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Enchanting Late Summer Garden Wedding in Philadelphia

On a scale of 1-10 if we were to rate just how much we love this wedding it would be off the charts (I’m talking level 15) in terms of our obsession. Because any day that has La Petite Fleur crafting florals and Lori Gail Photography behind the lens is sure to be a new favorite. Join us as we revel in the pretty and see it all for yourself in THE VAULT


From the Bride… We wanted the decor for our wedding to reflect both the decadence of the Gilded Age Glen Foerd mansion as well as the natural beauty of its setting along the Delaware River. La Petite Fleur, designed a decor plan that carried the tree theme throughout, from our invitations and tree favors to planting a tree during the ceremony, the escort card display table, and the names of each reception table, seemed a fitting symbol of both new beginnings and enduring strength. As our officiant quoted, “He who plants a tree believes in the future.”

We met on the first day of orientation for our Masters degree programs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, where Eric studied International Security Policy and Caitlin studied Economic and Political Development. Eric proposed on a dock at sunset at Loblolly house, designed by Caitlin’s dad, where the Kieran family and friends spend many of their weekends (our save the dates actually featured a painting of this dock by our friend and neighbor). We planned to visit Nicaragua for our honeymoon, but when we went to check in online the morning after the wedding, we discovered that Eric’s passport had expired. Fortunately, Eric had the bright idea that we visit Puerto Rico instead. We immediately changed our flights, joined our friends and family for brunch and solicited suggestions for things to do and see in Puerto Rico, booked a few hotels, and flew out that evening. It turned out to be an amazing alternative to Nicaragua.

We decided to get a self-uniting marriage license and asked that everyone present at the ceremony serve as witnesses to our vows and do all in their power to support us in our marriage. A number of friends and family offered their musical talents to add some personal touches to the ceremony and reception. During the ceremony, Caitlin’s brother Chris Kieran sang “My Love is an Arbutus,” accompanied by Geoff McDonald, a Kieran family friend. Kathleen Knighton, Caitlin’s friend, performed an original song that she wrote for the wedding entitled, “Ask Me Again.” Another friend, Bethany Kessler, played the cello during the processional and recessional. At the reception, Chris Kieran performed “Come Fly With Me,” accompanied by Grand Tribeca Band, while Eric danced with his mom and Caitlin with her dad. And members of Caitlin’s college a cappella group, Something Extra of Yale University, sang Moondance.

Caitlin is a Senior Research Assistant for the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, led by the International Food Policy Research Institute, where she monitors and supports the incorporation of gender analysis within the program’s research portfolio and conducts research on issues related to gender, agriculture, and assets. Eric is a Lead Engineer and Senior Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton where he prototypes new tools and analytic methodologies and researches threat actors, techniques, and trends in cybersecurity. They live in Washington, DC with their dog (and ring bearer) Tobias.

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Photography: Lori Gail Photography | Floral Design: La Petite Fleur, weddings & events | Wedding Dress: Duchess Ivy And Aster | Invitations: Minted | Stationery: La Petite Fleur, weddings & events | Catering: Jamie Hollander | Hair + MakeUp: Bella Angel, LLC | Entertainment: Tribeca Grand | Men's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Transportation: Great American Trolley Company | Venue: Glen Foerd Mansion | Photobooth: Poseybooth

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Urban Meets Rustic Fall Philadelphia Wedding

As a proud card carrying member of the foodie club, I can fully appreciate this couple’s goal for fab food at their wedding and I’d say they succeeded – guacamole and fish tacos? Heck yes! A menu that amazing makes for happy guests and Alyssa Maloof captured all that joy and more at this modern mixture of urban-meets-rustic – see it all in our VAULT right this way!

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From the Bride… After nine years of dating, our families could not wait for this wedding. We knew we wanted our wedding to be simple, have really great food, and for everyone to dance the night away. Our venue was not only the perfect mix of urban modern and rustic I was looking for, but it also had a guacamole bar, which played a bigger part in my decision that I’d like to admit. I mean, guacamole and fish tacos at a wedding? Sold!

