Despite its small, intimate size, this Philadelphia wedding is one for the ages. With timeless touches and beautiful details, Emmanuelle and Chris highlighted what was most important to them and what most represented their life together, and this resulted in a heartfelt, simple elegance that we all could likely use more of in our days.
Emmanuelle and Chris had a small, intimate, winter wedding at Barbuzzo in Center City. It was a very cold day but we decided to still do photos outside as planned! We went to Washington Square park first and stopped at Talula’s Garden outdoor space and then took an Uber to Rittenhouse Square because Emmanuelle and Chris wanted some photos with the lights at the park. We walked around and they even practiced their first dance! At Barbuzzo, Chris’s brother officiated their wedding. The space looked really beautiful with lots of candles around! ~Inna, Peach Plum Pear Photography
From Emmanuelle … Chris and I met six years ago, while both in medical school at the University of Florida. We both happened to be presenting some of our research at a conference in the hospital, and after some casual conversation over pizza (including his making fun of my masculine name), we jumped passionately on board with what has turned out to be the best adventure of our lives! He had moved to Philadelphia a year ahead of my finishing school, and when the time came to decide where to pursue my training further, I knew I couldn’t give up the opportunity of seeing what was in store for us, and here we are– four years later! We are very private people, and a small wedding with family seemed most natural… but by no means does it take away from how grateful we are for the people who were not there with us– as we have made incredible friends through the various stages of our lives– each helping make us better people! Barbuzzo was a natural fit, as I have now bullied Chris into also making this our favorite restaurant, and once we saw the space and met Jess, their event coordinator, we knew this was the place! We had already shared so many wonderful moments here, so we were excited to add another one! I grew up in France, and we had planned to have a destination wedding there, but wouldn’t trade our ultimate choice… starting this next chapter of our lives in the city we are making home!
I think we would both agree that the best part of our day was being able to share our vows with each other! We had taken time to reflect on the important aspects of our relationship prior to the wedding, and incorporated those into the promises we made to each other…needless to say, I sobbed through mine, and am not sure if any of our guests understood what I said, but Chris did. As to what our guests say about our wedding day, everyone has used the words elegant and intimate.
Describing our relationship in one word is hard, since there are so many I would like to choose! But maybe ‘epic’… As in, we share a love story that is epic to us, our life. Not necessarily meaning ‘grand’, but in terms of how committed we are to each other– from the ability to epically sit on the couch for hours at a time and re-charge with each other, or epically explore the world through the amazing adventures we have been on– from the decisions that have brought us here, to the vacations we have been lucky to venture on! Because of the life we want to build together, the dreams we are chasing, as a family and individuals, but always, the most epic part of our day, is we are able to go to sleep and wake up to each other.
After a beautiful, wintery weekend, we’re so happy to be sharing a little bit of warmth from Love and Lace Weddings and AGP Collective. Inspired by some antique china, and adding so many beautiful details, this dream team of Chester County vendors came together to create a serene scene in the lovely autumn sun. Elegant, soft simplicity certainly steals the show, and even though these winter scenes are certainly pretty, we’re finding ourselves longing for those long days and that evening sun.
From Amy of Love and Lace Weddings:
The location for this shoot was on a private estate in the picturesque Southern Chester County, PA. The property featured cascading weeping willow trees, surrounding a beautiful serene pond. This made for the most elegant backdrop for our enchanted reception table and of course for our gorgeous bride who sparkled in rose gold and diamonds, provided by Benari Jewelers. The bride also wore a long sleeve lace A-line gown from the Blush by Hayley Paige collection. The ceremony location was at the courtyard entrance to the private garden and featured 8 ft. tall carved barn wood doors with cast iron detail that were to die for!
The inspiration for this shoot centered around the vintage crystal plates that were used for the table setting. I decided to steer away from the ever so popular antique gold accents (which I do love) and instead bring in a mix of pewters, mercury and shades of gray that complimented the crystal plates perfectly. The shades of purples, maroons and peaches that were used in both the wedding cake and in the centerpieces added the perfect pop of color and elegance to the table. And of course simple touches like eucalyptus sprigs laid out across the beautifully crafted calligraphy menus, and shattered water and wine glasses added a sophisticated touch of detail, which is important for every wedding and event. And can we talk about that jewelry again! How unique is that sideways oval cut engagement ring and the twisted rose gold wedding band. I wanted to trade mine in! The rose gold looked amazing and really stood out from the gray and mercury accents and also paired so softly with the color palette of the cake and flowers. The drop earrings and long backdrop necklace was classic yet sexy and added just the right the finishing touch to the already gorgeous look.
