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Elegant Summer Wedding at Overbrook Country Club

Can we all agree that we’re obsessed with that Chihuahua with a bow tie? There’s plenty more fun and personal touches to be found in this summer wedding at the Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova, Pennysylvania, including the sweetest butterfly theme in the bouquet and cake! The talented mkPhotography captured all the details, which you can see in the full gallery right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… My husband and I are happy people. We love to laugh, we love to spend time with family and friends, and we live each day with a focus on having fun together. Everything about our wedding day reflected our joyful outlook on life and the joyful love that we share. We met through a family member who knew we would be a perfect match, and she couldn’t have been more right. Our attraction was instant and our love grew quickly and deeply. We dated for four years until he surprised me with a proposal before our annual Christmas party with all of our closest friends. From that moment, the magical ride that started when we met became even more exciting.

We were lucky to have my mom as our unofficial wedding planner. She has a keen artistic eye and she helped us make all the right decisions to ensure a gorgeous wedding day. We chose St. Agnes Church in West Chester, PA for the ceremony, and it was a family affair as my dad was instrumental in planning the music and mass program, and my cousin lent us her beautiful voice to sing the hymns. The church’s soaring Gothic arches and illuminated stained glass struck us with awe as we spoke the traditional and sacred vows, all the while hearing the trumpet and organ triumphantly resound and my cousin’s heavenly voice ring through our ears and touch our hearts.

Our reception was at Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova, PA, which was the perfect venue for our romantic country wedding with a lush and verdant landscape, rolling hills, and brightly colored flowers adorning every corner. The beautiful weather that day was truly a blessing and our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour outside on the terrace under a clear blue sky. The dining room was a reflection of my mom’s artistry featuring a butterfly theme incorporated into the flower arrangements (Tish Long), the wedding cake (Aux Petits Delices), my wedding bouquet, and the place cards, which were sitting atop a bed of real wheatgrass.  The fragrance of fresh white roses filled the entire room and late afternoon sunlight streamed through the large picture windows as our guests laughed, dined, and later danced the night away to the music of our fabulous band, CTO’s 5th Avenue.

My Judd Waddell gown from The Wedding Shoppe in Wayne, PA was pure romance. It was a strapless A-line with a sweetheart neckline, pleated bodice, and layers of organza with beautiful French Alencon flower appliques scattered among the layers. My veil had a few appliques delicately placed along with some netting from my mom’s wedding veil. My mom decided to replace the ribbon at the waist with more delicate lace encircling the waist for the perfect finishing touch. My bridesmaids wore navy strapless chiffon dresses from J.Crew with opera length pearls also from J.Crew and satin sandals in champagne. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were comprised of red roses, pink peonies, chartreuse green hydrangeas, and a touch of delphinium blue. These were the perfect pop of color. The groom wore a deeper gray toned suit, which contrasted handsomely with the groomsmen’s oyster colored suits. Navy polka dot ties and paisley pocket squares completed the look. The whole bridal party looked sensational.

Our photographers (MK Photo) and filmmakers (CinemaCake) expertly captured all of these brilliant colors and the results were stunning. We are forever grateful to them for immortalizing every single special moment from our wedding day so that we can treasure them for years to come.

Photography: MKPhotography | Floral Design: Tish Long Flowers | Cake: Aux Petits Delices | Ceremony Venue: St. Agnes Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Overbrook Golf Club | Hair And Makeup: Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa And Salon | Entertainment: CTO Artists: 5th Avenue | Filmmakers: CinemaCake Filmmakers

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Romantic Winter Wonderland Wedding

Grab your morning cup of coffee and sit back and enjoy this stunning Pennsylvania winter wedding. The soft color palette of blush and whites paired with subtle gold touches oozes romance. Captured by Mike & Jana For MkPhotography and Sarah and Tony for Sarah DiChicco this winter wonderland wedding cannot be missed. From the long candlesticks to a rustic DIY seating arrangement, check out every cozy detail here.

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From The Bride…It was an early Sunday morning in August, waking up next to the wood stove at my best friends house after spending the night. She had asked me to come to church with her and her family, as I have been here before and really enjoyed it. I was really tired and not feeling the greatest that morning, but agreed to go with them.. Little did I know saying yes to her would change my life forever. This is where I would be starting the rest of my life.

My friend asked if I could hold the her baby as she had to use the restroom, so as I stand in the lobby waiting for her in a sea of people, this guy walks over to me and says hi and starts taking with me. I have met him once or twice before but really we were nothing more than social media friends. So we talked for a couple mins or so and then that was it. The thing I didn’t know was that he just drove through the night from Ohio after playing a conference to be back for this Sunday and was in the same boat as me, tired and not feeling well and not really wanting to be there but rather be sleeping. Another thing I had no clue about was he went over to my friend and asked if I was single because he didn’t know my situation really at all.

