Katie & Aviad at Grace Winery

Fun Fact: About 1/4 of our weddings are planned between us and the Mother of the Bride.  So many moms are taking on the responsibilities of wedding planning but aren't doing it the old-fashioned way. By that I mean, choosing flowers they love, hiring only vendors their friends used and trying to one-up those friends at the same time. They're doing it out of love. And they're making each decision with their daughters in mind. I find it so refreshing to see them thinking only of the brides and not themselves.

Anyway! Katie's mom came to us with many of her vendors in place. She had the beautiful Inn at Grace Winery booked. She had hired a fave, Lauren Fair as her photographer. Great florist? Check. Best cake ever? Definitely. What she didn't have was all of the details in place. She wanted beautiful things that Katie and her fiancee Aviad would appreciate. The couple, who lived in Israel during the entire planing process, were fun-loving. Not traditional, not boring. We tried to help infuse the day with moments that said exactly that.

A pom pom toss as they walked down the aisle? So fun, right? Whimsical watercolor signage is always a winner. A Moscow Mule Bar?!?! YES! Mom Nancy had such great taste and ran wild with so many great details that the day turned out even more beautifully. We helped coordinate their day as well, with associates Michelle and Brianna keeping everything in order! And picking up pom poms off the ground :)

Vendors

Coordinator | Shannon Wellington Weddings 

Photographer |Lauren Fair

Venue | Grace Winery

Catering | Brulee Catering

Florist | Belovely

Videographer | Tweed Video

Cake | Nutmeg Cake Design

Band | American Deluxe

Rentals | Maggpie Rentals

Hair & Makeup | Finlia Salon

Invitations | Papertree Studio

Signage & Paper Details | Cami Monet & Belovely

Avalon & Michael at Greenville Country Club

Oh Avalon...my anti-bride! Contrary to what you're about to see, Avalon was not sold on the whole traditional bride thing. And you know what? I had her back. We are such huge fans of doing things your way that when a bride has different opinions of what's traditional, we're all for it. Avalon knew for sure that Michael was the one. And after our first meeting, we knew it too. The way he looked at her, spoke to her, everything, it was a sure sign that this was it. So when she wanted to piece together a gorgeous wedding her way, he had her back too.

She started by by representing her father's Hindu heritage with an incredibly gorgeous beaded sari, intricate henna and and the funnest jewelry collection I've seen and continued with some more traditional ideas: the white poufy dress and sparkly heels. She was radiant in both. All of her gorgeous details were caught by one of our favorite photographers, Samantha Jay Photography.

They chose another gorgeous spot, Greenville Country Club, which is a secret garden nestled in the suburbs of Wilmington, Delaware. The outdoor ceremony was perfect. The tented reception was perfect. The adorable details: olive leaf toss and succulent favors created her soft sage and white color palette. While she eschewed traditional floral centerpieces, olive leaf garlands surrounded pillar candles and created an amazing glow.

Avalon and Michel focused on what was important to them and we loved being able to help firm up those decisions and bring the romantic, refined feeling to life!

Vendors:

Planner | Shannon Wellington Weddings 

Venue | Greenville Country Club

Florist | Fresh Designs Florist

Photographer |Samantha Jay Photography

Videographer | Whole Heart Studios

Cake | Crown Jewel Cakes 

DJ | PZO Productions

Hair & Makeup | ONLO

Mallory & Brandon at The Ballroom at the Ben

When Mallory came to us, it was clear, she was ALL IN on the wedding planning front. She was super organized and loved the process. However, she had big dreams for her day and knew that she'd need help bringing them to life. So we jumped in and realized we had one of the sweetest couples imaginable! 

Mallory and Brandon met in college where they both excelled in their respective sports. The athletic, competitive couple wanted a wedding that was representative of them but also of the city that Mallory called home. A classic Philadelphia wedding. When we hear that, we know we're paying respects to our founding fathers, our incredible history and architecture and most deliciously, some of the incredible food that Philly is known for. 

We started with a ceremony at one of Philadelphia's oldest hidden gems, Stotesbury Mansion in Rittenhouse Square. We moved onto a reception at the Ballroom at the Ben and included so many amazing details, you'll have to keep scrolling to see! From the Philly Foodie welcome bags to the Declaration of Independence inspired seating chart to the gold mirrored table numbers, every moment was on point and oh so Philly! Oh and the signature drinks: the Betsy Ross & the Ben Franklin, how cute right?!?

We had SUCH an amazing year helping Mallory & Brandon bring this incredible party to life. And when it was all over, we went through some serious Mallory-withdrawl :) Maybe we can do this all over again?

