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When You Hear This Couple’s Story – It Will Without a Doubt Make You a Believer in Fate.

We seriously don’t know where to begin with this gorgeous wedding from Arielle Fera Events. Between the couple’s incredible family history discoveries, the meant-to-be wedding date, the ridiculously gorgeous floral arrangements from Twisted Willow Flowers, the 20-person guest count, I mean… we’re just at a loss for words. It’s overwhelming how beautiful this wedding is, both inside and out. No one could describe it better than Arielle, read on for her heartfelt words and head on over to the full gallery, captured by Lauren Fair Photography, to see all this special day has to offer.

From Arielle Fera, the planner… A micro wedding filled with rich family heritage, luxury details and an abundance of florals. Francesco and Victoria met in September 2018, through a mutual friend in their small hometown outside of Philadelphia. They clicked instantly, having their first, second, and third dates all within the first week of knowing each other. They quickly learned that they grew up just 10 minutes from each other yet had never met before. As their relationship progressed, Francesco and Victoria also discovered that they had spent many nights at the same parties with each other’s family and friends. It truly felt as though they were meant-to-be! The most magical discovery happened when they hosted a dinner to introduce their parents to each other. They were shocked to find out that their fathers were friends from nearly 35 years ago and grew up together in Calabria, Italy. They’ll never forget that interaction; as the wine started flowing, the old photo albums from their hunting days in the 80s came out, along with so many stories of their dads together throughout the years.

The Proposal: Francesco proposed in a very private moment, the night Victoria moved in with him, just four months after their first date. It was a beautiful moment between the two of them followed by a celebration with their family members all weekend long as they went around their small hometown to tell each family member in person. Their first weekend engaged, they snuck away to NYC for a little getaway to relive one of their first dates in the big city. Knowing her love for New York City, Victoria’s mom suggested a quick honeymoon in NYC after the wedding. As the family prepared for the wedding, Victoria’s mom shared with her, a letter from her great grandmother on her honeymoon in New York City, to her family back in Philadelphia. The details in the letter are so beautiful, as she talked about the hotel, the city, and the adventures she embarked on with her new husband! Reading that note from over 100 years ago, made Victoria even more excited to marry her best friend! Victoria brought this same letter to her own wedding to incorporate her family legacy. Having large families on both sides and being the first children to get married, Victoria and Francesco’s parents were pressing for a large 250 + guest wedding that would be held about a year and half after the proposal. Victoria greatly struggled with this as her dream was to have a highly designed, intimate ceremony with her closest family members followed by the most magical dinner party one could ever imagine. A celebration where every detail was beautifully curated; surrounded by only her dearest loved ones. Also knowing that her grandfather was very ill, she did not want to wait a year and half to say I do and risk the chance of him not making it. It was her deepest desire to have him present with the family so he could see her get married. As grace would have it, he passed the day after her wedding. Shortly after saying yes, Victoria hired Arielle Fera, from Arielle Fera Events, to plan and design the big wedding of her parents’ dreams. A few months into planning and a date set for September 5, 2020; something still did not feel right to Victoria. That’s when plans were flipped upside down – a 250+ person affair was changed to an intimate micro-wedding with a guest list of only 20 immediate family members + a new date of October 3, 2019. The type of celebration that encapsulated the desires of Victoria’s heart. With the change in motion, Arielle got to work – designing and planning a new celebration to take place in two months.

Design: The design concept was a fresh take on an old-world garden romance. Every detail from the color palette to the food choices, to the aesthetic details were selected with discernment in order to create an environment that evoked the senses on all levels and felt truly “Victoria” while infusing the rich heritage of both families. Arielle Fera wanted Victoria and her family to feel as if they were transported to a romantic Italian countryside, where gorgeous design elements + luscious flowers took center stage of the atmosphere.

Color Story: The color story consisted of a soft, romantic palette consisting of tonal shades of pink, muted blush, café au lait & white. Accented with richer mauve tones for a gorgeous contrast.

The invitation: Papertree Studio designed a custom invitation suite that included handmade paper in their wedding color palette, gold foil printing, custom wax seals and a gorgeous floral envelope liner. The suite was hand tied together with blush silk ribbon.

The Brides Look: Victoria was breathtaking in her lace BHLDN gown. Her veil was her “something borrowed” from her best friend. Her shoes – two pairs to be exact – were designed by Christian Louboutin. Her hair was styled in an old-world vintage style, big loose waves pinned back on one side and romantic makeup completed her flawless look by Alisha Nycole Hair and Makeup. Victoria carried an ultra-lux bouquet by Twisted Willow Flowers that was designed in a fashion to include natural movement.

The Floral experience: Victoria is flower obsessed and the only guideline she gave Arielle for the design was that she wanted a wedding filled with gorgeous florals designed in an ultra-romantic way. Arielle brought on Twisted Willow Flowers for the design of Victoria’s floras as their design style is distinctly romantic and lush. Twisted Willow Flowers used a gorgeous variety of flowers including – garden roses from Grace Rose Farm flown in from California, sweet pea, Autumnal anemone, Lisianthus, cafe latte dahlias, ranunculus, cotinus foliage for dark pops, snowberries, antique hydrangea and lunaria for a light airy feel.

The Venue: The venue, The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, was selected for their farm to table inspired cuisine and property that is reminiscent of a rural European Bread and Breakfast, set on 100 acres of preserved pasture and country gardens. The bride, her mom, mother in law and sister, who served as her maid of honor got ready in a lavish bridal suite located in the Inn. Francesco and his best man, his childhood best friend, got ready in the groom’s suite located on property. Victoria and Francesco spent a romantic night at the Inn the night of the wedding.

Ceremony experience: The intimate ceremony was set in the garden area of the Inn’s property. The first awe moment that the family experienced was the iron pergola that served as the entrance to the garden ceremony area. Twisted Willow Flowers lavished the pergola with florals to create a grand entrance point for the family and couple to walk under as they entered the garden ceremony area. With such an intimate celebration, each family member was a guest of honor. As such each member was presented pre-ceremony with a boutonniere or corsage that represented their significance to the couple and their wedding. It rained the entire day of the wedding; however, Victoria’s one hope was to go on as planned with her outdoor ceremony. Each family member was gifted a clear umbrella as they headed to their seats that were nestled within a garden walkway designed by Twisted Willow Flowers. Victoria was escorted down the gorgeous floral filled aisle by her father as “Can’t help falling in love with you” was played by Elegance String Quartet. This song holds great significance to Victoria and Francesco as they truly feel as though they couldn’t help but to fall in love with each other. Victoria and Francesco said “I do” surround by a lush asymmetrical illusion floral arch designed by Twisted Willow Flowers. A dear friend of Victoria’s grandmother officiated the ceremony. This made the ceremony even more personal as she has known Victoria since she was a little girl.

