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Welkinweir Arboretum and Gardens DIY Wedding

If there’s one thing I can get on board with it’s a DIY wedding. Especially when it includes pops of yellow, peach and coral just like this. With a hefty dose of handmade charm and captures by the talented Meg Brock, this is one autumn lovefest you don’t want to miss!



From Meg Brock…. From our first meeting, I knew Justin and Paula’s day was going to be unique, fun, and memorable. Both the ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful Welkinweir Estate, a 197 acre property with a 55-acre arboretum and historic estate house. The predicted rain held off long enough for everyone to enjoy an outdoor ceremony in front of the estate house and outdoor cocktail hour that included many types of beer brewed by the groom. At the reception, guests enjoyed a cozy, family style meal while being treated to the country swing/roots jazz/street blues music of the Bumper Jacksons. It was an incredible day filled with lots of love!

From the Bride… Our wedding was inspired by our love of cooking, old-timey music, fall, and a hint of science fiction. We love the rich colors of fall, but we decided to use their lighter form for the wedding so that our colors would not outshine the natural backdrop of the venue. We used colanders and spice jars as centerpieces for the tables to speak to our mutual foodie interests. The meal was served family style so that attendees could easily make small talk with each other and the menu featured fresh, seasonal foods. The bride’s midwestern heritage was highlighted by a Garrison Keillor reading and the groom’s family was spotlighted through the ninebeers he made for the event, especially the “Viditus Ale” which contained his grandfather’s home made spirits.

Photography: Meg Brock Photography | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Mod Cloth | Band: The Bumper Jacksons | Brides Dress: Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique | Florist : Clark's Flower Shop | Venue: Welkinweir Arboretum And Gardens

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Outdoor Wedding at Merion Tribute House

Give me an ultra-romantic, impeccably styled outdoor “I do,” and I’ll be one happy blogger. But take that same affair and add top-notch vendors like Kay English and Reverie Events, and it’s sure to go down as an all-time fave. With cascading bouquets and a million steal-worthy details, the full gallery plus video from Willow Tree Films are two pretty things you just mustn’t miss. 

From the Bride… The day I started to date my husband, is the day I started to daydream about my future wedding. Seven years later when we got engaged I was beyond ready to plan the wedding of my dreams. Our wedding day exceeded all of my biggest dreams and expectations. I wasn’t going for a specific theme, I just wanted my wedding to feel and look romantic and beautiful.

The first step was to find my venue, our neighbor told us about a wedding she was invited too at the Merion Tribute House in Merion Station, PA. The moment we stepped foot on the property I knew this was exactly what I wanted. A beautiful old castle that had so much charm, It was love at first sight. Next, I found the perfect florist to create the exact look I wanted at Reverie Events with natural flowers and cascading greenery accompanied by candles to add a romantic feel.

My photographer Kay English Photography was a must book since she has been a wonderful mentor in my life and her work is absolutely amazing! I also wanted to find a videographer that could capture our day as well, Willow Tree Films was a no brainer, their work is so unique and beautiful.

Last but not least, my dress! It was the first dress I tried on and I knew it was the one! It is a Marisa wedding gown. Bridesmaids dresses were Jim Hjelm in a light blush color. Our day couldn’t have been any more perfect then it could have been, I am so thankful for everyone that made our day possible!

Photography: Kay English | Wedding Dress: Marisa | Floral Design: Reverie Events | Reception Venue: Merion Tribute House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Doorknob Table Numbers: Framed In Love | Venue: Merion Tribute House | Video: Willow Tree Films

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Outdoor Pennsylvania Wedding with Garden Details

For a couple from California, this garden wedding is the perfect mix of Pennsylvania and California cool. From the sushi appetizers, to the surfboard guest book and the beautiful surroundings of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove made even more so by Beautiful Blooms, this is the epitome of garden celebration done right. And the images by Lindsay Docherty Photography are a testament to all that pretty garden goodness. See even more right here.


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I can’t even form the words to describe this wedding. Stupendous? Magical? Utterly perfect? Take your pick; any of them will work. The sushi-loving, California couple were a delight, the weather was more than anyone could have asked for (a threat of rain turned to 0% precipitation that day), the venue is one of my all-time favorites (John James Audubon Center), and the details… oh the details!

The peach and teal invitations and stationary suite were gorgeously coordinated throughout the day. Beautiful Blooms outdid themselves! The many floral pieces and décor accents presented a look that was amazingly cohesive and delicate without ever being too over-the-top. It was just right done just right.

Laura’s white lace over champagne strapless gown was beautiful. She tried on about 7 dresses and knew that this was the one.

Laura arrived in a white Rolls Royce with the man who has been the guy in her life until that day. She left in that same classic car with Ryan that night.

The outdoor ceremony was lovely and very personal. Gidget, Laura’s sister’s French Bulldog helped the sweet flower girls down the aisle, the couple gave memory boxes to each of the parents, they signed their marriage certificate with a custom wax seal, and the ceremony music was courtesy of friends and family of the bride – all marvelous musicians. Laura doesn’t remember a word of the ceremony.

The Audubon Center has a pretty awesome perk for guests during cocktail hour – an owl!

Laura surprised Ryan, an avid surfer, with a custom longboard as a wedding gift – a gift that doubled as a guest book! As one could imagine from a family of musicians, the reception was a blast. Friends played during the father/daughter dance and nary a tune after 1970 was played that night on that checkerboard floor.

This wedding had so much amazing. So much thought and care went into every component to create a blissful day for Laura and Ryan.

Photography: Lindsay Docherty Photography | Cakes: Bredenbeck's Bakery | Shoes: Bandolino | Rings: 33 Jewels | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Jeffrey A. Miller Catering | Hair & Makeup: Nu Waves Salon & Day Spa | Ceremony Music: Daniel Boring | Ceremony Music: Enso Quartet | Bridal Dress: Marisa | DJ And Videographer: Lovesick Inc. | Dress Shop: Bridals by Danielle | Florist & Event Design: Beautiful Blooms | Flower Girl's Dresses: Laurie's Tutu Boutique | Paper Suite & Invitations: Maxine Monroe | Reception Music: Burning Bridget Cleary | Veil: The Ivory Suite | Wedding & Ceremony: John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

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