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Anne of Green Gables Inspired Baby Shower

Kristy Rice, the huge talent behind Momental Designs, set out to shower her childhood friend with a day crafted around their shared love of the Anne of Green Gable series. From book favors with hand-painted covers to the narrative of Anne beautifully woven into each and every detail (including a fab cake table), this is a stunning modern spin on a childhood classic all captured by Danielle Coons.

A few highlights:

  •  A modern twist on Anne of Green Gables at Terrain in Philadelphia
  • Individually hand painted stationery throughout including artfully redesigned book covers for guest gifting and custom laser cut invitation details
  • All elements of the decor tied directly to narrative from the Anne of Green Gables Book
  • Three cakes with artwork installation inspired by passages from the book

Kristy and Amy have been best friends since grade school and to this day they share a love for the Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery. When it came time to vision a baby shower for Amy, Kristy knew exactly where to turn. Every element of decor and stationery was inspired by specific scenes from the tale of Anne, a precocious red-head orphan in the 1800’s. Kristy set out to give the look a decidedly modern spin amidst the flowery language of Montgomery’s narrative.

Invitations were meant to be a gift for each guest and included a set of four art prints bundled together with the signature Momental Lacy laser cut bellyband. The invitation itself was hand brushed with blush and sage inks atop a pebble textured, blush cardstock.

Menus were mounted to mini chalkboards and if any of you know the Anne story, you’ll certainly know the significance of the chalkboard!

Guests went home with there very own copy of the book, refashioned with a watercolor floral cover hand painted with thickly applied brushstrokes in white.

The flower installation was inspired by a scene from the movie adaptation of Anne of Green Gables where two of the central characters take a buggy ride through a dogwood laden lane of shimmering white blooms. Papertini Floral suspended clouds of baby’s breath and other blooms above each guest table.

A series of three cakes each created after a humorous passage in the Anne of Green Gables book. Plum Cardamom, Raspberry Cream and a Classic Carrot were divine. Large 5 foot tall art prints hung behind each cake.

Photography: Danielle Coons | Styling: Kristy Rice | Floral Design: Papertini | Cakes: Cake Life Bakeshop | Calligraphy: Designsgirl | Venue: Terrain | DIY Flower Providor: FiftyFlowers | Invites, Book Covers, Place Cards, Menus: Momental Designs

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Classic + Romantic Golf Club Wedding

The classic vibe of the black and white tile flooring of Fox Chapel Golf Club, the elegant yet subtly sexy wedding dress (a Matthew Christopher creation) and the bouquet of white and cream roses… it all added up to one chic celebration captured by Elizabeth Anne Studios for us to devour. And devour we will, because classic-meets-stylish weddings might just be my jam. See it all right this way!

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Spring
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Golf Club
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Elegant

From the Bride… I feel like I should start by saying that I’m not that girl who’s been planning my wedding since I was, like, eight years old. I always knew I wanted to get married, but as far as when and where and what my dress would look like? Never crossed my mind. So when Hutch proposed to me last August, the rush of panic came almost instantly. His only request was that the wedding be a “kick a** party.” What a guy thing to say. And not helpful whatsoever. There were so many decisions to be made. And for a person as indecisive as I am, this was sure to be a long and painful process.

That panicked feeling started to subside once we figured out that it only made sense for me to get married in my hometown of Pittsburgh. I’m a Pittsburgh girl through and through, and though I haven’t lived there since high school, it’s the only place that has ever felt like home to me. My mom and I started researching locations and we both absolutely fell in love with Fox Chapel Golf Club. The idea of getting married in a country club setting never appealed to me, but there was something different about Fox Chapel. The black and white tile in the foyer, the terrace overlooking the dining room, and of course the view. What a view!

The feel of the club went perfectly with my idea for a romantic, classic wedding. We looked at so many different color combinations, but I kept coming back to the pale pinks and golds. I knew I would never look back at photos and say what was I thinking? It was simple, yet elegant and memorable, and so “me.” Although I’m sure my bridesmaids wanted to kill me for putting them in such a pale color (Dessy ‘cameo’ from Nordstrom), I thought they all looked gorgeous.

