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Skaneateles Lake Wedding

DIY Weddings

What’s a better fairytale than a couple who marries on the same dock where they first met? Bride Whitney set to work planning her dream wedding day, using her talents to craft the perfect floral arrangements, paper goods, and so much more to set the perfect scene for Love Me Do Photography to photograph.

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

From the bride, Whitney: Michael and I met nearly fifteen years ago at his family’s cottage on Skaneateles Lake in Upstate NY. My dad and I were out on our old wooden boat and we stopped by for a quick hello (our fathers worked together at the time). A handful of years later we met again, at a Christmas party, where Mike made me a promise: to go explore the world on my own and when I was ready, to come back to our small town and he would marry me. A handful of years went by but I eventually made it back to NY… and I held him to his promise this summer, where we had a beautiful wedding on the same dock we met at.

rustic wedding invitations - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

orange wedding bouquets - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

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orange ranunculus boutonniere - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

unique seating charts - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

unique escort cards - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

From the start, we wanted our day to feel like a fun, relaxed “day at the lake.” I was inspired by antique wooden boats (coincidentally, the annual antique wooden boat show was held in Skaneateles village the same weekend of our wedding!), refreshing dips in the lake, family heirlooms, Americana, and the soft textures and colors that often found in cozy east-coast cottages. As an artist, it was important to me that care was given to every detail…right down to the color of ribbon used to tie the invitations and book favors (when he was in the Army, Mike would tie his letters to home in a yellow ribbon). I spent many hours planing down, cutting, sanding, staining, and (eventually!) assembling the benches used for the ceremony, and a handful of our guests ended up bringing them home as a wedding souvenir. We did happen to snag one for our own patio! Everything was created with a true DIY fashion- the floral centerpieces, bouquet, cake décor, event styling, paper goods, hair, and makeup were all done by myself with the idea that our wedding was (as I believe all should be!) a true labor of love.

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Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

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teal place settings - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

Our wedding day was wonderful in every sense of the word… it was exactly what we wanted from the start. Even the weather cooperated! For a month leading up to the wedding day, every single weather forecast I could find online predicted thunderstorms, high winds, and showers all day long. But when I woke up the morning of our wedding, it rained for a quick minute (long enough to satisfy the whole “good luck on your wedding day” omen) but the rest of the day was clear blue skies and warm, beautiful weather. Walking down to Michael was the most amazing part of the day. Seeing him standing on the dock waiting for me…it was such an intimate, tender, nerve-wracking, soul-shaking, I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening moment! During our ceremony, our rings (which were his parents’ rings, too) were passed along all the guests, who prayed over them for us. We had two wonderful singers, Chris Merkley & Jackie Columbo, play acoustic during the reception and their voices added such an earthy and soulful backdrop to the day. We served hor’douvres and desserts for our guests, which really gave it a picnic vibe…there was no pressure to stick to a dinner timeline… everyone came and went as they pleased. As a special send off, my dad took us out for a cruise on the same antique wooden boat we were on when Mike and I first met. We all released white lanterns from the shore and in true lake fashion, got into our swimsuits for an evening dip in the lake. It really was a big romantic blur (which is great!)- but we were lucky enough to have such wonderful photographers capture our day with still imagery and video (the video is so neat!!!). By having something tangible to remind us of our wedding… it gives us the chance to relive our favorite day, every day.

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Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “That’s My Kind of Woman,” George Strait; “Like Jesus Does,” Eric Church
First Dance: “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw

Wedding Location: Skaneateles Lake, NY / Photographer: Carina of Love Me Do Photography / Paper Goods, Floral Design, Styling, and Planning: Bride, Whitney Nichols / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: BHLDN “Tia” / Caterer: M&D Deli / Wedding Cake: Frosted Bakery / Music: Chris Merkley with Jackie Columbo / Tents: Hillside Tent Rental / Linens: Ames Linens / Officiant: Diane Ferri / Videographer: Danfredo Photography

Handmade New Jersey Wedding

DIY Weddings

While this New Jersey wedding is sweet enough, it’s made even sweeter by the fact that the bride handmade so very many of the lovely details you see here. Love Me Do Photography captured the day, including the flowers provided and arranged by Love n Fresh Flowers and the bride. Get ready for some yellow + blue goodness:

handmade new jersey wedding // photo by Love Me Do Photography via ruffledblog.com

From the bride, Christine: In the very initial stages of planning our wedding, we decided to focus on what the day would feel like and not necessarily what it would look like. It was important to make it really feel like “us” which we achieved through all of the handmade elements and curated vintage pieces. Things I made included the cross-stitch table numbers, the fabric garlands that hung above the reception, the ribbon boutonnieres for groomsmen, the cement candle holders, the pinback buttons as part of the seating display, and the pom pom garland that framed us at the ceremony.

elegant wedding invitations // photo by Love Me Do Photography via ruffledblog.com

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navy bridesmaids dresses // photo by Love Me Do Photography via ruffledblog.com

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bride with sunflowers // photo by Love Me Do Photography via ruffledblog.com

Our family and friends all contributed to the wedding which we feel so grateful to have received. My Mom and Aunts helped make hundreds upon hundreds of pom poms. One of my bridesmaids is a graphic designer who designed our invitation suite and the imagery that later appeared on our pinback buttons and packaging for our honey jar favors. When it made sense to hire out for projects, we first looked to the handmade community and DIY businesses. After the wedding, one of the best compliments we continuously received was that when folks arrived at the wedding they instantly knew it was ours.

yellow wedding bouquets // photo by Love Me Do Photography via ruffledblog.com

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bride during ceremony // photo by Love Me Do Photography via ruffledblog.com

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newlyweds in veils // photo by Love Me Do Photography via ruffledblog.com

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yellow blue receptions // photo by Love Me Do Photography via ruffledblog.com

handmade new jersey wedding // via ruffledblog.com

green table numbers // photo by Love Me Do Photography via ruffledblog.com

From the groom, DJ: Music has always been a huge part of our lives. We both have backgrounds in college radio and journalism and we met while working for the same music marketing firm in Boston, so it was really important to us that we nailed the playlist. One selfish highlight was getting to play Madness, the Ramones, the Bouncing Souls, and Rancid in succession during the reception. Getting an entire dancefloor of friends and family shaking and smiling might go down as one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.

