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Multicultural Pennsylvania Wedding at the John James Audobon Center

This beauty is two overly gorgeous wedding ceremonies packed into one oh-so-pretty post. Filled to the brim with meaningful tradition and gorgeous style, every image captured by Ashley Bartoletti is not only beautiful, but also filled with love - making this gallery a must see.

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From Ashley Bartoletti Photography …Hannah and Sohil had a really special wedding that blended cultural elements with personal, unique traditions. The whole event was held at the John James Audobon Center on a perfect day in August. The couple planned two separate ceremonies with different attire for each. The first was a rich and colorful Hindu ceremony held under a pavilion on property, honoring that traditions of Sohil’s family. After an wardrobe change into a classic lace gown and gray suit, a second civil ceremony was held under a beautiful old tree. Personal touches included sharing their own vows and planting a tree. It was important to Hannah, an environmental lawyer, that their wedding be eco-friendly. All the flowers were from a local, sustainable farm. The flowers for the ceremony were reused for the reception and we’re put together by the bridal party. Cocktail hour was held in a barn on property and then guests returned to the open air pavilion to enjoy dinner dance the night away.

Photography: Ashley Bartoletti Photography | Floral Design: Lillies And Lavendar | Dress: Liancarlo | Reception Venue: John James Audobon Center | Hair: Hair By Meghan | DJ: Sound Sensation DJs

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Elegant North Carolina Family Farm Wedding

Ladies and gents, you’ll want to spend some serious time cozying up to this beautiful backyard wedding from Jen Fariello. Because tucked in this gallery are stunning images of a day filled not only with pretty planned by Sheila Motley Events but so much love I can feel it through the screen. With lovely florals from Southern Blooms By Pat’s Floral Designs and a picture perfect cake from Sugarland Bakery, it’s safe to say this wedding is a winner.

From the Bride…Falling in love is hard. But when it happens, it is easy.

That was certainly my experience.

By age 30, I had almost given up on the idea that I would find true love. A loving, trusting, caring, life partner who would challenge and inspire me.

Almost.

No, I didn’t marry my high school sweetheart or one of the many eligible, highly suitable suitors just because the clock was ticking, they looked good on paper, and society told me to do so.

I had all but resided to the notion that I was content and happy being a good, loving daughter, sister(hopefully an aunt one day), god mother to my best friend’s son, and doting mother to my loyal dog, Holly.

Life was good. As good as could be expected if not ever so marginally incomplete.

And then I received a mysterious email. Mysterious might be a bit dramatic.
Let’s simply call it random.

I had been alerted by a women with whom that I had become friends with that she felt compelled to pass my email address along to her son and now feared that perhaps she had over stepped her bounds and done a bad thing.

Thankfully out of embarrassment or boredom, my friend’s son had taken the time and initiative to reach out.

He explained that he was fiercely independent and that his mother had never before inserted herself or meddled in his life and as such he could not help but be intrigued.

From there we began trading slightly flirty emails about life, dogs, and other matters.

Did I mention that I lived in Palm Beach and he lived in New York?

Very quickly our email exchanges blossomed into marathon, all night telephone conversations and I knew that a rare, special someone had appeared on the horizon.

To be blunt, I suggested that he might now have yet another reason to visit Palm Beach.

He replied that he a slightly conflicted relationship with his hometown (who doesn’t) and now had really only one reason to visit Palm Beach and would I like to meet for dinner a Cafe Bolud that Saturday night. To be clear, he asked me to dinner, on a date. Not for drinks, not for coffee, not lunch, not to casually hang out or get together. He was bold and confident if not slightly humble while being refreshingly old fashioned. Let that be a lesson to all you “boys”.

Of course I accepted and from there, it was off to the races! Thank god for JetBlue and even more leg room!

We saw each other every weekend alternating between New York and Palm Beach.

Later that August he asked me to marry him in the wake of a holiday we had taken in Turkey choosing instead to get down on one knee on top of a cupola overlooking Charleston, SC.

Nicholas Sparks couldn’t have penned it better if he tried!

