I had been working with Jess and Jordan for over 18 months to plan their perfect "barn chic" wedding. This was a fun wedding to plan, and I lovingly referred to Jess and Jordan as "My Havertown Couple". I was always happy to meet with them since they lived just a few blocks away.
On October 7th the high school sweethearts said their vows at St. Denis Church in Havertown. They had a traditional Catholic ceremony and had 14 members in their bridal party. Once they said their 'I Do's' we made the hour and 15 minute trek into Lancaster where the couple would party the night away with 160 friends and family members.
The reception took place at the Barn at Silverstone in Lancaster. I absolutely love this venue. It's a renovated, upscale barn. It has a rustic feeling but with 21st century amenities. Jess and Jordan wanted something different from the standard ballroom wedding and the Barn at Silverstone was an obvious choice for them.
When it came to picking a theme, this couple wanted a very classic wedding. Jess said she wanted her pictures to still look modern twenty years from now. She opted for a black, white, and gold color scheme.
When it came to proposing, Jordan planned a huge "proposal party" after he got down on one knee at Jess's parents house. Once he popped the question, about sixty friends and family members came over to celebrate!
One of my favorite moments of this wedding came later in the evening. The couple surprised the bride's parents by having all of their guests sing "American Pie", which was played at Jess's parents wedding.
The couple also had a late night popcorn bar, provided by Rettew's Catering. It seemed to go over well with all of their guests!
Jess + Jordan's Team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony Location: St Denis Church in Havertown
Reception Location: The Barn at Silverstone
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Catering: Rettew’s Catering
Photography & Videography: The Artist Group
Florist: Theresa’s Floral Design
DJ: Schaffer Sounds - Dave Schaffer
Stationary and Invitations: Minute Man Press
Cake made by: The Master’s Baker
Transportation: King Limo
Wedding Dress Designer: Allure Bridals- Allure Couture Collection
Bridal Shoppe: Lizelle's
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Clarise
Bridesmaid dresses from: Accents Boutique
Groom's Attire Designer: Michael Kors
Groom's Formalwear from: Sagets
Bride's shoe designer: Betsey Johnson
Jewler: Bucci Jewelers
Hair: Salon Bellissima
Makeup: Jessica Brindisi - Jessica B. Beauty
Lighting and Drapery: Shumaker PDT
Alcohol: Frank’s Wine
Ever wonder what a Day of Coordinator does? Also called a Wedding Coordinator, this person is usually hired a few months prior to the wedding and is in charge of overseeing the weekend activities. Certified Wedding Planners will offer these 'day of services'.
The coordinator starts working with the engaged couple 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding, and will create and execute a detailed timeline. The coordinator works with all vendors involved with the wedding, and makes sure the couple and their families are taken care of. Throughout this blog we will cover some specifics of what a wedding coordinator can do for you!
Who are those people holding the umbrellas? They are wedding coordinators! Specifically, that is a picture of me and one of my assistants, waiting in the rain for a bridal party to arrive by trolley. Since it was raining, we made sure that the bridesmaids, bride, and mother of the bride would not get wet on their way into the church. This is one of the hundreds of small details a coordinator will cover on your wedding day.
Here's another one of us on a rainy wedding day in the city. Our job is to make sure those hours the bride just spent to get ready don't go to waste!
Those are my hands! Coordinators arrive to the church or ceremony location very early. We make sure all of the groomsmen look 'wedding ready'. Sometimes this means pinning on their boutineers or tying their bow ties. At ceremonies we can help hand out wedding programs, help escort guests, and get the bridal party lined up to walk down the aisle. We calm down brides before they make their trek down the aisle, we fluff gowns, fix veils, roll out aisle runners, and work with your officiant and musician to make sure the ceremony runs smoothly.
Me again! I swear this blog is not intended to have tons of pictures of myself. But I think it's important to see what a coordinator actually does, especially if you are on the fence about hiring one for your own wedding. Have you ever been to a wedding where it was clear the couple could have used more help? Maybe the ceremony did not start on time, you had to wait until 10:00 pm to eat your dinner, or the bride's mother was running around not enjoying herself? Most likely this couple did not have a wedding coordinator.
Not the most flattering picture of me, but did you ever think about who will get the door for the bride? Who is holding her stuff while she walks down the aisle to her fiance? These are the things a wedding coordinator will take care of.
One of the bigger challenges of a ceremony can be to get little ones down the aisle. It's a long day for a toddler, and sometimes they are just not in the mood to be in a wedding. The picture above is from Sammy + Bernard's wedding which got picked up by The Chive. We all worked very hard to get little Cooper down the aisle and he did not disapoint! If you are going to have flower girls and ring bearers in your wedding party you need to think about who will be in back helping them fullfill their job duties.