So my friend then tells me this, of course right before service starts and then all I can think about is some guy asked my friend if I was single, great! I honestly thought that is where it would end, but no he actually did contact me later that day and asked if I would be his date for his best friends wedding. Wow, what a ‘first date’. I was completely caught off guard and wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue this and just be let down after just going to a wedding with him. But after talking with my mom and dad and praying a lot about this, I told him I would go and thought it would be a lot of fun, secretly telling myself that so I didn’t get too excited or expectant of anything.

So obviously a first date to a wedding is a little much and intimidating, so we decided to go on a rear ‘first date’ and have breakfast together and get to know each other. Well don’t you know, we had breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He says he knew then that he was going to marry me. So we went on our second date and talked a lot more and at the end of the date he politely and so sweetly asked if he could kiss me, well that is when I just knew I was going to marry this man.

So we dated and got to know each other for about 2 months, living 2 hours apart was really difficult, so we’d almost always meet in West Chester, the halfway point. We always tried dinner at new places and walked and talked and just had so much fun getting to know each other. After that we almost always went to this little adorable gelato shop on main street with a small intimate court yard on the side. It was a perfect end to the evening always.

So on November 5th, we were meeting at West Chester per usual, and we started walking around town because he kept saying he was hungry yet let’s keep walking… So we get up to the Gelato Shop and there is a beautiful table and chairs with beautiful gold candles and champagne. We stop and look, he says to me I did this for you, because I know you are leaving for Russia this week and wanted to do something special, I was so confused. Then he grabs both my hands and gets down on one knee and goes on to give a wonderful will you marry me speech and how much he loves me.

Being a wedding photographer, I have seen my fair share of weddings and had a pretty good idea of what I wanted our wedding to be like. My vision was to have our friends and family come together and share our best day with us and just celebrate. Coming from an artistic family we were able to do everything we wanted and dreamed of with the help of everyone of our family members. From the designing of my wedding dress down to my mom doing all the flowers and food that we had envisioned. I was going for a timeless/rustic elegant feel.

We wanted our friends and family to leave the wedding with memories of hope, joy, and love.

Some of our favorite moments were planning this massive yet elegant wedding with hundreds of our friends and family in just 3 short months. Designing our own wedding invitations. Designing my own wedding dress exactly how I always pictured it growing up and seeing it finished and absolutely perfect. The first look in the beautiful snow covered terrain. Coming in from a freezing cold snow covered ground to a beautiful, chandelier hanging, candle covered 100′ tables that friends could enjoy family style dinning and community. Having my mom cook one of my favorite homemade meals for 250 people. Dancing the night away with my dad to some of our families most cherished Jewish celebration song. Being surrounded by our most loved people in our lives was one of the best memories that we will never forget.

Photography: Mike & Jana For MkPhotography | Photography: Sarah & Tony For Sarah DiCicco Photography | Floral Design: Bride's Mother | Reception Location: The Old Summer House | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Neiman Marcus | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bon-Ton | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: Bride's Mother | Groom's Shoes: Aldo | Groom's Suit: Saks Fifth Avenue | Groomsmen's Attire: H&M | Bridal Party Portraits Location: Ephrata Cloister | Cake & Desserts: Lancaster Cupcake | Chair Rentals: Eagle Rental | Desserts: Bride's Aunts | First Dance: John Forman- Hold You In My Arms | Groom's Watch: Emporio Armani | Jewelery: J.Crew | Rentals:: Authentic Auction Rentals | Video:: CinemaFour40

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Rustic Pennsylvania Home Wedding

When a high school romance turns into lifelong love, it’s only fitting that a beautiful, hometown property plays backdrop to the big day. From a rustic yet refined ceremony to the happy tears that followed, every detail is chock-full of personality and love. Ending the evening with Birchtree Catering and sing-a-longs, Julie Cate captured it all here!

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From The Bride…Gregg & I have know one another since high school and were married at my family’s home in Chester County, Pennsylvania this October. We wrote our own vows and the heartfelt ceremony left all our guests in tears, but luckily we had collected vintage handkerchiefs for our guests to use during the ceremony! The flow of our reception was different than a typical wedding; during dinner our friends and family gave many toasts and roasts, all done with impeccable wit and unabashed affection! After dinner there were several musical performances by our very talented friends, including a sing-a-long that had everyone up out of their chairs singing and dancing. Since the wedding was held on our property our guests pitched tents in the field and we celebrated into the wee hours of the night!

All our vendors, other than our photographer, were local. For photography we used Julie Cate Photography, Jennie Love of Love n’ Fresh Flowers did the the flowers as well as the reception and ceremony decor, catering was done by Birchtree Catering who used ingredients from surrounding farms, rings by Bario-Neal, and Hair & Make Up by True Beauty Marks. I found my Valentino dress, Marc Jacobs shoes, and vintage jewelry on Ebay.

Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Floral Design: Love N' Fresh Flowers | Wedding Dress: Valentino | Bride's Shoes: Marc Jacobs | Rings: Bario-neal | Catering: Birchtree Catering | Groom's Attire: J Crew Wedding | Venue: Private Residence | Hair & Make Up: True Beauty Marks

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Whimsical Fall Wedding at Pennsylvania Manor House

These flowers had us doing a double take! La Petite Fleur went above and beyond in this fall wedding filled with the most gorgeous blooms in persimmon, marsala and violet shades. It’s a flower lover’s paradise, complete with a four-tiered mouthwatering masterpiece from Bredenbeck’s Bakery! Stop and smell the roses over in the full gallery shot by Asya Photography right here.

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From La Petite FleurThe wedding of Jacque and Steve was celebrated this past October at The Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park in Blue Bell, PA. This fall affair had a fiery, garden palette of persimmon, marsala and violet, and a whimsical, eclectic style that featured details designed by the ‘artiste’ Bride herself (table numbers) and La Petite Fleur, weddings & events.

Jacque carried a cascading bouquet of warm hued blooms, including pheasant feathers, Circus Roses, amaranthus, coxcomb, scabiosa pods, burgundy and aubergine stock, bittersweet, ruscus, maidenhair fern and agonis foliage– finished with a piece of her grandmother’s wedding gown and trailing vegetable dyed ribbon (from Silk and Willow).

The bridesmaids carried coordinating bouquets of light amethyst roses, coxcomb, wine colored stock and fire orange hypericum berries– with charcoal gray satin- finished stems.

Upon entering the reception, guests were greeted with an escort card display that boasted a Grecian urn arranged with roses, mums, red amaranthus, stock and curly willow. The cocktail décor featured tables topped with mason jars filled with palette-coordinating mums, seeded eucalyptus and succulents, while the mansion’s bookcases and mantles were aglow with candles.

La Petite Fleur also brought the warm, fall hues into the reception décor– adorning some dining tables with conservatories overflowing with bittersweet, craspedia and kale. Other tables featured mercury footed compotes arranged with dahlias, and other fall blooms. Meanwhile, a third tablescape style featured low, grey washed planters arranged with a ‘hedge’ of blooms, including orange hypericum, ti leaves, craspedia, curly willow, ruscus, agonis, Circus roses, bupleurum and pheasant feathers.

All the tables featured hand-painted (by the Bride) table numbers on pieces of slate tiles that were gathering dust in the couple’s basement. They also made place card holders from cream colored shutters found on Craig’s List.

Photography: Asya Photography | Floral Design: La Petite Fleur, Weddings & Events | Wedding Dress: David Tutera | Invitations: Melissa Berk | Ceremony Venue: St. Anthony's | Reception Venue: The Manor House At Prophecy Creek Park | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Robert Fair Caterers | Entertainment: EBE Talent | Groom's Attire: JB Suits | Groom's Attire: James Bond-inspired Tuxedo | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Cescaphe Trolley | Cakes & Desserts: Bredenbeck's Bakery | Escort Cards: Zazzle | Save The Dates: Melissa Berk

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Rustic Pennsylvania Horse Farm Wedding

Where do we start? The Bride’s stunning lace Claire Pettibone dress, the gorgeous horse farm setting, all the lovely and deeply personal touches throughout—it’s hard to pick our favorite thing about this rustic and romantic wedding beautifully photographed by Sweetwater Portraits. You won’t want to miss the details of their beautiful story, so make sure to check out the full gallery right here.

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From Sweetwater PortraitsEmilee and Jason were married at a dear friend’s horse farm in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania with a perfect mix of romantic and rustic style. From Emilee’s lace Claire Pettibone dress, to the vintage vases and wild summer blooms decorating the tables, every detail fit the beautiful old barn and wide open meadow perfectly.

From the beautiful Bride… Jason and I met on a Saturday morning along the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. Separately invited by mutual friends to help out with a river cleanup, we arrived unaware that our worlds were about to collide. Two years later, Jason proposed on a beautiful, crisp morning while on vacation in Glacier National Park, MT, and just one year later, we wed on a sunny Saturday on a family friend’s horse farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Our wedding was a true reflection of who we are, with elements of personal and family history woven into our mutual love of nature and all things rustic. Many touches were a reflection of our personal histories, as well as our time as a couple. My childhood riding boots and saddle decorated the cocktail hour in the barn hayloft, while peonies and roses – a hint of England and my father – ornamented the reception tables.

