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Traditional Ballroom Wedding

Without fail, traditional weddings always leave me speechless.  Why?  Because they’re the sort of wedding that perfectly combines glamour + classic stylings and props it up against a majestic setting like the Hyatt at the Bellevue ballroom.  Add in a talented team of vendors that includes the always amazing La Petite Fleur and the talented Philip Gabriel Photography and, well… there are no words.  See it all right here.


From La Petite Fleur… There’s something to be said for sophistication… it doesn’t trend, nor does it have moments… it is timeless. That said, at a time when weddings are characteristically colorful (pink wedding gowns!) and teaming with trends (the DIY look) – classic styling, like true love, is to be celebrated as unique.

This fall, Courtney and Kevin celebrated their love in a uniquely traditional style – infusing personality through very specific choices, beginning with their palette. This classy couple chose to paint their fall wedding in a rich sherbet palette and to collaborate with La Petite Fleur to design the quintessential downtown ballroom wedding.

The Bellevue glistened with gold and crystal accents at every turn, tables were dressed in pintuck linens, and garden blooms abounded in stunning bouquets; majestic candelabra arrangements atop petal-filled pedestals and sweet swags adorning the “Mr. & Mrs.” seats.

Even the entryway vignette embodied the couple’s unique signature sophisticated style. Blossom to blossom, more than 400 palette-coordinating roses were layered beneath a translucent tabletop to fashion a full floral linen-scape, upon which a gorgeous gold manzanita branch and pomander arrangement stood to greet guests. Then there were the unconventional confections – mini cakes and petite cupcakes – in shades of sherbet that further sweetened the uniqueness of the newlywed’s sophisticated soiree.

Photography: Philip Gabriel Photography | Videography: Allure Films | Cake: Brown Betty Dessert Boutique | Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral Basilica, Saints Peter And Paul | Reception Venue: Hyatt At The Bellevue | Floral & Event Design: La Petite Fleur

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Vintage Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Looking for a little vintage inspiration for your Monday morning? Well you’ve come to the perfect place. Because this shoot from the Fox and FinchAllium DesignStorey Threads and Alison Conklin Photography is vintage wedding perfection. This gallery is simply chock full with steal-worthy inspiration, and you can see it all here.

From Fox and FinchThis spring shoot provided a chance for Fox and Finch Vintage Rental to stretch their legs and spread their wings! We reached out to collaborate with photographer Alison Conklin, wardrobe stylist Naomi Storey (of Storey Threads) and Sarah Petryk (of Allium Designs) to bring our inventory to life! As you can see by the gallery of photos, our talented group far surpassed our goals.

The day proved to be quite rainy and we feared for the pastries and our furniture. But even the best laid plans have to allow for spontanaity. We provided vintage umbrellas when necessary and set out the macaroons at the last minute. Looking at the progression of color through the photography captures the progression of tones from early spring to late spring. The soft color pallet chosen for the wedding and dressing scenes was an intentional tribute to the colors of spring emerging happily through a dull winter landscape. Hair stylist Jill Kozar ( of Up your Do)and makeup artist Kelly Quinlan (of Face the Occasion) directly mirrored this pallet and softness. The furniture chosen contains and compliments these hews. For our more brilliant shots we wanted the color to progress naturally into deeper berry tones that are found later in the spring season. The Hoosier cabinet off set the colorful cake scene and the deep color sofas were chosen intentionally to support and venerate these more vibrant hues as the colors literally bloom off of the photos.

For the second portion of our shoot, we chose a very sophisticated dress from BHLDN. Naomi adorned herself with a vintage bracelet and blusher veil in saturated magenta. Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals created a dessert-bar scene laden with antique china and linens, spilling out of an oak hoosier cabinet. Once again BHLDN was featured in pastel cake stands and a cheeky bunny cake topper. We wrapped up the shoot with a few avant garde arrangements of wooden chairs and pairings of Naomi with two of our most deeply hued sofas.