Now for the dress. My mom is my best friend, and she also happens to be a personal stylist who is very opinionated. She was in Pittsburgh and I was living in South Carolina, and there was no chance that I could be trusted to pick the dress on my own. So I booked a flight to Pittsburgh and we made it our mission to find THE dress by the end of the weekend. I wanted something that was classic, yet had a little sex appeal. I know that’s a strange thing for a bride to say, but it made sense in my head. I wanted my husband to see me walking down the aisle and think “wow my wife looks good,” instead of “wow that’s a whole lot of fabric.” I think I accomplished that with the Matthew Christopher Sofia. It hugged me in all the right places, not to mention the built-in corset, which was a Godsend for someone who is self conscious about her waistline.

The flowers were honestly a complete surprise to me. By the time we got to that point, I had made so many decisions that I simply couldn’t find the energy to make one more. I told my mom and the ladies at My Garden Floral that I wanted to keep with the simple, romantic feel and to avoid bright colors. They did a fabulous job. And being surprised on the big day was actually really sweet and special. It made it even more memorable.

I wanted to brand the wedding with something special that would tie everything together, from the invitations to the menus and favors. My little sister is a graphic designer, which was absolutely amazing throughout this whole process. I wanted a logo that stayed true to that classic, elegant theme, and she hit the nail on the head with her design. The wreath with our initials was exactly what I was looking for. And she was so patient with me, even when I changed my mind about 500 times.

Among my favorite details were the welcome bags. I wanted to welcome our guests to Pittsburgh with a personal touch. I’m a popcorn aficionado, so when someone told me about Pittsburgh Popcorn, I knew it was love. I bought brown bags and put a logo sticker on each one. I stuffed each bag with two personalized water bottles, a bag of Pittsburgh Popcorn, and an itinerary for the weekend. It was simple and thoughtful, and helped add to the excitement of the weekend.

Another DIY project was the wedding favors. I would say this was the most time consuming part of the planning process. I bought three cases of mini champagne bottles. We hand stamped small circular labels and tied them to the bottles with ribbon and gold and white striped straws. They turned out really cute, and it was worth the possible arthritis I incurred from all the stamping and tying.

I’d have to say my absolute favorite detail from the whole day was the entertainment. The Jason Kendall Band was a huge hit. They played some great cover songs, and per my request, steered clear of any cheesy wedding tunes. You know the ones (think Cupid Shuffle). We also hired The Slow Motion Booth at the last minute, and what a genius decision it was. It was such a fun little attraction, and gave people something to do besides drink, which is always a plus. It was perfect for both kids and adults. I can’t even tell you how many of our guests have contacted me just to say how much they loved the slo mo booth.

Overall, the entire wedding day was beautiful and perfectly executed, with only a few bumps along the way. The details were special and uniquely “us.” Most importantly Hutch and I started our new life together surrounded by so much love. Not to mention, I think I delivered the “kick a** party” he had in mind.

Photography: Elizabeth Anne Studios | Videography: The Slow Motion Video Booth | Floral Design: My Garden Floral | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: Market District | Invitations: More Than Words | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Makeup: Marlana Brown | Hair: Lindsay Fink | Band: Jason Kendall Productions | Harpist: Blonde Harpist | Transportation: Silver Fox | Wedding Venue: Fox Chapel Golf Club | Graphic Design: Alexa Hayes

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French Country-Inspired Summer Wedding

With bouquets of white and blush peonies, this beautiful Bride and her super chic bridesmaids looked more like a scene from a French flick than a wedding party in Pennsylvania. Thanks to La Petite Fleur, the talented design team behind this summer celebration, guests enjoyed this French-country soiree from beginning to end, finishing the night with a gorge cake from Bredenbeck’s Bakery, captured in its entirety by Sweet Pea Photographymore this way!

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From La Petite Fleur… With love, timing is everything! Six years ago, at just the same moment, Diane and Rick passed through a hallway at work and met for the first time.

And for quite some time, Diane had envisioned a French Country-inspired wedding – brimming with not just details, but handcrafted touches as well, so she and Rick partnered with La Petite Fleur, Weddings & Events, to style their big day at North Hills Country Club in Glenside, PA.

