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Whimsical Fall Wedding at Pennsylvania Manor House

These flowers had us doing a double take! La Petite Fleur went above and beyond in this fall wedding filled with the most gorgeous blooms in persimmon, marsala and violet shades. It’s a flower lover’s paradise, complete with a four-tiered mouthwatering masterpiece from Bredenbeck’s Bakery! Stop and smell the roses over in the full gallery shot by Asya Photography right here.

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From La Petite FleurThe wedding of Jacque and Steve was celebrated this past October at The Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park in Blue Bell, PA. This fall affair had a fiery, garden palette of persimmon, marsala and violet, and a whimsical, eclectic style that featured details designed by the ‘artiste’ Bride herself (table numbers) and La Petite Fleur, weddings & events.

Jacque carried a cascading bouquet of warm hued blooms, including pheasant feathers, Circus Roses, amaranthus, coxcomb, scabiosa pods, burgundy and aubergine stock, bittersweet, ruscus, maidenhair fern and agonis foliage– finished with a piece of her grandmother’s wedding gown and trailing vegetable dyed ribbon (from Silk and Willow).

The bridesmaids carried coordinating bouquets of light amethyst roses, coxcomb, wine colored stock and fire orange hypericum berries– with charcoal gray satin- finished stems.

Upon entering the reception, guests were greeted with an escort card display that boasted a Grecian urn arranged with roses, mums, red amaranthus, stock and curly willow. The cocktail décor featured tables topped with mason jars filled with palette-coordinating mums, seeded eucalyptus and succulents, while the mansion’s bookcases and mantles were aglow with candles.

La Petite Fleur also brought the warm, fall hues into the reception décor– adorning some dining tables with conservatories overflowing with bittersweet, craspedia and kale. Other tables featured mercury footed compotes arranged with dahlias, and other fall blooms. Meanwhile, a third tablescape style featured low, grey washed planters arranged with a ‘hedge’ of blooms, including orange hypericum, ti leaves, craspedia, curly willow, ruscus, agonis, Circus roses, bupleurum and pheasant feathers.

All the tables featured hand-painted (by the Bride) table numbers on pieces of slate tiles that were gathering dust in the couple’s basement. They also made place card holders from cream colored shutters found on Craig’s List.

Photography: Asya Photography | Floral Design: La Petite Fleur, Weddings & Events | Wedding Dress: David Tutera | Invitations: Melissa Berk | Ceremony Venue: St. Anthony's | Reception Venue: The Manor House At Prophecy Creek Park | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Robert Fair Caterers | Entertainment: EBE Talent | Groom's Attire: JB Suits | Groom's Attire: James Bond-inspired Tuxedo | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Cescaphe Trolley | Cakes & Desserts: Bredenbeck's Bakery | Escort Cards: Zazzle | Save The Dates: Melissa Berk

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Spring Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

With Spring right around the corner, I couldn’t help but stop and swoon over this adorable e-sesh. Nothing says Spring quite like freshly-bloomed cherry blossom trees, and this Philadelphia engagement session is simply picture-perfect! Ashley Bartoletti Photography was there to capture every moment of it, and has me dreaming of even more Spring loveliness in the full gallery right here.


From the photographer…I loved working with Christina and David on their engagement session – they are so much fun! David and Christina chose to have their session at The Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park, which was absolutely gorgeous and brimming with spring blooms. Their fun personalities and love for each other is evident in every shot. After we walked around The Horticultural Center for a while we went up to Belmont Plateau to capture a few shots with the beautiful Philadelphia skyline.

Photography: Ashley Bartoletti Photography

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Whimsical Fall Wedding

You know what my favorite part of weddings are? The moment the Groom’s face lights up when he first spots his Bride at the end of the aisle. That is my favorite part. And this whimsical Belovely affair? Well, it’s filled with favorites. Thanks to Alison Conklin and Willow Tree Films, the beginning of their forever is now a  warm memory. From the richly hued color palette to late night ice cream, see it all right here!

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From Alison Conklin Photography… Shannon and Adam wear their hearts on their sleeves and Shannon’s smile lights up an entire room. Their day was filled with such love. They had such a perfect fall day – it was warm and had the most beautiful light. The wedding and reception was at one of my favorite venues and the details were perfect. The warm glow from the candles on the tables was such an inviting place for their guests and the whimsical Little Baby Ice Cream at the end of the night was such a hit.

