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Romantic Candlelit Autumn Wedding

When it came their big day, these longtime loves wanted the focus on family. From their courtyard first look to the family photos filling frames, every moment held meaning. Oleander Floral & Events planned a masterpiece overflowing with lush opulence and seasonal fare, while Lauren Fair filled gallery with images reminiscent of a Golden Age painting.

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From the beautiful Bride…Joe and I were married on November 15, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, PA. Our reception was at HollyHedge Estate in New Hope, PA.

Joe is originally from California, but I grew up in New Jersey – about 15 minutes away from the wedding site. After we started dating, it immediately became a tradition for us to visit New Hope whenever we came to visit my parents for wine tastings and walks down by the Delaware River.

When we first met with our floral & events designer, Oleander Floral & Events, my mother and I immediately knew that Cynthia was the only person for the job. The goal for the reception was for the entry way to look like a Dutch Master’s painting, and for the reception to feel like a celebratory European hunting banquet – lush, opulent, elegant. We wanted to play into the venue’s history – it was founded in the early 1700s, and the original stone barn where we had our cocktail hour is a beautiful piece of history and architecture. Cynthia hit it out of the park – our guests literally gasped when they entered the reception space to pick up their escort cards (which were boxes of 2 flavors of locally made truffles – yum!).

Lauren & Tim of Lauren Fair Photography captured nothing of short absolute magic with their cameras – from the “first look” in the old courtyard, to the stunning images from the field behind HollyHedge, to the structural beauty of the church – our wedding would not have been the same without them. They quite simply are unparalleled in their skills and talents, and they are amazing people who felt more like friends than wedding photographers.

It was very important for our fall wedding to be seasonal without being a cliche. One of the ways we wanted to do this was through food- from pumpkin & pear soup, to butternut squash ravioli, to our pumpkin spice & cream cheese wedding cake with sugared apples. We relied heavily on candle & fire light as well, which added a warm atmosphere to the entire space.

When we discussing the planning of our wedding, both Joe and I felt strongly about doing a “first look.” Initially, Joe was against the idea – but he realized that it would mean being able to enjoy cocktail hour and would let us be present for all our wedding events (versus missing cocktails to take photographs). Participating in cocktail hour was a priority for us, because we wanted to maximize time with our guests, half of whom had flown across the country to celebrate with the two of us. We didn’t want to be absent – it’s hard enough on your wedding day to spend time with everyone took part without missing part of the reception. Looking back, neither of us would change a thing. Having a “first look” allowed us to get nervous energy out before the ceremony. It also gave us time alone (with Lauren & Tim) to take the time to appreciate one another, and also allowed all of our wedding party to enjoy the entire day. One of Joe’s concerns with doing pictures before the ceremony was that he wouldn’t get the same impact when the doors opened and my dad walked me down the aisle. He told me afterward that nothing could have prepared him for that moment – despite being together for a few hours before church, he said he was overcome with emotion when I appeared at the doorway and he felt like he’d never seen me before. The look on his face is something I’ll never forget – it was the best moment of my life.

Joe and I met and started dating in 2011. I work as a television producer in New York City, and he’s getting a PhD from Cornell University in Biomedical Engineering – to say that we are opposites would be an understatement! I’m convinced that two people have never laughed so hard or loved as deeply as we have. Our first dance was “Come Rain or Come Shine,” by Ray Charles.

The day of the wedding started with the bridesmaids, my mother, and me getting ready in the bridal suite at HollyHedge. My bridesmaids & matron of honor are my 4 best friends from undergrad – we all met the first week of college freshman year at Bucknell University. The women wore J.Crew bridesmaids dresses with Ross Simons ruby & pearl-drop earrings with camel colored cashmere wraps to keep out the November chill. My dress was a Rivini bridal gown, and I covered myself with my grandmother’s white mink stole (she had recently passed and we were very close).

