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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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Romantic Candlelit Autumn Wedding

When it came their big day, these longtime loves wanted the focus on family. From their courtyard first look to the family photos filling frames, every moment held meaning. Oleander Floral & Events planned a masterpiece overflowing with lush opulence and seasonal fare, while Lauren Fair filled gallery with images reminiscent of a Golden Age painting.

From the beautiful Bride…Joe and I were married on November 15, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, PA. Our reception was at HollyHedge Estate in New Hope, PA.

Joe is originally from California, but I grew up in New Jersey – about 15 minutes away from the wedding site. After we started dating, it immediately became a tradition for us to visit New Hope whenever we came to visit my parents for wine tastings and walks down by the Delaware River.

When we first met with our floral & events designer, Oleander Floral & Events, my mother and I immediately knew that Cynthia was the only person for the job. The goal for the reception was for the entry way to look like a Dutch Master’s painting, and for the reception to feel like a celebratory European hunting banquet – lush, opulent, elegant. We wanted to play into the venue’s history – it was founded in the early 1700s, and the original stone barn where we had our cocktail hour is a beautiful piece of history and architecture. Cynthia hit it out of the park – our guests literally gasped when they entered the reception space to pick up their escort cards (which were boxes of 2 flavors of locally made truffles – yum!).

Lauren & Tim of Lauren Fair Photography captured nothing of short absolute magic with their cameras – from the “first look” in the old courtyard, to the stunning images from the field behind HollyHedge, to the structural beauty of the church – our wedding would not have been the same without them. They quite simply are unparalleled in their skills and talents, and they are amazing people who felt more like friends than wedding photographers.

It was very important for our fall wedding to be seasonal without being a cliche. One of the ways we wanted to do this was through food- from pumpkin & pear soup, to butternut squash ravioli, to our pumpkin spice & cream cheese wedding cake with sugared apples. We relied heavily on candle & fire light as well, which added a warm atmosphere to the entire space.

When we discussing the planning of our wedding, both Joe and I felt strongly about doing a “first look.” Initially, Joe was against the idea – but he realized that it would mean being able to enjoy cocktail hour and would let us be present for all our wedding events (versus missing cocktails to take photographs). Participating in cocktail hour was a priority for us, because we wanted to maximize time with our guests, half of whom had flown across the country to celebrate with the two of us. We didn’t want to be absent – it’s hard enough on your wedding day to spend time with everyone took part without missing part of the reception. Looking back, neither of us would change a thing. Having a “first look” allowed us to get nervous energy out before the ceremony. It also gave us time alone (with Lauren & Tim) to take the time to appreciate one another, and also allowed all of our wedding party to enjoy the entire day. One of Joe’s concerns with doing pictures before the ceremony was that he wouldn’t get the same impact when the doors opened and my dad walked me down the aisle. He told me afterward that nothing could have prepared him for that moment – despite being together for a few hours before church, he said he was overcome with emotion when I appeared at the doorway and he felt like he’d never seen me before. The look on his face is something I’ll never forget – it was the best moment of my life.

Joe and I met and started dating in 2011. I work as a television producer in New York City, and he’s getting a PhD from Cornell University in Biomedical Engineering – to say that we are opposites would be an understatement! I’m convinced that two people have never laughed so hard or loved as deeply as we have. Our first dance was “Come Rain or Come Shine,” by Ray Charles.

The day of the wedding started with the bridesmaids, my mother, and me getting ready in the bridal suite at HollyHedge. My bridesmaids & matron of honor are my 4 best friends from undergrad – we all met the first week of college freshman year at Bucknell University. The women wore J.Crew bridesmaids dresses with Ross Simons ruby & pearl-drop earrings with camel colored cashmere wraps to keep out the November chill. My dress was a Rivini bridal gown, and I covered myself with my grandmother’s white mink stole (she had recently passed and we were very close).

