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Every great wedding begins with a great love story, and this one is certainly no exception. What started as daily conversations between customer and Starbucks barista turned into a let’s-grow-old-together love with the wedding that’s about to unfold. Photographed by The More We See, it’s a gorgeous take on organic, industrial-driven design, and there’s so much in the gallery right here.

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From Celebrant Alisa TonggLove Story In the fall of 2010, Robin and Alex were both in the middle of serious life transitions. Alex had just returned home to Massachusetts after living in Las Vegas for a year. Robin had transferred from Berklee College of Music, where she had studied songwriting, to UMass Boston where she was determined to find something to be passionate about.

During this exciting time, they found themselves working right down the street from each other, Robin at Starbucks and Alex at the Apple Store. Alex would come in 3-4 times a day to order a hot chocolate, he’d hang around the bar to chat with Robin during his breaks. After one and half months, and about 100 cups of hot cocoa, Robin told Alex that she was leaving her job. Determined not to let Robin slip away, Alex wasted no time in securing all of Robin’s contact information.

Not long after Alex’s thorough fact finding expedition, they went out on their first date. They call it their first-date-and-a-half, because they spent over 24 hours together. And it was a night of adventure that set them both apart from any other person they had ever met before. They traversed the entire city, saved a strangers life in the T station, met part of Alex’s family, and…fell in love.

Three days after their first official date, Robin was traveling back home here to Pennsylvania to spend the Christmas holiday with her family. Alex felt the urgency to solidify their relationship. There in the bustle of Boston’s South Station, he asked Robin to be his girlfriend. Robin says she couldn’t argue, “Despite my doubts about how we hadn’t known each other for very long, he told me that he thought ‘we should take a leap of faith together, and if things weren’t going well down the road, we would figure it out.’”

Alex and Robin clasped hands and took that leap of faith together. But it wasn’t always easy. Polar opposites in almost every way, Robin and Alex spent a lot of energy in those early days, simultaneously getting to know each other and learning the intricacies of partnership. A few months in, Robin told Alex that she thought they were both meant to be with people more similar. So, they took some time apart.

But Alex refused and went into full wooing mode. Robin says that, “his incredible, seemingly irrational persistence in winning me back, and his commitment to me from literally the first week that we knew each other, is the most comforting and inspiring thing to me…” It wasn’t long before their undeniable attraction for the other and their best friend-like connection put this couple on a serious track. At the end of that year, they were planning their wedding.

Alex says that, “the two most opposite people can make something beautiful work. We work very well being two completely different people.” Over the past three years, side-by-side, they’ve experienced moments of grief and loss, broken bones, the accomplishment of completing graduate school, the challenges of unemployment, the uncertainty that comes with starting out in a career, and the joy that comes from planning their future together. When it came time for Alex to propose, he could hardly contain his excitement. While Robin was at home one day, Alex went to “work” taking the engagement ring on a parade to show it to all of their friends before coming home to surprise Robin. Through it all, Robin says, “that no matter what comes up in our lives, choosing love will always be a constant, it’s made us stronger.”

It’s only fitting that the rings made one more trip around their friends before they exchanged them. Robin and Alex invited their friends to participate in a Ring Warming; their rings were tied together with a piece of ribbon and passed around so that every guest could hold them in their hands and add their best wishes, prayers and hopes for the couple and their marriage. When it came time to exchange their vows, the couple selected promises inspired by the science of relationship psychology.

Perhaps the most moving moment of the ceremony came when the bride surprised her groom and guests with a ceremony serenade. Robin strapped her guitar over her shoulder and performed an emotional and heartfelt rendition of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” while Alex stood enchanted.

Photography: The More We See | Coordinator: Brava Weddings | Floral Design: Terrain | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Whipped Bakeshop | Catering: Terrain | Celebrant: Alisa Tongg | Hair/Makeup: Bella Angel | Photobooth: Not-A-Booth Photobooth | Venue: Terrain At Styers

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Where the Wild Things Wed Inspiration

I love how one little darling detail has the power to inspire the style of a whole wedding, or in this case, a beautifully styled shoot crafted by Bottle Pop Party Co. and Kate Farley Design. That detail? A gilded, crown-like candlestick that resembled Max’s crown in Where the Wild Things Are. And what follows is the pretty result, starting with those lovely invites from Papertree Studios. See the rest in the gallery from Hudson Nichols Photography!

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From Shannon at Bottle Pop Party CoWe came across these fabulous gold candlesticks at West Elm and they immediately made us think of the beloved children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. The crown detail on the candlesticks was exactly like the one Max was given by the Wild Things when he was crowned King of the Wild Things. One look in the book and we knew we wanted to design a wedding around the unique, muted color palette of mint, peach, soft yellows and stormy greys. Kate of Kate Farley Design and I styled the tablescapes, cake display, bar, accessories and guest book while being completely inspired by the adventures of Max and his journey to the island of the Wild Things. Of course, a wedding isn’t normally a children’s affair so we kept our wild touches reminiscent of the book and not quite so literal. The result ended up being whimsical and downright dreamy!

For the tablescape, we selected some of Kate’s personal place settings from Crate & Barrel and paired it with some wood grain chargers & jadeite tumblers from Terrain at Styers, wood grain flatware from Target, and some vintage brass candlesticks mixed in with pale grey & coral taper candles. Table linens were layers of sheer chiffon in shades of stark white, nude and mint green for a very dreamy, ethereal look.

Our model exuded the wild things look with her gorgeous flowing amber locks, simple, but regal gown and perfectly accessorized with belt and shoes from Anthropologie. A faux fur blanket gave an air of wildness that is the reminiscent of the Wild Things.

We brought in lots of mint green in the vintage pieces from Brandywine View Antiques like the bench and the pie safe that held the wedding cakes. Kate from Kate Farley Design brought the peaches alive in the wild & free floral designs and in the doughnut peach table accents. Kate also lended her artistic hand for the slate signage. Dark grays and blues popped off of the table in the plates & glasses as well as in the starry night paper suite done by Papertree Studio. Kristen of Hudson Nichols Photography captured it all with her eye for detail and placement. What started as a fun little purchase resulted in fun summer night of pretty wedding inspiration!

Photography: Hudson Nichols Photography | Floral Design: Kate Farley Design | Invitations: Papertree Studios | Calligraphy: Megan Fitch | Planner & Stylist: Bottle Pop Party Company | Venue: Chadds Ford | Vintage Rentals: Brandywine View Antiques

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Modern Nautical Philadelphia Wedding

As a proud New Englander, stripes and the seaside are two of my favorite things. So when this modern approach to nautical-style nuptials hit my inbox…let’s just say I was one happy blogger. It’s filled to the gills with navy accents +  Belovely’s all-white florals, and miss Emily Wren snapped every darling moment. More right here!

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From the Bride… While on a vacation in Maine with long-term girlfriend Laura, Daniel proposed at the top of Pemaquid Lighthouse which would then shape the nautical theme of their wedding. Tying the “nautical knot,” the couple was married on the dock of a boathouse in Philadelphia’s historic boathouse row while guests watched from the balcony, forming a very intimate setting. Daniel and Laura also incorporated traditional wedding elements from his Jewish and her Thai heritage. With her experience working for a textile design company, Laura’s acute sense of style and eye for finishing details were seamlessly incorporated throughout the entire event.

Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Florist: Belovely | Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Caterer: Fork Restaurant | DJ: Jack Tripper | Getting Ready: 4 Seasons Hotel | Venue: Vesper Boat Club