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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Lovely Summer Backyard Wedding by AGP Collective

Lacey and Ethan were married on a late summer day at Lacey’s aunt and uncle’s home.  Nestled in the still-slightly-rural Thornton, the day included a beautiful balance of fancy + relaxed to make for backyard wedding perfection, which was equally perfectly captured by Sarah of AGP Collective.  Even though it was in a backyard, details differentiated the day from feeling like just a ‘big party,’ as Ethan wore a black suit and tie and Lacey wore the loveliest blush wedding dress.  A string trio serenaded guests during the ceremony and cocktail hour, and the couple {very wisely} enlisted a coordinator to help keep things running smoothly.  However ‘relaxed’ your desired vibe, having a wedding in a location where weddings aren’t typically held can be pretty tricky, and Nancy Ahlum of Paper Flower Weddings and Events made the whole day seem effortless.  And speaking of the details it was the relaxed touches, like Lacey’s Aunt Caroline doing the flowers and her Uncle Joe officiating the ceremony, passing on the large wedding cake in favor of Zsa’s Ice Cream truck {amazing} and having the couple’s too-cute-for-words corgi, Wilson, there {and in a tux, no less} into the night that made everything about this wedding seem so heartfelt.

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Mountain Top Inn & Resort Wedding by Pat Robinson Photography

Lili and Paul’s wedding played out like a real-life version of the classic holiday movie, White Christmas.  Family and friends, including the Pat Robinson Photography team,  traveled from Delaware to Vermont for a snowy celebration during the weekend before Christmas, but there wasn’t a flake in sight, and the forecast showed a string of 50 degree days.  Heartbreaking, to say the least, to everyone hoping for a white wedding weekend – especially the bride.  Trying not to let this overshadow what would be a great weekend regardless, festivities went on as planned.  After falling in love with Vermont during a summer trip, Lili never wavered in her vision of a rustic winter wedding at the unbelievably picturesque Mountaintop Inn and Resort and equally beautiful Christ the King Parish in Rutland.  She was intent, however, on adding her own personal flair, and each and every detail – from the Christmas ball place cards to the bridesmaids’ plaid wraps – was so thoughtfully planned and selected.  Some details, though, were more significant than others.  Lili’s brother, Phillip, died a few months prior to the couple’s engagement, and his memory was honored in a few special ways, like the pie table {Phillip always said he would have pies at his wedding!} – featuring a selection from local bakery, Trillium.  Surrounded by the beautiful Vermont mountains, the Sweet Beats Band kept the dance floor full, and it was truly a night like no other for Lili and Paul and their families and friends.   There were so many special and heartwarming moments throughout the wedding weekend, but – just like the movie – the most magical and of them all was, for so many reasons, when the snow began to fall.

{See Lili and Paul’s engagement session here…and BE SURE to scroll down and read more about their day from Lili!}

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Many people ask us “Why Vermont?” They want to know if we have family there or what makes it so special to us. The story is this: my husband’s family has had a sweet spot for Vermont for at least the past ten years. They have an annual “Post-Christmas” vacation to various areas of Vermont to ski and take in the mountains and enjoy the winter wonderland of snow. I quickly became a fan of Vermont after my first trip, which was actually Fourth of July 2014. Being an avid backpacker, I can wholeheartedly embrace John Muir’s words of “The mountains are calling and I must go…” I appreciate the mountain scenery and the mountain air much more than the hot summer, so it was decided that after we got engaged in December 2014, what better place to get married than Vermont and what better time than the winter season!
 
On my first actual “Post-Christmas” Vermont trip, we spent time looking at venues to see if our Vermont dreams could be reality. While we saw ten venues, it wasn’t until the last day of our vacation and the last venue we were visiting, that we found “the one.” Mountain Top Inn had everything we dreamt of when we thought of a Vermont Winter Wedding– the rustic feel, the mountain top views, the cozy feel of the main inn– it was everything we imagined.
 
While I think Linda can attest that I obsessed over every tiny detail, there were a few that really had sentimental value to me. For my bouquet, I wanted to include some way to honor my brother who died the September before we got engaged. My mom came up with the perfect idea of wrapping my bouquet in one of his bandannas that he wore both backpacking and in everyday life to control his unruly curly hair. It was so special to me to feel like he was there with us. The other homage to my brother was the pie table. He told me that at his wedding he was going to have pie because it was so much better than cake (and he himself made delicious pies!). I have to say that I agree with his claim and that resulted in our pie table of a few delectable varieties of pie from local bakery, Trillium. I heard guests rave over them, so I think it was a hit!
 
