Photos by:

Pat Furey

Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum has just made it to the short list of our favorite venues, especially when Pat Furey is behind the camera and Statement Piece Floral is in control of some seriously striking floral arrangements. Sarah and Chris’ wedding was fun and laid-back above all else, and their efforts to include meaningful elements truly shines through in their beautiful wedding images.

garden wedding at Morris Arboretum - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

From the bride, Sarah: My husband and I planned every aspect of our romantic garden wedding so that it would feel like “us.” We knew that we wanted a laid back and natural aesthetic, and the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia was the perfect venue with its gorgeous greenhouse, lots of blooming Wisteria, and all kinds of greenery! Our goals were to have tons of fun (check!) and for the day not to feel too stuffy (check!). Because we wanted it to be an intimate and personal day (and because we are both financially limited graduate students), we incorporated tons of DIY and family elements. For example, my dad handmade our gorgeous ceremony arch (one of our favorite elements of the day), my uncle played “Here Comes the Sun” on the guitar during the processional and sang live during our garden cocktail hour, my husband’s great aunt and uncle (who were celebrating 50 years of marriage) officiated our ceremony, we wrote our own vows and incorporated traditions that were meaningful to us (like a native American branch unity ceremony), a childhood friend of mine baked our wedding cake, and we chose a family style vegetarian meal (we are both vegetarian) for the reception. I also took on some fun DIY projects like the moss and dried/flower frame we used as a cake backdrop and a vintage wine box/moss place card display.

wedding shoes - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

wedding dress - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

white and blush bouquet - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

grooms boutonniere - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

garden wedding at Morris Arboretum - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

wedding ceremony arch - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

wedding ceremony - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

wedding ceremony - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

escort cards on moss - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

garden wedding at Morris Arboretum - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

We were fortunate to work with lots of wonderful vendors including my dress designer Tatyana Merenyuk (I found my dream dress on Etsy and traveled to her studio in Brooklyn for custom design consultations and fittings), and a local florist who helped us create what we wanted on our budget. We also added some fun details, like our sugar skull cake topper (also an Etsy find) that featured tiny sugar skull versions of our cats and sweetheart spoons engraved with my favorite E.E. Cummings poem (“i love you much [most beautiful darling] more than anyone on the earth. And I like you better than everything in the sky.”) Our ridiculously talented photographer documented so many of the day’s magical moments — like my husband taking a quick spin on his motorcycle after opening my wedding gift – an original 1979 magazine advertisement for his Honda CB650.

garden wedding at Morris Arboretum - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

garden wedding at Morris Arboretum - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

wedding seating - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

garden wedding at Morris Arboretum - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

wedding paper goods - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

garden wedding at Morris Arboretum - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

groom chair decor - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

wedding paper goods - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

cake table backdrop - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

garden wedding at Morris Arboretum - photo by Pat Furey http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-at-morris-arboretum

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional and Recessional: instrumental “Here Comes the Sun” (as performed by the bride’s uncle, Brian Filone)
First Dance: “Come to Me,” (Goo Goo Dolls; as performed by Brian Filone)
Mother/Son Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Father/Daughter Dance: “You’ve Got a Friend,” James Taylor

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Pat Furey Photography

Florist

Statement Piece Floral

Venue

Morris Arboretum

Wedding Dress

Tatyana Merenyuk

Bridesmaid Dresses

BHLDN

Catering

Catering by Brunos

Wedding Cake

Blissful Bakes

Rentals

Ultrapom Event Rentals

5 comments
  • pat furey

    thank you guys!

  • Kaitlin

    I reallllly want to know where those shoes are from (and I can’t read the name!). Any idea? Beautiful wedding, by the way!

  • Jenna

    It looks amazing. Really awesome photos. Very inspiring. I want to have the same color on my wedding. I even find some ideas here Wedding Forward . I am so excited=)

  • Bradley Elliot

    the colour combination is so good.

  • Alex

    My fiance and I are having our wedding there this fall. Your wedding looked gorgeous and has given us a ton of ideas! Especially the arbor/archway during your ceremony. Well Done!