Family touches played a large role in our wedding day. Joe used his late father’s band as his wedding ring, and I used my grandmother’s wedding band as mine. The sixpence in my shoe was the same one that my mother used at her wedding, and we hand-painted the frames which held family photographs on the shelves surrounding the bar in the old barn. Additionally, my “something blue” was a custom label with the date in my wedding gown, and my “something borrowed” was a pair of pearl and white topaz earrings that are my mother’s.

The incorporation of family elements and feelings of warm intimacy were incredibly important to Joe and me – for us, the wedding was just as much about celebrating the love we have for our family and friends as it was about celebrating our marriage.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Floral Design: Oleander Floral & Events | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Holly Hedge Estate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Make-Up: Kimberly Felicetta | Hair: Crystal & Company | DJ: Synergetic Sound and Lighting | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Catering & Cake: Holly Hedge Estate | Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Elegant Ensembles (String Trio) | Escort Cards/Favors: Tom Sciascia | Wedding Dress & Accessories: Exquisite Bride

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Elegant Tented Lake Wedding

Just like the stunning Bride, having grown up on a lake during my childhood summers, this wedding from Jessica Hendrix is tugging at my heartstrings. I can almost smell the fresh country air and feel the breeze flowing through the Sperry Tent. With Main Street Fine Catering behind the exceptional catering and unbelievable cake, I’m betting this little shindig will wow you after just one peek.

From the beautiful Bride… We knew right away that we wanted to be married on my parents estate where I had grown up and where, my now husband and I, live very close to. We wanted this day to be very special and elegant, but comfortable. I was very clear from the start as to the look and feel I was going for; elegant country. I can honestly say I would not have changed one vendor or one detail.

For our wedding, all of our vendors were incredible. We decided to have a Sperry Tent to hold the reception—what a beautiful, grand tent! The ceremony was in the garden in front of the 5 acre lake which was set a golden glow as the sun sat in fall late afternoon sky. Kim Haggerty of the Pod Shop in New Hope, PA did such an incredible job capturing the elegant, but organic arrangements which contained French country roses, fruit and willow branches. She saw my ideas through perfectly and also made wonderful suggestions which we included. We chose peaches, greens and some deeper purples for our flower colors. The property and tables were set a twinkle with tons of candles and votives as well. Main Street Catering also was hands down the best decision for our celebration. Christopher and I love local, clean, seasonal food with an Asian flare—they offered such delicious, beautiful food—it was really quite overwhelming. Their service staff and on site coordinator were professional, fun and very accommodating. They took care of everything from the rentals, the bar, and of course, the food.

We chose a 7 piece band for the reception, a jazz trio for cocktails and an acoustic guitar for the ceremony. Franklin and Alison Orchestra provided all music equipment, musicians, and set up. From our engagement to our wedding, Jessica Hendrix took the most wonderful photographs. She captured so many wonderful moments with such a talented eye for composition and content. Our photographs were given to us in a very timely manner and we used her to make prints, which were gorgeous quality.

Some of the other vendors with smaller roles, but no less important, nor impressive were: Bijiou Bridal on the Main Line for my wedding dress and my maid of honors dress, The Paper Unicorn in Doylestown PA for beautifully printed announcements, invitations, and table numbers and cards, Craig of AKA Salon in New Hope for hair and makeup, Phillips Fine Wines for alcohol, and we used Mercer Museum tiles, in Doylestown, for our guest favors—small handmade ceramic acorns.

All in all it was, truly, the best day of our lives. My husband and I feel so blessed to have such amazing, loving friends and family to celebrate this day with us. Every single person involved in this day made it special. We had so much fun. We danced, ate, drank and started this new chapter of our lives together with such gusto! I feel so lucky to wake up everyday next to my husband who I just adore, with memories of a wedding I just adored.

