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A Philadelphia Wedding by Cuppa Photography

By Krista

Good morning, east coast brides! We hope everyone had a nice weekend and we are especially hoping that our New Jersey and Tri-State readers are experiencing some return to normalcy. We are constantly thinking about our neighbors in CT and NY and everyone here in NJ, especially those by the shore, and we are wishing everyone the best. Back to the wedding world, we are happy to share this gorgeous Philadelphia wedding. We love the historic architecture and the bride’s simply stunning style.

From the photographer, Cynthia, at Cuppa Photography:

Jenn & Brett’s Philadelphia Wedding was just fantastic! They combined their mutual love of the City of Brotherly Love and all historic architecture with their understated style and genuine appreciation of one another! From the amazing Morris House Hotel to Jenn’s fabulous custom couture gown and vintage-inspired veil, their wedding was one to remember!

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vendors: photographer: Cuppa Photography// floral designer:  Lisa’s Flowers // dress designer:  Justina McCaffrey // dj:  No Macarena DJ // makeup artist:  Oggi Salon and Spa // event venue:  The Morris House Hotel

A Gettysburg College Wedding by Cardens Photography

By Keri

Autumn is by far my favorite season. I love the colors of the changing trees, the temperatures are just right, football is in the air, and all types of food and drink come pumpkin flavored. This amazing autumn wedding is extra special to me because it was submitted by a sorority sister of mine from Gettysburg College. You see, fall was also my favorite time of the year at Gettysburg and this fall inspired wedding, beautifully captured by Cardens Photography brings back so many wonderful college memories. Thank you Katie + Ben for sharing this wedding with us!

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From the gorgeous bride, Katie…

I was inspired by the season – fall is Ben’s and my favorite time of year.  Anyone who knows us is aware of how obsessed we are with Halloween, a fact further evidenced by the dozens of Halloween decorations given to us as wedding gifts!  Given this, everyone naturally expected us to get married at Halloween.  But, we wanted to keep that holiday special and separate from our wedding date.  Instead, we decided to bring October in with a bang and have our wedding on the first day of the month.  Though this meant no over the top Halloween décor, we incorporated fall elements into the wedding.  From the locally-grown mums to the arbor covered in fall leaves, we wanted our guests to get a feeling of natural autumn.

We decided against traditional marriage vows and used instead a set of vows that emphasized equality, support, and commitment in our relationship.  In lieu of guest favors, we donated an equivalent sum to the Harrisburg Area Humane Society from where I adopted my cat, Turkey.  We included a placard with a picture of Turkey and his story, highlighting our personal connection with this charity.  

There is NOTHING we love more than a party and we wanted that to be priority numero uno at our wedding. So, we wanted to nail the fundamentals of a great party: good music and booze!  As for the music, we hired a traditional Irish band, Across the Pond, to play the ceremony and cocktail hour.  Being half Irish, I grew up with Irish music and find its range from beautifully haunting ballads to drunken pub songs to be the perfect combination for a wedding.  We hand-picked their set list and the band learned several songs just for our wedding (including the Boondock Saints theme and “Red is the Rose”). Given the rainy day, I had a countless number of guests come up to me and exclaim “I feel like I’m in Ireland!”  

We also knew we wanted a band at our wedding that didn’t feel like a “wedding” band.  The last thing we wanted to hear was another mediocre cover of “Brick House”.   Living in State College, we’ve had ample opportunity to see bar bands rock out at drinking establishments all over town.  Nothing compared to the pure talent of Ted McCloskey and the Hi-Fis.  We also had a sentimental connection to the band as we caught one of their performances at the Phyrst on our first “official” date.  Getting Ted and the Hi-Fis to play our wedding was very important and they were the first vendor we booked.  We incorporated our style into their set list which ranged from the True Blood theme song to “Seven Nation Army” and the Stones’ “Paint it Black”.  Ted, Molly, Renee, and Darryl killed it that night and had the dance floor literally overflowing from their opening set to the very end.

