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Emotion Packed Wedding at a Philly Greenhouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Modern + Chic Wedding To Inspire + Entertain!

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

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

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

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

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

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We’re All Smiles Seeing This Philly Wedding

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



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

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

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

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

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

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The Cutest Idea for an At-Home 1-Year Anniversary Shoot

Celebrating your one-year anniversary with a photo sesh is always a good idea. But when you add in a cute idea like this? It becomes so, so meaningful. Lauren and Grant read their message-in-a-bottle notes written by friends and family from their wedding, how sweet?! Trousseau Style added their pretty touch and Celia Ragonese snapped it all up, right here.

From Celia Ragonese PhotographyFor Lauren and Grant’s first-year anniversary session, Philadelphia’s rich and vibrant architecture in the Old City neighborhood created the perfect backdrop for their classic style as husband and wife. From the iconic columns of the First Bank of the United States to the cobblestone streets in Old City, the city’s dusky summer hues created a warm and neutral color palette that went perfectly with Lauren’s millennial pink dress and Grant’s chambray blue shirt. During their early morning session, they shared laughs as they remembered their wedding day in Oregon and reminisced about their favorite moments with friends and family. For their home session, we continued the warm neutral vibe with pops of pink and blue that was highlighted by a beautiful vintage bottle and flower motif that Lauren created in their bright and airy home. With their wedding cake 2.0 from Nutmeg Cake Designs at the ready (traveling 3,000 miles with cake is a tricky endeavor) and a bottle of rose, Lauren and Grant read their message-in-a-bottle notes written by friends and family from their wedding. I love photographing married couples and one of my favorite aspects about Lauren and Grant’s anniversary session was watching their faces light up and their warm laughter fill the room as they shared stories and read these advice notes together. I always say it’s an honor to capture memories for couples, and it was truly a special day with this wonderful couple that will be remembered for a long time.

From the couple… Most of our love story takes place in Philadelphia – we met, dated, fell in love and live in the city. However, after getting engaged on vacation in Oregon, we decided to return to Oregon for our wedding and engagement photos. We thought our year anniversary would be the perfect opportunity to capture a little bit of our Philadelphia love story.

We started by visiting some of our favorite neighborhood locations in Old City. We had so much fun walking about the city and remember our first year of marriage! Next, we headed home for some cake, rosé and to read the “messages in a bottle” our guests left for us at our wedding. We laughed and cried reading through the funny, thoughtful and some cryptic messages (too much wine?). It was such a meaningful way to celebrate our first year of marriage and we’ll cherish these photos forever.

Photography: Celia Ragonese Photography | Wedding Cake: Nutmeg Cake Design | Fashion Stylists: Trousseau Style

The Perfect Garden Party Affair in Philadelphia

The term “classic beauty” is not only the perfect way to describe this radiant bride but also her entire wedding. Set at the Glen Foerd Mansion, the couple’s Philadelphia venue laid the foundation for an idyllic garden party affair and the every detail followed suit. Lovesick kept the post-vows party going and Emily Wren Photography documented the entire day from beginning to end.

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From Emily Wren PhotographyCortney and Greg held their sweet and elegant wedding at the always enchanting Glen Foerd Mansion in Philadelphia, PA. The classic architecture and pristine rose gardens were the perfect backdrop for this spring wedding.

Cortney was a classic beauty in her Corsica gown by Eddie K and a simple yet elegant updo by Nicole Drouillard let her natural and radiant beauty shine. Pops of blue could be found in details throughout the day including beautiful hand painted signs, her dip-dyed cake by Jamie Hollander gourmet, and a few subtle but perfectly placed blue bonnets in the gorgeous bouquets by Devon & Pinkett Floral Design. Her bridal party also wore a beautiful shade of blue which just completed their perfect spring color palette!

During their reception, Greg surprised Cortney by performing an original song dedicated to his new wife, accompanied by all his groomsmen. And as the evening drew to an end fireworks were set off over the water – a perfect end to a perfect wedding day!

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Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Videography: Emily Wren Photography | Floral Design: Devon & Pinkett | Wedding Dress: Eddy K | Catering: Jamie Hollander | Hair: Hair and Makeup by Nikki D | DJ: Lovesick | Dress Boutique : L & H Bridal

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Part Modern, Part Classic This Inspo Session Has Something for Every Bride

Between its historic, neoclassical Water Works venue and the bridesmaids in light blue attire of different styles (including a jumpsuit!), this Philadelphia wedding inspiration shoot reimagines traditional elements by giving them an unexpected twist. A team of local vendors – including Rachel Pearlman Photography, Trousseau Style, Cottage Flowers, and Laurel and Elm – created this masterpiece, which is one part modern and one part classic. So whether you’re a modern or a traditional bride, visit this stunning gallery for endless inspiration!

