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Music-Inspired Philadelphia Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

A wedding celebration with a parade to boot? Count me in. Newly-married couple Leaya and Chris prove that wedding inspiration can come from anywhere. They based their wedding design on their favorite music video, Elephant Gun by Beirut. Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do captured every colorful detail of this gorgeous Philly affair designed by Styled Creative and stationery by Loveleigh Invitations, so be sure to check them out in the gallery.

Leaya and ChrisLeaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and ChrisLeaya and Chris

From the bride, Leaya: We really wanted the wedding to reflect who we were as a couple. Our first piece of inspiration was actually the video for one of our favorite songs, Elephant Gun by Beirut. It has this eccentric, bohemian, circus-y style that we love. From there, we just tried to incorporate everything we liked, including my obsession with color, stripes, paper products, and Japanese toys (domo and labbits) and Chris’s love for superheros and UFOs.

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and ChrisLeaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

What are some adjectives that best describe the look of your wedding? Colorful, fun, quirky, vintage yet modern, and very personal. There was no overall theme except trying to incorporate everything we loved in all the details. Chris and I both love the DIY-look, but neither of us is very crafty, so etsy was a great resource. Kimberly Fink (our stylist/planner) was also an amazingly talented crafting genius who made all the awesome paper flowers and our striped ceremony backdrop, among other things, and really made all our wedding dreams come to life.

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and ChrisLeaya and Chris

We knew we wanted a city wedding and a venue that wasn’t a hotel or a ballroom. When we walked into PAFA, we just knew right away that it was special. Since it’s an art school and museum and has both a historic and a modern building, it was the perfect venue for us, style-wise – we used the historic building for the ceremony and the modern one for the reception

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and ChrisLeaya and Chris

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Just to enjoy the planning process as much as possible and to stay true to who you are and not feel pressure to have things just because it’s tradition. We didn’t feel like we needed a wedding cake since we like other sweets better, so we had a dessert bar instead – things like that. And also to pick vendors whose work you admire. We really lucked out by having such talented vendors who were so easy to work with.

Leaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

Love Me Do captured every colorful detail of this gorgeous Philly affair designed by Styled Creative and stationery by Loveleigh Invitations, so be sure to check them out in View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Songs:
Parents and groom’s processional: “Scenic World,” Beirut
Wedding party’s processional: “God Only Knows,” the Beach Boys
Bride’s processional: “Elephant Gun,” Beirut
Recessional: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” Gipsy Kings
First dance: “The Book of Love,” the Magnetic Fields

Below is the music video that inspired them + the song that Leaya walked down the aisle to:

Wedding Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):

Ceremony and reception venue: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts / Event Designer: Kimberly Fink at Styled Creative / Florist: Margaux St. Ledger at Fleur De Lis Floral / Wedding photographer: Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang “Evelyn” / Headpiece: Lo Boheme / Wedding shoes: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: Claudia Seyler / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / DJ: DJ Prof from Roots and Groove / Caterer: Jimmy Duffy’s / Wedding Dessert: Felix’s Caketeria / Wedding Stationery: Loveleigh Invitations

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Backyard Rhode Island Wedding

Garden Weddings

This wedding has everything that makes our hearts skip a beat: one couple clearly in love, arrangements filled with wildflowers, and the most adorable little flower girls you’ll ever see, all masterfully captured by AGA iMAGES. We just can’t help but stare at Kateri’s gorgeous gown. Can we unanimously agree that it’s gorg?

Rhode Island Backyard wedding

From the bride, Kateri: The ceremony took place in one of the pastures, and was originally supposed to be open air. After checking the forecast several days before the wedding, we made the decision to rent a small tent for the area. It rained on our day, so that was one of the best last-minute decisions we made. We had tons of ivory candles in mason jars along the aisle and throughout and it felt really cozy and sweet under the tent surrounded by the people we love. We borrowed an antique carriage, that was basically falling apart, from an adorable old farmer and used it as a backdrop. Our friend played acoustic guitar. We had an amazing woman as our officiant who included our family and friends in the service. It all felt so personal and so warm.

Rhode Island Backyard wedding

Rhode Island Backyard wedding

I knew that I didn’t want the typical wedding fare, so my mom and I planned the menu based on the food that Dan and I love. We went with comfort foods, mostly all recipes from Ina Garten. It’s not the easiest thing to find a caterer that will make specific recipes from a customized menu! My mom made the decision to make all the food herself (she’s crazy! and an amazing cook!) and to hire my aunt who is a catering manager to handle all the details. My dad is a baker, and he made the delicious filled cupcakes, along with chocolate pudding, apple crisp, and chocolate chip cookies! Our friends own a bar, the Malted Barley, and they provided the alcohol and beer.

Rhode Island Backyard wedding

Rhode Island wedding

Rhode Island wedding

We went for a rustic farm theme, with antique lace accents and lots of natural wood and burlap. We mixed in some of our own antique furniture and linens, which made it feel very intimate… like an extension of our living room. We rented long, wooden farm tables and adorned them with a handmade, natural linen runner with crochet lace trim. The napkins are actually dishcloths from Ikea. The wooden centerpiece boxes were designed by me, and made by a dear family friend, who also happens to be a master carpenter. He also made the huge wooden frames for the chalkboard seating chart and menu. He sawed and hammered, and I painted and stained.

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I wanted the flowers at our wedding to look like things that were picked from the property, unfussy and natural. A lot of my requests were actually for weeds, like Queen Anne’s Lace, tansy, and goldenrod. Our florist worked with my milk glass collection, and made beautiful arrangements for the bar and food tables. My sister in law, Julia, is an amazing artist and craftswoman. She used a wood burner to burn all the signage for our day onto old barn wood that was lying around our property.

Rhode Island Backyard wedding

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Our band was awesome! They were so happy to be playing and singing their hearts out for a very wild crowd! We loved seeing all of our family and friends together in the same place, celebrating life and love. We also needed to have our handsome bulldog Reggie right there with us the entire time! The day left us feeling very blessed to have so many helpful and talented people surrounding us, making it all possible… and so much fun! And the best part is, it all happened at HOME!

Rhode Island Backyard wedding

Rhode Island wedding

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Wedding vendors (Rhode Island):

Venue: Bride and groom’s home / Wedding photographer: agaimages / Wedding flowers: Weed Weavers / Band: Equinox / Wedding gown: Claire Pettibone / Wedding catering: West’s Bakery / Bride’s earrings: Anthropologie / Groom’s shirt and tie: J. Crew / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Urban Outfitters / Flower Girl Dresses: dressbabybeautiful / Ring Bearer’s shirts: Land’s End / Wedding invitations: Lucky Luxe

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