Vintage Glam Philadelphia Wedding
August 12, 2014
Mid Atlantic
VintageIndustrialReligious Institution
From the dress to the venue, decor and beyond, this wedding vintage glamour with a pretty little twist. Think Greek Orthodox ceremony and modern warehouse reception with style nods to decades past. Of course, wedding magic is bound to happen when you've got vendors like PapertiniAnticipate Invitations, and Bredenbeck's Bakery working behind-the-scenes, and Annie Hosfeld captured the gallery you don't want to miss. (Pssst: see the wedding film by Branded Productions below!)
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From the Bride… Josh and I both grew up in the same town in Pennsylvania. We went to the same high school (he was a cool senior and I a dorky freshman). Our career aspirations lead us both to New York City, Josh works in software advertising and I work in fashion. We met by chance at a hometown bar on Thanksgiving Eve. I saw him from across the bar and fell in love instantly, I knew I had to meet him. A mutual friend introduced us and we spent the entire night talking about our love of the city and music. Two years later on September 13th 2012, I came home exhausted from working Fashion Week, to a bouquet of red roses and a note from Josh. In the note, he asked me to meet him at our oak tree in Central Park. This is was where he bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

We had a clear vision of how we wanted the day to look and feel like- a glamorous city wedding with warm, vintage touches. We started looking at venues in New York City, but nothing felt right. So we decided to look in Philadelphia on recommendation from Josh’s sister. It was there that we visited and fell in love with Peche, an industrial warehouse that had been renovated to be a space for events. Peche was once a textile mill then a mayonnaise factory. It was the rich history and a unique space that ultimately made us choose the venue for our reception.

Once we secured our venue, I began the daunting task of sifting through my millions of wedding inspirational images, mostly from stylemepretty! I knew I wanted to bring in elements of my career as well as the interests of Josh. We definitely didn’t want the décor to be too girly, one-sided or specifically themed. Instead we wanted our day to emulate these specific words; glamorous, vintage, modern, industrial, rustic and warm. It was important to us to keep it simple, refined and timeless. We decided on a neutral color palette; whites, creams, ivory and pale blush.

My mom and I took on a number of DIY projects. To incorporate my love of sewing, we collected wooden spools of thread that once belonged to both our grandmas and turned them into the name card holders. I also wanted to use my great grandmother’s singer sewing machine, as it was where I taught myself how to sew. It was the perfect place to display wedding photos of our family. This was so special to me because it was a way to honor both sides of our families.

Josh and I love wine, so we thought this was a great way to introduce a more rustic vibe. We filled large letters with corks from bottles of wine we’ve shared with each other over the years. In addition, we used the leftover corks as table card holders tied with twine. To incorporate the city we love so much, all table cards were different neighborhoods in Manhattan. Josh got really into the décor as well! He even took in the DIY fun by constructing several large chalkboards with his brother- in-law. Josh also came up with the Italian strung chandeliers!

Our wedding was exactly what we envisioned. From the beautiful Greek Orthodox ceremony, that honored my mother and my beloved grandparents to our amazing reception at Peche where the energy was incredible. There were so many highlights at the reception, but the best was everyone enjoying themselves in our slow motion booth!! None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our parents and the support of our extended family and friends as well as our incredible vendors. It was truly a dream come true!