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Femina Photo + Design + A Discount!

One of the best parts of working here at SMP (aside from the non-stop pretty fest) is getting to introduce our lovely readers to the best of the best wedding vendors. And right now I’m completely smitten with Femina Photo + Design, the Philadelphia based company offering breathtaking photos as well as design services (think invitations + day of paper goods)! Talk about a win-win. 

Made up of two seriously talented ladies, Noelle (the photography guru) and Nicole (the design genius), Femina was founded to bring together their creative talents into one incredible company. Beautifully designing couple’s big days from start to finish, Femina provides their clients with a custom, cohesive look from save the dates through wedding photography — and all with a focus on incredible customer service!

This amazing duo does it all, which is pretty fabulous if I do say so myself! Ready to book the Femina team for your big day? Now’s the time, my dears, because Femina Photo + Design is offering our readers $100 off any complete Wedding Collection! Simply mention SMP in your email inquiry to receive the discount. Happy planning, lovelies!Sponsored-Post

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Elegant Philadelphia Country Club Wedding

The best way to describe this Philly affair? Classic with a twist. A gorgeous, pop of hot pink twist, to be specific. Morrissey Photo captured this wildly elegant labor of love, and just in case you want more we’ve got a WHOLE gallery waiting right here.


From the Bride… The inspiration for our wedding was to really capture the past, present and future and Dave and My life. To really make it about the important and special things in our lives. My mother had my clutch made out of my grandmother’s wedding dress and a brooch she used to wear. My grandmother passed away two years ago so this was really special for me to have a part of her there. I also was wearing her wedding ring. I had all my bridesmaids belts made by one of my vendors who i worked with when i was a buyer. This was a special touch to make their dresses unique and a nod to my job.

All of the flowers were done by my uncle. The flower company has been in my mother’s family for 3 generations now. On the candy table, we brought candy from South Africa and Pittsburgh to share a part of our background. There was a Steeler’s helmet cake for Dave’s love of the team and our cake was made from a friend of ours who is a master pastry chef at the top restaurant in Philadelphia called R2L. The cake stand even came from New Orleans. We had wine brought in from South Africa, and on each table we had wine notes detailing the trip Dave and I took there with my family and about each wine. The men got dressed at the shooting lodge while the women got dressed at my parent’s house. We had our monogram on everything, the menu, seating cards, programs, on the wall and napkins. we also had a little bit of a LOVE theme that was on the ice sculpture, mugs that were the ladies gifts at the end of the night and in the ladies bathroom.

We had an eye chart on our picture table that represented what Dave does for a living.The men’s gift at the end of the night was a small bottle of Amarula which is a sweet South African after dinner drink.There was a cigar bar with Ashton cigar’s. Our special drink came from our favorite speak easy in Philadelphia Dave and I always went to. We named it the Jetty since that is where he proposed to me in Avalon.

Some of my highlighted moments was when the doors to the church opened and I saw Dave for the first time. The time i got to spend at my parent’s house with my bridesmaids getting ready before the wedding. Also reading Dave’s letter on my bed at my parent’s house. Our first dance and seeing all our friends and family on the dance floor together having an amazing time. The speeches were also very special to me since everyone talked about Dave and I before we knew each other and then talked about us when we were together. It was great to hear new stories and old ones.

Photography: Morrissey Photo | Event Planning: Rebecca Richman | Floral Design: Lane And Lenge | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: R2L | Ceremony Venue: Church Of The Redeemer | Reception Venue: Philadelphia Country Club | Hair And Make Up: Jen Bisicchia From Jason Matthews

Romantic Wedding at the Colonial Dames in Philadelphia

Garden meets glam with a little DIY thrown in for good measure – this wedding captured by Redfield Photography is the whole shebang. Tucked inside this beautiful gallery by Redfield Photography is detail after detail of darling personal and elegant touches that will no doubt make your heart melt, so join us in swooning over every moment right here.


