Kristian Party of 2. That was their wedding hashtag and with good reason. This bride and groom share a first name. Even more surprising is that it’s spelled the same unique way.
Kristian and Kristian celebrated their love on June 13, 2015 at Pomme in Radnor, PA. Their wedding can best be described as casual, rustic elegance sprinkled with playful and fun elements that represented their personalities. Their colors of mint, grey, and shades of blue were perfectly complemented with pops of gold sparkle and bright pink, coral, and orange hues. They incorporated their love of travel in thoughtful DIY details throughout the day and replaced traditional day of stationary with beautifully handcrafted chalkboard signs created by one of their very talented bridesmaids.
The world-traveling duo began their special day with family and their wedding party at the Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia, PA. The bride and her bridesmaids wore gorgeous floral silk robes while the Just B Beautiful hair and make up team gave them their glamorous looks. Kristian’s jet-black hair was softly curled and swept over her right shoulder. She looked effortlessly beautiful in her Sarah Seven dress with sweetheart neckline, lace overlay bodice, and sparkling belt from Lovely Bride in Philadelphia. She also wore gold and ivory Dolce Vita sandals and a long crystal edge veil that she kept a secret from her groom until the ceremony. The bridal bouquet, designed by Beautiful Blooms, consisted of light pink stock, thistle, orange dahlias, eucalyptus, succulents, and coral peonies. The bridesmaids wore short J. Crew dresses of different designs in shades of mint, cobalt, and navy. The groom wore a grey suit by Suit Supply with a blue and coral plaid tie, and his groomsmen wore grey suits with ties in different shades of blue accented by boutonnieres of light pink ranunculus, blue thistle, and greenery.
The couple locked eyes for the first time at the Second National Bank in Old City, Philadelphia. Husband and wife team Michael and Melissa of M2 Photography was there to capture this beautiful and intimate moment. Once couple photos were complete, the wedding party joined the bride and groom for photos in the 18th Century Gardens just down the street. Once photos in Philadelphia were complete, the couple and their wedding party hopped onto a motor coach from David Thomas Transportation and made their way to Pomme for the wedding.
No detail went overlooked by the bride and groom. The outdoor ceremony space and indoor reception areas looked incredible. Wedding guests were greeted by a beverage station with vintage sodas and waters, as well as adorable gold paper fans to keep them cool. In lieu of traditional programs, chalkboard signs featuring silhouettes of the members of the wedding party were positioned at the top the aisle.
The ceremony started with the soft sounds of singer songwriter Cole Campbell, who the couple discovered at a local coffee shop, performing “Blackbird” by the Beatles. The wedding party made their way down the aisle to “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young. Bride Kristian’s adorable little nephew stole the show as he toppled down the aisle with a sign that read “Uncle, Here Comes Your Bride.” Escorted by her mom, Kristian entered to “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s brother in law, and the couple exchanged sweet vows under a birch arch decorated with mint, cream, and gold paper pinwheels made by the bride. Guests tossed blue pompoms as the newlyweds happily walked down the aisle to a beautiful and fun acoustic version of “Burning Down the House” by the Talking Heads.
Guests enjoyed the gorgeous summer weather at the outdoor cocktail hour. They sipped on refreshing signature cocktails including the Grilled Arnold Palmer (bourbon, iced tea, and lemonade with a grilled lemon garnish) and Strawberry Basil Lemonade (strawberry basil lemonade spiked with vodka and served with muddled strawberries and basil), which were featured on a handcrafted sign complete with drawings. Guests also enjoyed delicious bites including cheeseburger sliders with a shot of craft beer, grilled cheese with a shot of gazpacho, and tuna tartare with wasabi aioli on russet potato chips. Kristian and Kristian showed off their playful side with lawn games including corn hole, bocce, and ladder ball, because, as their cute sign read, “couples that play together stay together.”
The party then moved inside for the reception. The escort cards were hung from rustic windowpanes accented by DIY paper pinwheels, a globe, and sign asking guests “Where in the world are you sitting?” since the tables were named for the exotic locations the couple have traveled to, Weggis, Rome, Copenhagen, Belize City, Paris, and Santorini to name a few. Cards were collected in a blue vintage suitcase. Their love of games continued to show with their Jenga guest book. They asked guests to help them “build memories” by writing their well wishes on Jenga pieces.
Pomme’s reception space fit the couple’s vision of casual, rustic elegance perfectly. The entire room was a beautiful balance of elegant white and rustic wood, with pops of color. The white walls, ceiling, and exposed beams complemented the hardwood floors, wooden globe chandeliers, and wood chivari chairs. The ivory linens provided a clean backdrop for Beautiful Blooms’ bright centerpieces of blue hydrangea, blue thistle, coral peonies, blue verinoca, pink and orange dahlias, and seeded eucalyptus, which were displayed in assorted mason jars and vintage bottles provided by the couple. The mantle of the stone fireplace was a great spot to showcase a marquee “K” and photos of the couple’s travels.
To kick off the night, the wedding party was introduced to the song, “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child, which was perfectly timed so the singer would announce a name and ask “if they could handle it.” Kristian and Kristian made their official entrance as Mr. and Mrs. to “Brick House” by the Commodores. After a welcome, the best man and maids of honor toasted the newlyweds. Bride Kristian’s two sisters delivered a fun and entertaining toast, complete with singing, rapping, and dancing to clips from 15 different songs, which told the story of their sister’s life and meeting her husband. Guests then enjoyed summer chopped salad and a duet plate featuring petit filet mignon, crab cake, risotto, and grilled asparagus by caterer Peachtree & Ward. All of the menu items were featured on a handwritten chalkboard sign.
CTO SOHO provided the perfect soundtrack for the evening and kept everyone on their feet the entire night grooving to music from 70’s funk to today’s top 40 hits. When guests needed to take a break, they could snap silly photos in the gold sequin backdrop photo booth provided by Poser Booth. Butlered desserts showcased some of the couple’s favorites, included pecan pie tartlets, salted chocolate chip cookies (recipe from groom Kristian’s favorite NYC bakery), strawberry shortcakes in mason jars, and mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa. As guests departed for the evening, they were treated to a late night snack of mini cheesesteaks and Philly soft pretzels.
Kristian and Kristian are the ultimate representation of happily ever after, and their wedding day perfectly showcased their personalities and love for each other.
images via m2 photography