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Noel and Jeff’s whimsical garden wedding is beyond adorable. Set in couple’s hometown of Philadelphia, at the french restaurant Le Cheri, the boho-inspired ceremony took place in the courtyard atop a collection of oriental rugs from the bride’s family. The flower girls threw colorful pom-poms instead of petals and the bridal part consisting of the bride’s 4 sisters and 5 friends wore mix-and-match long gowns. Texture Florals created the bride’s stunning peach rose floral crown, wild bouquet and lovely headpieces on the bridal party and flower girls. The electric blue custom suit worn by Jeff adds a pop of color that we absolutely love. Pat Robinson Photography was behind the lens capturing the day in his signature photo journalistic style which captures all the authentic joy of Noel and Jeff’s big day. We know you guys are going to love it!

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from the bride: Jeff proposed to me in NYC while walking around the village. It was a complete surprise, although looking back there were all the signs of a proposal…rose champagne, swanky hotel, romantic brunch and walk. We agreed that night on a small guest list and an intimate garden ceremony.

We live and work in center city Philadelphia. A small city wedding felt right to us. Le Cheri is a classic French restaurant in the Art Alliance building on Rittenhouse Square. The Alliance has rotating galleries throughout the mansion. I have a design background and loved the idea of being immersed in art on my wedding day.

A whimsical and romantic garden wedding was what I envisioned. I hired Pat Robinson Photography to capture the day. I did some research and decided on Pat, a photographer who was different from the norm. He was that and so much more. We were taking photos in wall-papered bathrooms, in alleys, and in the front of nearby buildings that offered the perfect city backdrop, nothing run-of-the-mill. He made us feel at ease yet pushed us to get the right photos.

My mother’s friend Jane Fairorth is a calligrapher and designed the letterpress invitations. I chose a floral envelope liner from a graphic designer on Etsy.

I used my family’s vintage oriental rugs as an aisle on the patio of the restaurant for the ceremony. Our nieces and nephews threw colorful pom poms instead of flower petals. My 4 sisters and 5 best friends were my bridesmaids.

A string band played for the ceremony and cocktail hour. Jeff’s best friend from college married us in a hand-fasting ceremony. We tied our hands together using lace from wedding dresses the women in my family were married in.

I get weekly deliveries from the “flwry,” a floral delivery service, and love the romantic style of their floral arrangements. I begged Nicole to do the flowers for my wedding – it was her first. She made flower arrangements, crowns and garlands.

I wore two Nicole Miller gowns. My best friend from college is a senior designer for Nicole Miller. She designed my party dress and the hand-cut lace kimono I wore over my ceremony gown. The ceremony gown was silk, the party dress was embroidered with sequins and ostrich feathers. I wore gold Manolo Blahnik mules. Jeff wore a custom electric blue suit.

We honeymooned in France and Spain directly afterwards.

Photographer:  Pat Robinson Photography // Floral Designer: Texture Florals // Calligraphy: Jane Fairorth // Event Venue: Le Cheri // Dress Designer: Nicole Miller // Hair Stylist: Running With Scissors Beauty Salon // Makeup: Ari Drive // Shoes: Monolo Blahnik // String Band: Rittenhouse Music

 

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Self-proclaimed goofballs, Jess and Adam, wanted their big day to be as light-hearted as possible. Planner, and Grey Collective member, Molly McKinley Designs, made it happen with a balloon hat artist, a waffle bar, and instant film cameras, but she also created an incredibly gorgeous day to boot. Summerour Studio in Atlanta offered a textured, warm vibe and the details are all fresh and modern right down to the incredibly gorgeous (and fun!) bouquets by Tulip. Black, white and gold details keep the looks grounded while organic greens and muted, lavender-hued florals add tons of interest. We know you’re going to love the images captured by the always-wonderful Julie Cate Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There was relentless downpour and flooding on the day of our wedding. This was a bummer, but it led to three wonderful moments. First, the clouds parted just long enough for us to have our somewhat sunny first look on the terrace. Second, there was a double rainbow over the Atlanta skyline, which felt particularly significant to me as I associate rainbows with my late grandparents. And third, we’d chosen a verse from Song of Solomon that featured the line “many waters cannot quench love” to be read during our ceremony. It seemed to rain even harder during this reading, and somehow it just felt like a good omen. If rain on your wedding day is good luck, we must be the luckiest!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

