REAL STORIES: Brittany and Rob’s Winter Wedding at the Phoenixville Foundry

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These snowy days remind us of romantic, winter weddings we designed not so long ago. Like this bold and beautiful wedding at the Phoenixville Foundry in the Philadelphia suburbs.

For many, a wedding venue in the heart of Chester County is just too far out of Philadelphia to be practical. But trust us when we say, with its flexible open spaces, industrial chic design, neutral color scheme, glamorous crystal chandeliers and 60’ high ceilings, the Foundry is the ideal dramatic backdrop for today’s sophisticated brides and grooms. Built in 1882, the Phoenixville Foundry is an architecturally stunning building on the banks of the French Creek. As you can see from these photos from Brittany and Rob’s glamorous winter wedding, the industrial character of the building’s exterior is largely intact while the fully-renovated interior provides a elegant atmosphere for wedding celebrations.

{Photos courtesy of Tyler Boye}

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Together with their families, the bride and groom dressed for their wedding at nearby Dolce Hotel  in Valley Forge before heading to the Phoenixville Foundry for their first look and bridal party photos. Photographer Tyler Boye captured lovely, documentary photographs of the bride and groom, their wedding attire and those magical first moments of the wedding day. The snow was just an added bonus  as it  gave the whole day an unexpected, playful air. Right down to the bride’s rubber boots under her beautiful Monique Lhuillier tulle gown.

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At the hotel, the bride got her first glimpse of her pretty magenta pink bridal bouquet made entirely of Phalaenopsis orchids gathered together in a soft cascade style.

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The Foundry, with its iron structures, rustic bridges, stone walls, grand staircases, gardenscapes, and natural environment, offers multiple backdrops for bridal party photographs.

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The bride walked down the aisle carrying a stunning hand tied bouquet of magenta Phalaenopsis orchids and her bridesmaids carried bouquets of plum, honey, wine, and antique gold flowers. The stems of their bouquets were wrapped in taupe and plum colored ribbons to complement their latte gowns. The groom, groomsmen, fathers and grandfathers all forego wearing boutonnieres in favor of tucking a stylishly folded pocket square into their tuxedos.

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Just before the wedding ceremony began the bride and groom were joined by their families and bridal party for a traditional Ketubah signing.

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Our “George Dell” iron structure was used to design the ceremony Chuppah and was placed int he center of the room for an in-the-round Jewish wedding ceremony.  The Chuppah was topped with pillar candles, soft gathered fabric and clusters of jewel-toned flowers in tones of red, plum, magenta, purple, honey and gold. Blooms such as roses, orchids, ranunculus, and lisianthus were blended with rich magnolia greens and vines to wind down the iron poles.

Under the Chuppah we placed a small linen-covered table to hold traditional ceremonial items such as Kiddush cups, Tallis, and a glass to step on. The bridal party made its way down our wide, fabric-lined aisle with towering displays of flowering Forsythia branches, loose flowers and romantic candles.

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After the ceremony, guests were invited upstairs to the balcony area for delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and stylish cocktails by Stephen STARR Events before heading down to a glamorous dinner dance.

Throughout the whole wedding we layered rich jewel tones with silver accessories, crisp white furniture, shimmering fabrics, and crystal details for a glamorous mixed metal setting complete with faux mink fur throws and silk dupioni pillows. The dining room was set with a mixture of square and rectangular dinner tables, a variety of chairs and upholstered benches, high and low floral centerpieces, traditional and modern candles, and a variety of taupe and silver fabrics. Other than the metallics, the unifying element across the tables was the variety of vibrant flowers and whole fruit displayed in glass, crystal and silver vases.

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On the tables, we worked with a variety of unique elements to create beautiful table designs around the room. On some tables, we places tall lamps with over-sized white linen drum shades accented with low designs of flowers. Other tables showcased tall modern glass vases holding stems of flowers such as orange tulips, garnet red lilies or yellow orchids. Some of the dinner tables had rows of Lucite candelabra alternating with low vases of peonies, roses and amaryllis flowers and silver leaf votive holders. Yet another centerpiece design included moss green hobnail votives with cymbidium orchids, French stock and roses and taller crystal hurricanes. Vintage glass compotes laden with whole winter fruits were lined up down the center of long community tables dressed with sparkling table runners.

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The bride and groom’s sweetheart table was decked out in micro sequin linens, mirror and crystals and covered with silver brushed vessels filled with roses, orchids, peonies, mini calla lilies and sweet peas.

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The bride and groom entered through the wall of gossamer white drape straight into their first dance and hora! The Foundry’s contemporary crystal chandeliers are gorgeous in every room shot and the soft, ambient lighting across the room gave the dark wood ballroom an intimacy hard to find in such a large space. One of Philadelphia’s most popular and beloved orchestras, Jellyroll from Brandywine Valley Talent, kept the dance floor packed all night right through the cake cutting!

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{Event Partners: Bridal Gown: Monique LhuillierBride’s Shoes: Christian LouboutinGroom’s Tuxedo: Giorgio Armani; Event Designer: Evantine DesignMusic: Brandywine Valley Talent and JellyrollCatering: Stephen STARR EventsCake Baker: Clay’s Creative Corner BakeryInvitations: Arlene Segal DesignsSeating Cards: The PaperyVideography: Allure Films by Video One; Photography: Tyler Boye}

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