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 Lhuillier, Joanna 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