My gown is by Daalarna, and I found it at Serendipity Bridal in Austin. I loved this gown from the moment I tried it on, but it was more fitted and revealing than anything I’d ever envisioned, so I second-guessed myself. I ended up buying another dress, but a few months before my wedding I woke up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night and realized I’d picked wrong. I called Serendipity that morning, and they rushed with Daalarna to get the dress ready in time. My heroes! To me this dress felt fun and special without being too fussy or ornate.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We rock-paper-scissors for all of our minor decisions (who takes the dog out, what to eat for dinner, etc.) so it only seemed natural to incorporate the game into our vows. In general, I wanted the whole day to feel as lighthearted as possible–because Adam and I are true goofballs. For our reception, we threw in a balloon hat artist, a waffle bar, and instant film cameras. We also paid tribute to the story of how we met by referencing our camp nicknames, Steak (his) and Honey (mine) everywhere from our invitation card to our hashtag to our signature drinks. If you look carefully, you’ll even see honeycomb patterns on our table linens and escort cards!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Instead of renting a car or hiring a driver, we left the wedding in my parents’ black Cadillac–with my dad driving and my mom riding shotgun! After a whirlwind day, it was wonderful to spend a few tender moments with them at the end of the evening.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Adam and I met while traveling for a conference for our favorite nonprofit, Camp Kesem. We kept in touch from 1,000 miles apart, then serendipitously reconnected when I visited Missouri for a football game. He was so smitten with me that he drove down to Georgia to see me (and meet my entire family!) less than 10 days later. It’s crazy, but we’ve been together ever since!

Photography: Julie Cate Photography // Planning and Design: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Tulip // Invitations: Ashley Buzzy // Venue: Summerour Studio // Calligraphy: Rachel Anne // Linens: I Do Linens // Cake: Lush Cakery // Bride’s gown: Daalarna via Serendipity Bridal in Austin, TX // Hair and Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman // Groom & Groomsmen: The Black Tux // Catering: Bold American Events // DJ: One Sound and Entertainment // Bridesmaids: ASOS, Joanna August // Placesettings: Classic Party Rental // Hairpiece: Davie and Chiyo // Photobooth: Smilebooth // Videographers: Remedy Films // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

 

Sarah and Adam’s lovely wedding day at Cleveland Botanical Garden is filled with classic details like the bride’s Vera Wang gown and catherdral length veil, crisp and clean stationery by Rose Gold Studio, muted florals by Molly Taylor & Co. and a five-tiered buttercream cake by Hummingbird Bake Shop. The grounds of the botanical garden set a lush tone and the reception is balanced with raw wood tables and cafe chairs for a relaxed elegant vibe. Lauren Gabrielle Photography was on hand to capture all the details of the day and you’re sure to be inspired.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our ceremony felt really intimate due to a rainstorm that came through right at the start of our wedding. The ceremony had to be moved inside due to the rain, but the room was perfectly lit and decorated and our guests really felt like a part of our ceremony. We also wrote our own vows which really added to the ceremony. I loved that I hadn’t heard Adam’s vows until the ceremony itself!

