Falling in love with a venue long before you’re engaged has its perks. One of them being that this Bride knew exactly where she wanted to say “I Do” to her love; Elkins Estate in Philadelphia. Its gorgeous grounds and old world elegance set the stage but that Monique Lhuillier wearing Bride definitely stole the show. All those ruffles set against the design and styling of Off Shoots! and, of course, the images by Tin Sparrow Studio make for the ultimate in romance. See even more right here in the full gallery.
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From the bride…My husband and I got married this past Memorial Day weekend on May 27th 2012 in a historic estate located in Elkins Park, PA. Jason and I met during college and upon graduating I moved to NYC to pursue a career in fashion, while he stayed in Philadelphia. We were a long distance couple for four years and when he finally popped the question I knew exactly where I wanted to marry. When visiting Jason at his business I would drive by an old estate that I thought was beautiful and intriguing. Obsessed with all things vintage, the Elkins Estate embodied a beautiful venue with rich history and meaning. It would be the place where Jason and I would marry and never have to say “see you next weekend” ever again.
I knew I wanted the wedding to have a romantic and elegant feel with a touch of modern vintage (modage). I asked the bridesmaids to choose maxi dresses in hues of blush to match my wedding color. From my wedding invitations, floral arrangements, and set design, I wanted everything to flow and work together. My centerpieces had three alternating designs with tarnished tea sets/historic books/jewelry boxes lavished with garden roses, hydrangeas, and spanish moss. The escort cards were displayed with vintage suit cases that I provided and a hand-made barn door.
For the ceremony the mothers/grandmothers wore traditional Korean dresses called Hanboks. The mothers, both very close wanted to hold hands while walking to their seats. We also had a lighting of the candles by the mothers and later Jason and I lit our unity candle (symbolizing that we are leaving our respective families to become our own). The ceremony was led by our church pastor and his son + his son’s girlfriend were our flower girl & ring bearer. Their parents have high hopes of their marriage (they’re only 4!!). One of the best parts of having our wedding at The Elkins Estate is that we were able to use all of the historic furniture (sofas, couches, tables, books, record player, etc) for free! The catering/planning company were great going over the furniture I could use and setting it up perfectly for cocktail hour.
Jason and I spent a lot of time working on our songlist with the DJ and we were SO glad that we did. One of the most important parts of the wedding we wanted for the guests was for them to have a great time dancing. With Jason’s family originally from California and mine from Philadelphia (and extended family across the country & from Korea) we wanted the opportunity for our families to especially have the chance to dance together. My grandparents used to compete in local dance contests so it was so great to see them reliving the past at the reception. We had a mix of slow songs and top hits and we ended the night happily exhausted.
Photography: Tin Sparrow Studio | Cinematography: InFocus | Flowers and Event Design: Off Shoots! | Event Planning: Feastivities (Dawn Dywer) | Ceremony and Reception Location: Elkins Estate | Invitations: Fourteen-Forty Letterpress | Shoes: YSL | Dress: Monique Lhuillier
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They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why we think you should always kick things off with a whole lot of pretty. Brought to us by the very talented Papertini Floral & Event Design this Philadelphia fête is the perfect way to start your day. It’s kind of like inspiration orange juice. It’s vintage meets traditional with a little twist of whimsy and it’s all captured beautifully by Ash Imagery. The gorgeous blossoms, sophisticated style, and personal touches are all spun together to make for a celebration so inviting we want to jump right in. Leap we will. Right here into the full gallery.
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From Papertini… This wonderful blend of vintage rustic romance was certainly a result of a great collaboration. We were very excited to be a part of Diane and Steve’s special day and had a blast working together with them! We love how resourceful she is and we appreciate her allowing room for our own twists and creativity to shine together with her ideas.
Philadelphia Cricket Club provided such a great backdrop for this soiree! Its beautiful vintage ballroom with gorgeous tall windows worked great with our floral pieces arranged in rustic wooden boxes and mason jars. Diane purchased wicker candle holders and added burlap runners to compliment the table decor. She added a personalized touch on each table by attaching their picture on cute wooden blackboard table numbers. What a sweet idea! We also decked the fire mantles and console tables throughout the venue with Diane and Steve’s pictures and personalized decor to make the venue even more cozy and intimate.
We are grateful to have worked with Michael Ash from Ash Imagery on this wedding. Michael is such an amazing artist and he beautifully captured the day from all of the big moments to the minute details of the decor. We can’t stop looking at the pictures (again and again!).
Congratulations once again to the beautiful couple!
Wedding Photography: Ash Imagery / Floral Design: Papertini Floral & Event Design / Ceremony Venue: Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia / Reception Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club (St. Martins Clubhouse) / Invitation: Minted + Paper-Source + DIY by the Bride / Decor Supplies (signs, window panels, barrels, lanterns, vintage drawers, mason jars) from the Bride / Wedding Dress: Custom Daniel Thompson via Cocoa Couture in Hershey, Pennsylvania / After-Party Dress: BCBG via Nordstrom / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka (Zandra) / After-Party Shoes: Steve Madden / Make Up: Beke Beau
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You would never know that this Philadelphia wedding was a rainy day affair. Mother Nature let up long enough for this couple to say their I-do’s in total outdoor elegance. Thank goodness because I’m 100% convinced the luscious, chandelier adorned arbor was meant. to. be. the backdrop for their super romantic first kiss. This adorable duo called in the floral experts at Robertson’s Flowers who packed a whole lot of pretty packed into every corner of their nature-inspired nuptials. Shot beautifully by Alyssa Maloof, it’s charm-central and you can see even more right here in the gallery.
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From the Bride… Three years of planning for a wedding is a long time but when you are planning from across the country and a lot of your guests are coming from Australia, England, and Oregon it is almost necessary. We had a week long celebration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania prior to the wedding which was really important to us so that everyone felt comfortable at the wedding. Once we actually got to the wedding day it felt like all of our guests had known each other forever.
The wedding took place on a very rainy September day in Philadelphia. We watched the forecast all day and felt so lucky that the rain decided to hold off for the ceremony. Once our vows were said and pictures were taken Mother Nature unleashed again.
The theme was rustic elegance. The colors were all natural colors including champagne, ivory, pewter, and grey. Living in Oregon and loving the outdoors we used a lot of bark, moss, and tree stumps for decor. We really wanted our wedding to signify us, our love, and everything that is important to us. We focused on a lot of small details making sure that the wedding felt very us and not cookie cutter. We included a lot of photos from the 10 years that we dated. Some other highlights were a photo booth, surprise mustaches for all the guests, water ice and pretzels (very Philly) and the Penn State stadium cake. The groomsmen started a surprise flashmob singing ‘You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful’ to the bride that included the groom and the fathers. The dance floor was packed all night. Such a special day!
Photography: Alyssa Maloof Photography / Floral Design: Robertson’s Flowers / Wedding Venue: Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia / Event Planning + Catering: Andrea Hunter of Company’s Coming / Invitations: April Roach (Friend) / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm / Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Bridesmaid Dress: Anthropologie / Groom’s Suit: JoS A. Bank / Groom’s Tie: Calvin Klein / Music: EBE Entertainment
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