OK now the fun stuff-- the reception. Usually a wedding coordinator will head over to your reception site immediatley following the ceremony, or they may have been there hours earlier to set up. A wedding coordinator can set up your tables, chairs, and linens. We make sure your seating chart cooresponds to the number of tables and chairs set up (you wouldn't believe how often we find mistakes!) We set up all of your decor-- pictures, candles, gift card box, signs, lanterns, table numbers, escort cards, favors, etc. Once your reception get started we work with your vendors, specifically your DJ/Band and caterer, to make sure your timeline is followed.
Throughout your reception we make sure you, your family, and guests are all taken care of. This might mean helping Grandma to the bathroom, getting your drinks from the bar, getting Uncle Lou a new chair, and getting an Uber for your college roommate. After your reception has ended we help clean up and load up your gifts into someone's car. We can even return rentals the next day. Who is going to return all of your groomsmen's tuxedos the morning after your wedding?
We also bring a ton of "stuff" with us to your wedding. We bring 'Bridal Emergency Kits' that have items like hairspray and bobby pins, but we also bring items like hammers, hand steamers, bottle openers, and extension cords.
Wedding Coordinators can also drop off Welcome Bags to hotels, can drop off items at your venue days before your wedding, and can bring decor for couples to use. My couples have used my box for wedding cards, as well as signage. One bride used a spare garter I had brought to her wedding, and another couple used a spare cake cutting set since they forgot theirs. A coordinator makes sure nothing falls through the cracks on your wedding day.
Most coordinators do free consultations with a couple. I suggest taking advantage of this! Meet with a coordinator (or several!) to see what a wedding coordinator can do for you on your wedding.
Jess and Dennis were married on September 30th at Old Saint Mary's church in Philadelphia. The reception took place at the Ballroom at the Ben. This was one of the more upscale weddings I did this year and it did not dissapoint! This couple spared no expense to make their dream wedding come to life.
The bridal party stayed at the Hotel Monaco to prepare for the big day. One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing the excitement on everyone's faces the morning of a wedding. Everyone was very excited for the day to start. The bride and groom both seemed very calm even though they were in for one of the most exciting days of their lives.
This couple met on a blind date! They were set up by Dennis' brother-in-law Steve. Steve met Jessica at a work dinner. He later called Dennis and told him "I met your wife!"
The bridal party took trolleys to the church and the couple said their vows in front of 170 guests. One of my favorite parts of this ceremony was seeing the four ring bearers (yes--- four!) walk down the aisle. They looked super cute in their mini tuxedos.
I also love to see how the groom looks as the bride is walking down the aisle. Dennis looked very excited to see his soon-to-be-bride!
Once the ceremony ended, guests waited outside and did a big bubble exit for the newlyweds!
The bridal party then got in the trolley and made their way through the city, making stops at some of historic Philadelphia landmarks. Uusually I head over to the reception venue during this time, however the couple asked me to stay with them while they were getting photos. I made sure everyone stayed on track, and even held an umbrella for the bride, since there was a little bit of rain during this time. These are some of my favorite pictures!
Once pictures ended, it was time to party! Everyone headed over to the Ballroom at the Ben to dance the night away! The band "Paris" got everyone up and on the dancefloor! One of the fun surprises happened at the reception when Jess surprised Dennis with a Groom's Cake. However this was not an ordinary cake. This cake was made with twinkies, which was a nod to Denni's love of twinkies.
Jess + Dennis' team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony Venue: Old Saint Mary's Church
Reception Venue: Ballroom at the Ben
Catering: Finley Catering
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Philip Gabriel Photography
Florist: Gina Conshetti
Invitations: Becca Hadley
Band: Paris (EBE Entertainment)
Lodging: Hotel Monaco
Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal
Hair: Roxy Brennan
Makeup: C.E. Facial Artistry
Bridesmaid dresses: Bijou Bridal
Tuxedos: Jos A. Banks
PANTONE just announced their 2017 Color of the Year! This year's winner is "Greenery 15-0343". This might not seem like a big deal, but this color will play a huge role in all different industries-- fashion, design, architecture, and most importantly- the wedding industry! Look for this color at upcoming 2017 weddings.
Pantone describes this color as a "fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate. Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world. A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality."
You might remember last year's PANTONE Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity (as shown above). These colors caused major inspiration throughout the wedding industry. Read our blog from last year to relive all this color inspiration!