Photography: Jessica Hendrix Photography | Coordination: Main Street Fine Catering | Wedding Cake: Main Street Fine Catering | Invitations: The Paper Unicorn | Catering: Main Street Fine Catering | Favors: Mercer Museum | Venue: Private Residence | Boutique: Bijou Bridal | Hair Salon: Aka Salon | Orchestra: Franklin Alison Orchestra | Tenting: Sperry Tents | Wine: Phillips Fine Wines

Rustic Holly Hedge Wedding

From the moment the guests laid eyes on the beautiful invitation suite from Bella Figura, they knew they were in for something special. And something special it was, based on the images from Alison Conklin Photography. Black tie but with a hint of classy boho, rustic but fresh, this wedding was superb.

You definitely won’t want to miss this video from Tweed Weddings – it’s beautiful!

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From the stunning bride… Having grown up just 10 miles down the river in New Hope, Pennsylvania, I couldn’t believe that I wasn’t familiar with Holly Hedge Estate until Ryan and I got engaged – but when we visited from New York City one night, we quickly decided that it was the only venue we needed to see. It is quintessential Bucks County with its rustic stonewalled barn, English courtyard and 15-room bed & breakfast nestled on more than 20 acres of beautiful property. The grounds provided the perfect backdrop for our intimate celebration with nearly 200 of our closest friends and family. For the outdoor ceremony and bouquets, I wanted flowers that would complement the nature surrounding us, so I opted for an assortment of whites and creams with brunia berry, thistle and succulents. For the inside reception, we added touches of dusty rose with mercury glass and wood elements, as well as globe string lights that cast a romantic glow over the dance floor. One of both Ryan and my favorite parts of the planning process was choosing the music. We hired the Philadelphia String Quartet for the ceremony, a 12-piece band for the reception and asked our family friends to sing a duet between readings (they killed it). My niece and nephew served as our flower girl and ring bearer and both wore silk outfits handmade by my sister-in-law, who also sewed us a special monogrammed ring pillow. I had our florist design matching baby’s breath crowns for me and my niece, which I put on for some of our photos. Otherwise, I kept my hair and jewelry simple, wearing diamond studs that were a wedding day gift from Ryan.

We decided to get married over Labor Day Weekend (one of the few available fall dates), thinking that the extra day off would be nice for our family members coming in from California and Charlotte, NC. The time of year also marked eight years since Ryan and I met in college at Virginia Tech. Unfortunately, September first had to be the hottest, most humid day of the year, and it poured rain the entire morning – but I say that it must’ve been my late grandma looking down on us when a ray of sunlight lit the walkway of our ceremony. After we said our vows, Ryan and I headed down the aisle as husband and wife to Jack Johnson’s “Better Together.” The courtyard quickly transitioned to cocktail hour, where we served mason jars of Dark & Stormys (the irony of the day’s weather forecast was not lost on us). This is our go-to drink in Nantucket, which is where we got engaged on a sailboat on the 4th of July. We used a photo of us right before Ryan proposed for our “guest book,” which was a wooden puzzle with enough pieces for all of our guests to sign. I don’t think our friends or family left the dance floor the entire night, except to enjoy dinner while our band entertained with Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli ballads. We provided buckets of flip flops for tired feet and as favors, encouraged guests to “Take Home a Taste of New Hope” with a custom box of truffles from our family’s favorite local chocolate shop. At the after party back in the barn, we served Philly soft pretzels and cheesesteaks and continued celebrating into the morning hours. Way too many soft pretzels and cheesesteaks later, we retreated to the bed & breakfast with our bridal party. Ryan and I were the last two standing that night.

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography | Videography: Tweed Weddings | Florist: Mark Bryan Designs | Band: Ebe Amsterdam | Wedding Venue: Holly Hedge Estate | Brides Gown: Shopbop | Invites: Bella Figura

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Wrap It Up Pretty + A Winner!

