Elizabeth Dupree and Adam Melson have one of those love stories that makes you believe in fate. At ages 6 and 9, they both attended the same birthday party, have had the same friends for most of their lives, were at the same graduation parties and once were sitting on the same backyard deck with 20 friends, but never actually met. “It’s a good thing, too,” says Lizz. “We always laugh that we wouldn’t have liked each other had we met before we did,” since “college Adam” needed to settle down and “follow-the-rules Lizz” needed to loosen up a bit. They finally met when Lizz went to watch a friend’s band and Adam was performing with them. “Timing is everything,” Lizz says. Timing also played a role in Adam’s proposal, which occurred just as the fireworks display at Epcot Center came to a close.
On August 24, 2013, Lizz—stunning in her Pnina Tornai gown and wearing her grandmother’s necklace, made from the stones of her grandfather’s mother’s rings—walked down the aisle at her family’s church, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Moorestown. After sealing their vows, the happy couple and their guests proceeded to the Bellevue in Philadelphia, a very special spot in Lizz and Adam’s love story. “Not only is it a gorgeous setting, it’s been special to us for our whole relationship,” Lizz says. “We visited the Bellevue’s XIX Bar for our third date and fell in love with it. Since that night, we celebrated every birthday, anniversary, holiday or special occasion there.”
So it was even more special when Lizz and Adam took some alone time upon arriving at their venue, sitting at a table in XIX in front of the balcony, enjoying a champagne toast together. Their reception featured dishes like Lizz’s favorite butternut squash cannelloni and eggplant tower, and their signature drink was their favorite from the XIX bar menu, the “Lychee Kiss.”
Their wedding cake showcased the tropical flavors they love so much—passion-fruit filling and white coconut icing.
After Lizz and Adam returned from their honeymoon in Moorea and Bora Bora, it was time for a special September photo session with “my boy and the other man in my life,” Lizz’s horse, Clinton.
Lizz donned her wedding gown once again for photos at Woodedge Stables in Moorestown. Lizz and Adam are now at home in Moorestown.
CAKE • Sugar Flower Cake Shop, New York City
BRIDE’S GOWN & VEIL • Custom Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld, New York City
BRIDE’S HAIR COMBS • Sara Gabriel, The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery, Chicago
BRIDE’S SHOES • Christian Louboutin
MAKEUP • Jessica Campitiello from benefitcosmetics.com
HAIR • Samuel Bermudez, Black Label Salon, Marlton
BRIDESMAID DRESSES • Jim Hjelm Occasions from
the Bridal Garden, Marlton
BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR • Sharon Mack, East Coast Salon Services
GROOM’S & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE • Jos. A. Bank,
FLOWERS • Vito Russo at Carl Alan Floral Design, Philadelphia
ENTERTAINMENT • Jon Lewis Orchestra, Downingtown, Pennsylvania
TRANSPORTATION • An Affaire to Remember Limousines, Williamstown
RINGS • Custom by Serago Roberts, Northfield
INVITATIONS • Papyrus