grooms cake tables // photo by Love Me Do Photography via ruffledblog.com

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romantic wedding details // photo by Love Me Do Photography via ruffledblog.com

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Wedding Location: Clermont, NJ / Photographer: Love Me Do Photography / Flowers: Love n Fresh Flowers / Bridesmaids’ Flowers: Love n Fresh Flowers and Produce Junction in Northfield, NJ, arranged by bridal party / Wedding Venue, Caterer, and Day-of Coordination: Xenia Catering at The Abbie Holmes Estate / Wedding Dress and Veil: Mill Crest Vintage / Ceremony Shoes: Loeffler Randall / Reception Dress: BHLDN / Reception Shoes: vintage from eBay / Bride’s Jewelry: earrings from BHLDN, bracelets vintage from Etsy and gift from groom / Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Bario-Neal / Hair: Artizan Salon / Makeup: Lauren Keenan / Groom’s Suit, Pocket Square, and Tie Clip: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Shirts, Suspenders and Ties: The Grunion Run / Wedding Cake: The Bakeworks / Groom’s Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar / Honey Favors: Cape May Honey Farm / DJ: Dana McDonald / Save the Date Pennants: designed by Liz of Super Runaway / Fabric Printing: Spoonflower / Sewn by bride / Invitation Suite: designed by bridesmaid Monica Hargrove / Fabric Pockets sewn by bride

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!
Stéphanie

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Philadelphia Industrial Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

I will give you two words to preface this wedding: Urbn headquarters. Kate and Brent are both in love with Philly and chose Urban Outfitters for their reception, styled by Table Art with artful paper flower installations. The mix of industrial and bright colors gave the perfect summer look with an airy feel to it! And none other than Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do Photography were these to capture their wedding.

Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com

Kate and Brent had one of the most amazing wedding’s I’ve seen. The wedding was a perfect mix of elegance and summer romance. They were married in one of Philadelphia’s beautiful historic churches, The Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square. From there they took a double decker bus from the Philadelphia Big Bus Tour company, which came with it’s very own historian tour guide.
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com


The reception took place at the Urban Outfitters Home Office building 543 in the Navy Yard and was beautifully styled by Table Art. Everything was perfect down to the tiniest detail. The table names were each different Philadelphia landmarks and locations. Many of the menu items were adapted from Kate and Brent’s favorite menu items in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com

We met, fell in love and live together in Philadelphia so it was really important for us to keep a urban vibe to our wedding day, but we wanted to contrast that with a summery romantic feel. We were calling it Urban vintage chic. The building at Urban Outfitters is so spectacular in its own right with the industrial warehouse feel, exposed brick and beams and huge windows so we wanted to soften that a bit with beautiful florals in summery colors, wooden farmhouse tables and muted gold accents. It was the perfect balance of our vibe as a couple.

Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com

What are some adjectives that best describe the look of your wedding? Romantic, summery, vintage, elegant, sophisticated, approachable. As I mentioned before, we really wanted the city of Philadelphia to play a large part in our wedding so all of the tables were named after locations in Philly that were special to us and guests wrote us notes on vintage Philadelphia postcards. The couple also got married in Philly’s gorgeous Rittenhouse Square. The bride also did all of the cocktail hour florals herself with beautiful hydrangeas, peonies, ranunculus, lambs ear, eucalyptus and garden roses in shades of pink, peach, coral and white. The bride and groom are avid skiers so a good friend of theirs who is starting his own ski company made them custom Kate & Brent skis that guests signed. The color scheme was shades of pink, peach, coral, blush, with pops of orange and gold.
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com

The menu was also carefully picked taking into consideration the couple’s favorite foods. The bride’s favorite food was lamb chops, which was one of the options of the family style dinner. Also, sliders of the couples favorite sandwich in Philly was served during cocktail hour.

Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com
Philadelphia Industrial Wedding // via ruffledblog.com

Our first dance song was “Stand By Me” and our cake cutting song was “That’s Amore” – which is a very special song for the groom and his family’s Italian heritage. Our processional was Trumpet Voluntary and Recessional was Hornpipe Water Music. The bride and groom also love the song “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne so that was the first song to kick off the dancing for the evening.


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Venue: Urban Outfitters Headquarters / Photographer: Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do Photography / Planner/Stylist and Florals: Table Art / Wedding Dress and Accessories: Alyne by Rivini, Benjamin Adams Shoes, Crystal Rose Jewelry / Groom: Jos A Bank Suit / Bridesmaids: Ann Taylor dresses, Banana Republic Jewelry / Make up: Daneene Jensen / Invites: Miss Wyolene / Musicians: Dreamtime / Cake: Whipped / Videographer: Lucky Productions / Photobooth: Chariot Photobooths

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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Tall Timber Barn Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Not only is Amanda one heck of a cute bride, she’s also part of the amazing team of photographers that make up Love Me Do Photography. Naturally, she had fellow photographers Nadine and Carina shoot her wedding day, and we’re tickled to be sharing it! John and Amanda had a Quaker style ceremony, with a reception on the sprawling grounds of Tall Timber Barn to follow, complete with a pig roast and an endless supply of craft beers.

newlyweds in woods

From the bride, Amanda: John and I got married this past August 18th at Tall Timber Barn in the Poconos. We decided on a Poconos wedding immediately as that is where we got engaged and a favorite place to visit. The barn turned out to be perfect because John really wanted lots of different places for guests to hang out, there was the barn, two firepits and another smaller building with couches. Once we decided on the barn, everything else just fell into place. We always wanted a pig roast, and for Boris our bulldog to be involved in the wedding.


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There were a few vendors I’ve worked with an loved, so that was easy, plus I have amazing talented friends. My good friend Whitney makes little animal head pins and we thought they went with the venue (lots of taxidermy) so we used those as boutonnieres. John’s whole family are serious canoe-ers, so we snagged one of their canoes to fill with canned craftbeer. Since we had a ton of canned beer, it only made sense to get custom beer koozies for favors. I started buying old Poconos postcards from the area/town we were in and used them for signage and the photobooth.