When the opportunity presented itself to shoot at Philadelphia’s Water Works, our vision of reimagining traditional elements with a fresh, modern twist using a local team of talented vendors became possible.

The Fairmount Water Works, historically and architecturally speaking, is a classic and unique venue, famed for its neoclassical style and its location with views of the city and the water. Our aim was to create something that was one part classic and one part modern, appealing to both the traditional and modern bride. By changing either the color or the design of an element, we demonstrated multiple ways that brides can easily recreate this look on their own. We also wanted to highlight in the design the blues seen in the skyline and river, and our bridesmaids’ gowns by John Paul Ataker were the perfect way to do this.

Clear details like vellum pieces for the invitation suite and handwritten calligraphy by Lewes Lettering Co. on acrylic slabs brought a freshness to the overall vision. For the jewelry, L. Priori mixed timeless jewels with contemporary pieces. The bride’s classic, six-prong solitaire was made new with a v-shaped wedding band and mixed metals. Her right hand sparkled with estate pearls worn with an edgier pinky ring. The bridesmaids wore a mix of heirloom quality estate pieces and modern jewels – we think that family jewels look coolest when styled with fresh diamonds!

We concentrated on having all of our metallics match perfectly, so the flatware, napkins, and centerpiece vessels were all the exact same shade of gold, as if they were all from someone’s personal collection. As a rule of thumb for real weddings, according to Laurel and Elm, never have the linen color match the bridesmaids’ dresses to allow your special guests to truly stand out when seated for dinner! Since all of the bridesmaids were in different dress styles of the same color, we planned to make blue an accent on the table. The color looks like it belongs there, but it doesn’t overwhelm. Pops of soft blue in the floral design also help to tie in the color of the skyline, the water, and the bridesmaids’ attire.

Incorporating soft and natural elements is something that will always be timeless, and we continue to see these elements in lots of modern designs today. The natural leaf place card and the watercolor plates were a great way to join those two worlds – modern and timeless! The traditional layout of the table and shape of the centerpieces mixed with the faceted vases (a nod to the geometric bridesmaid’s dress), modern flatware, and unique salad plate also worked to balance our theme well while keeping everything looking cohesive.

For ​the florals,​​ Cottage Flowers focused on bright colors and fresh designs that blended traditional elements – think classic gold urns filled with punchy pinks and ​standard whites and ​greens​. ​To go with the acrylic chivari chairs, a sweet collection of cascading greenery (mixed with pinks and blues), tied everything together. To add a modern look to the tabletop, geometric pieces accented with floral elements were used as decor. We complemented the classic jewelry created by L. Priori by adding some gorgeous florals to the gold cuffs, mirroring the bridesmaids’ bouquets!

​Hair and makeup for our bride was classic, but a poppy pink lip elevated the look and blended with our bouquet perfectly. Each bridesmaid showcased a different, yet tailored beauty style – from the bridesmaid wearing the geometric gown to the bridesmaid wearing the pantsuit​​. ​

We hope couples will continue to incorporate a mixture of styles – from classic to modern – to make their day as truly unique as they are!

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Photography: Rachel Pearlman Photography | Event Planning: Laurel & Elm | Floral Design: Cottage Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Cake: Queen Bee Pastry | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Jewelry: L Priori Jewelry | Hair and Makeup: ONLO | Invitations and Calligraphy: Lewes Lettering Co. | Men's Attire: Commonwealth Proper | Venue: Cescaphe Event Group | Bridal Boutique: The Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Stylist: Trousseau Style

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A Picture Perfect Philadelphia Engagement Session

The sign of a perfect engagement session? Photos that feel totally and completely you, which is what we have here from Jordan Denike. From their favorite bakery to their favorite bar, and all their other favorite Philadelphia neighborhood haunts, this engagement session perfectly captures Jordan and Patrick’s relationship and we’re totally in love.


From the bride… Jordan Denike did an amazing job taking our engagement photos around our neighborhood in Philadelphia! We spent an evening walking by the places we frequent most often, including Metropolitan Bakery, Rittenhouse Square, and even our favorite bar – Black Sheep! We also took photos in the gardens of the Colonial Dames Society, a picture-perfect location tucked away in Center City Philadelphia. We are so excited to work with Jordan Denike again next year for our wedding, and are looking forward to all of the celebrations and planning to come!

