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Tented Backyard Colmar Wedding

Call me predictable but I love a backyard wedding, all thanks to Father of the Bride. And when the backyard is this grand, it’s my favorite way to start the day. Susan Beard Design captured a day so beautiful, I’ll be spending my day right here in the gallery!


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From the stunning bride…  Jen and Brian met at Georgetown University in the Fall of 2004 (Brian a sophomore, Jen a Freshman)! They began officially dating in April of 2005 so hit the 8 year mark prior to their June 8th wedding! On May 26th, 2013 Brian got down on one knee during a bike trip over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California! They continued on the trip celebrating at vineyards all over Sonoma and Napa Valley. Jen is a Buyer at Bloomingdale’s and Brian is an Associate Investment Banker at Credit Suisse. They currently live together in the West Village of New York City.

Jen cannot imagine a more wonderful place to grow up than in her 100 year old stone home (know as Colmar) in the mainline of Philadelphia. As fate may have it, Brian’s grandmother lives just ten minutes from Jen’s family and so the area became a popular destination for the couple to spend time with the family and take a break from busy city life. Growing up with two sisters, The Donohoe family home was always buzzing with girls running around the 3 acre estate which include a pool and tennis court. Whether it was a fashion show, a pool party, a game of dress up, tag or tennis, the last three decades flooded this home with wonderful memories of a loving, happy family and childhood. Jen and Brian found themselves lucky to be given the opportunity to not only share with their loved ones such a beautiful place that has been so special to them both but to make their first memory as husband and wife in a place that so clearly embodies the spirit of love and family. As the pictures clearly indicate it was no doubt the happiest day of both Jen and Brian’s life.

The backyard is filled with beautiful, formal gardens inspiring an elegant garden party theme. Envisioned as a romantic and lush garden-chic affair, combining casual garden elements (such as wooden farm tables in the tented dinner) with formal details such as silver vases, draped tenting and hanging chandeliers. The black tie optional dress code injected formality to the concept of a backyard wedding. The evening began with cocktails around the pool and gardens followed by a seated dinner and dancing on the family’s tented tennis court.

Photography: Susan Beard | Videographer: Blossom Productions | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Floral Design: Table Art | Invitations: Loveleigh Invitations | Catering: Feastivities | Wedding Planner: I DO Wedding Consulting | Lighting: Eventions | Band: Starlight Orchestras | Hair & Make Up: Aleksandra Ambrozy | Tent : EventQuip

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American Swedish Historical Museum Wedding

There are the pretty weddings and then there are the real, pretty weddings. I’m not talking extra pretty (though this one is especially gorgeous) I’m talking real. Real, feel the love, laugh the laughs, grab the tissues thanks to Peach Plum Pear Photography’s captures, real. The kind of wedding that puts a permagrin on your face for the rest of the day.


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From the photographer… We are so excited to share Julia and Aaron’s amazing wedding! Our day started at Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, where Julia and her “ladies of honor” were getting ready (and having fun!) After that we took a cab to FDR Park in South Philadelphia (we loved that Julia was singing along to the radio in the cab!) to walk around and take some photos of Julia and Aaron and their bridal party. FDR Park is a great location for photos, and we were especially excited about shooting at the FDR Skatepark that is under I-95. Julia and Aaron had their ceremony at the American Swedish Historical Museum, followed by cocktail hour and reception outside of the museum. Delicious food, great music, good vibes and lots of dancing made for a very special celebration. After the reception was over, Julia and Aaron and their friends went for an EPIC subway ride to get to their after party. It was an incredible ending to their celebration with playing guitars, singing and dancing on the Broad Street subway. Congratulations Julia and Aaron! And thanks for being awesome.

From the lovely couple… When you break it down, it’s simple. We wanted a meaningful yet non-traditional ceremony and an evening of celebration, eating, and dancing with all of our dearest. Okay… so maybe not so simple. But we (read: mostly Julia) had envisioned a few details from the get-go: a bountiful summer buffet complete with a whole roast pig and strawberry rhubarb pie, decorations of spring peonies and garden globe lights, and musical performances by our talented friends and family. There was definitely a homemade, quirky, and intimate feel to the day that felt very “us”, and we cannot express the gratitude we have for our family and friends who contributed in some way to the festivities, from singing to sewing to shlepping. Mother Nature was kind, and we had a perfect night in South Philly. And the Broad Street subway ride back to Center City was one for the ages.”

Photography: Peach Plum Pear Photo | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Garden | Flowers: Triple Tree Flowers | Catering: Catering By Miles | Hair And Makeup: Panache Salon | Groom's Suit: Black Lapel | Dessert: Magpie | Museum: American Swedish Historical Museum | Music: The Doge | Paper Products And Invitations: Stamp Out Online

Philadelphia Wedding from La Petite Fleur Weddings and Events

This darling day hits all of my wedding sweet spots… it’s romantic, stunningly gorgeous and chock-full of whimsy.  A bloom-filled paradise crafted by the ever-talented La Petite Fleur Weddings and Events with some of the coolest details you will ever lay your eyes upon.  Think tea cups, vintage books and china table numbers and you haven’t even begun to crack the awesomeness.  See it all captured by Jason Messer and Gene Smirnov right here.

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From La Petite Fleur Weddings and Events… Ivy League graduates with a love of rowing and tea, Mary Pat and Karl wanted the history they had been making together to be reflected in their June 15th wedding at the historic Philadelphia Horticultural Center.

It was all about blending the couple’s history and interests with the beauty of their blush palette to create their big day look. To get started, La Petite Fleur pulled from its library of style— mixing and matching mercury and milk glassware filled with lush garden blooms, with the Wixted Family’s heirloom china, tea sets and books (many belonged to Mary Pat’s father in college)— to create a scheme with interest at every turn.

LPF also designed an installation that literally ‘framed’ the head table with hand-created paper poppies, accented with vintage tea plates and frames filled with flowers and fabric.

Mary Pat and Karl, both first year MBA candidates at Yale School of Management, reside in New Haven , CT.

Photographer: Jason Messer | Photographer: Gene Smirnov | Ceremony: Our Lady of Good Counsel | Reception: Philadelphia Horticultural Center | Lighting: Eventions Productions | Entertainment: Masquerade | Detailed Photography: Smirnov Weddings | Flowers and Decor: La Petite Fleur Weddings and Events | Paper Accessories: La Petite Fleur Weddings and Events | Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals

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