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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 | 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 | Florals: Papertini | 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 | 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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eat.sleep.wear’s Philadelphia Engagement Session

You know her as the voice behind eat.sleep.wear, but today Kimberly is gracing the pages of SMP as a glowing bride-to-be. Along with her handsome beau, she hit the streets of Philly for an engagement sesh with Alison Conklin, and the result is a pretty + playful nod to their upcoming destination nuptials. Let the wedding planning begin!

From Alison Conklin Photography… These are engagement photos of Kimberly and Blake. Kimberly is the force behind the very popular blog Eat Sleep Wear. Her and Blake live in LA, California but are from the Philadelphia area. For their engagement session we ran around the streets of Philly hitting some of their favorite spots. They held pineapples in their photos because they are getting married in Hawaii in May of 2015.

From the Bride-to-be… Philadelphia will always be a city near and dear to my heart. And the funny thing is that I would have never guessed how I would meet my fiancé. A born and raised Philly girl, I spent about 12 years living in the city and working multiple graphic design jobs before starting my fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog. It was a journey that took me to NYC to live my dreams in the fashion world. One of those jobs in Philadelphia was for an agency where I would meet a guy named Blake. We exchanged a few emails about 5 years ago and the only connection between us were our mutual best friends.

Fast forward to 2012 when our mutual best friends got married in Philadelphia. I was living in NYC, Blake was living in San Diego. On a day filled with such love and joy for beautiful friend, I found a connection with my long lost acquaintance from my Philly days. A few months after the wedding, I invited Blake on a whim to come spend New Years Eve with me in NYC. Not expecting him to say yes at all. “Sure! When should I fly out?”

After many flights shared between NYC and San Diego, I found myself moving across the country to be with this man I loved so much. 9 months later… we were engaged

Philadelphia means so much to us both. I knew I wanted to come back for our engagement session. I also knew that no one else but Alison Conklin would shoot those photos. Her eye for catching beautiful light, and laughter between two people is something that has resonated with me for quite some time. I quickly called Alison and begged her to be part of our wedding!

I wanted some special places to my time in Philadelphia to be incorporated into the shoot. We started in Old City which boasted old cobble stone streets, unique doorways, and old world charm. I spent so much time in the green parks when I lived in the city so we made a stop at Washington Square Park to sit on the benches. Our final stop was at some of my favorite tile mosaics in the city. Philly based artist Isaiah Zagar creates mosaic murals all over the city and it makes the streets truly sparkle. It was the perfect backdrop to get silly with a bunch of pineapples. Maybe my pineapple are hinting to the location of my wedding. Can you guess?!

We had the best day running through memories of our past, but also, creating new ones in the city we love so much.

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography

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Traditional Ballroom Wedding

Without fail, traditional weddings always leave me speechless.  Why?  Because they’re the sort of wedding that perfectly combines glamour + classic stylings and props it up against a majestic setting like the Hyatt at the Bellevue ballroom.  Add in a talented team of vendors that includes the always amazing La Petite Fleur and the talented Philip Gabriel Photography and, well… there are no words.  See it all right here.

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From La Petite Fleur… There’s something to be said for sophistication… it doesn’t trend, nor does it have moments… it is timeless. That said, at a time when weddings are characteristically colorful (pink wedding gowns!) and teaming with trends (the DIY look) – classic styling, like true love, is to be celebrated as unique.

This fall, Courtney and Kevin celebrated their love in a uniquely traditional style – infusing personality through very specific choices, beginning with their palette. This classy couple chose to paint their fall wedding in a rich sherbet palette and to collaborate with La Petite Fleur to design the quintessential downtown ballroom wedding.

The Bellevue glistened with gold and crystal accents at every turn, tables were dressed in pintuck linens, and garden blooms abounded in stunning bouquets; majestic candelabra arrangements atop petal-filled pedestals and sweet swags adorning the “Mr. & Mrs.” seats.

Even the entryway vignette embodied the couple’s unique signature sophisticated style. Blossom to blossom, more than 400 palette-coordinating roses were layered beneath a translucent tabletop to fashion a full floral linen-scape, upon which a gorgeous gold manzanita branch and pomander arrangement stood to greet guests. Then there were the unconventional confections – mini cakes and petite cupcakes – in shades of sherbet that further sweetened the uniqueness of the newlywed’s sophisticated soiree.

Photography: Philip Gabriel Photography | Videography: Allure Films | Cake: Brown Betty Dessert Boutique | Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral Basilica, Saints Peter And Paul | Reception Venue: Hyatt At The Bellevue | Floral & Event Design: La Petite Fleur

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Philadelphia Whiskey Tasting Bridal Shower at The Twisted Tail

It’s a festive day in the good ol’ U S of A, and this whisky tasting bridal shower shoot just seems to be a perfect fit to keep that celebration going. Shot by Jessica Hendrix with gorgeous florals and design from Papertini, this gallery is great way to toast to America today. Cheers! 


From PapertiniThis shoot was a collaboration that arose during a conversation about providing urban foodie brides with inspiration for alternative, unique bridal shower ideas. We immediately glossed over the ideas of overdone themes (ahem, wine tastings), and thought it would be fun to do a whiskey tasting instead. After all, why should whiskey be reserved for men in sport coats with cigars? We wanted to show a group of sophisticated urban women enjoying the brown liquor with class in celebration of their dear friend’s upcoming nuptial.

We connected with The Twisted Tail, located in Old City, Philadelphia. This ultra hip restaurant and bourbon bar has a healthy pork obsession which is reflected in their name, menu, and decor. The two story space, outfitted with unique details such as music sheet wallpaper, barrel hightops, electric guitars on the walls, baby blue leather tufted chairs, and a shuffle board, was the perfect space for a hip unique soiree. The Twisted Tail provided the amazing spread of cheese and finger foods as well as the “whiskey flight tree” where the girls were able to sample different varieties of whiskey. The whiskey tasting score card and beautiful bridal shower invitation was created by Paper Rock Scissors. They also created a keepsake box for the bride which had the bride and groom’s initial wood burned on the top with a copy of the invitation and small whiskey bottle inside to commemorate the theme of the event.

We meticulously brought together all the elements for the favor table, soda table, and main table. The food on the main table were set upon wood slabs and a table runner made from gold doilies. Rather than overwhelming the table with tons of flowers, we went with foliage varieties to let the food and whiskey take center stage. The soda table had strawberry and cream flavors, provided by Foam Floaterie, which we displayed in small glass bottles and labeled with sticker chalkboard labels. For the favor table, we displayed mini whiskey bottles and macaroons to be taken by the guests in kraft milk carton boxes. To reiterate the whiskey theme, we used empty whiskey bottles as candle holders. We took much care in the details such as the whiskey score card board (which we custom made!), scorecard box, signage on the soda and favor table (also custom made in-house), and the “date night book.” Instead of a traditional guest book, we custom created this date night book where guests write their date night recommendations for the couple based on the page theme. We kept the overall color scheme simple with punches of black and gold for the urban sophisticated feel.

Photography: Jessica Hendrix Photography | Floral And Event Design: Papertini | Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors | Hair And Makeup: Ambrozy Makeup + Hair | Desserts: Foam Floaterie | Food And Whiskey: The Twisted Tail | Restaurant And Bar: The Twisted Tail

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