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We started collecting artists mushrooms on hikes and used those for table numbers. Our friend Drew is a brewer at Flying Fish and he brewed us a special toasting beer. My good friend Ben makes the best bbq sauce, so he made a bottle for each table (label is a photo of Ben silhoutted with a poconos scene). His wife Katherine designed us a print that is on John, David, and Boris’s (our dog) ties. Most of the rest of the details I made, including the macarons, and flags. The ceremony was Quaker style with John’s sister officiating.


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groom with dog

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newlyweds first dance

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Be sure to watch the video by Tree of Life Films:

Wedding Music:
Processional: “33,” Smashing Pumpkins
Recessional: “Race For the Prize,” Flaming Lips, cover by Vitamin String Quartet
First Dance: “We Could,” John Prine

Wedding Location: Canadensis, PA / Wedding Photographer: Nadine and Carina of Love Me Do Photography / Wedding Venue: Tall Timber Barn / Wedding Flowers: Love N Fresh Flowers / Wedding Dress: Ivy and Aster via Lovely Bride / Wedding Shoes: Topshop / Hair and Makeup: Styles by Jet and No. 9 Dream / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Barley Creek Brewery / Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar / Pies: Village Farmer / Chairs and Cake Plate Rentals: Maggpie Vintage / Videographer: Tree of Life Films / Officiant: Emily Vick-Agnew, groom’s sister / Stationery: Designed by bride and groom / Couple’s Logo: Loveleigh Invitations / Transportation: Pocono Limo

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Sue Gallo Designs

We here at Sue Gallo Designs are big lovers of flowers! We live and breath in their beauty and all things pretty. As a fresh floral and event company in Hamilton, On., our passion is to create a beautiful celebrations of love. Our designs are the perfect pairing of garden chic and laid back elegance with a whole lot of fabulousness. We see flowers as a big component to any celebration. Together we collaborate the story of you and carefully craft components that are thoughtfully gathered and stunningly styled. Defining your vision for a singular day to beautifully mark that special moment in your lives to celebrate, relish and remember.

From intimate back yard celebrations to elaborate affairs our services are crafted with each of our couples personal style and unique vision in mind.

We’d love the chance to meet you to discuss this fabulous wedding you are planning and to tell you more about Sue Gallo Designs and how we can bring your vision to fruition.

We can’t wait to meet you and make your celebration remarkable!

Serving Niagara Wine Country, The Greater Hamilton Toronto Area, Muskoka, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Areas

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Cairnwood Estate Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Today’s wedding from Love Me Do Photography is the perfect breath of fresh air. Newlyweds Janelle and Dave planned much of their wedding around the elegance of their venue, the astoundingly gorgeous Cairnwood in Pennsylvania. Add a few Geronimo Balloons for a touch of whimsy, and you’ve got one winner of a wedding day!

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From the bride, Janelle: Dave and I met at work, and we are both oncology nurses; therefore, we quickly realized the importance of love and family. Being together has been one of life’s greatest blessings, and we would love to share our wedding with you and other couples! Dave and I wanted our wedding to be timeless, romantic, and us! A lot of our inspiration was from other weddings featured on Ruffled! We both love vintage and romantic style weddings without the “typical” wedding cheese. Most of all, we wanted an intimate affair where we could openly and honestly celebrate our love.


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We decided on Cairnwood because it had amazing flexibility. We were able to have gorgeous outdoor photos, outdoor ceremony and cocktail, intimate indoor dinner, and drinks and dancing in the library with an outdoor terrace! It is a beautiful wedding venue and most of our aesthetic was based on the vibe of the venue. In addition to the venue, many of our wedding vendors helped shape the aesthetic through their uniqueness and creativity. I adore all of our vendors, and they made the planning process easy and enjoyable!


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For future brides, my advice is to follow your heart, stay true to yourselves as a couple, and do not listen to anyone’s negativity! Also, the week of the wedding forget all of the planning and relax with your soon to be husband! The week of the wedding and specifically, the rehearsal dinner and hours before the wedding, were the most special, serene, and memorable moments of our relationship. On the day of the wedding, relax and enjoy every special moment!


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newlyweds getaway


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Postcards from Italy,” Beirut
Bride’s Processional: “Hands Remember,” Seabear (performed by groom)
Recessional: “Vagabond,” Beirut

Wedding Location: Bryn Athyn, PA / Wedding Photographers: Love Me Do Photography / Wedding Venue: Cairnwood / Wedding Flowers: Peicha Chang of Falls Flowers / Wedding Dress: Christos “Irina” / Wedding Shoes: Etienne Aigner (flats), Bertie Hathaway / Reception Dress: Sarah Seven / Bride’s Veil: Sibo Designs “Touch of Love” / Hair Accessory and Garter: Twigs and Honey / Bride’s Clutch: Untamed Petals / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Makeup: Cheekadee / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Suits: Kenneth Cole / Wedding Caterer: Stephen Starr / Wedding Cake: Angela LaSelva / Cake Topper: Red Light Studio / DJ: No Macarena / Balloons: Geronimo Balloons / Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals / Rosemary Sprigs: Secret Garden Herbs / Calligraphy: Mizbon Room / Transportation: Celebrations Limousine

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[seven-degrees]

A new angle on the art of entertaining. [seven-degrees] is an award-winning & full-service events venue. At [seven-degrees] we provide a range of services which are layered together to create a complete wedding experience. Our property, winner of the Architecture Guild Award, is a 25,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor gallery noted for its modern design and elegant feel. Our [seven-degrees] Coordination team will assist you in implementing your unique vision for the space. We understand the intricacies of planning a distinct ceremony and reception and take pleasure in working with couples throughout each stage of the process. You’ll enjoy customizing your menu with our Executive Chef and meet with our Wedding Coordinators and Design Team to make choices regarding design and décor (including presentation, technology, lighting and floral arrangement).

