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!
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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
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!
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
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)
The International Wedding Academy has recently released the third International Wedding Trend Report. This report inspires wedding and event professionals, as well as engaged couples planning their wedding, with upcoming wedding trends from around the globe. The report delves into how technology and personalization in popular culture drives the trends, and which movies will influence couples design choices this year. The Pantone colour of the year Greenery is set to be big, as are pale blush and nude tones filtering off the catwalk's ballet vibe. Nature is a big trend for 2017 and we will see lots of organic elements coming through. The Academy was very much inspired by key trending themes of Boho Luxe, Green Botanicals, Mixed Metallics, Art Deco and The Great Outdoors. Throughout this blog we will cover some trend predictions of the 122 page report.
Lips! Nude lip colours seem to be sticking around! Think "Kissing Tiny Flowers" by Smith & Cult . It's a nude shade with tones of brown and deep pink mixed in. For brows, brides are asking for thicker, fuller brows. When it comes to colour palettes, it's all about natural/ neutral shades. Brides love natural tones, wether going for a soft look or a bold look. You can't go wrong with brown, taupe, or bronze shades. And when it comes to hair, brides are wanting that lived in, wispy look. Think texture, low buns, looseness.
Wedding Entertainment Trends:
It seems couples are looking for something a little different to make their big day stand out in 2017 and so we're seeing a surge in bookings for alternative wedding entertainment. Lookalikes are currently one of the most popular trends. Technology is definitely becoming more prominent with wedding entertainment and we're seeing a rise in demand for things like photo-booths with added features such as video messaging. With guests being able to log into apps and share their pictures and videos easily via social media, it makes it feel very inclusive. We are also seeing a surge in bookings for LED entertainment, whereby bands are performing with light up instruments, which makes for an amazing visual performance. Live bands are more popular than they've ever been. Male fronted rock bands have reigned in the most booked spot over the last 10 years, but now we're currently finding that couples are wanting more larger funk and soul bands with brass
sections in order create a real wow factor. Acoustic bands are also proving to be extremely popular-- anything from solo and duos to full 4 and 5 piece line ups performing unplugged.
Wedding Colors & Themes:
When it comes to colors, Pale Dogwood is emerging as a clear winner. This blush pink color is more popular than ever, and neutrals are here to stay. Look to see neutrals paired with mixed tones, like deep hydrangea blue with peach, marsala with rich golds and white with copper.
We will also see neutrals paired with grey pallets, and look for fresh blues, muted tones, garden greens and warm shades of red and orange to make an appearance. Metallics are also here to stay.
When it comes to themes, it's all about nature. Now being called "Opulent Simplicity", we will see couples doing extravagant, but warm and inviting wedding trends, like renting out ranches for a week. Look for oversized floral runners on tables with lots of texture as well. Look for dramatic tropical designs with bold leaf prints and living walls as floral backdrops.
Wedding Tech Trends:
Couples have gone fully mobile with their wedding plans. Millennials are all about instant gratification, so they want their wedding planning right at their fingertips. Mobile wedding planning apps, such as LadyMarry, are perfect for tracking all of the wedding details and staying organized. Couples are using apps to share ideas, create timelines and customize checklists. They are also bringing in their key influencers ( mom, maid of honor) to collaborate on shared responsibilities. Guests are also being communicated to by virutal save-the-dates and wedding websites. The virtual communication is two way- brides and grooms are sending out mobile e-invitations, guests confirm with their device and then the couple can easily access their up-to-date guest list. With the added focus on guest experience, we're finding that couples are being especially attentive when it comes to the tech needs of their guests. Expect tech-friendly amenities, such as charging stations, to become more prevalent during the reception. Couples and wedding professionals are taking advantage of 3D printing-- from cake stands and toppers, to custom onsite favors. We're also seeing continued use of drones on the Big Day for both photography and videography. With the steady increase in video integration among the top platforms, social media is officially where the wedding day story plays out. From Facebook Live and Snapchat, to Instagram Stories, friends and family who couldn't make the event can now follow the day's events as they unfold. Social media is also the hub where guests find themselves connecting, whether by utilizing the wedding day hashtag (a must these days!) or Snapping with the wedding's custom geofilter.
Celebrity Wedding Trends:
When it comes to celebrity wedding trends, Renee Strauss tells us that destination weddings are the weddings of choice for the rich & famous. They can have their privacy and often the location becomes part of their "brand". Brooke Keegan tells us she is seeing celebrities leaning toward small, private elopements followed by a large party with all of their family and friends at a later date. With privacy being so important, completely unplugged weddings will continue to be popular.
Many couples are now asking to schedule extra time with their photographer to capture more dramatic photos. They are asking to incorporate editorial style photos into the blended mix of traditional and journalistic photos. Many couples are now incorporating props into their wedding day photos. Hand drawn signs, often small chalkboards with their wedding Instagram hashtags on them, are becoming very popular. Photo filters are decreasing in popularity, and couples are now looking for very natural photos without a lot of post processing. The use of drones for aerial coverage of portions of the wedding day has become very popular. There is also a rise in brides who request a pre-wedding bridal portrait session. Think boudoir sessions, where they are giving their partner the photos in a small album as a private, intimate, gift on the wedding day. One more trend we are seeing is the request for less structured family formal photos. Many couples want their family formals to be less tradit ional and more relaxed, so that they capture the family in the way that they see themselves.
When it comes to venues, couples are looking for flexibility and places that allow them to inject their own personality. This might be via their styling, or by allowing them to bring in their own
suppliers whose work resonates with them. As wedding days increasingly become more customized and individual, the venues that allow couples to create a big day that says 'this is us' are the ones that will see the most success.
