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Vintage Emerald Wedding

This wedding is really, really easy to love.  It’s super sweet (see: the adorable duo saying “I do”), it’s filled with awesome DIY details (hello, hot cocoa favors) and, let’s face it, the beautiful emerald green color palette really puts me in the holiday mood.  Get your cheer on in the full gallery captured by MkPhoto. It’s all kinds of awesome. 

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From The Bride…Michael and I met through mutual friends and we really hit it off, because I work at the Ski Bum [apparel and gear shop] in Newark, Delaware and we both love to snowboard!

I was the one who actually asked Michael out, asking if he wanted to hang out after work one day. I remember being really nervous because I wasn’t sure if it was a date or what we should do – drinks, coffee, dinner? But as soon as he showed up, I was immediately relaxed because he made me laugh right away. Next we found out we both love mexican food and went to Santa Fe [restaurant] right down Main St. [in Newark]. It is still our weekly date night spot!

I knew pretty early on that someday I would marry Michael: we had an immediate connection. It was something I had never experienced before and the way he could make me laugh and how much fun we had- I just knew we were meant to be! We got an apartment together in North East, MD and an awesome rescue dog, Bo-Bo. A year later we bought a townhouse together and obviously needed another dog… not really, but we got one anyway! So we rescued Rusty.

After a long three years of happiness and pestering, Michael proposed on June 2, 2013. It was very sweet; he asked me to go downstairs and get the iPad from the kitchen. When I went to get it, he had left a message on the screen made out of refrigerator magnet letters, asking me to marry him! Then, shyly, Michael and our two goofy dogs awkwardly raced down the stairs, and he got down on one knee! I said yes and was overwhelmed by the gorgeous ring he designed all by himself!

Even before Michael proposed I was wedding planning! Having worked with mkPhoto for a short while and being completely obsessed with all the fun and beautiful details that make up weddings I was just too excited! Since I have some insider experience in weddings, I knew a few things right away: I didn’t want a ‘traditional’ ballroom space, I WANTED snow, I wanted good food and a huge dance party! Also for better or worse Pinterest is a great planning tool and I went to work, pinning and sorting through all the wedding craziness. Loving skiing and snowboarding and ski ‘culture’, I started to plan this party with a ‘winter wonderland’/ski lodge coziness theme. I’m from the Kennett Square area and I went on a hunt for a rustic/ski lodge-y location and found the perfect fit in the Gables of Chadds Ford. They had just created a beautiful outdoor garden space and the party space! It was rustic with exposed wood beams and christmas lights- it was perfect!

Next I set to work on all my DIY.  I was an art major in college and love doing crafts- even when they don’t come out perfect. I knitted the groom and groomsmen’s bow ties and pocket squares, I made all the favors (hot cocoa and marshmallows), I embroidered the Mr. and Mrs. signs and helped make the flag garlands that dressed up the ‘party’ room. As well as all my DIY projects, I had a lace piece of my late grandma’s dress- the same dress she wore to my parents wedding- attached to the back of my dress to honor her. I also wore for some photos and the ceremony my mother’s fur coat that my dad had given her as an engagement present.

I don’t know what the ‘most’ memorable moment of the night was but a few definitely stand out:

– When Michael and I saw each other as my dad was walking me down the aisle- even though we had done a reveal and already seen each other- that was a big moment.
– During the ceremony PJ (my best friend’s little brother and officiant) asked Michael to repeat a line when giving me my ring and Michael tripped over his words which made everyone laugh!
– Seeing my 92-year-old grandmother crying while giving Michael a hug and welcoming him to the family.
– Lastly, but certainly not least, my 16-year-old cousin Sammy dancing in my mom’s fur coat… funniest thing EVER!!

I have to say planning a wedding is way more work then I ever expected and I’m so thankful for all the love and support I received when the day finally came! There were definitely times the stress was so much I wasn’t sure if I would make it! I absolutely chose the best bridal party to keep me calm and the best vendors that helped make everything work and go off without a hitch! I’m so super thankful!

Photography: MkPhoto | Reception Location:: The Gables At Chadds Ford | Reception Venue: The Gables At Chadds Ford | Bride's Shoes:: EleHandmade On Etsy | Bride Gown:: Vera Wang From David's Bridal | Bride's Earings: Parisienne Girl On Etsy | Bride's Maids Dresses:: Donna Morgan | Groom's Suit: : Jos. A. Bank | Groom's Watch: : Nixon | Grooms Shoes: : Converse - Fresh Colors | Photo Location:: Springhouse Antiques

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Rustic Elegance at Sweetwater Farm

This darling duo? They’ve got a sweet and generous kind of love, easily spotted in Ciro Photography‘s touching imagery of their fall fete. With a goal of finding a welcoming, serene setting to share that joyous love with their nearest and dearest, they stumbled on Sweetwater Farm, and then they packed it with personal touches to boot. Cozy up to the gallery for more!

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From the beautiful Bride…When we started planning our dream wedding we envisioned a weekend surrounded by our loved ones in a beautiful, serene setting. The hardest part of the journey was finding a venue that was ours, inviting, and could truly set the tone for our vision. The moment we stepped onto the grounds at Sweetwater Farm we knew it was everything we had dreamed of. It painted the perfect canvas for our fall wedding between the barn, the main house and all of the individual details in the rooms. There were even a couple of horses and a sheep to fulfill the rural feel.

