NBC News’ Kristen Welker weds in Philly 3.4.17

(c) Jessica Kourkounis for the New York Times, 4 Mar 2017: NBC News’ Correspondent Kristen Welker weds John Hughes at the historic Hyatt at The Bellvue Hotel in Philadelphia.

NBC News’ White House Correspondent Kristen Welker was married on Saturday, March 4, 2017 to John Hughes, a marketing director. Their wedding was featured in the New York Times.

They said their vows under an extravangant canopy of white orchids inside the Rose Garden Ballroom of the historic Hyatt at The Bellvue Hotel in Philadelphia. Rev. Kevin Johnston of the Dare to Imagine Church officiated, and shared some wedding photos to social media.

Welker, 40, is a Philly native, and got engaged to Hughes, 44, near the base of the Lincoln Memorial in June 2016. Welker’s long hours and unpredictable schedule as a reporter – not to mention practically living on the road during the 2016 US Presidential campaign – meant Hughes squeezed his proposal into a 24-hour window in which they were both in the same city.

Planning a wedding in the middle of last year’s election campaign was no easy feat, and Welker relied heavily on her wedding planner, Ronnie Anderson, to make her decisions as easy as possible. She even selected her wedding dress after a single visit to a dress shop with her mother – a strapless ivory Vera Wang gown with a delicate handmade lace overlay and wide sash, and bow in the back. Opting for tradition in their musical selections, Welker walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, Harvey, to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

For the reception, which featured live music by the band Jelly Roll, Welker removed the lace overlay, going for a strapless ‘second look’ on her wedding day that’s a lot easier on the budget than buying a second dress. Her bridesmaids wore red, floor-length, one-shoulder gowns. Her NBC News coworkers Peter Alexander, Kelly O’Donnell, Chuck Todd, Pete Williams and Andrea Mitchell were among the guests.

(c) Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times, 4 Mar 2017: Welker and Hughes’ wedding reception inside the Hyatt at The Bellvue Hotel.

This will be her first marriage, after being set up with Hughes via the mother of one of her best friends. “I had just about given up on the idea of finding someone,” she revealed in an interview at last year’s Democratic National Convention, “but we had dinner in Philadelphia, and the rest is sort of history.”

“I hope my story inspires people to keep an open mind,” Welker told the New York Times, “and never give up hope that they’ll meet someone.”

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