Dinner experience: After the ceremony, family members + the newlyweds were welcomed to an enchanting tent where they enjoyed an assortment of passed hors d’oeuvres and homemade wine produced by the father of the bride and the father of the groom. For the cocktail hour and dinner, we decided to forego the use of the Inn’s dining room and instead a tent was erected over the Inn’s slate patio so that Arielle Fera Events and Twisted Willow Flowers could transform the blank space into a romantic oasis. Twisted Willow Flowers lavishly covered the tent ceiling and sides with greenery to soften the space and bring the outside garden feel inside the tent. In order to achieve true intimacy in the dining experience, Arielle Fera Events positioned six wood trestle tables, from White Glove Rentals, in the form of a connecting rectangle. Louis style cane back chairs were placed around the outside of the tables so that all family members were facing each other. The newlyweds sat at their own table that was connected to the other tables and positioned at the head of the rectangle formation so that they could see and be seen by all their family members. A blush settee served as their seating. A magical hanging floral and luminary installation that also included crystal chandeliers by Twisted Willow Flowers, was designed so that it hung gorgeously in the center of the tables from the tent ceiling, creating a fairytale like feel. The twinkling of the lights from the crystal chandeliers set the stage of the romantic atmosphere. The newlyweds table was adorned with an illusion floral arrangement that appeared to be romantically spilling off of the table. The illusion ceremony arch was repurposed behind their table to encapsulate them in flowers. The other tables in the formation were lavishly adorned with gorgeous, lush, compote style floral arrangements in the couple’s wedding color palette that lined the full length of each table. Fresh plums, figs and grapes were styled between the floral arrangements to add additional visual interest to the tables and taper candles provided romantic lighting. Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose was selected to be pre-poured into the crystal champagne coupes which incorporated another hint of blush form the wedding color palette into the tablescape design. Arielle Fera Events curated the tablescape details to accentuate luxury infused with Italian details. The table was set with Italian cut crystal stemware, Finezza Italian ceramic chargers and salad plates, which are handmade in Italy and gold flatware. Linen napkins were tied with mauve silk ribbon. All the rentals are part of White Glove Rentals inventory. Each charger was adorned with a dainty gold bowl filled with Italian olives and a sprig of fresh olive leaf. A custom menu designed on handmade paper with gold leafing + a custom wax seal by Papertree Studio completed the look of the charger adornments. Seats were designated with the use of place cards designed on handmade paper outfitted with gold calligraphy. Personal nicknames were used on the place cards such as Nonna and Nonno to lend to the intimacy of the celebration. Lounge furniture in the wedding color palette was added to provide soft seating for guests to enjoy along with a distressed white Italian style bar with a dark wood top from White Glove Rentals.

The Food: The family feasted on a 3-course meal crafted by the Inn’s Executive Chef – Josh Homacki. The feast included – a first course arugula salad with shaved parmigiana Reggiano, pine nuts and fresh lemon vinaigrette; a duet plate main course included grilled tuna with Puttanesca of olives, tomatoes and capers paired with braised short ribs. For dessert, the family enjoyed limoncello that was homemade by Francesco and his father that was mad specifically for the wedding; while indulging in a duet plate of fresh fruit tart and panna cotta. The newlyweds opted for a small ceremonial cutting cake skillfully crafted by The Sugary.

The music: Instrumental music graced everyone’s ears as the string quartet continued to play throughout the night and provided the perfect melody for dancing with loved ones.

Photography: The wedding was exquisitely captured by Lauren Fair Photography. It was Victoria’s dream to have Lauren Fair shoot her wedding, but unfortunately Lauren was already book on the original date of the wedding. As grace would have it, Lauren was available on the new date that was chosen for the intimate wedding celebration.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Event Planning: Arielle Fera Events | Floral Design: Twisted Willow Flowers | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: The Sugary | Invitations: Papertree Studio | Reception Venue: Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm | shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair and Makeup: Alisha Nycole | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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These High School Sweethearts Said I Do At A Picture-Perfect Romantic Estate!

It doesn’t get much sweeter than high school sweethearts and Stephen and Alexa might be the sweetest, along with their dreamy, romantic wedding at Carinwood Estate. With classic details and overflowing florals by Carl Alan Florist, the venue was transformed and a fairytale was had! Lauren Fair Photography captured the bride who looked like a princess and all of the special moments like dancing the night away! Check it out below and be sure to watch the day unfold in their meaningful video by our friends, NST Pictures!

From NST PicturesStephen and Alexa met in high school when Alexa was 14 and Stephen was 17. They shared a first kiss and became friends before they started dating two years later. They both attended college at the University of Delaware. Throughout the years they have traveled to many exciting places, made great friends together, and shared countless, unforgettable memories.

Before hearing more, let’s watch their fun & captivating video by NST Pictures!

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August 8, 2018, on a trip to France, Stephen proposed to Alexa at the Jardin de Tuileries in Paris. It was like a fairytale, as you can imagine just by looking at these stunning images!

The couple’s advice to couples planning their wedding: “Take your time, enjoy the process, stay organized.”

Regarding having a wedding videographer: “I’m so excited to have a video to look back on such a special day!”

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Florist: Carl Alan Of Philadelphia | Ceremony Venue: Bryn Athyn Cathedral | Reception Venue: Cairnwood Estate | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Sage Catered Events | Makeup Artist: Victoria Roggio Beauty | Hair Stylist: Michele Pritchard | Entertainment: Washington Talent Agency | Groom's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Video: Nst Pictures

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A Botanical-Inspired Foodie Wedding with the Cutest Pop-Up “General Store” Favor Station!

I mean… where do we even begin? There is so much to love about this beautiful day at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm photographed by the ever-so talented Lauren Fair Photography. From their “general store” favor station as a nod to their dream of owning their own one day, to the whimsical bridesmaids dresses that will have every girl pinning like crazy, to the burnt orange vintage getaway car! It came as no surprise when we found out the bride is an event planner herself! What are you waiting for? Head on over to that full gallery and go see all the pretty!!

From the bride, Danielle… The bride and groom truly exhibit the essence of the phrase “opposites attract” from their appearance to their personalities. She is an event planner and chef and he is a Landscape architect and so they landed on a “Botanical Print” theme, incorporating whimsical florals, greenery and seasonal fruits into their tablescapes as well as their invitations, place cards and menus. They wanted to play off of their farm house venue with a rustic, yet luxurious vibe. 

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The Bride and Groom have a dream of one day running an old General store and so as their wedding favor they decided to give their guests a look into the future. Guests got to visit the pop up General store, displayed outside of the venue during cocktail hour. Everyone filled their custom canvas bags with old fashioned candy, locally made soaps, honey harvested by the Groom’s brother Ryan, Fruit Preserves, Hand dipped Chocolate pretzels and even homemade scones by the brides own company The Hungry Gnome. 

Some of the other highlights were the hand rolled sushi station by the popular PA restaurant Ooka, photo ops in the classic MG convertible parked outside and the Penn State Creamery Ice Cream that was brought out during the Penn State fight song (an ode to the bride and grooms alma mater). 

