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!
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