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A Romantic Philadelphia Wedding So Chic We Wish We Were Invited!

Mary Kate and Achille’s wedding has us wishing we had scored an invitation! The couple’s relationship started with prosecco, so it was only fitting that Elizabeth Bailey Wedding helped them plan an Italian-inspired day.  The tented reception dripped in greenery, bringing the outdoors in, and Winsome Floral covered tables in artful floral arrangements mixed with organic fresh fruit.  You can feel the joy and love of the day in the eye-catching imagery by Liz Andolina Photography. Visit the full gallery for a closer look.

Mary Kate and Achille’s wedding was a beautiful blend of their Italian and Irish heritage. Held at Cairnwood Estate outside of Philadelphia, the vibe was black tie, fun, and Italian-inspired. From Mary Kate’s stunning Monique Lhuillier gown to the hilarious toasts, this was a wedding their guests would never forget. Cairnwood Estate was transformed into an Italian villa. With hanging greenery, dogwood, and chandeliers, Winsome Floral evoked a Tuscan garden within the tent on the back terrace. Mary Kate and Achille met in NYC, at an Italian restaurant where Achille was working. Their relationship started over prosecco, so it was only fitting their wedding would transport their guests to Italy. Mary Kate wore a custom robe while getting ready at Cairnwood Estate, before heading to her first look in her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown with Achille on the property.

Sticking with a neutral color palette, Winsome Floral created beautiful bouquets of white and greenery that popped beautifully against the silk champagne bridesmaid dresses. Plume Calligraphy created timeless yet modern invitations with eye-catching calligraphy that was incorporated into the rest of the wedding day paper. The wedding took place at a church nearby, where in a nod to Mary Kate’s heritage, a bagpiper welcomed guests as they arrived and walked ahead of Mary Kate and her father down the aisle.

A vintage Cadillac (loaned from a family friend) gave the bride and groom the perfect Italian getaway moment on their way back to the venue. Achille’s family owns a local Italian restaurant, so guests were treated to freshly sliced prosciutto, prosecco, various cocktails at the outdoor bar, and a three-course Italian dinner complete with a pasta and meat course, and wine. As favors, guests received handmade olive oil gifts personalized with their names. The toasts by the bridal party had the guests in tears of laughter, and everyone danced the night away with the band in the ballroom.

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Photography: Liz Andolina Photography | Cinematography: Anna Lord Studio | Floral Design: Winsome Floral | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Stationery: Plume Calligraphy | Wedding Venue: Cairnwood Estate | Beauty: Willow House Beauty | Planning: Elizabeth Bailey Weddings | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Veil: Anne Barge

English Garden Wedding Inspiration at the Enchanting Conestoga House and Gardens

Today’s dreamy wedding inspiration at Conestoga House and Gardens is giving us alllll the English countryside vibes. Forte Florals created the most ethereal yet timeless arrangements that perfectly complimented the lush setting. Our favorite part? The bride’s vintage floral embroidered gown – I mean… does it get any better?! To see all the pretty from this garden-inspired soirée, head on over to the full gallery, all captured by Addy Rae Photo!

From Published & PrettyThis dreamy editorial is everything we love about the softness and romance of spring. Drawing inspiration from the stunning Conestoga House and Gardens, it only made sense that the vibe of this wedding editorial was an intimate English countryside wedding. The vendor team wanted to bring out the beauty of the grounds with a pastel palette and lots of floral elements. 

From the invitation suite by Dill Paper Company and the handmade paper menus, to the bride’s vintage floral embroidered dress from Ephemerl, nods to florals are seen throughout the design. Among the other pretty rentals (loving the pops of gold and vintage accents), the floral linens from Select Event Group made the tablescape something so unique and beautiful. 

We love how the engagement ring from L. Priori Jewelry even resembled a flower! With all the pretty floral elements, Forte Florals nailed the bouquets and centerpieces with timeless designs that complimented, rather than competed with the overall design. Makeup By Leah and Allison Ferrari Hair helped get our model bride and bridesmaid wedding ready with a beautiful natural glow and soft, loose curls. All these details were captured by the talented Addy Rae Photo.

