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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

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Arboretum Spring Wedding in Philadelphia

Pink is sort of the unofficial favorite color at SMP and we will never, ever tire of it, especially when it’s done is such a soft and beautiful way. Brooke Courtney Photography captured a wedding fit for the utterly romantic at heart, and it’s everything dreams are made of, right down to the little guy in black tie.

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From the Bride… From torrential thunder storms to getting in a car accident, the week leading up to our wedding was anything but perfect. Our wedding on May 2, 2014, however, far exceeded our expectations and was truly as wonderful as we had always imagined.

My husband Bryan and I were married outdoors in the gardens at the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia) surrounded by 70 of our closest family and friends. I wore a lace and tulle Pronovias gown that I purchased in NYC and Bryan wore a Vera Wang tuxedo. Taking the train 2 hours to NYC many times for my fittings was definitely worth it.

Bryan and I were very hands-on with the planning of our big day. We worked closely with our officiant to ensure our ceremony was exactly how we wanted it. We picked all of our blessings and wrote our own vows.

Our cocktail hour was in the Out on a Limb (tree house) at Morris Arboretum. When we first visited the arboretum, the tree house immediately stood out to us. We knew right away that we wanted a unique cocktail hour space and this was it! Jeffrey Miller Catering did a wonderful job with the passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres. Our signature drink was a champagne and St. Germain cocktail with a raspberry on top. It was delicious!

The reception space was inside the tent off the arboretum’s visitors center and was absolutely gorgeous. We kept the sides of the tent up the entire night so our guests could see the beautiful gardens around us. Bryan and I danced to Lady Antebellum’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, ate swordfish and mashed sweet potatoes, and enjoyed spending time with our friends and family.

The night was truly magical.

Photography: Brooke Courtney Photography | Floral Design: Buttercup | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Jeffrey A. Miller Catering | Calligraphy: Kristen Henderson | Grooms Attire: Vera Wang | Officiant: Journeys Of The Heart | Ceremony And Reception: Morris Arboretum | Hotel: Ace Conference Center

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Whimsical Greenhouse Wedding

Once upon a time, there lived a bride with a love of Shakespeare and a dream for a wedding full of romance and whimsy. With her sights set on the Philadelphia Horticulture Center as the venue, for its overwhelming greens and playful atmosphere, she planned and prepped all the pretty details. More beautiful than she ever imagined, BG Productions Photography captured each magical moment… and they lived happily ever after in the gallery right here.

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From The Bride…Josh and I are both professors in Montreal, he studies film and I study poetry and literature. As a young professor of literature, I have always loved Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I reveled in the forest imagery, the mythical creatures, Titania, the queen of the fairies, and the general sense of whimsy and playfulness in the language and scenery. When I got engaged, I knew I didn’t want to have a wedding in a hotel or associated with anything corporate, but rather, we wanted to capture that atmospheric magic and forest playfulness. We chose the greenhouse at the Horticulture Center because it was breathtaking, it overwhelmed the senses with its aromas and intense array of greens, and teh white industrial ironwork of the greenhouse looked spectacular. Our colors were mint green, coral, and yellow. We did a lot of the design details ourselves including making the menus, creating the wedding ceremony programs with poetry by ee cummings, WB Yeats, Kahlil Gibran, 150 handmade origami boxes with chocolates in them, stuffed burlap bags with Caladium bulbs paired with wildflower seeds, etc. I asked my bridesmaids too buy the vera lace yellow dress from Anthropologie, it was under $100 and I knew they could use it again. I also asked them to buy any pair of mint green heels and whatever jewelery I wanted. I bought a pair of Ivanka Trump mint green heels myself with Kate Spade mint green earrings. To continue with the woodland fairy theme, I wore a baby’s breath wreath and our flowers were mostly wildflower filler (solidago, thistle, etc). The greenhouse was so lush that we only needed floral accents. The centerpieces were either mason jars with flowers, a lantern, and candles OR a large center wreath with flowers spilling over the edge and three candles. The men wore gray suits, brown shoes, black suspenders, and yellow gold bowties.

Josh and I wrote our own vows, we had a friend marry us, and we had other friends read poetry during the ceremony. We talk about our partnership, our love for travel and adventure, but mostly our deep connection to each other.

Photography: BG Productions Photography And Videography | Floral Design: Amaranth Flowers | Wedding Dress: Sposabella | Wedding Cake: Elegance Cafe | Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie (Vera Lace Dress) | Catering: Stephen STARR Events | Ceremony Music: Siena Strings | Hair Wreath/Crown: Sullivan Owen | Hotel: Loews Hotel Philadelphia | Venue: Horticulture Center