Amazing vendor team:

Planning & Design  | Shannon Wellington Weddings

Ceremony Venue | Stotesbury Mansion

Reception Venue/Catering | Ballroom at the Ben - Finley Catering

Floral Design | Fresh Designs Florist

Photographer  | Morby Photography

Band | Imagine 

Rentals | White Glove Rentals

Calligraphy & Signage | Silt & Pine

Invitations & Bag Design | Two Paper Dolls

Hair & MU| Aleksandra Ambrozy

Cake | Termini Bros. 

GIF Booth | PHHHOTO 

Mary & Bobby at The Ridgeland Mansion

Looking for early fall tent wedding in Philadelphia? We've got the perfect one. After Mary & Bobby married at St. Colman's Catholic Church, they made their way to the Strawberry Mansion bridge with their photographers, Ali & Paul, for some incredible photos. Then onwards to their reception! They chose Ridgeland Mansion in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park as their venue. The main attraction? The tented backyard feel in the middle of the city. The tent was huge though and we needed to fill it! With Mary's love of florals, it took no time to come up with a warm peach, coral and orange color palette with touches of sage green and navy. Fresh Designs nailed it once again with endless lush centerpieces and green garlands. Taper candles and amber water goblets set the warm farm tables ablaze while market lights and fabric swags filled our tent's ceiling, bringing everyone just a little bit closer. The night was filled with emotional moments, sweet speeches and a swinging jazz band that had everyone on the dance floor into the night. As guests took a breather, they were treated to a huge popcorn bar! This was a sweet, detail filled day that truly showed the warmth of this sweet couple!

Vendors:

Planner/Designer | Shannon Wellington Weddings

Venue | Barn at Ridgeland Mansion

Caterer | Sage Catering

Florist | Fresh Designs Florist

Photographer | Ali & Paul

Band | Ted Hefko Band

Table & Chairs Rentals | Ocean Tents

Cake | Bredenbecks

Tent & Barrel Rentals |Open Aire Affairs 

Hair | Ariel Katrina

Makeup | Shimmer & Spice

Modern Fairytale Inspiration at Ridley Creek's Parque

The Hunting Hill Mansion, now known as Parque, sits nestled inside a Pennsylvania State Park and is really a hidden gem that instantly transports you to a 19th century country estate. It's the perfect backdrop for a modern fairytale wedding. We took inspiration from several old tales and brought them to life among the moss-covered steps, the stone overlook and the reflecting pool. 

Our bride wore a beaded corset and ruffled skirt from BHLDN and jeweled blush heels that were every bit as glamorous as a fancy ballgown and glass slippers. Her veil was handpainted with florals and fit perfectly into our garden setting. Her bouquet bursted with roses and ranunculus and our floral designer added pink bleeding hearts as a nod to our fairy tale theme.

There is nothing more romantic than a sweetheart table where a just-married couple can cozy up to each other while still celebrating with their guests. With the palest of pink linens and a hand lettered So This is Love banner, our table set the scene for our princess and her prince. Blush floral plates paired with delicate pink champagne coupes and wine glasses were made playful paired with mini tree stump place card holders and flowing bows. A towering lace trimmed wedding cake sat tall among the stone walls and was topped with an oversized sugar peony. But inside? Layers upon layers of ombre pink cake and buttercream.  If that wasn't a dream come true, we don't know what is!

You can also check out our feature on 100 Layer Cake!

Photographer | Hudson Nichols Photography

Planner/Stylist | Shannon Wellington Weddings 

Flowers |  Fresh Designs Florist 

Cake | Clara’s Groovy Deliciousness

Stiaonary/Calligraphy | Silt & Pine

Hair & Makeup | Mack Stylist

Dress | BHLDN 

Juliet & John at Pomme

From start to finish, Juliet and John embody nothing but pure joy. Their Main Line wedding at Pomme of Radnor, PA, fluttered with an array of fuchsia’s, baby pinks, and gold within every detail from their luscious menu’s to their bridal bouquets. We couldn’t have been luckier to have such a calm and collective couple. With John’s comical personality and Juliet’s pristine envision for detail, working with these two was truly a delight. Tucked back along the Main Line, you’d never think such a whimsical place existed, as if you ventured through a secret not everyone knows about. One of Pomme’s hidden gems are their swans that swim about in the pond below the patio staircase, alongside where cocktail hour is held. I don’t think it can get much better than live swans on your wedding day!