From Sarah Petryk of Allium Designs…After this particularly long and brutal winter, I’ve been just so desperate for spring flowers. It feels like everything is running behind, even in the flower markets, as spring slowly, slowly begins its arrival. So, you can imagine my delight when I found lots of tulips and hyacinth to mark the beginning of spring floral season. I couldn’t help but work them in, along with some old standbys-ranunculus,spray roses, orchids and unusual “greenery” to add to the overall texture of the pieces. Inspiration shoots are just the best-they give me an opportunity to design something with no restriction, no rules, no hard and fast color palate. The result? Flowers that I think truly evoke the season, touches of blue and that purply-pink of the orchids-colors that pop off the backdrop of the woods, still dressed in their winter blanket of dry leaves, sticks and roots. As a bonus, since we all see so much “vintage” in weddings now, it’s refreshing to find new ways to incorporate special pieces-check out the arrangement inside the sewing machine…or the one tucked in the flour bin of the hoosier cabinet. We really enjoyed putting this day together. Now…if only we could really have a wedding in those amazing woods!

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography | Flowers: Allium Design | Cake: The Flour Shop | Hair: Up Your Do | Cake Topper: BHLDN | Chain Ring That She Is Wearing Is By: Bourban And Granola | Clothing Stylist: Storey Threads | Dress With The Vintage Cage Veil: BHLDN | Felt Bunting In Dressing Scene: Ordinary Mommy Designs | Furniture And Prop Styling: Fox And Finch | His & Her Chair Signs: BHLDN | Invites: Loveleigh Invitations | Makeup: Face The Occasion

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Philadelphia Whiskey Tasting Bridal Shower at The Twisted Tail

It’s a festive day in the good ol’ U S of A, and this whisky tasting bridal shower shoot just seems to be a perfect fit to keep that celebration going. Shot by Jessica Hendrix with gorgeous florals and design from Papertini, this gallery is great way to toast to America today. Cheers! 

From PapertiniThis shoot was a collaboration that arose during a conversation about providing urban foodie brides with inspiration for alternative, unique bridal shower ideas. We immediately glossed over the ideas of overdone themes (ahem, wine tastings), and thought it would be fun to do a whiskey tasting instead. After all, why should whiskey be reserved for men in sport coats with cigars? We wanted to show a group of sophisticated urban women enjoying the brown liquor with class in celebration of their dear friend’s upcoming nuptial.

We connected with The Twisted Tail, located in Old City, Philadelphia. This ultra hip restaurant and bourbon bar has a healthy pork obsession which is reflected in their name, menu, and decor. The two story space, outfitted with unique details such as music sheet wallpaper, barrel hightops, electric guitars on the walls, baby blue leather tufted chairs, and a shuffle board, was the perfect space for a hip unique soiree. The Twisted Tail provided the amazing spread of cheese and finger foods as well as the “whiskey flight tree” where the girls were able to sample different varieties of whiskey. The whiskey tasting score card and beautiful bridal shower invitation was created by Paper Rock Scissors. They also created a keepsake box for the bride which had the bride and groom’s initial wood burned on the top with a copy of the invitation and small whiskey bottle inside to commemorate the theme of the event.

We meticulously brought together all the elements for the favor table, soda table, and main table. The food on the main table were set upon wood slabs and a table runner made from gold doilies. Rather than overwhelming the table with tons of flowers, we went with foliage varieties to let the food and whiskey take center stage. The soda table had strawberry and cream flavors, provided by Foam Floaterie, which we displayed in small glass bottles and labeled with sticker chalkboard labels. For the favor table, we displayed mini whiskey bottles and macaroons to be taken by the guests in kraft milk carton boxes. To reiterate the whiskey theme, we used empty whiskey bottles as candle holders. We took much care in the details such as the whiskey score card board (which we custom made!), scorecard box, signage on the soda and favor table (also custom made in-house), and the “date night book.” Instead of a traditional guest book, we custom created this date night book where guests write their date night recommendations for the couple based on the page theme. We kept the overall color scheme simple with punches of black and gold for the urban sophisticated feel.

Photography: Jessica Hendrix Photography | Floral And Event Design: Papertini | Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors | Hair And Makeup: Ambrozy Makeup + Hair | Desserts: Foam Floaterie | Food And Whiskey: The Twisted Tail | Restaurant And Bar: The Twisted Tail

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