Few things make my heart pitter-patter quite like the words “English countryside wedding,” and this one is definitely making my heart sing. Kelly and Ahmad’s big day was the perfect fusion of their styles, bringing in the bride’s love of all things feminine and the groom’s love of gardening. Thank you to Cecelina Photography and Amber Persia for helping to make such a beautiful day!
Today’s wedding just happens to be one of those that feels so relaxed, you just wish you had been there to share in such a special day. Kylie Martin Photography and Bliss in Bloom took the reins on Natalie and Dylane’s wedding day, capturing beautiful scenes in various shades of purple and lush arrangements filled to the brim with roses.
From the bride, Natalie: I really just wanted the wedding to feel elegant and whimsical, Hawaii is so beautiful it wasn’t hard to make that happen! Purple is my favorite color so it was pretty easy to pick the color scheme for the wedding. We went with lots of different shades of purples, some blues, and white accents. When I saw how all the colors came together I was beyond amazed at how well they complimented each other.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice to couples that are planning their wedding now is to remember to take in the experience. Always think about what truly matters, don’t sweat the small things, and over all just relax and how fun!
Processional: I produced a mix of “Intro” by US The Duo, and “Turning Pages” by Sleeping At Last
Recessional: “The Spark,” Afrojack
First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
Father/Daughter Dance: “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
We’re super excited to share today’s shoot with you, put together by the wonderful Amy Nicole Photography and Violet Floral Design. This duo dreamed up a few different bridesmaid looks in monochrome palettes — a pink, a purple, and a green — with makeup, hair, and flowers to complement each one. While these are great ideas for bridesmaids, we also love that they’d work perfectly for a bride who’s open to some fun color for her own wedding look!
From the photographer, Amy Nicole Photography: Tricia Egan of Violet Floral Design and I envisioned a monochromatic shoot with three different color families to inspire some different bridesmaid looks + styles + approaches. We chose the color families Green shades, Purple shades and Peach/Pink shades and then selected a bridesmaid dress, hair and makeup looks, fresh florals, and hand painted canvas backgrounds (by us!) that all kept within each color family. Each model has a different style; Boho, Preppy and Vintage. See below for the details from each color.
Bouquet Recipe: Peonies, Garden Roses, Poppies, Ranunculus.
Our Preppy Peach bridesmaid wore a Posy by Kirribilla gown in the style “Willa.” Her hair was done in a classic chic french twist with a fresh peony garnish, she wore Stella and Dot jewels, and she had fizzy peach cheeks, bright eye color and a light coral lip.
Bouquet Recipe: Hellebores, Poppies, Ranunculus, Victoria, Astilbe, Frilly Tulips.
Our Boho Green bridesmaid wore the Papercrown “Breanna” dress in Dusty Aqua crepe fabric. She wore a loose side braid with florals intertwined, and had a gray eyeshadow with a punch of blush and a Raspberry lip.
Bouquet Recipe: Lilac, Ranunculus, Sweet Pea, Triple Tulips.
The Vintage Purple bridesmaid wore Adrianna Papell’s “Beaded Art Nouveau Blouson” gown. Her hair was styled in finger waves pinned to the side, and she was done up with dramatic plum eyes, bronzed cheeks with a soft blush lip.
A romantic vineyard wedding is always a show stopper and this gorgeous event from A Muse Photography and Amore Events by Cody will blow you away. With a dreamy backdrop and glamorous gold accents, sweet couple Liz and Zach’s wedding was a memorable affair.
From the bride, Liz: Even though I’m a designer and like to think I’ve got a great sense of style and vision…I’m probably among the most indecisive people on earth… so to be honest- I didn’t really have a clear vision of the feel we were trying to create. There are SO many different ways you can go style wise and that’s where our wedding planner with amazing vision and taste came in. It was really helpful to have somebody understand what I was going for on a more broad level and to then help me pull all of my little details together in the end to create one cohesive beautiful look.
I would describe our wedding as rustic, glam, and classic. Blush and Gold ended up being our color scheme. DIY: Zach and I made some corn hole boards for our guests to play with at cocktail hour. I also designed our invitations, programs, favors, and guest book.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My number 1 piece of advice is to hire a wedding planner and number 2 is to try to find room in your budget for a videographer. Our wedding video is one of my most cherished things from our wedding day. Obviously the pictures are an amazing keepsake but the whole day felt so surreal so to be able to go back and see and hear everything is priceless to us! And lastly, just try not to sweat the small stuff! Being engaged and wedding planning should be fun so just think big picture and try to keep calm and carry on!