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Photography: Jordan Denike | Venue: National Society Of The Colonial Dames

A Philadelphia Wedding That’ll Go Down in History

Elfreth’s Alley, lovingly referred to as “our nation’s oldest residential street,” is also quite possibly our nation’s cutest. Just look at this darling duo photographed by Elizabeth Nord while walking arm-in-arm down the charming, cobblestone road on their wedding day! We can’t think of a better place to start your marriage than in a location as rich with the history of past loves as it is beautiful. Take a stroll through this Philadelphia wedding, in the Vault.

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From Elizabeth Nord PhotographyLeo and Sarah chose to celebrate their beautiful wedding in downtown Philadelphia at the Ballroom at the Ben. They decided on this location so that friends and family from New Jersey, Miami, Brazil, and everywhere in between could join them on their special day. For months they had anticipated snow and cold temperatures, but everyone was surprised with sunshine and 40 degree temps on the wedding day, which was absolutely beautiful! We were like frolicking little kids once we went outside, we were so happy!

I absolutely loved all the special attention that was put into their wedding day details. Their stationery featured a drawing of the Philadelphia skyline, which incorporated the famous Liberty Bell, City Hall, and even the LOVE statue! Sarah gifted a pair of cufflinks to Leo that had the Alabama map on them. Alabama us special to them both since they first met at a wedding in Alabama, and it’s also where Leo proposed to Sarah a few years later. I’m also particularly fond of the florals Sarah chose for the bouquets. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, and who doesn’t love a classic, white bouquet?

Believe it or not, Sarah is the very first bride I’ve ever had wear a fur wrap on her wedding day, and I hope to see more of them – so pretty and cozy! The bridesmaids wore stunning, navy sequin gowns, and the groomsmen wore the most dapper navy suits. I had so much fun working with this group of friends at the top of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel and also on Elfreth’s Alley! Sarah had two first looks – one with her dad and one with Leo. There’s something so unique about a daddy-daughter first look, and they never cease to give me all the feels!

Leo and Sarah were married at the Saint Augustine Catholic Church and celebrated with a travel themed reception at the stunning Ballroom at the Ben. I totally geeked out when I found out that it’s the same ballroom where they filmed the dance competition scene from “Silver Linings Playbook”! Each table was decorated to feature a different city where they had traveled together, including Seattle, New York, Paris, and Cairo. The place cards were luggage tags with each guest’s name printed inside, and the head table featured a globe with “Leo and Sarah” written on it. It was such a beautiful day, and I loved seeing the love that they share for one another. Nothing makes my heart happier than to photograph such genuine emotion and the kind of love that can move mountains.

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Photography: Elizabeth Nord Photography | Floral Design: FabuFloras | Wedding Dress: Kitty Chen Couture | Cake: Termini Bros | Stationery: Minted | Ceremony Venue: St Augustine | Reception Venue: Union Trust | Catering: Union Trust | Makeup: I DO Hair and Makeup | Hair: Happily Ever After Hair | DJ: Silver Sound | Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works | Groom's and Groomsmen's Attire: Generation Tux

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The Most Romantic Ballroom Wedding Draped in White

If you looked up Classic and Crazy Romantic Ballroom in the dictionary, I’m convinced the Hyatt at the Bellevue would pop up. It truly sets the stage for a gorgeous affair and this one draped in white and gold with florals by Russell Anthony is just that. Pore through the beauty of the day captured by mkphoto with even more in the vault.

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From the Photographer… We have worked with quite a few of the couples’ close friends over the years and were absolutely thrilled when they contacted us to capture their engagement photos in Philadelphia. We had an incredible time and were event more thrilled when they decided to have us capture their super romantic Hyatt at the Bellevue ballroom wedding. Their vision of traditional tastefully combined with classic white elements resulted in a classy, modern wedding. All the details came together beautifully.

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Photography: mkPhotography | Flowers: Russell Anthony Florist | Make Up: Nicck Townsend | Hair: Jason Matthew Salon | Entertainment: Ebe Amsterdam | Venue: Nineteen at the Hyatt at the Bellevue | video: Allure Films

A Summer Cricket Club Wedding With Dusty Lavender Bridesmaid Gowns

Let me set the scene – a summertime soiree set at a Pennsylvania cricket club with bridesmaids dressed in dusty lavender and a bride who’s an absolute vision in her Rosa Clara gown. Pair that with the floral design of La Petite Fleur and invitations by Chick Invitations and you’ve got a wedding made for our pages. Head to the gallery for more pretty captured by Unique Concepts Studio.

