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Colonial Dames Wedding

Peach, coral, and turquoise – doesn’t this color palette just make your heart sing? Bride Allarie set to work incorporating these calming colors into her wedding day, picking up endless DIY projects along the road. All of her DIY work paid off in spades, though, which you’ll see as soon as you pore through these images from Maria Mack Photography.

Colonial Dames wedding - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

From the bride, Allarie: Bob and I had a distinct idea about a country estate, or a garden venue, but wanted to centralize in Pennsylvania, since guests were coming from NJ, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Las Vegas, Boston… some places were really nice, but way over budget. Others were reasonable but too “corporate.” One day Bob was looking at someone’s wedding online that seemed to be in a beautiful backyard of a brownstone home. Upon further research, we found out that it was in fact a hidden gem called, The National Society of the Colonial Dames. After a tour of the property, we were overwhelmed by its historical charm and beauty….and decided that day it was where we would have our wedding. Philadelphia captures multiple architectural styles; some of these can be seen surrounding the lovely gardens behind the Philadelphia Chapter of The National Society of Colonial Dames. Tucked away, along a brick-lined alleyway in Center City Philadelphia, this venue offers history, convenience, and urban posh.

ranunculus boutonnieres - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding invitations - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

succulent bouquet - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding
Flower recipe: I knew I wanted peonies, ranunculus, garden roses with their complex tissue-like layers, and succulents to provide a bit of green. I provided antique velvet ribbons to tie these bouquets. The floral designs were perfectly executed by Sullivan Owen and her artistic team. The groomsmen had boutonnieres made of ombre ranunculus and blue chambray ribbon. The corsages for the mothers, and grandmothers matched the bridal florals.

coral bridesmaid dresses - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

succulent bouquets - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

peach boutonnieres - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

groom and groomsmen - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

I loved the warm and soft peach/pale yellow palette, with a bit of almost neon coral. An artistic type, I wanted this theme to pervade all of the design, but also wanted a “pop” of something, and I felt that touches of bright turquoise would offset the subdued softness of the other colors. This turquoise touch was found in the Mason jars on some of the tables, in the antique Fenton glass pedestal cake plate, and streaming from my bouquet — French velvet ribbons. A small wooden box with slate sides that invited the guest to “wear your heart on your sleeve” contained handmade felt heart pins stuffed with cotton and whip-stitched in contrasting embroidery thread. The wooden “card box” was made by my cousin and his wife, then I covered it in decoupage with whimsical and romantic pictures of love and joy, man and wife…

paper lantern decor - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

ceremony decorations - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

groom during ceremony - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

Guests found their name and table number written on wooden nickels bearing Philadelphia motifs. These hung on antique black carpet tacks stuck into a map-board created by my mother. Famous Philly landmarks were decoupaged all around the perimeter of the antique map. This board was propped against a wooden easel, reminiscent of my artistic talents. With their number in hand, the guests went upstairs to find their table, designated by antique playing cards stuck into vintage wooden thread spools wound with threads matching our theme colors. Each place setting had a hand-made clothespin bride or groom; a few had black chenille “pugs” to represent our dog, Marley. Small wooden branches wound with antique lace and threaded with 4-5 bells were provided for those who “believe in kisses,” so that they could ring when they wanted to command the bride and groom to kiss.

wedding portraits - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

playing card table numbers - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding ideas - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding ideas - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

Colonial Dames wedding - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

I had the idea to create a tissue paper backdrop about a month before the wedding. I though my mom was gonna kill me if I added one more DIY project. Of course with the help of my bridesmaid, we decided to go forward with the idea and I am so glad we did! The structure was made using plastic shrub netting stretched over a wooden rectangle frame, and pom poms were poufed during a long evening at my mom’s house. We then tied each pom pom through the netting, being careful not to duplicate colors. This was hung in a paneled space in the reception room, using Command strips so that no damage to this historical venue would happen. It was really the focal point of our room and made such a lovely scene for pictures.

paper pom backdrops - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

seating chart ideas - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

love wedding signs - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Start planning early. Make the crafting fun! Have friends and family help out—they really love being part of the process. Guests enjoy seeing their handiwork at the venue. Don’t stress. If something goes wrong, you are the only one who really knows it, because no one but you knows what was supposed to happen. Find ways to avoid having to deal with weather. It can really ruin your day if everything hinges on it. Have a plan B that you are just as happy with, built in. Lastly, stay true to yourself. With all of the technology, wedding advice, and decor available these days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. Choose colors, decor, music, and details that really represent you and your groom. In the end, it’s just one day to tell the story of your love, so make it count.

