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Vintage Chic Philadelphia Fall Wedding

As an advocate for the use of more blues in weddings, I fell head over heels for this cerulean celebration. With various shades of my favorite color used throughout, from the gorgeous florals by Papertini to the super chic bridesmaids’ dresses, this wedding had me taking notes. Grace Winter of Asya Photography captured it all and this gallery has officially made my do not miss list.

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Fall
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Vintage

From The Bride… Stemming from our simplistic styles and the fact that we are both lovers of all things blue, our wedding concept became a reflection of us. Dubbed “Vintage Glamour,” our wedding day could be described as clean and classic, but with thoughtful details and pops of sparkle. It was important that we stay grounded and true to ourselves, all while remaining respectful of the notion that this day was as much about our family and friends as it was about us.

Although blue is our favorite color, it was not purposeful that our entire wedding party wore navy – we actually worried there wasn’t enough variety and I didn’t want to stand out any more than I already would on my wedding day. What bride doesn’t like being the center of attention? That would be me. The sea of deep navy was rather an afterthought when we decided Patrick looked much better in a navy suit rather than the original charcoal one we had envisioned and the bridesmaids’ dresses were already purchased. Things will happen the way they are supposed to happen, we told ourselves, and it rang true. We couldn’t have been happier about the outcome as the classic dark look allowed for the other subtle details pop in a way they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Being outdoors without the fear of bad weather was an important factor that led to our decision to hold the reception in Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden. The beautiful atrium rooftop offered the added benefit city views and overlooks the entire Kimmel Center complex.

The look of the reception room was a beautiful blend of vintage and modern. The antique farm tables, mason jars, and linen runners were the perfect amount of contrast in the contemporary space. The “key to your seat” escort cards inspired our table names. Each table was named after a place that is special to us and explained why it was special. Tying in the purpose of keys unlocking these places, giving our guests a peek into our love story.

Overall, the entire day was very “us” and reflected our everyday lifestyles in way that we felt at home (which also happened to be our first dance song) during one of the most monumental celebrations of our lives.

Photography: Grace Winter Of Asya Photography | Videography: Wellspun Weddings | Floral Design: Papertini | Wedding Dress: Fleur De Lis Bridal | Ceremony Venue: St. John The Evangelist | Reception Venue: Kimmel Center | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Garces Catering | Hair And Makeup: Duette | Band: EBE Rio | Groom's Attire: Boyd's Philadelphia | Groomsmen's Attire: J Crew | Photo Booth: The Little Picture Photobooth | Wedding Planners: Two Little Birds

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Vintage Emerald Wedding

This wedding is really, really easy to love.  It’s super sweet (see: the adorable duo saying “I do”), it’s filled with awesome DIY details (hello, hot cocoa favors) and, let’s face it, the beautiful emerald green color palette really puts me in the holiday mood.  Get your cheer on in the full gallery captured by MkPhoto. It’s all kinds of awesome. 

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Fall
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Rustic

From The Bride…Michael and I met through mutual friends and we really hit it off, because I work at the Ski Bum [apparel and gear shop] in Newark, Delaware and we both love to snowboard!

I was the one who actually asked Michael out, asking if he wanted to hang out after work one day. I remember being really nervous because I wasn’t sure if it was a date or what we should do – drinks, coffee, dinner? But as soon as he showed up, I was immediately relaxed because he made me laugh right away. Next we found out we both love mexican food and went to Santa Fe [restaurant] right down Main St. [in Newark]. It is still our weekly date night spot!

I knew pretty early on that someday I would marry Michael: we had an immediate connection. It was something I had never experienced before and the way he could make me laugh and how much fun we had- I just knew we were meant to be! We got an apartment together in North East, MD and an awesome rescue dog, Bo-Bo. A year later we bought a townhouse together and obviously needed another dog… not really, but we got one anyway! So we rescued Rusty.

After a long three years of happiness and pestering, Michael proposed on June 2, 2013. It was very sweet; he asked me to go downstairs and get the iPad from the kitchen. When I went to get it, he had left a message on the screen made out of refrigerator magnet letters, asking me to marry him! Then, shyly, Michael and our two goofy dogs awkwardly raced down the stairs, and he got down on one knee! I said yes and was overwhelmed by the gorgeous ring he designed all by himself!

Even before Michael proposed I was wedding planning! Having worked with mkPhoto for a short while and being completely obsessed with all the fun and beautiful details that make up weddings I was just too excited! Since I have some insider experience in weddings, I knew a few things right away: I didn’t want a ‘traditional’ ballroom space, I WANTED snow, I wanted good food and a huge dance party! Also for better or worse Pinterest is a great planning tool and I went to work, pinning and sorting through all the wedding craziness. Loving skiing and snowboarding and ski ‘culture’, I started to plan this party with a ‘winter wonderland’/ski lodge coziness theme. I’m from the Kennett Square area and I went on a hunt for a rustic/ski lodge-y location and found the perfect fit in the Gables of Chadds Ford. They had just created a beautiful outdoor garden space and the party space! It was rustic with exposed wood beams and christmas lights- it was perfect!

