If you are planning a wedding, you will most likely have a ceremony rehearsal. This typically happens 1-2 days before the wedding. Your bridal party, parents, and anyone involved in the ceremony will get together at your ceremony location and practice for the big day. But more times than not, this get-together turns into a time waster. Follow these ten simple rules to ensure you get the most out of your rehearsal!
Rule # 1: Involve some of your vendors.
Your vendors should play a part in your rehearsal. The following vendors should attend: your officiant, your venue coordinator or someone from the venue, and your wedding planner. Make sure all of those people can attend before you schedule, as one of them should be in charge of the rehearsal. Sometimes couples will invite their ceremony musicians to practice at the rehearsal, although it is not totally necessary.
If you do not know your officiant very well (or at all), schedule a time to meet with them before your rehearsal. An officiant can help craft the ceremony for you, or at least give you some guidance.
Rule #2: Make this a formal affair.
Everyone who is invited should receive an invitation. By sending a formal invitation, you set the mood for the event. Guests will take this a little more seriously if they get an invitation in the mail. Make sure your guests know their expected arrival time. One person running late holds everyone else up. You should also invite everyone to dinner (or a meal) afterwards as a "thank you" for being a part of your special day. Traditionally, the groom's family pays for the rehearsal dinner, although every situation is different.
Rule #3: Make the most of your time.
If you're going to be at your reception venue, use this opportunity to do a quick walk-through, or plan a meeting with your venue coordinator to finalize details. If your wedding is in the next day or so, ask ahead of time if you can bring all of your decor to the rehearsal so you don't have to make an extra trip.
Rule #4: Prepare your items ahead of time.
Print out readings for your readers, and have the readers stand up and read during the rehearsal so they can practice. Planning on doing a sand ceremony? Bring the vases with you and practice that part of the ceremony! Having a aisle runner? Who will be in charge of this? Those people should practice rolling it out. Plan these items ahead of time to make sure there is no confusion on your big day.
Rule #5: Have little ones practice.
If you are having a flower girl or ring bearer in your wedding, make sure they have time to practice, and don't rush them. Little ones tend to get very nervous or shy right before they walk down the aisle. Give them plenty of time to practice walking so they get used to what they will be doing. If they will be holding a sign or a basket, bring that to the rehearsal and let them carry it.
Rule #6: Make sure you are inviting the right people.
Here is who you need to invite to your rehearsal: parents, grandparents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, and readers. (and your vendors mentioned in Rule #1). If someone is not playing a part in your ceremony they don't need to be invited, unless they are the guest of someone who is, or they are a parent of a little one who is involved (like a ring bearer). You can invite more people to dinner afterwards, but they do not necessarily need to be invited to the rehearsal.
Rule #7: Practice standing and walking.
Sounds silly, right? But this is what a rehearsal is for! Your bridal party should practice entering the ceremony (known as the processional) and exiting (know as the recessional). There is correct order to follow, and a correct way to stand at the altar. There is a "bride's side" and a "groom's side". For Catholic and Christian ceremonies, the bride's side is to the left and the groom's side is to the right. During the ceremony the bride should always stand to the left and the groom to the right. The opposite happens during a Jewish ceremony. This is where your officiant or wedding planner can help.
*Wedding Planner Tip: If you are having an outdoor ceremony, wear the shoes you will be wearing on your wedding day. This will give you a chance to break them in, while practicing walking in those heels!
Rule #8: Make sure parents and grandparents are in the know.
Traditionally, grandparents and parents will walk down the aisle and there is a correct order for this. Grandparents of the groom will go first, followed by grandparents of the bride. Then the parents of the groom will walk, followed by the mother of the bride and her escort. The grooms family should be seated in the first pew to the right (groom's side) and the bride's family should be seated in the first pew to the left (bride's side). Jewish ceremonies follow a different order. Step-parents and step-grandparents should be included in the processional, although we realize every family situation is different. That decision is ultimately made by the engaged couple. Whatever you decide, make sure all parents and grandparents practice this order during your rehearsal.
