Call me predictable but I love a backyard wedding, all thanks to Father of the Bride. And when the backyard is this grand, it’s my favorite way to start the day. Susan Beard Design captured a day so beautiful, I’ll be spending my day right here in the gallery!

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From the stunning bride…  Jen and Brian met at Georgetown University in the Fall of 2004 (Brian a sophomore, Jen a Freshman)! They began officially dating in April of 2005 so hit the 8 year mark prior to their June 8th wedding! On May 26th, 2013 Brian got down on one knee during a bike trip over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California! They continued on the trip celebrating at vineyards all over Sonoma and Napa Valley. Jen is a Buyer at Bloomingdale’s and Brian is an Associate Investment Banker at Credit Suisse. They currently live together in the West Village of New York City.

Jen cannot imagine a more wonderful place to grow up than in her 100 year old stone home (know as Colmar) in the mainline of Philadelphia. As fate may have it, Brian’s grandmother lives just ten minutes from Jen’s family and so the area became a popular destination for the couple to spend time with the family and take a break from busy city life. Growing up with two sisters, The Donohoe family home was always buzzing with girls running around the 3 acre estate which include a pool and tennis court. Whether it was a fashion show, a pool party, a game of dress up, tag or tennis, the last three decades flooded this home with wonderful memories of a loving, happy family and childhood. Jen and Brian found themselves lucky to be given the opportunity to not only share with their loved ones such a beautiful place that has been so special to them both but to make their first memory as husband and wife in a place that so clearly embodies the spirit of love and family. As the pictures clearly indicate it was no doubt the happiest day of both Jen and Brian’s life.

The backyard is filled with beautiful, formal gardens inspiring an elegant garden party theme. Envisioned as a romantic and lush garden-chic affair, combining casual garden elements (such as wooden farm tables in the tented dinner) with formal details such as silver vases, draped tenting and hanging chandeliers. The black tie optional dress code injected formality to the concept of a backyard wedding. The evening began with cocktails around the pool and gardens followed by a seated dinner and dancing on the family’s tented tennis court.

Photography: Susan Beard Design | Videographer: Blossom Productions | Wedding Planner: I DO Wedding Consulting | Floral Design: TableArt | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Invitations: Loveleigh Invitations | Catering: Feastivities | Lighting: Eventions Productions | Band: Starlight Orchestra | Tent: Eventquip | Hair & Make Up: Aleksandra Ambrozy Makeup and Hair Artistry