Philadelphia Wedding by Amanda Kraft
May 18, 2010
Mid Atlantic

We are doing one gorgeous real wedding after the next today. And this next one, kind of defines the word gorgeous. Sent to us by the fabulous Amanda Kraft, this wedding is ALL about understated elegance. And chic style. And just plain fabulousness. Especially the sex in the city style shot that Amanda snapped of the bridesmaids. There really are no words. Click here to see the full wedding.

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Chris and I first met in college through one of our mutual friends. I, the serious, preppy girl with big dreams, he the city boy with a contagious sense of humor. We developed a strong friendship in college. I moved to NYC to follow my dreams and he from city to city to follow his. Our close friendship developed into a love greater than most. He taught me to be more spontaneous and for that I am grateful. I taught him to be more cautious and for that he is not. :) Almost 10 years later Chris is still my best friend and now husband.

We both have lived in multiple cities and now settled in Los Angeles with our yorkie and mini socialite, Ella. Chris and I thought the best place to have our wedding was in the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. Coincidentally we both grew up there and my mom would be there to help us with, well......everything. :)

Our inspiration mostly came from Style Me Pretty and other style blogs, swooning over each and every creative mind that illustrated his/her vision so perfectly. Since we lived so far away, we wanted our wedding to feel like one big dinner party where we could truly spend time with each and every guest. We found the perfect venue, an old estate outside of Philadelphia that felt warm and refreshing and would be the canvas to our vintage/chic feel. I loved the idea that this was once someone's home and it felt as though we were entertaining in ours. The fireplaces gave the night a familiar warmth and the dimly lit library a fantastic place for conversation and laughter amongst friends/family. I wanted to juxtapose the bold elegance of the estate with a whimsical romantic feel surrounded by candle light and the simplicity of all white flowers.

Our photographer, Amanda Kraft completely got our vision from the start. Having only had met her on the day of the wedding, we just clicked and she was really able to capture our happiness and love for one another. Her talent is amazing and personality is truly contagious. She was our sanity throughout the day.

We wanted to make sure our guests were able to notice our personal touches. We used that as a window into our lives together including our affinity for music and all things sweet. :) Chris and I hand stamped everything from programs to place cards. We illustrated our mutual love for music with custom stamped CDs including our favorite playlist. As a surprise for Chris, my mom put together a vintage candy bar display for guests to enjoy. Our dog Ella, although she couldn't make it in person, joined us on our wedding cake as a cake topper and we had our guests sign a coffee table book of vintage LA photos.

Vendors: Photography by Amanda Kraft / Music by Janis Knowlan Band / Flowers by Poppy Florist / Dress by Ramona Kaveza / Tux by Calvin Klein / Feather Hair Piece by MJ Trimmings Bridal Salon / Venue: Aldie Mansion