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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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Beautiful Ballroom Wedding at Omni Willam Penn Hotel

Ballroom weddings and gorgeous weddings go hand in hand in my book, and this stunning soiree from Craig Photography is the perfect example. Timeless, classic, and with no detail left unturned - this wedding is like a fairytale come to life. Elegance just seems to seep out of every stunning image sitting in this gallery, and you can see what I mean right here 


From Craig PhotographyA gorgeous over-the-top ballroom wedding held in Pittsburgh, PA. The bride’s inspiration for decor was “the inside of a champagne bottle” the bride, Cait, prepared for her wedding at her parent’s home with her bridesmaids while the groom, Eric, prepared at their home close by. Eric is a professional hockey player for the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL and as such spends a lot of time in Philadelphia, keeping the couple apart at times, so they were very excited for this day to finally get here. They had a traditional Catholic ceremony in one of Pittsburgh’s grand historical churches and their reception at one of Pittsburgh most premiere hotels in the city. The cocktail hour was held in the “Urban Room” at the hotel while the reception was held in the Grand Ballroom. Caitlyn and her wedding planner decided the color scheme would be white, blushes and pinks with pink uplighting and strands of lights spanning the entire upper balcony, creating a faux lit ceiling (a first for this hotel!) The 7 tiered cake was beautiful with florals incorporated throughout as well as rhinestone wrapping. Tables were set with beautiful gold-rimmed dinnerware, including gold-rimmed glasses with decor including large upright floral arrangements and rhinestone wrapped candles. The band played all night long until the start of the after-party back in the “Urban Room”, which had been totally flipped into a nightclub for guests to enjoy. Guests were able to enjoy late night food stations including a pretzel bar with toppings, a made-to-order milkshake bar, and a made-to-order sandwich bar catered by one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and historical restaurants, Primantis (home of the famous Primanti sandwich: stacked to the max with ingredients and topped with homemade french fries and coleslaw). An incredible and delectable dessert table was available (with treats that were too pretty to eat…almost). Sofas, chairs and lit ottomans were brought in to create a club atmosphere as well as lit coffeetables, bars (with a custom-designed logo just for the bride and groom). Guests were invited to enjoy the DJ stylings of a popular club DJ while enjoying a photobooth with friends. The decor for the after party also included huge photographs of the couple’s engagement session, taken by us.

Cait wore 2 gowns for her wedding day: a beautiful Monique Lhuillier wedding gown, which was sleeveless but Cait added gorgeous chantilly lace with crystal beading sleeves for her own touch, and a lovely club gown for the after party. Caitlyn is a philanthropic shoe designer and as such designed her own shoes (http://www.whoisschee.com/). Caitlyn’s mother wore a custom-designed Steven Yearick gown http://www.stephenyearick.com/ and Eric’s tuxedos were Vera Wang. The bridesmaids gowns were from various designers from the Dessy Group. http://www.dessy.com/ Cait had her bridesmaids wear ivory gowns, which really brought together the whole group for a classic look.

Photographer: Craig Photography | Cinematographer: ShoFilms | Wedding Planner: The Event Group | Florist: Allison McGeary Florist | Band: Free Spirit | After Party DJ: The New York Giant Kris Chandler | After Party Furniture And Illuminated Decor: The Prop Shop | China: All Occasions Party Rental | Dance Floor For The After Party: Event Source | Desserts/Cake: Bella Christie | Linens: Mosaic | Photobooth: Shutterbooth | Reception And After Party Venue: Omni Willam Penn Hotel | Wedding Venue: Sacred Heart Parish

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Modern-Organic Inspiration Shoot

I like to think we’ve seen all the best moments in wedding design, but once this shoot from Sebesta Design hit our desks all bets were off. From the industrial setting to the mixed textures, geometric accents…and that vine-covered wire installation? Pure genius. SMPers, if the gallery from Redfield Photography is any indication of what’s to come in wedding trends, things are about to get good.


From Sebesta DesignAs an event designer and florist, I am always scouring the internet for the latest and greatest in design. I realized in my exploration, there were plenty of examples of modern design and plenty of examples of organic design, but few examples of modern and organic design. I wanted to show that modern and organic don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Textures can mix in a way that can be dramatic, romantic and modern.

I am personally drawn to clean, modern aesthetics, but as an event florist I love flowers and how they can bring life to any setting. While at the New York Gift Show I saw these amazing square wire forms that were linked together and used as light display shelving. They are amazing on the wall, but I knew they would be even better suspended over a table and the concept was born.

After describing the design concept and the necessary structural details I needed to pull off the design, I let the photographer, Redfield Photography, find the venue since they know what would work in terms of light and what would photograph the best. Marisa found Maggpie Vintage Rentals and it couldn’t have been a better fit for this inspiration shoot. An old warehouse, filled with fantastic light, hidden hideaways and gorgeous vignettes filled with their inventory it gave us every opportunity to showcase the theme.

Once we chose the venue, I needed to choose a fresh, bold, but still romantic color palette to bring out the details. Soft colors weren’t going to stand out in the vastness of the industrial setting so I chose muted plums, oxblood and antique gold with a light accent of ivory to soften everything.

The reception design focused around the wire structure, which was suspended from the ceiling and embellished with vine. Clusters of flowers were nestled in between the forms to make it look as though they were floating as well. The lower tablescape needed to coordinate with the three dimensional quality of the wire forms so I used a variety of square and rectangular glass vases embellished with gold washi tape that ran down the entire length of the table. I wanted the guests’ eyes to follow the lines up and down the entire design. And the flowers, needed to be both clean, but also textural in order to bring it back to the organic side.

As the idea grew into a full wedding concept I was looking to mirror the geometric accents from the reception in the ceremony setup. I used these amazing pentagon wall pockets that allowed me to bring not only the geometric dimension into play, but also allow me to design my flowers in them as well. And the look was completed with various types of vine “growing” up and around our amazing couple.

Photography: Redfield Photography | Event Design: Sebesta Design | Floral Design: Sebesta Design | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra Via Elizabeth Johns | Cake: Sweet T's Bakeshop | Grooms Attire: Macy's | Hair Styling: Christy McCaffrey Hair Styling | Makeup: Ruthie's Eyes | Models: Kevin Savage And Courtni Rudy Of Model Management Agency, Inc. | Paper Details: Miss Merkle Design | Warehouse: Maggpie Vintage Rentals

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