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Rustic Meets Elegant DIY Barn Wedding

I’m an absolute lover of barn weddings.  But a barn wedding completely DIYed by the beautiful bride? That’s an entirely new level of obsession.  Imagine fresh from the garden-esque florals from Savannah’s Garden, vibrant pink, yellow and aqua hues and a whole lot of barn-inspired pretty. See it all captured by Char Co. in the full gallery and the sweet film from Matthew J. Boyle below.

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From the Bride… On a campus filled with over 21,000 students I spotted him freshman year, and couldn’t keep my eyes off him. And it might have remained a harmless crush if it weren’t for some courageous friends who were able to approach Dan and arrange a “per chance” meeting between us on the soccer field. A friendship and flame sparked on that field and four and a half years later (two of them long-distance) I accepted a tearful proposal on the very same field.

As I sit here and write this, with my husband asleep on the couch next to me, I truly realize what a journey it has been. We both wanted a relaxed but romantic setting where all of our friends and family would feel welcome and loved. I love rustic elegance, and was craving a barn wedding. We decided on Lancaster after walking into the Yellow Barn at the Landis Valley Museum. They flicked on the twinkling lights and that was it. I was in love. We were in love. It was absolutely enchanting.

We booked the venue for a Memorial Day weekend wedding and dove into planning. I started pinning and dreaming, sketching and stitching. With the exception of the twinkle lights, every decoration was brought in, most of them handmade by myself or my mother. The centerpieces were old books that my grandfather had gotten when he worked at Doubleday, binding books. The slabs of wood on other tables were from a down tree in my parents’ backyard that Dan cut, piece by piece. On top of these books and wood pieces were mason jars from my grandparents’ basement, which we use each year to can our family’s homemade sauce. Along the back of the barn hung twine with pictures of all the married couples in our families, over the word “love” which was made from cardboard letters and silk flowers. I made place cards on craft paper and hung them on old shutters outside the barn. My grandmother, 92 years young, painted a tree for our guests to “leaf” their thumbprint and sign their name, in lieu of a traditional guestbook. My mother baked our “naked” wedding cake, topped with fresh berries. She also made the whoopie pie favors for the guests; a signature dessert in the Lancaster area. My father and I made signs, pointing the guests toward the barn, out of old wooden pallets.

With every old and rustic touch, we matched it with something soft, simple, and elegant. I chose an A-line ivory dress with full skirt and lace details. I truly wanted the soft touch of sleeves or straps, so my mother created straps with alencon lace she bought on fabric row in Philadelphia. I paired this with some simple crocheted TOMS and a hairpin from BHLDN. My something old for the day hung around my neck, and close to my heart. The necklace is a lavalier with one simple diamond at the center. This necklace was made for my grandmother’s wedding day. When she was to be wed, her mother was too ill to attend the wedding, and as a special gift to her daughter had this necklace made with the diamond from her engagement ring. This way a part of her could be there with my grandmother. This necklace has been worn by every woman in my family on her wedding day, and will continue to be passed down through the generations.

Dan wore a fitted gray suit with simple black tie and boutonniere of berries and rosemary. My Bridesmaids wore simple, light dresses of pale blue from Anthropologie, contrasted by peach and coral bouquets. The ladies also wore white and peach floral robes for the morning preparations, which were sewn by my mother.

The day itself was like a dream. The chance of showers never came to be and we enjoyed a sunny 72 degree spring day! We were married in St. Anthony of Padua church, with its Old World feel of vaulted ceilings, fresco paintings, and marble. After an amazing (and tearful) Mass, we shared a short, tear-filled moment in solitude, before exiting the church into a sea of our family and friends and onto the trolley that awaited us.

We spent the rest of the evening eating, drinking, and dancing under the twinkle lights of the barn. The food from Rettew’s was incredible; the pulled pork and mushroom ravioli perfectly matched our “rustic but elegant” theme. The evening was magical, and perfectly captured by the ever-artistic and awe-inspiring Char Newswanger, who photographed our wedding. She joked that she and her team knew it was a good wedding because they both laughed and cried while editing the pictures.

The night was started by a surprise performance from my brother and friends who played and sang a compilation of my favorite songs, followed by a soft, sweet serenade from the groom himself…as if I hadn’t cried enough that day! With that as a start, we didn’t leave the dance floor for the rest of the night, thanks for Soundinmind Productions. The dance floor was packed and the guests spilled out of the barn onto the grass and the cool night air.

The day was truly magical, personal, and memory-filled. From taking pictures in the sheep pen, to crying my way down the aisle, and finally being able to look into the eyes of the one I love and call him husband; it was the most amazing day, and one that I so enjoyed watching come to fruition.