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I found my wedding dress at Vera Wang almost by accident. After seeing a dress I loved at another boutique in Chicago, I made a gown appointment at Vera Wang (my maid of honor and I had joked when we were younger about how I should get married in a Vera Wang dress since my last name was Wang). I ended up trying on a strapless lace dress that I fell in love with and knew would be just right for our wedding. I loved that the gown had a long train and beautiful lace scalloping at the edges of the train. The details on the dress were so perfect and reminded me of my mom’s wedding gown.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had my husband’s cousin, who is a rabbi, officiated the wedding which led to an intimate feel to the ceremony.  Writing our own vows was one of the best decisions we made that lent a personal touch to the ceremony.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was definitely walking down the aisle. A close second would be when our ring bearer, our nephew who was 1 year old at the time, was chewing on our wedding ring boxes as he came down the aisle in a wagon!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Adam and I actually met back in elementary school. We are both from Shaker Heights, Ohio and our parents live about 5 minutes away from each other. We went to the same elementary school, but were in different grades. Our paths crossed again when we went to the same medical school. We started dating at the beginning of medical school and then got engaged before we graduated. Adam had planned a fun day of ice skating and dinner at our favorite place. After dinner, he told me he had a present for me and brought down a very large wrapped box. I had no idea what was in the box and was secretly hoping it was a puppy. When I opened the box, there was a small ring box inside and then Adam got down on one knee and proposed. I was so surprised!

Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography // Planner/Event Design: A Charming Fete // Florals: Molly Taylor & Co. // Stationery & Paper Goods: Rose Gold Studio // Ceremony & Reception: Cleveland Botanical Garden // Cake: Hummingbird Bake Shop // Macarons: Philomena // Hair and Makeup: Beauty Therapy // Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens // Dinnerware, Napkins, Flatware, Boxwood Hedges: Event Source // Wood Tables and Chairs: Borrow Rentals // Video: RAD Cinema // Photobooth: Too Much Awesomeness // Ceremony Music: Sonata Strings // Band: CLE Music Group // The Orchestra Lighting: Rock the House

 

 

Annie and Dave celebrated their big day at Kiana Lodge, a quintessential Pacific Northwest setting, with a goal of sharing all the things they love about life with family and friends. Planners and designers, Gather Events, seamlessly wove together a variety of lighthearted details including sand dollar escort cards and surf-themed photo booth as a nod to their love of the beach, lion dancers because of Annie’s Chinese heritage, a ping pong table at happy hour with monogrammed ping pong balls and an adorable vintage VW Bus Ice Cream Truck, Seattle Cookie Counter, for late night. Althauser Design created the lovely florals and Lora Grady was the artist behind the lens capturing it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding day was about sharing our love and all the things we love about life with our family and friends. From the quintessential Pacific Northwest setting (Kiana Lodge) to ping pong during cocktail hour, lion dancers, and the ice cream truck. These were all special and unique things we wanted to share.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I tried on the Rue De Seine Fox gown at my first bridal appointment at Lovely Bride in New York. I absolutely loved the dress the first time I tried it on but was worried it was not traditional enough. In the end, I couldn’t get this dress out of my mind because the lace pattern was so unique, and after going back two more times to try it on, I finally purchased it the third time.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

There were so many personal touches at our wedding. Sand dollar escort cards and surf-themed photo booth as a nod to our love of the beach. Lion Dancers because of my Chinese heritage. Ping pong table at happy hour with monogrammed ping pong balls because we both love ping pong. To top if off we had a vintage VW Bus Ice Cream Truck (Seattle Cookie Counter) come for late night.  On our first vacation we rented a vintage VW bus and drove it down the California coast so the bus was to remember our first road trip together.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

During the ceremony looking onto the lawn at Kiana Lodge and seeing all our family and friends from all over the world in one place. It was magic.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at a bar in New York and got engaged on our three year anniversary on the High Line park in NYC.

