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Sentimental Seaside Wedding at the Avalon Yacht Club

It warms our heart when couples incorporate heirlooms to honor their past loved ones. This bride wore the same veil her grandmother did 65 years ago. And to keep their spirit’s up (literally and figuratively) the decided to honor the groom’s mother’s by adding her favorite cocktail, a Mudslide Martini, to the menu. RHM Photography did a beautiful job capturing the day. Just keep some tissues on hand for the video by Be Films.


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Fall
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Yacht Club

From the Bride… Growing up in Philadelphia my family and I spent our summer at the shore. It has always been my most favorite place and I cherish every memory I have there. I brought Ben on vacation 5 years ago and he fell in love with the shore too. We loved the idea of having both of our families together in a place that meant so much to us.

I wore my grandmother’s veil, which is 65 years old! It is a stunning mantilla-style cathedral length, made of Chantilly lace with delicate details. My mother, my aunts, my sister, and now myself have worn it. My grandmother passed away 9 years ago so I felt very blessed to have a part of her with me on my wedding day.

Ben lost his mother to ALS disease 8 years ago so it was very important to honor her as well. Her children wear pieces of her jewelry every day. I wanted to share in that special tradition so I wore a piece of her jewelry as well. I also surprised Ben with a signature drink, a Mudslide Martini, which was his mom’s favorite cocktail.

As guest entered the Avalon Yacht Club they were greeted with a vintage bicycle built for two surrounded by photos, frames and flowers. Instead of a traditional guest book, our guest signed their names and well wishes on small paper luggage tags that were arranged in a handmade custom shadow box frame. This table also included vintage Polaroid cameras and handmade props. Guests spent the evening snapping pictures and displaying each photo on a custom antique window.

We had a gift table filled with antique and vintage luggage surrounded by glowing candles and small vintage bottles filled with a single bloom. To represent a Pittsburgh wedding tradition, friends and family of the bride and groom baked cookies for the reception. The table was displayed with a variety of vintage baskets and tins filled with homemade cookies and baked goods. Personalized treat bags were provided so that guests could take home cookies when the party ended.

Ben is a big cigar fan so we had a cigar bar on the south deck of the yacht club. Guests relaxed throughout the evening and enjoyed an array of cigars that we provided from different regions around the world.

Our favors were a combination of succulent plants and small vintage pink bottles with a single bloom. They also doubled as our seating cards. They were attached with vintage inspired paper luggage tags with each guest name and table number.

We chose non-traditional cupcakes in a variety of flavors for our guests. Our cake was very simple white with a blush pink band around the bottom and the cake topper was a made of burlap flags that said ” I’m Yours.”

Photography: RHM Photography | Videography: Be Films | Event Planning: Bel Momento Weddings And Special Events | Dress: Anne Barge | Ceremony: Maris Stella Church | Reception Venue: Avalon Yacht Club | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: Creations By Mia | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Escort Cards: Just Be Designs | Floral Design & Styling: Primrose And Company | Groomsmen\'s Attire: Joseph A. Bank | Music: Vincent James Band | Transportation: Great American Trolley Company

Anne Barge, Badgley Mischka, Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Occasions are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. JLM Couture, Inc and Primrose and Company are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Heartfelt Winter Wedding in New Jersey

This wedding has been pulling at my heart strings from the moment I opened it. It’s a huge reminder of what is truly important. When this Bride received the heart-wrenching news of her father’s cancer diagnosis, there was no question she would move the wedding date so he could be there. With the help of Cassandre Snyder Events, the wedding went off without a hitch, and thanks to Judith Rae this family now has beautiful images that captured the beyond priceless memories. See them all here.


From Judith RaeThis gorgeous and heartfelt winter wedding was supposed to take place in Fall of 2014. When the bride found out that her father was terminally ill with cancer and only had a few months to live, she moved her date to January 2014. With only 2-3 weeks to coordinate this wedding, planner and designer Cassandre Snyder came to the couple’s rescue and helped pull together a team of top professionals to make their day a beautiful success.

During the quick planning process Cassandre met with Jen & Doug a few times and one of the things Jen was concerned with was that this wouldn’t feel like a real wedding because they were planning it within two weeks, during Christmas and new year season with a major snow storm (nor’easter). So Cassandre worked hard to create the invitations (just to make it formal) and they made sure they planned every detail just like they would plan for a wedding with 6 months or more to plan.

The sensitivity of this wedding and the idea of capturing candid moments between the bride and her father along with the groom and their family, friends and guests was one of the reasons Cassandre called Judith Rae to capture it all. For Judith, this was a sensitive topic as her father had just passed away with cancer in late November.

Thankfully, Jen’s dad was able to walk her down the aisle and enjoy this day with her, their family and closest friends. Pretty amazing wedding for us all!

Photographer: Judith Rae | Videography: Stomping Bread Productions, Andrew King | Planner: Cassandre Snyder Events | Floral Design: Cassandre Snyder Events | Invitations: Cassandre Snyder Events | Couple Portraits: Philadelphia Museum Of Art | Lighting & Draping: JB Lighting Production | Makeup & Hair: M Kouture Beauty Designs | Wedding Venue: Touch Of Class By Candlelite

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Art Deco Inspired Wedding

It’s hard to imagine anything better than a gorgeous fall wedding, but throw in some crazy cool art deco-inspired stylings and a Anna Maier Ulla-Maija Couture gown (via the amazing Gabriella New York Bridal Salon) and, well… awesomeness ensues, lovelies.  I’m talking vibrant florals from Janet Rosann Terman and all kinds of beautiful moments captured by Kate Ignatowski. See them all here. 

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Fall
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Country Club

From Kate Ignatowski B+B perfected elegance without going over the top – even in the way everyone felt – happy and excited, yet effortlessly relaxed. And I loved the touches of deco elegance in her invites, menu, and signage. It’s a perfect example of tying in a specific style without going overboard.

From the Bride… When we were looking at venues, it was really about capturing the perfect balance of outdoors and indoors – including having the indoor space feel almost like it was outdoors. When a friend, who is one of the club’s founding members, showed us around the property, the decision was basically made for us. We loved the classic, elegant design of the space as it wasn’t too flashy or showy. We loved the outdoor ceremony space and the grounds of the property, and then the indoor travertine room, which is all glass, brought the outside in for the reception. Ben and I both love a mix of modern and classic, soft elegance, so combining modernity in our clothing and in our choices for flowers (in picking low arrangements featuring vandas and lots of candlelight) with a nod to deco elegance it all came together to reflect what the two of us love – and those qualities are reflected in each other. Finally, we really focused on a palette of crimsons and burnt oranges to reflect the beautiful fall elements surrounding us – the colors of the season are something we absolutely love.

Photography: Kate Ignatowski | Wedding Coordinator: LeeAnn DeKalb | Florist: Janet Rosann Terman | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup Artist: Stacie Ford | Hair Stylist: Sally Perez Of Styles On B | DJ: JVC | Rabbi: Ruth Gais | Ceremony Music: International Strings | Cake Artist: Lady M's | Groom's Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: TPC Jasna Polana | Wedding Dress Designer: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija Couture | Wedding Dress Shop: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

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