The week of the wedding we received news of a hurricane almost as bad as Sandy could be hitting the area. I was so worried my out-of-town guests flying in (and two out of six girls in my bridal party!) wouldn’t make it. Also my dreams of having lush outdoor photos were dashed. I emailed my photographer a couple dozen times asking for all of the “indoor” places we could take pictures if the weather ended up not holding up. There was no hurricane here, but definitely not beautiful weather. The best part is that not only did my bridal party make it, our pictures were beyond gorgeous and I’m so happy we didn’t get to take the photos outside. The architecture of the train station and platform are some of my favorites!

Our wedding ceremony was officiated by our sister-in-law, and her son was the ring bearer. It was really important to us to have someone we know and love guide us through such a significant step in our lives. It was also important to us to honor both families traditions, our ceremony was beautiful and extremely personal.

Thanks to our awesome DJ, we had the most amazing dance party. All of our friends and family had such a great time. I don’t think my husband and I left the dance floor all night. It was even better than I could have imagined!

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Photography: Alyssa Maloof Photography | Floral Design: Belovely Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent The Runway | Makeup: Mack Stylist | Hair: Mack Stylist | DJ: White Label DJs | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Philly Transportation LLC | Venue: Cira Center/JG Domestic | Accomodations: Windsor Suites Hotel | Sash: BHLDN

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Styled Snapshots’ Kendall Johnson’s Timeless + Feminine Autumn Wedding

When the Bride is fashion blogger bride Kendall Johnson of Styled Snapshots, it’s no surprise that her wedding is stylish, glam and full of wow moments. From the beautiful Minted invitation suite and pretty Donna Morgan bridesmaids’ dresses to the pretty BHLDN reception décor, this gorgeous autumn wedding will convince you to have a fall fête. See all the reasons why from to Rachel Pearlman Photography in THE VAULT!

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From Rachel Pearlman PhotographyStyle Blogger Kendall Johnson of Styled Snapshots loves fall, fashion, and her hometown, so naturally an October affair in Philadelphia was a done deal for her wedding to Matthew Kremer. As a well known fashion blogger renowned for her classic and timeless fashion sense, Kendall’s overall design goal was to implement the spirit of autumn, while keeping things feminine and blended. After an intimate church ceremony at an historic Philadelphia chapel, Kendall and Matt celebrated at The Ballroom at the Ben — the very backdrop of the famous dancing scene between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence of ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’ How fun!

Kendall’s gown was a creme beauty from Stefan Jolie, which was complimented by gray gowns by Donna Morgan, who also collaborated with Kendall on her big day. Synderela, a bespoke wedding down designer based in New York, collaborated with Kendall on the flower girl tutus. Kendall chose gold and glittery Kate Spade for her pumps and clutch, adding pops of sparkle to her chic, classic look.

The NYC-based couple collaborated with a few amazing vendors to bring their vision to life; Minted designed the couples’ classic white invitation suite with grey script. Simple gold and creme place-cards and a custom drink menu were perfectly elegant. BHLDN supplied some most amazing decor for the ballroom – table numbers, cocktail votives, champagne flutes, cake knife and server, and an envelope holder. Kendall’s idea to paint pumpkins gold was an elegant nod to fall, that kept with the formality of her venue. Chrissy from Market Fresh Florals is a family friend and worked directly with Kendall to bring her vision to life.

Philadelphia is Kendall’s hometown, and The Ballroom at the Ben is one of Philadelphia’s oldest wedding venues. It was used for the infamous dancing scene between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the Academy Award winning film ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. St. Peter’s Church has an incredible history, and many revolutionary war heroes are buried in its’ ceremony. The first service at St. Peter’s Church was held on September 4, 1761, and the church has been in continuous use ever since. After Kendall and Matt made the decision that they would get married at St. Peter’s Church (found by happenstance while roaming the City), Kendall’s mother revealed that she lived across the street at one point and would look at this church daily, never in a million years dreaming of having a daughter who would then one day get married there.

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Photography: Rachel Pearlman Photography | Floral Design: Market Fresh Flowers, Chrissy Brown | Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: St. Peter's Church - Philadelphia | Reception Venue: Ballroom At The Ben | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Makeup: Make Me Up Pretty | Hair: Amanda D'Andrea | Band: Ebe Amsterdam | Clutch: Kate Spade | Event Decor: BHLDN | Flower Girl Dress: Synderela

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