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Elegant Gatsby Wedding Inspiration at Cairnwood Estate

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” and while I perfectly agree, I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. Lucky for us, we have this Fitzgerald-inspired shoot by Ashley Bartoletti, bursting with beautiful blooms in rich purples and pinks. Capturing the whimsy of Gatsby, with a refined color palette and a touch of metallic, we get to indulge in a bit of 1920’s #tbt a day early – see every rose, sparkle and festive cocktail in the Vault right this way!

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From Ashley Bartoletti… A 1920’s/Gatsby styled shoot at a historic estate in the Philadelphia suburbs. This shoot features a gorgeous metallic color scheme with accents of black and jewel tones, lush, whimsical florals, vintage plates and tableware, and art deco inspired paper goods – with a cake to match.

Photography: Ashley Bartoletti | Event Planning: Something Blu | Floral Design: Belovely | Stationery: Carissa Katz | Makeup: Make Me Glam | Hair: Up Your Do | Venue: Cairnwood Estate | Vintage Rentals: Elegant Event Settings

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Rustic + Vintage-Inspired Pennsylvania Farm Wedding

This beauty from Readyluck is not your average wedding—it’s full of personal touches and handmade details that represent the Bride and Groom to a T. The craft brewing Groom made all the beer for the wedding while his graphic designer Bride designed and screen-printed all of the paper goods. Add in charming DIY projects from friends and family, and you have the perfect farm wedding. See it all here.

 

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From The Bride…I envisioned our wedding to be a farm-style wedding with rustic and vintage elements, set out in the Pennsylvania farm country. I wanted it to be an intimate and relaxed day for our guests, where they would get to experience a day in our relationship. Erich and I are both creatives, I design a collection of printed goods called Toddy and Jude, and Erich is a craft brewer. Therefore, it was important to us to be able to personalize our wedding by having a little more freedom with choosing our vendors. One of the reasons we went with Lauxmont farms was because they allowed us that freedom. Also, the view of the Susquehanna river and the farmland from the top of the hill when you pull up to the Rotunda not only took our breath away, but reminded us of Sonoma, CA. We booked our venue right before we moved to California, and liked that we could share the feel of the place we were going to live with our family and friends.

The palette I focused on was a broad range of soft earthy tones. For my bridesmaids dresses, I had them wear a dusty rose color to sit back with the vintage theme. For the floral design, I chose wild flowers that are more subtle in color, such as lavender, and sage colored greens to pair with peach and blush toned flowers.

Since we moved to the west coast soon after we began planning, we ended up directing a lot of DIY projects, while our east coast friends and family executed them. A special shout out goes to my mother-in-law, a crafting genius. I gave her project after project, and she executed every one of them perfectly! She made the trellis Erich and I were married under out of vintage doors she had found years earlier. She also made us a moss covered frame that we put our guests’ table numbers on. I designed our invitations, and Erich and I screen printed each one in California. I also did the illustration for the menu header and the ‘thank you’ gifts. Erich, who is now the Brewmaster at Magnify Brewing Co in Fairfield, NJ, made all of the beer for the wedding. I also did all of the coordinating, and my bridesmaids helped decorate and style the tables the day of.

It’s hard to choose one moment. One of my favorite moments during our ceremony happened when we were exchanging our vows, and a flock of birds flew above us. It was like someone had released them at the perfect time, and of course Lindsay got the shot! My second favorite moment was when everyone came together and helped move our beautifully set farm tables inside due to some inclement weather. I feel like at most weddings people tend to stick within certain crowds, and this was the perfect way for people to work together and meet. Also, Erich’s best man who is a comedian in NYC, wrote an amazing speech that had everyone crying with laughter.
I wanted the flowers to be a mix of wildflowers to pair with our rustic farm theme. I chose white bouquets for my ladies to contrast with their dusty rose dresses. For my bouquet, I wanted a mix of soft blush colors, sage colored greens, and some lavender. Erich and his men wore lavender and rosemary, knotted with twine. Laura at Lauxmont did an amazing job of curating the flowers in vintage bottles for the tables, and I loved all of our bouquets.