Beginning with the bride’s sweet, yet chic, palette of pink, white and black, LPF created a décor plan that highlighted the couple’s handcrafted details while exuding an elegant charm.

Diane carried a simply-exquisite bouquet of white and light pink peonies finished with artemisia and ivory satin-wrapped stems. Then, clad in classic black cocktail dresses, the bridesmaids carried bouquets of pink peonies finished with artemisia and pink satin-wrapped stems – for a pretty pop! And for a classic touch, Rick and the groomsmen sported dapper palette-coordinating pocket squares.

Well-wishers were welcomed to the late afternoon reception at North Hills Country Club by a guest book, which was hand-illustrated by the father-of-the-bride. Guests then picked pink fleur de lis escort cards – Diane originals – from the “family tree” built by her father Michael Trinsey.

The father-of-the-bride also designed the couple’s save-the-dates, invitations and ceremony programs in the ink and pen style he’s been using to custom-design the family’s annual Christmas card since he married Diane’s mother.

With its floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors, solarium, and terrace, North Hills’ offered an innate alfresco feel for this ‘French Country Club’ affair. So naturally, tables were dressed in crisp, white linens and monogrammed burlap table runners – fashioned by the bride herself.

La Petite Fleur designed two tablescape styles for the well-dressed tables. Some featured an eclectic collection of vessels, including a white glazed ceramic jug filled with ‘oh-so-French- Country’ lavender; an ornate opal cup brimming with white hydrangea; and a duo of garden vases filled with petite pink roses and artemisia, as well as white ranunculus and wax flower.

Also boasting classic charm, the second tablescape style featured a tall, silver-trimmed lantern finished at the top with sprigs of lavender and blush ribbon. Cozy at the base of the lantern were clusters of white hydrangea, petite pink roses, with a touch of lavender, seeded eucalyptus and artemisia.

Each table also featured a reclaimed wood sign (hand-selected by the father/daughter design duo), that Diane white-washed and hand-painted with table numbers spelled-out in French, of course! Then, cobalt blue wine bottle favors, with custom labels courtesy of their brother-in-law, finished the tablescapes with a ‘twist’ of color!

Candle-filled lanterns, with palette-coordinating roses and specialty greens, also made an appearance on the cocktail tables in the solarium and on the terrace.

And as guests danced the night away, bulb lights – strung café style – over the dance floor and the collections of candles perpetuated the sweet, romantic atmosphere the couple was aspiring to achieve.

Even the desserts were trés cute at this ‘French Country Club’ wedding. Diane and Rick offered guests an array of temptations -from traditional wedding cake, which LPF topped with ruffled-edged peonies, and an assortment of mini pies, to a French wedding cake known as a croquembouche, which LPF finished with none other than lavender sprigs.

From the Bride… That day, I planned to spend time with my friend Brittany at Sand Castle Winery, and Rick asked me to be home by five that evening so we could go to his father’s “retirement party.” When I got home, I walked upstairs and he was down on one knee asking me to marry him! Then he drove me into the city where he planned a surprise party (not a retirement party) with both of our families to celebrate our magical night.

I wanted a French Country wedding with classic touches that would never go out of style. La Petite Fleur, Weddings & Events, helped me complete this look with timeless pink peony bouquets, café lights above the dance floor, and beautiful tablescapes with white and pink blooms. Our wedding’s style was everything I imagined and more!

My father has been designing our Christmas cards since my parents were first married. And I had always wanted him to design my wedding invitation with that same pen and ink style. He designed our save-the-dates, invitations, guest book, ceremony program and escort card tree.

Rick and I were married at the church in which he had received his sacraments. And our officiant was Monsignor Ken McAteer, who baptized me and officiated my parents’ wedding. The ceremony was a true blend of both our traditions and a really special moment for us.