The top five styles of venues are:
Denise Fouracre tells us that she is getting requests for wooden arbours and a big demand for faux foliage walls. Less flowers, more greenery. Industrial metal backdrops with fresh florals, mostly commissioned by florists. Arches and industrial style backdrops are bigger than they have ever been. David Tutera's predictions on florals in 2017: "Floral is going the modern industrial route. We're taking this years trends like metallics, and softening them with clean white, creams and ivory tones paired with natural elements and geometric accents. Rather than your average "wedding-y" feel, we'll be seeing more organic components like succulents and moss take center stage."
We will continue to see white florals used in masses. This look gives a very polished but ethereal setting for a wedding. This can also be enhanced by using a metallic element in order to obtain a more celebratory yet elegant feel. Other trends include succulents and overflowing greens. This may be for a more untraditional bride but who still wants an organic elegant look.
Food styling is popular too. Catered food tables and food stations are being recognized as being a part of the styled setting for most weddings. Industrial backdrops and custom metal floral stands are the big signature pieces that are popular. Hand painted welcome boards and blackboards are still reigning supreme.
Fine dining experiences and pairings will be a big hit this year. Couples are treating their guests to a fine dining experience during the wedding, and that wine pairings are becoming very popular.
Paul Harding from Innovative Hiring in Dubai says that the most popular hire items for weddings in 2017 are rustic wooden tables, and mix and match wire/wooden chairs . The emerging themes are pastels, rose gold, green and lots of foliage. Ghost chairs are still an absolute must have item and when it comes to tables, U shape, half moon, and rectangle are in.
Couples will still be choosing elegant, romantic, and "classic" looks in their wedding linens, though there will be those couples who want more fashion-forward or avant-garde touches. These couples might lean toward cotton velvets or metallic weaves. Popular linens will reflect a trend away from "country chic" and more toward "urban chic." The textiles you'll see will have more complex weaves though not with pronounced, multicolor patterns like obvious florals or geometrics; rather, we'll see brocades with subtle metallic highlights and also see the usual tone-on-tone effect enhanced with more texture-on-texture fabrications that add subtle 3D effects. Also growing in popularity are napkins that feature contrasting-color edges or hems in tones that play off the table linens or an event's overall color scheme.
Ceci Johsnson says of wedding stationary: "We are loving full matching sets of stationery for weddings in 2017. More and more brides and grooms are finding they need to send not only an
RSVP card, but also information inserts along with their main wedding invitation. A gatefold style invite offers a practical solution to this while still looking on trend. Another option is the popular belly-band-style wedding invitation. This is a beautiful and handy way of keeping your matching inserts all together.
Blue and black color-schemes seem to be popular right now in stationary. These dark and rich tones tie in perfectly with this year's trends. Accented by pops of metallic gold or silver foiling, the wedding colour scheme for 2017 is set to be bold, daring and contemporary. One key trend that we have noticed emerging as a strong theme for 2017 weddings is the modern industrial look. Blending strong industrial colours with elegant copper and gold tones. Using text as a focal point on the wedding invitations has been very popular in the past few months and sets the tone for 2017 trends. Custom foiling, especially in gold, has also started to become a big trend with more brides than ever requesting custom foiling of their initials or logos. Another key pattern trend for 2017 weddings is geometric designs focusing on bold block colours and sleek black and gold lines.
Top Trends in Wedding Stationary:
Top Ten Catering Trends:
1. Bringing some informality into wedding food: buffet, bbq, food stations and vans.
2. Keeping it local and using local produce.
3. Seasonality is key--using produce that is in-season.
4. Nostalgia and tradit ional British food and drinks-- think pies and ale or tea infused gin cocktails.
5. Bringing your own personality to the food and drink-- a favorite meal or drink of the couples is served.
6. Snack bars and grazing stations - yes dessert is still popular but people love savoury too, so why not have a food station dedicated to antipasta or bagels?
7. Raw food and superfoods-- people are becoming more and more health conscious, so how about an all raw meal?
8. Getting involved and being interactive-- couples want to make the dining about an experience and getting people to share and serve others on a table is a great way of doing so.
9. Drinks are just as important-- choosing cocktails and offering a local brewers ale alongside a drinks flight for each course showcases the drinks you've chosen as much as the
10. Scandi food. We've all gone wild for the Hygge effect and scandi interior--now we can't wait to sample what they eat .
Wedding Cake Trends:
The top most popular wedding cake choices for 2017 that we are seeing include fairytale inspired cakes, botanical inspired cakes, geode cakes, marble cakes and of course tall wedding cakes. Flavors tend to be the fairly traditional-- Vanilla, Chocolate and Lemon, with flavors such as salted caramel, champagne and strawberry and peaches and cream also being requested. Metallic colors are still huge but the golds and silvers are being replaced with shades of rose gold and copper. Metallics lend an air of glamour and decadence to a cake which some brides adore. Rustic cakes have given way to refined cakes coated in buttercream and even fold leaf. Rustic cakes, like all other cake fads are on the wane.
Dessert tables are giving way to more elegant and opulent cakescapes with some brides even forgoing the plated dessert course in favor of them. Multiple cakes with different textures, shapes and a variety of flavours in complementary colors are increasingly being requested for 2017 weddings.
Bridal Party Trends:
Brook Keegan says a trend this year will be a shift towards smaller wedding parties. Couples are opting for only a few members in their wedding party- sticking with siblings or just a few friends.
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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
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
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