paper poms - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding cake flowers - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding decor ideas - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

Colonial Dames wedding - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

cake toppers - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding getaways - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
Recessional: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
First Dance: “Nothing Can Change this Love,” Sam Cooke
The DJ played music for both the ceremony and the reception. We selected an instrumental version of “Here comes the Sun” (Beatles) since the Bob regularly sings this in the morning to awaken me. Bob and I love old singers. After narrowing it down to three songs, we decided on Sam Cooke “Nothing Can Change This Love”. The lyrics speak for themselves and prove true to our story. During our dance Bob whispered to me “I love our song”. That’s all I needed to hear.
I come from a dance background and Bob loves music as well. When deciding on a DJ, we knew we wanted someone who wasn’t going to play typical stuff. His club experience allowed for a wide variety of songs to be mixed up and reach out to the masses. Being 80s babies, of course we included everything from Prince to Bel Biv Devoe, but music stretched all the way back to 50s doo wop.

Wedding Location: Philadelphia, PA / Photographer: Maria Mack Photography / Bouquet and Boutonnieres: Sullivan Owen / Reception Flowers: Bride’s mother / Event Planner and Catering: Diverse Catering / Venue: Colonial Dames / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Wedding Veil: abusymother / Wedding Shoes: Harriet Wilde / Bracelet: Ben Amun / Earrings: Dee Griffith Mathura / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Bar III via Macy’s / Caterer: Diverse Catering / Wedding Cake: Stock’s Bakery / DJ: Mike Mariano of The Remixologists / Wedding Invitations: Simple Simon Design / Programs: Erin Fudge Smith

Ralph Lauren Inspired Shoot

We can always count on Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography to bring some serious sophistication to the wedding world. Today’s styled shoot, put together by Fête Studio with flowers from Anthomanic, seamlessly blends equestrian-inspired style with farm elegance for a look that’s reminiscent of archetypal Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren inspired shoot - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

From the event stylists, Fête Studio: For this Ralph Lauren inspired style shoot, we wanted to capture the designer’s unique talent for creating a style that looks simultaneously aristocratic and naturally elegant. Inspired by the crisp whites, dusty lilacs, powdery pinks and dove grays of Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2014 collection, the color palette set a romantic tone to complement the classic beauty of Mount Ida Farm in Charlottesville, VA. Then, to create a more dramatic look, we added accents of burgundy and navy and lots of texture, including plaid linens, wooden details, a long table garland, feathers, and a grand bridal bouquet of lisianthus, scabiosa and waxflowers.

elegant wedding invitations - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

feather boutonnieres - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

tulle wedding dress - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

Ralph Lauren inspired shoot - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

tablescape inspiration - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

red flower bouquet - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

equestrian wedding ideas - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

farm wedding ceremony - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

elegant reception tables - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

romantic film photography - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

greenery table runners - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

farm wedding inspiration - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot
Equestrian inspired wedding - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

Paying homage to Ralph Lauren’s equestrian flair, we dressed our bride in a second look with a black blazer, top hat and riding boots to pose with her husband and the magnificent Clydesdale horses in a field overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. We sought to craft fall wedding inspiration that exudes timelessness with a touch of drama, a nod to Ralph Lauren’s iconic brand.

Ralph Lauren inspired shoot - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

Ralph Lauren inspired wedding - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

Ralph Lauren inspired shoot - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

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elegant wedding invitations - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

Ralph Lauren inspired shoot - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

tablescape inspiration - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot

Ralph Lauren inspired shoot - photo by Adam Barnes http://ruffledblog.com/ralph-lauren-inspired-shoot


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Don’t miss the behind the scenes video from Shaking Hands Productions, shot on 16mm film with a gorgeous result:

Shoot Location: Charlottesville, VA / Photographer: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography / Event Planning and Styling: Fête Studio / Flowers: Anthomanic / Venue: Mount Ida Farm / Wedding Dresses, Veil, Bridesmaid Dresses and Bridal Jewelry: Bella Rosa / Bridesmaid Jewelry: J. Crew / Hair: Welsy Mourino of ELLE Style Studio / Makeup: Natalie Gordon and LaCretia Baskfield of Avenue 42 / Mini Hat: Two Back Flats / Linen And Tablescape Rentals: DC Rental / Furniture, Bar + Altar Rentals, and Top Hat: Paisley & Jade / Videographer: Shaking Hands Productions / Wedding Invitations: ‘ello Paper