Photography: Sweet Pea Photography | Event Design: La Petite Fleur, Weddings & Events | Floral Design: La Petite Fleur | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Bredenbeck's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Resurrection Of Our Lord | Reception Venue: North Hills Country Club | Bride's Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Lighting: Synergetic Sound And Lighting | Entertainment: Schaffer Sound | Favors: Total Wine | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Men's Attire: Vera Wang | Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works

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Classically Romantic Bridal Inspiration in Old Town Philadelphia

I’ve been obsessed with BHLDN’s dresses since first sight, and if you throw some vibrant florals into the mix courtesy of Primrose and Company, I’m one very happy camper. This bouquet bursting with pretty pinks has me pondering which pic to print first and Julie Paisley’s photos in Old Town Philly have me dreaming of old world romance. All in all, this shoot is not to be missed; it’s just that good.

From Julie PaisleyClassic and elegant describes this bridal inspiration look. I chose the blush wedding dress from BHLDN to match the tones and texture in the buildings of Old Town, Philadelphia. Primrose and Company designed a bouquet with a pop of color to accentuate the texture in the buildings even more. I didn’t want to go all pastel and I love the richness in the florals. We wanted to keep the classic and Old World feel so we choose a simple hair adornment and hairstyle with a little vintage flare. Add in a black suit and bowtie for our groom and we have a completed look. A little something different, vintage but modern at the same time.

Photography: Julie Paisley | Floral Design: Primrose And Company | Wedding Dress: BHLDN

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Peony-Filled Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding

So how do you make a wedding for 250 people feel really, really special? Just ask this couple! “If the budget allows, have a ‘must have’ list. For us, we wanted a great band, particular flowers and we wanted to be able to invite as many friends and family as the venue would hold! For us, those factors mattered the most so we were able to eliminate costs elsewhere to make sure these ‘must haves’ were able to happen.” And photographs from the ridiculously talented Mary Dougherty don’t hurt either! More here!

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Summer
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Golf Club
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Elegant

From the Bride…By the time I was 8 years old, I knew exactly the wedding I wanted. Most girls dream of their wedding day at an early age, but as time goes on, their ideas change and by the time it comes time to plan the big day, they are practically at square one! But not for me, my dream wedding did not change one bit and by the time I got engaged, my vision was exactly the same as it had been when I was 8 years old. And, luckily for me, my amazing fiancé was equally on board with all of my ideas.

Planning a Pittsburgh wedding while living in Boston seemed daunting at first, but with careful planning and a solid timeline (and email and cell phones) it turned out to be relatively stress-free. I already knew the exact venue, time of year, and the band I wanted. Another major element to any wedding is the photographer. Every bride wants to make sure they can find someone they trust, also get along with and a photographer whose past work you truly love. For me, this person was Mary Dougherty. It was actually a no brainer as Mary had photographed my sister’s wedding in November 2012 and the photographs were phenomenal! After that, the rest just seemed to fall into place. Between the florist, the cake bakery, transportation, and church, everything just came together!

When the big day arrived, we couldn’t have been more excited. The clouds cleared out and it was perfect June day. We always knew we were going to have a big wedding; there are over 40 aunts, uncles and cousins on the groom’s side alone! Between family friends, high school friends, college friends, coworkers, new friends and family, our guest list topped out at 250. If the groom had his way, that number would be up to 300 people! It was very important to us to have as many of our friends and family there to celebrate as possible. From the flowers, the speeches, the food, the band, and of course, to our amazing guests, our wedding was above and beyond anything we could have imagined. I think the highlight of the night was the spectacular fireworks show that went off during the bands break. It was truly a magical evening.

If I could offer any advice to future brides, it would be to follow your heart and plan the wedding your way. Everyone is going to have opinions and every wedding is different, but do not let others tastes or style influence your vision. Also, if the budget allows, have a “must have” list. For us it was we wanted a great band, particular flowers and we wanted to be able to invite as many friends and family as the venue would hold! For us, those factors mattered the most so we were able to eliminate costs elsewhere to make sure these “must haves” were able to happen. And lastly, have as much fun as you can during the planning process, and take a deep breathe, because your wedding day will be here before you know it!

Photography: Mary Dougherty Photography | Flowers: Bill Chisnell | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Food Glorious Food | Shoes: Cole Haan | Bow Ties: Vineyard Vines | Venue: Fox Chapel Golf Club | Jewelery: Leon Ohanion And Sons | Linens: Mosaic | Music: Cityscape (Three Rivers Entertainment) | Suit: Joseph A. Bank

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