My favorite Color of the Year is still Marsala, from 2015. I love the look of this color for Fall and Winter weddings. This color truly 'pops', and makes for great bridesmaid dresses, florals, and tablescapes.
PANTONE describes Greenery as a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. Greenery looks best when paired the color palettes shown here. Pair Greenery with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, and metallics. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications.
We would love to hear your thoughts on Greenery! Love it? Hate it? Will you be using it in your upcoming wedding? Drop us a note to let us know!
If you follow me on social media, you know that I have been recapping all of Table 1 Events' weddings this past year. Up next is one of my favorite couples--Meghan and Jimmy! I have known the groom since I was little. We went to elementary school togther. We kind of lost touch, but I was thrilled when he contacted me asking if I was available to be his Wedding Planner for his September wedding! I always consider it such an honor when someone you know asks you to be a part of one of the biggest days of their life.
Through the planning process I got to know Meghan, and she compliments Jim so nicely. This couple was so sweet and fun to work with. Their wedding was a ton of fun-- here are the highlights! (P.S.-- These pictures are by FAR my favorite. So forgive me in advance for posting so many. I couldn't choose which ones I liked the best! Kudos to Olivia Rae Photography!)
Meghan and Jimmy were married on September 10 at the Philander Chase Knox Estate in Malvern. This was the hottest wedding day of the year-- however no one seemed to mind! Everyone was just happy to be there and celebrating the love of this couple.
One of my favorite things about this wedding was all of the personalized details. From the personalized jenga and baggo games, to the choreographed first dance, this couple thought of it all! As a wedding planner, I love when a couple puts in the effort to make their wedding unique and represents them as a couple.
Meghan and Jimmy did a First Look, as shown below. It was a beautiful, emotional moment for the soon to be newlyweds!
The entire bridal party looked gorgeous. The bridesmaids wore blush colored dresses which complimented the pastel floral arrangements.
During their ceremony, Meghan + Jim released butterflies. This was beautiful way to exit their ceremony as Mr. + Mrs.!
Over 200 guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio and in the estate, then moved back outside under a tent for the reception.
The crowd danced the night away to the sounds of Dels Groove!
Meghan + Jimmy's team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Philander Chase Knox Estate
Catering: Robert Ryan Catering
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Olivia Rae Photography
Band: Dels Groove
Photobooth: DAZ Entertainment
Officiant: Cindi Babiak
Florist: Sommerfield Designs + Jami Coppock
Cake: Master Baker
Videographer: Noah Petrie
Transportation: Krapf Coaches
Invitations & Stationary: Paper and Posh
Hair: Alaina DiRocco + Alyssa Gallen from Avante Salon
Makeup: Nadia Grier + Breanna Berk
Chalkboard signs: Stacie Lee Designs
Savannah and Jim were married on September 3rd and it was such a fun wedding to be a part of. I loved this wedding because it took place at Savannah's parents house in Chester Springs, PA. I have done outdoor weddings in the past, but this was my first wedding where the bride got married at her family house. However this was not a typical backyard wedding. The house was beautifully decorated, and was the perfect setting for this love story.
Savannah and Jim had a small, intimate wedding of around 80 guests. Their color scheme was white, pink, burgundy, and gold. Savannah's two sisters and best friend served as bridesmaids.
This wedding was a mix of upscale elegance and DIY. The bride, with the help of her mom and sisters, made her cake and all of her flowers!
My favorite memory of this day was the ceremony. The weather was perfect, and Savannah and Jim said their vows outside on Savannah's parents lawn. However the yard was transformed into an upscale ceremony area. Chivari style chairs were brought in, and the couple had a chuppah made that was adorned with florals. I helped scatter flower petals into a design for Savannah to walk down. They had an unplugged ceremony (which I love), and as they were announced as 'Mr. and Mrs.', guests popped confetti poppers.
After the ceremony guests walked over to another area for cocktail hour and the reception. This area is typically used as the driveway, but again, was transformed into a beautiful wedding venue. Savannah's parents had a large tent brought in, and rented tables, chairs, linens, and table wear.
Another great memory from this wedding was the two pinata's that Savannah and Jim had at their wedding. The first pinata was for the kids, and was filled with candy. The second was an 'adults only' pinata, filled with mini bottles of alcohol! Everyone had a ton of fun trying to burst open the pinatas!
The rest of the night was filled with dancing and laughter!
Savannah and Jim's Wedding Professionals:
Venue: Private Estate
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Photography: Candid Moments Photography
Florals: DIY from Fifty Flowers
Officiant: Hollis Payer
DJ: Marty Smith from Silver Sounds DJ's
Hair and Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates Hair & MakeUp Artists
Rentals: Preferred Party Place