bridget & alex

It’s typical for a bride and groom to exchange gifts the morning of their wedding. But what about six? That’s exactly what Bridget and Alex did, surprising each other with mementos representing each year of their relationship. It’s the details like their sentimental gift exchange that made their September 9, 2017 Bartram’s Garden wedding, a refined and stylish, yet relaxed and lighthearted celebration.

The wedding day began at The Logan Hotel where the bridal party sipped on Diet Coke bottles with personalized “Alex & Bridget” labels and enjoyed a leisurely morning preparing with the help of Aleksandra Ambrozy Hair and Makeup. Bridget’s new monogram was elegantly displayed on her lace-accented robe and white sequin clutch. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as she slipped into her lace, cap sleeve Yaki Ravid gown with deep V-neck and plunging illusion back. Bridget’s bouquet, a stunning hand-tied composition of white and ivory roses, dahlias, eucalyptus, and sage greenery completed the look. Her seven bridesmaids wore varying styles and shades of grey floor-length dresses from Adrianna Papell, Monique LhuillierJoanna August, Jenny Yoo, and BHLDN. After unwrapping his surprises from Bridget, Alex and his groomsmen donned their light gray Bonobos suits and sage green bowties, with Alex standing out in his blue and white checked shirt.

In keeping with the rustic charm of the city, trolleys were available at the hotel to transport guests to Bartram’s Garden for the romantic ceremony and lively reception. Upon arrival, guests were invited to sip on rosé, Arnold Palmers, and sparking water as they took their seats in the intimate historic garden. Everyone, including the couple’s dog Iko who donned a floral harness and matching green bowtie, walked down the aisle to “Stare Away the Dark” by Passenger. Alex and Bridget exchanged vows and broke the glass underneath an elegant birch chuppah draped with ivory fabric, greenery, and floral accents by Beautiful Blooms.

Guests then walked down the garden path to cocktail hour where they mingled and played lawn games like cornhole, bocce, and croquet. After taking their escort card from a large custom built wooden frame, they were asked to take a selfie with a Fujifilm Instax Camera and hang it in place of their name card. Guests also wrote words of wisdom on Jenga pieces, which acted as the couple’s guest book. The bride and groom created the chalkboard signs throughout the wedding.

After the ceremony, Bridget ditched her cap sleeves and traded her elegant cathedral veil for a fun floral crown. Then the newly married couple joined photographer Alison Conklin for a sunset photo session in the beautiful fields of Bartram’s with the city skyline in the background.

Inside the reception tent hung warm café lights lending to the romance of the evening. Guests were seated at farm tables from Maggpie Vintage Rentals that were exquisitely decorated with blooms mirroring Bridget’s bouquet and on-trend accents like geode table numbers, lace runners, monogram favor cookies, and laser cut wood place cards. Lush green garland completed the beautiful tablescapes, and Bridget and Alex’s chairs were adorned with greenery, as well as wood “bride” and “groom” signs.

The party kicked off with the couple’s first dance to Leon Bridge’s “Coming Home.” Laughter permeated throughout the tented pavilion as Bridget and Alex’s family and friends spoke fondly and humorously about the sweet couple. After toasts and a group family dance to “You are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder, guests enjoyed beef tenderloin, spinach crusted sea bass, and rainbow risotto by 12th Street Catering. And if guests were craving a sweet treat, they could help themselves to the freestanding donut wall from Philadelphia staple Federal Donuts. Throughout the night guests tore up the dance floor backed by the live music of EBE’s Amsterdam, chanted nostalgic cheers from Alex’s childhood camp days, and snapped photos with an honored and surprise guest – the Philly Phanatic!

After a final dance to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” guests were directed to the historic barn for an after party, where they could mingle with the newlyweds and enjoy late-night bites like Pork Belly Bahn Mi Waffles and Everything Wagles provided by food truck, Foolish Waffles.

The combination of these quirky, laid-back touches mixed with the classic, charming, and elegant details throughout made for a day that was just as sweet, thoughtful, and sophisticated as Bridget and Alex!

images via alison conklin photography

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bridget and alex’s engagement session

So excited for Bridget and Alex’s Bartram’s Garden wedding tomorrow (and to meet their adorable dog Iko)! What better time to share their engagement session than on the eve of their big day?! As always, Alison Conklin did not disappoint with these gorgeous shots throughout Philly, including Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and Head House Square.

  images via Alison Conklin Photography

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alyssa & dave

With sweet personal touches throughout the day, Alyssa and Dave tied the knot on September 15th.

Alyssa sparkled in a gold beaded Anna Sui dress from BHLDN with hair and makeup by Beautiful Brides Philly. Alyssa and her mom created exquisite bouquets of hand-crocheted and paper flowers for Alyssa and her maid of honor to carry. Dave’s “Cocky” belt buckle (as seen on the show Bones) was a fun accent to his traditional grey three-piece suit. The couple met in the courtyard at City Hall for a emotional first look captured by Allebach Photography.

