Excited to be included in South Jersey Magazine’s article about planning the perfect wedding.
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Excited to be included in South Jersey Magazine’s article about planning the perfect wedding.
Check out some of my tips below.
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
Loving Kate and Charlie’s highlight film by Pair of Hearts Films! Their vows melted my heart!
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.
images via allebach photography
Loving Alli and Mike’s Philadelphia engagement session by M2 Photography. Can’t wait for their Ritz-Carlton wedding this May!
images via m2 photography
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.
images via asya photography
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