SUBMIT WEDDING
View All Weddings in The Mid-Atlantic
Black Tie Downton Abbey Inspired Wedding

The final season of Downton Abbey is officially underway, so a wedding with a touch of that old world glamour and impeccable elegance is just the inspiration we need. Think grand, gilded decor and classic floral design, all thanks to Kyle Michelle Weddings, and a four-tier wedding cake fit for a queen. Pour a cup of tea, and join me for all of Judy Pak’s images in The Vault.

Colors
Seasons
Winter
Settings
Ballroom
Styles
Classic

From The Bride…After Hery and I got engaged on Christmas Day, we decided to jump right into the planning process. We knew a planner was essential – I was both working and attending graduate school full time – so we quickly set up a meeting with Kyle Michelle Weddings. Because Hery and I had a clear picture of what we wanted our wedding to look and feel like, it was crucial that our key vendors understood our aesthetic and personality. Kyle Michelle Weddings immediately impressed us with their style, professionalism, and enthusiasm, and we quickly brought them on board. These ladies encouraged my attention to detail and helped execute the weekend to perfection.

Our vision for the wedding day was a black tie, historically and traditionally inspired event. More than anything, I wanted our guests to be given a relaxing and indulgent escape for the weekend. I drew inspiration from the weddings of the Kennedy’s and the Cambridge’s, with hints from Downton Abbey and Jane Austen. I quickly chose a flowing ballgown with little a long train and little additional and paired it with Louboutin peep toe gold pumps, a cathedral length veil, and diamond drop earrings. My bridesmaids complimented me with full length, chiffon blush dresses, and the flower girl in a custom design that tied in several elements from my own look. Hery wore a Ludlow tuxedo from J. Crew with a shawl collar and accessorized with items from The Tie Bar and custom Broadland velvet smoking slippers. His groomsmen looked dashing in tuxes provided by The Black Tux.

Despite the intimidating winter weather, the limos smoothly transported us to Sharon Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church that Sunday morning. Hery and I chose not to see each other until I walked up the aisle, and the moment was especially emotional, as two of our dear friends sang an arrangement of “You Have Me” by Gungor as I walked toward my future husband. The Pastor of the boarding high school I attended performed the ceremony, and Hery and I shared our personalized vows, displayed beautifully in calligraphy. As we exited to the performance of a string trio, the room had nye a dry eye. It was truly an unforgettable day.

For the décor, we chose a blush neutrals color palate, inspired by the historic Golden Ballroom of Hotel du Pont, our reception venue, with its engraved, ivory walls and grand, golden chandeliers. We love the soft romance of candlelight, so we chose to adorn the tables, decked in ivory linen, with stately candelabras accented with clusters of soft ivory and blush flowers. The escort cards, displayed on vintage, golden vanity trays, furthered the gold accents. We opted for calligraphy details, such as signs reading “avere” and “tenere” on the back of our chairs and a guest book alternative to be framed and displayed in our future home. My matron of honor designed the stationary and adhered to traditional etiquette in wording and layout. The ladies at Kyle Michelle Weddings helped me put together our favors — individual glass bottles of herb infused olive oil. Throughout the reception, there were homages to my Italian heritage, including the olive oil, the tiramisu dessert, and the use of Italian in our stationary.

Cocktail hour featured butlered hors d’oeuvres with a pianist expertly setting the mood, and the reception consisted of a 3 course, plated meal. Our red velvet and Grand Marnier pound cake featured simple pearls around each tier to match the buttons on the back of my gown and was gorgeously arrayed with fresh blooms, tying in the centerpieces and my bouquet.

The reception contained several moments I will forever cherish. Hery and I danced to Chet Baker’s “I Married an Angel”, choreographed by my cousin, a professional dancer in NYC, and my father and I dance to Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me”, referencing my dad’s career and passion for piloting. Instead of a bouquet and garter toss, we chose to gift these items to the longest married couple in the room – my paternal grandparents. The moment was especially sweet as Hery and I danced with them, a special moment, as my grandfather passed away just a few months later.

Photography was our highest priority when budgeting and planning for the wedding, and we knew we’d trust no one else than Judy Pak with capturing these precious memories. Hery and I both adore film photography, and Judy truly has mastered her art. Her photography characteristically captures light and airiness, and her eye and instinct for arranging a shot are unparalleled. We are always drawn to the story she tells in her photographs, and we were so very grateful for the opportunity to have her capture our love story.

Vault CTA

Photography: Judy Pak Photography | Floral Design: Kyle Michelle Weddings | Wedding Dress: Blue Willow By Anne Barge | Invitations: Designed By A Friend And Printed By Kyle Michelle Weddings | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions | Makeup: Gabriella Lairson | DJ: Tom Barrett | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Hotel: Hotel Dupont | Venue: Sharon Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church | Cake + Catering: Hotel DuPont | Stylist: Kaila's Mane Spot | Wedding Design : Kyle Michelle Weddings

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here

You'll love these vendors in Delaware

A Garden Party
View Portfolio
Hudson Nichols Photography
View Portfolio
Unique Upscale Ballroom Wedding in Delaware

For those of you looking for a major dose of glamour – behold, the ideal ballroom wedding. Because this right here is the type of wedding every girl dreams about. Complete with a quintessential love story and sweet personal details, MkPhoto didn’t miss a moment of the fairytale. See it all in THE VAULT!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Styles
Classic

From The Bride…Over the past seven years Jamison and I have grown to know we are more alike than different. We were both born in Wilmington, Delaware and attended the same high school. Our love for each other, family and friends contributed to our bridal party of twenty. My family and I attended Immanuel Church in Wilmington, Delaware for ten years. At the age of eight I told my parents it would be the place I would get married and eighteen years later I did. God’s presence in our life and in the church touched our heart and we hope the hearts of others. Some special moments of the ceremony included the classic hymn, How Great Thou Art, and my cousin singing during the lighting of the unity candle.

