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Elegant Philadelphia Greenhouse Wedding

I can’t think of any better way to beat the seasonal blues than a greenhouse wedding in the middle of winter. It’s exactly the route these two Philadelphia lovies went and I, for one, am a major fan. Of course, they couldn’t have pulled it off without Stephen STARR Events by their side, and Love By Serena captured every last bit. Cozy up with your cup o’ joe and head to the full gallery right here.

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From Love By SerenaWhen I received Rhae’s e-mail about documenting their big day, I was over the moon with excitement. I first met her through past wedding clients of mine (Sylvie & Charlie), as she was the maid of honor in their wedding. Sylvie was her matron of honor and Charlie officiated their ceremony, so it was awesome to see some familiar faces.

Rhae and Nick are both doctors residing in Philadelphia, PA. Being the fun, laid-back couple that they are, they wanted to reflect that in their wedding. The two of them wanted to have some gorgeous, natural light for their winter wedding – yet wanted to keep warm. That said, The Horticulture Center at Fairmount Park (a beautiful greenhouse) was the perfect spot for their ceremony and reception!

They got ready at the elegant Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. The two of them saw each other for the first time on the 19th floor of the hotel (XIX restaurant), with a lovely view of the city. Rhae wore an absolutely stunning Jenny Packham dress.

Photography: Love By Serena | Event Planning: Stephen STARR Events | Floral Design: Rebecca Redpath | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Stephen STARR Events | Hair & Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates | Calligraphy: Barbara Frantz | Lighting: Eventions Productions | DJ: Cutting Edge Entertainment | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Hotel: Hyatt At The Bellevue | Bridal Boutique: The Wedding Shoppe | Ceremony & Reception: The Horticulture Center At Fairmount Park | Desserts: Brendenbeck's Bakery

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Philadelphia Wedding full of Colorful Florals

The colorful arrangements in this Philly wedding are beyond beautiful. Pure Design gives us peonies + garden roses all perfectly placed in shades of peaches + pink for the prettiest bouquets. And the sweet couple only adds to the cute captures by Emily Wren. Skip on over to the gallery to get a glimpse of the gorgeous.

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Molly & Craig were married on 4/26/14 at the Power Plant Productions Studio in Old City Philadelphia. Before the ceremony we took pictures in Rittenhouse Square Park in Downtown Philadelphia. Molly grew up in Rittenhouse and the park held a lot of meaning to her and her family. After a few minutes there was a quick rain shower and we took shelter in a near by restaurant, Philadelphia’s Parc. Where we got some stunning vintage shots before heading over to the Power Plant studios for some more pictures and the wedding ceremony. Molly is very close with her family and the whole day was overflowing with love. I felt like as a photographer I could see the love everywhere and I think it comes through in these images.

Photography: Emily Wren | Floral Design: Pure Design | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture | Catering: Feast Your Eyes | Ceremony & Reception Location: Power Plant Producitons

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 | Venue: Vesper Boat Club | Getting Ready: 4 Seasons Hotel

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 | Hotel: Ace Conference Center | Ceremony And Reception: Morris Arboretum

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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 | Hotel: Loews Hotel Philadelphia | Venue: Horticulture Center | Hair Wreath/Crown: Sullivan Owen

Chic Center City Wedding with Pops of Purple

A chic city wedding is surely something we celebrate, and this Philly affair is no exception. Papertini’s beautiful bouquets of deep purple calla lilies totally pop against the historic backdrop, as MK Photo captured the newlyweds among their beloved city’s many landmarks. See the pretty details for yourself in the gallery here.

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From MkPhotoChelsea and Stephan wanted their day to represent them as a couple, so making the decisions that were most important to them came easily – mainly, the decision to celebrate their family and friends.

The couple chose Philadelphia for their wedding location, as it had become their home. The wide geographic spread of family and friends also made it as central of a location as any. Chelsea and Stephan shared many of their Philly favorites through restaurant recommendations on their wedding website and welcome bags for guests with the best of Philly’s snacks (TastyKakes were a huge hit!). The chosen venue was Le Meridien Hotel. It was selected for many reasons: classic beauty, central location, and great food and drink options. Great food = happy guests!

Chelsea and Stephan wanted their wedding to be romantic yet chic, with personalized touches to symbolize them and their relationship. The wedding planner, Chrissy Lehman of Truly You Events, turned their ideas and tastes into beautiful decor and ambiance.

The day was absolutely perfect. The guests had a blast, continuing the after party in the hotel lobby until past three in the morning! There were many favorite memories from the day.

“Reflecting on our magical wedding day, we would not have changed a thing. The team of professionals who ensured everything ran smoothly allowed us to relax and enjoy every moment of the day. One regret–we cannot do this every year!”

Photography: MkPhoto | Wedding Planner: Truly You Events | Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones | Wedding Cake: Felix’s Caketeria | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Face The Occasion (Janet Indorf) | Hair: Jason Michaels Salon | Band: Monte Carlo (EBE) | Groom's Attire: Henry A Davidsen | Groomsmen's Attire: Henry A Davidsen | Ceremony Music: Hot Club Philadelphia | Transportation: Global Limousin | Venue: Le Meridien | Bridal Hair Accessory Designer: Sara Gabriel | Engagement & Wedding Ring Designer & Point Of Purchase: Simon G, Purchased At Govberg | Florals: Papertini | Groom’s Cake / Croquembouche: Au Petite Delice | Lighting / Equipment Rentals:: Eventions | Macarons (Escort Cards / Gift): Whipped Bakeshop | Stationary Designer & Point Of Purchase: Chick Invitations | Video: Rosetree Films (David Rosenzweig)

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