Bridal Party Processional: “1000 Years,” Christina Perri
Recessional: “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” The Verve
First Dance: “Don’t,” Billy Currington
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl,” The Temptations
Mother/Son Dance: “How Sweet It Is,” James Taylor
Planner + Floral + Event Design
Hair + Makeup
Lighting + Rentals
If this Philadelphia wedding isn’t the height of intimate elegance, we don’t know what is. Emily and Edith hosted their beautiful nuptials at Cliveden, an estate overflowing with natural beauty and lush scenery. Thanks to The More We See for capturing all of the lovely details!
From the brides, Emily and Edith: We wanted the wedding to feel elegant and intimate. Having delicious food and great music were our top priorities. We also aimed to have a very locally sourced wedding and found wonderful Philadelphia area vendors to partner with. At the time of our wedding, same-sex marriage was not yet legal in Pennsylvania. We had a small legal ceremony on April 27 with our immediate family in New Jersey. What we called our “real wedding” was on May 17 with a larger but still intimate crowd where we exchanged vows and rings. It was important to us that we celebrated our love in front of our family and friends in the city where we met, fell in love and call home.
Flower recipe: Blue thistle, lavender lilac, blush spray rose (“Bombastic”), white astilbe, purple waxflower, snowball viburnum (green), salmon matsumoto aster, fresh lavender, ranunculus (range of colors from blush to salmon), blush/white peonies, Chablis spray roses, hosta leaves, and rhododendron.
The wedding color scheme was green. We were married in May so the trees at Cliveden were a lovely new-leaf green and we wanted to play off that color. We both love nature so we wanted the wedding to feel as outdoorsy as possible. The ceremony was outside, the cocktail hour in the grass and we had a clear topped tent so guests could even be among the trees at the reception. For the favors, Emily made Christmas Crackers for each guest to pop after the toasts. They were stuffed with paper crowns, salt caramels that Emily made and riddles that Edith put together representing the Balentine Ale caps of the beer her dad liked to drink. Emily’s dad and grandmother made Spirytus – a family tradition of polish vodka cut with honey. This was used instead of a champagne toast. Edith’s sister made a gluten free the cake, which was used for the cake cutting. Emily’s sister made props for the photoboth and her dad made lawn games. Edith’s college friend sang during the ceremony.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Stay organized from the beginning! We had multiple spreadsheets to track guests, payments and projects which helped us keep sane throughout the process. Pick vendors that you like and enjoy working with. We had a great team around us which made the planning a lot of fun and the wedding amazing. If you can, have your wedding close to home. We could have done the wedding in a state where it was legal but it was a huge benefit during the planning process to live a few miles away from most of our vendors and location.
Processional: Over the Rainbow
Ceremony: “Heavenly Day,” Patti Griffin (sung by our friend Carly Walker)
First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
Dad/Brother Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Cake Cutting: “Ice Cream,” Sarah McLachlan
Last Dance: “Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris
Sparkler Send-off: “Non, Je ne Regrette Rien,” Edith Piaf
Wedding Location: Philadelphia, PA / Photographer: The More We See / Florist: DIY by Emily’s mom, sourced through Falls Flowers / Event Planning and Catering: Birchtree Catering / Venue: Cliveden / Wedding Dresses: Maggie Sottero via Bijou Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Edith – Volume Hair Studio; Emily – Follicles Hair Design Center / Wedding Cake: Stocks Bakery and Edith’s sister / Ice Cream: Weckerly’s Ice Cream / DJ: No Macarena / Officiant: Bob Pileggi of Journeys of the Heart / Wedding Invitations: Our friend Chris Beck designed and produced the invitations / Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
We always get a little giddy when Janie from JM Flora has a new flower arrangement to share with us. Today we’re all about summer florals, with 3 different style bouquets to choose from, all captured by Marta Locklear Photo. Take a look at our Flower Guide for more!
How adorable are the floral crown and little flower ring below? Can you believe that the ring is made out of ranunculus, berzelia berries and a “leaf”. So simple, so sweet. I love it.