We wanted to personalize every part of the wedding, our attempt to reciprocate the love and support that our guests have given us over the years. On the wedding day itself we added special details like placing pictures all around the reception. These pictures were memories of loved ones who had touched our lives along the way but couldn’t be there with us and of family marriages who inspire us daily. We created a romantic and warm feeling by placing small floral arrangements and mason jars filled with candles throughout the wedding venue. The ceremony was topped off with a beautiful chuppah that was draped with a lace top and floral touches. Lastly, we worked with our caterer to find amazing farm tables and mixed china to complete our look. All the hard work and organization made our big day all the more special, concluding with a bang with a final sparkler exit at the end of the wedding night!

The dream of our wedding day transformed into a whole weekend celebration as we filled the bed and breakfast with all of our family and friends for two nights. The day itself was the most picturesque fall day a bride could dream of… November and 65 degrees outside in Pennsylvania! The most memorable part of the my day was walking arm in arm with my mother and father through all of our loved ones and seeing Brian waiting for me under the chuppah. The day was truly a dream come true!

Photography: Ciro Photography | Floral Design: Love ‘n Fresh Flowers | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Invitations: Jillian Yee-Pham | Shoes: Saint Laurent | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: 12th St Catering | Hair And Makeup: Julio Angel Hair Studio | DJ: White Label DJs | Groom's Attire: Jcrew | Ceremony Music: Vogue Music Events | Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals | Venue: Sweetwater Farm

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Intimate Winter Wedding at City Hall

I love this duo.  I love that they planned an intimate city hall wedding, with just five of their nearest and dearest on hand to celebrate.  I love that they rushed out into the snow post-nuptials and then headed to a sweet reception at home.  But most of all I love just how very, very happy they seem to be.  It’s a love that brings a smile to your face and you can see it all captured by Tina Jay Photography right here.

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From Tina Jay Photography… I had the most delightful time celebrating with Catherine and Luke during their city hall wedding. They contacted me about two weeks before their wedding, and I was so glad I was available! No one besides their immediate family knew they were getting married, so it was such an exciting time! They were married the day before Thanksgiving in 2014. Their wedding was the definition of a winter wonderland – we got the first snow of the season on their wedding day, and everything looked so breathtakingly magical outside. A beautiful blanket of snow covered the area, with the largest, fluffiest snowflakes falling as this sweet couple was wed.

There were only seven people total present (including the bride and groom!), so it was such an intimate, emotional affair. Catherine and Luke had their First Look in her parents’ home, and it was such a beautiful moment. Catherine’s dad played hymns on the guitar during this time, and the most beautiful music flooded the house as they saw each other on their wedding day for the first time. We headed outside into the snow for some portraits, and the photos are some of my favorite that I’ve captured to date!

We headed to the city hall for their wedding, where family members were skyped in to be “present.”  It was a beautiful ceremony, after which we all headed back to Catherine’s parents’ house for some food, cake and champagne. Presents were opened, and dancing in the kitchen commenced! Later, Catherine and Luke exited her parent’s house as husband and wife, to a sparkler exit in the snow. It was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve been a part of, I was so happy to be there!

Details I loved: Her dress, found at White House Black Market, and her white wool coat, found at Loft. I also loved the red jewelry box she used to hold her rings, it was her grandma’s jewelry box. They decorated her parent’s dining room in the most delightful way, I loved the set up!

Photography: Tina Jay Photography | Wedding Dress: White House Black Market | Bakery: Emmaus Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Coopersburg City Hall | Reception: Private Residence | White Wool Coat: The Loft

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Bow Ties & Bubbly Wedding Soiree

As a self-described wedding show junkie (and, oh, am I ever), I can’t wait for the Bow Ties & Bubbly wedding soiree on January 3rd.  Because when it comes to a day of serious inspiration, Bow Ties & Bubbly has IT.  Think an elegant gathering of the Annapolis area’s finest vendors with crazy cool classes + seminars, yummy food, bubbly and beer.

The Bow Ties & Bubbly wedding soiree isn’t just any bridal show.  It’s a sophisticated + fun soiree that that will inspire you every step of the way.  Pick up your fabulous welcome bag from Marigold & Grey, then mix and mingle in the breathtaking waterfront venues known as the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club while snacking on tasty sliders and sipping on a special bubbly recipe from Kruse & Vieira.  Want to get your craft on?  Register for Intrigue’s floral crown class… or find your inner dance diva with dance lessons from the Annapolis Dance Academy.  And after you are finished with the Lemon and Lime planning lessons, take your hubby-to-be the bow tying seminar from Capital Custom Clothier and then soak in Lauren Niles’ classic coastal theme in the breezeway.  Talk about the perfect way to spend a Saturday.

Can’t wait to register for a day of awesome?  I know, neither can we.   Head on over to the Bow Ties & Bubbly website to buy tickets and get ready for an afternoon of non-stop inspiration and a whole lot of pretty!

Photography: Mike B Photography | Photography: Krista A. Jones | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo

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