Photography: Addy Rae Photo | Floral Design: Forte Florals | Dress: Ephemerl | Stationery: Dill Paper Co | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Rings: L Priori Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Markarian | Makeup: Makeup By Leah | Hair: Allison Ferrari Hair | Venue: Conestoga Gardens | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Rentals: Select Event Group | Wedding Submission Services: Published Pretty

A Romantic Dusty Blue and Blush Wedding At the Inn at Barley Sheaf Inn

Today’s heartfelt wedding day at the Inn at Barley Sheaf Inn is full of sentimental details and swoon-worthy designs. Original Events Co truly brought the couple’s dream day to life, while the Bride’s guardian angel watching over her on that special day took care of a few details out of their control – like the clouds parting to bring the bluest skies just in time for their ceremony. We get chills just thinking about what that moment must have felt like! Twisted Willow Flowers blew us away with their delicate arrangements, perfectly complimented the dusty blue and blush color palette of their day. See it all at the full gallery – captured by Lauren Fair Photography!

From the Bride… As a girl, I have been planning my whole wedding my whole entire life way before I even met Devin! When he proposed, I couldn’t wait to start a new journey with my best friend and I was so excited to put my mental catalog of wedding ideas into reality. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold and safety restrictions were being released, we had to make a difficult decision to postpone our original June 2020 wedding to August 2020. The restrictions were taking a lot longer to lessen than we expected so we then had to move our wedding date two more times! We hoped and held onto the possibility of our original wedding vision and had many sleepless nights going back and forth but we knew in our hearts what we had to do. The safety and health of our families and friends became our number one priority and meant more to us than anything. After a tough and heartbreaking decision, we decided to look at outdoor venues which is how we found the beautiful Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm in Holicong, PA. After doing a last minute venue walk through – we got in the car and looked at each other and just knew we found the place and despite the heartache and tough choices we had to make, we were excited all over again over the possibility that our wedding can indeed still happen.

We had to basically re-plan a whole new wedding with a blank canvas in less than two months. We were fortunate enough to have supportive and wonderful vendors along this roller coaster of a journey from day one. Randi from Original Events Company was kind enough to join the process last minute and helped us with all the last minute re-planning. Her and Christy from Papertree Studio made a awesome team. After getting to know each other, our vendors knew that it was important for us to weave our love interests, personalities and love story into the design of our big day. We truly had the best wedding team!

From our best friend Ago from high school being our officiant who created personal vows and shared stories of us to personal and custom touches in every design aspect we chose . We wanted the day to feel very organic, warm and genuine as much as possible. Our vendors made that possible more than we could have ever imagined and it was the most magical day we have ever lived.

It is well known by all how much we are in love with our English bulldog Max and we wanted him to be a part of our big day as much as possible. Papertree Studio included him in our custom wedding invitation suite on the prettiest handmade paper that ended up being the same handmade paper for our day of dinner menus that she designed for us. Our best friend Gio walked Max down as the ring bearer in a blue tuxedo bandana that matched the groomsmen suits. Max was printed into Devin’s bespoke custom suit jacket liner and also debuted as being a cake topper on our lemon and raspberry filled wedding cake. His face was also on the cocktail stirrers of our his and her cocktails that Devin with a hobby of being a mixologist actually mixed himself for all our guests! The bride’s drink was called “Strawberry Maxarita”!

Someone who we also very much wanted to be there but unfortunately couldn’t was the bride’s father who recently passed away from leukemia. It was important to acknowledge him by finding uplifting ways to memorialize him. Papertree Studio and Randi from Original Events Company created a beautiful mantle piece with photos of him next to a lit candle with framed lyrics from the song “Let it be” by my dad’s favorite band – the Beatles. My “something blue” was a heart cut from my dad’s denim jeans that was sewn into my Alexandra Grecco wedding dress. I wanted something soft and romantic with floral embellishments. The dress paired so well with my matching Alexandra Grecco cathedral veil that had hand embroidered pearls.

