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.

Clare & Andres at the Old Mill

The middle of winter seems like a great time to show off one of outmost colorful weddings from last summer, right? Full of bright pinks, oranges, corals and fuchsias, Clare and Andres' Old Mill wedding was lively and dare I say, spicy? I do dare. Andres' Latin roots and Clare's love for Kate Spade played major roles in the design aspect of their wedding day. Stationery with clean, modern lines set the tone while pops of color in the florals livened things up. As a nod to Clare's Orange, CA roots, we added a piece of citrus to each place setting which sat atop crisp white linens.

We helped plan and design the wedding while Clare and Andres lived in New York. With no real ties to Philadelphia, they chose the Philly burbs as sort of a central location between their Princeton/NY friends, Clare's California family and Andres's Texas crew. The Old Mill was the perfect spot for their July wedding. We had a beautiful, not too hot, day starting with an outdoor ceremony and ending with a round of salsa dancing and a sparkler send-off to top all sparkler send-offs. It was a beautiful day with two beautiful, warm, welcoming families and we loved seeing them come together as one.

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Vendor Team:

Planning, Design & Styling | Shannon Wellington Weddings

Photography | Justin Johnson Photography

Venue | The Old Mill by Conner Catering

Floral Design | Fresh Designs Florist

 

Colleen & Alex at High Point

Although Maryland might not be considered "the South" to some, it's below the Mason Dixon line so we're going with it! Colleen & Alex, while from the Philadelphia area, currently live in Maryland and wanted to bring a little Southern charm to their Pennsylvania wedding. We started with their venue, The High Point at St. Peter's. A hidden gem of sorts, this bank barn is in Malvern, PA and brings all the wood beams and hardwood floors you'd find in a rustic barn but in a modern way. The property even boasts a tiny, old chapel bursting with character that Colleen and Alex decided to get married in.

With a navy, green and purple palette, we brought the preppy playfulness that the South is known for. From Colleen's mint green shoes to her custom monogrammed bouquet ribbon and the hotel welcome boxes we designed, every detail was spot-on. Pink and white peonies combined with purple lilac were the perfect bouquet blooms for a warm summer wedding. The couple tied the knot then led a short parade over to the barn for cocktail hour on the big lawn.

We gave a gentle nod to Alex's tennis pro career with lawn games and a custom Tennis Bracket seating chart. Guests found their way to their tables where bright purple and green hydrangea centerpieces in rustic wood boxes greeted them. Menus with different "Sets" led to "Dinner being Served". We can't help it, we love puns!

A bold patterned linen and custom monogrammed table runner designated the head table overlooking the dance floor while delicate greenery floated above, winding through the wood beams. A large classic white cake with navy striped ribbon completed our prepster vibe! 

Photography by John Lorenzini

Venue High Point at St. Peters

Floral Design by Fresh Designs Florist

Stationery by Wedding Paper Divas

Hair & Makeup by

Catering by Sage Catering

Lauren & Chefik's at Home Wedding

When I first met Lauren and Chefik, one thing was clear...they were two of the most understatedly stylish people I'd ever met. We sat down to talk about their wedding plans and I soon learned of the stunning spaces that we were to work in. The ceremony was to take place at Big Ben, the open air chapel in the woods, set upon Dupont property. The reception was to be a tented affair, taking place at the bride's childhood home in Chadds Ford.

The bride wore a classic, strapless Maggie Stereo dress while her girls chose a beautiful array of chic white ensembles, from dresses to jumpsuits to capri pants & fitted blazers. As a contrast, the bride's mother wore a bold red floral dress that was a gorgeous reflection of the wedding design to come.

One of the first things we do as planners and designers is to immerse ourselves in the inspiration. In this case, it was a Dolce and Gabbana layout featuring bright whites, bold reds and a dramatic floral pattern. The inspiration for the dinner came from Northern Italy and the family style service would bring an intimate feeling to the 300+ guests dining in side the long, narrow clear-top tent. We chose crisp white linens topped with our hand dyed clay hued overlays and napkins. The guests' names were written beautifully in deep red ink on gray linen paper. Bright and bold yet delicate florals lined the tables in a simple but stunning design.

The wedding brought together family and friends from all walks of their lives and they spent the evening dancing to the acclaimed Reggie Woods Band under another candle-lit tent. When the night came to a close, the party moved poolside where things quickly livened back up.

Photography | Unique Lapin

Catering | Yellow Springs Inn

Band | Reggie Woods & the Soul Street Band

Hair & Makeup | Amy Chin

Stationery & Calligraphy | Silt & Pine

Floral | Fox Fodder Farm

Cake | Nutmeg Cake Design

Tent & Rentals |

Food Truck | SpotBurger

Stevie & Brian at The Olde Bar

When you’ve got a couple like Stevie and Brian, you’re only goal is to craft a wedding that is so uniquely them. They’re quirky but classic. They’re nerdy but still pretty damn cool. They’ve got that thing going between them, that underlying I’ve got you thing that is so apparent. You know they’ve got each other’s backs. When we first started planning their wedding, they wanted a unique location in Philadelphia. Something that wasn’t a typical ballroom because they’re not super stuffy. When we came across the The Olde Bar at Philly’s original Bookbinder’s restaurant, they knew it was the place.