The newlyweds and their guests danced the night away to the incredible musical stylings of the Philly based band, Love 77, and who could forget the gourmet Grilled Cheese truck that pulled up beside the venue at 11pm to cure the late night munchies. We truly loved all of our vendors but want to shout out the teams at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, Lauren Fair photography and Between Sleep and Awake Films. They made us feel so at ease and well taken care of on our big day! Since I (the bride) plan events for a living I had put so much pressure on myself to make sure everything ran smoothly and they all helped me to relax and actually enjoy myself!

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: Between Sleep and Awake | Videographer: Between Sleep and Awake | Floral Design: A.p. Bio | Wedding Dress: Lee Grebenau | Cake: Soma Cakes | Wedding Invitations: Drawn/Designed by the Groom Daniel Sepsy | Church: Our Lady Of Guadalupe | Reception Venue: Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm | Rings: Ascot Diamonds (Custom Design) | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Beautini | Hair: Top Knots By Aimee | Band: Ebe Amsterdam | Transportation: Sterling Limosuine | Afterparty Grilled Cheese Food Truck: Say Cheese Philly | Alcohol : Stockton Wines | Farm Tables: Barnes Farm Tables | Favors/Pop up General Store: The Hungry Gnome | Ice Cream: Penn State Berkey Creamery | Maid of Honor Dresses: Needle and Thread | Sushi Station: Ooka Doylestown | Wedding Invitation Printing: Thomas-Printers

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A Pastel & Floral Explosion of Pretty at the Cairnwood Estate

This styled shoot at the Cairnwood Estate from Lauren Fair Photography and East Made Co. is all the pretty a girl could ever ask for. The minute we laid eyes on these heavenly images, we were floating in a sea of Spring florals from Faye & Renee in soft pastel hues. Not to mention a romantic long sleeve Reem Acra gown fit for a true princess. Just when you think it couldn’t get any better – the reception design comes through and steals the show. Trust us, folks – you’re not going to want to miss this one…

From Lauren Fair PhotographyFor our spring workshop, we envisioned a royal wedding with lush spring blooms! 

The French chateau we hosted the workshop at, Cairnwood Estate, lent itself perfectly to the elegant + whimsical style of the day!

Faye & Renee created the most beautiful tablescape fit for a royal couple, and we used the front of the chateau to create a floral-decked natural arch for the ceremony site!

East Made Co. brought her A game with the styling + vision, and beautiful French flatlays that tied into the chateau + spring color palette. 

It’s such a joy for us to teach workshops + create beauty alongside such talented individuals – we look forward to our workshop days each and every time!

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Floral Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Wedding Dress: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Cake: Trouvaille Bakery | Shoes: Bella Belle | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Hair & Makeup: True Beauty Marks | Calligraphy: Shotgunning for Love | Venue: Cairnwood Estate | Wedding Venue: Cairnwood Estate | Linens: BBJ Linen | Props: Curated Behaviour | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Styling Surfaces: Locust Collection | Stylist: East Made Co

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Fine Art Ballroom Wedding Inspiration at The Pennsylvanian

In a day where modern al fresco weddings and laid back wedding venues are around every corner you turn—it’s so refreshing to see a classic, fine art take on ballroom weddings. That’s exactly what Megan Lee and Soiree by Souleret envisioned for their recent editorial. It’s just the right amount of elegance, mixed with playful touches. Join us here in the full gallery for even more!

The goal for this wedding inspired shoot was to bring back the luxury ballroom weddings in the fine art field of photography. Living in a big city like Pittsburgh, the majority of weddings are big and beautiful ballrooms. By hiring a photographer who knows how to create stunning “light and airy” reception images, a bride and groom can get a consistent final gallery!

With all the talk of royal weddings in 2018, the planner brought back the rich tones of gold and emerald to create a stunning ballroom style wedding in the heart of the Steel City (Pittsburgh, PA)! The couple that modeled in this shoot are engaged and getting married next year. They are both dancing partners at the Pittsburgh Ballet, so their chemistry and elegance for this shoot was perfect!

Photography: Megan Lee Photography | Event Planning: Soiree by Souleret | Floral Design: Green Sinner | Wedding Dress: Luxe Redux Bridal | Cake: Cakes by Colby | Invitations: Emily Baird Design | Reception Venue: The Pennsylvanian | Shoes: Something Bleu | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Makeup: See Jane Blush | Hair: Simply Captivating Salon | Lighting: EF Lighting | Groom: Alejandro Diaz | Suit: The Black Tux | Bride: Marisa Grywalski | Bridesmaid: Hannah Carter | Linens: Mosaic Inc. | Photography - Assistance: Jadynn Lucero | Photography - Assistance: Andrea Cooper | Rentals: All Occasions | Studio: Bar Marco

Chic and Modern Industrial Wedding at the Excelsior

For these two hometown sweethearts, meeting in the middle made for most of their relationship and for the perfect venue, Excelsior to seal the deal! With an industrial setting, soft touches of blush and rose gold set the tone for the day. NST Pictures and Brianna Wilbur Photography captured the magic — from beautiful bouquets by Petals With Style to all the stunning details choreographed by Your Sweetest Day Events.

From the Bride…Scott and I met in our hometown West Chester, Pennsylvania, however, it wasn’t until after college that we really got to know one another. My best friend from high school was dating Scott’s older brother and introduced us. From the moment I met Scott there was something that sparked inside of me and I knew that one day I would marry him. 

Before hearing more of Ariel and Scott’s story, let’s watch — and listen — as they exchange their emotion-packed vows captured by NST Pictures!
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More from the Bride… Although we faced the challenge of long distance and living in two different cities during most of our relationship, we were determined to make it work and see each other every weekend. Much of our relationship was meeting the other person halfway which was one reason we picked our venue, Excelsior, located halfway between Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Scott and I envisioned a modern bohemian theme with as much greenery as possible! Once we saw the green wall at Excelsior we knew we had found our venue. Our wedding day could not have been more perfect (less the high 90s temperature) from the ceremony in front of the stunning green wall, to the cocktail hour in the catacombs and courtyard, formal dinner upstairs and dancing the night away with a wonderful band.

 I had always dreamed of ending my wedding day walking side by side with my husband between all of our family and friends holding sparklers and our amazing vendors were able to pull it off to perfection! 

Each of our vendors made us feel so special throughout the whole process. Scott and I feel very blessed to have had so many great people turn our visons into our dream wedding! The pictures speak for themselves…

Planner: Your Sweetest Day Events | Florist: Petals With Style | Wedding Dress: Jennifer's Bridal | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Cake: The Baker's Table at Cork Factory Hotel | Invitations: Paper Source | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid's Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Signature on King | Inhouse Catering at Excelsio | Hair and Makeup: The Bonafide Ginger | Calligraphy: ever thine designs | Calligraphy: Shannon Hurley | Band: Ebe Amsterdam | Groom's Attire: The Groomsman Suit | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Excelsior | Lighting Design: Shumaker PDT | Video: Nst Pictures | Wedding Photographers: Brianna Wilbur Photography

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Blush & Navy Spring Wedding at Brandywine Manor House

Ashley and Chris are a duo after my own heart… their love for Sunday brunch inspired their wedding day celebration at Brandywine Manor House. The barn added a layer of rustic romance, complete with a perfectly blushing palette. Take a peek below to let this sweet day inspire your own, within the gorgeous imagery of Erika Brown.