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography | Videography: Willow Tree Films | Wedding Planner: Belovely | Florist: Belovely | Cake: Addy Maes | Stationery: Apropos In Greenville DE | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Stephen STARR Events | Band: Vincent James Band | Brides Gown: Monique Lhullier | Ceremony And Reception: Horticultural Center | Getting Ready: Hotel Monaco | Ice Cream: Little Baby's Ice Cream

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Engagement Session

You won’t be able to stop smiling after reading the adorable story of how these two lovebirds met! What started as a chance encounter bloomed into romance with a proposal on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum Of Art. The super talented KT Merry captured all the special moments of this engagement session around the city — and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Proposal Day than taking a whirl right here in the gallery.

From The Groom-to-be… Paula and I have a very unique story of how we met. I was being set up on a blind date by one of my good friends, Theresa. I met the girl in a group setting… it didn’t work out. So I thought I was going to spend the rest of the night just hanging out and having a few drinks with friends — then, in walks Paula with a couple of her friends. She looked absolutely stunning! She was there for maybe five minutes just to say hi to someone and walked right back out. I thought to myself, I would have loved to have been set up with her!!! But she was in and out in that five minutes so I thought I lost my chance forever. After that, I met up with some more friends and we proceeded to bar hop. At our third stop, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw her standing there at the bar with her friends. I grabbed Theresa and said, “There’s that girl again! Since your first attempt at setting me up failed you have to introduce me to her!” Theresa went over to Paula and introduced herself, chatted with her for a little bit, and called me over. “Paula, this is Mike. Mike, this is Paula. Goodbye!” said Theresa and she walked away leaving the two of us alone. Needless to say, we hit it off and ever since that moment I’ve been hooked! We had our first official date a week later at Paula’s restaurant of choice, a burger and beer place… my type of place. We had a great night getting to know each other and the rest is history.

From The Bride-to-be… At the time, I was a volunteer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art… one of my absolute favorite places to be. Michael was going to meet me at the museum at the end of the day so we could have dinner together in the city, which is something we often do. As I was finishing up for the day, Michael and his brother Sean called me and told me to meet them at the front of the museum by the main stairs, the famous museum stairs that were featured in the Rocky movie, because apparently Sean wanted to run up and down them just like Rocky had done. At first I refused but after some persuasion I reluctantly agreed to meet them there. As I walked around to the bottom of the stairs, I looked up to search for them and saw Michael standing way up in the middle of the stairway, a smile on his handsome face, all dressed up in a suit, holding a bouquet of red roses. I yelled, “What’s happening?!” He crooked his finger as if to say “come here.” I slowly made my way up the stairs all the while trying to process what was happening. As I approached Michael, he got down on one knee and took my hand. I will never forget his sweet words to me. He pulled out a beautiful custom-made ring… he had met with our jeweler to design it himself! At this point, a crowd of people had gathered and were watching the entire thing. To this day I still don’t know if I ever even said yes but I just threw my arms around him and held on. The crowd cheered. One lady cried! Some of the bystanders ran to congratulate and take photos with us. Sean had been filming us the entire time. As we made our way down the stairs to leave the museum, people from all around were shouting their well wishes and some were giving Michael a thumbs up, waving, and grinning at us from their cars. Michael then took me out to a romantic dinner at one of our favorite restaurants where I was able to catch my breath and absorb all that had just happened. Afterwards, we went to the bar where he first caught sight of me to celebrate with some of our friends. It was the. best. day. ever. Isn’t he dreamy?

We took our engagement photos on the one year anniversary of our engagement. We walked around in the city of Philadelphia where we met and fell in love and ended the photo shoot right back where he proposed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Our little Pomeranian, Baby, joined us for the day. As you can see, she isn’t the most cooperative little thing (haha!) but she sure is cute and we love her dearly.