The evening continued at the reception in the historic Gold Ballroom at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. The French neoclassic venue featuring gilded rosettes and glittering chandeliers was the backdrop to our fairy tale. Our perfect wedding included anything blush, gold, and sparkles. Needless to say, my “superman” was super flexible.

The sparkles from the swarvoski crystals on my Pnina Tornai wedding gown and veil were a favorite. We also included a trending theme of ombre to our wedding cake. The custom monogram made by our wedding planner was used on our stationary, dance floor and ice sculpture which tied it all together.

We enjoyed dancing the night with family and friends including some hit songs played at the bachelorette party in Miami, Florida. The “fire kept burning” with bananas foster flambé which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana where the bachelor party was held. My parents’ thoughtfulness during the wedding planning process allowed us to enjoy every moment of the night… a dream come true.

The Delaware beach is our favorite getaway. On the morning of May 25, 2014 Jamison and I took my dog, Bandit, for a walk to the bay. As the sun was rising, Jamison asked me to marry him. Jamison said he knew he wanted to “grow old with me” after watching The Wedding Singer. While Bandit was the only one to witness the proposal, we enjoyed celebrating with our friends in Dewey beach that evening.

The bride’s was the rosary beads wrapped around my bouquet. They were my grandfather’s (Nonno) rosaries made out of seeds he planted in his garden. Unfortunately, he could not be with them on that day but he felt close to her heart.

See even more ballroom weddings in THE VAULT! 

Photography: MkPhoto | Cinematography: McKenzie Miller Films | Event Design And Planning: Afflair Events | Floral Design: Green Meadow Florist | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Stationery: Envelopments | Ceremony Venue: Immanuel Church | Reception Venue: Hotel Du Pont | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale Bridal | DJ: Schaffer Sound | Ceremony Music: Trio Classica

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Traditional Garden Wedding with a Scottish Flair

Traditional, elegant and completely lovely – you’re about to find just how enjoyable Hayley and Nick’s Scottish infused garden wedding is to look at! We’re especially taken with the Bride’s ah-mazing veil and those oh-so-chic creamy blooms! It’s the type of pretty that you’re going to want to replay, and thanks to MK Photography, we’ve got every image from the day in THE VAULT.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Styles
Elegant

From The Bride…During the Spring of 2008 Nick and I were studying for our undergraduate finals in Dundee, Scotland. Everyday I could be found in the library sitting at the same desk. Every afternoon, like clockwork, Nick would stop by and encourage me to procrastinate but trying to charm me with his funny stories and jokes. At the time all I wanted was to be left alone so i could focus. Then, one day, Nicholas didn’t stop by and i missed him. His best friend (now his best man) gave me his mobile number and I decided to be brave and send the first text. It turned out that Nick missed me too because he had sent me a email the evening before, I just hadn’t checked it yet! He was off on a holiday but asked me to join him for a post-exam drink when he returned. I agreed. After a few G&T’s, the Graduation Ball and a summer apart, we became Nick & Hayls. We both achieved our Masters and in 2009 and started the transatlantic part of our relationship. For three years we lived apart, Nick was in London and I was in Philadelphia. It was a emotionally trying time with many ups and downs, but when you’ve found The One it seems that even the Atlantic Ocean isn’t enough to keep you apart, Finally, in 2012, I moved to London to be with Nick. In March of 2013 we went on our first holiday, just the two of us. We were heading to the Austrian Alps to hit the slopes. As we navigated our way to the airport through London rush hour on the Tube with 2 sets of skis, boots and suitcases, Nick remained remarkably upbeat and unfazed by the chaos. I should have suspected something then, but I put it down to a happy holiday spirit. We arrived in St Anton and there was Champagne on ice waiting in our room. Nick pulled me into his arms and held me close. While looking deeply into my eyes and telling me how much he loved me and what amazing things we were going to achieve together, he started to get down on one knee. The man I adore and love with all my heart was asking me to be his wife. With a ring on my finger, tears in our eyes, and a glass of Champagne in our hands, we began telling our family and friends the news. After 7 years of long distance and two international moves to be with each other, we were finally getting married! Love and perseverance conquers all.

dotted]

See even more garden weddings THE VAULT! 

Photography: MK Photography | Floral Design: Bloomsberry Flowers | Cake: Crown Jewel Cakes | Stationery: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Jewelry: Nardi | Hair And Makeup: Beauty Bar By Saiko | Band: EBE Talent | Venue: Greenville Country Club | Bridal Boutique: Jennifer's Bridal | Engraved Glasses: Oriental Trading Company

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here