We would be married over a year later on my parents farm outside of Durham, NC. However, my mother had been visualizing if not planning the day since my family moved there from Chapel Hill over twenty years ago.

She would often joke that she was planting in anticipation of the big day when in reality, I was merely 12 and far more interested in horses than boys.

People often talk about their wedding as being one of the happiest and most beautiful days of their life. And thanks to my mother, and my above mentioned best friend who pulled double duty as maid of honor and wedding planner, ours truly was.

The weather was perfect, which I attribute to the bottle of Makers Mark that we buried beneath the alter.

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Floral Design: Southern Blooms By Pat's Floral Designs | Cake: Sugarland Bakery | Catering: BoxCarr Farms | Make Up: Pam Hung | Lighting: The AV Company | Band: Adrian Duke | Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings | Furniture: Beehive Events | Tent: Skyline Tent Company

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Elegant Autumn Wedding At The Mint Museum Of Art

This wedding actually made me well up a little, lovelies. Not only did Creative Events Studio help put together nuptials full of stunning details like softly hued blooms from New Creations Flower Company and a magnificent cake from Cake Expressions By Lisa, but the journey this couple has taken is humbling and inspiring. The Schultzes captured the day beautifully. See it all here.


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From the Bride… I’m a hook, line and sinker when it comes to love. I tear up at every wedding I attend or even just see…Its the hopeless romantic in me. As cliche as it sounds, I feel that everyone deserves to experience a special kind of love at least once in their lives — one that is both ethereal and organic. It’s not forced, it’s just natural and honest. Everyone’s unique love story brings me an immense amount of joy.

My love story began when I was just 16-years-old. The school year had just begun and I was with my friends at lunch when, from the corner of my eye, I noticed an unfamiliar face with black, shaggy hair, sporting a Beatles t-shirt standing by a picnic table nearby. At that moment, my heart spoke to me and insisted he was someone I needed to know. Days later, I ran into a friend of mine who I remembered seeing with the mystery man at lunch. I started describing what he looked like and found out his name was Sean and he had just transferred that year. Sean and I passed one another in the hall and never spoke but always made eye contact. After the year ended I thought about Sean all summer, hoping the following year would be my golden opportunity to officially meet him. When school started back up, I went to my English class and sat down at a desk. Minutes later Sean walked in and took a seat beside me. He turned to me and introduced himself while I barley uttered two words back to him because I was so nervous. As the year went on, I started opening up a little more to Sean. We had inside jokes, shared laughs and paired up for projects. We hung out as friends but anytime we began to get too close, Sean would disappear and stop all communication between us.

After we graduated he moved to Wilmington for college. Time went on and we grew apart. I would visit my friends who attended the same school and at times would see him. I ran into him at a house party once but before I could speak Sean began telling me about some exciting news — he had met a girl. Heartbroken, I promised myself that I would never put myself through that kind of pain again.  Then one night in 2007, I was out at a bar in Charlotte and ran into Sean’s best friend, Andy, who happened to be in town. He pulled me aside and told me he was afraid Sean would end up with this girl that wasn’t right for him. He concluded our conversation saying Sean had admitted  letting me go was one of the biggest mistakes of his life. My heart ached. News of this conversation had gotten back to Sean in less than 24 hours. He knew I knew.

A few months later, I ran into Sean while he was visiting Charlotte and after chatting over cocktails, he told me he was newly single. We parted ways, but Sean made a point to stay in touch with me from that moment on. We talked every night on the phone for hours on end and a couple of months later, he came back to Charlotte for his birthday and we went on our first “real date.” We made it official labor day weekend when I was visiting Sean in Wilmington and in this incredibly emotional juncture, I finally asked “What took you so long?” He told me he had loved me back in high school when he would pass me in the halls before he ever knew my name.

Sean finally decided to move back to Charlotte and after 6 years of clamor and confusion, we were finally a real couple. Sean and I have been in each other’s lives for over a decade. To simply reminisce the days when we were just teenagers and see the tremendous lengths we’ve come over the course of these years is an indescribable journey. I never believed in the design of fate,  but now I live by it.