Lavish details of gold resounded in the reception hall where gold sequins banded their pink watercolored dinner menus. The entire room shined with pops of fuchsia anywhere from their floral arrangements to their cocktail napkins. Not one aspect of their wedding details went undressed, which makes for every planners dream. As the wedding party proceeded over the bridge, down the aisle, they were able to look down at their wedding guests who were looking back up at them, setting the tone for Juliet’s grand entrance, only to be greeted by an arch so lush with flowers, and aisle signs quoting E.E.Cummings, “I Carry Your Heart With Me”. After “I Do’s” were exchanged, guests showered Juliet and John with love, or in other words, decorative cake sprinkles. Their picturesque wedding still holds a close place to our hearts as we reflect on such perfection.

So gorgeous right?? We're so lucky to have such warm, lovely couples who trust us to do what we love! All of it wouldn't be possible without the help of their incredible vendor team:

Venue: Pomme 

Caterer: Peachtree Catering

Floral Design: Fresh Designs-Flora and Events 

Photography: Caitlin Joyce

Cinematography: Be Films

Stationery: Silt & Pine

Band: Rich Posmontier Music

Makeup: Glamqui

Hair: Tribe Beauty

Cake: Sophisticakes

Officiant: Journeys of the Heart

This Eclectic Philly Wedding Featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

When Debra & Bill first approached us to help plan their Philadelphia wedding, while their home base was San Francisco, we were all about it. The words 'Untraditional" and "eclectic" were thrown around and our ears totally perked up. When the words "cult" and "taxidermy" and "crystals, tarot and gems" were thrown around, we admit, we were bit skeptical.  After delving into their Pinterest board, we were shocked, interested and excited. They had a lot of weird ideas and wanted to incorporate them in beautiful ways. Well hey, that's what we do best! And to make this wedding even better, it was published on Green Wedding Shoes this week! Love this couple, this wedding and their trust in us to make it feature-worthy!

We loved their write-up about their wedding day so much! And how amazing is this???

photography: Pat Furey Photography // venue name: Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA // planning: Shannon Wellington Weddings // florals: Fresh Designs Florist // wedding dress: Unbridaled by Dan Jones // wedding dress boutique: LOHO Bride // hairpiece: Moon and Arrow // bride's shoes: Marsell // bridesmaid dresses: Onor // hair stylist: Jessica Saint Bridal // makeup artist: Jessica Saint Bridal // groom attire: Al's Atire // paper goods: Rachel Rogers Design (designed by bride and groom) // catering: Diverse Catering // cake: Nutmeg Cake Designs // tabletop rentals: Barnes Handcrafted Farmhouse Tables // furniture rentals: Maggpie Rentals // music: No Macarena // officiant: Journeys of The Heart

The Bride's Wedding Day To-Do List

Let’s face it, there are many things that don’t even cross our minds during our day to day errands, such as the receipt for a return, or your grocery list you’ve written days ago and left at home. So when it comes to your wedding day, there may be a few things you didn’t even know you needed. Heres some things you may want to think about.

Wedding To Do List

1. Realize that with all things in life, there will be things that are simply out of your hands, and your coordinators. The shuttle bus driver you so carefully entrusted may be behind schedule because your cousin was late getting to the hotel lobby. It’s okay, don’t panic. There is always a way to shimmy the schedule around to keep timing on point.

2. As soon as you arrive, give your gratuity envelopes to your coordinator right away. At the end of the night, you’re not going to want to track down your planner to let her/him know you forgot to give a tip to one of your vendors.

3. Take into account that family photos will take up a lot of time when unorganized, so stick to the shot list you made with your photographer ahead of time, and get to your cocktail hour!

4. If you don’t want to deal with something on your wedding day such as taking the gifts home, assign someone in your family or bridal party to take care of it for you! The less you have to worry about, the better.

5. Make sure your staying hydrated throughout your big day! Yes, do have cocktails but take into consideration how long your day is actually going to be.

6. All of your planning is done, so remain stress-free. You hired people well in advance to take care of the logistics, so don’t bother yourself with every little thing thats going on and just enjoy what you planned with your coordinator!

7. Remember that your groom is probably thinking the same things you are, so put a little time aside to have a moment to yourselves to chit chat about all of the hilarious family moments.

8. Be mindful of the fact that your family came here to celebrate your choice to bring another person into their lives too, so be sure to thank them for coming, not forgetting about anyone!

9. Have leftovers from your delicious, yet expensive dinner packed up for you to take home! You’re going to want to try those amazing puff pastry bites everyone wouldn’t stop talking about because you were taking photos. Get a piece of the whole experience.

10. Lastly, remember that you only paid for a certain amount of time at the venue, so get your photos out of the way, instill in your bridal party to keep their speeches short, and you’ll enjoy hours of dancing instead of having one hour to crush it.