Okay, ladies and gents… you had probably taken a gander at these images even before reading this, and yes, our jaws dropped when we saw them too. It’s only February, and we may have already found one of our favorite venues of the year! Thank you Alison Conklin for sharing this mesmerizing indoor forest wedding with us.
From the bride, Keely: We fell in love in the winter amongst the snow and pine trees during our hikes. We knew we wanted to create that same feeling for our guests. We used mostly greens and whites. During the summer we went to a local Tree Farm and tagged 35 sheared white pines and three corkscrew willow trees. We used the trees to create a forest effect in the church (we ended up using 62!) My father made the arches with wire and my father and husband wrapped them with pine roping then hung orchids, lilacs, cymbidium’s and amaranth and the candles from them. My father in law the day of the wedding took the thorns off of 400 white roses! My brothers hung the orchids off the corkscrew willow trees. Every aspect of this wedding was “do it yourself” and was truly a family affair.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Accept help when people offer it! The day before the wedding and the day of EVERYBODY was helping out. Everybody felt like such a part of our day, and saw our vision coming alive.. it was really special and was my favorite part of our wedding.
Processional: “Ave Maria,” Franz Schubert
Ceremony: Adagio from “Winter,” Antonio Vivaldi, “Fur Elise,” L.v. Beethoven
Recessional: Hornpipe from “Water Music,” G.F. Handel
First Dance: “Mishima” string quartet, Philip Glass
Getaway: “Royal Fireworks Music,” Handel
Wedding Vendors (Birchrunville, PA):
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Elverson, PA / Reception Venue: Birchrunville Store Cafe / Wedding Photographer: Alison Conklin / Wedding Dress: Jenny Lee / Bride’s Shoes: Ferragamo / Bride’s Jewelry: Cartier / Bride’s Makeup and Hair: Nikki Caple / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Allen Schwartz / Groom’s Suit: Brunello Cucinelli / Ceremony Trees: Yeagers Farm / Wedding Music: Philadelphia String Quartet / Cocktail Hour Caterer: Jimmy Duffy Catering / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Transportation: Celebrity Limo