Aside from all the details, we all felt that my dad was truly there. Every day was a sunny day up until of course – our wedding day. We were nervously checking the weather every minute on the day of. It was gloomy and rained all morning and due to the rain, we had to change a few plans and encountered a few set backs. As we had to change some major elements with the set up, we were so upset because we felt as if we fought so hard to make this day possible that yet again, the universe was trying to make it impossible. The string quartet was performing as guests were arriving and just minutes before I walked down the aisle to them playing “With or Without you” by U2, the rain stopped and the sun came out between the trees where the ceremony was held behind the enormous floral arch that Twisted Willow Flowers designed for us. Guests who had umbrellas were blessed with the bluest skies. As summer was ending, leaves began falling and the glow from the sun touched every ones faces. I knew that was my Dad telling me “I’m here and everything is going to be okay” as I walked down the aisle to start this brand new chapter with Devin. Everyone knew the sun came out because of my dad.

We wanted our escort seating hutch to be romantic and unique. The hutch was decorated with family photos, beautiful vessels and vintage books. Papertree Studio and Randi from Original Events Company created seating charts in gold frames where guests found their names and assigned tables. Gorgeous blooms poured out of the drawers from Twisted Willow Flowers. Next to the hutch, we had custom hand sanitizers made for guests to take to the reception.

Devin and I met in the summer so the season summer always holds such a meaningful time in our hearts. Paper Tree designed the most beautiful cloth signages that stood during cocktail area that said “You are the type of love that always feels like summer” and that saying couldn’t be anymore true.

We love traveling the world and we have been to more than 12 countries together. We had post cards for guests to sign as our guest book during the cocktail hour.

We wanted the reception to be a big reveal so we had our guests walk along a path with luminary pathway lights up until the outdoor tent. Along with traveling, we have seen sunsets allover the world which is why we chose the color scheme with our flowers. When I first connected with Amanda from Twisted Willow Flowers, I told her that I wanted flowers everywhere! She did just that! Twisted Willow Flowers came up with beautiful late summer sunset tones from white and dreamy blushes to soft butter into rich ambers. It mimicked what a gorgeous summer sunset would be. Place seatings included menus on handmade paper with custom gold wax seals, gold silver ware, gold rimmed chargers, goblets and candles in glass votives. The textured floral center pieces and rustic seasonal fruit matched so well with our farm tables draped with dusty blue table runners. Our favorite piece that Amanda designed and set up for us was the floral installation with the basket weave lanterns over the dance floor. It looked so dreamy between the string lights in the tent.

To this day, guests are still reminiscing about our father/daughter dance. I had my older brother Sean dance with me to Ben E. King “Stand by me” with childhood photos of our dad and us. In the middle of the song, my younger brother got up and brought our mom up to the dance floor. Everyone was crying and our hearts were so full. We will remember that moment forever.

The whole day was filled with so much light and love. We danced the rest of the night away and had a after party filled with smores around a fire pit. As guests walked out, we surprised them with a grilled cheese food truck for a night cap. You can feel the magic captured by Lauren Fair’s associate: Minh. At the end of the day, all we wanted was to celebrate each other in front of our favorite people in the safest way possible and we did just that and much more. We truly would go through all the ups and downs of re-planning over and over again to re-live the amazing day that we had. I believe that our wedding is a true example that love is worth fighting for and regardless of any pandemic, set back or weather – love always wins.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: Yours Truly Media | Design: Papertree Studio | Event Design: Original events Co | Floral Design: Twisted Willow Flowers | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Gracco | Cake: The Caketeria | Invitations: Papertree Studio | Wedding bands: Jewelry by Eric | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Top Knots By Aimee | Lighting: Philly Wedding Lighting | DJ: POSH Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Carlos Coto Summit Tailors | Men's Attire: Generation Tux | String Quartet: Highline String Quartet | Wedding Venue: Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm | Dog Walking Service: Pawfect for You | Food Truck: Grilly Cheese | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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A Romantic Greenhouse Wedding That Brings The Outdoors Inside

Love the look of an outdoor wedding, but hosting one that’s indoors? This lush greenhouse wedding designed by Shannon Leahy has got you covered. With an abundance of overflowing white blooms, florals by Bows and Arrows transported guests to an enchanted monochrome garden. Capturing the love in the room as only she can, Lauren Fair Photography beautifully tells the story of the day through her images. Be prepared to swoon over all the pretty in the full gallery.

From Lauren Fair PhotographyThe Fairmount Park Horticulture Center sets the scene for this incredibly lush, all white wedding. Powerhouse talent Shannon Leahy Events planned a romantic day filled with beauty and intrigue.