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Local Wedding Guide: Pennsylvania

Local Guide

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It’s that time again — time for another installment of our Local Wedding Guide! We’re selecting various locations to highlight the numerous resources available from our vendor guide members and their favorite pros they love to work with. We’ve tackled six locations so far: North Carolina, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, the Pacific Northwest, and Indiana + Illinois. Next on the list is Pennsylvania! Most vendors love to travel, so fret not if you’re not in their immediate area!

Philadelphia:

Love Me Do:
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What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Love Me Do: Relax and have fun! We want to photograph our clients as genuinely as possible, and the best way to do this is to have a little fun with them! Their wedding day is a huge celebration with all your family and friends around for support. It’s easy to just think about this exciting new step in your lives together. Let that be on the forefront of your mind when you’re getting photographed.

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
Love Me Do: There are a ton of amazing photographers out there, and we love them for what they do! When it comes down to it, it’s all about personality. We love getting to know our couples personally and letting them express themselves truly in our photos. Our brides (and grooms) book us because they trust us to let them enjoy themselves on their wedding day, as well as make them look fabulous at the same time!


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Above images by Philadelphia photographer Jeff Wojtaszek

Amy Rae Photography:
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Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
Amy Rae Photography: The wedding day can be chaotic and I want to be the last person to add to the chaos. In fact I want to help make the day go by as smooth as possible. I take a relaxed and care-free approach to the photos to get natural images of you looking your best and enjoying the wedding day.

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Amy Rae Photography: Forget about anything that is stressing you out, take a deep breath and live in the moment. Doing this will help you relax and have natural photos of you and your new spouse enjoying your wedding day.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Amy Rae Photography: I love shooting in Fairmount Park where everything is beautiful, green, and colorful! There is so much variety and beauty without leaving the city.

Schuylkill Haven:

Birdhouse Productions

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
Birdhouse Productions: Birdhouse offers short format wedding and life films with an emphasis on personal storytelling. By investing in lifelong relationships with our couples, we get to know them and their stories inside and out so that their wedding films are intimate, cinematic time capsules.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Birdhouse Productions: Backroads of Central PA – Reading to Harrisburg areas – have amazing yellow flower fields from April through June. The Franklin Fountain (Philly) for a retro ice cream shoot.

Photos below by Joey Kennedy Photography (view portfolio), Pittsburgh + will travel worldwide


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Venues:
Moonstone Manor, Elizabethtown
Magic Gardens, Philadelphia
Sweetwater Farm, Glen Mills
Terrain, Glen Mills
GoggleWorks, Reading
Ash Mill Farm Bed and Breakfast, Holicong
The Audubon Center
Ridley Creek State Park
Community Arts Center, Wallingford
Holly Hedge Estate, New Hope
Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia
Aldie Mansion, Doylestown


Above video from Hi-Society Productions

Photographers:
Love Me Do (view portfolio), Philadelphia + will travel worldwide
Amy Rae Photography (view portfolio), Philadelphia + will travel worldwide
Jeff Wojtaszek (view portfolio), Philadelphia + will travel worldwide
Growing Tree Photography (view portfolio), Lancaster + will travel worldwide
Alison Conklin (view portfolio), Allentown + will travel worldwide
Joey Kennedy Photography (view portfolio), Pittsburgh + will travel worldwide
Brooke Courtney Photography (view portfolio), Lancaster + will travel worldwide
Michael Will Photography (view portfolio), Pittsburgh + will travel worldwide
Jillian McGrath Photography (view portfolio), Hummelstown + will travel worldwide


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Above images by Lancaster photographer Brooke Courtney Photography

Event Design/Coordination:
Brava Weddings (view portfolio), Eastern PA
Styled Creative
Belovely Events
Daniele Pasternak
Kathy Romero Weddings and Events

Tree of Life Films:

See wedding feature here

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
Tree of Life Films: We’re a husband and wife team who love creating unique and artistic wedding films. It’s important to us to get to know our couples to make the best film that not only captures their day but them as a couple too. We love Love and and aim to bring out real emotion in our films. We were inspired after we received our own wedding film almost two years ago. We loved the way it captured our day and our love for each other. It made us feel amazing and we wanted to give that to other couples. Tom is an award winning, director of two feature films so it was easy to begin our new venture in wedding filmmaking together. We love what we do and can’t imagine doing anything else!

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Tree of Life Films: We love the abandoned trains at the Wycombe Train Station (we chose this for our own engagement shoot too). We love any spots in nature during sunset (best time!).

Cinematographers:
Birdhouse Productions (view portfolio), Schuylkill Haven
Tree of Life Films (view portfolio), Philadelphia
Hi-Society Productions (view portfolio), Philadelphia

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Above images by Allentown photographer Alison Conklin
See past features here, here, and here

Penna Ink Stationery:

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
Penna Ink: I work with customers to create custom wedding paperie or let them choose from my already designed collections. I am very comfortable and experienced working with brides from the local area and nationally.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Penna Ink: The Art Museum steps (from Rocky) in Philadelphia, PA

Stationery:
Penna Ink (view portfolio), Philadelphia
Love Leigh Invitations

Bakeries/Desserts:
Couture Cakery, Harrisburg
Little Baby’s Ice Cream


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Above images by Pittsburgh photographer Michael Will Photography

Florists:
Wildflowers by Design (view portfolio), Manheim
Sullivan Owen
Love ‘n Fresh Flowers

Caterers:
12th Street Catering


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Above images by Hummelstown photographer Jillian McGrath Photography
View past feature here

Rentals:
Maggpie Vintage Rentals (view portfolio)

Fashion:
The Wedding Shoppe

Makeup:
Jessica Jet Jones


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Beacon Lane

From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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1930s Art Deco Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Get ready, because this wedding from Love Me Do Photography is some serious Art Deco glam awesomeness. This is a great example of how you can take a classic color scheme – crisp black and white – and use it in a modern way. Brittany and Pat added a tiny touch of sparkly throughout their wedding day, and the mix of glam and rock ‘n roll is a picture perfect recipe. We’re going gaga for Brittany’s Lazaro gown!