Family touches played a large role in our wedding day. Joe used his late father’s band as his wedding ring, and I used my grandmother’s wedding band as mine. The sixpence in my shoe was the same one that my mother used at her wedding, and we hand-painted the frames which held family photographs on the shelves surrounding the bar in the old barn. Additionally, my “something blue” was a custom label with the date in my wedding gown, and my “something borrowed” was a pair of pearl and white topaz earrings that are my mother’s.

The incorporation of family elements and feelings of warm intimacy were incredibly important to Joe and me – for us, the wedding was just as much about celebrating the love we have for our family and friends as it was about celebrating our marriage.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Floral Design: Oleander Floral & Events | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: HollyHedge Estate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Make-Up: Kimberly Felicetta | Hair: Crystal & Company | DJ: Synergetic Sounds & Lighting | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Catering & Cake: HollyHedge Estate | Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Elegant Ensembles (String Trio) | Escort Cards/Favors: Tom Sciascia | Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew (Pocket Squares & Ties) | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse (Calvin Klein) | Wedding Dress & Accessories: Exquisite Bride

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Elegant Maryland Countryside Wedding

Quite possible the cutest love story ever, what started as playdates eventually blossomed into a proposal, and the wedding that followed was destined for greatness. With a focus on family, Amelia Johnson Photography captured every darling detail, while Monachetti Weddings filmed every love filled moment below!


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From the beautiful Bride… Nick and I joke that it was destiny that brought us together, but years of admiration, respect and friendship that made us a perfect match. Our mothers had known each other since kindergarten, were college roommates and in each other’s weddings. Nick and I had known each other our entire lives but rarely lived in the same area. It was not until high school that we became good friends, joking that we’d get married if we were not married by the time we were 28. We both went to college at Virginia Tech, and made time to hang out with each other.

Fast forward to after graduation, we were both single and blazing our own trails in our careers. We started to spend more time with each other, and before we knew it we were inseparable. I kept our relationship a secret at the beginning, afraid I’d spoil a close family friendship, but once I let my parents know they were thrilled! Two years later, Nick proposed on top of a mountain, at sunset, on a mountain in Spain. We came back to so much love and support from our families, and friends that have known both of us our entire lives. We knew our wedding had to be a celebration of all the love and support we felt.

When we first started planning our wedding, Nick and I were not sure if we wanted a sleek urban celebration that was more my aesthetic, or something more rustic for Nick. We did know, however, that we wanted a place where we could be surrounded by all our friends and family. My now-husband Nick, my mom, sisters, dad and even my brothers traveled around Northern Virginia, DC and southern Maryland before my mom and I finally drove up to Stone Manor and knew it was “the place.” Between the rolling hills, gorgeous historic house and big tent, we knew we’d found the perfect place for Nick and I to say “I do.”

It is a family tradition for the bride to carry something of her mother’s on her wedding day. My mother generously offered her wedding dress to be cut up and wrapped into my bouquet, but I could not take the shears to it! So, I cut the tulle under the skirt of the dress into long streamers and had my incredibly talented florist tie it in to my bouquet. This inspired her to also ties beautiful streaming ribbons into the bridesmaids bouquets as well. It was a gorgeous homage to my mom.

My father cut out all the wooden signs, and helped me stain and assemble them. I came home diligently the weeks before the wedding and painted each sign using my favorite fonts (I was very particular about the graphic design of the day!). I love printed goods and the excitement of opening up a letter, and wanted my guests to feel the same, so we hand cut-out all the invitation liners and bands, and used vintage stamps that referenced architecture, Washington, DC, Virginia, and the outdoors that referenced our interests and life. We had multiple craft days where my mom, sisters, mother in law and bridesmaids came over and painted table numbers, glued moss onto foam-core letters that formed the signage over the dessert table, and tied tags on to the Tabasco favors. My mother tied hundreds of ribbons on programs and even made the arrangement on the flower girl’s pillow (whose father had carried at my parent’s wedding), and my mother-in-law made white and grey striped pillow covers for the lawn chairs. My aunt and grandmother even embroidered all the initials on the bridesmaids’s getting-ready shirts. The biggest DIY’s were the large initials above our siblings-only “Cool Kid’s Table,” and the table assignment target. I had Nick out on our apartment balcony cutting the wood for the target while I was inside staining and gluing moss on it. It was quite an endeavor, but I was thrilled with how it turned out!