Bows & Arrows Flowers knocked it out of the park, truly bringing the outdoors inside. Lush blooms as far as the eye could see filled the greenhouse reception.

Lauren Fair Photography brought the beauty of the day to life in her imagery. The love that filled the room beautifully translates through her pictures.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Event Design: Shannon Leahy Events | Event Planning: Shannon Leahy Events | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Reception Venue: Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

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Romantic Chateau Inspiration Right Here in the USA, Designed With a High Fashion Bride in Mind

If you’re a bride that lives for high fashion, but loves an old world feel – this one’s for you! Leave it to Lauren Fair and Arielle Fera Events to bring the romance and allure of Europe to the States. They designed a shoot that incorporates the old-world character of Elkins Estate, infused with a modern feel. If you didn’t already know, Elkins Estate is a 45-room manor built in the style of Italian High Renaissance – smack dab in the suburbs of Philadelphia! To watch the magic unfold, check out the full gallery of inspiration, complete with hundreds of breathtaking blooms by Twisted Willow Flowers.

From Lauren Fair Photography The concept for this shoot was centered around a historic estate, Elkins Estate, that is currently being revitalized into a luxurious new wedding venue in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Our team sought out to produce inspiration that incorporates the old-world character of Elkins Estate while infusing a modern + very romantic feel. High fashion, yet approachable for a bride. We designed this shoot with a high-end bride in mind; one that loves fashion, the richness that comes with a historic, opulent, gilded venue but also loves refinement through modern details. Elkins Estate, owned by Landmark Venues; is a 45-room manor built in the style of Italian High Renaissance.

The unique interior features, such as the ornately carved wood and gilded molding, marble columns and accents, frescoed ceilings, gargoyles and the like, were crafted in Europe and shipped to the United States, where they were assembled on site. The interior was designed by renowned French interior decor experts Allard et Fils, which accounts for the distinctly French feel in some of the rooms. The Estate sits on 42 rolling acres. It is the perfect venue for a couple who wants a European feel for their wedding without having to travel overseas. The venue is so vast and offers amazing indoor and outdoor spaces, we decided to feature two couples in order to capture the grandness of the venue. We also featured designer gowns by some of the designers in the industry. For a bride that loves fashion, one dress is clearly not enough. This shoot is rich with beautiful dresses that are both high-fashion yet approachable and extremely romantic and feminine. For the shoot we opted for a romantic palette consisting of muted + rich tonal shades of blush, cream, light rusty peach, café au lait and cream all accented with hints of gold.

Ashley and Emmanuel are an engaged couple who modeled for us. Twisted Willow Flowers created a gorgeous + sprawling ceremony arch that was set on one of the Estate’s elaborate outdoor staircases. It is a beautiful backdrop for the couple to be elevated above their admiring guests. Ashley wore gorgeous designer gowns by designer Alon Livne provided by Jessica Haley Bridal and designer gowns by Alon Livne and PRONOVIAS provided by La Belle Mariee. Ashley’s makeup was subtle and soft while her hair was styled into a dramatic power ponytail by Michele Wilderman. The gorgeous jewelry that she wore was provided by Kellmer Jewelers. Their wedding cake was creatively crafted by NutMeg Cake Design to be reminiscent of a sculpture that complements the stateliness of the venue. Arielle Fera Events curated a gorgeous ensemble of lounge furniture from White Glove Rentals that was styled on one of the grand balconies. A hand-drawn venue sketch adorned the couple’s invitation suite that was beautifully designed by PaperTree Studio.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Floral Design: Twisted Willow Flowers | Stationery: Papertree Studio | Shoes: Bella Belle | Makeup & Hair: Makup My Mind | Calligraphy: Caitlin Jane Calligraphy | Wedding Venue: Elkins Estate Landmark Venues | Bridal Gown: Pronovias | Bridal Gown: Galia Lahav | Bridal Gown: Berta | Bridal Gown: Gabbiano Bridal | Bridal Gown: Alon Livne | Bridal Shop: Jessica Haley Bridal Boutique | Bridal Shop: La Belle Mariee Bridal | Bridal Shop: Bridal Reflections | Cake Designer: Nutmeg Cake Design | Jeweler: Kellmer Jewelers | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Model: Ashley Brielle | Model: Annastacia Boudwin | Planning + Design: Arielle Fera Events | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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Stately Elegance Inspired by Quintessential European Romanticism

Looking for wedding inspiration that’s guaranteed to never go out of style? Look no further. Novalee Events Co., Belinda Jean Photography and May Chester Design joined creative forces to dream up today’s timelessly elegant shoot at Nemacolin’s Chateau Lafayette. Complete with a romantic indoor ceremony overflowing in blooms, a princess dress and a Rolls-Royce exit – there’s just so much to fall in love with. Don’t miss out on the full gallery to see all the pretty.