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From the bride: We chose 24 Fifth because of its Art Deco feel and sunken dance floor. This space used to be the ballroom for the old 5th Avenue Hotel which was built in the 1920s. The building is now apartments but they’ve kept the ballroom. I really wanted our guests to feel like they were in an old supper club which technically, they were! We then chose the church because of it’s location and history as well. It’s the oldest Catholic church edifice in Manhattan.

1930s art deco wedding from love me do photography

1930s art deco wedding from love me do photography1930s art deco wedding from love me do photography

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1930s art deco wedding from love me do photography

I made my bridesmaids’ feather hair clips and necklaces with vintage dress clips I bought on Etsy. I really loved getting all the photos of our grandparents together and hunting down these antique frames to put them in. None of them are with us anymore so it was a way of having them there. In the same respect, my bouquet was filled with old pins from my mother’s side. I had hat pins from my grandmother as well as my grandfather’s TWA pins. He was an airline mechanic for them for 30 years.

1930s art deco wedding from love me do photography

1930s art deco wedding from love me do photography1930s art deco wedding from love me do photography

1930s art deco wedding from love me do photography

Everyone knows the actually GETTING MARRIED part is pretty incredible but I have some runner-ups. Walking into the venue and seeing what I had been working so hard on for the past year come to fruition was overwhelming. I cried very happy tears. Also, one of the best parts of a wedding is having all your favorite people in one room. We had friends and family from all over the world (including Australia!) fly in for us. It wouldn’t have been the same without each and every one of them there.

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1930s art deco wedding from love me do photography

Anything else you’d like to add? I can’t say enough good things about Etsy. I had only recently started buying from there before planning the wedding and it was mostly just for vintage clothing. It then became a part of my wedding planning obsession. Everything from the invitations, to bridesmaid presents to my after party dress was bought through Etsy! I may or may not have made over 40 purchases through them. The customer service you get through the sellers is better than you’d get through any brick and mortar retailer.

1930s art deco wedding from love me do photography

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (New York City):

Ceremony venue: St. Joseph’s of Greenwich Village / Reception venue: 24 Fifth / Wedding Photographer: Love Me Do / Wedding dress: Lazaro / Groom’s suit: J. Crew / Hair: Alissandra Hipona of High Horse Salon / Makeup: Jackie Schneider / Wedding flowers: Pristine Events / Birdcage veil: AgnesHart / Wedding shoes: Milk and Honey / Bride’s clutch: vintage / Invitations: Hello Love Boutique / Labels: IvyPink / Escort cards: SpectacularStuff / Cards, banner: FlapperGirl / DJ: Hi Society Productions

We love when we catch our vendor guide members gracing vendor lists in our features! Hi Society Productions DJ and Love Me Do have our Blue Label vendor guide stamp of approval.

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Sue Gallo Designs

We here at Sue Gallo Designs are big lovers of flowers! We live and breath in their beauty and all things pretty. As a fresh floral and event company in Hamilton, On., our passion is to create a beautiful celebrations of love. Our designs are the perfect pairing of garden chic and laid back elegance with a whole lot of fabulousness. We see flowers as a big component to any celebration. Together we collaborate the story of you and carefully craft components that are thoughtfully gathered and stunningly styled. Defining your vision for a singular day to beautifully mark that special moment in your lives to celebrate, relish and remember.

From intimate back yard celebrations to elaborate affairs our services are crafted with each of our couples personal style and unique vision in mind.

We’d love the chance to meet you to discuss this fabulous wedding you are planning and to tell you more about Sue Gallo Designs and how we can bring your vision to fruition.

We can’t wait to meet you and make your celebration remarkable!

Serving Niagara Wine Country, The Greater Hamilton Toronto Area, Muskoka, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Areas

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Music-Inspired Philadelphia Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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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.

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Leaya and Chris

Leaya and Chris

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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

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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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Beacon Lane

From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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Handmade Library Philadelphia Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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West Coasters may have idyllic locales and endless sunshine, but lucky for us East Coasters, we have an infinite number of quaint venues for every season. Emilieand Stephen’s wedding shot by Love Me Do Photography took place at a gem in Philly – the Philadelphia German Society, a historical library with drop dead gorgeous interior. This crafty couple handmade most of their decor elements, including their invitations which deserve a post on its own. In the meantime, take a wander at their gallery and thank you Emilie for sharing!

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We both envisioned we would put together a wedding that would feel like us. If we could have married in a backyard or a barn we would have- so that kind of cozy feel was something we hoped to achieve..but in a larger space. We didn’t want anything to feel very traditional or “standard”. We also knew from the start we wanted to incorporate as many friend’s talents in the details- so I guess we did see it as a DIY/with your friends type of event,too. And we kept our focus on having everyone we love for one day together to eat good food, drink & celebrate.

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Steve and I wanted to find a venue that was handicap accessible (for a good friend) and one that allowed for our own caterer (I’ve catered on the side for 10yrs and wanted to hire the group I work for). These two elements were a little difficult to find at first but then I stumbled upon the German Society of Pennsylvania online and that was it!

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No real color scheme. We used a lot of burlap for the rustic feel: burlap wrapped flower personals, as overlays on all tables and used as the lining for the drawers. For the ceremony we used the library theme with the library card programs our friend made (photos: ). She also took a hard backed book I found at a thrift store and refurbished it as our guest book. We also used these old flat file drawers we trashed picked years ago as the vessels for the programs, the bubbles, the favors, etc.. so that was the library portion of the theme- oh because we were married in a library built in 1888. We didn’t really run that theme any further though.

We planned every element of our wedding with lots of help from friends and family. I searched through wedding blogs, Ruffled was a great influence, and magazines until I had all my ideas set- then I asked friends & family to help me bring it all to life. I was so luck to have all of their help!

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yellow pom flower billy buttons

antique engagement ring

DIY elements:


I wanted to use tree trunk pieces for the guest tables and at the bar so Steve went out and found a fallen tree then sawed it into pieces.

