Once upon a time, there lived a bride with a love of Shakespeare and a dream for a wedding full of romance and whimsy. With her sights set on the Philadelphia Horticulture Center as the venue, for its overwhelming greens and playful atmosphere, she planned and prepped all the pretty details. More beautiful than she ever imagined, BG Productions Photography captured each magical moment… and they lived happily ever after in the gallery right here.
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From The Bride…Josh and I are both professors in Montreal, he studies film and I study poetry and literature. As a young professor of literature, I have always loved Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I reveled in the forest imagery, the mythical creatures, Titania, the queen of the fairies, and the general sense of whimsy and playfulness in the language and scenery. When I got engaged, I knew I didn’t want to have a wedding in a hotel or associated with anything corporate, but rather, we wanted to capture that atmospheric magic and forest playfulness. We chose the greenhouse at the Horticulture Center because it was breathtaking, it overwhelmed the senses with its aromas and intense array of greens, and teh white industrial ironwork of the greenhouse looked spectacular. Our colors were mint green, coral, and yellow. We did a lot of the design details ourselves including making the menus, creating the wedding ceremony programs with poetry by ee cummings, WB Yeats, Kahlil Gibran, 150 handmade origami boxes with chocolates in them, stuffed burlap bags with Caladium bulbs paired with wildflower seeds, etc. I asked my bridesmaids too buy the vera lace yellow dress from Anthropologie, it was under $100 and I knew they could use it again. I also asked them to buy any pair of mint green heels and whatever jewelery I wanted. I bought a pair of Ivanka Trump mint green heels myself with Kate Spade mint green earrings. To continue with the woodland fairy theme, I wore a baby’s breath wreath and our flowers were mostly wildflower filler (solidago, thistle, etc). The greenhouse was so lush that we only needed floral accents. The centerpieces were either mason jars with flowers, a lantern, and candles OR a large center wreath with flowers spilling over the edge and three candles. The men wore gray suits, brown shoes, black suspenders, and yellow gold bowties.
Josh and I wrote our own vows, we had a friend marry us, and we had other friends read poetry during the ceremony. We talk about our partnership, our love for travel and adventure, but mostly our deep connection to each other.
Photography: BG Productions Photography And Videography | Floral Design: Amaranth Flowers | Wedding Dress: Sposabella | Wedding Cake: Elegance Cafe | Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie (Vera Lace Dress) | Catering: Stephen STARR Events | Ceremony Music: Siena Strings | Hair Wreath/Crown: Sullivan Owen | Hotel: Loews Hotel Philadelphia | Venue: Horticulture Center
I’m coining this day Organic Garden Fairy Tale Magic… it’s absolute ethereal beauty, with the most delicate touches of whimsy. The loveliest of floral crowns, itsy-bitsy flower girls in garden green that will make you melt, paper cranes floating about and so much more. I promise you, Joey Kennedy will surely steal your heart with his gorgeous captures.
From the beautiful Bride… When we began planning our wedding, Patrick and I wanted to create a beautiful but relaxed day focused on celebrating our love with our families and closest friends. We wrote our own ceremony, selecting readings, songs and traditions that reflected who we are as a couple and where we come from. The entire day was saturated with personal touches and hand-made details with an overall organic, vintage feel. With the help of a family friend who did our calligraphy we created our own wedding invitations. I spent months collecting vintage china and brass candlesticks for the reception. We were very lucky to have our talented friend and chef create a beautiful meal for our guests, served by the most amazing crew who made our reception seamless. We designed and created all the floral arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres and crowns with the help of our family on the morning before the wedding. Other projects included our paper mache table numbers and oversized initials, favors, custom match-boxes for our sparkler exit, our dessert table ribbon back-drop, paper crane ceremony backdrop, and our pressed-leaf escort cards hung from gold tree branches. But the most amazing personal touch that I will treasure forever was my talented mother who designed and hand made my wedding gown using mostly antique fabrics that belonged to by grandmother. She also hand made the bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses and groomsmen ties. It was a labor of love, and it made the whole experience of being a bride so very special for me.
We were very happy with our venue choices for our day. We let the beauty of the Walled Garden in Mellon Park shine on its own, and the Pittsburgh Opera, a renovated Westinghouse air-brake factory with an industrial feel, gave us a blank slate for us to create our dream reception. The few vendors that we did use were wonderful, with the whole day captured by the extremely talented Joey Kennedy.
Photography: Joey Kennedy Photography | Invitations: Judy Tamagno | Ceremony Venue: Mellon Park Walled Garden | Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Opera | Catering: Chef Kevin Klingensmith | Hair: Metamorphosis Salon | Calligraphy: Judy Tamagno | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Makeup: Rachael Ryan Makeup
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A chic city wedding is surely something we celebrate, and this Philly affair is no exception. Papertini’s beautiful bouquets of deep purple calla lilies totally pop against the historic backdrop, as MK Photo captured the newlyweds among their beloved city’s many landmarks. See the pretty details for yourself in the gallery here.
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…Chelsea and Stephan wanted their day to represent them as a couple, so making the decisions that were most important to them came easily – mainly, the decision to celebrate their family and friends.
The couple chose Philadelphia for their wedding location, as it had become their home. The wide geographic spread of family and friends also made it as central of a location as any. Chelsea and Stephan shared many of their Philly favorites through restaurant recommendations on their wedding website and welcome bags for guests with the best of Philly’s snacks (TastyKakes were a huge hit!). The chosen venue was Le Meridien Hotel. It was selected for many reasons: classic beauty, central location, and great food and drink options. Great food = happy guests!
Chelsea and Stephan wanted their wedding to be romantic yet chic, with personalized touches to symbolize them and their relationship. The wedding planner, Chrissy Lehman of Truly You Events, turned their ideas and tastes into beautiful decor and ambiance.
The day was absolutely perfect. The guests had a blast, continuing the after party in the hotel lobby until past three in the morning! There were many favorite memories from the day.
“Reflecting on our magical wedding day, we would not have changed a thing. The team of professionals who ensured everything ran smoothly allowed us to relax and enjoy every moment of the day. One regret–we cannot do this every year!”
Photography: MkPhoto | Wedding Planner: Truly You Events | Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones | Wedding Cake: Felix’s Caketeria | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair: Jason Michaels Salon | Band: Monte Carlo (EBE) | Groom's Attire: Henry A Davidsen | Groomsmen's Attire: Henry A Davidsen | Ceremony Music: Hot Club Philadelphia | Bridal Hair Accessory Designer: Sara Gabriel | Engagement & Wedding Ring Designer & Point Of Purchase: Simon G, Purchased At Govberg | Florals: Papertini | Groom’s Cake / Croquembouche: Au Petite Delice | Lighting / Equipment Rentals:: Eventions | Macarons (Escort Cards / Gift): Whipped Bakeshop | Makeup: Face The Occasion (Janet Indorf) | Stationary Designer & Point Of Purchase: Chick Invitations | Transportation: Global Limousin | Venue: Le Meridien | Video: Rosetree Films (David Rosenzweig)
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