I found my dress in a little shop called Bijou near my hometown of Havertown, PA. The dress had arrived in June (the day before I tried it on!) and was part of the fall 2014 line. I had gotten there just in the nick of time, because the lead time was 10 months, and I had a year left. I thought I was going to wear a more casual dress, but once I tried this dress on, I knew I had to have it. I felt like royalty, and I barely had to accessorize because it had a built in necklace around the collar and a lot of embellished hand work.

Erich and I are foodies. Cooking is our favorite past time by far, so the food served at the wedding was one of the most important things to us. Before we moved to San Francisco, we lived in Brooklyn, and met our caterer Ashley at a home brew event Erich was serving beer at. We chose Fat Beagle because they specialize in upscale Southern comfort food, and BBQ is one of our favorite things to eat. For our cake, we went with Wendi from Eat Sweet Treats. She made us a three tiered cake with both carrot cake and coconut cake tiers. For the cake, we wanted a rustic texture and a simple adornment of blush colored flowers, topped off with some miniature gold horses I spray painted gold.

For our favors, Erich wrote a recipe for a pork meat rub. His mom made the rub, and put them in little mason jars with my illustration on top that read, “This little piggy says thanks!”

Do what feels right for you and your fiancé. It is really challenging to please everyone, and at the end of they day, the people who attend your wedding will love whatever you pull together because they love you!

Photography: Lindsay Hite / Readyluck | Event Design: Betsy Kohr | Floral Design: Laura Kohr | Cake: Eat Sweet Treats | Ring: Shop Filigree | Catering: The Fat Beagle | DJ: DJ John / Lovesick | Officiant: Susan Edwards / The Lily and the Rose | Venue: Lauxmont Farms | Bridal Boutique: Bijou Bridal

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Vintage Inspired Annapolis Wedding

When a beautiful planner bride (hello, 2Hands Studios) marries her childhood sweetheart, magical things happen.  Magical things like lush, romantic blooms crafted by Cache Fleur, a breathtaking reception filled with golden glitter and some seriously sweet moments captured by Natalie Franke.  See them all in the full gallery, then stay awhile in The Vault for even more vintage inspired pretty.

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From Natalie Franke… Adriana and Kevin have been together since childhood. Their love story so beautifully intertwined that both of their families celebrated this day with joyful tears and beaming smiles. I absolutely loved the moment when Adriana put on her dress, the bridal party portraits at the State House, and seeing her wedding day vision come to life. The incredible team at 2hands studios, where Adriana is an extraordinary planner, came together to make this wedding one of the best I’ve ever experienced!

From the Bride… The theme to our wedding is an elegant garden feel. Soft, romantic, timeless, with pops of our personality and family. Sea foam is the color we selected, because it is relaxing and reminds us of the water. Kevin proposed on a dock!

I wanted something a little fun but not too extreme. We incorporated little touches of family with photos of each married sibling, parent and grandparent on the patio, Kevin’s grandmothers broach on my bouquet, my grandmothers jewelry, and some of our families favorite foods. My bouquet is also wrapped in my mothers veil.

Photography: Natalie Franke | Cinematography: Drawn To The Image | Event Planning: 2Hands Studios | Floral Design: Cache Fleur | Wedding Dress: Bridals by Elena | Cake: Cakes by Rachael | Invitations: 2Hands Studios | Ceremony Venue: St. John Neumann Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Historic Inns of Annapolis | Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil | DJ: DJ KRock | Transportation: Extraordinar Limousine | Photography - Assistance: Madison Short Photography | Photography - Assistance: Kate Ann Photo | Rentals: Rentals to Remember | Vintage Decor & Furniture: 2Hands Studios

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Mint + Gold Vintage Chic Wedding

When you can really, truly tell how grateful a bride is to have you at her wedding, well, it warms my heart more than any blooming bouquet or gorgeous gown. And this beyond beautiful Bride radiates that warmth, personalizing every menu card for every single guest. Michaelwill Photography captured every bit of this summer celebration and I’m left not only feeling inspired by their style but also jealous that I’m not one of this couple’s lucky friends and family. See more special touches right this way!