Buttons & Bags for hotel guests were designed b our good friend, Tim Gough who is a designer/illustrator and we asked him to draw us to use on buttons and bags. Steve’s friend made the buttons we placed on the guest tables and our best man & co-owner of the print shop printed the bags with the same illustration. Flowers- our friend, Alicia Neal works part-time arranging flowers and offered her expertise. A group of friends and family met the day before at the venue to assemble flower arrangements and she made all the personals.

Table signs & other signs for the wedding- Steve and I made all of them from wood we painted with chalkboard paint. For the 18 tables we identified them using street names of all places we have lived either individually or together.

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Seating Chart, library card programs & guest book all made by our friend & designer, Allie LeFebvre Flower vessels: I collected mason jars, milk glass, crystal skinny vases, colored glass jars and other random vessels from one friend and my grandmother & great-aunt’s basements. I made little flag pie garlands for all the homemade pies and larger ones for the dessert table. I also made ring bearer’s books tied with burlap string. Flower crowns for the four flower girls were made by our good friend Kristal Hill. Flower children’s felt heart pins made by my sister & bridesmaid, Amy Crossley. Flower children’s felt “Here Comes the Bride” banners made by Amy Crossely. Favors were homemade chocolate bark made by our good friend & chocolatier, Jenna Derhammer. The favor tags were embossed by the bride and three friends (Aseel & Tara Rasheed and Sarah Fishman).

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Love Me Do Photography took place at a gem in Philly – the Philadelphia German Society, a historical library with drop dead gorgeous interior. This crafty couple handmade most of their decor elements, including their invitations which deserve a post on its own. In the meantime, take a wander at their View all images in the gallery

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I would suggest using as many personal touches as you can. We wanted the day to feel like “us” and that was the biggest compliment we received! It was so lovely to hear that from our guests- that they really felt like all the elements were representative of us as a couple. I would also advise to utilize the amazing talents of your friends and family. It has a large effect on the entire event and it took the focus from all about the couple to the community that surrounds and supports you. It made it so much more for us to know how many people helped with all the details it takes to put on a wedding.

Wedding Songs:

Processional & recessional instrumentals played by David Falcone.
Gimmie Shelter by the Rolling Stones for entire announcement of the bridal party include bride and groom.
Bride & Groom danced to the Red House Painters cover of “Follow You, Follow Me” on the Shanti Project Collection album
Groom & his mother danced to “Wild Horses” by the Sundays on Blind album.
Bride & her father danced to “God Only Knows” by Beach Boys.

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Philadelphia, PA):

Venue: Philadelphia German Society / Photographer: Love Me Do Photography / Dress: JCrew Bridal / Suit: DKNY / Caterer: Meg Gillespie, Staffing Associates / Invitations: Awesome Dudes Printing / Pies/cookies/cake: Isgro Pasticceria and La Copine / Buttons and Bags: Designer, / Tim Gough / DJ: Julian Grefe aka Julian S Process / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN / Florist: Alicia Neal (friend & artist) / Hair: Kerri Fawley / Makeup: Renee Pasceri who works at the Philadelphia salon, Adolf Beiker / Veil: made by bride’s aunt / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jcrew / Groomsmen suits: Their own grey suits / Ceremony Musician: Ceremony & cocktail hour music by friend David Falcone Reception DJ: Julian Grefe a.k.a. Julian S Process / Caterer: Staffing & day of event coordinating by Meg Gillespie (friend) & bride. Cocktail hour food provided by bride and dinner buffet prepared by Kristyn Marchus, Chef/Owner, Cream Valley Farm Catering / Wedding dessert: ricotta cookies from Isgro’s Pasticceria and homemade Pies made by friends and La Copine

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Handcrafted Philadelphia Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Monday couldn’t come fast enough to share the scrumptious weddings that we have lined up for this week. To start the week off right, we have a super creative DIY wedding shot by the ladies from Love Me Do Photography, a seasoned Ruffled photography team based in Philly. Amy and Stephen handmade all of their decor and incorporated lots of family heirlooms and vintage items — including Amy’s mother’s wedding dress, which was altered for Amy. They used Philadelphia as their main inspiration throughout their wedding, including their brownstone skyline in their stationery and vintage map confetti toss. You’re missing out if you don’t check all images from this wedding in the galley!

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From Amanda of Love me Do Photography: Stephen and Amy had a down-to-earth and sincere, thoughtfully-handcrafted Philadelphia wedding inspired by our loving families, local history and passion for adventure. They set out to create a lively and heartfelt backyard garden party where guests felt like participants – not members of an audience. Stephen had all three of his brothers as his “Best Men”, Amy’s short wedding dress had pockets, their cake was 65 inches long and their “getaway car” was a bicycle pedicab. Our venue, tucked away on a tiny street in the middle of downtown Philadelphia, was warm and inviting with antique clocks, portraits of presidents past and ivy covered brick walls..

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vintage Philadelphia wedding city skyline ideas

Some details from the bride, Amy :

My mother made my wedding dress and jacket using lace from her very own wedding dress. She sewed a 2011 penny into the pocket for good luck, and as a nod to Benjamin Franklin.

Stephen’s dad was our officiant and my uncle performed the same song that he played at my parent’s wedding 31 years ago. Bouquets were wrapped with my grandmother’s handkerchiefs.

Table assignments were printed on slides from Stephen’s collection of travel slides and the guestbook was fashioned from an old atlas.

Each guest received a jar of locally-sourced Hives for Lives honey accompanied by family recipes. 100% of the profits from this honey go to help beat cancer, a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.