Drop dead gorgeous weddings, stunning inspiration and the debut of SMP at Home.  Yep, it’s been a pretty fabulous week here on SMP.  So fabulous, in fact, that we couldn’t possibly bid adieu without adding just a little more spice to your weekend festivities.  I’m talking the crazy beautiful stylings of Pretty Little Details and fab photos from Sarah Postma Photography – all coming together in a neon inspiration shoot that is oh-so-perfect for your upcoming nuptials OR that summer party.  So, join us in the gallery for all of the pretty – and then we’ll see you back here on Sunday morning! xoxo

From Pretty Little DetailsThe concept for this styled shoot was a combination of our love for creative event spaces and color. For a while, we had been brainstorming ideas about developing a chic summer shoot that highlighted the latest color trend: neon. Because neon can be an intimidating color palette, we decided to pair it with gray and white to create a balance. Our combined colors ended up being a perfect fit for the venue we selected, a Philadelphia-area brewery with an industrial feel. We then reached out to other vendors to help create our vision.

For the shoot, we recreated a wedding reception from start to finish, featuring three settings: cocktail hour, dinner and dessert! The first was our “Snack Bar” for cocktail hour, which featured beer bottle escort hang tags, gourmet bar snacks, a vintage scooter and wagon and a bucket of beers with custom labels. The tablescape featured bright, floral arrangements from Roberts Florals, a neon backdrop, colorblocked plates, a neon scarf runner, a chalkboard table number and menu and steel chairs with a neon heart garland. Dani of Sweet Dani B jumped on board to design a custom “Neon Sweets Table” and matching invitation. Teaming up with Carrie of Goodie Box Bake Shop, this adorable dessert buffet featured a delicious wedding cupcake tower set atop a beer barrel, a pink and yellow heart garland backdrop, neon cake pops, a beer and cookie pairing, and marshmallow topped beer mug cookie favors. Dani also created a custom invitation, which was designed to look like a beverage coaster. The element that tied all the settings together? A shiny, bright, neon heart!

The bride and groom, Sorya and John, are a real life couple getting married in 2013. They are so cute together, and their personalities fit the photo shoot perfectly! The bride’s dress was from H&M, but the look was all about her accessories — from the neon heels and jewelry to the unique bouquet! John’s laid back look featured a shirt from Express, a neon pocket square and neon shoelaces. We are so happy with how the shoot came together and it would not have been possible without the help of all the wonderful vendors. Cheers to love!

Photography: Sarah Postma Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: Triumph Brewing Company in New Hope, Pennsylvania / Event Planning + Coordination: Pretty Little Details / Floral Design: Roberts Florals / Sweets Bar, Favors, Invitations + Paper Goods: Sweet Dani B / Desserts: Goodie Box Bake Shop / Beer Labels: Girl In Gear Studio / Chandelier: Whimzy Life / Wedding Dress: H&M / Hair Piece: Leesies Neesies / Hair + Makeup: Pretty Little Details / Groom’s Shirt: Express / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan

And in case you missed any, here are all of the pretty posts from the week…

a gorgeous summer backyard party
yummy grapefruit mint fizz + fab bar cart 
an amazing Burlingame wedding
a breathtaking vineyard affair
an uber-romantic photo shoot
a pretty, pretty Santa Barbara soiree
a crazy gorgeous Sausalito affair
a stunning Virginia soiree
a swoon-worthy Texas wedding
a sweet Tallahassee affair
a modern seaside soiree
a beyond breathtaking American Idol wedding
a day of eight gorgeous weddings

Some fabulous links from around the web…

fun taper candles DIY via Oh Happy Day
gorgeous animal prints via Glitter Guide
fabulous summer picnic kits via Design*Sponge

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Little Black Book members…

A Day to Cherish Weddings & Celebrations
Look No Further Entertainment
Alison Howard Events
Modern Vintage Events
Downey Street Events
Events by La Fete
European Floral Design
Trent Bailey Photography

To apply to become a member of our LBB click here. We’d love to hear from you!

An oh-so-friendly reminder…

Attention New York Brides!  If you are looking for a venue for your wedding or rehearsal dinner, be sure to check out the details from The Trump International Hotel & Tower New York’s post found here!

And, last, but not least, we have some winners to announce!

Congrats to the lucky reader, Ellie, for winning a HD Engagement Film compliments of Nostalgia Film!