Photography: Char Co. | Videography: Matthew J. Boyle | Floral Design: Savannah's Garden | Ceremony Venue: Saint Anthony Of Padua | Reception Venue: Landis Valley Museum, The Yellow Barn | Catering: Rettew's Catering | Makeup: Mirtaghavi Makeup | Hair: Blush Style Studio | DJ: Soundinmind Productions | Transportation: Elite Coach

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Elegant and Contemporary Summer Farm Wedding

It isn’t too often that we hear sweet sentiments straight from the Groom, but this next wedding includes just that. From their Law school love story to the sweet romance that followed, this darling duo was destined for a lifetime of happiness. Kicking off their beautiful beginning with a chic celebration at The Farm At Eagle’s Ridge, Brooke Courtney Photography has got it all waiting for you in the gallery!

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From the handsome Groom… Lauren and I met our first year of law school. I was sitting in property class (although she swears it was Torts) and saw the most beautiful blonde girl sitting in the front row. Over the course of the next few classes, I realized not only was she the most gorgeous girl I had ever seen, but she was brilliant and very focused on her studies. That gave me the perfect in – I created a study group with a few of my friends and invited her to attend. Although the study group only met once (and one member spent most of the time drawing in the mud with a stick), that was all I needed to get her number. The rest is history.

Lauren spent so much time and effort planning each and every detail to make our wedding reflect us. During the planning stages Lauren poured through the featured weddings, and appreciated Style Me Pretty’s recognition of so many different iterations of the “perfect wedding.” It is the differences in each couple’s version of “perfection” that Lauren truly loves, and to have her own vision featured would mean the world to her.

Having been to quite a few weddings, our goal from the very beginning was to find something different, something us. Lauren immediately started searching for a venue, and pretty quickly targeted her search on a barn that would stand up to the theme of Rustic Elegance. While on our honeymoon, reflecting on the whirlwind that was the wedding weekend, Lauren commented that one of her favorite compliments during the reception was that the wedding “is so you and John.” From the coaster-style save the dates, to the brunch on Sunday morning, Lauren made sure that every aspect of the wedding represented us. A few points deserve highlighting like place card animals, an awesome welcome basket, and of course, incredible food.

Photography: Brooke Courtney Photography | Floral Design: Sullivan Owen | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm From Kleinfeld's | Cake: House Of Clarendon | Catering: (A) Muse | Makeup: Cheekadee | Hair: Amanda D'Andrea | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Ceremony + Reception: The Farm At Eagle's Ridge | Music: Blue Label Band | Music: Philadelphia String Quartet | Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals | Wedding Planning + Styling: The Styled Bride

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Goodstone Inn & Restaurant + A Promotion!

Tucked amongst the gorgeous Virginia countryside with Blue Ridge Mountain views, you’ll find the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant; a beautiful country estate where saying “I do” is beyond amazing.  Picture a cozy + intimate setting, 265 acres of natural beauty and top-notch service from a team that knows a thing or two about luxurious weddings.  Breathtaking views + Southern hospitality?  Yes, please.

Known for their award-winning and locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, plus their historic guest residences, each and every moment spent at this ivy-covered retreat is simply fairytale-esque.  From the amazing pool to the breathtaking views to the intimate, unhurried vibe that will follow you throughout your festivities.

Contact the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant today to start planning your dream day.  And bonus!  If you book your all-property wedding in July, August or November of 2015, you will receive:

  • A gift certificate for dinner for two in the Goodstone’s award- winning restaurant.
  • A $100 gift certificate to the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant spa.
  • 50% off the Bull Barn for your wedding, plus a special Romance Turn-Down Service (Value $1,025.00).  In addition to the standard turn-down service, the Romance Turn-Down includes: Chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, an artisanal cheese tray, closed drapes and dimmed lights, soft music and lavender pillow mist.

View full package details here.  Happy planning, lovelies! xo

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Sweet Rustic Barn Pennsylvania Wedding

What began as a casual introduction turned into a fast friendship. It wasn’t until years later they served in their siblings wedding and that friendship evolved into long-distance calls, letters, and one incredible love story. Shortly thereafter, they followed the same path down the aisle surrounded by sincere love and rustic sceneryJeremiah And Rachel and Lavon Films shared their Big Day below!

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From the Newlyweds… Jake, a tall, handsome, and witty Canadian met Heather, a young and free-spirited American girl met while visiting their siblings at college. She came to see her sister and he made the trek from Canada to visit his brother. They became fast friends but nothing more until a couple years later when her sister married his brother. Jake and Heather were the maid of honor and best man in the wedding. Another year passed, but this time with lots of letters and long-distance calls. Finally, on Christmas eve they were engaged and married by the spring. This time with their wedded brother and sister as maid of honor and best man. The wedding was simple and intimate with pretty, whimsical details, just like she had always dreamed.

From Jeremiah And Rachel Photography … Weddings like this feed our souls! This was our first time in the wonderful state of Pennsylvania, and we instantly loved the rolling hills and beautiful homes and farms. Heather and Jake are two amazing people, surrounded by equally amazing families. They are hopelessly in love, and it shows in every image. As photographers we love being apart of days full of laughter, tears, and real moments. We felt honored to be able to tell a truly beautiful story of two beautiful souls. Heather crafted a perfect day out of the things that really mattered to her and Jake, and made our work as artists easy. We love walking away from a wedding at the end of the night knowing we have formed lasting friendships with a couple, and Heather and Jake are the perfect example of that.

