Maria and Salvatore were married on August 16th at St. Paul’s Cathedral with a reception following at The Omni William Penn.

I first met Maria at Club One – her favorite treadmill was next to mine. She would come in, run flat out for an hour, hair flapping under her ball cap and just pretty much put me to shame after which she would teach an aerobics or pilates class.

Maria is the owner, artistic director and dancer at Biography, a noted contemporary ballet ensemble.  Her youngest students entertained us during the reception with wonderful performances.

Maria chose her Mom who she considers to be her best friend, as her matron of honor, which I thought was so cool and really special.

The bridal party was a total blast – what a great group of friends. Salvatore, or Sam to his good friends, is a real gentleman. I think Barb and I are opposites in a lot of way and as they say opposites attract. Sam is such a warm hearted guy – a bit reserved, where Maria is, well, not shy.

Maria and Sam honeymooned in Italy and just returned at the end of August.

Maria’s gorgeous gown is a Sottero and Midgley creation. Their cake was a real work of art by Fenogliettl Bakery and Michael at Blooms Florist, always creative and inventive, did an amazing job with the arrangements and bouquets.

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