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A Wedding Editorial With Majorly Romantic Italian Vibes

This wedding editorial brought a little bit of Italy to Pennsylvania, and every photo is oh-so-yummy. I don’t even know where to start – the perfectly lit images captured by Erika Brown Photography, the swoonworthy long sleeve Hayley Paige gown (the same one the designer wore to her own nuptials!), the perfectly rustic tablescape provided by Paisley & Jade, or the abundance of lavender and olive branches in the florals by Porter & Ives. Every single thing about this editorial will make you feel like you’re in the Mediterranean, so I can’t think of a better way to start your weekend than to grab a glass of wine and get lost in this gallery.

From Erika Brown PhotographyThe inspiration for this editorial shoot came from the beauty and romantic nature of the Italian coast. Olive leaves, architecture, flair, and wine (mostly wine) helped us to re-create a shoot filled will all of the things that make Italy exceptional. There wasn’t a better place to host the shoot than The Inn at Grace Winery. The estate design resembled Italian construction, and the winery addition was definitely a perk! It was a picture-perfect backdrop for the story we had envisioned.

Our models (and real life couple), Vincenza and Matt, are both Italian and fit the role perfectly. Not only is Vincenza a former pageant girl, she is also the owner of a fabulous Italian family bistro, V & M Bistro. V&M Bistro embellished the shoot by providing authentic Italian cuisine – a heart shaped pizza pie, Italian bread, Italian sub sandwiches, and cannolis.

Vincenza donned two dresses during the shoot, both by designer Hayley Paige. The A line, fuller Hayley Paige gown was unique in that Hayley Paige wore the same design on her very own wedding day! Custom jewelry pieces made by Lindsay Marie Design added delicate detail to Vincenza’s entire bridal look. To top it all off, the shoes that Vincenza wore were by designer Sergio Rossi, and they were absolute show stoppers!

The two tiered cake was created by the talented The Master’s Baker and was inspired by classic Italian stucco found in a lot of architecture around the country. Topped with grapes and petite flowers, the cake was the perfect blend of rustic and ethereal.

Porter and Ives dreamed up the whimsical floral design for the entire shoot. Lavender and olive branches were two “must haves” – not only did they look great in the design, but they also smelled wonderful and created an atmosphere that made us feel like we were actually in Italy! The bridal bouquet was one of our favorite details of the shoot and absolutely blew everyone away.

This Italia-inspired shoot came to life right before our eyes thanks to all of the talented vendors who participated. The venue was gorgeous, the models were iconic, the food looked and tasted great, the flowers were flourishing – and, for a split second, in the midst of all the shoot chaos, we had to pinch ourselves to remember that we weren’t actually at a villa in Italy.



Photography: Erika Brown Photography | Floral Design: Porter & Ives | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture | Cake: The Master's Baker | Engagement Ring: Susie Saltzman | Makeup: Kelley Unthank Makeup | Hair: Pretty Weird Hair & Makeup Artistry | Calligraphy: Allison Dee Calligraphy | Venue: Grace Winery | Artisan Gifts: Marigold & Grey | Bridesmaids' Dresses Boutique: Jennifer's Bridal | Event Planning+ Design: Kelsey Ann Events | Hair Adornments: Lindsay Marie Design | Model: Vincenza Carrieri-Russo | Painter: Larkspur and Laurel | Rentals: Paisley & Jade

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Anne of Green Gables Inspired Baby Shower

Kristy Rice, the huge talent behind Momental Designs, set out to shower her childhood friend with a day crafted around their shared love of the Anne of Green Gable series. From book favors with hand-painted covers to the narrative of Anne beautifully woven into each and every detail (including a fab cake table), this is a stunning modern spin on a childhood classic all captured by Danielle Coons.

A few highlights:

  •  A modern twist on Anne of Green Gables at Terrain in Philadelphia
  • Individually hand painted stationery throughout including artfully redesigned book covers for guest gifting and custom laser cut invitation details
  • All elements of the decor tied directly to narrative from the Anne of Green Gables Book
  • Three cakes with artwork installation inspired by passages from the book

Kristy and Amy have been best friends since grade school and to this day they share a love for the Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery. When it came time to vision a baby shower for Amy, Kristy knew exactly where to turn. Every element of decor and stationery was inspired by specific scenes from the tale of Anne, a precocious red-head orphan in the 1800’s. Kristy set out to give the look a decidedly modern spin amidst the flowery language of Montgomery’s narrative.

