From their warm hearts to their strong faith, Courtney and Kit’s personal touches truly brought together their guests in celebration of their marriage on a beautiful July day at Talamore Country Club in Ambler, PA. The color palette of light pink, light yellow, gold, and green lent itself perfectly to the romantic garden theme, while the homemade elements incorporated a sweet vintage feel.
The day started with serenity and relaxation at the historic Joseph Ambler Inn where the bride and bridesmaids enjoyed yoga lead by a family friend. Daneen Jenson & Associates helped Courtney achieve a natural yet graceful look with soft twists pulled into a low bun. Courtney wore a gorgeous lace gown with a plunging scalloped neckline, sheer lace back, and a light pink sash. Her six bridesmaids wore silk chiffon J. Crew dresses all in the color dusty shale, but in different styles. The groom and groomsmen wore black ties and grey suits that were accented by an organic boutonniere of yellow blooms and greenery by Oleander Florals. Courtney’s bridal bouquet was spectacular. It was a lush, bohemian, front spilling, floor length cascade of cream, nude, blush, butter, peach, salmon, and coral blooms including peonies, garden roses, tea roses, poppies, ranunculus, wildflowers, and mixed blooms. The florals were accented with delicate mixed green foliage, ferns, and ivy. The bouquet was wrapped with heirloom soft blush raw silk dupioni ribbon with a draped airy bow tie finish.
Courtney’s bridesmaids helped her into her dress, all shedding tears in light of her sophistication and elegance. Once dressed, Courtney and Kit headed to a beautifully sunlit patio to meet each other for their first look, which was witnessed by their wedding party from a distance. Becka of Lauren Fair Photography and Greg and Olivia of Willow Tree Films were on hand to perfectly capture these special moments throughout the day.
The amazing florals didn’t end with the bouquet. The ceremony space was a picturesque backdrop of natural raw edge linen draping over the existing trellis terrace. The open curtain style draping was accented by an organic symmetrically suspended, spilling garland of lush mixed foliage, ivy, and mixed florals. The draping was tied back with lush clusters of mixed florals and botanicals and the entire space was accented with lanterns. The antique alter table had a low and long spilling arrangement, a unity candle, the couple’s reclaimed wood cross, and their distressed wood sign with the 1 John 4:19 verse written on it.
As guests arrived, they were greeted with cold beverages, programs, and vintage handkerchiefs “to dry your happy tears” on an antique table rented from Lovebirds Vintage Rentals. A handmade painted sign next to the table read “Welcome to the Wedding of Kit & Courtney.” A string trio and harpist from Elegance String Quartet played “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong for the processional, “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner for the bride’s entrance, and “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles for the recessional. Kit’s nephew, Mason, served as the ring bearer and wore an adorable sign that read, “Has anyone seen the rings?” Courtney and Kit’s sweet sense of humor showed as they exchanged the vows that they wrote for each other. With Courtney vowing to completely accept Kit as he is in all of his strengths and faults – even if his egg allergy keeps him from making her breakfast sandwiches in the morning or sharing Kohr Brother’s custard down the shore. And Kit vowing to never let their kids be Philly sports fans or miss an opportunity to start dancing. Their ceremony also included a touching performance by family friend Jason Houck.
The groom’s mom is an artist, so naturally she designed the beautiful invitations and stationary, which featured her original flower artwork. The escort cards, mini potted succulents with little flags for the names, were handmade by the bride and her mom. Next to the escort cards was a white window clip frame displaying polaroids of the couple at special moments in their love story. There was also a mint green mirror with the Song of Solomon 3:4 verse written on it, signifying the realization of finding your true love. Lovebirds Vintage Rentals provided the ivory ceremony table, ceremony and reception directional signage, a galvanized watering can (used for a floral arrangement), and easels to display family photos throughout the cocktail space. The bride and groom had a wine bottle anniversary guest book. There were 10 empty wine bottles, each labeled with an anniversary year (1-5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 50). Guests wrote sweet notes or words of advice on small pieces of paper, which were rolled and tucked inside the anniversary wine bottle of their choice. On each anniversary, the couple will break open the bottle to read the well wishes from their family and friends. Guests lined up to take photos at the Lovebirds Photo Booth donning silly hats, masks, and props brought by the bride and groom.