From the Bride, Ashley Cowan… My husband (Chris) and I are both morning people and LOVE Sunday Brunch. We also love hiking and the outdoors so the beautiful landscape of Brandywine Manor House was perfect for us. The barn offered a natural and rustic setting amidst gorgeous outdoor landscape.

Even though the wedding ceremony could not be outside, we were able to use the barn, lake, trees, and spring growth for the backdrop of our special day.

In the decor, we tried to bring in BRUNCH everywhere we could—coffee beans in the place card display, fruit in the centerpieces, and of course gourmet favorites from the best of both breakfast and lunch, of course! (This included doughnuts for dessert and wedding cake flavors of orange and lemon-blueberry with cinnamon buttercream!)

I wanted the colors to be romantic, light, and airy to contrast the rich of the barn and blend with the beauty of spring. We knew from the moment we booked our wedding, we wanted to secure out photographer who has a special gift of capturing light, romance, and love.

photography: Erika Brown Photography | Florist: Blue Moon Florist | Bakery: The Master's Baker | Catering: Sage Catering | Wedding Venue: Brandywine Manor House

Feminine Spring Wedding Inspiration at Tyler Gardens

Spring has sprung on SMP thanks to this heavenly wedding inspiration planned by Ronnie Anderson Events! This shoot is filled with dreamy Claire Pettibone gowns, blooming fleurs in soft, pastel hues and a round arbor that will seriously take your breath away. Check out the full gallery of stunning captures from Lauren Fair Photogprahy, Emily Wren Photography and du soleil photographie!

From du soleil photographieThree photographers, three florists and three gorgeous Claire Pettibone gowns, this shoot was a stunning example of creative collaboration and partnership.

Coming together for the Tyler Gardens Spring Open House soiree, a team of creatives from various specializations in the Philadelphia wedding industry brought to life this lush floral Spring wedding editorial concept. Highlighting romantic shades of this season such as peachy pink of lovely blooms and fresh green of new leaves, coupled with the elegant gauzy ethereal Claire Pettibone gowns, this wedding inspiration is full of life and femininity.

Lauren Fair and Emily Wren are undoubtedly masters at capturing these beautiful details, and having the opportunity to work alongside of them was an honor and a wonderful learning experience for me. Lauren Fair never ceases to amaze with just the perfect composition and stunning styling of every detail she sets her eyes one and Emily Wren simply wows you with her mastery in capturing movements, bridal elegance and architecture. Working together as fellow photographers is a gratifying and heartwarming experience, and seeing the difference in each photographer’s perspective is both insightful and delightful.

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Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Photography: du soleil photographie | Cinematography: Schoen Films | Floral Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Floral Design: Kelly Lausten | Floral Design: Laura Clare Fine Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Invitations: Heather Ashley | Shoes: Bella Belle | Catering: Piccolo Trattoria | Hair and Makeup: Air Hair And Makeup | Wedding Venue: Tyler Gardens | Bridal Boutique: Nicole Bridal | Model: Kaitlyn Sapp | Danijel Trifkovic | Model: Jamie McNulty | Model: Maria Dasana | Planning: Ronnie Anderson Events | Table Stationery: Alisa Wismer Design | Venue Management: Open Aire Affairs

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Autumn Harvest Winery Wedding at Folino Estate

It’s as if photographer Lauren Fair and event planner Arielle Fera Events stepped inside my autumnal wedding DREAMS. In truly one of the most elevated and romantic fall wedding looks, I was totally blown away by the plethora of sophisticated details like the golden sunset against the foraged florals for a ceremony space, blooms by Belovely. The voluminous sleeves on this sheer Rara Avis gown look angelic against the stunning Old World feel to Pennsylvania based Folino Estate… and yes, I said in Pennslyvania. Can you believe that?

The words ethereal, old world, and painterly come to mind when perusing these gorgeous images. The tiniest of details, like the pears and pomegranates as decor, just add so much whimsy to the entire look!

As if the venue itself wasn’t beautiful enough, we love that it seeps out old world European vibes (which I have a soft spot for). The stone walls and hilly vineyards are as charming as could be…

There’s nothing better than a remarkably artistic arrangement of florals. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the foraged-style blooms by Belovely with the mixture of soft dusty rose tones and very subtle pops of pomegranate red.

Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography | Planner: Arielle Fera Events | Floral Design: Belovely | Wedding Dress: Rara Avis | Cake: Nutmeg Cake Design | Invitations: Papertree Studio | Reception Venue: Folino Estate | Rings: L Priori Jewelry | Makeup: Emily Dimant | Hair: Ariel Katrina Hair | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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Emotion Packed Wedding at a Philly Greenhouse

So many couples nowadays are looking for a really unique wedding venue. It can make the experience incredibly fun for all your guests. Yesterday we were in New Orleans at a delightful historic venue and today, we’re taking you to Philadelphia to the Horticulture Center. Makes it pretty fun for us, too! We know you’ll enjoy a look into today’s emotion-packed wedding film from NST Pictures with photography by Brianna Wilbur Photography. Let’s start with a quick look at the beautiful spring cherry blossoms that provided the perfect backdrop for these pre-wedding shots.

From NST PicturesJill and Zach’s wedding color palette centered around the blush pink of Philadelphia’s cherry blossoms at the Horticulture Center Highlights, blending beautifully with ivory and sage green. The bridal bouquet was wrapped in Jill’s mom’s veil, adding both a little “something old” and “something borrowed” to the bridal look. As you’ll see in their wedding highlight film, a festive donut stand awaited the guests instead of the traditional cake at the reception!
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A Bit of Advice From Style Me Pretty

  • DOBUDGET FOR A WEDDING FILM: If funds are tight, pull a little $ from every line item on your budget sheet and put it toward a film! We PROMISE… you won’t regret the decision. Videographers usually offer a wide variety of coverage options.
  • DON’TSCRIMP ON QUALITY: Choose a high quality cinematographer. Again, if funds are tight, opt for less coverage time from a highly recommended cinematographer who you know will provide a film you will cherish.
  • DOASK FRIENDS, FAMILY, WEDDING PLANNERS [and SMP (lol)] for RECOMMENDATIONS: Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a high quality videographer. And… We’re not tooting our own horn, but the videographers that we have listed in our Little Black Book – listed under VENDORS WE LOVE – were screened by our professional-peer-based-advisory board before being invited to be a member.  NST PICTURES is one of our highly-recommended cinematographers. They have been credited on more than 25 features on Style Me Pretty going back to 2013!
  • DON’TJUST LOOK IN YOUR IMMEDIATE LOCATION: The vast majority of cinematographers LOVE to travel and many have offices set up in multiple locations. Case in point, if you look at NST PICTURES’ website, you’ll see that they cover all 51 states plus Japan, The Phillipines and will meet you wherever your romantic heart leads you for your Destination Wedding.
  • DOLOOK AT THE ‘ABOUT’ SECTION ON WEBSITES: We believe strongly in researching each and every vendor team before you sign on the dotted line. Meeting in person, talking on the phone, of course, are vital. But start with the ABOUT section on their website. It’s usually a quick synopsis of what’s important to the vendor, what they do when they aren’t working, and can give you insight into their core values. Choosing teams that have the same-ish values as you do is key. {Reading about NST Pictures reveals that they are a team of about a dozen extremely artistic women with talents going above and beyond cinematography – with a lone man in the middle. Kudos to him!}

