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Romantic Military Wedding at Villanova University

Dress blues have a way of making me weak in the knees. Military weddings in general do, seeing as my own sweetie has dedicated 10 years of his life serving our country, and I’ve been proud to stand beside him 9 of those years. So when Rachel Pearlman and La Petite Fleur sent this beautiful day our way, complete with a handsome Marine Groom and his glowing Bride, my heart felt as if it doubled in size.

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From Rachel Pearlman PhotographyFollowing a Christmas proposal at Longwood Gardens, Colleen and Nick knew from the start that their wedding would be held at Villanova University’s Chapel – the site where they met – and immediate began to plan for what was one of the sweetest and most romantic weddings I have had the pleasure of photographing. Colleen wanted her wedding day to represent the couples’ love for one another : sweet, simple, and effortlessly romantic. Nick is a Marine, and the couple is stationed in North Carolina, so everything was planned from afar. As a military man, Nick had to travel around the U.S. during their engagement, but that only made their love grow stronger. Skype, frequent airway miles and the pure excitement of being with each other made the time pass quickly. From an emotional father-daughter reveal, to a tear jerking letter reading session prior to the ceremony and lastly, a classic Military Sword exit following the ceremony, their wedding was filled with memorable moments. The bridesmaids wore classic navy, which looked perfect against Marine dress blues and gorgeous Summer blooms designed by La Petite Fleur. Centerpieces were rustic, and contained twigs, bark and wildflowers. The reception venue, Normandy Farms, provided twinkle lights and barn doors that created an intimate ambiance.

From the beautiful Bride…It wasn’t love at first site, nor do either of us remember the first time we met. It was sometime during our freshman year at Villanova University, and over the next few years we shared some of the same friends and always greeted each other in passing. In November of senior year, Nick needed a date for the Navy Ball and because we saw each other more frequently that year, he decided to ask me. We had a wonderful time that night, and Nick asked to take me out to dinner that weekend. I remember getting ready and when I heard the doorbell ring I became so nervous that I asked my two roommates to go to the door and let me know what they think. He showed up with a bouquet of flowers and instantly won their approval.

Nick and I were inseparable as we finished that year at Villanova. After graduation Nick began training with the Marine Corps in Virginia, and I began law school in North Carolina. We filled the time by watching movies over skype, and every weekend that he could Nick would drive four hours down to see me and then four hours back home. I remember one time I was excited about watching a Christmas special on Skype with him, and when the time came he knocked on my door. He drove four hours down to watch the two hour special with me, and then drove four hours home. I remember being so happy and telling him through tears I couldn’t believe he did that for me. He simply responded that he missed me and just wanted to see me smile.

On December 20th, 2011 Nick took me to see the Christmas display at Longwood Gardens which was absolutely breathtaking. At the end of the night, we sat on a bench and marveled at the outdoor lights. It was then that Nick got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I couldn’t be more ecstatic, or more sure as I said yes. Afterwards, he took me to the little Italian restaurant where we had our first date, and I was so happy to see all of our family was there to celebrate with us.

Over the next two years while I finished school in NC, Nick spend time stationed in Florida and Texas. Luckily I was able to find summer internships in these places so that we could spend the summers together. When we were apart, we continued to have date nights where we would watch the same movie and laugh over it on Skype, or make the same recipes and have “dinner together.” It made our time apart pass by, and we had this level of commitment that made me sure we would make it through anything.

We planned all of our Pennsylvania wedding from afar. We knew we wanted to have the wedding at the Villanova University chapel. We picked our May 31st, 2014 date and everything fell into place from there.

Photography: Rachel Pearlman Photography | Floral Design: La Petite Fleur | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: Villanova University | Hair And Makeup: Daneene Jensen

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Urban Elopement Styled Shoot

I’m not one to constantly wish for a wedding re-do (hard to imagine, I know), but if I could do it all over again, this pretty little bundle of elopement inspiration would be IT.  From those gorgeous florals from Blush Floral Design to the beautiful details from Lauren Niles Events to that killer makeup by Amie Decker Beauty.  See it all captured by L Hewitt Photography right here.

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From L Hewitt Photography… This Urban Elopement themed styled shoot at the Four Seasons Baltimore will steal your heart. It is bursting with the little sensory pleasures of fall and tickles the brain with its refined, understated, modern design.

We wanted to push the boundaries of fashion and romance for this shoot. The story follows a modern couple amid the mid-century design of the Four Seasons. They have an intimate breakfast in bed, get ready and travel together to their organic rooftop nupitals overlooking the skyline of Baltimore.

We wanted the groom to be as smartly dressed as the bride. His lush amaranthine velvet coat reminiscent of crushed blackberries at the end of summer. Her silk gown is a touch of traditional glamour, finished with a luxe pailleted wrap.

The florals were designed with the rich, saturated colors of foraged fall. The cake is a refined exercise in simplicity of design and texture, with its marbled, berry scattered surface.

