English Garden Inspired Moshulu Wedding by Asya Photography

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Rebecca and Andrew’s wedding shows us that the old adage is true – you’ll meet someone when you least expect it.  After meeting at a party where they were both guests-of-a-guest while Becca was studying abroad in London, followed by a few years of travel, then Andrew’s move across the pond, the couple honored their families and heritages in such a beautiful way at their wedding.  Starting with the the deep greens of southern England – and captured by Grace of Asya Photography –  their flowers, music, location, and attire highlighted who they are as individuals, and created a wonderful start to their life together.

231.0003From Becca, the bride:

We met at a house party in North London.  I was studying in London for the year and Andrew was working in the financial district. Each of us was brought to the same house party by our respective friends – neither of us were invited directly. We started talking and Andrew was intrigued when I told him I wanted to save the world. Rather than laugh, Andrew asked me for my number and we had our first date the following week. After one year together in London and two years of long distance from London to Philadelphia where I was in medical school, Andrew moved to the USA to begin our new life together.

231.0021Our ceremony and reception were at the Moshulu, a historic boat in Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. We come from an array of religious backgrounds so we didn’t want to pick one specific church. Many of Andrew’s family have served in the British Royal Navy, and we love boats and being on the water, so we found this venue compelling and special to us. We love how this venue has strong historical character, particularly that it was built in Scotland where Andrew’s family is originally from, and loved feeling that we had something that set us apart from other weddings – a truly unique venue.   Additionally, the many decks and dining hall on the Moshulu gave us all the spaces we wanted to use for different parts of the evening, and as a renowned restaurant, we knew the food would be fantastic!

231.0002 The theme of the wedding was largely traditional and a bit rustic. It was fairly intimate with roughly 100 guests. Our color was forest green, reminiscent of the beautiful countryside where Andrew’s family comes from in Southern England. This was a great color for the fall and brought in hints of nature to this venue. One personal touch we added was customized wine bottle openers for each member of our bridal party. They say our names and the date of our wedding.  I also had surprise t-shirts for the groom and groomsmen – “Team Boy” is how Andy referred to his usher party. We did not need to do too much DIY, since the boat already has so much character, but a unique addition to our wedding was the Scottish Ceilidh band teaching our guests Scottish folk dancing. It was a great way to get all generations out on the dance floor! We also celebrated Andrew’s Scottish heritage by inviting guests to wear kilts and fascinators, which many people did! We borrowed an old British sword from my grandparents to cut our wedding cake, which was also memorable for us. Lastly, my dad used his talents to do all the musical arrangements for the string quartet, which was a sweet personal touch.

231.0031What we remember most is simply that we had the best day of our lives. We have never felt more full of joy, and it was the best feeling in the world to have our favorite people with us. One particular memory is that about ten minutes before the ceremony, just as Andrew was feeling most nervous, one of my uncles who had never worn a kilt before burst into the room where the groomsmen were waiting and asked for help putting the kilt together. This quickly diffused all the tension! One thing that didn’t go quite according to plan was 3 members of our bridal party being in the hospital the week before the wedding – luckily everyone is healthy now but it gave us quite a scare! We love reliving our wedding through the photos and video, and will always cherish the special day our married life began!
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Photography:  Asya Photography // Wedding Dress:  Bijou Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dresses:  Macy’s Bridal // Groom’s Attire:  Hawes & Curtis // Florals:  Robertson’s Flowers & Events // Venue:  Moshulu // DJ:  East Coast Event Group 

Cheers to the Easter Weekend!

Easter is the official welcome of spring, and we’re definitely celebrating that this weekend!  We’re also celebrating the end of a particularly long week, and there’s nothing better to help us do that than some bubbly and these amazing cupcakes from AMR Catering.  Embracing the rebirth and the fresh, new feeling of the season, we’re pretty excited for the new adventures that these next few months will bring.  {Images via Krista Brackin Photography}

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Willowbrook Farm Wedding by Dan Smith Photography

Tara and Brandon were married at Willowbrook Farm, a picturesque property in Malvern that just happens to be owned by a family friend.  This October day couldn’t have been brighter, as the couple’s family and friends gathered to celebrate.  Even better than a beautiful day, though, is a couple that’s beautiful inside and out.  Dan of Dan Smith Photography was struck by how genuinely caring Tara and Brandon were throughout the day, not just towards each other, but with their loved ones and vendors, alike.  In a setting out of a storybook, this relaxed couple focused on what truly matters, and enjoyed their wedding day for the simple reason that they got to marry their best friend.

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May Designs {Essentials}

We all have a few little details that we count on to make our days better and brighter.  No matter how small or seemingly insignificant, these are things that you can count on to always bring a smile to your face, and I’m pretty excited to finally be launching a new series.  Affectionately known as Essentials, I’m looking forward to sharing my tried and true favorites, and discovering a few new favorites along the way.  After all, it’s the little things, right?

First up in the series is May Designs and these awesome little notebooks.  I met Mica May when I attended The Brand Market Workshop put on by In Honor of Design in NYC a few years ago, where she told us the story of her company, which was totally inspirational.  It’s crazy to think that May Designs, which is now a pretty big deal, started from one idea for a product {a notebook} that she created pretty unintentionally.  As her company grew, Mica has continued to focus on what matters most to her, and at the center of that is her adorable family and the good work she does through her company for The Rise School, a wonderful place from which her youngest son graduated last year.  These little notebooks  – which are now just one of a bunch of different products May Designs carries {I got my Christmas cards from them last year}  – can be completely customized with a monogram, initial, name, or saying, and you can pick the inside pages, too.  They’re also constantly coming out with new designs.  {My cousin and I excitedly text each other whenever a new set comes out like the total dorks that we are…I know…but for real – have you SEEN all these designs?!?} For someone like me who is a ‘writer’ {online to do lists just aren’t the same for me…. and I also write down all my business ideas and ideas for posts in these little guys}, the May Designs notebook is perfection.  {Not to mention all the fun promotions and surprise sales they do!}  These notebooks are small enough to fit in my Simplified Planner pocket, yet big enough to give you a good amount of space for lots of ideas, and I use a May Designs notebook each and every day!!

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March 23, 2016 - 10:53 am

Barb Casta - You are always talking about these May Designs – just ordered my first one! Now about those cupcakes…..

March 23, 2016 - 11:28 pm

Linda - Yay!! I’m so glad you got one!! And I’ll definitely get those cupcakes again soon!!