Next I set to work on all my DIY.  I was an art major in college and love doing crafts- even when they don’t come out perfect. I knitted the groom and groomsmen’s bow ties and pocket squares, I made all the favors (hot cocoa and marshmallows), I embroidered the Mr. and Mrs. signs and helped make the flag garlands that dressed up the ‘party’ room. As well as all my DIY projects, I had a lace piece of my late grandma’s dress- the same dress she wore to my parents wedding- attached to the back of my dress to honor her. I also wore for some photos and the ceremony my mother’s fur coat that my dad had given her as an engagement present.

I don’t know what the ‘most’ memorable moment of the night was but a few definitely stand out:

– When Michael and I saw each other as my dad was walking me down the aisle- even though we had done a reveal and already seen each other- that was a big moment.
– During the ceremony PJ (my best friend’s little brother and officiant) asked Michael to repeat a line when giving me my ring and Michael tripped over his words which made everyone laugh!
– Seeing my 92-year-old grandmother crying while giving Michael a hug and welcoming him to the family.
– Lastly, but certainly not least, my 16-year-old cousin Sammy dancing in my mom’s fur coat… funniest thing EVER!!

I have to say planning a wedding is way more work then I ever expected and I’m so thankful for all the love and support I received when the day finally came! There were definitely times the stress was so much I wasn’t sure if I would make it! I absolutely chose the best bridal party to keep me calm and the best vendors that helped make everything work and go off without a hitch! I’m so super thankful!

Photography: MkPhoto | Reception Location:: The Gables At Chadds Ford | Reception Venue: The Gables At Chadds Ford | Bride's Shoes:: EleHandmade On Etsy | Groom's Suit:: Jos. A. Bank | Grooms Shoes:: Converse - Fresh Colors | Bride Gown:: Vera Wang From David's Bridal | Bride's Earings: Parisienne Girl On Etsy | Bride's Maids Dresses:: Donna Morgan | Groom's Watch:: Nixon | Photo Location:: Springhouse Antiques

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Rustic Elegance at Sweetwater Farm

This darling duo? They’ve got a sweet and generous kind of love, easily spotted in Ciro Photography‘s touching imagery of their fall fete. With a goal of finding a welcoming, serene setting to share that joyous love with their nearest and dearest, they stumbled on Sweetwater Farm, and then they packed it with personal touches to boot. Cozy up to the gallery for more!

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Fall
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Farm
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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride…When we started planning our dream wedding we envisioned a weekend surrounded by our loved ones in a beautiful, serene setting. The hardest part of the journey was finding a venue that was ours, inviting, and could truly set the tone for our vision. The moment we stepped onto the grounds at Sweetwater Farm we knew it was everything we had dreamed of. It painted the perfect canvas for our fall wedding between the barn, the main house and all of the individual details in the rooms. There were even a couple of horses and a sheep to fulfill the rural feel.

We wanted to personalize every part of the wedding, our attempt to reciprocate the love and support that our guests have given us over the years. On the wedding day itself we added special details like placing pictures all around the reception. These pictures were memories of loved ones who had touched our lives along the way but couldn’t be there with us and of family marriages who inspire us daily. We created a romantic and warm feeling by placing small floral arrangements and mason jars filled with candles throughout the wedding venue. The ceremony was topped off with a beautiful chuppah that was draped with a lace top and floral touches. Lastly, we worked with our caterer to find amazing farm tables and mixed china to complete our look. All the hard work and organization made our big day all the more special, concluding with a bang with a final sparkler exit at the end of the wedding night!

The dream of our wedding day transformed into a whole weekend celebration as we filled the bed and breakfast with all of our family and friends for two nights. The day itself was the most picturesque fall day a bride could dream of… November and 65 degrees outside in Pennsylvania! The most memorable part of the my day was walking arm in arm with my mother and father through all of our loved ones and seeing Brian waiting for me under the chuppah. The day was truly a dream come true!

Photography: Ciro Photography | Floral Design: Love ‘n Fresh Flowers | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Invitations: Jillian Yee-Pham | Shoes: Saint Laurent | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: 12th St Catering | Hair And Makeup: Julio Angel Hair Studio | DJ: White Label DJs | Groom's Attire: Jcrew | Ceremony Music: Vogue Music Events | Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals | Venue: Sweetwater Farm

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