Rule #9: Have your ceremony finalized before your rehearsal.
The rehearsal should just be practice for what you have already planned. You should not be making any major decisions during your rehearsal. Readings, passages, and scriptures should all be decided on ahead of time. Escorts should be decided on ahead of time. The order of your bridesmaids and groomsmen should be finalized before hand. If your ceremony lasts longer than 40 minutes, something has gone wrong. Even a rehearsal for a traditional Jewish ceremony or a full Catholic mass should not take longer than 30-40 minutes to practice. Most rehearsals take 20 minutes, once everyone has arrived. The better you plan ahead of time, the smoother your rehearsal, and ultimately your ceremony will go.
Rule #10: Make sure the Bridal Party knows they have some duties.
Your bridal party will play a small part in your ceremony. Make sure your Maid of Honor or Matron of Honor knows she will have to hold your bouquet, and fix your dress and veil during the ceremony. The Best Man should be in charge of the rings, which the officiant will ask for at one point during the ceremony. These are not huge responsibilities, but these people should know what their job is either before or during the rehearsal.
Most of all (and this isn't a "rule"), have fun and enjoy this time. At this point in the wedding planning process things seem crazy and stressful, but you will look back on this day with fond memories. I still have the dress I wore to my ceremony rehearsal over six years ago. It doesn't fit me anymore (it probably will never fit again after 2 kids!) but I still keep it around for sentimental reasons. It was a day, other than my wedding day, where my friends and family came together to celebrate my husband and I.
If you do get overwhelmed, reach out to your wedding planner, officiant, or venue coordinator. These people should be able to guide you on how to plan your ceremony.
You're engaged, congrats! You booked your venue, called your florist, and hired a DJ. You're on your way to having a beautiful wedding! But if you're looking for a way to make your wedding unique and unforgettable, you need more than just the basics. The vendors highlighted below are anything but cookie-cutter, and they will help make your wedding 'the best day ever'. Give 'em a call today!
Essent Spa at the Radnor Hotel
595 E. Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids, PA 19087
With services like "Bridal Boot Camp" and "Groom Get Ready" this spa is a no-brainer for couples who want to look their best! The professionals at Essent Spa will help you select a level based on your needs and goals. Treatments include items like oxygen facials, lymphatic massages, skin masks, fillers, lasers, mud wraps, and more! And the guys get the red carpet treatment as well! Seriously ladies, if your man needs some grooming- sign him up for the "Groom Get Ready" treatment! This service should start at least six weeks prior to your wedding.
The Traveling Tobacconist
A mobile cigar lounge! This is a 1978 Airstream Travel Trailer brought back to life for your smoking pleasure! We've seen cigar bars before, but if you're looking for a truly unique experience for your guests, have The Traveling Tobacconist at your wedding! We've seen the trailer in person, and pictures don't do it justice.
You have a lot of events to attend this year- an engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner. You might even have an engagement session with your photographer. What the heck are you going to wear? That's where Lauren Hartman of Trousseau Style comes in. A personal stylist for brides, she helps you with the events leading up to your big day, and can even come to your wedding to help you and your bridal party look 'picture perfect'. If you want to look absolutely fab this year, give Lauren a call!
My Fair Nanny
You need this service! This isn't a "nice to have"-- it's a "need to have"! So many times I hear clients complain that a guest isn't coming to their wedding because they can't find a babysitter. Or, a family member has to leave the wedding early because the flower girl is falling asleep. That's where My Fair Nanny comes in. All babysitters are background checked, CPR and First Aid certified. The sitters can come to your venue and entertain kids, or can stay at the hotel while your guests enjoy themselves. They even have pet sitting services! This very reasonably priced service even brings age appropriate arts and crafts, games, toys, and movies for your littlest guests!
Looking for some cool table numbers, a trendy cake topper, or a custom made wedding hashtag sign? Look no further! Ever Laser is a South Philadelphia based company that offer custom, made-to-order laser cutting products. If you want unique, never seen before wedding signage, contact Ever Laser!
