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Stylish Pennsylvania Bird Sanctuary Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Pat Furey

Be still our wedding-loving hearts. This Pennsylvania wedding between Melissa and Sam has some of our absolute favorite vendors on board, including Pat Furey, Laurel and Elm, and Kate Farley, just to name a few! It might just be the perfect wedding for fall, mixing a color palette of blush pink and burgundy to perfection and even incorporating berry boutonnieres for the gents.

stylish Pennsylvania bird sanctuary wedding - photo by Pat Furey

From the bride, Melissa: I envisioned our wedding style being natural elegance with pops of whimsy. We wanted our day to be gorgeous, insanely fun and memorable for our guests without being too formal. Great food and drinks, tons of dancing with beautiful details for a memorable backdrop for our big day. The color story was blush, burgundy and amber with pops of metallic copper and gold wherever I could possibly incorporate them :)

wedding invitation - photo by Pat Furey

wedding shoes - photo by Pat Furey

wedding rings - photo by Pat Furey

autumn bouquet - photo by Pat Furey
Flower recipe: Roses, Deep plum scabiosa, Ballet pink lisianthus, Deeper greens, ruscus and jasmine, peonies, Blackberries on vine, hops, White wax flower, Inky berries.

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Pat Furey

pink bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Pat Furey

groom and groomsmen - photo by Pat Furey

berry boutonniere - photo by Pat Furey

ceremony decor - photo by Pat Furey

wedding ceremony - photo by Pat Furey

wedding ceremony - photo by Pat Furey

ceremony recessional - photo by Pat Furey

bridal party - photo by Pat Furey

bride and groom - photo by Pat Furey

wedding portraits - photo by Pat Furey

wedding photography - photo by Pat Furey

Since I’m a designer specializing in hand lettering there were a TON of DIY projects: I designed my own engagement ring, Save the Dates, wedding invitations (with hand-painted watercolor floral envelope liners), wedding website, programs, hand stamped muslin welcome bags with itinerary and door hanger, hand calligraphed seating chart, dip-dyed calligraphed placecards, wine bottles with labels that doubled as the table number and guestbook for each table (we’re planning on opening them on each corresponding anniversary), signage, and for the place cards I dip-dyed them different colors based on our guests’ meal choices —- burgundy was prime rib, brown for duck, and green for the vegetarian option (pasta). My mom, sister and I also constructed all the terrariums we used for centerpieces and the garland that was hung on the fireplace and bar at the reception.

indoors reception - photo by Pat Furey

seating chart - photo by Pat Furey

hot pink place cards - photo by Pat Furey

wedding reception - photo by Pat Furey

hot pink wedding flowers - photo by Pat Furey

reception decor - photo by Pat Furey

potted plant and book centerpiece - photo by Pat Furey

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy every minute of your big day and know the details you want to pay attention to – there’s so much going on that day it’s easy to miss things if you’re not looking for them. Don’t forget to eat! Take dance lessons! We surprised all our family and friends by learning to waltz and having some simple choreography for our first dance – everyone went crazy and loved it!! Spring for videography – being able to watch moments from your big day years later will be priceless.

reception entrance - photo by Pat Furey

wedding drinks - photo by Pat Furey

succulent display - photo by Pat Furey

sweetheart table - photo by Pat Furey

wedding dance - photo by Pat Furey

wedding cake with figs - photo by Pat Furey

wedding kiss - photo by Pat Furey

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Wedding Music:
Seating of Mothers: “When I Fall in Love,” Nat King Cole
Bridesmaids’ Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Bride’s Processional: “Hoppípolla,” Sigur Rós
Sending Forth: Reprise of “Hoppípolla,” Sigur Rós
Recessional: “Such Great Heights,” The Postal Service
Bridal Party Reception Entrance: “Thunder Clatter,” Wild Cub
Newlyweds Reception Entrance: “Such Great Heights,” The Postal Service
First Dance: “I’ll Keep You Safe,” Sleeping At Last
Father/Daughter Dance: “You’ve Got a Friend,” James Taylor
Mother/Son Dance: “Days Like This,” Van Morrison

