Mint + Gold Vintage Chic Wedding
August 24, 2015
Mid Atlantic
VintageReligious InstitutionHotels + Resorts Weddings

When you can really, truly tell how grateful a bride is to have you at her wedding, well, it warms my heart more than any blooming bouquet or gorgeous gown. And this beyond beautiful Bride radiates that warmth, personalizing every menu card for every single guest. Michaelwill Photography captured every bit of this summer celebration and I'm left not only feeling inspired by their style but also jealous that I'm not one of this couple's lucky friends and family. See more special touches right this way!

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From the Bride... Choosing our mountaintop venue was an easy decision after we took a second look at our guest list and realized more than half the guests were flatlanders from Ohio. The Historic Summit Inn was the perfect location to have our romantic and soft, minty vintage garden wedding (as much as I tried not to have a theme, that is how I would put it into words!). My grandparents celebrated their wedding there almost 64 years ago to the day - and they were both very excited to recreate some memories with us that day.

My hometown in Uniontown, PA is at the foothill of the beginning ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. Our venue is right at the top and has the most breathtaking view of my little town. I was also so excited to have some of our photos taken at Kentuck Knob, just outside of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous homes. One of my favorite memories of the day is walking up to the area with the view of mountains all around us and one of my bridesmaids breaking out into song, singing “The Hills are alive ... with the sound of music…”

We mixed the ideas of vintage (our historic venue, my new dress resembling a dress from an earlier time period, my grandmother’s wedding rings, my dad’s favorite old cars), with a romantic and soft garden feel (our flowers, drink signs at the bar, farm tables as our head table and succulent trays) - I really tried to throw a unique wedding, unlike anything I had attended before. Our earthy yet classy color palette was spring pastels lead by the girls’ mint dresses and accented with gold. My mom owns an artificial flower shop in town and slaved over all the reception centerpieces and décor for months leading up to the wedding. She claims I was one of her toughest customers! We were so lucky to have found florist Lauren, from The Farmers Daughter who coordinated the stunning live bouquets to go with my mom’s designs.

While my mom worked on the florals, I was busy designing all of the paper products for the big day. I love graphic design and most definitely lost sleep about deciding which fonts would look best to brand our programs, invites, welcome boxes, map, escort cards and other wedding signage. One of my favorite wedding details was the name cards I personalized for all of the guests. Each guest found their seat by seeing their name on the menu card at their table—I wrote notes like “Love your dress, Mindi!” if she was a fashionista or “Hope you enjoy the wine selection, Tom,” if he was a wine lover. So many guests came up to me that night and couldn’t believe I took the time to do that and think of notes that would make each guest feel special. I loved hearing that - making each guest feel welcome and special was my goal! It was a long drive or flight for most of our guests to get to my hometown; they deserved it.

My other favorite detail was our cake topper. I work in journalism and have a love for paper. My husband really liked the traditional “people” cake topper so I was able to find an Etsy origami artist to create a customized paper cake topper of us. The details matching my dress and his suit and boutonniere were astounding - I will have them on display in our new house very soon!

Having an exciting drink menu (of course with fun drink signs) was another detail that was very important to us. I created a “Her Something Blue(berry)” Signature Drink and also had several specialty drinks, including a Mountain Mule (I was able to find a place to rent Moscow Mule mugs!). My husband is a craft beer fan, so we went beer tasting for months to find the perfect brewery’s selections to share with our guests. The winner? Erie Brewing Company! We also had my aunt and uncle’s local PA winery, Greendance, provide the wine.

I was so worried I’d cry through the vows or walking down the aisle (which I didn’t, only giant smiles) - nobody warned me about the crying that would take place during the first look with my dad or during the sweetest Best Man speech I’d ever heard! I just kept blinking to attempt to take mental photos and make memories I hope to never forget. Thank goodness I found Michael Will Photography to capture those moments in such an artsy way!