Invitations were meant to be a gift for each guest and included a set of four art prints bundled together with the signature Momental Lacy laser cut bellyband. The invitation itself was hand brushed with blush and sage inks atop a pebble textured, blush cardstock.

Menus were mounted to mini chalkboards and if any of you know the Anne story, you’ll certainly know the significance of the chalkboard!

Guests went home with there very own copy of the book, refashioned with a watercolor floral cover hand painted with thickly applied brushstrokes in white.

The flower installation was inspired by a scene from the movie adaptation of Anne of Green Gables where two of the central characters take a buggy ride through a dogwood laden lane of shimmering white blooms. Papertini Floral suspended clouds of baby’s breath and other blooms above each guest table.

A series of three cakes each created after a humorous passage in the Anne of Green Gables book. Plum Cardamom, Raspberry Cream and a Classic Carrot were divine. Large 5 foot tall art prints hung behind each cake.

Photography: Danielle Coons Photography | Styling: Momental Designs | Floral Design: Papertini | Cakes: Cake Life Bake Shop | Venue: Terrain at Styers | DIY Flower Providor: Fifty Flowers | Invites, Book Covers, Place Cards, Menus: Momental Designs

Rustic Elegance at Sweetwater Farm

This darling duo? They’ve got a sweet and generous kind of love, easily spotted in Ciro Photography‘s touching imagery of their fall fete. With a goal of finding a welcoming, serene setting to share that joyous love with their nearest and dearest, they stumbled on Sweetwater Farm, and then they packed it with personal touches to boot. Cozy up to the gallery for more!


From the beautiful Bride…When we started planning our dream wedding we envisioned a weekend surrounded by our loved ones in a beautiful, serene setting. The hardest part of the journey was finding a venue that was ours, inviting, and could truly set the tone for our vision. The moment we stepped onto the grounds at Sweetwater Farm we knew it was everything we had dreamed of. It painted the perfect canvas for our fall wedding between the barn, the main house and all of the individual details in the rooms. There were even a couple of horses and a sheep to fulfill the rural feel.

We wanted to personalize every part of the wedding, our attempt to reciprocate the love and support that our guests have given us over the years. On the wedding day itself we added special details like placing pictures all around the reception. These pictures were memories of loved ones who had touched our lives along the way but couldn’t be there with us and of family marriages who inspire us daily. We created a romantic and warm feeling by placing small floral arrangements and mason jars filled with candles throughout the wedding venue. The ceremony was topped off with a beautiful chuppah that was draped with a lace top and floral touches. Lastly, we worked with our caterer to find amazing farm tables and mixed china to complete our look. All the hard work and organization made our big day all the more special, concluding with a bang with a final sparkler exit at the end of the wedding night!

The dream of our wedding day transformed into a whole weekend celebration as we filled the bed and breakfast with all of our family and friends for two nights. The day itself was the most picturesque fall day a bride could dream of… November and 65 degrees outside in Pennsylvania! The most memorable part of the my day was walking arm in arm with my mother and father through all of our loved ones and seeing Brian waiting for me under the chuppah. The day was truly a dream come true!

Photography: Ciro Photography | Floral Design: Love 'n Fresh Flowers | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Invitations: Jillian Yee-Pham | Shoes: Tribut Ives Saint Laurent | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: 12th St Catering | Hair And Makeup: Julio Angel Hair Studio | DJ: White Label DJs | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Ceremony Music: Vogue Music Events | Venue: Sweetwater Farm | Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals

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Rustic Terrain At Styers Wedding

Perfectly rustic, perfectly pretty and everything in between, this wedding is an example of laid-back elegance done oh-so-right.  The perfect merger of rich, dark hues with an eclectic mix of details, it’s the sort of day that makes you wish you could marry all over again… just so you could steal every last stylish moment captured by Danielle Nowak.  And we totally support that, by the way.  Click here for more.