From La Petite Fleur, Weddings and EventsFor their summer wedding at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Rachel and Logan collaborated with wedding design studio La Petite Fleur (LPF) to create a floral and décor plan that married their chic, garden style with their venue’s regal atmosphere.

The couple thoughtfully considered the emotion and sentiment of each detail as they planned their day— beginning with deciding to blindfold Logan for his ride from the hotel to the Cricket Club, so a true first-look could be captured by the photographer in front of family and friends! Including and honoring their families was so important that they also displayed several generations of family photos throughout the club.

A breathtaking bride, Rachel carried a romantic bouquet of garden blooms, including garden roses, sweet peas, anemones, ranunculus, peonies, spray roses, jasmine vine, and a touch of curly willow— with ivory satin-wrapped stems. And lovely in dusty lavender, the bridesmaids processed through the Cricket Club’s courtyard with bouquets of peach garden roses, scabiosa pods, café au lait dahlias, mauve astilbe, amnesia roses and mini green hydrangea, which were finished with specialty greens and twine-wrapped stems.

Rachel and Logan exchanged vows beneath a birch chuppah, which LPF draped along the top and front with asymmetrical swags of lace and floral garland, which included coral and blush peonies, peach Alejandra roses, sword fern, spray roses, bush ivy, silver dollar eucalyptus and other variegated greens.

And just as personalized hankies (for tears of joy!) greeted well-wishers at the ceremony, a truly special seating chart display welcomed guests as they entered the reception. A carefully-curated collection of vintage plates presented the seating assignments, which had been hand-lettered by Rachel’s grandmother. The plates were perched upon a moss tablescape— complete with cloches and clusters of blooms.

LPF carried the warm, romantic look of Rachel and Logan’s day through the reception with a décor plan that infused the ballroom with an unexpected majesty (a candle-lined entryway staircase), and hints of whimsy (elevated tablescapes) that were balanced by sophisticated touches (lots of gold accents).

As a focal point for the reception décor was the extra-long head table adorned with a lush garland across the front that included spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, feather willow and Queen Anne’s lace. Flanking the garland on the tabletop, were floating candles amidst a ‘hedge’ of birch bark vessels arranged with specialty greens and blooms, including green hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, garden roses, ranunculus and spray roses.

The look and feel of the reception was significantly impacted by the floor plan, which included a variety of table shapes—dressed in light gold linens— and corresponding, varied tablescape designs. Some long dining tables were designed with elevated floral tablescapes— from which glass orbs filled with tea lights and floating blooms were suspended. Beneath the elevated, lush display was a ‘runner’ of greenery and mercury gold julep cups votives. Other long tables featured a ‘hedge’ of bloom-filled birch bark vessels, brushed gold candle holders, floating candles and mercury votives.

Square tables were also incorporated into the floor plan and were adorned with one of two coordinating tablescape styles. One tablescape featured a gold lantern atop a reclaimed wood pedestal accented with ‘trailing’ blooms, including green hydrangea, roses, spray roses and buplerum. Finishing this presentation was a trio of elements, including a petite gold mercury stand with a coordinating arrangement, and two gold pedestals of varying heights— one topped with a cascading arrangement; the other, a floating candle.

Meanwhile, other squares featured a tall, brushed gold vase with a lush, cascading arrangement of textured blooms including hydrangea, garden roses, ranunculus, spray roses and variegated greenery. A birch bark ‘folder,’ with coordinating foliage, as well as mercury gold julep votives completed the look on the tables.

Photography: Unique Concepts Studio | Floral Design: La Petite Fleur, weddings & events | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Invitations: Chick Invitations | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Ballerina Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan | Band: Ebe Amsterdam | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Transportation: Elite Coach | Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club | Bridesmaids' Dress Store: BHLDN | Hair Accessories: BHLDN | Linen Rentals: Total Table

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Modern Meets Traditional in This Historic Philadelphia Wedding

If you were to ask me to pinpoint the perfect combination of modernity and traditional, I would direct you to said celebration captured by Rachel Pearlman Photography. It’s basically everything and then some and we just so happen to have it all waiting you to fall madly in love with in The Vault!