Something that brides are always told is that you can’t control the weather! It never even crossed my mind that this would apply to our winter wedding. One of the aspects of Vermont we desired most for our winter wedding was a beautiful layer of snow. As the weeks inched closer, I had to face the reality of a snow-less wedding. We drove up to Vermont from Delaware on a Thursday with 50 degree temperatures and no change in sight even as we hit the mountains. Friday came and the night of the rehearsal and still not a flake. Well, I could not have been more amazed when Saturday morning while getting my hair done, flurries appeared! It didn’t stop there though– we had a nice coating of a few inches (enough for sledding the next day!) for our wedding day. The snow literally fell as we took our first look portraits and bridal party photos– it made for a magical day and was another reminder of my brother’s presence as I had asked him a week prior to please just give us snow on our wedding day as a sign that he was there. 
 
There will always be things I can pick out wishing I had done better or differently because I am a perfectionist, but I can truly say this was the most amazing day of my life and I felt such joy being surrounded by family and friends who made the trip. I think everyone who attended really enjoyed that they could stay on the property and it was so much fun just running into friends or family in the lobby of the inn or seeing everyone the morning after for breakfast. Everytime my husband and I watch our wedding video, we laugh, we cry, and we are so thankful for all the people that made this day possible!

College of Physicians Summer Wedding by Asya Photography

This easy going – yet gorgeous – couple and their late summer wedding have stolen our hearts.  Nastassja and Anthony eschewed anything super-formal and embraced the things that either were significant to them or just caught their eye, and the results were nothing short of beautiful.  Their ceremony was held in the medicinal herb garden at the College of Physicians, and then the celebration that followed was just what this couple hoped for.  But, before they joined their family and friends, Asya Photography captured some of the loveliest couples’ portraits we’ve seen.  Sticking with the informal concept, Nastassja and Anthony look as though they’re taking a few moments to stroll through some of their favorite places in the city, so much in love, in just the most beautiful summer evening light possible.  Even though it might not be anything fancy or elaborate, when you think about it, you realize that those few moments right after you say ‘I Do’ are pretty  much as close to perfect as you can get.  {Be sure to scroll down and read about the day in the couples’ own words!}

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We met at law school. We were in different sections but had mutual friends and one class together. I still remember the first time we ever hung out – we were at a school happy hour and bonded over picking Van Morrison songs on the jukebox (that’s why we picked Moondance as our first song). We started dating the summer after our second year.  We had the ceremony and the reception at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. The ceremony was outside in the medicinal garden – a space so surrounded by trees and plants it’s hard to tell you’re downtown.  The College of Physicians is unique because it contains the Mutter Museum, a medical oddities museum. The building is beautiful and historic. We had been talking about doing a small wedding on the beach and already had the College appointment so we decided to go – as soon as we walked in we were like well–I guess this is happening. We loved that the venue was in the middle of Philadelphia and had so much history to it.  

My Grandma Babe gave the tiny cross to my Mom on her wedding day to my Dad and she gave it to me on our wedding day; my earrings were borrowed from Anthony’s Mom, who was given them by her Mom the day she married Anthony’s Dad.  My bracelet was from Mariana Encheva on Etsy (all my bridesmaids were given matching bracelets and our Moms and my Grandma were given matching necklaces).  We didn’t use a coordinator or wedding planner, though Dan Love of Catering By Design basically helped us every step of the way.  

We didn’t really have a theme – honestly if we liked it we just chose it. We wanted to stay as far away from formal as possible, so most of the choices revolved around whether it would be fun or make people more comfortable.  

We would describe the day as relaxed and incredibly fun. It was overwhelming to be surrounded by so much love from our friends and family. Our favorite personal touch was a collage of framed pictures of our closest family members who had passed away. It was hard to not have them physically with us, but we were happy we could still make them part of our day.

When I think about our wedding day I first remember laughing the entire night – literally so much laughing my chest and face hurt. And constantly just being in awe of the family and friends around us being so supportive and happy for us.  A special moment was when my Dad and I were waiting to walk outside for the ceremony and we heard a roar of applause and cheers – everyone was applauding Anthony as he walked out. It made us both burst out laughing and set the tone for the rest of the day 

From Anthony:  I will always remember walking into the reception area after the ceremony and Nastassja immediately started crying. She managed to keep it together during the ceremony (I didn’t and kept choking up during our vows) but as soon as we were alone for a minute she turned to me and started sobbing. We were both overcome with so much emotion and joy. 

Photographer:  Asya Photography // Ceremony and Reception Venue:  College of Physicians // Catering:  Catering by Design // Florist:  Garnish // Music:  Imagine (EBE) // Stationery:  No. 18 Paper Co. // Transportation:  Philadelphia Trolley Works // Wedding Dress:  Martina Liana // Men’s Attire:  Men’s Wearhouse and The Tie Bar // Rings:  Winthrop Jewelers