From the Bride… We both love the outdoors and wanted our wedding to feel earthy, yet elegant, so we chose to have our wedding at Terrain at Styer’s, which is a rustic venue that serves amazing seasonal menu items sourced from local Philadelphia farms. Our vision for the night was to create an intimate dinner party rather than a traditional event, so dinner was served family style in a cozy wooden barn and followed by an assortment of seasonal pies.

From there, other choices like floral arrangements and s’mores by the fire pit all came naturally with the feeling we were trying to capture. Tom and I both work at the Urban Outfitters home office, so the majority of our décor were items found at URBN samples sales. However, our favorite piece of décor was a Spoke Woven dream catcher that we received from a close friend the day before our wedding. It was an impromptu addition that we hung from the temple during our ceremony and really helped to set the mood for the evening.

Looking back, after months of planning and countless appointments, it was exhilarating to see everything come together so seamlessly. Having both of our families and friends gathered together to witness and celebrate our love will forever be a fond memory.

Photography: Danielle Nowak | Flowers: Sullivan Owen | Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Terrain at Styers | Reception Venue: Terrain at Styers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Belsoie | DJ: Lovesick | Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Concrete Polish Jewels | Hair & Make Up: Genessa Lynn | Hair Comb: BHLDN

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Fall Farm Wedding at Sweetwater Farm

Farm weddings warm my heart right up, particularly when they are as sweet as this one captured by Susan Stripling Photography at Sweetwater Farm. It’s filled to the brim with details so darling they will make your heart sing, and they are all waiting for you right here in this pretty little gallery. And don’t miss their equally sweet film from Unique Visions Studios below…

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From Susan Stripling PhotographyIf you’re looking for the perfect fall wedding look no further than Ashley and Zach’s Sweetwater Farm wedding. Hilary Felton from Country Meadow Florists provided the floral decor and the catering was by Feastivities. Ashley and Zach put a lot of love into their details, including beautiful personal touches on the long reception farm tables, a custom sign on their red getaway car, and a warm sparkler exit at the end of the night.

Photography: Susan Stripling Photography | Videographer: Unique Visions Studio | Dress: Romona Keveza | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Feastivities | Band: Gonzo's Nose | Ceremony And Reception: Sweetwater Farm

French-Inspired Winery Wedding

If you could see me right now, you’d see an embarrassing show of bouncing in my seat, enormous grin on my face, hands clasped under my chin… because this wedding is amazing. AH-MAZING. Lauren + Tim Fair captured the day in all its beauty, and boy is there a lot of beauty. I would be remiss not to give you the link to the gallery right away.


From the photographer… Aubrey + Brian’s stunning Grace Winery at Sweetwater Farm wedding was a dream to photograph. Aubrey was inspired by French elements, including all white vintage mismatched chairs, lavender, herb planter table names, stone wall backdrop in the barn, macaroons + other delicious treats, and signature cocktails. With beautiful florals from Belovely that incorporated pieces of vintage lace Aubrey sourced, to the all-white vintage chairs from Maggpie Vintage Rentals, there was a dream team of vendors.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Styling: Belovely | Florals: Belovely | Wedding Dress: Watters | Venue: Sweetwater Farm | Venue: Sweetwater Farm | Vintage Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals

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Fall Wedding Inspiration from Design*Sponge + Giveaway + Winners!

Here at SMP, end of the week wrap ups are sort of like icing on the cake. We try to end the week with a big ol’ bang, so when Design*Sponge shared their fall wedding inspiration shoot, we knew we’d found “the one.” But it gets even better, because on top of all this major wedding swoon, they’re giving away a styled engagement sesh with e la Barra Photography! Head right here for all the how-to-enters, and keep an eye out for winners, discounts, and even more giveaway goodness (if you can handle it) waiting down below!

From Design*SpongeThis is the first ever design*sponge wedding inspiration shoot. We were inspired by the merlot-colored dinner plate dahlias that we kept seeing at the floral market. With that color in mind, we headed off to one of our favorite places on the East Coast – Terrain at Stylers just outside of Philadelphia. We took our Brooklyn crew, including one of our favorite wedding photographers, Jorge de la Barra, down to Philly to spend a day creating an wedding inspiration shoot. Philadelphia florist, Sullivan Owen created loose wild arrangements filled with our inspiration flower. And Lael Cakes made a beautiful simple cake to compliment her flowers.