From Rachel Pearlman PhotographyA combination of modern meets historic is the best way to describe this stunning summer wedding in historic Philadelphia. Jess and Mark met at the University of Pittsburgh, and once engaged they knew that a wedding in the City of Brotherly Love was not negotiable. Jess is from Philadelphia, so the couple had spent a lot of time in the area and were drawn to the architecture and charm of historic Old City. Once they saw The Downtown Club, founded in 1897 in true Georgian Revival Style, their vision of a neutral color scheme – complete with modern additions- started to come together beautifully. Luxurious details included mixing ghost chairs with golden urns and neutral linens for an unexpected twist. Their cake included cascading sugar flowers dusted in gold. As Mark and Jess were introduced, a canon of rose petals was released on the dance floor. During their ceremony, the couple’s wedding bands were hidden under the chair of a ‘mystery guest’, who was called to act as their ring bearer during vows!

Photography: Rachel Pearlman Photography | Cinematography: Well Spun Wedding Films | Floral Design: Beautiful Blooms Events | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: Cescaphe Event Group | Invitations: Paper and Posh | Makeup: Your Day Your Way | Calligraphy: Caitlin Jane | Band: Ebe Amsterdam | Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works | Wedding Venue: Cescaphe Event Group | Film Scans: The Find Lab

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A Romantic Garden Wedding at the Rodin Museum

Something magical happens when two college sweethearts with a love for art wed at the perfect museum venue, as captured to perfection by Alyssa Maloof Photography. Set in the picture perfect gardens of the Rodin Museum complete with a center fountain, lush gardens, gorgeous sculptures and a string quartet, all the beautiful details are waiting for you in The Vault!

From The Bride…Eric and I met five years prior at The University of Maryland College Park. He was about to graduate and leave to go to law school in Philadelphia and I had another two years to finish my Masters. We reconnected a year later and after I moved to Philadelphia we started to think long term. We got engaged shortly after in New York City.

After we got engaged we took some time to look for the perfect venue. We knew we wanted something small and intimate. Once we stepped into the Rodin Museum we knew it was meant to be. Perfectly situated in the center of Philadelphia, with a beautiful center fountain complete with lush gardens and famous sculptures from Auguste Rodin it was the perfect setting for our special day. Plus Eric’s father is an artist and Eric hold his undergraduate degree in art history so it all felt so perfect for us.

The day of our wedding could not have been more beautiful. A variety of flowers were in bloom and the sun was shining bright. Eric and I planned to have a string quartet play throughout the ceremony and reception with a mix of classical and contemporary songs. The cocktail hour was set outside in the gardens where guests enjoyed speciality his and her cocktails. Once inside for dinner, guests enjoyed viewing different sculptures on display such as “The Kiss”. After dinner was complete, Eric and I opted out of the traditional wedding cake and went for a local ice cream company that served tasty and unique flavors for our guests to enjoy. The wedding day was completed outside with lighted candles and ice cream under the stars.

Photography: Alyssa Maloof Photography | Floral Design: Falls Flowers | Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Catering: STARR Catering Group | String Quartet: Elegance String Quartet | Venue: The Rodin Museum | Ice Cream Truck: Little Baby's Ice Cream

See Why This Wedding Wins the Award for Most Unique Venue, Ever

When it comes to unique venues, we’re confident in proclaiming that this stunning celebration takes the cake. Because honestly, when you choose a greenhouse inspired Horticulture Center as your space, you’re guaranteed uniquely you results. Complete with the majorly talented Mary Dougherty Photography behind the lens capturing it all, we’ve got it waiting in The Vault!

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From The Bride…After getting engaged, I was excited to start wedding planning but wasn’t sure where to begin. I had no idea what I wanted for the color scheme, decor, venue or any of the major elements that go into a wedding. So after many bridal magazines, and hours spent on Pinterest and Style Me Pretty I finally began to create a vision for our wedding.

Sean and I started by touring wedding venues in Philadelphia. We are both from Maryland but have called Philly home for the past 4 years and knew it was the perfect place. It was an easy decision for us to book the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. We loved the outdoor feel of the greenhouse venue and how magical it looked at night with all the hanging lights and candles. A huge plus for us was that their exclusive caterer was Starr Events, since we were familiar with their numerous restaurants around Philadelphia.

Sean and I found Uncommon Events through a recommendation at our Venue and are so happy we did. We used them for planning, design & floral decor. Their creative vision and planning helped to create such an amazing day. I was blown away by the flowers and decor and seeing all the ideas we had come to life. They did such a fantastic job.

Since we were getting married in April, we knew the weather would be unpredictable. We ended up getting really lucky with it raining in the morning then suddenly clearing up right before heading outside to do pictures. The cherry blossoms outside the Horticulture Center also bloomed earlier than normal so we had a gorgeous background for our pictures.