The traditional Jewish ceremony at Front and Palmer featured a beautiful chuppah created by the father of the bride and accented with flowers from Robertson’s. At cocktail hour, guests enjoyed the signature cocktail, Tequila Gimlets, served in miniature Patron bottles, as well as a photo booth by Posey Booth. Vintage jars and test tube beakers (an ode to Alyssa’s profession) held white garden roses, dahlias, and greenery. Hand drawn table numbers by one of Alyssa’s friends added a thoughtful touch to each table. Feast Your Eyes Catering, in conjunction with Essen Modern Kosher Catering, created a delicious kosher menu for the couple. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Alyssa and Dave opted for a fun cupcake tower, complete with a Doctor Who topper. And Synergetic Sounds kept the crowd on the dance floor all night.

Alyssa and Dave’s wedding was a perfect representation of their fun-loving personalities and beautiful love story.

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images via allebach photography

steph & matt

Even with impending showers in the forecast, Stephanie and Matt’s warm and fun loving personalities made the rain a distant memory at their May 7, 2016 wedding at Brandywine Manor House in Honey Brook, PA. The color palette of bright spring hues, including hot pink, blush, white, and Kelly green with pops of orange, yellow, and sparkle, were the perfect contrast to the stone and wood of the historic barn and lush greenery of the surrounding grounds.

The day began with the bride and bridesmaids laughing and sipping champagne in the bridal suite while getting their hair and makeup done by Nancy Caroline Bridal Styling. The bride’s natural look was juxtaposed with a smoky eye and bright fuchsia lip. Her hair was pinned back with a sweet halo braid and a few face framing curls.

Stephanie wore a breathtaking strapless Jim Hjelm ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and hand-sewn petal detailing, accented with a beaded crystal sash and Jimmy Choo silver glitter sandals. Her asymmetrical, garden-style bouquet popped with bright peonies, soft David Austen roses, spray roses, colorful ranunculus, sweet peas, and mixed greens. It was hand-tied with intricate lace from her mother’s wedding dress and accented with whimsical velour ribbon streamers. The bridesmaids wore BHLDN’s Coppelia Dress in dusty pink. The groom wore a navy tux and a black bowtie with a hint of shimmer.

Asya Photography was there to capture the beautiful moment of the couple’s intimate first look under the pergola, as well as many other incredible details of the day, including the beautiful gold mirror and frame Etsy signage and personalized wooden ring box. Maggpie Vintage Rentals’ lounge furniture doubled as photo backdrop for the couple and their wedding party before the ceremony.

The gazebo on the patio was beautifully draped with white fabric, and a garland of peonies, roses, ranunculus, tulips, and bright greenery, lending the perfect backdrop for the touching ceremony that was officiated by Rev. Chuck Blair. The aisle was lined with clusters of gold-accented white ceramic passage lanterns that were later used in the centerpieces. Papertini Floral and Event Design is known for organically and perfectly repurposing florals and décor from the ceremony into the reception. In addition to the repurposed lanterns, the bridesmaids’ bouquets were added to centerpieces and the garland was added to the cake table.

Guests were greeted with pre-ceremony beverages of lemonade and water on the patio as they waited for the ceremony to begin. A trio from EBE Rio played “Glasgow Love Theme” for the processional, followed by “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles for the bride’s entrance. After they said “I Do,” Stephanie and Matt recessed to the fun and upbeat “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates.

Once the ceremony ended, cocktail hour began on the Hearth Patio, which is a beautiful open-air patio under the barn featuring a koi pond and views of the expansive property. Guests relaxed on the gorgeous ivory Charlotte Sofa and Pearson Tuft Chairs from Maggpie Vintage Rentals, and they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres by Sage Catering including bacon-wrapped scallops, wild mushroom tart, petite lamb chop, sugarcane chicken, and lump crab cakes. Since the couple has moved around a lot the last few years for work (Stephanie is a Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellow and Matt is a Business Consultant), they used their recent cities of residence as signature cocktail inspiration. The bar featured The Philadelphia (where they met), The Columbus (where they moved next), and The LA (where they live now). Before heading upstairs to the barn for the reception, guests stopped by the escort table to locate their seat and pick up their favor, a handmade mason jar candle and personalized matches.

The reception began with introductions and the couple’s first dance to “Bloom” by Paper Kites. Guests were seated at a mixture of long and round tables with blush linens and gold sequin runners. The tablescapes popped with large white ceramic vases filled with bright pink, orange, white, and yellow florals, white and metal lanterns, bud vases, and mercury votives. Mad Libs, a favorite pastime of the couple, were placed at each guest seat asking silly questions such as circling how many drinks they’ve had and if they traveled via car, plane, or boat.

The first course featured an arugula salad with Parmigiano and sliced granny smith apples tossed in a lemon and white balsamic vinaigrette. Then Stephanie’s two sisters and Matt’s best man gave entertaining and heartfelt speeches about the couple. Guests dined on filet mignon with gratin potatoes and asparagus and Chilean sea bass with Israeli couscous and roasted vegetables. Once dinner concluded, the dance floor opened with parent dances. Stephanie and her father shared a dance to “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel. Then Matt and his mother danced to “Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks. Guests danced the night away under twinkling lights and ivy covered chandeliers to the sounds of EBE Rio. The evening ended with a 4-tier cake by The Master’s Baker with alternating layers of lemon raspberry cake with raspberry filling and confetti cake with buttercream icing. The horizontal texture buttercream design was complemented with bright cascading florals and a laser cut “love” cake topper, a perfect and sweet ending to Stephanie and Matt’s romantic barn wedding.

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steph and matt - two little birds planning

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images via asya photography