The group wandered Society Hill before heading to The Olde Bar for the ceremony. All were greeted with fun details like hand lettered chalkboards and oversized kraft programs.  Afterwards, guests found their way to beautifully decorated tables and proceeded to dance the night away, sipping on their signature drinks, the Delorean.

Such an amazing night with an amazing family!

Vendor Credits

Photography by Justin Johnson Photography

Catering by Garces Events

Venue - The Olde Bar

Flowers by Fresh Designs Flowers

Hair & Makeup by Occasions by Diana

Music by PZO Productions

Calligraphy by Silt & Pine

Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas

 

SWW in The Knot PENNSYLVANIA & DELAWARE ISSUE!

When we rebranded from Bottle Pop Party Co. to Shannon Wellington Weddings, I knew we'd have to spend some time spreading the word. I've gotten to know so many wedding professionals in the Philadelphia area over the years and I didn't want them to wonder where I went! Luckily, I was approached by The Knot to do another Ask the Expert feature and the release date coincided with our launch of Shannon Wellington Weddings! It's always such an honor to not only be asked to be in a nationally renowned magazine but to be recognized as a leader in the industry.

If you're a current client or actually, if you've ever even met me, you'd know that I love giving opinions. It's what makes me good at my job. It's my duty to curate the best of the best and provide that information to my clients. Sharing my opinions and experiences with my clients is what creates a seamless wedding day.  As wedding planners, we dabble in a little bit of everything so we're obvious choice to dispense advice. I loved seeing what topics The Knot covered and hope you'll read the article above! Thanks again to The Knot for such an amazing opportunity!

The Venue Hunt: Outdoor Ceremonies in Philadelphia

As wedding planners in this great city of Philadelphia, we’re constantly on the hunt for the perfect wedding reception venue.  However, sometimes a couple will have checked that off of their list already. What they’re missing is somewhere to actually get married. With church weddings seeming fewer and far between, the search is on for a lovely location to say I Do.  And if you’ve always dreamed of getting married outdoors, we’ve rounded up a few ideas for outdoor ceremony locations in Philadelphia proper.

Morris House Hotel: At the Morris House Hotel, you’ll get the best of both worlds. Their outdoor garden area is nestled between bustling city blocks and is surrounded by the boutique hotel’s rooms and restaurant. It certainly has that magic garden feel as you step away from the city and into the secluded courtyard. When we say the best of both worlds, we’re talking about the tent! The courtyard has a clear top tent permanently installed so that rain or shine, your outdoor ceremony plan is the same. When it’s raining, the tent makes for a fabulous greenhouse feeling and if it’s beautiful, the tent seems to fade away.  The location is perfect for walking to several wedding venues as well, including the Ballroom at the Ben, Union Trust and the Atrium at the Curtis Center.

photo by M2 Photography | Florals by Fresh Designs Florist

photo by M2 Photography | Florals by Fresh Designs Florist

The Independence Seaport Museum: We love the rotunda at the Seaport Museum for an outdoor ceremony because the beautiful white stone structure seems to sit atop the Delaware River in full view of the ships and the Ben Franklin Bridge. 360-degree city views make for incredible wedding photos! Before your ceremony starts, guests can explore the museum, which has a full display of Philadelphia maritime history, plus some fun exhibits that we know your guests will love. If it rains, you’ll have to move indoors but the museum has a room ready for you with a wall of windows facing the water.  If you’re a summer or winter bride, the nearby Spruce Street Harbor Park makes for more awesome photos and entertainment for your guests and the waterfront Hilton couldn’t be more convenient.

Race Street Pier: Right next door to the Seaport Museum is the Race Street Pier. With the impressive Ben Franklin Bridge overhead, your guests will stretch out down the pier over the water. 

photo by Shannon Collins

The Shambles at Headhouse Square: This full city-block long, covered structure is one of the most unique venues we’ve ever seen! Surrounded by cobblestone streets, this long narrow property will seat guests in small rows on either side of an impressive aisle. The open-air sides give you full view of the city around you while you’re covered in case it rains. The staff will block traffic a bit during your actual ceremony but you’re definitely right in the middle of things so expect the general public to be nearby!

Philadelphia Center City Parks: The city of Brotherly Love is all about sharing the Love…for a fee. Dilworth Park is right smack next to City Hall and is one of the newest spaces to host events.  Sister Cities Park is adjacent to picturesque Logan Square and it’s amazing fountains. John F. Collins Park is tucked away behind gates in a landscaped courtyard and would make for the most intimate of ceremonies. While beautiful, these outdoor locations don’t have alternate buildings to house your guests in inclement weather so you may have to reserve tents or find a Plan B locale.

Philadelphia Historic Grounds: If showing off Philadelphia’s best side is important to you, a historic venue might be your best bet. Besides boasting a beautiful carousel in the park, Franklin Square has a large lawn for your ceremony and can brag about being one of William Penn’s original parks. We also love the Betsy Ross house for events. The historic courtyard makes for such an interesting space and everyone will remember learning about our favorite flag maker.

Have you found any favorite places we can add to our list?? Even though Philly weather may not alway be conducive to outdoor weddings, it doesn't stop us from trying!