And one last DO… Do let the experts have some say in the day. You may have a difficult time letting go of each and every detail… your must-have-shots, the-posed moments, the-exact-timeline-your-way-your-day, etc, (and that IS so important!) but be sure to let the talents of all your carefully chosen wedding professionals shine through. Meet with them all (or speak with them) and allow their recommendations to curate the finished product of #yourweddingday!

Looking back on their wedding day, Jill and Zach are sure to remember the big moments. But it’s through the expert lenses of Briana Wilbur and NST Pictures that they will feel all the moments they didn’t get to see… or the moments they were too excited to remember! Their film and their photographs will remind them of each and every snuggle, the full emotional impact of their first look ~ as well as all the spoken words. Their vows, the toasts, the songs they danced to – the whispers of love, wiping the tears off of each other’s faces, the emotion when Jill and her father walked down the aisle to Zach. One of the cutest things I saw on the highlight film was when all of the bridesmaids gave a little wiggle as they lined up under the cherry blossoms before the wedding! So, so fun!

From the Bride, Jill … Zach and I knew each other in High School, ran with the same crowd. It wasn’t until after college that we reconnected. I was living in West Chester, Pennsylvania and Zach was in Baltimore. I went to Baltimore for the weekend with ten of my girls and stayed with our mutual guy friend, Ryan, who just happened to be Zach’s roommate (at the time). Zach and I reconnected and bonded over an upcoming music festival that we were both attending in the summer. I gave him my number and, well, you know… history. We dated long distance for three and a half years but eventually, Zach moved back to the area for a job in Philadelphia. By Christmas Eve, we were engaged… and married two years later on April 28th!

We hope we’ve given you a few more reasons to schedule your favorite cinematographer, today. And remember, no matter where you find that special spot for your wedding, NST Pictures can be right beside you to capture and create a film that will bring the whole day rushing back on the big screen for years to come. In their words, “While we highlight the tangible details of the day, our expertise lies in focusing on the emotional details–like the way your fiancé squeezes your hand during the ceremony or the look you share with your mother while you’re getting ready… the hug that neither of you want to let go of…  that rejoices in knowing that TODAY is your wedding day!”

We’d love for you to take some time with your sweetheart to watch more films from NST Pictures right here: Wedding Films from NST Pictures

Photography: Brianna Wilbur Photography | Videography: Nst Pictures | Planner: Diamonds And Details Weddings And Events | Floral Design: FabuFloras | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: STARR Catering Group | Makeup Artist: Kelsey Lamarra / Tribe Beauty | Hair Stylist: Alyssa Gallen | Entertainment: Ebe Amsterdam | Groom's Attire: Commonwealth Proper | Groomsmen Suits: The Groomsman Suit | Wedding Venue: Philadelphia City Hall | Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige | Donuts: Federal Donuts | Rentals: T+T Table Rentals

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Crisp White + Peach and Pink Summer Wedding at Appleford Estate

When we open up wedding submissions, we’re always prepared to see something pretty. We’re alway ready to see happy couples, delightful decor and venues that we’d book for our very own weddings. On the very best of days, though, we open a set of images that puts an enormous grin on our faces from start to finish. This gallery ~ captured by Emily Wren Photography ~ did just that. Aly and Tor’s summer wedding at Appleford Estate isn’t just full of pretty… it’s also loaded with all kinds of joy. The excitement shines through on each and every image. An almost tangible love that deserves to be shared! These days are are the best. Oh… and if your a pup lover, don’t miss their giant of a pup, “Bear”.

More from Emily WrenAly & Tor’s Appleford Estate wedding was filled with lovely moments and personal touches. Elements in cloud grays, sweet pinks, and crisp whites appeared delicate and timeless set against the venue’s lush greenery. Aly’s bridesmaid, Steph, is the boss-babe behind Stephanie B Design and she custom-designed the entire wedding stationery suite, welcome sign, escort cards, and table numbers, adding a layer of personal significance to some seriously elegant pieces! The welcome sign and the invite featured her own watercolor painting of the venue and that graceful lilting script, paired with handsomely debossed silver-gray velvet was so chic! 

The bride wore an intricately embellished Berta gown that looked as if it had been plucked from the pages of a fairytale. Paired with soft glowing makeup and a polished chignon that ONLO styled, Aly’s natural beauty was allowed to shine. Throughout the venue, Fresh Designs Flora & Events‘ arrangements of dreamy pink blooms and hanging greenery installations really added to the ethereal feel of the day. The bridesmaids wore fluid, floor-length, pale peach chiffon dresses and the groomsmen wore crisp, oxford-navy suits paired with handsome silver ties.

The ceremony took place beneath a stunning floral arch, set at the water’s edge. Aly and Tor’s handsome pup, Bear, was dressed for the occasion in a dashing collar of greenery. He looked so proud walking down the aisle for the ceremony– clearly he was excited to see his parents tie the knot!

Following the ceremony, guests were treated to a gorgeous summer supper on the estate’s terrace. 

As the sun set, Aly & Tor danced into the night surrounded by their friends and loved ones. Truly a picture-perfect summer wedding!

For more of Emily’s work, see Aly and Tor’s engagement shoot at Hortulus Farm Garden & Nursery and all of her features on Style Me Pretty on her SMP Portfolio!


Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Event Planning: Shannon Wellington Wedding | Floral Design: Fresh Designs Florist | Catering: Sage Catering | Hair & Makeup: ONLO | Band: Ebe Amsterdam | Venue: Appleford | Invitations & Signage: Stephanie B Design

Serendipity + Fate Leads to This Romantic Wedding at Cairnwood

It all began the summer of 2003… Sounds like the perfect intro for a romance novel, right? And although Katy and Hunter’s romance is a mere fifteen years old (about the age they were when they first fell in love!), their story, as well as their wedding day, is packed with personality and filled with so many delightful details. All captured to utter perfection by Lauren Fair Photography! Do read on…

From the Bride… Our story began in the summer of 2003. We met on the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey as teenagers and made things ‘official’ at the end of that summer. Our young love only lasted about three weeks into the fall (living a staggering 40 minutes apart was tough!) and we sadly parted ways. Ten years passed… we graduated from different high schools, went to different colleges and started our post-graduate careers in different states…

In 2013, we met again at the wedding of our only mutual friend. Now, we like to say that  serendipity and fate brought us back together. We simply took a “10 year break!” 