Wedding Vendors


Pat Furey

Wedding Coordination

Laurel and Elm


Kate Farley


John James Audubon Center

Wedding Dress

Watters Wtoo


Kikis Salon Chateau


Duette Hair & Makeup

Bridesmaid Dresses


Men's Attire

Men's Wearhouse

Catering and Wedding Cake

Jeffrey Miller Catering

Ceremony Music

Elegance String Quartet


Blue Route

Wedding Invitations

Melissa Yeager


George Street Photo & Video


Philadelphia Trolley Works

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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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Fallingwater Barn Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Veronica Varos

Few homes in America are more iconic than Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, so when we saw this beautiful wedding hosted in the nearby barn, we couldn’t wait to share it with you all! Veronica Varos Photography captured Mary and James’ wedding day, which was simple and rustic yet impactful and vibrant.

Fallingwater Barn wedding - photo by Veronica Varos

From the bride, Mary: Our wedding was rustic and simple with a burst of color. We wanted to keep things simple, incorporating pieces we love (sheepskins, blue ball jars, basket from home that stored our programs) lots of lush leafy greens, and little details that were us.

pink wedding shoes - photo by Veronica Varos

bride getting ready - photo by Veronica Varos

bright wedding bouquet - photo by Veronica Varos
Bouquet recipe: Roses, Peonies, Seeded Eucalyptus, Tulips, Ranunculus, Italian Ruscus.

wedding ceremony signs - photo by Veronica Varos

wedding program signs - photo by Veronica Varos

barn weddings - photo by Veronica Varos

wedding ceremony streamers - photo by Veronica Varos

ceremony recessionals - photo by Veronica Varos

Everything was created by us in some way, our save the dates, invitations, name cards and programs we’re designed by James himself, the tassel garland was made by Mary and her maid of honor/best friend Mallory, the twine / green table settings were made by the mother of the bride and Mallory’s mom. All flower arrangements including bouquets and boutonnieres were designed and arranged by the bride and her MOH.

barn weddings - photo by Veronica Varos

escort card ideas - photo by Veronica Varos

wild centerpieces - photo by Veronica Varos

wedding reception inspiration - photo by Veronica Varos

barn weddings - photo by Veronica Varos

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Do what feels right and keep it simple! All the little things you think you wish you had a few days before the wedding, you’ll laugh at the day after and be glad you didn’t run those extra miles. All that matters is it’s your day — you saw all the people you love and you can now say you are married to your best friend.

barn weddings - photo by Veronica Varos

rainy wedding portraits - photo by Veronica Varos

barn weddings - photo by Veronica Varos

cake cutting - photo by Veronica Varos

chalkboard signs - photo by Veronica Varos

Fallingwater Barn wedding - photo by Veronica Varos

barn weddings - photo by Veronica Varos

cake tables - photo by Veronica Varos

nighttime weddings - photo by Veronica Varos

Fallingwater Barn wedding - photo by Veronica Varos

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Wedding Bells,” Beach House
Recessional: “This Must be the Place,” Talking Heads
First Dance: “At Last,” Etta James
DJ/dancing: Soul and Motown- our favorite!

Wedding Location: Mill Run, PA / Photographer: Veronica Varos Photography / Event Design: Kate Andyjohn / Flowers: Bride and Maid of Honor / Venue: Barn at Fallingwater / Wedding Dress: Rachel Comey / Wedding Shoes: J. Crew / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Caterer: The Stonehouse Inn / Wedding Cake: Red Velveteen / DJ: Tom Dechristofaro / Wedding Invitations: James Acklin

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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!

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Carnation and Ranunculus Bouquet

Flower Guide

Photos by:

Ed Osborn

Jillian of Mimi Nicole Events is a planner, designer, and florist and she will be visiting us in the next few months as part of our Flower Guide series, as well as sharing the costs of bouquets and other floral arrangements. She just moved back to the US from the UK and is currently building her portfolio, so I recommend booking her asap. Thank you Ed Osborn Photography for the images!

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carnation wedding bouquet
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myrica gale
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Pick your colors, and your text, and even upload your photo for an instant online preview of your invitation.

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