Getting married at you parents house? You should strongly consider getting the area sprayed. Mosquito Platoon will make sure there are no flying insects to ruin your event! They take care of mosquitos, flys, gnats, and other unwanted party crashers! They also offer softwash platoon roof and exterior cleaning!
Jennifer Anne Designs
Jennifer Anne Designs create floral preservation for your bridal bouquets. As someone who did NOT do this as a bride, I have huge regrets that I will never get to see my wedding florals in person again. Jennifer Anne Designs can come and pick up your wedding florals right from your venue or hotel after your wedding. You will receive a keepsake that will always help you remember your wedding day. There are a ton of designs to chose from, and you can add pictures, your invitation, cake topper, or charms to your design. Jennifer Anne Designs also offers gown preservation, which you will also need!
I cringe when I go to a wedding and I see pretty girls walking around in their BARE FEET! If you want to be an amazing host, have some comfy (and super cute!) flats to your girls to change into. Rescue Flats comes in different colors with beautiful packaging that can be displayed by your dancefloor!
I've done my fair share of bridal shows, but The Big Fake Wedding takes the cake! This "bridal show" is really nothing like a bridal show. It truly is a "big fake wedding" in the form of a vow renewal for a real couple. I was lucky enough to be selected as the Day of Coordinator for the event. The lucky couple was Lauren and Sean, who were celebrating five years of marriage.
The Big Fake Wedding came to Philadelphia on July 25. This company tours the United Stares and showcases local wedding vendors. The vendors work together to pull off a wedding! The vendor team that I worked with was amazing. Engaged couples attend the wedding and get to see real vendors in action. After the vow renewal, guests get to talk one-on-one with the vendors in the "Tunnel of Love". They also get to eat, drink, and dance...just as if they were attending a real wedding. Some of the vendors also styled tables. I styled tables #1 and #2.
The vendors had a mood board to follow, which helped give direction for styling the tables. The theme of the event was "Edwardian England" as seen below.
Below are some of my favorite pictures!
To view more pictures, check out RuffledBlog, The Big Fake Wedding, Red Oak Weddings, and Modern Weddings
Team of Wedding Professionals:
Photography: Bee Dee Blue Photography, MLE Pictures, LLC, Haley Richter Photography
Alcohol and Cocktail Hour Sponsor: SOCIAL Sparkling Wine
Band: To the Max-EastCoast Entertainment
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Catering: Bon Appetit Management Company
Ceremony Musician: Miss Musique
Cigar Lounge: The Traveling Tobacconist
Chocolate Candy Bar: Crissy’s Crafty Candies
Chairs: Vision Furniture
Day-Of Coordination: Table 1 Events
Desserts: Marie Bee Cake Pops & Events
Favor Boxes: Two Pretzels
Floral and Event Design — Tables 1, 2: Table 1 Events
Floral and Event Design — Head Table + Tables 3, 4, 5: Alexandria Catherine Events
Floral and Event Design — Registration Area + Tables 6, 8, 12: stylWed
Floral and Event Design — Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 9, 10: Amy Champagne Events
Floral and Event Design — Dessert Design + Tables 7, 11: 7textures LLC
Floral and Event Design — Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Belovely Floral & Event Design | Hair: Beyond Bridal
Hotel: Hyatt at The Bellevue
Invitations: House of Catherine
Linens: South Jersey Party Rentals
Marquee Lights: Philly Marquee
Makeup: JazminRae Makeup
Photo App: Share Your Photos
Photo Booth: Instaglamour Photo Booth
Place Cards + Bridesmaid Cards: Side Street Designs
Signage: La Luna By Sierra
Transportation: Secrets Limousine Service
Venue: Perelman Quadrangle Special Events
Videography: Andrew Gormley Films
Wedding Cake: Heart of the Kitchen
Wedding Dress: La Belle Mariee Bridal
Wedding Vow Art: The Standard Canvas
White Chocolate Party Favors: Heavenly Sweet Chocolates
Briana and Mark were married on May 21 at the Philander Chase Knox Estate. I was so excited for this wedding because I had previously done a wedding at the Philander, and I knew how amazing everything would turn out. Bride Briana opted for a garden-themed wedding, which meant lots of florals! I loved that for her bridesmaids, she chose off-white and ivory to compliment her dress. (Also, she wore TWO dresses, which I loved!)
