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
Kayla and Keith were married on July 30th at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ. I had been to the Mansion a few times, but never to work a wedding. So I was very excited when I booked this wedding. The Mansion is known for it's opulence and upscale ballrooms.
Kayla and Keith live in North Jersey but have a lot of family in the Philadelphia area, so they wanted a venue that was halfway between the two locations. The Mansion offered everything they were looking for. I loved this couple's choice of colors- blush and gold, which was speckled throughout their wedding.
Kayla's dress was breathtaking. I love when a bride wears a dress that makes you say "Wow!" This dress had over 20 hooks to bustle!
Their ceremony was held onsite and about 70 guests attended. Their ceremony was filled with love and a lot of laughter!
I love all of the little details of this wedding. You can tell when a bride and groom take extra steps to ensure their wedding is unique and represents them!
Kayla wore her mother's brooch on her dress in honor of her late mother. Just another beautiful element of this wedding.
Kayla and Keith had a Signature Drink called "As Good As Gold", which perfectly complimented the theme of the evening. The drink contained vodka, lemon juice, honey simple syrup, with a splash of champagne. Yum!
Carl Alan Florist did an amazing job with all of the florals for this wedding.
I am a huge cake snob and always look at the cake at weddings. This cake was hands down one of my favorites!
This was one of my favorite group pictures of all the weddings I have done. We got every single guest to go to the stairway for this shot. Kudos to Ambar Moreno Photography!
We talked to Carly Totten of Carly is Inspired to get some tips on wedding day florals. She shared the following information for engaged couples who are looking for floral inspiration.
When asked what the biggest mistake couples make when choosing florals for their wedding, Carly said something that resonated with me as a wedding planner. Pinterest! Carly elaborated, saying Pinterest is a wonderful tool, but the images featured sometimes make it seem as though something is completely obtainable when a flower or design may be far outside of a couple’s budget. It can be so difficult to meet with a couple whose hearts are set on a specific flower or design before hearing about the costs associated. She wholeheartedly believes in sourcing inspiration, but it’s so important to let it be just that – inspiration. Just like a wedding dress or venue, don’t fall completely in love and close yourself off to other options before you know you can absolutely bring that exact vision to life. Another version of your vision may be even better for your wedding than the one you found online!
When asked what trends she is seeing regarding florals, Carly talked about bouquet trends. Her favorite trend is using long flowing ribbon to tie around bouquets for brides and bridesmaids. She loves turning to Frou Frou Chic and Adorn Company because both design hand-died ribbon in the prettiest colors to create a soft, effortless look. Opting for a cascade of ribbon is such a beautiful, updated take on a classic ribbon bouquet wrap, and bouquets always look beautiful when there’s a light breeze to blow the ribbon during portrait sessions.
When asked how couples should prepare for a meeting with their florist, Carly suggested to first take a peek at Pinterest. It’s helpful to arrive at a meeting with a semi-curated selection of items that you LOVE as well as some that aren’t quite your style. Florists want to see both, especially right before we create a floral proposal. While you’re gathering your selection together, think about adding bouquets, ceremony styles, and centerpieces to the mix.
Second, have an open mind. While it’s helpful to know what you like and don’t like, try to be open to the florist’s suggestions for your wedding. He or she may mention a look they feel will match your style and aesthetic wonderfully that is different than what you may have had in mind prior to your meeting, or they may mention a different variation of the flowers than those you thought would fill each of your pieces. The best florists and stylists always have your wedding vision at heart. We’re trying to make it the best that it can be!
When asked to give advice to couples, Carly said to make every attempt possible to use in-season flowers. It’s a great way to honor the season in which you’re getting married, plus the variety of blooms and colors is always greatest when you can source them from a variety of places due to their vast availability. If there are flowers you absolutely have to have, consider setting your wedding date during a time when that bloom will be in season (mid-May – early June is peak season for peonies!), allow your florist to suggest a flower that has a similar look to the one you love, or opt to use an out of season bloom sparingly to keep your budget in tact and truly make a statement with your favorite flower at your wedding.