Photography: Jeremiah And Rachel Photography | Videographer: Lavon Films | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Ceremony Venue: Joanna Furnace | Reception Venue: The Old Summer House | Bride's Shoes: Target | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Shady Maple Catering | DJ: Complete Music | Groom's Suit: Express Men | Earings: Keka Jewelry | Groom's Tie: The Tie Bar | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Seating Cards: Parris Chic Boutique | Tie Clip: J.Crew

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Elegant Summer Villanova Country Club Wedding

A true family affair, this charming church ceremony and countryside reception includes special touches from loved ones, like the Bride’s cousin singing hymns during the ceremony and the Bride’s mother adding finishing touches to the wedding gown, to create a truly special day for the couple. Watch the story unfold, beautifully captured by CinemaCake Filmmakers, in the video below!


From the 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.

Our wedding day was an absolute dream; we would not have changed a thing. Besides the overwhelming aesthetics and ideal settings, being surrounded by our supportive and loving friends and family was the true highlight of the day. It was a purely joyous occasion that perfectly captured and celebrated our love.

Photography: MK Photography | Cinematography: CinemaCake Filmmakers | 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

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Sweet and Romantic Country Club Wedding in Ambler, PA

You know you’re looking at a really good wedding when the gorgeous couple just can’t stop kissing. Or smiling. Add in flowers for days, a romantic sunset and sweet, handmade details and you have the recipe for a picture perfect celebration. With photographs by Becca of Lauren Fair Photography, Cinema by Willow Tree Films and floral design by Oleander Florals – you’ll definitely want to take a moment to soak up all of the pretty.

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From Jaclyn Fisher of Two Little Birds Planning… From their warm hearts to their strong faith, Courtney and Kit’s personal touches truly brought together their guests in celebration of their marriage on a beautiful July day at Talamore Country Club in Ambler, PA. The color palette of light pink, light yellow, gold, and green lent itself perfectly to the romantic garden theme, while the homemade elements incorporated a sweet vintage feel.

The day started with serenity and relaxation at the historic Joseph Ambler Inn where the bride and bridesmaids enjoyed yoga lead by a family friend. Daneen Jenson & Associates helped Courtney achieve a natural yet graceful look with soft twists pulled into a low bun. Courtney wore a gorgeous Stefan Jolie lace gown with a plunging scalloped neckline, sheer lace back, and a light pink sash from Bijou Bridal. She also wore her mom’s veil that had beautiful floral edging detail. Her six bridesmaids wore silk chiffon J. Crew dresses all in the color dusty shale, but in different styles. The groom and groomsmen wore black ties and grey suits that were accented by an organic boutonniere of yellow blooms and greenery by Oleander Florals. Courtney’s bridal bouquet was spectacular. It was a lush, bohemian, front spilling, floor length cascade of cream, nude, blush, butter, peach, salmon, and coral blooms including peonies, garden roses, tea roses, poppies, ranunculus, wildflowers, and mixed blooms. The florals were accented with delicate mixed green foliage, ferns, and ivy. The bouquet was wrapped with heirloom soft blush raw silk dupioni ribbon with a draped airy bow tie finish.

The amazing florals didn’t end with the bouquet. The ceremony space was a picturesque backdrop of natural raw edge linen draping over the existing trellis terrace. The open curtain style draping was accented by an organic symmetrically suspended, spilling garland of lush mixed foliage, ivy, and mixed florals. The draping was tied back with lush clusters of mixed florals and botanicals and the entire space was accented with lanterns.

The Ballroom’s dramatic butterfly staircase set against a 30-foot waterfall over a Monet mosaic was the backdrop for the wedding party and couple’s grand entrances that were perfectly choreographed to Imagine Dragon’s “On Top of the World.” Courtney and Kit first danced to “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector transitioning into “Makin’ My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates. Courtney and her dad danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra, which transitioned into The Temptations’ “My Girl.” Steve Wonder’s “Sunshine of My Life” played for Kit and his mom’s special dance. DJ Charlie Carbon kept guests on the dance floor all night long.

To finish off the night, the newlywed exited the reception under a sea of sparklers, which were displayed in buckets with a sign that read, “Let love Sparkle.” This couldn’t have been a more perfect end to this Independence Day Weekend wedding!

Photography: Becka Pillmore of Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Floral Design: Oleander Florals | Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal | Cake: The Master's Baker | Stationery: Groom's Mom, Pat Neuman | Ceremony Venue: Talamore Country Club | Reception Venue: Talamore Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair & Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates | Lighting: Sound Sensation | DJ: DJ Charlie Carbin | Officiant: Pastor Peter K. Nelson | Transportation: Krapf's Coaches | Transportation: Bucks County Trolley Company | Ceremony & Cocktail Musicians: Elegance String Quartet | Ceremony Vocalist & Guitarist: Jason Houck | Hotel & After Party: Joseph Ambler Inn | Photo Booth: Lovebirds | Planning: Two Little Birds | Vintage Rentals: Lovebirds Vintage Rentals

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