchesne alumna, says they selected the Merion for their reception because she and her husband have a long history there. “We really wanted to have the reception at a place where they know us,” she says. Bridal attendants wore cocktail dresses in navy silk taffeta, and the groomsmen sported navy suits.
The couple’s wedding day was smooth sailing, but their honeymoon stay in Paris featured some serious weather complications, Greenhall says. “They had torrential rain and flooding while we were there, so bad that the Seine topped its banks and they had to close the Louvre,” she notes. “We went instead to places like the Musee d’Orsay. We ate, drank, shopped—all the things you typically do in Paris.” Greenhall is an attorney, and Gaspari works in investment management. They live in downtown Philadelphia.
maids of honor | Rachel McRoskey, Anna Greenhall
bridesmaids | Catherine Elliott, Sara Gogolak, Harriet Kadar, Julia Hill, Stephanie Hayden, Caitlyn Crisp
best man | Andrew Hope
groomsmen | Gaetan Sgro, Andrew Colket, Nicholas Gaudiosi, Matt McRoskey, John Powell, Andrew Meschter, Brandon Adams
bride’s parents | Jessica & James Godfrey of Ladue, Richard & Farrell Greenhall of Philadelphia
groom’s parents | Al & Marie Gaspari of Philadelphia
ceremony | Old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Philadelphia
reception | Merion Golf Club in Ardmore
gown | Vera Wang
cake | Weinrich German Bakery
florist | Nancy Saam Flowers
music | City Rhythm Orchestra
honeymoon | Paris and the French Riviera
wedding date: May 21, 2016
Photos: Asya Photography