After two and a half years together, Hunter proposed with the help of our Corgi, Waffles, on a perfect night in our new home.
We both grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia so we knew immediately that we wanted to find the perfect venue outside of the city. My family had attended a wedding at Cairnwood in 2013 (right before we reconnected!) and I instantly fell in love with its stunning, dreamy beauty. Once we became engaged, we set a date and started dreaming up our perfect day.

The goal for our wedding was timeless, classic style with hints of our personalities shining through. My Father’s side of the family is from England (my Great Grandmother was born in London) so an affinity and love for the royal family was passed down from generation to generation. Overall, we wanted to be able to look back at our big day at any time, during any year and feel like we could throw the party all over again the next day. We wanted it to stand the test of time!

We used a neutral color palate of white, ivory and dove gray complimented by greenery, gold tones and hints of classic black. My Mom and I both share a deep love for fresh flowers so we had the best time planning an English garden of florals throughout the reception venue. From banisters to mantels, tables and beyond, we started to joke that if there was a surface — we found a way to cover it in florals — thanks to the amazing team at Robertson’s Flowers and Events!

White roses, hydrangea and peonies were our star flowers and we loved hearing our guests rave about the sweet floral aroma that surrounded the entire reception. Our favorite piece was the stunning 24-foot floral runner that ran the entire length of our barn wood head table – a perfect mix of my classic taste with Hunter’s love for rustic details.

I’m all about the details so we loved working with small boutiques and artists to create personalized additions such as a custom watercolor illustration of our love story to signage with classic calligraphy to gold embossed cocktail napkins, a wood sign for Hunter’s classic whiskey bar and even tiny carrot cake cupcakes for dessert — both Hunter’s and my favorite dessert! 

Although we threw a traditional white wedding, we heard from everyone that our wedding felt unmistakably like “us” and provided a beautiful, romantic evening filled with laugher (and LOTS of flowers!) to celebrate our journey with family and friends!

We just got Katy and Hunter’s trailer film from n.s.t. pictures today! Perfect timing. Please, take a few precious minutes and watch the day, and the love, unfold! You’ll leave with a smile on your face – guaranteed.
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For more pics from Katy and Hunter’s wedding, head over to Lauren Fair’s Blog {right here} Thanks to all for sharing!

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Videography: Nst Pictures | Event Coordination: Events By Renee | Florals: Robertson's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Cake: The Master's Baker | Stationery: Paper and Posh | Ceremony Venue: North and Southampton Reformed Church | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Cartier | Ring: Henri Daussi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Sage Catering | Makeup: Christine Cormier (Makeup Powers LLC) | Hair: Jamie Waldman | Calligraphy: Lewes Lettering Co | Band: Ebe Amsterdam | Wedding Venue: Cairnwood Estate | Custom Signage: Mulberry Market Designs | Printed Materials: Minted | Rentals: Magpie | Wedding Dress Tailoring: Elizabeth Johns

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A Beer + Bubbles Bar Is Just The Beginning…

We’ve seen plenty of delightful details at weddings but these just might take the cake. A beer and bubbles bar complete with a variety of toppings (marshmallows, rock candy!), sparkly lights galore, a color palette that’s chic and fresh, and the best flower girls we ever did see. Sean Cook Weddings captured every detail and more, making this gallery whimsical, colorful and so, so gorgeous. Get giddy and excited for more right this way!

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From the Bride… I knew I wanted a fall wedding with rich colors and a whimsical feeling. We were really going for a sophisticated fairytale sentiment (think: a whimsical take on Robin Hood and Maid Marian’s wedding, a woodland backdrop with earth and jewel tones along with pheasant feather accents). As a wedding planner I see so many fun trends and could not resist making them all come together in one day. Our color palette was all jewel tones, and we loved mixing rich burgundy with light pink, teal blues and metallics. Although our wedding was in Pittsburgh, many of our vendors were local to Chicago where we live and work. It was incredible to have vendors that were friends helping us create our wedding day. I let our florist surprise me with my bouquet – I knew I wanted something bold with a king protea as the center. I loved giving him the creative vision behind everything and being surprised just like all of our wedding guests at the final outcome. Instead of a traditional cocktail hour we had a “beer and bubbles” bar! We served champagne with a ton of different topping options, including our favorite handcrafted marshmallows from XO Marshmallow which is local to Chicago.

Jeff wore a custom-made chocolate brown suit by Knot Standard, paired with other neutral accessories and a pheasant feather pocket square. I wore two gowns, both from designer Hayley Paige. I went with an embellished, long sleeve, ball gown for the ceremony and photos, and then a fun open-back, short sleeve option when the party got started!

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Photography: Sean Cook Wedding Photography | Event Planning: Urban Allure Events | Floral Design: Ashland Addison Floral Event Decor | Wedding Dresses: Hayley Paige | Stationery: Vista Print | Bride's Shoes: Macy's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: Treblemonsters | Groom's Suit: Knot Standard | Wedding Venue: Hyeholde Restaurant | Bakery/Cake: Bethel Bakery | Bride's Hair Accessory: Betenna | Bride's Shoes (tennis shoes): Kate Spade | Calligraphy/Signage: Simply Scripted Ink | Champagne Station Sign: Studio M Creations | Day of Coordination: Wanderlust Weddings | Groom's Accessories: The Tie Bar | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Linens: BBJ Linen | Marshmallows (Champagne Bar): XO Marshmallow | Rentals (ceremony arch): Penn Rustic Rentals | Rentals (glassware): Vintage Alley

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A Modern + Chic Wedding To Inspire + Entertain!

Looking for some fresh, modern inspiration? Look no further. This Philadelphia wedding is sleek and chic and just so, so good. With lots of greenery among the black and white setting, it’s a feast for our hungry eyes and we can’t stop soaking up Rachel Pearlman’s pics. So no wonder it’s our LBB Wedding of the Week. We’re in love, no doubt about it!

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Alexa and Chris’ day was sleek and classic with a touch of whimsy (think air plants and hand-written signage). Lou Nolan, the notable voice of the Philadelphia Flyers, announced the bridal party as a surprise for everyone (arranged by the bride’s father!). This fun loving couple legitimately DANCED down their aisle after being pronounced husband and wife!

The Curtis Center is known for its Tiffany Mosaic. Alexa and Chris allowed for its black, white and green architectural details to determine the decor for the day. Lots of lucite details and an incredible mod cake designed by Jen Roach at Cescaphe flanked with succulents were notable touches.