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Photography: Lora Grady // Planning and Design: Gather Events // Florals: Althauser Design // Calligraphy: Krisanna Reiff // Venue and Catering: Kiana Lodge // Bride’s Gown: The Fox Gown by Rue De Seine // Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride, New York // Officiant: Annmarie Juhlian // Cake: Blackbird Bakery // Beauty: Erin Skipley // Lion Dancers: Mak Fai // Videography: Peak Digital Cinema // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Music: Puget Sound Strings // Sound: Sound EFX // Cookie Van: Seattle Cookie Counter // Linens: BBJ Linens // Rentals: CORT Party Rental  / Vintage Ambiance // Accommodation and Transportation: Clearwater Casino

 

Elisha and Elliot’s wedding day Philander Chase Knox Estate, a venue nestled into the historic valleys of Pennsylvania, mixes styles and personalized details for a rustic and elegant celebration. The muted pastels of the mix-and-match bridal party compliment the lovely greens of the landscape. We’re loving the floral designs by Risher Van Horn including the bride’s vintage-style cascading bouquet and the lovely white blooms incorporated into the rustic log chuppah. And, the couple definitely made the perfect choice by enlisted Ashley Errington Photography to capture their day in her dreamy film photography style—the images are gorgeous!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There really wasn’t one part of our wedding that wasn’t unique. Everywhere you looked, you saw our personalities. From the cigar boxes for flower arrangements on the table, a completely thrifted outdoor living room area for our cigar lounge, the cake topper with the phrase “God Gave Me You”, the Hawk I got to surprise my Hubby with because he loves them. Everything represented who we are as people and a couple. It was so magical for us and we heard from everyone around us this was their favorite wedding.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I found the dress at Elizabeth Jon in Ardmore, PA. I am the type of bride who won’t make impulse decisions unless it feels perfect. I went to 4 other shops by this point and loved a lot of dresses but they all missed the mark. They didn’t make me feel like a bride, just pretty. I saw this dress on the sample rack (YES, A SALE!) and it was unlike any dress I tried on, but I thought why not. Once I put it on, I got really quiet because I felt so beautiful and enchanting. I walked out to my mother and mother-in-law and they gasped and said  “Well this is different!”. I was so quiet that they didn’t know how to react, did I love it or hate it? After a little talking back and forth on how it fell in all the right places I finally looked at them and said, “Where is the champagne? Let’s celebrate! I found the dress!”

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

    • We love cigars so I thrift-shopped for 6 months to put together the outdoor cigar lounge
    • We had cigar boxes for the flower arrangements on the tables
    • We loved the cake topper
    • The small cake next to the one from the catering company was a gifted geocake (what I wanted in the first place) from a friend of mine
    • How our first dance song was “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice, and then Elliot’s Mother/Son song was “I Hope You Dance”, not planned but hilarious
    • The chuppah was custom made from Elliot’s father, fabric from my mom, and the logs with the lanterns underneath. It came together perfectly and better than I could have imagined.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

So many parts. Seeing Elliot’s face when he first realized I surprised him with the hawk was the best. Other than that, I remember when Elliot and I stepped outside of the tent during the reception and looked in. Elliot said: “Isn’t it amazing that all the people we love are in one room. When will we ever have that again?” We were both so thankful, happy, and blessed to see everyone there. Looking in allowed us to soak in the entire moment. For us the wedding didn’t fly by because we stopped a couple times to take it all in. It was all just so perfect.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

From the bride: Oh man that’s a story! It all goes back to when we were 2 years old. Our parents are friends and I was invited to Elliot’s Barney themed second birthday. I was obsessed with Barney at the time, being 3 years old, and let’s just say he won me over.

From the groom: After elementary school, we had both gone in separate directions. I moved to Oklahoma for six years and she was still in Philly. We had met again at a friend’s birthday party and it was history in the making from there. After a couple surprise trips to Philly, her buying me a cocktail in Nova Scotia, from the comforts of her apartment in Philadelphia, and duck hunting in Oklahoma together, she convinced me to move back and I proposed on June 20th in front of what will be our first home.

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Photography: Ashley Errington Photography // Florals: Risher Van Horn // Venue: Philander Chase Knox Estate // Catering: Robert Ryan Catering // Hair + Makeup: Tundella & Co // Groom’s Suit: Stark Suits // Videographer: CinemaCake // Hawk: Elmwood Park Zoo // Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Jon, Ardmore PA // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS & LuLus