Photographer: de la Barra Photography | Flowers: Sullivan Owen | Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Lael Cakes | Shoes: BHLDN | Bracelet: BHLDN | Hair and Makeup: Jessica Pineda | Wedding Venue: Terrain at Styers | Blusher: BHLDN | Flatware: West Elm | Plates: Terrain at Styers | Sash: BHLDN | Save the Date: Amy Azzarito Of Design Sponge | Styling Consultation + Project Design: Ginny Branch Stelling | Tablecloth: Terrain at Styers


A few fun discounts from….

Fourth Love
PF Films
Toronto Bridal Style
Unique Visions Studio
Mugshots Photography
Love by Lynzie Weddings + Events
The Georgia Club


Giveaways still up for grabs…

Tickets to the Vermont Wedding Affair
$25 gift certificate to Garnish
Thank You notecards + envelopes from Go Go Snap!
A wedding gown from Allure Bridals


And this week’s lucky winners!

Happy day for Leah who won Maggiano’s dinner for two!
Double hooray for Kyra and her free engagement session from Studio Webber!
And last but not least, yay for Tim Schuckers’s new custom tuxedo from Alton Lane!


Have the loveliest weekend! See you back on Monday! xoxo

Pennsylvania Wedding from Claire Hudson + Proud to Plan

One look at this bride’s fabulous blog, and I knew we were in for a super chic wedding. And I wasn’t wrong. The ostrich feather poof, the gorgeous J.Crew gown, the groom looking dapper in a white jacket and black bowtie… Lacey does not disappoint. And neither did Proud to Plan, as they pulled together a wedding just as beautiful as the couple at center – and just as stylish. This is a gallery, from Claire Hudson no less, that you won’t want to leave!

From the planner… Lacey and James hosted their wedding weekend at Sweetwater Bed & Breakfast – a charming inn, located on the property of Grace Winery, which features an outdoor ceremony amphitheater and an amazing ballroom space inside a converted barn. The location is elegant, with just a dash of rustic flair, and was the perfect spot for their wine-inspired wedding theme: Love Is Intoxicating.

At first, Lacey found the planning process to be hectic. The bride is the author of A Lacey Perspective, a well-known blog on the D.C. fashion scene and the girl knows good style a mile away! She had a clear vision of the design elements she wanted to incorporate, but just needed a little help getting the big plans moving. Enter Proud to Plan. Erin and Caitlin helped guide the couple’s planning decisions, recommended the perfect professionals and created a team that made the rest of the planning process a breeze!

The wedding day started with overcast skies and a few scattered sprinkles, but that didn’t stop the fun at the inn! The girls were pampered with hair and makeup and posed for photos in custom pink monogrammed robes- their gifts from the couple. The guys also enjoyed their gifts, swanky monogrammed flasks, while they played pool and hung out in the main house waiting for the festivities to begin.

The bride wore a beautiful J. Crew wedding gown featuring simple cap sleeves and a sparkly jeweled belt. An Ostrich feather pouf courtesy of was placed in her long, loose curls and her gorgeous red shoes by Valentino perfectly matched the shade of her maid of honor’s gown. The rest of Lacey’s ladies dressed in long, flowy dresses in varying shades from pink to peach by Jasmine Bridal, while James’ gentlemen donned tuxedos by Jos. A. Bank. The guys also showed off a peek-a-boo of pink socks for a fun twist on their classic look. No stranger to style, either, our groom, James, looked dashing in a white jacket that set him apart from the rest of the guys.

The couple’s first look was an intensely romantic moment. Lacey was so excited to see how handsome James looked and was all smiles as she approached him. Once he saw her, he couldn’t stop telling her how beautiful she was in her wedding dress, how much he loved it and how it fit her so well; you could tell he thought she looked stunning! It’s always so amazing to see a groom so smitten with his bride and James was no exception to the rule! The couple, their attendants and family members spent time on the winery grounds, taking amazing photos with Claire Hudson. The bridal party was high-energy and crazy-fun so the time spent before the ceremony was full of belly laughs and genuine excitement for the bride and groom!

