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Greenville Country Club Wedding

Shane Carpenter of Readyluck has captured a true gem that will forever grace the pages of SMP as one of our very favorites (and this is it!). A tent filled with gorgeous flowers and lots of love made the perfect spot for this former wedding planner to celebrate her marriage!

Country Club

From the stunning bride… When you’re a former wedding planner and you get engaged, you might not expect to be as excited as the next bride-to-be. After all, when weddings are your job, and you’ve seen ten times as many as a normal person, can you be that eager? That absorbed in all the details and all the personalized moments? Take it from me – you can. I found the lead up to my wedding to be exciting, fun, and (as cheesy as it sounds) magical.

Skelly and I met three years ago, having been introduced through a mutual friend. In May we were married in Wilmington, Delaware, the city where I grew up. The decision of when to get married was easy because I have been in love with peonies for as long as I can remember. Between their availability and the weather in Wilmington, it had to be a spring wedding. (The flowers weren’t in just the bouquets and the centerpieces either – they appeared on the cake and on most of our paper goods!). The location was a simple choice for us as well – I’d envisioned my wedding at the Greenville Country Club even before I joined the industry. Skelly agreed that with its vintage charm and hidden, picturesque details, it embodied the timeless, elegant, romantic feel we were trying to evoke.

I really had fun putting together the team of vendors that would create my wedding day and relied on my planning experience to help me select them. I’ve always loved Shane’s work and knew there was no one else I would want to capture my wedding. And, since it was important to me that all our guests have a great time on the dance floor, hiring The Hudson Project was a no-brainer. People say that the vendors make the wedding and I have to agree. A real highlight – definitely the most magical one for me – was shopping for my dress at the Vera Wang store in New York City. My stylist at Vera Wang on Madison was amazing. She helped me narrow my vision down to 5 dresses and once I tried on the Georgina that was it! It was amazing to finally experience that ‘pinch-me’ moment that all the brides I had helped with their weddings had told me about.

It was my goal for our guests to be comfortable, have fun, and see Skelly and me in every detail of the day. From the welcome bags when guests arrived, to the matches, drink stirrers, and coasters, it was all about the custom and personal details. I knew they were really going to make the day “ours” and we put real thought into having them all reflect us as a couple. I have a real love affair with paper products – invitations, maps, save the dates, place cards, programs, welcome notes, menus, coasters, drink stirrers – it was all custom and I loved every piece! I loved working with our amazing vendors to create beautiful pieces, and got so many compliments on every aspect.

The moment I think I’ll never forget from our day (rather, one of the many!) is walking down the aisle with my dad. Even having planned and been to countless weddings, I found myself nervous and shaky standing at the top of the aisle. I asked my dad to distract me and calm me down. His response? “Walk slow. People are going to want to look at me.” Having worked so hard to put my wedding together, it was perfect to be able to laugh as I walked down the aisle. After the ceremony, Skelly and I took a vintage Rolls Royce limo to meet our guests at the reception. Under a sailcloth tent on the grounds of the Greenville Country Club we danced the night away at a wedding this former planner was proud of.

Photography: Shane Carpenter, Readyluck | Flowers: Wild Thyme | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Dauphine Press | Ceremony Venue: Christ Church | Reception Venue: Greenville Country Club | Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Cartier | Jewelry: Fred Leighton | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Houppette | Hair: Robert Cris | Calligraphy: Molly Jacques | Lighting: Eventions | Transportation: Buker Limo | Transportation: THG Transportation | Tent: Eventquip | Bowties: Collard Greens | Bridesmaids Dress Boutique: Bella Bridesmaid Baltimore | Bridesmaids' Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar | Cake and Dessert Table: Michelle Mitchell at Hotel Dupont | Custom Crest: Happy Menocal | Custom Map: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Day-of Wedding Paperie: Haute Papier | Groom's/Groomsmens' Attire: Alton Lane | Linens: Special Occasions & Queen Street Linens | Photobooth: Wilmington Photo Booths | Reception Music: The Hudson Project | Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Bella Figura | Save The Date: Smock | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio

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From the stunning bride… Steve and I first met at just about the least romantic setting you can imagine…a seminar to prepare us for our upcoming actuarial exam. Fortunately for both of us, we quickly discovered we had more in common than just studying for exams. As we both lived within a few miles of each other in Philadelphia and worked in the same building downtown, our friendship quickly grew over almost daily lunches and exploring our Manayunk neighborhood. By the time Steve finally asked me on our first official date, little did he know that he had already won me over with his big heart and sense of humor. Nearly four years later, we were trying to decide where to go on vacation. Since I had never been, he insisted we go to Disney World. On our first day there, Steve surprised me with a couples’ massage and a seven course meal. However, the biggest surprise came at the end of the night when he proposed on a private beach during a firework show. I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I barely remember that moment, but I’m sure it will be a trip I’ll never forget. After two years of planning, we tied the knot at the beautiful Hotel du Pont, a venue which epitomized my wedding vision of classic elegance. Our entire day was truly magical, but we will always remember our friends lifting us both up on their shoulders during the final song for one last kiss to cap off the night. Thank you to everyone who helped to make our dream wedding a reality!

Photography: MK Photography | Flowers: Carl Alan Of Philadelphia | Hair & Makeup: Perry Anthony Salon | Venue: Hotel DuPont | Music: Silver Sound

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Sean and I joined the South Jersey Rowing Club in 2003 while we were in high school. We were friends from the start but really bonded during the team’s trip to the Canadian Henley a few years later. Shortly after, Sean reluctantly left for the Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, but we remained pen pals. Our friendship began to blossom into something more through the exchange of letters, and when Sean returned for Thanksgiving, we were anxious to spend time together. We began dating in December 2005, and Sean transferred to Saint Joseph’s University in the spring semester. We managed to make a relationship work throughout college despite being 2 1/2 hours apart, members of Division I rowing teams, and a semester spent abroad. Distance means so little when someone means so much.

After I graduated college, we moved in together in Philadelphia, but just a year later, I relocated to Baltimore for medical school. One weekend Sean came to visit me in Baltimore and brought pumpkins to carve. I carved a devil cat, aka our cat Cody, and Sean carved, “Marry me?” Everyone always asks me how I didn’t know what Sean was carving, but if you know me well, you know I’m rather competitive and very focused on whatever I’m doing. Needless to say, Sean’s pumpkin was definitely the best that night, and I happily accepted his proposal!

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We wanted an elegant, romantic wedding with a subtle bird theme woven through the decor. My mom has always called us the “Lovebirds” and Sean actually bought me a lovebird one Valentine’s Day, so we thought it was very fitting. My mom was instrumental in helping Sean and I plan the wedding of our dreams. Being in medical school, I didn’t have a lot of free time for wedding planning, so we absolutely couldn’t have done it without her help.

The wedding turned out perfect, just how we envisioned, and we had an amazing time celebrating with all of our family and friends! Since the wedding, Sean has relocated to Baltimore and was able to transfer jobs within his company. We are really excited to start our new life together as husband and wife and to never have to be apart again!

Photographer: mk Photography / Wedding dress: James Clifford / Wedding shoes: Dior / Headpiece: Sara Gabriel / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Donna Morgan / Bride’s and bridesmaids’ jewelry: Etsy / Invitations: BRIDES / Programs, place cards, table numbers, and menus: Blush Paperie / Venue: Winterthur / Bridal Party Preperations: Montchanin Inn / Flowers, lighting, and draping: Beautiful Blooms / Wedding cake: Liz Marden / Officiant: Rev. Patricia Painter, Vows of the Heart / Ceremony and cocktail music: Shaw Strings / Reception music: Jack Faulkner Orchestra / Videographer: CinemaCake / Thumb print guest book: Leaf Your Love / Favors: I’ll Be Dipped

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