Another amazing detail from this wedding was the floral wall by Nicol Floral Design. Floral Walls are big for weddings this year, they really make your pictures pop!
Another thing I loved about this wedding was the tablescapes. The bride and groom had moss table numbers which went perfectly with the garden theme.
This couple paid a little extra for the gold chargers but I think it was worth it.
Look at those Louboutin shoes! :)
The day was filled with love, laughter, and a lot of dancing! Best wishes to the happy couple!
Briana + Mark's Team of Wedding Professionals:
Venue: Philander Chase Knox Estate
Caterer: Robert Ryan Catering
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Photography & Videography: Clair Pruett Photography
Florist: Sommerfield Designs
DJ: Harold Peacock of DJ's Available
Photobooth: DJ's Available
Cake: The Master's Baker
Makeup: Fashion Facez
Officiant: Bishop Hayward Smith
Floral Wall: Nicol Floral Design
Violinist: Dottie Free
Recently engaged? Congratulations! One of the first steps in the wedding planning process is to select a venue for your ceremony and reception. Once you nail this down, you can start choosing your team of vendors and all of the fun details that follow. But how are you supposed to choose a reception venue? There are literally hundreds of places to hold your reception in the Philadelphia area. Are you supposed to go tour every place? Gosh no! Thanks to the internet, and some wedding planning websites, selecting a venue has gotten a lot easier over the last few years. Here are some tips for choosing a venue that is right for you!
OK, so before you even start thinking about where you and 120 of your friends are going to party, you need to nail down a few things. First and foremost, you need to establish a budget for your wedding. This isn't as simple as throwing a random number out there. You need to talk to anyone who you think might be contributing to your wedding (parents? future in-laws?) and see how much they are contributing. Once you establish an overall budget for your wedding, allot 40% of that number for your venue and food/catering.
Once you are done budgeting, you should figure out where you are having your ceremony. Are you getting married in your parents church? Your fiance's synagogue? Or did you want to have your ceremony and reception in the same place? The reason for figuring this out first is simple. If you are getting married in your church, you should not hold your reception an hour away from your church, especially on a Friday or Sunday. Most of your guests will not attend your ceremony if the reception is far away from the ceremony location. Also, places of worship can only accommodate one wedding at a time, so you need to book them first.
After you have established your ceremony location, you should think about what type of wedding reception you want. Do you want a formal wedding? If words like "classic", "glam", or "modern" describe the type of wedding you want, you are leaning towards a more formal wedding. Ballrooms, country clubs, hotels, museums, and estates are perfect settings for a formal wedding. Most of these type of venues come staffed with catering, bartenders, and servers.
If words like "vintage", "rustic", or "boho" describe your dream wedding, you probably want a more informal wedding. Informal wedding venues include barns, wineries, art galleries, and historic landmarks, just to name a few. A lot of informal wedding venues do not include catering at their venue, so be prepared to look for a caterer.
Next, come up with a rough number of guests. There is a huge difference between a 70 person wedding and a 270 person wedding. The higher the number of guests you need to invite, the harder it is to find a venue. If you need a space for 300 guests, your options on venues will be limited.
I recommend to look at a few different types of venues if you are unsure of what you want. Go look at an estate, a barn, and a country club, just to have some comparison. The internet is a great place to look for venues. I recommend using TheKnot.com, WeddingWire.com, and Partyspace.com. Wedding planners and photographers are also a great resource for finding venues. Select a few that are appealing to you, and email the venue for information on pricing. Also, ask if your date is available, and how many people the venue can hold. If you have specific requests, like you need a wheelchair ramp, ask before you go see the venue. Finding important items out before you go look will save you time in the long run. To keep your sanity, limit the number of venues you look at to no more than five.
Your reception venue and food will cost the most money from your wedding budget, so it is important to take your time making this important decision.