From Novalee Events CoHaving been intrigued by Nemacolin’s Chateau Lafayette for its dignified aesthetic, we sought to illustrate our editorial story in this unparalleled setting as it resonated with discernment and timelessness. Where stately elegance is in abundance, the Chateau Lafayette is fittingly embellished with coffered ceilings, distinguished ornate details, and grand crystal chandeliers. Ultimately, our focus was to capture the sensual love between a sophisticated bride and groom while incorporating subtle yet opulent European details. 

The Clémence from The Lace Atelier was chosen for its delicate silhouettes and labyrinthine lace details. The soon-to-be bride radiated with a relaxed sophistication and a refined sensuality as she gazed upon the Lafayette Gardens from her regal suite while sipping her tea from a Versace Medusa Gala cup that is known for its opulence. Before being adorned by the bride, the Milla Nova wedding gown from Bridal Beginning was proudly displayed on a mirror of grandeur that was laced in gold-intricate detail. Completed in beautiful mikado fabric, the graceful gown was chosen for its flawless and classic design as it truly resonated with a blend of timelessness with haute couture fashion for the discerning bride-to-be. 

Handcrafted in luxe embossed leather, the understated Jimmy Choo bridal shoes enhanced the bride’s refined aesthetic. The design inspiration for the intimate nuptials was to design asymmetrical floral columns that were romantic and organically defined. The Lafayette Gardens served as the centerpiece for our intimate dining table. Overflowing with blousy blooms and delicate textures, the inspiration behind the florals was to curate a design that would emulate flowers growing right out of the table—where you might even find butterflies gliding above the cappuccino garden roses or the white O’Hara roses. 

The table was designed to accentuate luxurious details, such as the luxe gold-detailed Versace dinnerware. Classical romanticism inspired this 3-tiered wedding cake composed of loose fondant ribbons as well as a soft lush arrangement of sugar flowers in dusty hues of blush and ivory finished with delicate golden gilding. When designing the stationery, Sugared Fig Paperie envisioned a romantic European chateau with intricate filigree work and feminine textiles. The stationary was inspired partly by time spent in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and Downton Abbey. For the design, it included a regal crest and loose, hand-scripted calligraphy, where different textures as handmade paper, vellum, and hand-dyed silk were incorporated. To add additional interest, a subtle combination of floral and tool patterns were added to complete the vision. Nemacolin’s Rolls-Royce was the flawless conclusion to our editorial—as it embodied opulence, stately elegance, and an everlasting expression of excellence.

Photography: Belinda Jean Photography | Event Planning: Nova Lee Event Production Design | Floral Design: May Chester Design | Invitations: Sugared Fig Paperie | Jewelry: Orr's Jewelers | Makeup Artist: See Jane Blush | Hair Stylist: Jenna Loves Your Hair | Groom's Attire: Generation Tux | Wedding Venue: Nemacolin Woodlands Spa Salon | Bridal Boutique: Bridal Beginnings | Bride Model: Shayla Maietta | Cake Designer: Alex Robba Cake | Dress Designer: Mila Nova Bridal | Flatware: KCR Rental & Design | Glassware: Artisan Tableware Co. | Groom Model: Bryce Cylar | Lab: The Find Lab | Lace Robe: The Lace Atelier | Linens: Lendable Linens | Ring Box: Styling Archives | Styling Mats: Olive And Oak

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Classic Architecture Meets Modern Fine Art Elegance at The Hartwood Stables

Who else is spending many nights staying up too late binging The Crown right now? We can’t help it – we’re obsessed. Anything to relive that royal wedding. Today’s stunning editorial from Exhale Events is giving us major english countryside stone castle vibes. Muted moody hues set the tone while unexpected textures and patterns throughout the design allowed for an element of surprise. Our favorite part? The lighting. Edison bulbs were strung together and hung from arched metal structures over the reception table creating an ultra-romantic display. See it all at the full gallery – captured by Lauren Renee Photography!