Sara Ellen Photography
It has always been my husband and I’s dream to remodel/design a home. We started dating in High School back in 1998. From there he went into the military and I to college…separate lives, but we always stayed together. In 2004, we both settled in together in Las Vegas. We lived there for a whirl wind of 11 years together working hard and trying to figure out what we wanted most out of life. After having our first daughter, Tilley, in 2014 we decided it was time to take action. Our goal was to live a life of design and not default. We went for a picnic to Mt. Charleston and designed what would be the next chapter in our life. That consisted of me keeping my corporate job, us moving to a mountain side far from the city, having a home with a view, and him remodeling it. So, the very next weekend after that talk, we went to Bishop, CA to start looking at real estate. We found the home we currently live in, it was not on the market, and called the owner (whom happened to be Dean Potter) to make an offer that turned into a purchase. Long story short, we finished up our jobs in Las Vegas and moved to Bishop about 6 months after purchasing our home. The remodel is almost complete and we love it. We added a second child to our family since that picnic, I kept my corporate job, and our home is on a mountain side with an amazing view!! I really wanted to document this time in our life as it is so special to me. Much more goes into this story and how we got here, but it does provide truth to the fact that you can have whatever you choose to dream of if you just make it a priority and work diligently towards it. We are trying to figure out where we want to go next and what our new goals are, but for now, we’re enjoying our new view…
From Mike of Ash Imagery:
While photographing her during an editorial session, we got to talking about boudoir and how cool it would be to do a session combining the two. An easy thing to do would have been to do the shoot in a dance studio, or outside, something where people are used to seeing ballet take place. What I wanted to do was photograph ballet moves in a location more geared towards boudoir and show a contrast between the two .. not a vast contrast, just something subtle. We approached it like you have access to a ballet dancer getting ready, or behind the scenes the morning of a performance. We wanted it to be striking, but also sensual.
Contrasty, but light.
Beyond the location and subject, I never really enter a boudoir session with ideas in mind. I enjoy being presented with a scene and having to come up with ideas on the spot, it tends to fuel my creativity. Once I start planning, I begin to lose inspiration and it always ends up feeling contrived. So essentially, we met up and she did her thing and I did mine. When you have two people that connect well on an artistic level, you can feel the creativity in the room.
This was one of those sessions.
From Mary, the bride:
Chris and I took a politics seminar together at NYU when he was a senior and I was a junior. The class was terribly boring, and the professor paired up each of the twelve or so students to co-present an article, probably written by himself. I’m rather competitive, and reached out to Chris to make sure his portion of the presentation wouldn’t one-up mine. His response, albeit a bit delayed, was an invitation to dinner.
Believe it or not, I wore a ball gown skirt and top by J. Crew for the ceremony, and later changed into a short feathered skirt by Club Monaco for the reception!)
The theme of our wedding was “gold.” Chris and I both love autumn and the gold haze that seems to hang in the air in the late afternoon in early November.
Printed on our ceremony programs was the quote from the song “Gold” from the musical “Once”:
If a door be closed,
Then a row of homes start building.
And tear your curtains down,
For sunlight is like gold.
It was our ceremony – held on the outdoor grounds amidst the withering autumn leaves and officiated by a dear friend and mentor – that made it unique to us. Our parents, perhaps surprised at first that we decided not to be married in a Catholic church, later noted that the ceremony was by far the most personal they’d seen and hands-down their favorite part of the day.
Our dear friend Laina wrote and performed our very personal ceremony, sharing stories of our first dates, childhood memories and hopes for our lives together. A wise one indeed, she asked us to turn and look into the faces of our family and friends who had joined us for our special day. In so doing, she recognized several significant individuals from our lives who had passed on and were unable to be there. At the very moment she asked us to face the audience, a single white balloon floated silently over the tree line above our heads in the distance. My father relayed this story to me only after the wedding, and we knew instantly who had joined us in spirit.
The moody November skies, with brilliant autumn colors in the background, made for a peaceful, reflective celebration, full of gratitude – perfect for harvest time.
We’re both very musical, as are many of our friends and family, and we surprised everyone with a performance by The Agnes Irwin School Bel Cantos (my high school a cappella group), and later Chris and I performed “Young and Beautiful” by Lana del Rey (ours a slightly more upbeat version!), while two of my bridesmaids sang “Fields of Gold” and “Songbird.”
Florist – Envy Floral Affairs, Havertown // Cake/Dessert – SophistiCakes Bakery, Drexel Hill // Ceremony, Reception, and Catering – Overbrook Golf Club // Music – Strings by Elysium Quartet, DJ – Schaffer Sound // Planner/Coordinator – Jimmy Bartorillo, Overbrook Golf Club // Stationary – Schank Printing, Conshohocken // Transportation – Philadelphia Trolley Works