To Lacey and James, the details of the day were just as important as the comfort and enjoyment of their family and friends. They were sure to infuse each element with a personal touch, so guests would really take notice! Custom stationery by M.A. Designs was made to provide directional signage, the ceremony program information and they even used the monogram on the cupcake toppers! The personalized element really created a cohesive look for the event and looked fantastic.

As family and friends arrived, they found their table assignments by way of personalized wine glass tags, and then they were treated to a tasting to a few of the house-made blends! Next to the seating tags, we displayed a wine cork guestbook. Guests were asked to write Lacey and James a personal message and drop their cork into a shadow box frame. It was such a unique and fitting detail! Guests walked a garden path down to the ceremony area- a stone altar at the floor of a hill lined by flowering trees and tons of natural beauty. The look on the groom’s face was purely emotional and love-struck as his bride made her way down the long, dramatic walk to becoming his wife. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

Their wedding ceremony was unique, funny and so very romantic! The Wedding Pastor, Andy Mahaney, wrote a personal and touching script that resulted in both laughter and tears. Lacey and James had reserved a chair in the front row to pay honor to the memory of her brother, Kevin, and Andy was sure to incorporate a sweet and thoughtful mention during the ceremony that was really special to Lacey’s family. Another memorable part of the ceremony was when Lacey and James made their vows to one another.

From the beautiful bride… Writing our own vows and sharing them with our family and friends was definitely one of the most romantic moments of the day. I’ll never forget how much love I felt.

James ended the ceremony by sweeping Lacey off her feet for a dip and a kiss and then everyone made their way to the tasting room for cocktail hour. Timing was everything, because the rain held off just long enough to get everyone inside for the cocktail reception- the raindrops didn’t spoil a second of the event!

The catering by Brandywine Prime was top-notch! Butlers passed yummy hors d’oeuvres while guests devoured the amazing artisan cheese display at cocktail hour. Later, for dinner, they enjoyed a meal of short ribs, pan roasted chicken or cheese tortellini, before enjoying a wine and chocolate pairing and delicious monogrammed cupcakes by Cake Art Studio.

The floral design by Honeybunches was simple and chic. Lacey carried a hand tied bouquet of white tulips with a large satin bow. The ladies carried coordinating tulip bouquets tied with gold organza, which we were able to repurpose into some of the reception décor. Antique vases of tall, white tulips added a sophisticated touch to clusters of wine bottles and tons of candlelight. The reception ballroom looked incredible, lined with long tables in neutral colors, black chivari chairs with a mix of black and ivory cushions, and rustic string lighting by Eventions, who also provided sound & DJ services for the night.

One of the best parts of the wedding day (for everyone involved!) was showing the bride the reception room! She lit up with happiness when the doors opened to reveal a warm and inviting space for the party.

From the Bride… My favorite part of the wedding was seeing everything I had been planning pulled together. It was everything I had envisioned and hoped for! James’ favorite part of the wedding was the music. Our DJ was fantastic and so easy to work with! Not one person was seen sitting down in their seats. Everyone was up dancing and having an amazing time. It was great to see everyone celebrating!

The groom was a music major at FSU, so naturally he had a lot of specific requests, but the DJ, Brian, worked extra-hard to make sure he was happy. The bride and groom’s first dance was incredibly romantic! They were just staring into each other’s eyes and smiling- it was as if they were lost in their own world! Another memorable part of the event was when the groomsman serenaded Lacey by singing “My Girl” while she sat on a chair in the middle of the dance floor. They did a great job and the entire room was singing along by the end of the song!

Once the party kicked into high-gear, Lacey changed into an ivory sequined mini dress by Erin Fetherston and put on a necklace, courtesy of Max and Chloe, to show off her new “married” monogram! The wardrobe change allowed her to rock the night away in style and she looked fantastic staying cool on the dance floor.

The perfect evening ended with the couple running to their private honeymoon cottage through a sparkler sendoff. It was a magical ending to a beautiful wedding day!