From the beginning of our day getting ready at the Monaco to ending the night with a packed dance floor (thanks to our band!) our wedding was like a dream and one of the best days of our lives. It was absolutely perfect and we’re so thankful that Mary Dougherty and Cinemacake were able to capture all of these memories in such an amazing way!

Photography: Mary Dougherty Photography | Cinematography: CinemaCake Filmmakers | Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell | Cake: Whipped Bakeshop | Invitations: The Papery of Philadelphia | Catering: STARR Catering Group | Hair + Makeup: Duette | Band: Eric Nicolas & One Love | Groom's Attire: Boyds Philadelphia | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Philadelphia City Hall | Bridal Boutique: The Wedding Shoppe | Event Planning, Floral Design + Design: Uncommon Events | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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This is the Classic Wedding of Every Bride’s Dreams

It’s not often you find a hotel ballroom with clean lines and modern décor, but Lauren and Sean transformed the space, mixing the hotel’s contemporary style with their love of nature through fresh blooms and vines to give it a vineyard feel. And to incorporate the Bride’s love of horses, lucky horseshoes from her beloved horse were scattered amongst the various floral displays. See all the pretty details (including the Bride’s beautiful hairdo from True Beauty Marks), captured by Emily Wren Photography and Squareware Studios, in The Vault!

From Emily Wren PhotographyLauren & Sean were married in Philadelphia on a beautiful September day in 2015. They tied the knot at Old Saint Joseph’s – one of the oldest churches in Philadelphia, located in the Old City section and filled with old world charm. We then strolled down the winding cobblestone streets and brick row homes of Headhouse Square for some portraits that captured some of Philadelphia’s historic character.

They kicked off the wedding reception at Hotel Monaco, with cocktail hour on the rooftop bar, and reception in the main ballroom to follow. Lauren & Sean are both outdoorsy people; Lauren dedicated to riding her horse and Sean to surfing. They brought this love of nature to their decor, mixing the hotel’s modern touches with fresh blooms and vines which recalled the feel of a classic vineyard. To top it off, lucky horseshoes from Lauren’s beloved horse were scattered amongst the various floral displays.

Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Cinematography: Squareware Studios | Event Planning: Confetti & Co | Floral Design: Love 'n Fresh Flowers | Invitations: Cheer Dry Goods | Stationery: Cheer Dry Goods | Make Up: Aleksandra Ambrozy Makeup and Hair Artistry | Hair: True Beauty Marks | Venue: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia | Paper: Cheer Dry Goods | Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals

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Adorably Sweet Nautical Summer Wedding

Wedding blogger confession time! This BHLDN dress? It’ll forever be a favorite. It’s wedding dress perfection in my eyes and add in the superb hair and makeup talents of Janelle On Location and this Bride is BEAMING. Lauren Fair captured her and all the delightful details of this waterfront wedding and it’s all in our Vault for us to pin and pine over. Join me there!

From Lauren Fair Photography… Devon and Adam’s summer wedding was all things lush, simple, nautical and classically beautiful. The Gatsby-esque mansion of Glen Foerd Estate was an incredible backdrop for their vision! Oleander Florals and Design brought their vision to life with oversized bouquets of whites and greens, and incorporated textural ropes and sea glass into the reception decor. Their wedding had the most perfect soft golden hour as a jazz band played on the patio and guests mingled together on the waterfront. It was nothing short of magical!

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Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Oleander Floral & Events | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Janelle on Location | Venue: Glen Foerd Mansion | Graphic Design + Paper Items: Schmeedes Creative

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Philadelphia Greenhouse Wedding

It’s been a few years since I walked down the aisle (ok, maybe more than a few), but sometimes I come across a wedding detail that truly makes me wish I could it all over again. Well, let’s just say this gorgeous bride’s stunning Amsale dress totally had me at hello. And really, so did every other detail planned by Truly You Events and captured by Robert And Kathleen Photographers. And it’s all waiting for you in the VAULT.

From Robert And Kathleen PhotographersJenna and Jimmy locked eyes for the very first time in a decidedly unromantic location: a terminal at JFK Airport. But that moment kicked off a whirlwind romance that would change their lives forever. But, there in the airport, they were strangers to one another. Jimmy was drawn to Jenna’s sweet smile; she to his kind eyes. They introduced themselves and were each pleasantly surprised to discover that they were both set to depart for the very same destination – embarking on a Birthright trip to Israel.