From the Bride…My husband and I were married exactly seven-and-a-half years from the day we started dating. College sweethearts, we had achieved so many milestones together: college degrees, first jobs, my graduation from law school and passing the bar, promotions, adopting the most amazing puppy, and the icing on the cake: our engagement and unforgettable wedding.

Once we visited the National Society of the Colonial Dames, we knew it was the perfect venue for our big day. It is an oasis inside center city Philadelphia: the building maintains a rich, historical character and the outside garden transports you away from the chaos of the city. Playing off the gorgeous blue walls of the Colonial Dames’ main room, we chose pale pink and gold for our wedding colors. The theme of our wedding was romantic and elegant: lace, chiffon bridesmaid dresses, lush flowers, simple stationery. We wanted to complement and enhance the character of the space.

While we quickly decided on the general theme of our wedding, many of the details did not come into place until a few weeks before the wedding (I do not recommend, ladies!). Because I am incredibly indecisive, I looked at, without exaggeration, over 250 pages of photographs on Style Me Pretty to achieve our look (along with countless magazines and pinterest pins!). After seeing styles from other real weddings, we decided that we wanted our bridal party to complement one another, but not to look exactly the same. For the maids, each got to choose a different style, short blush chiffon J.crew dress, and wore tan or pale gold shoes. For the groomsmen, each wore their own navy suit, cognac shoes, and a tie with blush and navy. Given the shade of pink, we ultimately purchased more than 30 ties (2 of which were purchased the day before the wedding!) before we were able to find the right colors! For our flowers, I fell in love with gorgeous pink and coral garden bouquets that were featured in a Style Me Pretty spread. We had our florist modify the shades to complement our wedding colors. Already way over budget, we made our own centerpiece vases from gluing together bowls and candlesticks from the Dollar Tree. It cost less than $2.50/centerpiece all said and done!

We also tried to add our own personal touches where possible. I created and printed all of our stationery myself based on a template I fell in love with. Rather than hire a calligraphist, we asked my mother-in-law to address our invitations and escort cards. My mother and I put together welcome bags for our out-of-town guests, which included my husband’s and my favorite snacks. For an alternative guest book, I cut paper hearts for our guests to sign (which will later be framed and displayed when we buy our first home). Our wedding favors were homemade cupcakes using a special recipe from my husband’s late-nana. To ensure our beloved pup was part of our day, we also had a friend create large cardboard cut outs of his adorable face that our guests used in the Photo Booth. Last, with the help of my mother-in-law, I had a handkerchief in my husband’s clan’s tartan made with the hope that our children and our children’s children will each carry it on their own wedding day.

Overall, our day was filled with so much love and happiness. We had just shy of 100 guests: our most important people. It was a priority of ours to have an intimate day. Our ceremony was held in the back garden and included classical music that was beautifully performed by the Philadelphia String Quartet. Although very nerve-wracking, we recited our own vows before we exchanged rings and officially became Mr. and Mrs. Wanting to maximize use of the outdoor space, the cocktail hour was also held in the garden. Despite the chill in the air, our guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres that showcased a compromise between my husband and my culinary tastes: comfort and foodie. Our caterer, J. Scott Catering, did an impeccable job in creating and executing the amazing bites and ensuring the day ran smoothly. Following a delicious dinner, we and our guests danced the night away.

I believe our photos really capture the love we share with each other and our family and friends. We could not have asked for a more perfect day!

Photography: Redfield Photography | Floral Design: Elegant Stems | Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridals (Style 898) | Cake: Bredenbeck's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: National Society Of The Colonial Dames | Reception Venue: National Society Of The Colonial Dames | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: J. Scott Catering | DJ: Ambiance DJs | Grooms Attire: J.Crew | Ceremony Music: Philadelphia String Quartet | Accomodations: Doubletree By Hilton | Bride's Jewelry: Nadri | Bride's Wedding Rings: Barksy Diamonds | Groom's Wedding Ring: Custom Jewelry By Johan | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Giorgio On Pine

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