Photography: Claire Hudson | Flowers: Honeybunches Floral Design | Event Planning: Proud to Plan | Ceremony & Reception Location: Sweetwater Farm + Grace Winery | Catering: Brandywine Prime Catering | Cake: Cake Art Studio | Entertainment and Lighting: Eventions Productions | Save the Dates & Invitations: Paperless Post | Wedding Day Signage and Stationery: M.A.Designs | Bridal Gown: J.Crew | Reception Dress: Erin Fetherston | Bridal Shoes: Valentino | Brides Necklace: courtesy of Max & Chloe | Brides Ostrich Feather Pouf: courtesy of | Tuxedos: rented from Jos. A. Bank | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jasmine Bridal

Sweetwater Farm Wedding from Alison Conklin Photography

Maybe my favorite thing in life is flipping through perfect photos from a fête that is established on so much chic personality I feel like I can smell the amazing flowers, feel the fresh breeze, and see the radient love. So today is a good day. A very good day, thanks to Alison Conklin Photography. She sent over a soiree so sweet my tooth aches. So romantic I’ve got goosebumps. So filled with personality I just feel like squeezing these little lovebirds. And so fantastic, I’ll be in the gallery all day!

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Craig and I got engaged after six years of dating. It was especially celebratory as we had been going through a hard time — we had recently lost my only sister to a car accident, and my mom had been diagnosed with cancer two months before. Then, during our engagement period, Craig had to have unexpected major surgery, so the meaning and significance of our wedding day truly resonated with us when it arrived. It was incredible for us and our families to have something so happy to celebrate – the painful months had made it all the more sweet, and us all the more appreciative. We were overwhelmed with gratitude to have had such a special day.

When we first started planning, our primary wish was to have a wedding that would be reflective of us and be filled with meaning. We focused on things that impact the way people feel, instead of feeling like we needed to follow specific formats or traditions. It needed to be relaxed, unfussy, with a lot of natural beauty. We initially looked all over (literally) for a venue as I wanted a place that had the right “feel” versus a specific destination, until we read about Sweetwater Farm. As soon as we read the description with key Megan & Craig words such as “50 acres, fireplaces, porches, hammock, hiking trails, barn, vineyard, dogs” we knew it was a place that we needed to check out right away and our gut instinct was absolutely right. We loved that its just 30 miles from Philadelphia yet in an idyllic country setting – incredibly beautiful, and with gorgeous historical accommodations. We picked early May in the hopes of catching the peak spring blooms and nice, not too hot weather.

From there, we focused on picking vendors that had the right kind of “energy” –vendors who we would enjoy working with and who made making things easy on us a priority as we were sensitive to any additional stress. We were incredibly grateful to have found Melody to be our day-of coordinator and also to run with the event design. She’s so thoughtful and caring in ways that are hard to describe in just a few words, but its clear she puts a lot of time and energy into the couples she works with. I had pretty strong views on how I wanted things to look as well as my theme, but she paired it down, made it cohesive, and give it a professional look.

I came up with our farmers market theme because the NYC Union Square farmers market in our neighborhood has long been one of Craig and my favorite activities, and I found many of the stands inspirational in their natural beauty. Melody and Nancy, completely embraced the idea, turned it into a full concept, and made it even better than I had hoped for. We didn’t have set wedding colors — I instead picked a palette of soft, dusty colors. As it wasn’t a priority to me that my bridesmaids look exactly the same, I picked five different chiffon dresses and three colors from the same line so that each one could pick a dress that they felt good in.

As we also had our ceremony at Sweetwater, we had the opportunity to create our ceremony– we selected the content piece by piece and asked our mothers do the readings. We picked a caterer that focused on using fresh seasonal ingredients, and a dedication to a greener way of doing business, two important things to us when it comes to food. For our wedding photos, we knew we wanted to work with Alison Conklin right away – we felt that her pictures captured moments, not people (portrait shots just aren’t our thing), and we really appreciated that we felt comfortable and relaxed with her and Geoff.

Craig and I are both music people and feel that it really sets the tone of an event, so it paid particular attention to our music choices to ensure they reflected our tastes and personal histories. One of our friends, the talented musician, Jon Divello, generously performed our ceremony music for us – even learning all six songs we wanted. Hearing him start to play “Til Kingdom Comes” by Coldplay as the wedding started was one of the most emotionally charged moments of that day for me. We had heard our reception band at a wedding last summer, loved their acoustic dinner set, and knew that they would play just the right mix of classic rock, songs we grew up to, and current hits.

it was also a priority to us that we incorporate my sister Bethany into our day — she loved Craig and we firmly knew would be in full support of our wedding. She was still my maid of honor, and in a nod to her happy and upbeat personality, we did a dance tribute to her playing one of her favorite songs and asking everyone to join us on the dance floor for it. We also lit luminaries out front in a nod to those used as a symbol of light and inspiration at Relay for Life, a very meaningful charity to her.