They spent the next ten days exploring Israel together. The hours they spent sitting next to each other on a bus taking them from city to city serving as the ultimate series of first dates. They had hours to talk uninterrupted and got to know one another pretty well over those miles traveled together. By the time the trip came to an end, they knew there was something between them that they couldn’t ignore. The end of the trip meant they had to return to their respective homes, which just happened to be on opposite sides of the country – Jimmy in LA, Jenna in Boston. They spent the next year and a half dating long distance, making time each and every day to talk and visiting as often as they could. At the end of the summer in 2012, Jimmy moved to NYC for business school and they were both delighted to finally be in the same time zone. They continued their not-quite-as-long distance for another year as Jenna completed graduate school in Boston.  After Jenna completed her program, they were finally able to live in the same city together, settling into the NYC’s scenic Chelsea neighborhood.  Once again, they explored together; finding new restaurants to visit and enjoying daily runs on the city’s west side.

That spring, Jimmy concocted a ruse to bring Jenna over to one of their favorite spots on the Hudson River. He asked her to walk down Pier 43 – an unusual request, but Jenna didn’t think much of it at the time. When they got down to the end of the pier, Jimmy surprised her by dropping down on one knee and asking her to be his wife. It was the question she had known the answer to since those days together in Israel so many years before.  Of course she would be his wife, they were meant to find each other. This September, they will become husband and wife.

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Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers | Event Planning: Christiane Lehman Of Truly You Events | Floral Design: Petals Lane | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Stationery: Papertree Studio | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: Duette | Band: Ebe Amsterdam | Venue: Fairmount Park Horticulture Center | Bridal Boutique: Amsale | Desserts: Little Baby's Ice Cream

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Modern + Chic Philadelphia Wedding

We’re pretty much convinced that Nichole + Matthew planned the perfect wedding. I mean, any day that marries our love of bold modern details with subtle black and white elements is a five star winner in our wedding book. If that’s not enough, add in the unparalleled lens of Tennison Photography and you’ve got yourself a day that rivals daydreams, see it all in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…The vision for our wedding began with the Venue. We knew without a doubt we wanted to use the Cescaphe group. They are the best in Philadelphia with superior service and an excellent reputation. We wanted the venue to reflect us, and Tendenza is just that, Modern chic! We wanted all the elements of the day to reflect that as well. Starting with the dress , it was the fist one I tried on and it was classic yet modern with the delicate tulle flowers on the bottom. The then inspired the flower paper wall. We are both creative people and smart with our finances – trying to make our wedding very personal without spending unnecessary amounts of money.

We wanted the wedding to have distinct style. The flowers had to be unique and a soft pastel color pallet. Our Florist was unbelievable, they truly made our vision come to life . Unlike any typical florist they have amazing creativity and passion which shines through their work. Considering Tendenza has so many bold features already, we incorporated black and white stripes to really balance the classic and modern feel. Also having books with love related titles to reflect “our love story. ” The bridesmaids dresses we chose were in a neutral tone in tulle fabric to coordinate with the tulle flowers on my dress. The groomsman looked rather dapper in a light navy suit and a soft pale pink tie. I loved how the bridesmaids and groomsman looked amazing together yet they didn’t “match” perfectly.

The most appreciated vendor of our wedding day was Matthew. Our photographer. We didn’t choose him only for his creative way of capturing the moments and emotions of our day . But for his kindness and patience. The day flew by and I didn’t even realize he was there, yet after seeing the pictures it made me realize he (and his staff) didn’t miss anything from our day. After planning and prepping and dreaming up what would be our perfect wedding day, we were so happy to have it all come together and we wouldn’t have chosen any other people to make our day just perfect!!

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Photography: TENNISON PHOTOGRAPHY | Floral Design: Flowers And Company | Wedding Dress: Kelly Faetanini | DJ: Ebe Amsterdam | Venue: Cescaphe Event Group

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Enchanting Late Summer Garden Wedding in Philadelphia

On a scale of 1-10 if we were to rate just how much we love this wedding it would be off the charts (I’m talking level 15) in terms of our obsession. Because any day that has La Petite Fleur crafting florals and Lori Gail Photography behind the lens is sure to be a new favorite. Join us as we revel in the pretty and see it all for yourself in THE VAULT


From the Bride… We wanted the decor for our wedding to reflect both the decadence of the Gilded Age Glen Foerd mansion as well as the natural beauty of its setting along the Delaware River. La Petite Fleur, designed a decor plan that carried the tree theme throughout, from our invitations and tree favors to planting a tree during the ceremony, the escort card display table, and the names of each reception table, seemed a fitting symbol of both new beginnings and enduring strength. As our officiant quoted, “He who plants a tree believes in the future.”

