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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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Brandywine Valley Wedding from mk Photography

Have you ever noticed how wonderful mk Photography‘s images always, always are?  They are gorgeous + classic, capturing the love in a way that no one else does. Needless to say, we’re fans. This Wilmington wedding was nothing short of mk Photography’s usual genius, due in part to the beautiful images, and due in full to the absolutely stunning soiree at center. Promise me you’ll hop into the gallery when you’re ready, and I’ll promise you that you won’t be disappointed!

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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!

The first decision we made in the wedding planning process was the location. We searched online for venues in the greater Philadelphia area that had an outdoor setting, and Winterthur stood out above the rest. As soon as we stepped foot in the beautiful gardens, we knew that we wanted to get married at Winterthur. On that visit, we also stopped by the Inn at Montachannin Village. The inn was a perfect compliment to Winterthur because of its rich history and beautiful setting, so we booked the inn for the wedding weekend. From there, everything else just fell into place.

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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