Schedule a tour with the Venue Coordinator. These are usually done on weekdays or early in the morning on weekends (venues are busy holding events on the weekends!). Bring a list of questions with you, take pictures, and take notes! If you're going to see a few venues, you might start getting confused about the different venues. If you plan on getting married at your reception venue, look at the exact location of where you would be getting married. If it's outside, ask what the back up plan is for rain. Can you imagine yourself getting married there if it rains? If you are undecided between two venues, ask to do a food tasting. Sometimes this will help determine your venue! And always look for online reviews or ask the venue to provide you with references. If you know someone who recently had their wedding at the venue, reach out to them and ask them about their experience.
If the venue has a "preferred vendors" list, ask if you have to use these vendors. Most venues will let you bring in your own insured vendors, but some venues do not allow this. Always ask before you sign!
Once you have selected your venue, you will have to sign a contract, and be prepared to put down a deposit. This secures your date. Make sure to read the contract! Your contract will state everything you need to know- payment deadlines, rules of what you can and can not bring in, and what is included. At this point you will most likely be working with the owner, Catering Sales Manager, or Venue Coordinator. Now the fun can begin!
Recently, I was working with a client and we were deciding whether she and her fiancé should do a receiving line. We came up with a list of pros and cons, and in the end, she opted not to. However, some of my couples do chose to do a receiving line after their ceremony. Six years ago at my own wedding, my husband and I chose to do a receiving line and it worked to our advantage, but it's not for every couple. I'll take you through some pros and cons of a receiving line to help you decide if it's right for you.
A receiving line is done immediately following your ceremony. Basically, the couple walks down the aisle for the first time as a married couple. They only walk to the back of the church or the back of their ceremony location. They stand there and wait for their guests to walk down the aisle to greet them. Guests will form a line to offer their congratulations to the new couple.
One of the benefits of doing a receiving line is that you get to formally say "hello" to all of your guests before your reception starts. This can eliminate the need to go around to all of your tables during the reception-- although proper etiquette would tell you to still do both.
One downside of doing a receiving line is that it eats up a lot of time- especially if you have a large wedding. Some guests will want to talk to you for several minutes, holding up the line. If you are pressed for time you need to take this into consideration.
Here's where I see a lot of couple opt to do a receiving line: You are getting married in a church at 2pm, then cocktail starts at 5pm somewhere else. This leaves you with a lot of time to get pictures taken, and time to say hello to all of your guests.
Here's when I suggest you don't do a receiving line: Your ceremony and reception are at the same venue, and you only have the venue for a total of 5 or 6 hours. You are pressed for time and your only option for bridal portraits is between your ceremony and reception...and you actually want to be at your cocktail hour.
Also, if you are having a super small wedding there really isn't a need for a receiving line. You can easily greet all of your guests during your reception.
Receiving lines are considered a traditional part of a wedding, however with so many couples now opting for non traditional weddings, receiving lines seem to be a thing of the past. If you decide to for-go a receiving line, you need to carve out time to say hello to each of your guests during cocktail hour or your reception. Nothing makes a wedding guest more upset than not getting to talk to the newlyweds.
When bride-to-be Nicole initially contacted me about possibly coordinating her wedding, I did everything I could to win her over. I wanted to do this wedding because her fiancé Sean was a member of the United States Marine Corps and had served our country oversees. I wanted to do my part, no matter how small, to help this couple have the wedding of their dreams. Also, Nicole and Sean were two of the nicest people I had ever met and I immediately wanted to work with them!
Nicole and Sean were married on November 12 at the Historic Penn Farm in New Castle, Delaware. This wedding involved a lot of DIY projects, and the venue was a complete blank canvas. The good thing about the venue is that it allowed the couple to completely transform the barn into the vision of their rustic, Fall wedding.
Nicole wanted to get married at this venue because she grew up on a farm, and wanted her guests to experience the serenity and beauty of the Historic Penn Farm. The mix of the rustic barn, plus the beautiful November weather made for a gorgeous wedding. Guests danced the night away to country music, played with props in the photo booth, and took selfies with polaroid cameras!
