Personalized koozies bearing the couple’s signature phrase, “Please leave by 9 a.m.,” served as favors.

Leslie Reynolds (left) and Nic Knepp’s wedding at Vaux Studio was intimate and inclusive. / Photography by Liz Gibbs Photo

There’s something to be said for keeping your ceremony cozy and celebrating with a larger group after you’ve exchanged your vows. It makes the big day even more special, celebrating with those who are dearest to you. Such was the case with this Vaux Studio micro-wedding and reception at Philadelphia Brewery. The inclusive, magical and modern-retro party took place last summer and was photographed by Photo by Liz Gibbs; check it out below.

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Nicholas Knepp and Leslie ReynoldsThe first chance encounter proves that the world is small, at least in the Philadelphia area. Nic, a senior project manager, and Leslie, a strategic assessment and learning associate, bumped into each other over a 4th of July weekend at the only bar on a beach in Margate. And when the two started chatting, they learned that at the time they had been going to school and working on the same floor in the same city department for over a year – but had never connected .

They exchanged numbers, thinking a friendship would blossom. Instead, the duo eventually started dating. And a year and a half later, they got engaged when Nic staged a fake photo shoot with Leslie and their photographer friend at Drexel Park in West Philly.

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Their subsequent wedding took place on August 7, 2021, beginning with an intimate ceremony at Vaux Studio — a cozy Midtown Village venue — attended by 30 of their closest family and friends.

But Nic’s favorite wedding detail came before that — during the first look. “I had gone all day without seeing Leslie, thinking about what her dress would look like, her hair, whether she would like the costume I made, it was all swirling around in my head,” they say. “After seeing her, my nerves just went away. I was finally with my person.


The biggest surprises also came before the festivities even started. Nic loved Leslie’s gift – a photo of Nic’s father, who died when Nic was young, above a wooden garden game, called Washers, that he used to make and sell. And Leslie loved Nic’s gift – a necklace with an engraved portrait of Leslie’s cat, Romeo, who died a few years earlier. Nic wore it around his neck, under their suit, at weddings.

After the cozy and touching Quaker ceremony – during which the couple read their own vows – the small group joined the rest of the party (45 other attendees) at the Philadelphia Brewing Company in Kensington for the reception.


The theme of it all – the modern 70s, which has gone from following invitations to signage thanks to the design touch of Best of Philly winner Clover Event Co.

The flowers were also special for the couple; they chose unique flowers with different textures from around the world, then worked with florist Creations by Coppola – Leslie’s good friend – to create the bud-vase arrangements. These included scabiosa, marigold and carnations in orange, green, peach, yellow, brown, rust and white.


The group feasted on turkey breast, pulled pork, beef brisket, jackfruit and more Zig Zag BBQ for dinner, and danced the night away to the tunes of Philly fave Stella Ruze, who also performed the couple’s first dance song, “Truly, Madly, Deeply.”


And at the end of it all, guests went home with personalized koozies that said, “Please leave by 9 a.m..” It’s a characteristic phrase from Leslie and Nic, who often invite their friends over for dinner but ask that they get home before that time so they can go to bed early – even though we think this in particular, the party may have continued a little later than that.

Photographer: Photo by Liz Gibbs | Locations: Vaux Studio (ceremony); Philadelphia Brewery (reception & catering) | Planning/Design and Invitations: Clover Event Co. | Flowers: Creations by Coppola | Catering: Di Bruno Bros. and Zigzag BBQ | Leslie’s dress: Galina Signature of David’s Bride | Best Female Dress: Born in the Baltic (dress); Vix Emporium (earrings) | Hairstyle: Justine Marinelli from There Studio | Makeup: Kelley Hughes and Dawn Episcopo of salon beauty | Tuxedo: Indochina | Entertainment: Stella Ruze | Donuts: Federal Donuts | Celebrant: Salomon Thomas | Rings: Aurele Jewelry (Leslie’s engagement ring and wedding band); Abhika Jewelry (Nic’s engagement ring); Fishtown Jewelers (Nic’s alliance) | Linens: Nüage Designs | Sailing Leslie’s Birdcage: Sparrowstation | Nick’s shoes: nisolo

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