Nestled deep withing one of the most prestigious neighborhoods on the Main Line, a sprawling cluster of suburban towns just outside of Philadelphia, lies the picturesque Appleford Estate. Dating back more than 300 years, this gentleman’s farm is surrounded by 24 of the most exquisite gardens any bride could hope to find for her outdoor wedding. Originally part of a land grant from William Penn, Appleford is carefully maintained today as a working arboretum and bird sanctuary. The intense July heat proved to be no match against the charm of Appleford’s brightly hued flowering gardens, weeping willow trees, endless Pennsylvania fieldstone walls and trickling streams.
[Susan and Jeff on the way to their waiting horse and carriage just outside historic Old St. Joseph's Church in Society Hill. Photo by Jeff Reeder]
While looking back through event photographs – ostensibly searching for something else – we’ve been too easily distracted by images from weddings that captured a single moment of the day. A moment that hinted at a deeper story within. We may look upon the following images and remember the lovely event design, the sensational bridal gown, or how fabulous the orchestra performed. But it’s far more likely we’ll relive the abundance of love felt by the families, the romantic devotion of the bride and groom or the bottomless well of parental pride. Another person may see the quiet relief of achievement, the elegance of age, or the nervous anticipation of a life in transition. In essence, the photos are doing exactly what they were designed to do in the first place. Tell a story: if only one frame at a time. Read the rest of this entry »
Set on some of the most STUNNING landscape found in suburban Philadelphia, a renovated 18th Century horse stable was the idyllic location for Carrie and Dominick’s ecclectic farm house-style wedding. The event design was supposed to seem as if we walked into the house, grabbed whatever china, glasses, chairs and tables we could get our hands on, and then dragged them out onto the lawn. Almost as if we raided Grandma’s cupboards for all the good stuff as well as anything else that was needed from the kitchen! Of course, a little tenting was needed to tie up the loose ends…
Personal flowers, are just that, PERSONAL, and should “suit” the wearer perfectly. Particularly those worn by our beloved grooms!
We certainly have groom’s that request distinctly subtle and classically-inspired white boutonnieres that offer an elegant and tasteful accessory to their wedding day attire. Most seem to be looking for refinement without severity, an effect achieved through modest and sophisticated blooms like orchids, stephanotis, roses and calla lilies. Confidently understated, intrinsically beautiful, and completely devoid of any extraneous details that may prove “too frilly or feminine” for their personal taste. However, there are grooms who bravely welcome the addition of crystals, pearls and feathers for a dramatic-yet-fashionable update to the already classic accessory. Of course, there are those who choose to eliminate the boutonniere entirely, choosing a pocket square as their only adornment. Besides the STUNNING bride at his side, of course!
Anne and Chris’ Springtime wedding was celebrated at the dreamy Appleford Estate located just outside of Philadelphia. Once, and quite recently, a private residence, Appleford is a 300 year old elegant fieldstone manor which is ideally situated on twenty-four lush acres of waterfalls, streams, blooming trees, boxwood gardens and orchard allees. Originally part of a land grant from William Penn, the estate is no longer privately-owned but is lovingly maintained by the Villanova Township as an arboretum and bird sanctuary. It was no surprise when Anne and Chris fell in love with the beautiful property! As you will too as you enjoy these photos from Rachel McGinn.