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See Why This Wedding Wins the Award for Most Unique Venue, Ever

When it comes to unique venues, we’re confident in proclaiming that this stunning celebration takes the cake. Because honestly, when you choose a greenhouse inspired Horticulture Center as your space, you’re guaranteed uniquely you results. Complete with the majorly talented Mary Dougherty Photography behind the lens capturing it all, we’ve got it waiting in The Vault!

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Spring
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Outdoor
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Modern

From The Bride…After getting engaged, I was excited to start wedding planning but wasn’t sure where to begin. I had no idea what I wanted for the color scheme, decor, venue or any of the major elements that go into a wedding. So after many bridal magazines, and hours spent on Pinterest and Style Me Pretty I finally began to create a vision for our wedding.

Sean and I started by touring wedding venues in Philadelphia. We are both from Maryland but have called Philly home for the past 4 years and knew it was the perfect place. It was an easy decision for us to book the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. We loved the outdoor feel of the greenhouse venue and how magical it looked at night with all the hanging lights and candles. A huge plus for us was that their exclusive caterer was Starr Events, since we were familiar with their numerous restaurants around Philadelphia.

Sean and I found Uncommon Events through a recommendation at our Venue and are so happy we did. We used them for planning, design & floral decor. Their creative vision and planning helped to create such an amazing day. I was blown away by the flowers and decor and seeing all the ideas we had come to life. They did such a fantastic job.

Since we were getting married in April, we knew the weather would be unpredictable. We ended up getting really lucky with it raining in the morning then suddenly clearing up right before heading outside to do pictures. The cherry blossoms outside the Horticulture Center also bloomed earlier than normal so we had a gorgeous background for our pictures.

From the beginning of our day getting ready at the Monaco to ending the night with a packed dance floor (thanks to our band!) our wedding was like a dream and one of the best days of our lives. It was absolutely perfect and we’re so thankful that Mary Dougherty and Cinemacake were able to capture all of these memories in such an amazing way!

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Photography: Mary Dougherty Photography | Cinematography: CinemaCake Filmmakers | Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell | Cake: Whipped Bakeshop | Invitations: The Papery of Philadelphia | Catering: Stephen STARR Events | Hair + Makeup: Duette | Band: Eric Nicolas & One Love | Groom's Attire: Boyd Philadelphia | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Philadelphia City Hall | Bridal Boutique: The Wedding Shoppe in Wayne | Event Planning, Floral Design + Design: Uncommon Events | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Forget Gold – This Wedding Proves Silver is Just As Pretty

You first met our girl Abby Silverman and her beau Tom for their Pittsburgh engagement session, and today we’re peeking into their modern ballroom wedding infused with shades of silver. Abby drew her inspiration through countless trips to The Vault and made certain every last detail was styled, chic and personal to them. Check out Michaelwill Photography’s pretty captures and scroll below for more ideas to add a touch of silver to your wedding day.

From The Bride… Tom (the hubby) and I met at Syracuse University in 2008 (almost eight years to the day we tied the knot). Tom, was an graduating senior and I was a outgoing sophomore. Needless to say, when we first met, the idea of getting married was well… not on our minds. However after eight years, countless miles of long distance driving and several apartments between us, we made it official!

Never have I ever felt so prepared and so unprepared for what was ahead of me. However, someone asked me recently what I would change and I couldn’t think of a thing! Sure, there were hiccups along the way, but nothing else mattered when I saw Tom for the first time and I walked down the aisle with my dad (to Kisses and Cake from P.S. I Love You).

Tom and I were very lucky! We had the support of our incredible friends, family and a team of AMAZING vendors who helped to take our idea’s and make them a wedding-bliss reality. Choosing the right team (and I mean it, they are your team) is so important. Getting married in a hotel ballroom has its challenges, but with the help of Hens and Chicks decorating the space to perfection with succulents, peonies, earl gray roses and countless other blooms and Michael Will capturing every moment, it was nothing short of breathtaking.

Some words of advice from a former bride to future brides: Enjoy every moment! Even if that’s spray painting Ikea picture frames silver and realizing you only ordered enough for seven tables (we had 15 tables). Things happen and what really matters is in that moment of chaos appreciate how special and momentous it all is – because seriously – it’s over in a flash … but totally worth the extra car ride to Ikea.

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Spring

Photography: Michaelwill Photography | Floral Design: Hens And Chicks | Invitations: Fourteen-Forty | Wedding Dress: Wtoo Brides | Hair Accessories: Jennifer Behr | Venue: Hotel Monaco – Pittsburgh | Linens + Rentals: Lendable Linens | Photo Booth: Pittsburgh Digital Photo Booths | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop | Hair: Studio Booth | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Catering: Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh | Meal Choice Stamps: Blossom Stamps | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS | Robes: Roberta Roller Rabbit | Makeup: Brittany Leshan | Dress Alterations: Sew Elegant | Cookie Favor Bags: Mavora

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This is the Classic Wedding of Every Bride’s Dreams

It’s not often you find a hotel ballroom with clean lines and modern décor, but Lauren and Sean transformed the space, mixing the hotel’s contemporary style with their love of nature through fresh blooms and vines to give it a vineyard feel. And to incorporate the Bride’s love of horses, lucky horseshoes from her beloved horse were scattered amongst the various floral displays. See all the pretty details (including the Bride’s beautiful hairdo from True Beauty Marks), captured by Emily Wren Photography and Squareware Studios, in The Vault!

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Fall
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ChurchHotel
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Classic

From Emily Wren PhotographyLauren & Sean were married in Philadelphia on a beautiful September day in 2015. They tied the knot at Old Saint Joseph’s – one of the oldest churches in Philadelphia, located in the Old City section and filled with old world charm. We then strolled down the winding cobblestone streets and brick row homes of Headhouse Square for some portraits that captured some of Philadelphia’s historic character.

They kicked off the wedding reception at Hotel Monaco, with cocktail hour on the rooftop bar, and reception in the main ballroom to follow. Lauren & Sean are both outdoorsy people; Lauren dedicated to riding her horse and Sean to surfing. They brought this love of nature to their decor, mixing the hotel’s modern touches with fresh blooms and vines which recalled the feel of a classic vineyard. To top it off, lucky horseshoes from Lauren’s beloved horse were scattered amongst the various floral displays.

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Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Cinematography: Squareware Studios | Event Planning: Confetti And Co | Floral Design: Love N' Fresh Flowers | Invitations: Cheer Dry Goods | Stationery: Cheer Dry Goods | Make Up: Aleksandra Ambrozy Makeup and Hair Artistry | Hair: True Beauty Marks | Venue: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia | Paper: Cheer Dry Goods | Rentals: Maggpie Rentals

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