SMP Florida reader, Nicole, won the engagement session with Lockwood Studios! Congratulations!

Congratulations to SMP New York reader, Meghan, for winning 10% off a wedding gown at The White Gown!

Have a happy, happy weekend, lovelies!  We’ll see you back here on Sunday morning! xoxo

Classic New Hope Wedding from Cliff Mautner Photography

People often ask if I ever tire of looking at weddings all day. If I ever don’t have something to say about a particular wedding. And the answer is absolutely not. Not only to I absolutely love every emotion, detail, and kiss that a wedding entails, but I get to have a backstage pass into the most special day in a couple’s life. I get to see the excitement on each and every brides face. I get to see the emotion of the guests, the parents, the bridal party, the couple. I get to see special moments very few at the wedding got to see. I get to wrap myself up in the emotion of someone’s most amazing day – and that always puts a smile on my face. Especially when I get an insiders peak into weddings as gorgeous, warm, personal as this one, sent our way by Cliff Mautner Photography. And there is so much more – all you have to do is click here!

After a day of interviewing at medical schools in Philadelphia, I was invited to a dinner party in Center City by my childhood friend, Kaitlin. Before fully committing to the evening, I inquired about the guests. Kaitlin secured my attendance by saying, “There’s a cute guy here I know you’ll love.” And she was right. The connection was instant. After spending most of the evening huddled in the corner discovering all of the things we had in common, he asked me to dinner “in a few weeks,” citing his upcoming medical exams as the reason for the delay. True to his word, two weeks later, he called and asked when I was free.

While our connection was easy, our relationship was tested with five years of long distance, while I completed my medical studies at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and he continued his schooling and residency at Jefferson in Philadelphia. We often spent our weekends absorbed in things we loved to do together, particularly spending time outdoors. On one of our weekend picnics, Brian handed me a card he’d written, thanking me for being his best friend. When I finished reading it, I looked up and he was on his knee, waiting to ask for my hand in marriage.

When we set out to find a venue, we were looking for a place with privacy, character, and depth. We looked at a dozen places, but nothing spoke to us like Hollyhedge. It was this little house nestled in the woods, that revealed its beauty slowly as you made your way up the long drive. In a way, it reminded Brian and I of our relationship, as we slowly came to know each other and fell in love through our long distance relationship. I wanted each of our guests to feel personally selected to be included in our special day. The courtyard, enclosed in its stone walls, promised to lend our ceremony the air of intimacy and togetherness we were striving for. Additionally, the ” Rain Plan,” which every bride has to be concerned with, would hardly have registered as a “second choice” at any other venue: it was a rustic stonewalled barn with 12 foot windows, a fireplace, and a wooden balcony that overlooked the first floor for an aerial view of the ceremony if you so desired it. No matter what the weather was, we were going to be nestled in and surrounded by our loved ones as we said our vows. The grounds were so layered, every corner you peaked around had something beautiful to discover. There was so much texture and detail to our surroundings. It felt inspiring.

I have never planned anything of this magnitude, and the task felt overwhelming at first. But, I considered my vision too personal and my personality too exacting to relinquish control to a planner. I basically started with a mental list of things that I love, that make me happy. Things that made the list included nature (particularly the woods and greenery), sunflowers, things of a vintage feel, literature, photography, warm vibrant color, my family, and my friends. After that, I perused various magazines and websites, including Style Me Pretty, to discover ways that other brides had incorporated these motifs into their own weddings.

As for the wedding colors, I picked colors that felt organic to the time of year we were getting married, and the vision I was trying to create. My girls were in burgandy, which is such a rich and warm color, and I accessorized them with yellow gold – I found a jeweler, Candace Marsalla at The Eastern Market in DC who helped me create green and gold necklaces at a reasonable price. I also found beautiful hammered gold and bejeweled bangles at The Scarlett Bride in Philly. So, in short, my inspiration came from things that I love, and from websites like SMP.