Love Me Do Photography, a seasoned Ruffled photography team based in Philly. Amy and Stephen handmade all of their decor and incorporated lots of family heirlooms and vintage items — including Amy’s mother’s wedding dress, which was altered for Amy. They used Philadelphia as their main inspiration throughout their wedding, including their brownstone skyline in their stationery and vintage map confetti toss. You’re missing out if you don’t View all images from this wedding

Wedding Venue + Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):

Bike cab: Chariots of Philly / Bridal dress: Julie Chidichimo / Cake: Katie Lanciano / Caterers: Birchtree Catering / Cookies: Lou Hahn / Dinner napkins: Barb Saxton / DJ: No Macarena / Embroidery hoops: Debra Touchette / Flowers: Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting / Hair: Snip / Invitations: Andy Schulz / Makeup: Tracy Lopez / Photobooth Backdrop: Nina Chidichimo / Photographers: Love Me Do Photography / Venue: Colonial Dames PA Headquarters / Videographer: Chris Carlone / Books for centerpieces: The Book Thing in Baltimore / Wedding Dress: vintage Amy’s mom

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!
Stéphanie

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Gorgeously Ethereal Love Shoot

Design Inspiration

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Oh my goodness, this next shoot from Carina and Nadine of Love Me Do Photography is so close to dreamy perfection that my heart hurts! It is pure vintage romance: soft vintage dresses, a stunning old building, and the softest, warmest light you ever did see. Styled by Veronika Placek, all of the details come together to create the perfect muted palette that is pure romance. The photographers describe the shoot, saying, “We wanted to build a narrative story not only around the props but also about the space we were in, the vintage atmosphere, and around the couple themselves.” And I’d say it was quite the success, wouldn’t you?

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Wedding Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):

Photography: Carina and Nadine of Love Me Do Photography / Styling and Design: Veronika Placek / Hair and Makeup: Veronika Placek / Location: Private home / Bride’s dresses: vintage / Bride’s skirt: Urban Outfitters / “Eat Your Heart Out” plate: Folded Pigs

Handcrafted Philadelphia Wedding

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

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We sure made up for such a short week with beautiful weddings filled to the brim with inspiration! Wrapping up the week is Veronika and Bryan’s DIY wedding, shot by Carina of Love Me Do Photography. They did everything themselves – from the beautiful table runners made out of vintage doilies to their paper goods.

We wanted to tailor the wedding to exactly what fit us, as a couple, best. We omitted anything that we didn’t want to do (such as a bouquet/garter toss or first dance). We wrote the ceremony, including excerpts from the velveteen rabbit (I’m a huge fan of children’s books) and the poem “I like you”. We’re both huge beer fans, so we included a variation of the wine-box ceremony, using beer instead. I wanted a huge dance party for most of the night, and we definitely had that; my dad and stepmom didn’t leave the floor the entire night, and i got to see my 78 year-old grandmother dancing to Salt ‘n Pepa. Our family and friends played a huge role in the day, and it made the entire experience so special to Bryan and I.

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Almost everything for the wedding was DIY. All of the paper goods (menus, favor tags, drink dispenser tags, program fans, guest book table instructions, sparkler wrappers) were all designed and printed in my home. Bryan made all of the drink concentrates (grapefruit-mint and blackberry) and peach iced tea. With the help of two friends, I cut, ironed, sewed, and goccoed 100 napkins. The 250 cocktail napkins were also goccoed with the same heart that we used on the dinner napkins. I collected vintage frames to use for the table numbers, and using chalkboard paint, made the backs into chalkboards. the bridesmaids hair flowers were made by a friend, as was my garter. Bryan constructed the entire bar (and I sewed the bunting!) and arch that we stood under during the ceremony. We also made the photobooth backdrop, and used our own cameras, lighting equipment, and computers. We made the cake-stands out of milk glass plates and candleholders, as well as wood plaques and branches.

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hipster philadelphia wedding
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With the help of my mother and grandmother and friend, I collected over 300 doilies and sewed them together to make the runners. They were starched and ironed a couple of days before the wedding. All of the jars for the flowers, the typewriter, milk glass and birdcages, were found by me through craigslist, flea-markets, and countless hours of searching thrift stores. I also found the various tables that we used for cupcakes and the ceremony at thrift stores and flea markets, antiquing them to better fit the feel of the wedding.

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I asked each of the girls to pick a light pink dress to wear, and whatever color gold or silver shoes they wanted. for presents, I found each of them a white vintage beaded clutch (1920’s – 1950’s) and a beaded necklace. They looked absolutely stunning!

My advice for brides planning to arrange their own flowers is to take however long you expected for florals to take, and multiply that by 3. it took about 11 hours in 1 day to do all of the flowers, including 7 boutonnieres, 4 bouquets, and 4 large arrangements – as well as approximately 220 bottles and mason jars. Also, be sure that you have a cold room to do the arranging; we don’t have central air, so this was a problem. Make sure you buy a stripper (to get rid of thorns and leaves) and have lots of trash bags ready. Try to stay organized with tubs of water; group the flowers by color or size. I chose many different types of flowers/greenery, but stuck with the same color scheme so everything seemed a bit rustic.

Wedding Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):

Venue: Colonial Dames / Photographer: Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography / Wedding Dress: Jim Heljm / Wedding shoes: Bagdley Mishka Randee / Garter: handmade / Hair flowers for bridesmaids: Bernadette Paolucci / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie and Express / Groom’s suit: Indochino / Cufflinks: Halloween / Flowers: DIY, purchased wholesale from Pennock Florals / Cupcakes: Flying Monkey / Officiant: Reverend Pamela Brehm / Caterer: Shackamaxon Catering / Hair: Lena Guard / Makeup: Aleksandra Ambrozy / Bluegrass Band: Wanamaker Lewis Band / Pint Glass Favors: Custom Glassware

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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Relaxed Philadelphia Wedding

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

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Kim and Matt’s wedding, sent over by Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do Photography, was a real community effort. Friends and family came together to help create an awesome bash full of DIY goodness! The flowers came from their church’s urban farm and 13 friends were hand picked to prepare the food. With all this teamwork, the result was an absolutely beautiful and intimate wedding!

More from the bride, Kim: We generally wanted our wedding to feel vintage and rustic, without feeling “kitchy”. We wanted a relaxed and casual environment, with everyone being comfortable in their own skin. We originally wanted the ceremony and reception outside, but couldn’t afford it. So we brought the outside in, with lots of flowers, branches, ivy, etc.

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We had our ceremony and reception in the same location. Circle of Hope church in South Philadelphia, PA. Matt and I both go to the congregation in North Philly. As members of the church, it was very inexpensive to have the wedding here.