From Lauren Renee PhotographyThere is so much beauty in old venues and the history behind them. The Hartwood Stables belonged to a prominent family in Pittsburgh for several years before it was turned over to the county. It is truly a hidden gem and one of the few places that remain in the area that maintain classic architectural lines and building elements of classic stone. The charm of the location takes you to another time and place. When we (Lauren and Nicole) saw the venue, we knew we needed to showcase the beauty of the property, but we wanted to take a refined romantic approach to the shoot with modern touches that showcases how today’s bride can take an old location and infuse it with new trends. 

Our color palette focused on muted tones of traditionally bold colors and a blend of darker and light hues for a modern approach. Our table settings also pulled in more patterns and tones that couples might not think to put together, however fused seamlessly in the setting. The softer elements came into place with a romantic stationery suite and designer gown from Galia Lahav. The raw edged stationery and scenic envelope liners weaved in such delicacy while the flowing tulle fabric on the wedding dress added a dreamy ethereal touch. Nestled beneath the trees of the venue, we set up the ceremony. 

To not take away from the beauty of the area itself, we kept the decor minimal; utilizing black mid modern chairs and florals which really were a focal point. Our vision for the floral designs was brought alive through wild, organic structures including an elevated overflowing vase as the backdrop of the ceremony and a blossoming archway entrance. In keeping with the feminine florals and architectural details, Alex Robba Cake hand-painted blue flowers along with tile that mimicked stone in a modern, yet timeless cake design. The look was topped off with the prettiest sugar flowers that added such grace. Not far from the cake display was the family style tablescape. Each place setting had a classic set up, but it was each piece that put a fresh spin to a rather timeless approach. Saffron watercolor patterned plates sat atop one another with stiletto shaped black horned flatware gently placed beside them. Wooden and ceramic textures also appeared throughout the table design to provide an earthy depth and dimension to the details. However the lighting is easily the trendiest and most unique part of the aesthetic. Edison bulbs were strung together and hung from arched metal structures over the table. EF Lighting worked their magic and it really provided the perfect glow! With the quaint setting, stylish details, and classic elegance, this old-meets-new wedding inspiration offers a little something for every bride and groom!

Floral Design: Green Sinner | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Cake: Alex Robba Cake | Invitations: Every Little Letter | Makeup: See Jane Blush | Hair: Courtney Benedetti | Men's Attire: Surmesur | Wedding Venue: Hartwood Acres | Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride's Ring Box: esselle SF | Design & Planning: Exhale Events | Female Model: Kaitlyn Sapp | Danijel Trifkovic | Groom's Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Groom's Shoes: Karl Lagerfeld | Jewelry Designer: Octavia Elizabeth | Jewelry Store: Orr's Jewelers | Light Design: EF Lighting | Linens: Lendable Linens | Photography & Design: Lauren Renee Photography | Tabletop Rentals & Flatware: Artisan Tableware Co.

How to Incorporate Subtle Hints of Fall in Your Wedding Decor Without Going Overboard

That crisp morning air, early signs of transitioning colors and a pumpkin spice latte in hand… I mean, are these not the best days or what?! Today we’re so excited to be sharing with you a gorgeous Philadelphia wedding planned by Polka Dot Events that so perfectly incorporated subtle hints of Fall into the decor. It was just the right amount of foliage in the arrangements from Belovely along with a moody color palette that did the trick. For more autumn inspired wedding inspiration, head on over to the full gallery – all taken by Haley Richter Photography!

How they Met

When Matt, a Philadelphia native, met Emily, a born and raised New Yorker, the fireworks were immediate — but as Matt likes to joke, he thought Emily was way out of his league! The two of them met while working at the same software company in New York and say that their compatibility surfaced as colleagues through their mutual work ethic, drive and love for Matt’s corny jokes.