I loved all of the little details that bride Nicole had thought of. From the marine-themed toasting flutes, to the cowboy boots, to the old truck that served as an amazing backdrop for photos. All of these details perfectly showed off the bride and grooms personality!
Guests took home adorable succulents for their wedding favors.
Nicole and Sean took time during their reception to play the "shoe game", which was a fun and interactive game for guests to enjoy. It also allowed guests to get to know the newlyweds a little better!
I think I am turning into a sap, because lately my favorite moments of weddings have been the ceremony. This wedding was no different. I teared up throughout Nicole and Sean's vows to each other. It was clear to everyone that this couple was madly in love with each other.
This naked cake fit in perfectly with the rest of the décor.
Flower girl Liberty was the hit of the wedding!
Nicole and Sean did a "first look" before their ceremony, which is always a beautiful, intimate moment. I love that this couple involved Sean's son Liam, who also served as the ring bearer.
Here are some more of my favorite moments of the day. I had a lot of trouble narrowing it down to just a few pictures!
Nicole + Sean's team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony & Reception location: Historic Penn Farm
Wedding Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Caterer: Lapps Catering
Photography & Videography: Mobile Video and Photography
DJ: The Pros
Officiant: Pastor Brett Walker
Violinist: Wilmington String Ensemble
Rentals: Action Events
Bartenders: Swig Events
Cake: Barb Martin
Florist: Brenna Davis
Hair: Desorrae Webb
Photobooth: Oh! Snap That Photo Booths
Sammy and Bernard were married on October 29th (Halloween weekend!) at World Cafe Live at the Queen, which is a music venue in Wilmington, Delaware. When I met this couple, I knew immediately that they wanted a unique and fun wedding. They had a music-themed wedding, sprinkled with a mix of Halloween. This couple worked very hard to make sure their wedding was anything but cookie-cutter!
The venue totally fit the Sammy and Bernard's style and could easily be transformed into an event space.
The couple used their favorite CD albums instead of traditional table numbers. Each table had a picture of an album cover so that guests could find their seats.
One of my favorite moments of the wedding was the ceremony. Sammy had kept all of the flower petals that Bernard has ever given her (swoon!) and the flower girls used these petals when they walked down the aisle. This was such a beautiful event to see.
Bernard has three nephews who are triplets and served as the ring bearers. Once of the triplets was not able to walk down the aisle, so Bernard, with the help of his family, built a remote controlled car to help him. Read more about that here.
Sammy and Bernard made a painting during their wedding ceremony, as a symbol of their love and commitment to each other.
During cocktail hour the couple took bridal party portraits, however these were anything but boring! Sammy and Bernard rented the "Ghostbusters" car to take pictures in front of. They were such a fun couple to work with!
The picture below is one of my favorites!
Sammy's bridesmaids each wore different fall-colored dress, which perfectly fit in with the season.
The groomsmen added some flair to their attire by wearing fun socks!
The Bachelor Boys Band played throughout the reception as guests danced the night away.
Instead of a traditional guestbook, guests signed records! This was perfect for the music-themed event.
Sammy & Bernard's team of wedding professionals:
Ceremony & Reception location: World Café Live at the Queen
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: JFS Photography Design
Music: Bachelor Boys Band
Florist: Jill's Flowers and Frills
Cake: Sweet Somethings Desserts
Transportation: Dave's Limousine
Getting married soon? Worried that you have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks? Guess what? You don't! Throughout this blog I will share some helpful tips and tricks to getting you fabulous wedding day jewels at a great rate, or free!
You've bought the dress, you know how you want your hair and makeup to look. You have a veil and shoes. Now you just need those last final pieces to make your look complete- you need some bling! I know some brides stress out over this part. You're worried about how the final look will come together and you're worried about how much bridal jewelry will cost. I totally get it.
Ask your jeweler if they rent out pieces for free. (Yes-- for free!)