KT and Chad of KT Merry Photography were such a pleasure to work with. Michael and I felt like we were on a double date with friends rather than a professional photo shoot, which made for a relaxed and happy atmosphere. I discovered KT Merry during a Style Me Pretty binge and I knew instantly I needed to have her as my photographer. I just love the ethereal quality of KT’s work; she perfectly captures what daydreams are made of. I cannot wait for her to shoot our wedding this coming May. Most of all, I cannot wait to marry my best friend… I love you Michael Mullane!

Photography: KT Merry | Venue: Philadelphia Museum Of Art | Venue: Swann Memorial Fountain | Venue: Parc Brasserie | Venue: The Union League Of Philadelphia | Venue: The Dandelion | Venue: Rittenhouse Square Park | Diamond Stacking Rings: Safian Rudolph Jewelers | Michael's Attire: J.Crew | Michael's Attire: Calvin Klein | Other Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Other Jewelry: Bauble Bar | Paula's Dresses: Alice + Olivia | Paula's Hair & Makeup: Jaclynn & Nicck from Mack Stylist | Paula's Shoes: Louis Vuitton | Paula's Shoes: Steve Madden | The Engagement Ring: Jay Roberts Jewelers

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3 Tips for a Better Cake Tasting

Over and over again I hear engaged couples rave about the joys of cake tasting and it is, without a doubt, what I’m most looking forward to. Bottle Pop Party Company not only created a chic celebration for one couple’s tasting, but they’re also sharing their tips to make the most for your own delicious date. Peach Plum Pear Photo snapped every flavor and these pics are destined put you in a satisfying sugar coma.

MORE MOUTHS = MORE OPINIONS
While you might think this is a good time to include your future in-laws, remember that their tastes might try to sway yours! To keep stress low, keep this appointment between you and your guy.

MIND YOUR SCHEDULE
Often times couples visit a bakery right after their dinner tasting and are stuffed. A lot of bakeries offer a good size piece of cake in several different flavors so you’ll want to make sure you’ve got room to sample all of your favorites (and maybe even something different)! Schedule some room to digest before dessert!

DO YOUR RESEARCH
Check out the bakeries ahead of time to get an idea for their decorating style and flair. School yourself on the differences between buttercream and fondant. There’s nothing worse than being disappointed when you find out the bakery specializes in a totally different cake other than the cake of your dreams.

From Bottle Pop Party CompanyIt’s one of the most recognized symbols of the wedding celebration. From traditional tiers of vanilla buttercream with Swiss dots to sleek layers of decadent chocolate ganache, the possibilities truly are endless. When we pictured an engaged couple sitting down to choose the most important confectionary creation of their lives, we thought we’d dream up the most luxurious, most indulgent cake tasting of all time. We imagined…

Emerging cake artist, Nutmeg Cake Design has invited her soon-to-be-wed clients to her studio for “The Ultimate Cake Tasting.” When the two arrive, dressed for the occasion in festive sparkles and velvet, they are greeted with tall glasses of bubbly. A beautifully set table awaits them with fresh blooms from Fresh Designs Flora & Events, styled in their wedding color palette by Bottle Pop Party Company. All of the little details tie right into the design and feel of the wedding that they are planning. Peach Plum Pear Photography is on-hand to capture the whole experience.

The couple is presented with cake after cake, in colors and patterns tailored just for them. Sugar flowers and hand-painted details are just some of the options that Nutmeg Cake Designs offer for her client’s cake. The couple picks and chooses their favorite designs for their cake and moves on to the best part, the tasting! After some playful icing swipes, the betrothed choose from a menu of tantalizing cake flavors like Neapolitan, Carrot Spice and Chocolate and fillings and icings like Lemon Peel, Chocolate Meringue and Truffle Cream. With a little guidance from Nutmeg Cake Design, the pair creates a custom combination of flavors for their big day. Finally, another champagne toast to celebrate the most delicious check on the wedding to-do list!

Photography: Peach Plum Pear Photo | Styling: Bottle Pop Party Company | Floral Design: Fresh Designs Flora & Events | Cake: Nutmeg Cake Design | Makeup: True Beauty Marks | Hair: Kelly Martin | Venue: Private Residence | Accessories: Ashley Austin Boutique | Apparel: Macys | Models: Model Management Agency | Party Supplies: Stephanie Shives Studio | Rentals: Maggpie Rentals

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