Gozde & Christian

When we first met with Gozde and Christian, we asked if they might be sending out ‘save the dates’ for their wedding at Parque. They looked at us incredulously. Why on earth would they need such a thing?!

Gozde is Turkish and Christian is from Bulgaria, so save the date is a foreign concept to these two. Besides, everyone would know, and come, to the wedding. And had been told long before, many taking flights in from far away.

Gozde is a geneticist at CHOP and Christian just recently started an MBA program at Cornell (they were moving just a week or so before the wedding, in fact… quite a lot going on). And yet they still took the time to bring us a sample of Ayran- a yogurt drink* – for us to taste when they came to their planning meeting. We also love that they adore their dogs, two King Charles spaniels named Mila (Dear in Bulgarian) and Askos (Beloved in Turkish)  and had them in attendance at the wedding. So when they said “dearly beloved, we are gathered here…” it couldn’t have been more true!

(by the way, we think Mila and Askos got ‘save the date’ cards…)

Enjoy the wonderful images taken on this beautiful day at Parque- by Viva Love Photo

Viva Love Photography



The kind note we received after the wedding:

Dear Jon and Lori,

Although this is long overdue, we really want to thank you for making sure our wedding day was an amazing one. You, and everyone in your staff worked so hard to make sure everything went smoothly. Everything was amazing, even better than I imagined it would be. Our guests were so impressed with the venue, and even the pickiest eaters commented on how great the food was.

We just got our wedding pictures back, and I still can’t believe that I had this fairytale wedding – I can’t thank you enough for working with us over few months and streamlining every detail. I want to share some pictures with you our photographers Ian and DJ from Viva Love Photography took – it captures Parque in all its glory! 

Again, thank you so much…


Gözde and Christian 

  • Ayran: One to one ratio of yogurt to cold water and salt to taste. Drink! (Greek/Turkish/Bulgarian yogurt works best!)

Bakery: Frosted Fox Cake Shop
DJ: Philip Sciscione
Photography: Viva Love Photo
Videography: Elvira Mary Videographers
Florist: Willow and Thistle