Your finance most likely went to a jeweler and spent a pretty penny on an engagement ring. Then the two of you went and bought wedding bands at said jeweler. Now go ask this jeweler if you can borrow some pieces for your big day. Some jewelers will allow their returning customers to borrow earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet to borrow for their big day. Just remember- these items usually need to be returned the day after your wedding, so make sure someone is available to return these. (Most wedding planners can do this for you!)
RentTheRunway.com and VowToBeChic.com
Rent the Runway and Vow to Be Chic are websites where you can rent designer dresses, handbags, and jewelry. This is a great way to wear designer jewelry at a fraction of the price. I have personally used both sites and have always been happy with their jewelry selection.
Stella & Dot
Full disclosure: I am an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot. But I work with this company because they offer stylish jewelry at a great price. Check out their inventory for your big day-- I love their statement pieces. Shop now here.
Kendra Scott's new Bridal Collection
Another affordable designer is Kendra Scott. She recently came out with a bridal collection that is affordable and chic. Besides Stella & Dot, Kendra Scott is my go-to for jewels!
I love when I see a bride borrow some bling from her mother, grandmother, or even a friend. If you are traditional bride, this can be your "something borrowed"! Family and friends are usually more than happy to lend some jewels.
Pulling the look together
Before your wedding day, set aside some time to put your look together. Do your makeup. Put your hair up in a bun (or down- if you plan on wearing it down for your wedding). Put on your veil or headpiece, and put on all of your jewelry. If you don't have your wedding dress in your possession, put on a white dress or a dress that had a similar top to your wedding dress. Have someone take pictures of you. This will allow you to make any last minute changes before your big day.
Heather and Mark were married on October 14th at the Aldie Mansion in Doylestown. This was such a fun wedding to be a part of--- everyone involved was so happy and excited! The couple met at a Physical Therapy conference in California, even though they were in the same PT program at Temple University. It was definitely fate that these two got together!
The pictures from Daniel Moyer Photography are amazing because they perfectly captured all of the emotions from the day. It's clear to see that this couple is head over heals in love with each other!
Heather's "something borrowed/something old" was her grandfather's purple heart from WW1 and her great grandmother’s handkerchief which she had wrapped around her bouquet.
Heather's mom also had her grandmother’s handkerchief tied around her bouquet from when she and Heather's dad got married.
The ceremony took place outside of the Aldie Mansion and was absolutely beautiful. Heather, escorted by her father, had a very long walk down the aisle. But I think it added a dramatic effect to the day!
I love looking at the groom's reaction when he sees his bride coming down the aisle. This couple did a 'first look' prior to the ceremony, but poor Mark couldn't contain himself when he saw Heather. She was one of the most beautiful brides so I don't blame him for getting a little choked up!
Look at their smiles! :)
The couple danced to a song called 'Never Stop' (wedding version) by SafetySuit for their first dance as Mr. & Mrs.
Another thing I loved about this wedding were the speeches. Both father's spoke and there was not a dry eye in the house. It's so nice to see a young couple have the love and support of their families as they enter this new chapter of their life.
The groom's family is Jewish so the couple incorporated some Jewish traditions into their wedding. One of the best moments was the couple being raised up on chairs, known as the "horah". The expression on their face says it all!
The couple's parents even got in on the fun!
Total Entertainment DJ is a close family friend of Heather, so they pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone was up and dancing!
Heather and Mark had guest sign pieces of fabric, that will be made into a quilt. They did this in lieu of a traditional guestbook. They also donated money to a charity in their guests name. These are just a few of the reasons I loved working with this couple!
Another favorite moment of mine was the couple's grand sparkler exit.
Heather & Mark's Team of Wedding Professionals:
Venue: Aldie Mansion
Caterer: Jeffrey Miller Catering
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Daniel Moyer Photography
DJ: Total Entertainment DJ
Florist: Posey Hill Flowers
Video: Above & Beyond Wedding Studio
Dress and Formalwear: Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo Shop
Hair: RIAH Hair Studio
Makeup: All Dolled Up
Officiant: Justin Zadnik (groom's cousin)