The best advice I received was to be true to myself and Nick. While planning our wedding, I received so much advice and so many opinions. I knew they all came from a good place, but I realized I had to make decisions that reflected who Nick and I are as a couple. At the time it was tough, but after the wedding we received so much positive feedback from our family and friends and we knew each part was true to us.

The photo that truly resonates with me is of Nick and I holding hands, my veil about to fly off, walking back to the party. We were so excited to be married, and to get back to our celebration and the people that were there for us, you can see the joy in our eyes! We could not be more overjoyed that we found such a phenomenal photographer to capture our day and be with us.

Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Videography: Monachetti Weddings | Floral Design: Studio Florals by Lisa Bertolino | Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridals (Style 967) | Stationery: Invitations By Dawn | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Carriage House Inn Catering | DJ: DJ Lauren Bobby | Groom's Attire: Macy's Bar III Slim Cut Suit | Bridal Gown Shop: Love Couture Bridal | Cake & Desserts: Main Street Sweets | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Stone Manor Country Club | Earrings: Ben Amun Spire Earrings From BHLDN | Groom's Tie: Calvin Klein | Groom's Watch: Baume and Mercier | Macarons: The Sweet Lobby | Photography - Assistance: Momoko Photography | Veil: Erica Elizabeth Perfect Fingertip Blusher Veil

Elegant Spring Wedding at The Inn at Warner Hall

Forget coffee - this Southern plantation celebration is just what we need to kick the morning off right. Set at a historic venue with a dash of modern style, it’s every bit as charming as you’d imagine. Michael and Carina captured every bit of beauty and Herrinton Weddings didn’t miss a beat. Start your day off on the right foot here.

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From Michael And Carina Photography… We are so excited to share this classic Southern Plantation wedding with you. Kim and Brian’s elegant spring wedding stood out to us because of all the thoughtful details and the sweet and classic atmosphere. The historic feel and the subtle elegance are a match made in heaven.

Kim looked like a princess in her Jenny Packham dress standing under the big tree at their outdoor ceremony. These two are more than just lovers. They are friends; friends that share an adventurous spirit that has led them around the world together. From North Carolina, to the jungles of Africa… culminating in a breathtaking, elegant wedding in the quiet of rural Gloucester County. They picked the perfect venue in Virginia to celebrate the day that their families would finally come together. And we really had a wonderful team of vendors working together! The video lovingly put together by the Herrintons tells their story beautifully.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcakes | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: The Inn At Warner Hall | Hair And Makeup: Gumption By Meggie | DJ: Dj On The Side | Mens Attire: Jos.A. Bank | Officiant: Marlys Rixey | Assistance: Meagan Abell | Bridal Salon: Riziks | Cake Designer: Courthouse Cake Company | Cinema: Herrinton Weddings | Dress Designer: Jenny Packham | Film Development: Richard Photo Lab | Florals: Williamsburg Floral | Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo | Venue: Inn At Warner Hall

Spring Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

With Spring right around the corner, I couldn’t help but stop and swoon over this adorable e-sesh. Nothing says Spring quite like freshly-bloomed cherry blossom trees, and this Philadelphia engagement session is simply picture-perfect! Ashley Bartoletti Photography was there to capture every moment of it, and has me dreaming of even more Spring loveliness in the full gallery right here.


From the photographer…I loved working with Christina and David on their engagement session – they are so much fun! David and Christina chose to have their session at The Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park, which was absolutely gorgeous and brimming with spring blooms. Their fun personalities and love for each other is evident in every shot. After we walked around The Horticultural Center for a while we went up to Belmont Plateau to capture a few shots with the beautiful Philadelphia skyline.

Photography: Ashley Bartoletti Photography

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