We met on the first day of orientation for our Masters degree programs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, where Eric studied International Security Policy and Caitlin studied Economic and Political Development. Eric proposed on a dock at sunset at Loblolly house, designed by Caitlin’s dad, where the Kieran family and friends spend many of their weekends (our save the dates actually featured a painting of this dock by our friend and neighbor). We planned to visit Nicaragua for our honeymoon, but when we went to check in online the morning after the wedding, we discovered that Eric’s passport had expired. Fortunately, Eric had the bright idea that we visit Puerto Rico instead. We immediately changed our flights, joined our friends and family for brunch and solicited suggestions for things to do and see in Puerto Rico, booked a few hotels, and flew out that evening. It turned out to be an amazing alternative to Nicaragua.

We decided to get a self-uniting marriage license and asked that everyone present at the ceremony serve as witnesses to our vows and do all in their power to support us in our marriage. A number of friends and family offered their musical talents to add some personal touches to the ceremony and reception. During the ceremony, Caitlin’s brother Chris Kieran sang “My Love is an Arbutus,” accompanied by Geoff McDonald, a Kieran family friend. Kathleen Knighton, Caitlin’s friend, performed an original song that she wrote for the wedding entitled, “Ask Me Again.” Another friend, Bethany Kessler, played the cello during the processional and recessional. At the reception, Chris Kieran performed “Come Fly With Me,” accompanied by Grand Tribeca Band, while Eric danced with his mom and Caitlin with her dad. And members of Caitlin’s college a cappella group, Something Extra of Yale University, sang Moondance.

Caitlin is a Senior Research Assistant for the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, led by the International Food Policy Research Institute, where she monitors and supports the incorporation of gender analysis within the program’s research portfolio and conducts research on issues related to gender, agriculture, and assets. Eric is a Lead Engineer and Senior Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton where he prototypes new tools and analytic methodologies and researches threat actors, techniques, and trends in cybersecurity. They live in Washington, DC with their dog (and ring bearer) Tobias.

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Photography: Lori Gail Photography | Floral Design: La Petite Fleur, weddings & events | Wedding Dress: Ivy And Aster | Invitations: Minted | Stationery: Fleurish Ink | Catering: Jamie Hollander | Hair + MakeUp: Bella Angel, LLC | Entertainment: Tribeca Grand | Men's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Transportation: Great American Trolley Company | Venue: Glen Foerd Mansion | Photobooth: Poseybooth

Urban Meets Rustic Fall Philadelphia Wedding

As a proud card carrying member of the foodie club, I can fully appreciate this couple’s goal for fab food at their wedding and I’d say they succeeded – guacamole and fish tacos? Heck yes! A menu that amazing makes for happy guests and Alyssa Maloof captured all that joy and more at this modern mixture of urban-meets-rustic – see it all in our VAULT right this way!

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From the Bride… After nine years of dating, our families could not wait for this wedding. We knew we wanted our wedding to be simple, have really great food, and for everyone to dance the night away. Our venue was not only the perfect mix of urban modern and rustic I was looking for, but it also had a guacamole bar, which played a bigger part in my decision that I’d like to admit. I mean, guacamole and fish tacos at a wedding? Sold!

The week of the wedding we received news of a hurricane almost as bad as Sandy could be hitting the area. I was so worried my out-of-town guests flying in (and two out of six girls in my bridal party!) wouldn’t make it. Also my dreams of having lush outdoor photos were dashed. I emailed my photographer a couple dozen times asking for all of the “indoor” places we could take pictures if the weather ended up not holding up. There was no hurricane here, but definitely not beautiful weather. The best part is that not only did my bridal party make it, our pictures were beyond gorgeous and I’m so happy we didn’t get to take the photos outside. The architecture of the train station and platform are some of my favorites!

Our wedding ceremony was officiated by our sister-in-law, and her son was the ring bearer. It was really important to us to have someone we know and love guide us through such a significant step in our lives. It was also important to us to honor both families traditions, our ceremony was beautiful and extremely personal.

Thanks to our awesome DJ, we had the most amazing dance party. All of our friends and family had such a great time. I don’t think my husband and I left the dance floor all night. It was even better than I could have imagined!

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Photography: Alyssa Maloof Photography | Floral Design: Belovely Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent The Runway | Makeup: Mack Stylist | Hair: Mack Stylist | DJ: White Label DJs | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Philly Transportation LLC | Venue: JG Domestic | Accomodations: Windsor Suites Hotel | Sash: BHLDN

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