All in all, we really did try to be thoughtful in every stinking little detail. It was everything we wanted, and most importantly it was a joyous day for us surrounded by those we love.

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography / Venue: Sweetwater Farm / Wedding Design + Coordination: Innovative Events / Floral Design: Nancy Saam Flowers / Caterer: 12th Street Catering / Band: Brick Park Entertainment / Officiant: Journeys of the Heart / Hair: Natalie Pagano / Makeup: Nina from Cheekadee Makeup Artists

Pennsylvania Wedding by Alison Conklin Photography

Hip hip hoorays are in order because not only have we been graced with the presence of a Terrain at Styer’s fête but the magic maker behind the camera is none other than Alison Conklin Photography. Amazing photographer + killer venue along with a melt-your-heart couple is a total win win in SMP land (actually in most lands I’m sure). And we adore every single scrumptious last inch of this unique shindig.  It’s the perfectly imperfect gardens, the homespun-esque decor, the lovely, intimate atmosphere. Oh if only we could set up house at Terrain. The next best thing? Spending some time devouring every photograph from this gorgeous wedding in the full gallery.

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From the bride… Both having been married before in traditional weddings and not having children, Kathy and Randy decided on a private marriage ceremony at City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kathy wore a dress and shawl from Talk of the Walk. Her shoes (flats) were Vera Wang Lavender Label so that she could be photographed around the city at various locations with her husband including Love Park, Logan’s circle and the Art Museum. Thanks to photographer Alison Conklin and florist Sullivan Owen, who did the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere, they have great memories of that first special day as husband and wife.

Approximately one week later, the couple invited 50 guests, who consisted of their family and closet friends, to a marriage celebration dinner at Terrain at Styer’s in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful Sunday in early October. The couple had Two Paperdolls design the invitation by creating silhouettes from photographs that the couple took of each other. The bride wore a tea length wedding dress and hair piece from BHLDN, a wrap from J.McLaughlin, shoes from Valentino and a vintage purse from her great-grandmother. The flowers at the dinner were designed again by Sullivan Owen. The menu was planned among the couple, Terrain Garden Restaurant executive chef Keith Rudolf and event manager Elizabeth Clark. Two Paperdolls printed a large menu for the event and smaller menus for each guest as a memento of the evening. Additional decorations were purchased by the bride from BHLDN and used in decorating the magical rooms and reception area at Terrain, including the Mushroom Hut, which featured cupcakes and whoopie pies from The Flying Monkey. The bride’s hair was done for both events by Megan Tadeo from John Andrews Salon. She did her own make-up using Bobbi Brown’s latest palette and colors and wore her own jewelry given to her by Randy from Marco Bicego at Neiman Marcus. The bride and groom’s rings are from Sydney Rosen Jewelers. The bride’s engagement and wedding band was designed by Coastal and was hand-engraved on platinum. The guests were given either mint mojito or rosemary sage travel candles as favors in gift bags from Anthropologie. It was a splendid and magical evening, enjoyed by all!!

Wedding Photography: Alison Conklin Photography / Ceremony: City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215-686-2233) / Reception: Terrain at Styer’s in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania / Flowers: Sullivan Owen / Wedding Invitations + Menus: Two Paperdolls / Ceremony Dress + Shawl: Talk of the Walk / Ceremony Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender / Reception Dress + Hair Piece: BHLDN / Reception Shawl: J.McLaughlin / Reception Shoes: Valentino / Reception Purse: The Bride’s Great-Grandmother’s / Reception Jewelry: Marco Bicego / Hair: Megan Tadeo of John Andrews Salon / Makeup: DIY / Bride + Groom Prep Location: Sweetwater Farm / Rings: Sydney Rosen Company / Cupcakes + Whoopie Pies: The Flying Monkey / Wedding Favors: Anthropologie

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