This next wedding has SMP written all over it. It’s charming, it’s undeniably pretty, it’s heavy on picture perfect details and and it has personality for days. Oh and it looks like a total blast. I seriously heart this bride and groom for taking the time to infuse their day with so many sweet touches that really represented their own personalities and Amber Karson Events for bringing it all to life. Absolutely lovely. Click here to see even more!

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From the bride…Our favorite memory of the day was our wedding parade! The first vendor we hired wasn’t the caterer or the photographer, it was Ray the Scottish bagpiper. One of the only things we knew in our initial planning phase was that we wanted to parade our guests through town, past the lantern lit historical buildings and through the friendly streets of Doylestown to the reception site at Aunt Sara’s house. This made picking a church very easy – it had to be within walking distance of our reception site, a.k.a Aunt Sara’s which was 7 blocks away! The parade was filled with fun touches that Amber Karson Events created for us. Groomsmen held up a homemade banner that read “Just Married”. Tristan and I carried large, white balloons. Walter, our spoiled English bulldog and ring bearer, was kept in tow with the help of a red, Radio Flyer wagon. And each guest happily waved their ribbon wands and fabric pennants. Cars pulled over and honked their horns wishing us good luck as we walked by. Looking back, it was like something out of a story book. The smiles on our friends and families faces were absolutely priceless. We paraded under the bluest sky and brightest sun that afternoon. When we arrived at Aunt Sara’s our paraders where served Tristan’s favorite drink, Bourbon & Ginger Ale with a slice of lime. Antique drawers I sanded and painted served as trays for the drinks, which were served up in hand blown tumblers and adorned with gray and white paper straws…the perfect refresher after the long walk through town.

For the reception ambiance, we were after a garden party not too dissimilar to the backyard pool scene in the movie Sabrina! In fact, our invites described the attire to the guests as: “Garden Formal – Whatever That Means!” Aunt Sara’s home provided just that – a corner lot in a wonderful Victorian neighborhood with a lush garden pool on one side and various configurations of lawn furniture on the other side to effortlessly create the perfect cocktail environment. Under the tent were mason jars of flowers, hand sewn table runners and clear glass wine bottles filled with candles that illuminated the faces of our guests with a warm glow. I would recommend natural lighting to anyone wanting to create an intimate space.

From the groom…My mom comes from a big Pennsylvania farm family where everyone always pitches in, so this event was no different. Gram rallied her team of “floral arrangers” and beautifully arranged wild flowers in 115 mason jars which sprawled each long dinner table. My best friend John spent two weeks making a 6×8 ft. copy of our “Save the Date”, originally illustrated by an LA artist. The invite was a custom caricature of us and our little bulldog Walter. The mural was cut into six signs which were strategically placed along the parade route. He then put the signs back together and guests were able to sign it and leave us wonderful notes and well wishes, almost like a guestbook.

Event Design and Planning: Amber Karson Events / Venue: Private Residence / Photography: Abby Jiu Photography / Invitation Suite: Hello! Lucky / Catering: Dish Catering / Linen: Gala Cloths / Runners: custom made for Amber Karson Events