Photography: L Hewitt Photography | Wedding Gown: Amanda Ritchey Bridal | Cake: Yia Yia’s Bakery | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: JCrew | Ring: TJMaxx | Hair: Bang! The Salon | Ceremony And Reception: Four Seasons Baltimore | Clutch: Judith Leiber | Event Planning And Design: Lauren Niles Events | Floral: Blush Floral Design | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Makeup: Maria Cesaris Of Amie Decker Beauty | Tabletop Rentals & Chairs: Party Rental Ltd

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Classic Antrim 1844 Wedding

I love all weddings, from quirky, unusual affairs to hip, modern soirees.  But give me a classic party dripping in romance and I’ll literally light up like a Christmas tree.  Case in point?  This beautiful Antrim 1844 wedding, an ode to all things traditional with stunning blooms from Wicked Willow, an amazing Augusta Jones gown and one moment after another captured by Krista A. Jones.   It’s pure pretty.

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From The Bride…Max and I met in 2006 when I was a senior in high school and he was a freshman in college at Eastern Mennonite University. His college roommate Jeff was dating my best friend, and introduced us. Jeff was a groomsman in the wedding. We dated throughout college, while I was at University of Maryland College Park and he was at Towson University (transferred to play baseball after his freshman year).

Max and I lived with friends in Baltimore after graduating, and he proposed on Memorial day 2013 after spending the day walking around the harbor in Fells Point. We were walking by the water trying to decide where to grab lunch, and Max started acting a little weird, making us do a second lap around the piers, where he got down on one knee and proposed. We went to lunch together in Canton at Mama’s on the Half Shell and then had family and friends over on our roof top deck to celebrate.

We chose the Antrim because of the beautiful gardens, historical property, and ability for all of our guests to stay on site in the various houses throughout the grounds. We loved that we could have the cocktail hour outside in the gardens, the open, natural feeling reception room from the tall glass doors on 3/4 sides, and the fact that we were able to continue the party afterwards on the Antrim grounds. The suites that we used to get ready in were gorgeous, historically decorated, and the Antrim has exemplary service, such as complimentary breakfast delivered to your room every morning. Staying in a guest room at the Antrim is an experience in itself, and we loved that our guests that chose to say could be pampered for the evening.

We really wanted the day to be a celebration with family and friends, and for everyone to have the best time. We wanted it to be an elegant affair, but feel relaxed; Max and I both are more casual and laid back. My dad picked out the band, which we loved because they intermingled with the crowd, singing and dancing with the guests.

My sapphire ring was resized and given to me by my mom for my “Something blue”. My something old was a pearl flowered bracelet from my grandmother. I gave Max his watch the day of the wedding engraved with our wedding date and “You are the best thing”, the title of our first dance song.

Our ring bearers were my two nephews Jake (2 1/2) and Wes (less than 1). Our Junior groomsman was Luke, Max’s nephew (12), and our flower girl was Josie, Max’s neice (less than 1). Apparently when they were walking down the aisle, Jake turned to Luke and said “I look good, don’t I!”

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Florist: Wicked Willow | Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones | Wedding Cake: Kupcakes & Co | Rings: Smyth | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Hair: Azure Salon And Day Spa | Band: Onyx | Bridal Sash: Lucy Bridal Boutique | Cake Topper: AntoArts | Estate: Antrim 1844 | Gown Retailer: Betsy Robinson | Transportation: American Limousines | Veil: Bridal Star

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Romantic Pennsylvania Wedding at Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

This wedding is gorgeous. Plain and simple. The florals from Love ‘n Fresh nearly knocked my socks off, and the images from Emily Wren are so beautiful I could cry. It’s romantic and elegant, yet comfy and intimate - leaving us with a wedding that is layered in love and so much pretty I can barely contain my excitement. See more of this beautiful day here.

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From The Bride…Brendan and I met at a bar almost six years ago in New York City, where we currently live. I was basically a sucker once I heard that Irish accent. We got engaged in Kerry, Ireland, where Brendan is from, and began to plan our wedding in Philadelphia, where I grew up. From the beginning we fell in love with the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center and didn’t even look at any other venues. The greenhouse and reception room are lush and the space looks magical after sundown with all the fairy lights and candles.

I had tried on many dresses and initially thought I wanted something lace and fit and flare- very different from what I decided on in the end. When I put on the Watters dress it just felt so fresh and comfortable and perfect for the venue with its floral pattern. And it had pockets! The dream. I got ready at my childhood home in the suburbs and Brendan and his groomsmen prepped at the Sofitel Hotel in downtown Philadelphia.

Our amazing flowers were designed by Jennie Love at Love ‘n Fresh flowers. I love that she grows all her own local flowers on her farm and creates such unique and breathtaking pieces. I still dream about my bouquet with all its beautiful texture and wonderful scent.

We also loved working with Emily Wren who shot the most gorgeous photos and was so fun and fit in seamlessly with our friends and family. The forecast had been calling for rain all week and then the day turned out perfectly sunny and warm.

We were so lucky to have friends and family coming from all over the world to be with us. It was the best day filled with delicious food, great music and lots and lots of love!

Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Floral Design: Jennie Love From Love ‘n Fresh | Wedding Dress: Watters From Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion | Cake: Aux Petit Delices | Ceremony Venue: Fairmount Park Horticulture Center | Reception Venue: Fairmount Park Horticulture Center | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Stephen Starr Events | Make Up: Beke Beau | Hair: The Salon At Saks Fifth Avenue | DJ: Jon Gill | Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groom Getting Ready: Sofitel Hotel | Rentals (Love Sign): Maggpie Vintage Rentals

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