Photography: The Schultzes | Planner: Creative Events Studio | Cake: Cake Expressions By Lisa | Ceremony Venue: The Mint Museum Of Art - Randolph | Reception Venue: The Mint Museum Of Art - Randolph | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Caterer: Delectables By Holly | DJ: Split Second Sound | Officiant: Rabbi Judith Schindler | Bridal Suite Door Hanger: Roseville Designs Etsy Shop | Bride & Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bride's Dress: Allure | Bride's Garter: Florrie Mitton | CD Favors: MegaSmiles Etsy Shop | Card Trunk: Sgt Peppers Hearts Club Etsy Shop | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians: Dan Hood & Rob Bloisseii | Chair Signs: Merry Me Signs Etsy Shop | Details: Sleepy Poet Antique Mall | Directional Sign: Lizzie And Company Etsy Shop | Florals: New Creations Flower Company | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Michael Kors | Groom & Groomsmen Suspenders: Topman | Groom & Groomsmen Ties: TieObsessed Etsy Shop | Hair/Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne: Be Pretty | Instagram Prints: Inviting You Etsy Shop | Lace Runner: Heritage Lace | Personalized Bridesmaid Dress Hangers: DelovelyDetails Etsy Shop | Personalized Wedding Dress Hanger: LynnClaire Etsy Shop | Photo Booth: Strike-A-Pose | Prints: The Curious Nickel Etsy Shop | Prints: Keep It Fancy Etsy Shop | Prints: August Park Etsy Shop | Prints: By Ive Etsy Shop | Rentals: Party Reflections | Skeleton Keys: Sister Nomad Supplies Etsy Shop | Video: Shamus Coneys | Vintage Books: Invincible Hearts Co. Etsy Shop

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Romantic Spring Wedding at Historic Hotel

I dare you to find a wedding more timelessly elegant than this Maryland “I do.” Set at the historic Antrim 1844, it’s got charm like you wouldn’t believe in a sea of neutral shades, and the gallery from the fabulous Kirsta A. Jones? It’s guaranteed to make your Monday soooo much sweeter.

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From The Bride & Groom…We did our best to make sure all the details of our wedding reflected us as a couple as well as our family history.

It was important for us to find a venue that could host all of our wedding activities since it was the first time our families would be meeting. Our friends and families rented out the adorable houses and stayed on property the entire weekend. We held our rehearsal dinner at the Smokehouse Restaurant Friday night then hosted a Welcome Party for out of town guests after the dinner. It was so special to us to have everyone all together in such an intimate setting.

The dessert table was one of my favorite parts of the wedding! It was a way for us to incorporate several different heritages. Steve’s mom and god mother made all the Greek pastries and Amy’s mom made the mini pecan pies (in honor of her southern roots). Steve’s Aunt, who was born and raised on Smith Island, made the Smith Island cakes (chocolate, coconut and pineapple).

Smith Island is a small island (current population= 364 people) at at the southern-most part of the Eastern Shore and is only accessible by Ferry. Steve always loved going to his Aunt & Uncle’s for any party because they’d always have a Smith Island cake (at least one). The cakes are very laborious. Each layer is baked individually and stacked one on-top of another to create 7 layers stuck together with deliciously rich icing. 7 layers is the “official” sign that it was made on Smith Island….it’s recent popularity has spurred many to bake 8-10 layers but the pros learned over the years that anything over 7 tends to topple over.

Our save the dates, invitations, menu cards, etc had the same design on each of them. Steve incorporated that design and customized the corn hole set for the wedding. The lawn games (Jenga and Ladder Golf) as well as the wedding sign came from Sean Pumphrey.

Photography: Kirsta A. Jones | Flowers: Violet's Florist | Wedding Gown: Tara Keely | Wedding Cake: Gateau Monique | Invitations: Anne Marie Gaines | Rings: Zachary's Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Jessica Tiddes | DJ: AJ Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Antrim 1844 | Lawn Games (Jenga & Ladder Golf): Play With Wood | Wedding Signs: Play With Wood

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