The Proposal

After three years together, Matt proposed in May of 2018. He had planned a date night for the two of them so that it wouldn’t be suspicious to ask Emily to get dressed up. However, as Emily remembers it, Matt was home from work before her, had already opened wine and was singing in the shower – not suspicious at all! Right before they were due to leave for their supposed restaurant date, Matt asked Emily if they could take a selfie, and right after the camera clicked Matt was getting down on one knee. Emily describes that moment as one she could never forget — “right there in the center of our cozy Brooklyn apartment, our first home together and our sanctuary from the hustle of NYC – the man I love with all my heart was down on one knee, asking me to marry him.” To make the moment even more memorable, Matt had organized it so that their friends and family were all at the bar below their building, ready to celebrate with them after she said yes.

The Wedding

When planning their wedding there were a few nonnegotiables for Matt and Emily. They wanted a venue close to Center City, a modern-romantic aesthetic, a fall date, and a large dance floor for all of their guests. Cescaphe’s newest venue, The Lucy, checked all of these boxes and more; however, there was a catch — it hadn’t even been built yet! Emily and Matt took a leap of faith and booked The Lucy solely on the design renderings. The Lucy promised an air of mid-century modernness; it’s moody romantic color palette offset by cool brass fixtures and marble details differentiated itself from other venues. The couple knew The Lucy would be something special. November in Philadelphia can be a stunning contradiction: Center City, where the Lucy is located, is a gray bustling metropolis, however, just a few blocks over in Old City there is liveliness in the fall foliage that surrounds you.

The couple wanted to honor both facets of the city for their big day, and so, chose the Lokal Hotel as their venue for intimate time with family in the hours leading up to their ceremony. To the bride, a successful wedding was all in the details; and details were the last thing she wanted to be thinking about on her wedding day — cue the wedding dream team! “While the food, music, and drinks are the most important aspects for our guests, for us, we’re spending most of our wedding day with our photographer and coordinator so it was so important to get the dynamics right”, stated the bride, “We had already met Haley, of Haley Richter Photography, during our engagement shoot and from the moment we met her she felt like family. When Haley referred us to Polka Dot Events for our coordinator we were quick to take her referral but couldn’t have imagined how wonderful Allie Beik would be. The two of them truly were our dream team!”. The couple photographed in several Philadelphia landmarks including the Merchants Exchange Building, Washington Square and of course, Broad Street. Carrying the warmth of autumn inside to their venue, the couple hired Belovely as their florist. 

Belovely materialized the bride’s vision by bringing in softer elements like pampas grass, linen runners, muted greens and pops of jewel toned flowers throughout the venue for their early November wedding. The bride’s gown was a custom design featuring a clean modern silhouette as an ode to her New York style; paired with statement earrings from Olive + Piper and designer Jimmy Choo shoes, she radiated confidence walking down the aisle. The couple was accompanied under their chuppah by their parents as well as the Bride’s twin sister and Groom’s brother who officiated their ceremony. Putting family first has always been a shared value between Matt and Emily; they opted to only have their siblings in their bridal party and even their rescue dog Winnie made a cameo as the namesake signature drink – the Winnie Woo! Emily, Matt, and Matt’s mom were especially excited about their band (LA Starz from EBE), and they did not disappoint! The dance floor was packed the entire time, from the minute the Cescaphe flower cannon went off after the new couple was introduced to the end of the final song. LA Starz included some of Matt’s parents’ favorite songs which really got this local crowd going, including (of course) Bruce Springsteen’s Rosalita and Bon Jovi hits.

Photographer: Haley Richter Photography | Cinematography: Yours Truly Media | Coordination: Polka Dot Events | Stationery: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Engagement Ring: Rosnov Jewelers | Wedding Bands: Deco Diamonds NYC | Makeup: Makeup by Carly G | Hair: ONLO | Bridal Gown: anomolie | Bride's Earrings: Olive + Piper | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Downtown Club | Floral: Belovely | Getting Ready Hotel: Lokal Hotel | Groom's Cufflinks: Uncommon Goods | Groom's Suit + Tie: Enzo Custom | Music: Ebe Amsterdam | Wedding Party Makeup: ONLO

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. 


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 La Tavola | 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: SuitShop | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Excelsior | Lighting Design: Shumaker PDT | Video: NST Pictures | Wedding Photographers: Brianna Wilbur Photography

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: SuitShop | 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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