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From the Bride… Choosing our mountaintop venue was an easy decision after we took a second look at our guest list and realized more than half the guests were flatlanders from Ohio. The Historic Summit Inn was the perfect location to have our romantic and soft, minty vintage garden wedding (as much as I tried not to have a theme, that is how I would put it into words!). My grandparents celebrated their wedding there almost 64 years ago to the day – and they were both very excited to recreate some memories with us that day.

My hometown in Uniontown, PA is at the foothill of the beginning ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. Our venue is right at the top and has the most breathtaking view of my little town. I was also so excited to have some of our photos taken at Kentuck Knob, just outside of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous homes. One of my favorite memories of the day is walking up to the area with the view of mountains all around us and one of my bridesmaids breaking out into song, singing “The Hills are alive … with the sound of music…”

We mixed the ideas of vintage (our historic venue, my new dress resembling a dress from an earlier time period, my grandmother’s wedding rings, my dad’s favorite old cars), with a romantic and soft garden feel (our flowers, drink signs at the bar, farm tables as our head table and succulent trays) – I really tried to throw a unique wedding, unlike anything I had attended before. Our earthy yet classy color palette was spring pastels lead by the girls’ mint dresses and accented with gold. My mom owns an artificial flower shop in town and slaved over all the reception centerpieces and décor for months leading up to the wedding. She claims I was one of her toughest customers! We were so lucky to have found florist Lauren, from The Farmers Daughter who coordinated the stunning live bouquets to go with my mom’s designs.

While my mom worked on the florals, I was busy designing all of the paper products for the big day. I love graphic design and most definitely lost sleep about deciding which fonts would look best to brand our programs, invites, welcome boxes, map, escort cards and other wedding signage. One of my favorite wedding details was the name cards I personalized for all of the guests. Each guest found their seat by seeing their name on the menu card at their table—I wrote notes like “Love your dress, Mindi!” if she was a fashionista or “Hope you enjoy the wine selection, Tom,” if he was a wine lover. So many guests came up to me that night and couldn’t believe I took the time to do that and think of notes that would make each guest feel special. I loved hearing that – making each guest feel welcome and special was my goal! It was a long drive or flight for most of our guests to get to my hometown; they deserved it.

My other favorite detail was our cake topper. I work in journalism and have a love for paper. My husband really liked the traditional “people” cake topper so I was able to find an Etsy origami artist to create a customized paper cake topper of us. The details matching my dress and his suit and boutonniere were astounding – I will have them on display in our new house very soon!

Having an exciting drink menu (of course with fun drink signs) was another detail that was very important to us. I created a “Her Something Blue(berry)” Signature Drink and also had several specialty drinks, including a Mountain Mule (I was able to find a place to rent Moscow Mule mugs!). My husband is a craft beer fan, so we went beer tasting for months to find the perfect brewery’s selections to share with our guests. The winner? Erie Brewing Company! We also had my aunt and uncle’s local PA winery, Greendance, provide the wine.

I was so worried I’d cry through the vows or walking down the aisle (which I didn’t, only giant smiles) – nobody warned me about the crying that would take place during the first look with my dad or during the sweetest Best Man speech I’d ever heard! I just kept blinking to attempt to take mental photos and make memories I hope to never forget. Thank goodness I found Michael Will Photography to capture those moments in such an artsy way!

Photography: Michaelwill Photography | Cinematography: AGinc Productions | Floral Design: The Farmer's Daughter | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Ceremony Venue: St John The Evangelist Church | Reception Venue: Historic Summit Inn Resort | Rings: Abby's Gold & Gems | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Alexa Crosby | DJ: The Goody Two Shoes | Centerpieces: Pepperberries | Portrait Location: Kentuck Knob | Rentals: All Occassions

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