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Modern + Elegant Philadelphia Performing Arts Center Wedding

When you see a wedding with a bouquet of pink peonies and a pair of fabulous Valentino Rock Stud flats, you know it’s going to be a pretty. Add to that winning combination an incredible photographer like MK Photography, and you know it’s going to be very pretty. Complete with a modern and glamorous setting and this sweet couple, it’s one amazing day. See it all in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride… Danny and I met and fell in love at Penn in West Philadelphia. Additionally, I grew up a few miles from the city of brotherly love, so when looking for the ideal geographic location for our wedding, we immediately knew Philadelphia was the city.

We wanted our wedding to be unique, modern and most importantly, fun. The Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Center provided the perfect venue to have a unique and modern wedding in a very accessible urban location. Additionally, the iron-chef caterer for the venue owns multiple famous restaurants in Philadelphia, including two of my groom’s favorite restaurants.

Although we know Philadelphia fairly well, we live in New York so we hired Rebecca Richman to assist us with local vendors. She really helped us put it all together and it is amazing to have someone who has been planning with you the whole time also be there on the day of the wedding.

It was very significant to us to have our wedding photos on Penn Campus and MK Photography captured it beautifully. The LOVE sign on Penn’s campus served as a background of our photos and the design for our cake topper!

For the fun factor of our wedding we made sure there was a large dance floor and hired an exceptional band. Eddie Bruce and his band keep the party going the whole time and no one stopped dancing. During the last hour of dancing, we gave out personalized neon sunglasses, which allowed everyone to show off their goofy-side a little!

Everyone is going to have opinions and every wedding is different, but do not let others tastes or style influence you or your vision. Also, if you are planning from another city, hire a wedding planner in the city/town you are getting married in. It was extremely helpful to have someone local help plan. Additionally, talk to as many people you know who were recently married in that city, it will help you navigate how to choose vendors.

Our “perfect wedding” vision was unique, modern,  and fun (with lots of food, drinks, and dancing)! We tried to incorporate unique details such as our LOVE Cake topper (Symbolic of Philly and Penn), Floral/square table design (very modern to fit the space), personalized sunglasses for our guests!

Our first dance was to LOVE by Nat King Cole.

The most memorable moment for us was walking in as Mr. and Mrs. into a beautiful room of family and friends. And, after the dance party, we left in a memorable sparkler exit and drove around our favorite city to take it all in. It was so meaningful to come back to the city where we fell in love and create a beautiful new memory there.

Photography: mkPhotography | Cinematography: Tweed Productions | Event Planning: Rebecca Richman | Floral Design: Petals Lane | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Shoes: Valentino d'Orsay | Catering: Garces Catering | Makeup: Cheekadee | Band: Eddie Bruce Orchestra | Groom's Attire: Bhambi’s Custom Tailors | Venue: Kimmel Center

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Classically Romantic Bridal Inspiration in Old Town Philadelphia

I’ve been obsessed with BHLDN’s dresses since first sight, and if you throw some vibrant florals into the mix courtesy of Primrose and Company, I’m one very happy camper. This bouquet bursting with pretty pinks has me pondering which pic to print first and Julie Paisley’s photos in Old Town Philly have me dreaming of old world romance. All in all, this shoot is not to be missed; it’s just that good.

From Julie PaisleyClassic and elegant describes this bridal inspiration look. I chose the blush wedding dress from BHLDN to match the tones and texture in the buildings of Old Town, Philadelphia. Primrose and Company designed a bouquet with a pop of color to accentuate the texture in the buildings even more. I didn’t want to go all pastel and I love the richness in the florals. We wanted to keep the classic and Old World feel so we choose a simple hair adornment and hairstyle with a little vintage flare. Add in a black suit and bowtie for our groom and we have a completed look. A little something different, vintage but modern at the same time.

Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Floral Design: Primrose and Company | Wedding Dress: BHLDN

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Gem-Toned Philadelphia Fall Wedding

When photographer Sweetwater Portraits captures a moment like the groom seeing his bride for the first time, you can’t help but get a lump in your throat. This romantic Philadelphia wedding is just the pick me up we needed with every detail carefully thought out with help from La Petite Fleur: Weddings & Events. The gorgeous gem-toned bouquets and seriously stunning cake make this wedding a must-see here.

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From La Petite Fleur: Weddings & EventsFor their fall wedding in downtown Philadelphia, Jessica and Zack sought a juxtaposition of styles—mixing classic elements like calligraphed escort cards with aberrant accents such as varied tablescapes of contemporary floral designs— to create a chic, yet cozy, celebratory retreat.

To set-the-stage for their special day, the couple selected the famed Kimmel Center for its modern architecture, as well as a rich, gem-tone palette (inspired by Pennsylvania’s fall foliage) for its warm, regal character. Both the ceremony and reception took place in the rooftop Hamilton Garden, which sits atop the Perelman Theater and overlooks the entire Kimmel Center complex.

Then, to ensure a happy marriage between their traditional touches and the venue’s modern lines, Jessica and Zack sought the design acumen of La Petite Fleur, weddings & events.

To create a refined, welcoming feel that according to Jessica was “without pretense or stuffiness,” LPF fashioned a layered décor plan. The couple wanted guests to “step-in out of the brisk weather to an elegantly-cozy affair.” With that in mind, LPF incorporated unique blooms with varying textures and hues, vessels of varying materials and shapes, as well as sleek (brushed gold pedestals) and charming accents (birch pole chuppah) to perpetuate the visual interest afforded by juxtaposed perspective.

Jessica carried a garden-style bouquet of warm gem-tone and caramel blooms, including Sahara roses and coral passion calla lilies, astilbe and white Coco Yoko hypericum berries— finished with ivory satin-wrapped stems. Her bridesmaids carried coordinating bouquets of warm gem-tone, textured blooms including coral garden roses, and berries, which radiated against their charcoal dresses.

The contrasting styling approach and rich palette carried through to the ceremony with elaborate aisle décor, as well as to the reception with an unconventional “U-shaped” head table. The progressive floor plan also featured guest tables of varying shapes that boasted three tablescape styles. However, the varied tablescape styles did share specific elements, specifically, gold containers, which infused warmth, as well as garden-style arrangements that all hinted at contemporary construction.

Jessica and Zack even infused their ceremony soundtrack with contrasting characteristics– selecting current songs for a string quartet to perform. Zack processed to Weezer’s “Falling for You;” the bridesmaids, Mumford and Sons’ “I Will Wait;” and Jessica, Ben Folds’ “The Luckiest.”

Then, still with fall in mind, as well as their affinity for ‘Game of Thrones,’ the couple presented guests with mulling cider and hot chocolate favors… for “winter is coming.”

Jessica is a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Zack is finishing his MBA at Wharton, after which he plans to return to a career in private equity. The newlyweds currently reside in Philadelphia, PA.

Photography: Sweetwater Portraits | Videography: James Knightly Films | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lula Kate From Bella Bridesmaids | Hair And Makeup: Duette | Groom's Attire: Martin Greenfield | Ceremony Music: Philadelphia String Quartet | Venue: Kimmel Center | Event Planning And Floral Design: La Petite Fleur, weddings & events | Paper Goods: La Petite Fleur, weddings & events | Reception Band: Franklin Alison Orchestra

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