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Allied Arts Guild Wedding

Mint green and navy blue – has there ever been a more calming color palette? Jackie and Jeff’s wedding was a celebration of over six years spent together, and they wanted the big day to reflect their love for each other and all of the special people in their lives. Edyta Szyszlo Photography, Katie Rebecca Events and Unveiled Grace Events all hopped on board to make their vision a reality!

Allied Arts Guild wedding - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

From the bride, Jackie: Jeff and I had been dating for just over 6 years when we got married and we basically wanted our wedding to be a really fun celebration with all the people that were important in our lives! When we began wedding planning we knew a few things that we definitely wanted: food trucks, the color mint green, and succulents. From there, our color scheme and decor evolved. I am big into crafts and details, so as wedding planning progressed, I really focused on the small and personal details and DIY stuff. Pinterest and etsy were constantly giving me new ideas and more crafts to take on (probably too many)!

Allied Arts Guild wedding - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

glitter wedding shoes - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

mint bridesmaid dresses - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding bouquets - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Mums, succulents, anemones, scabiosa pods.

garden wedding ceremony - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

ceremony decorations - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

We had tons of DIY projects. The aisle was lined with mint, navy, and gold yarn pom poms made by bride and groom. The ceremony backdrop was strips of coordinating fabrics and ribbon, attached to gold chain, with pom poms and fabric ends, and the aisle seats were decorated with alternating fabric strip tassels and pom poms. Our guest book was home made painted wood hearts glued to mat inside gold painted frame in alternating navy blue and mint hearts. Guests signed the hearts with a gold pen. The escort cards were home printed and the shape was punched out using large patterned hole punch, with gold glitter tape added. Escort cards were attached by clothes pins (ends dipped in navy blue or mint paints). I made all of the table runners and guest napkins in coordinating navy blue and mint green fabric. The succulents beneath bell jars were grown by groom’s step-mother, and potted in gold painted votives, while the succulents that were scattered on dinner tables were grown by groom’s step-mother and cut by bride and groom’s step mother a few days before the wedding. The comments that we got from guests were mostly related to: 1. how good the food trucks were, 2. how many little details we covered with the decor, 3. how fun the dance party was (including a choreographed dance to Timber).

garden receptions - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

glitter table numbers - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding favors - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding menu ideas - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding tables - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

blue wedding details - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding details - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

backyard receptions - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

escort card inspiration - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

cake toppers - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding food trucks - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Personal touches go along way! We got sooooo many compliments for all the small details and personal touches that we had throughout the wedding. If you are going to take on DIY projects, start early and limit the number of crafts you do! Also, get comfortable delegating tasks to friends! They are always willing and wanting to help. Our wedding planner was really great for month of coordinating and planning a timeline for the wedding. It saved us from having to deal with all the last minute vendor coordination that month, and helped set up all of the decor just how we envisioned it.

glitter table numbers - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding favor ideas - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

Allied Arts Guild wedding - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding receptions - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

love cake toppers - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

cake cutting - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

reception dancing - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding

wedding photobooths - photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography http://ruffledblog.com/allied-arts-guild-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “All of Me,” John Legend
Bride’s Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Recessional: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
First Dance: “Happy as the Sun,” Tyrone Wells

Wedding Location: Menlo Park, CA / Photographer: Edyta Szyszlo Photography / Month-Of Wedding Planner: Katie Rebecca Events / Florist: Unveiled Grace Events / Venue: Allied Arts Guild / Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara / Wedding Veil: BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Earrings: Kate Spade / Groom’s Suit: Eli Thomas / Caterer: Koja Kitchen Food Truck and Fins on the Hoof Food Truck / Wedding Cake: SusieCakes / Desserts: Butterscotch on the Go / Bar and Catering Staff: JW Catering / Ceremony Musician: Misha Khalikulov, Cello / DJ and String Lighting: DJ Quan / Photobooth: Tomfoolery SF / Wedding Invitations: Designed and printed by friend, Lauren Sheehy

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