In addition to the place, my florist Pamela Hale, was really responsible for making this vision come true. She listened to qualities that were important to me and found a way to incorporated them into every detail, from the stack of vintage books under the birdcages, to the moss hanging from the flowers in the tall arrangements.

Brian and I always envisioned ourselves getting married in our places of worship. Since we each fell in love with someone of another faith,  that vision was an impossibility. If we couldn’t be married in the “traditional way”, we decided to bring the tradition to us. Our wedding was chalk full of family history, religious and ethnic tradition, and personal touches. We had a priest and a rabbi. And they alternated throughout the ceremony. They ended by placing there hands on our shoulders and said a closing blessing in hebrew which was translated line for line by the priest. 

I wore my mother’s wedding gown. An extremely talented seamstress, Linda Mesaros, from One Special Evening in Toms River, created an extraordinary, updated version of the dress that emanated a vintage romance with its cathedral train, rose underlay, scalloped V neckline and pearl studded lace overlay. It was spectacular.

We dug up old family wedding photos from our parents, grandparents and great grandparents and had them blown up to 11×14. I shopped flea markets for shabby, ornate frames and mounted each of the photographs in them. I had them dispersed throughout the reception room, which somehow made these family members feel truly present, celebrating our day with us. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. I found myself, along with many other guests, giving pause to these black and white photos of our grandparents beaming on their own wedding day, and realizing how much of who we are we owe to our past.

Bride’s Gown: Vintage Eve of Milady, updated and redesigned by seamstress at One Special Evening in New Jersey / Floral & Event Design: Pamela Hale, Passion for Petals / Band: Janis Nowlan Band / Photography: Cliff Mautner Photography / Ceremony & Reception Venue: HollyHedge Estate / Bridesmaid Jewelry: The Scarlett Bride + Candace Marsalla, The Eastern Market

A Real Berté Bride From Kris Rupp Photography

We are so happy to have shown you Janell Berte’s 2009 Spring Collection of Couture Wedding Gowns today! If you’ve missed any of the posts, you have to go back and take a look.  They are truly stunning!

And now to Stacie’s wedding. The Real Wedding of a Berté Bride …

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Janell Berte' Real Bride Stacie

Stacie and Matt were married on October 4th at HollyHedge Estate in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

We asked Stacie to tell us about her search for her wedding dress.

from Stacie …

I began my dress search online trying to find the style I wanted. After trying on a handful of dresses at several shops, my mom and I went to a trunk show for another designer to try on what I thought would be the perfect dress. When I got there I realized it was not for me. The sales woman then decided to show me some other similar dresses, one of which was a Janell Berte’ design. As soon as I put Janell’s dress on I fell in love with it. I asked if they had any more of her dresses and unfortunately, they did not.  As soon as I got home I went back to my computer, and to my surprise, the bridal shop in my town, A Beautiful Bride, carried her entire line. I was ecstatic and called them immediately for an appointment. I went in and tried on 2 of her dresses, first the one I tried on previously. Then I tried on “The One”, Bliss. The dress was absolutely breathtaking and so simply elegant I knew I must have it. They were having a trunk show a few weeks later so I came back at that time to meet Janell and purchase my dress. It was fantastic to work with Janell, she is so personable and down to earth, and made my decision that much easier. I bought the dress of my dreams that day and never once did I second guess my choice. On my wedding day I felt like the perfect princess bride.

Gorgeous Bride. Gorgeous Fall Wedding. Gorgeous Gown!

Congratulations Stacie & Matt, and a huge thank-you to Kris Rupp Photography for sharing these wonderful photos!

Stacie Janell Berte' Wedding Gown

Janell’s 2009 Spring Collection and other Couture gowns are pictured on her website. We are so honored to have Janell in our Little Black Book of Very Important Wedding Vendors!

For those of you who have already selected your gown or those who just need more REAL WEDDING eye-candy, head over to the Little Black Book Blog where we’re featuring a bold and beautiful Moroccan-inspired wedding in Arizona from Katrina and Andrew of Sedona Bride Photography.