From the Bride… Chris and I were surprisingly introduced to each other by both of our parents! From that moment forward, we enjoyed doing everything and nothing together. Although Chris and I have conflicting styles, we agreed our wedding should be fun, memorable and uniquely ours. Adding personality to the wedding was a must, so I did most of the calligraphy and decor myself and also let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses. We kept the color palette and decor modern, simplistic and classic. We wouldn’t change one thing about our wedding day – it was perfectly “us.” While it’s easy to get caught up in the fast-paced activities of the day, I can speak for the both of us that remaining relaxed allowed us to enjoy every second of our amazing and memorable wedding day.

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Photography: Rachel Pearlman Photography | Floral Design: QA Designs Philadelphia | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Cescaphe Event Group | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Ceremony Venue: Cescaphe Event Group | Makeup: Ashley Bohl | Hair: Bella Angel, LLC | Calligraphy: Caitlin Jane Calligraphy | Officiant: Journeys of the Heart | Calligraphy for Wedding Envelope: Lewes Lettering Co | Groom's Tuxedo: Sagets Formal Wear | Maid of Honor Gown: Jenny Yoo

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We’re All Smiles Seeing This Philly Wedding

As someone who got her M.A. in English Literature in Philadelphia, seeing this affair at the Free Library of Philadelphia captured by Alison Conklin Photography definitely gave me all the feels. And while I Do Wedding Consulting did an amazing job with the vintage feel to this rooftop celebration, what makes this wedding truly unforgettable is not the awesome views, but that gorgeous smile plastered across the bride’s beautiful face throughout the entire today. It’s literally impossible not to start smiling yourself.



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Photography: Alison Conklin Photography | Event Planning: I DO Wedding Consulting | Floral Design: Flowers & Company | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Aux Petits Delices | Invitations: Pen And Paper | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Brûlée Catering | Makeup: Rescue Spa | Hair: Jason Matthew Salon | DJ: Aria Melody DJ | Band: All About Me | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Venue: Free Library of Philadelphia

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This Bride Was Her Own Wedding Planner + She Nailed It!

This bride loved the idea of styling her wedding, being her own planner, and selecting small artisans and vendors to take part in her special day. And let me tell you, she absolutely knocked it out of the park! Lauren Fair Photography was there to capture all the lovingly crafted and curated details, from the ‘maids wearing an assortment of soft blue gowns each chosen to complement them best to the ceremony and reception decked out in greenery by A Cottage Gardener.

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From Lauren Fair PhotographyKate and Nick’s wedding was a perfect representation of them – all the beauty surrounding them just lent itself to highlighting their love for each other, for family, and for God.

From Kate, the bride… My inspiration for the day starts with my love of September. Something about the cool yet still warm weather and the changing leaves has always captured me. Also, we were engaged in April (on Nick’s birthday!) and knew we didn’t want more than a six-month engagement, so it worked out perfectly. Last, I had fallen in love with Lauren’s photography. I emailed her and Tim as quickly as I could, and we got their last available date – September 24th! That made our wedding date decision easy ;)

In terms of design, I was looking for one that best reflected our relationship. We are laid-back and love the outdoors. We wanted an environment that made our guests feel comfortable yet that maintained an elegant flair. Wyndridge Farm provided exactly the atmosphere we were looking for, and we fell in love with the chapel view and, of course, the craft ciders!

I took on the challenge of being my own wedding coordinator. I wanted to dig into my creative side. It was exciting to discover all the different, small vendors that contributed to our big day. I wanted to create a romantic feel that didn’t distract from the beautiful natural colors of the barn and landscape. To develop a light and airy vibe, we used primarily dusty blues and all white flowers. Kim from A Cottage Gardener created amazing lush, green table runners and a natural, elegant floral chapel display.

I chose a dress for each of my bridesmaids that they would feel most beautiful in, and used the varying colors to elicit a watercolor effect as they stood side by side. The groomsmen wore navy suits but had the option to remove their jackets and stay sharp in their suspenders and bow ties. That worked out well because it was 86 degrees – an Indian Summer!

Our favorite memory from the day was having so many friends and family come from all over the world. Just to name a few, we had friends travel all the way from Japan, China, Canada, and all over the United States. Having all these friends gathered to celebrate with me and my groom is something I will always remember. I loved looking out into the audience and seeing all of our loved ones.

My grandparents weren’t able to make it, either due to health or passing, so I tied in a few special elements to represent them into the day. On my bouquet, I had my grandmother’s pin and my other grandmother’s chain necklace. Outside the reception, there was a table featuring our family members’ pictures who have been married before us, called “Generations of Love.”

Another favorite moment was our “first look”. I was nervous to break tradition, but it was actually my favorite part of the day! It was thrilling to see Nick’s face and to have that intimate moment, just the two of us.

Above all, our focus was to honor Jesus Christ in our ceremony and to give Him glory alone for our marriage. Before our vows, we had a special time of worship, singing hymns with those around us. That is a memory we will cherish forever.

Lauren and Tim made Nick and I feel at ease. They captured our day and helped fill it with joy. We can’t say enough how in love we are with our photos!

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Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematographer: Mason Ford | Floral Design: A Cottage Gardener | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Invitations: Pretty Little Papers | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Attire: Joseph A. Bank | Venue: Wyndridge Farm | Bridal Journal: Manda Writes | Dried Flower Confetti: Larkspur Hill | Groom's Suspenders: Creattive Collective | Jelly Jar Favor Labels: Mavora | Program: Simply Suite | Signage: OAKYdesigns | Table Numbers: Red Clay Paper

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Here’s Your Visual Playbook for a Romantic, Whimsical Fete

When the gals get ready in the cutest Plum Pretty Sugar pajama sets and then emerge looking lovely in Jenny Yoo Collection gowns, and the bride dons a form-fitting lace Francesca Miranda number so perfect it could have been a bespoke creation, you know the wedding is going to be a pretty one. And Emily Wren Photography‘s pictures await you to prove it. Scroll on to see just how LJ Events outdid themselves at this affair that is heavy on two of our favorite things: whimsy and romance.

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From Emily Wren PhotographyFrom the moment I arrived on site for Madeline and Mike’s wedding, the excitement was palpable. This vibrant and outgoing pair are a blast to be around, and their fun-loving personalities are truly infectious! The bridal party looked seriously stylish with the ladies in flowing, floor-length mauve dresses and the men in sharp black suits paired with ties to match the bridesmaids’ looks. But Madeline definitely stole the show in her fitted lace gown, which looked like it had been made for the gorgeous bride!

Janet Makcrancy Weddings and Parties created a spectacular ambiance for the couple with tons of draping, romantic lighting, and dramatic floral installations. The floating boxwood wreaths and spiraling globes filled with various types of greenery were especially lovely. Elegant geometric marble place cards and table numbers hand lettered by Ashley Wrenn of Hello, Bird expertly complemented the elevated aesthetic. It was a truly magical evening for two truly magical people!

From the bride… One thing that I knew for certain was that I wanted our wedding to be very romantic and whimsical. Our venue, The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, was romantic in and of itself, but I wanted that romantic vibe to carry through in all of our florals and decor as well as into the reception tent. I wanted our guests to feel as though they had been transported into a fairytale. I also wanted there to be a sense of softness and calm, and to me the soft palette that we chose helped bring that feeling to life.

