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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 | Hair: Robert Cris | Calligraphy: Molly Jacques | Lighting: Eventions | Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Bella Figura | 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 | Makeup: Houppette | Photobooth: Wilmington Photo Booths | Reception Music: The Hudson Project | Save The Date: Smock | Tent: Eventquip | Transportation: THG Transportation | Transportation: Buker Limo | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio

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Classic Wilmington, Delaware Wedding

The bride had a dream of classic elegance, and that is just what was brought to life in this Wilmington ballroom wedding. With MK Photography behind the lens, she will have timeless images to pass down to her grandchildren one day, and I can only imagine their reaction will be the same as mine – speechless awe.


From the photographer… Angie and Stephen, both actuaries, met in New York City at an actuarial exam seminar and they had their first date in the rain in Philadelphia. Angie, who is from Fairhill MD, and Stephen, from north Jersey, certainly have the mid Atlantic region of the U.S. covered! They decided to marry in Wilmington, DE as a good middle ground for their friends and family to meet and the two reside in Philadelphia.

The wedding was gilded in gold! From the ballroom itself to the opulent invitations and wedding programs, Angie and Stephen kept the colors subtle to compliment all of the gold and really make the white wedding gown center stage.

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 | Music: Silver Sound | Venue: Hotel DuPont

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Delaware Rustic Chic Barbeque Wedding from Christian Oth Studio

If you told me the words ‘Chic’ and ‘Barbeque’ could live harmoniously together, I wouldn’t have believed it. That is, until I laid my eyes on this picture perfect event. Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio has done it again. She has framed this lovely couple’s relaxed but meticulously thoughtful personalities. From these captured moments, it is so clear that they wanted to focus their big day around love, some good grilling and the people that mean the most. It was torture trying to narrow down these divine photographs, see them all here in the gallery.

From the Bride… As an event designer myself, when it came to designing my own wedding all I ever wanted was simply something that feels us. Keye and I both love to entertain at home. So when we first got engaged, we were just excited to have the perfect opportunity to throw an awesome party for our dear ones. We wanted a party that is fuss free, laid-back, fun and celebrates all things we cherish.

With that idea in mind, we quickly found our venue on SMP, Greenville Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. It was love at first sight. Coming from New York city, Greenville offers everything city folks like us can only dream of – abundance of giant ancient trees on great green field and beautiful historical architecture that was once a family owned estate. We wanted the overall design stay true to the venue itself to showcase its perfectly aged charms and the beautiful natural scene. Various hues of green and brown, allied with natural and re-purposed materials including wood, burlap and linen established a rustic and pared down look. Frozen margarita in ball jars were passed during cocktail, an ode to the fun time with friends, as it’s something that many of us always order at our go-to bar in west village.

While it was such a small wedding, every guest had the opportunity to give a speech when the microphone was passed around at the tables. As a true surprise it turned out, every single person did it spontaneously and those were probably some of the most genuine and heartfelt toasts I’ve ever heard. We received the biggest surprise gift a week after the wedding – our wedding video shot & created by a friend! Apparently the friend had planned this all along ever since he found out that we had cut back our budget on a cinematographer. If there’s one best thing for me to name about planning my own wedding, that would be to realize how lucky we are to be loved and surrounded by so many incredibly wonderful souls. It was truly a celebration of family, friendship and love.

Wedding Photography: Sue Kessler from Christian Oth Studio / Wedding Venue: Greenville Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware / Wedding Design: Bespoke Only / Wedding Day-of Planning: Hardin & Associates / Floral Design: Wild Thyme / Wedding Rental: Party Rental / Vintage Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rental / Wedding DJ: No Macarena / Wedding Guitarist: Christopher Bohn / Wedding Photobooth: We Love Photobooths / Wedding Lighting:  Anthony Stewart of Nova Industries / Engraved Wood Placecard: Oslo Press / Puzzle Guestbook: Bella Puzzles / Wedding Dress: Made by Friend / Bride’s Jewelry: Siman Tu / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Groom’s Tux: J.Crew / Bridesmaids’ + Groomsmen’s Attire: J.Crew / Hair + Makeup: Daneene Jensen

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