COVID may have derailed their previous plans, but Kelly Decembrino and Rodney Cline found a way to make it perfect.
Wedding date: Aug. 16, 2020
It took nearly 20 years for Kelly Decembrino and Rodney Cline to finally go on a date. When they did, it was perfect. Having met as students at Montgomery County Community College and later at West Chester University, Rodney had feelings for Kelly, but she didn’t reciprocate at first. “I always had something of a special place in my heart for her, but it was never the right time,” he says.
On their first official date in 2018, the couple talked so long they were the last two in the restaurant. A year later, a day after Rodney’s birthday, they went to dinner at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in Philadelphia for Kelly’s birthday. The couple then headed to the Ritz Carlton, where Rodney and his daughter had staged a sweet proposal spot in a hotel suite. Surrounded by rose petals that read, “Kelly, will you marry me?” Rodney got down on one knee. Downstairs, family and friends celebrated with them.
“It was so amazing,” Kelly recalls.
“It was probably one of the perfect days in my life,” adds Rodney.
Due to COVID-19, a full-scale June 6 wedding became an intimate 25-person August ceremony at the Phoenixville Foundry. The reception has been postponed until next year. “We just didn’t want to put anybody’s safety in jeopardy,” says Kelly.
With their wedding party and closest family members surrounding them, the two exchanged vows, the rain breaking long enough for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. A small dinner followed at the Blue Bell Inn. “It’s nothing that we’d planned, but if I could do it all again, it’s everything I would’ve planned,” Kelly says. “That’s how perfect the day was.”
Ceremony: Phoenixville Foundry
Dinner: Blue Bell Inn
Number of guests: 25
Bridal gown: Stella York, Arielle Bridal
Bridesmaids’ gowns: David’s Bridal
Groom’s & groomsmen’s suits: Allure Men, Country Bride and Gent
Hair: Pizazz Salon by Renee and Company
Makeup: AMG Beauty Bar
Florist: Blue Moon Florist
Entertainment: Party Scene Events
Officiant: Minister Derrick Bean, Lehigh Valley Church of Christ
Planner: Jenny Walker, Queen of Hearts Catering
Photographer: Hoffer Photography
Careers: Rodney is a health and physical education teacher in the Wissahickon School District. Kelly is a physical education teacher at Collegium Charter School in Exton.