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Traditional Ballroom Wedding

Without fail, traditional weddings always leave me speechless.  Why?  Because they’re the sort of wedding that perfectly combines glamour + classic stylings and props it up against a majestic setting like the Hyatt at the Bellevue ballroom.  Add in a talented team of vendors that includes the always amazing La Petite Fleur and the talented Philip Gabriel Photography and, well… there are no words.  See it all right here.

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From La Petite Fleur… There’s something to be said for sophistication… it doesn’t trend, nor does it have moments… it is timeless. That said, at a time when weddings are characteristically colorful (pink wedding gowns!) and teaming with trends (the DIY look) – classic styling, like true love, is to be celebrated as unique.

This fall, Courtney and Kevin celebrated their love in a uniquely traditional style – infusing personality through very specific choices, beginning with their palette. This classy couple chose to paint their fall wedding in a rich sherbet palette and to collaborate with La Petite Fleur to design the quintessential downtown ballroom wedding.

The Bellevue glistened with gold and crystal accents at every turn, tables were dressed in pintuck linens, and garden blooms abounded in stunning bouquets; majestic candelabra arrangements atop petal-filled pedestals and sweet swags adorning the “Mr. & Mrs.” seats.

Even the entryway vignette embodied the couple’s unique signature sophisticated style. Blossom to blossom, more than 400 palette-coordinating roses were layered beneath a translucent tabletop to fashion a full floral linen-scape, upon which a gorgeous gold manzanita branch and pomander arrangement stood to greet guests. Then there were the unconventional confections – mini cakes and petite cupcakes – in shades of sherbet that further sweetened the uniqueness of the newlywed’s sophisticated soiree.

Photography: Philip Gabriel Photography | Videography: Allure Films | Cake: Brown Betty Dessert Boutique | Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral Basilica, Saints Peter And Paul | Reception Venue: Hyatt At The Bellevue | Floral & Event Design: La Petite Fleur

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Philadelphia Whiskey Tasting Bridal Shower at The Twisted Tail

It’s a festive day in the good ol’ U S of A, and this whisky tasting bridal shower shoot just seems to be a perfect fit to keep that celebration going. Shot by Jessica Hendrix with gorgeous florals and design from Papertini, this gallery is great way to toast to America today. Cheers! 


From PapertiniThis shoot was a collaboration that arose during a conversation about providing urban foodie brides with inspiration for alternative, unique bridal shower ideas. We immediately glossed over the ideas of overdone themes (ahem, wine tastings), and thought it would be fun to do a whiskey tasting instead. After all, why should whiskey be reserved for men in sport coats with cigars? We wanted to show a group of sophisticated urban women enjoying the brown liquor with class in celebration of their dear friend’s upcoming nuptial.

We connected with The Twisted Tail, located in Old City, Philadelphia. This ultra hip restaurant and bourbon bar has a healthy pork obsession which is reflected in their name, menu, and decor. The two story space, outfitted with unique details such as music sheet wallpaper, barrel hightops, electric guitars on the walls, baby blue leather tufted chairs, and a shuffle board, was the perfect space for a hip unique soiree. The Twisted Tail provided the amazing spread of cheese and finger foods as well as the “whiskey flight tree” where the girls were able to sample different varieties of whiskey. The whiskey tasting score card and beautiful bridal shower invitation was created by Paper Rock Scissors. They also created a keepsake box for the bride which had the bride and groom’s initial wood burned on the top with a copy of the invitation and small whiskey bottle inside to commemorate the theme of the event.

We meticulously brought together all the elements for the favor table, soda table, and main table. The food on the main table were set upon wood slabs and a table runner made from gold doilies. Rather than overwhelming the table with tons of flowers, we went with foliage varieties to let the food and whiskey take center stage. The soda table had strawberry and cream flavors, provided by Foam Floaterie, which we displayed in small glass bottles and labeled with sticker chalkboard labels. For the favor table, we displayed mini whiskey bottles and macaroons to be taken by the guests in kraft milk carton boxes. To reiterate the whiskey theme, we used empty whiskey bottles as candle holders. We took much care in the details such as the whiskey score card board (which we custom made!), scorecard box, signage on the soda and favor table (also custom made in-house), and the “date night book.” Instead of a traditional guest book, we custom created this date night book where guests write their date night recommendations for the couple based on the page theme. We kept the overall color scheme simple with punches of black and gold for the urban sophisticated feel.

Photography: Jessica Hendrix Photography | Floral And Event Design: Papertini | Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors | Hair And Makeup: Ambrozy Makeup + Hair | Desserts: Foam Floaterie | Food And Whiskey: The Twisted Tail | Restaurant And Bar: The Twisted Tail

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Modern-Organic Inspiration Shoot

I like to think we’ve seen all the best moments in wedding design, but once this shoot from Sebesta Design hit our desks all bets were off. From the industrial setting to the mixed textures, geometric accents…and that vine-covered wire installation? Pure genius. SMPers, if the gallery from Redfield Photography is any indication of what’s to come in wedding trends, things are about to get good.

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From Sebesta DesignAs an event designer and florist, I am always scouring the internet for the latest and greatest in design. I realized in my exploration, there were plenty of examples of modern design and plenty of examples of organic design, but few examples of modern and organic design. I wanted to show that modern and organic don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Textures can mix in a way that can be dramatic, romantic and modern.

I am personally drawn to clean, modern aesthetics, but as an event florist I love flowers and how they can bring life to any setting. While at the New York Gift Show I saw these amazing square wire forms that were linked together and used as light display shelving. They are amazing on the wall, but I knew they would be even better suspended over a table and the concept was born.

After describing the design concept and the necessary structural details I needed to pull off the design, I let the photographer, Redfield Photography, find the venue since they know what would work in terms of light and what would photograph the best. Marisa found Maggpie Vintage Rentals and it couldn’t have been a better fit for this inspiration shoot. An old warehouse, filled with fantastic light, hidden hideaways and gorgeous vignettes filled with their inventory it gave us every opportunity to showcase the theme.

Once we chose the venue, I needed to choose a fresh, bold, but still romantic color palette to bring out the details. Soft colors weren’t going to stand out in the vastness of the industrial setting so I chose muted plums, oxblood and antique gold with a light accent of ivory to soften everything.

The reception design focused around the wire structure, which was suspended from the ceiling and embellished with vine. Clusters of flowers were nestled in between the forms to make it look as though they were floating as well. The lower tablescape needed to coordinate with the three dimensional quality of the wire forms so I used a variety of square and rectangular glass vases embellished with gold washi tape that ran down the entire length of the table. I wanted the guests’ eyes to follow the lines up and down the entire design. And the flowers, needed to be both clean, but also textural in order to bring it back to the organic side.

As the idea grew into a full wedding concept I was looking to mirror the geometric accents from the reception in the ceremony setup. I used these amazing pentagon wall pockets that allowed me to bring not only the geometric dimension into play, but also allow me to design my flowers in them as well. And the look was completed with various types of vine “growing” up and around our amazing couple.

Photography: Redfield Photography | Event Design: Sebesta Design | Floral Design: Sebesta Design | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra Via Elizabeth Johns | Cake: Sweet T's Bakeshop | Grooms Attire: Macy's | Hair Styling: Christy McCaffrey Hair Styling | Makeup: Ruthie's Eyes | Models: Kevin Savage And Courtni Rudy Of Model Management Agency, Inc. | Paper Details: Miss Merkle Design | Warehouse: Maggpie Vintage Rentals

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