Pocono Manor Wedding by The Melideos
October 18, 2011
Mid Atlantic
DIY Inspired

The Melideos. I don't think I've ever heard a more appropriate name for a photographer. These images from a rainy day Poconos Wedding (we can hear our resident Pennsylvanian, Libby, cheering with delight) are just that – sweet as can be and filled with adorable yet totally approachable design. The kind of details that look so effortless yet completely crush-worthy and are sure to bring a smile to your face. And the pretty pops of yellow are the cherry on top of this ode to DIY. Click here for more!

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From the Bride...Flowers, perhaps one of the areas I am most grateful. I almost did away with flowers and had potted plants on the tables to save money, use for our new house as well as an alternative to cutting flowers for them just to die. However, my mom wanted real flowers and I saw a lot of images of flowers I really liked. I read horror stories from other brides about ants and bugs on the table because of potted plants, so I took the plunge and hired a florist. Yes, it was pricey, but I swear I had the best florist in the area. I don't think I'd trust any other because I see the guys at Imaginations in Tannersville as artists and truly unique with their work. They don't even document their work because they refuse to do anything twice! How beautiful is that? I worked with Kim, but the Tims do the arranging. They sat down with me and emailed to see my images of what I liked and combined it all. They came out with amazing flowers that mixed cabbage roses, ranunculas, billy balls with faded greens like lamb's ear and succulents (which were able to be replanted after the wedding-LOVE!)

Our reception location was at The Inn at Pocono Manor. The event coordinator, Paula, is very attentive and easy to work with. For our place cards I made a bunting flag system strung by painted dowels and jute twine. The actual tables were named different states, so that we wouldn't have to number the tables, which I find to be like rating your friends and family. I then made a simple map of the layout so that guests could easily find their state. We used states to name the tables because we have an ongoing tradition of taking a Polaroid together in every state we visit! We have about 20 we've captured over the past 3 years. We traced and cut outlines of each state from maps and glued them to grey and yellow cards. We then placed our Polaroid on the opposite side of each card within photo corner holders so to not destroy the Polaroid.

For favors, we made a rather indie mix CD of music ourselves and printed the labels and sleeves on a regular printer. Then I tied them off with yellow and white baker's twine from an Etsy shop. This was very time-consuming, however I think the music will remind guests of the wedding music because we put on our first dance song, entrance song, and more. Plus, I think it is important for people to hear indie music at some point! Funbags by Rod Thomas is the best music to play while being introduced as Mr. & Mrs.! I loved it and felt like a cute little girl with wind in her hair on a summer day.

We used a wonderful bakery called Cakes and Scones for our cake/cupcakes. Tere and Andy hit the nail on the head. We mostly talked through email and an occasional phone call after our initial meeting because I was living in North Carolina during the planning. I showed them pictures and explained what I wanted and they did their thing and made it wonderful. Besides how cute they came out they tasted amazing and I have a problem looking at the photos now because I always wish I had another cupcake! Also price-wise they were affordable and willing to work with you and your pocket book because they're just good people.

Wedding Photography: The Melideos / Wedding Dress: Forever Yours / Veil: Lovey by Isha / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose via Joielle / Bridesmaid Jewelry: Buy Some Love / Bride's Earrings: Forever 21 / Floral Design: Imaginations / Boutonnieres: Luvlee Bits / Candy: Bulk Foods + Candy Warehouse / Jars: Walmart / 'Sweet' Letters: A.C. Moore / Bunting Cloth Flags + Favors: DIY / Candles: Quick Candles / Twine + Other Items: Etsy / Succulents: Succulents Galore / Paper Goods: The Bride + CatPrint (printing) + Staples (printing programs) / Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: Cakes and Scones Bakery / Cake Topper: DIY + Jaime Mancilla / Venue: The Inn at Pocono Manor