Our day was nothing short of amazing. We had the most incredible team of vendors who made sure that everything was seamless and perfect. One of my favorite parts of the day was when my dad showed me the pocket watch my mom gave to him on their wedding day. It is inscribed with lyrics from the Van Morrison song “You’re my Woman” and says, “And it’s really real, the way I feel, it’s really real.”

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Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Cinematography: Atomic Tangerine Film Co. | Event Planning: Lauren James Events | Floral Design: Janet Rosann Terman | Wedding Dress: Francesca Miranda | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Mount Carmel | Reception Venue: Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm | Band: 39 Mariner | Illustration: Zoica Matei via Etsy | Paper + Calligraphy: Hello Bird | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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This Black-Tie Wedding is Putting a Fresh Twist on Classic

Lucite and greenery are the perfect pair for this black-tie affair at Front & Palmer in Philadelphia. I use the term greenery loosely. In reality, it’s stunning white blooms intertwined with green garlands and all fashioned into statement making installations hanging from the ceiling. It’s a wow moment crafted by Wild Stems that fits right in with this modern take on a classic, fancy affair. See it all unfold through the lens of Rachel Pearlman Photography.

From the Photographer… This elegant black tie wedding is best described as classic with a modern twist. Despite getting married in mid -October, the elements and color scheme that guided Courtney and Jeremy’s day transfers to any season, and Courtney wanted her wedding to be timeless – no matter the weather prediction! After meeting the first week at Amherst College and discovering that they both had roots in Philadelphia, Courtney and Jeremy began a long courtship of love and friendship, culminating their engagement with a modern and fresh event at Front and Palmer, a former barrel factory in Philadelphia’s fishtown neighborhood. Courtney chose an intricate long sleeved gown by Amsale, and with her bridesmaids in grey she knew that her wedding would remain classic with a soft palate. Florals were black and white with hints of greenery – think white berries, lush white roses and anemone. Courtney wore her grandmother’s vintage diamond ring on her right hand and borrowed diamond earrings from her family’s jeweler in New York. The space at Front and Palmer is industrial yet inviting, and Courtney and Jeremy used the blank slate to create their dream wedding – a modern ceremony held under a floating chandelier of florals and greens, flanked by candles and acrylic ghost chairs. Guests entered the ceremony to Bittersweet Symphony and Canon in D. While they did not have a traditional Chuppuh, the couple broke glass underneath the floating centerpiece. During the reception, American Deluxe kept the party going all night while guests danced underneath market lights. Courtney and Jeremy describe their wedding as a fresh and modern fairytale!

Photography: Rachel Pearlman Photography | Cinematography: Merryweather Films | Floral Design: Wild Stems | Invitations: The Little House Shop | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Feast Your Eyes, Gourmet Catering | Hair and Makeup: Beautiful Brides Philly | Calligraphy: Lewes Lettering Co | Lighting: Synergetic Sound and Lighting | Band: American Deluxe | Tuxedo: Suitsupply | Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bride's Gown: Amsale | Ceremony Musicians: Philadelphia String Quartet | Ceremony and Reception: Front And Palmer | Photo Booth: MirMir | Vow Books: Kelsey Carpenter

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Celebrating This Merry Holiday With the Coziest Winter Inspiration

Merry Christmas all! We are celebrating with the prettiest wintertime inspiration planned by Arielle Fera Events, with florals by Belovely, beauty by True Beauty Marks and images by Lauren Fair. It brings elegance to the tree farm without even an ounce of red. Instead you’ll find a warm white and green color palette and the sweetest getaway ride. Get inspired to throw the perfect winter celebration and from all of us at Team SMP, wishing you and yours the merriest of holidays. xoxo

A warm holiday setting without using the color red? That was our inspiration when designing this beautifully cozy holiday shoot, held at the always-amazing Terrain at Styers in Glen Mills, PA. The bespoke gowns from Lovely Bride NYC and BHLDN set the tone with their intricate beading and long sleeves, and Belovely Design crafted a warm white + green color palette to tie in with our vintage VW Beetle stacked high with Christmas presents. John was styling in his green suit from ASOS and Brianna’s red hair combined with her BHLDN hairpiece was so dreamy! A cozy sweetheart table was set up among the Christmas trees at Terrain, and the night ended with twirling under the twinkle lights.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Floral Design: Belovely | Cake: La Linea Desserts | Ceremony Venue: Terrain at Styers | Rings: L. Priori Jewelry | Hair & Makeup: True Beauty Marks | Suit: ASOS | Venue: Terrain at Styers | Accessories: BHLDN | Caliigraphy: Charlie Whiskey | Gold Wedding Dress #2: BHLDN | Modela: Brianna + John - johndimedio and briiduffield on Insta | Paper Goods: Penn & Paperie | Planning: Arielle Fera Events | Tabletop: Anthropologie | Wedding Dress 1: Lovely Bridal Shop

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A Stunning Sunset + Champagne = Picture Perfection

When you propose with a plane and a banner in the sky, you better have some pretty fabulous engagement pics as well. And these ones from Erika Brown don’t disappoint. With smiles, sips of champagne and a sunset view, these pics are pretty much perfect!

From Erika Brown PhotographyThis engagement was by far one of the sweetest to date! Lianne and Tom could not stop smiling and neither could I! They had the most perfect sunset and setting… and not to mention Lianne’s outfits… jaw dropping! I’m so excited to share their beautiful and sweet session with SMP!

From the Bride-to-be…

How We Met: I was living at the beach one summer, working, while Tom was stationed in DC. We knew of each other through mutual friends, my sister! On his days off, he would come to visit “friends,” I can’t say I minded too much!

Proposal: My family tradition started many years ago in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We hadn’t vacationed there in many years, so when we planned our trip for September 2016 I was not only excited to go back, but more excited to share my favorite family tradition with Tom. My dad had made one request for the whole trip, a family photo on the beach. So here we go, down to the beach to take what I thought was a family picture. The first picture was of my sisters, mom, favorite fur sister, Luna, and myself. As soon as we cooperated for a decent picture, they began to walk away and look back at the ocean. By the time I decided to turn around and check out what all the commotion was, I saw a plane flying over the ocean and a banner floating in the salty air that read “Lianne will you marry me?” Before I had time to process all that was happening, I turned around to find Tom kneeling down with a royal blue box that held a sparkly oval solitaire. Of course I said YES!

Wedding Details: Fall 2017 in Lancaster, PA at Excelsior! Our wedding style is simple yet chic and eclectic! We decided on shades of grey with some navy, complemented with neutral tones and lots of greenery! I am most excited for our ceremony on the garden terrace and dancing to our awesome band! Tom is excited to be with his closest friends and family celebrating our big day!

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Photography: Erika Brown Photography | Hair + Makeup: Salon by Dominic | Venue: Longwood Gardens Pennsylvania

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