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Most of our wedding was DIY. Our friends and community are a multi-faceted, multi-talented group of people.

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Our church has an urban farm up in North Philadelphia. We planted the flowers there in the spring, and gathered them a few days before the wedding.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. People don’t know what needs to be done and will assume it’s taken care of unless you ask. Also, expect things to not go completely the way you want them to. Be okay with that. And be nice.

Wedding Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):

Venue: Circle of Hope church / Photographer: Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do Photography / Wedding Dress: BCBG Max Azria / Bride’s Shoes: Payless / Bridesmaid Dresses: Aria Dress / Band: Phillybloco / Wedding invitations: Angela Miles

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Home Sweet Flowers

Home Sweet Flowers is flowery hearted; there is no doubt that in every creation that is made the recipe consists of love & intuition. Flowers are not merely “pretty”, we believe each stem has the inevitable ability to enhance ones mood, daily life, & wedding day.

HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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A Homey Pennsylvania Wedding

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You might recognize the gorgeous necklaces in this wedding made by the bride, Lisa. Lisa’s awesome jewelry shop, Tree & Kimball, is a sponsor here on Ruffled! Clearly, her impeccable style translated perfectly to her charming farm wedding. There were sweet mismatched details and handmade elements abound, which lent themselves perfectly to the homey and relaxed feel Lisa and Travis were going for. The day was artfully captured by Love Me Do Photography.

From the bride, Lisa: I am a vintage lover & collector through & through, so I knew that I wanted the wedding to evoke a nostalgic, well-loved feeling. And although we live in the city now, Travis grew up in the country down south & I grew up in the suburbs of the Midwest, so we wanted our day to be outdoors in a pastoral setting. Once we had that settled, all of the details just fell into place.

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I started with a color palette of orange & lilac, but as things went on, that just became too difficult to stick to! I’m a great lover of color, so we simply decided the more, the merrier & left it at that.

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I found Ash Mill Farm while searching & searching online for a nice rural setting in Pennsylvania. After speaking with David, the owner & innkeeper, i absolutely knew it was the place for us. The grounds were gorgeous & immaculately cared for, the rooms well-appointed & cozy, & David himself is so hopelessly charming. Add in the equally charming groundskeeper, Jesper, and you’ve got the whole package — I was (& am) completely smitten with Ash Mill Farm & couldn’t be happier with our choice to have the wedding there.

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I designed & made my necklace myself.– You can check out some of Lisa’s other beautiful pieces here.

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My sister wore a vintage dress embroidered cotton organdy dress from the 1940s that I found on eBay.

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I made brooches for my mom & Travis’ mom, necklaces for Travis sister & sister-in-law, & my own necklace. The locket that hung from my necklace had my grandparents initials within it… I miss them dearly & loved having them there with us in spirit.

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Our placecards were biodegradable tea bags filled with wildflower seeds & sewn shut.

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Travis is easily the most laidback person I know, so I wanted to make sure that that was represented too! One of his only requests was to have sweet tea (spoken like a true Alabama boy) & chocolate chip cookies, & I happily obliged, adding lemonade & pie for my own sweet tooth. Our guests played badminton & horseshoes, relaxed in the hammock, & took strolls to visit the nearby horse stables. We had mismatched vintage linens on each table, striped paper straws, milk glass vases & pie stands, mismatched vintage china for our dessert plates… it basically felt like you were having supper in your grandparents backyard on a warm summer evening. Relaxed, surrounded by an intimate group of our favorite people, with comfort food & (bonus!) a bunch of cute little sheep & one impetuous little goat named Billie Jean… what could be better?

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Our table numbers were hand screen-printed on muslin & put in embroidery hoops.

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We had mixed berry & peach pies, along with chocolate chip, peanut butter, & fresh spearmint cookies in lieu of a wedding cake.

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Travis’ mom & sister-in-law quilted the photo-booth backdrop that now graces our bed. I absolutely love it & am so grateful to them for taking the time so to make us something so beautiful & memorable.

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My dress is an embroidered cotton organdy gown from the 1930s with matching jacket that I found on eBay.

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Some advice from Lisa:

It doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems! We got all of the big things out of the way at the beginning (location, photographer, caterer, rental company) & then took six months off from planning! We sort of flew by the seat of our pants a bit after that — I trolled thrift stores, yard sales, eBay, & Etsy constantly to collect my vintage linens, milk glass vases, & vintage ephemera. I found both my dress & my sister’s bridesmaid dress only a few months before the wedding & neither of them even required tailoring! The biggest thing that I learned about planning a wedding is simply that it is what you make of it — it can, of course, be stressful at times, but it doesn’t need to be a production. It’s your day after all & it only happens once… have fun!

Wedding Vendors (New Hope, PA):

Venue: Ash Mill Farm / Photographer: Love Me Do Photography / Florist: Wallflowers / Caterer: Soup to Nuts / Desserts: Soup to Nuts / Stationery: Nishat Akhtar / Hair Stylist: Nick Cerruti of Hush Salon / Makeup Artist: Karen Bellingeri of She Who is Beautiful / Bride’s Shoes: Marie’s Vintage / Necklace: Made by the bride Tree & Kimball / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Wedding Dress: Vintage

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Amanda Day Rose

Amanda Day Rose is a full-service paperie offering timeless designs for one of the most memorable days of your life. From engagement announcements, save-the-dates, and wedding invitations; to beautifully styled place settings, programs, gifts for guests, and so much more, you are in the right place! I work with a multitude of printing methods including letterpress, foil stamping, and digital printing along with an endless variety of carefully sourced materials to create a final product that will add to the essence of your wedding day.

I consider every wedding a unique and memorable occasion – and that means meticulous attention to detail as I guide you through this experience, and create artistry and design that embodies your lives together as a couple. Whether you have a very clear vision of what you want, or you are not sure where to start, your one-of-a-kind experience will open up a world of creative possibilities. I work closely with you to capture the essence of your relationship by delivering an authentic experience created just for you.

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