Finally, we tried to showcase Central Pennsylvania through our selection of locally-sourced food and alcohol.  Many of our friends are self-proclaimed “beer snobs” so we incorporated many craft brews into our beer list.  In keeping with the “local” theme, we highlighted Hershey-based Troegs brewery through their Dreamweaver Wheat. We also wanted to include Ben’s hometown of Ann Arbor, MI into our “local” theme and did so through Wolverine Brewery’s Wolverine Lager (it also helps that Ben is old friends with Wolverine master brewer, Oliver Roberts!)  Finally, we showed our support for Adams County farmers with the locally-sourced vegetables and local free-range chicken on the dinner menu.

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vendors: photographer: Cardens Photography // venue: The Lightner Farmhouse, Gettsburg, PA // event coordinator: Elaine Streeter // dress: Allure Bridals // hair & makeup: Industry Salon // jewelry: Mountz Jewelers // bridesmaids’ dresses: their own // men’s attire: Strictly Formals // florals: Flower Boutique // music: Across the Pond, Ted McCloskey and the Hi-Fis // stationery: The Nittany Quill, Josie Jean Design // rentals: Event Central

 

Vintage Conservatory Wedding by Veronica Varos Photography

By Keri

This next wedding is one to swoon over. Captured by the talented, Veronica Varos, this Pennsylvania conservatory wedding is a classically gorgeous and vintage affair. We love the bride’s beautiful lace dress, fantastic florals and the stunning old photo display. Oh yeah- and did we mention the picture perfect couple? Enjoy and happy Monday!

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vendors: photographer: Veronica Varos Photography // caterer:  Medure’s Catering // venue: Succop Conservancy // dress shop: Bridal Reflections // dress designer: Mori Lee

Veronica Varos Photography is a member of our vendor guide. See her page here!

 

A Hershey Wedding : Carly and Bobby

By Krista

If you love pretty colors, attention to detail, terrifically happy couples, candy bars and chocolate you will love this wedding, captured by Elizabeth Ryan Photography.

From the bride-to-be, Carly:

Bobby proposed to me on a random Friday in October, creating his own “Love Actually” moment, using giant poster board signs that ended with a ring. We quickly got to planning, and decided to get married in my hometown of Hershey, Pennsylvania, aka “The Sweetest Place on Earth”. Our style was hard to pin down, and ended up part classic, part rustic, and part preppy. We used shades of lavender, gray, and navy. My sister in law likes to joke that it was “clasual”- classy casual. Our venue, the Picard Grand Pavilion at the Hershey Country Club, fit that description perfectly. After we chose the venue things fell into place, with a LOT of help from family and friends. My mom was especially invaluable since she lives in Pennsylvania and we are in Indiana. In addition to meeting with vendors, she also made the burlap table runners, kissing balls for the church pews, my garter, and more. She also helped me incorporate a few specials details into my bouquet, including lace from her wedding veil, and a pin from my grandmother who has passed away. Bobby and I have two favorite memories from the day. The first is our first look. It was such a special, private moment and it really helped us calm down and enjoy the rest of the day. And the pictures are amazing! Our second favorite memory was actually a surprise planned by my bridesmaids and other friends. They successfully planned, choreographed, and executed and amazing flash mob to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” without Bobby or I ever expecting a thing. It was incredible!

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Thank you so much Carly and Bobby for sharing your deliciously gorgeous wedding!

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………vendors: photography: Elizabeth Ryan Photographer // floral designer:  Flowers Designs by Cherylann, Ltd // reception venue:  Hershey Country Club // makeup:  Rikki Smith Beauty // dress designer: Anjolique Bridal // shoes:  The Dessy Group // transportation:  Hershey Trolley Works // mens attire:  Joseph A. Bank // bakery:  Monkey & Me Sweets

{Engagement} : Brittany & Matthew

By Krista

Our featured engagement session, captured by Veronica Varos Photography, is at the gorgeous Hartwood Acres Mansion in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…love the architecture, the super cool tree, and the beautiful grounds.

From Brittany, the bride-to-be:

My fiancé, Matthew asked me to marry him on August 14, 2010 under a moonlit sky on the bank of the Ohio River. For our engagement shoot, we wanted bright colors and antique looking surroundings, as our wedding is carrying a vintage theme. Hartwood Acres just seemed to fit. Our photographer, Veronica, pick up the tone of our relationship right away. Each photo she took I feel just breathed who we were.

 

Thank you, Veronica Varos Photography, for sharing your beautiful images and congratulations to Brittany and Matthew!