Pictures telling the story of our life sat atop bales of hay, from the wedding photos of our great grandparents to pictures of the proposal. Many of the flower vases on the reception tables were heirlooms, while the little jars-of-honey party favors were the gift of Jason’s uncle, and the bees he raises in New York state. A Quaker wedding certificate, hand made and decorated with woodland themed paper quilling, collected the signatures of each guest to seal the memory and significance of our wedding day.

While these personal touches added to the time commitments of planning our wedding, we were so grateful that our big day was one inspired by who we are as individuals, as a couple and as a joined family. We often remark that we would do it all over again with those same personal elements, and perhaps add even more!

Photography: Sweetwater Portraits | Event Planning: Secretariat | Floral Design: Flowers By Yukie | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Clay's Creative Corner Bakery | Catering: Caffé Gelato | Band: Vibe Tribe | Bridesmaid's Dress: Anthropologie | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Family-Owned Horse Farm

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Nature Inspired Wedding

Picture a fairytale-esque wedding set against a stunning forest setting and you’ll land squarely on this gorgeous day captured beautifully by mkPhotography.  I’m talking floral hair crowns, pretty pink hues and rustic chic details that are all kinds of pretty.  Add in an adorable bride and groom with a seriously sweet love story and it’s a magical gallery in one, two, three. 

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From mkPhotography… Jeffrey was hanging out with mutual friends across from where Jessie lives when she walked in and he observed for the first time the mysterious girl with the black eye! Jessie, who was studying to be a veterinary nurse at the time, had gotten a black eye from loading a dog into her car and accidentally getting head-butted by the excitable pet. Jeffrey and Jessie would inadvertently meet again a short while later when they actually saved a puppy together! From there, the mutual friends arranged, without telling the other, for the two of them to attend a Flyers hockey game with them and, from there, Jessie and Jeffrey have been nearly inseparable since. They bought a house together almost two years later and on their first night in their new home, heart bursting with love, Jeffrey proposed to Jessie.

The two of them complement one another wonderfully. “My weaknesses are his strengths, ” Jessie told us, “For example, he is patient and I am very, very impatient!”

Initially, Jessie wanted their wedding to be very laid-back and outdoorsy. She envisioned moss, woods, nature, picnic tables and food trucks. Jeffrey, on the other hand, envisioned a slightly more formal affair – a big sit-down dinner with a nice cake, so they decided to compromise.

They took their vows together outdoors in a special, woodsy ceremony at Brandywine Creek State Park framed by a beautiful wooden arbor built by one of Jessie’s best friends, Pat, who, by request, also excitedly got ordained specifically to be able to marry them! Jessie and Jeffrey had a tender unity ceremony which consisted of them planting a tree using soil from the house of each of their parents and soil from their own home. Their enchanting nuptials were sealed in song as the bridal party thumped tambourines, played harmonicas, and sang the popular Lumineers song, “Ho, Hey!” 

Their nuptials were celebrated at the rustic chic venue The Gables at Chadds Ford, an artfully restored 1897 bank barn, where the upstairs banquet facility boasts open beams and original wood floors and opens to a small deck with steps down to a newly constructed grassy courtyard area. Guests arrived through the courtyard and were greeted with butler-served hors d’oeuvres and platters of Chadds Ford Apple Wine, heated and served in mason jars with cinnamon sticks. A large wooden board was staged beside the entryway into the great room; on it along with guests’ names and table seating arrangements, were original wedding photographs from each Jeffrey’s and Jessie’s grandparents, parents, siblings’ weddings.

Inside, round tables were lovingly decorated by the bride’s talented mother with handmade table runners, ferns and moss centerpieces, candles, and table numbers carved into small wooden slats by a friend of the couple.

A big hit at the reception, aside from the dance floor which stayed packed all night, was the “Naked Cake”. This was a cake without the typical icing that encases a standard wedding cake, and it was topped with Jeffrey’s grandparents’ wedding topper!

One of the most poignant and memorable moments of the reception happened when Jeffrey danced with his adorable new stepdaughter, two year old Juniper, to the song “Angel” by Jack Johnson.  Guests then enjoyed a delicious meal of their choice of French chicken or NY strip steak, followed by dancing, and ending with a crackling marshmallow roast in the courtyard outside complete with snuggly wide flannel scarves that reception attendees could cozy up to ward off the evening’s chill.

Jessie and Jeffrey used bottles of wine for their guest book; on a table they had situated bottles of wine for each major anniversary and quests were invited to sign the labels and write their well wishes for the couple to read as each bottle gets uncorked in the future!

Photography: mkPhotography | Wedding Gown: Watters | Cake:: Cakes By Kim | Invitations:: Wide Eyes Designs On Etsy | Ceremony Venue: Brandywine Creek State Park | Reception Venue: The Gables At Chadds Ford | Jewelry: Haute Bride | Hair And Makeup: Claudia Seyler | First Dance: Louis Armstrong's "When You're Smiling"

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