I’ve really started to love all shades of purple over the past year or so, and weddings like this one are certainly part of the reason why. Emily and Michael’s Philadelphia wedding was jam-packed with beautiful details and featured a true dream team including Sharyn Frenkel Photography, Sarah Kudlack of Juniper & Dash, and Love n’ Fresh Flowers. Just wait until you get a peek of Emily’s wild dahlia bouquet!
From the bride, Emily: Our wedding story began after we got engaged, I started planning almost immediately. I am a big worrier/planner/nutcase. I knew almost right away that I would need a lot of help. A wonderful wedding planner, Sarah Kudlack, came to my rescue. She didn’t take over and plan my wedding but she helped me focus and talked me down when I needed some support. Michael and I spent a lot of time looking at different vendors and making some tough decisions. Our original venue fell through months before our wedding. That threw us for a huge loop. We ended up at the horticulture center in Fairmount Park and it was a complete blessing. The venue was incredible.
Originally Michael and I had wanted a very intimate small ceremony with close friends, maybe in a field somewhere with a picnic afterwards. Wellll… we ended up with a 160-person wedding in a greenhouse with a 5 star caterer. Not exactly what we originally thought but amazingly, with the help of our planner, it ended up being exactly what we wanted. Up until the day before, I was nervous that it would feel like we were attending someone else’s wedding. But as I was standing with my dad at the beginning of the aisle hearing Beyoncé’s “Halo” being played on the violin, I let out a sigh of relief because I knew at the end of the aisle was my almost husband waiting for me. After the ceremony, Michael and I took a moment for ourselves in the bridal suite and reflected on how well the ceremony went and how happy our friends and families looked. Now, it was time to party! Michael and I spent a lot of our reception saying hi to guests and eating delicious food. All the details we had planned payed off. We danced the night away to our incredible band and as the last song played, Michael looked at me and said “this has been the best day of my life”.
Best moment hands down was our first look. We decided to have a first look because I didn’t want to spend our reception and cocktail hour taking a bunch of pictures. Our first look was in the middle of the city hall courtyard in center city Philadelphia. It was a completely surreal experience to walk up to Michael in my wedding dress while a street performer played his flute impromptu and onlookers cheered. I was so excited and nervous, Michael says he could hear me hyperventilating well before I reached him. It was a perfect moment.
Wedding Location: Philadelphia, PA / Photographer: Sharyn Frenkel Photography / Wedding Planner and Event Design: Sarah Kudlack of Juniper & Dash / Florist: Love n’ Fresh Flowers / Venue: Philadelphia Horticultural Center / Wedding Dress: Watters “Jacinda” / Wedding Shoes: Adrianna Papell Boutique / Hair: Hair by Meghan / Caterer: Stephen Starr Events / Band: Rich Posmontier Music / Lighting: Eventions / Celebrant: Beth Palubinsky / Hotel: Le Meridien Philadelphia