Oleander Florals created feelings of warmth and romance throughout the space with their seasonal, organic botanical styling of classically tailored and garden conservatory inspired textural components. The fresh, romantic, summer floral color palette consisted of a spectrum of neutral base shades of soft white, cream, champagne, nude, and feminine shades of blush, butter, and peach, livened by more vibrant shades of coral and salmon and scattered pops of soft tangerine and poppy red, all set over a lush base of summer foliage and ivy.
Cocktail hour was held in the Monet Garden Room, which features a beautiful flagstone patio and views of the golf course. The cocktail tables held small nosegay arrangements tucked in vintage cut glass jelly jars. The reception space, the Conservatory Ballroom, hosts a balconied two-story mezzanine, which Oleander used for their airy suspended installation of draping ivy and foliage. This installation was the central botanical focal point above the 1,500 square foot dance floor. The head table, framed by two seasonal trees, featured a central floral table runner of delicate spilling ivy and loose, lush, and petite blooms. The sweetheart chairs were draped with clustered lush blooms and draping foliage finished with a loose tie of natural raw edge linen. The guest tables had a mixture of centerpieces that included glass bell cloche terrariums, antique grey zinc trellis-style pedestal vessels of florals, ferns, moss, and spilling ivy, ivory pillar candles surrounded by large cut blooms, ivy, and lush moss, mixed gold etched mercury glass votives, and low, lush, spilling rustic grey stone garden pot arrangements.
The signature cocktail was a Fourth of July Mojito with fresh fruit and edible glitter stars. (Recipe: In a glass, muddle lime juice, simple syrup, mint, strawberries, and blueberries. Add rum and stir. Fill glass with crushed ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a skewer of strawberries and blueberries. Then sprinkle top with edible stars.) During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed Philly cheesesteak tarts, crispy mac & cheese, fresh mozzarella & tomato skewers, and a whipped potato bar.
The delicious dinner created by Talamore’s culinary team was the choice of sea bass with lemon butter champagne sauce, wild rice, and haricots verts, porcini crusted filet with herb roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables, and a wild mushroom port demi glaze, and eggplant involtini with fresh mozzarella, basil, rolled eggplant, spinach, gnocchi, and san marzano tomato sauce. The Master’s Baker provided a 4-tier white cake, with an egg-free top tier for the bride and groom. In addition to cake, guests enjoyed an egg-free Capogiro gelato display featuring Madagascar vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter, dark chocolate, and champagne mango gelato with candies, fresh fruit, warm chocolate, and caramel.
The Ballroom’s dramatic butterfly staircase set against a 30-foot waterfall over a Monet mosaic was the backdrop for the wedding party and couple’s grand entrances that were perfectly choreographed to Imagine Dragon’s “On Top of the World.” Courtney and Kit first danced to “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector transitioning into “Makin’ My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates. Courtney and her dad danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra, which transitioned into The Temptations’ “My Girl.” Steve Wonder’s “Sunshine of My Life” played for Kit and his mom’s special dance. DJ Charlie Carbon kept guests on the dance floor all night long.
Courtney and Kit met while both attending the University of Pennsylvania during their undergrad years. Speeches from family and friends reminisced upon the initial stages of their relationship, and the events leading up to their engagement. Courtney’s father gave a beautiful “Wizard of Oz” themed speech, complete with props and gifts for the wedding party and couple. It was a truly special moment that was followed by a touching speech given by the bride herself.
To finish off the night, the newlywed exited the reception under a sea of sparklers, which were displayed in buckets with a sign that read, “Let love Sparkle.” This couldn’t have been a more perfect end to this Independence Day Weekend wedding!
images via becka pillmore of lauren fair photography