Lisa and Matt were married at the beautiful and historic Water Works in Philadelphia, and it was such a treat to work with this wonderful couple.
Every detail of the day was carefully and lovingly planned with the help of DFW Event Design. From the flower wall to the chandeliers, the space glistened and glowed.
Rich, autumnal hues were paired alongside soft ivory and blush tones to create an extremely romantic floral design.
The couple was photographed by the supremely talented Dyanna LaMora. She captured every moment of the day, from the first look at the Rodin Museum to the bride and her father’s ride to the ceremony in her father’s beautiful vintage car.
Surrounded by family and friends, they made their vows and then danced the night away to the wonderful music of Jelly Roll.
Philadelphia. City of brotherly love. It is as famous for its food and fictional characters as it is for its historical significance. It is also a city of firsts – We were the first American capital. We were the first American city to have a daily newspaper. We were also the first to have an art museum or a zoo. We were even the first major metropolis to have a hospital and medical school. In fact, did you know that 1 in 6 doctors in the United States has had Medical Training in Philadelphia?! Not too shabby…
One of the ways this historical city has maintained its prominence on a national and global stage is it’s ability to multi-task, to diversify. We are home to Rocky and The Rodin, the founding fathers and the Philly cheesesteak, The Museum of Art and the Mummers. It comes as no surprise then that some of the best wedding venues in Philly are ones that, like the city itself, also know how to multitask. Some of the most beautiful events spaces in the city started out as something else entirely, and/or function in more than one way.
Here are a few of our favorites:
First up we have Union Trust. It was originally a bank, and now it is a gorgeous multi-story space with engraved ceilings and gilded historical touches.
The Crystal Tea Room, with its detailed columns and magnificent chandeliers, was once a private dining room and restaurant in Wanamaker’s. Another fun fact – It was the first restaurant within a department store.
Last but not least is 2300 Arena. A boxing arena by day and runway by night, this venue has mastered the art of multitasking. Originally a freight warehouse, 2300 Arena has been host to wrestling matches and rock concerts, as well as political conventions and Philly Fashion Week. Industrial and open, it can be personalized to meet your aesthetic style.
Before there was Meghan Markle, before there was Kate Middleton, before there was even Princess Diana…there was Grace Kelly:
A Philadelphia born movie starlet, this American superstar became a European princess when, in 1956,she wed Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Deemed by the press ‘The Wedding of the Century’, their nuptials were an international sensation. Demand for coverage was so high in fact that MGM studios broadcast the wedding live to more than 30 million European households… in 1956!To say her wedding style influenced an entire generation of brides would be, well, the understatement of the century.
Monochromatic, tailored, natural – these were the signature elements of Grace Kelly’s iconic style. Some sixty years later, as the world watched another American actress join the ranks of European royalty, we saw a return to these elements. From their fashion choices to their floral style, both Grace Kelly and Meghan Markle showed the world that minimalism can be every bit as elegant and beautiful as opulence.
So, what influence might the royal wedding(s) have on this season’s bridal trends? Here are Petal’s Lane’s 4 predictions:
1. Less is More: Delicate Bouquets
Despite the enormous popularity of cascading bouquets in the mid 20th century, Kelly, chose to carry a delicate bouquet of lilies the valley. Markle also chose to carry a very understated bouquet; hers included not only lily of the valley but also also sweet peas, astilbe, astrantia, and Diana’s favorite flower, the Forget-Me-Not. Markle’s bouquet also incorporated a sprig of myrtle, a royal tradition which dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Victoria. Myrtle is known as a symbol of love and of hope, and it has been included in every British monarch’s wedding since the 19th century.
2Bringing the Outside In: Foliage
Rather than wanting perfectly symmetrical bouquets and arrangements, Markle opted for a more casual look that favored seasonal and natural elements – vines, leaves, branches, etc. London-based florist Philippa Craddock worked with both Harry and Meghan on all the flowers for their wedding celebration, and according to Town and Country, she used “branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, along with white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves,” in her arrangements. We predict more brides will be less interested in perfect symmetry and more interested in capturing a plant or flower’s natural shape and form.
3 The Arch
Steeped in tradition, the wedding arch symbolizes the future home of the bride and groom. As if we didn’t already know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will share a pretty incredible abode (The two will reside at Kensington Palace), the archway at Saint George’s chapel would have been a great hint! The incredible archway atop the doors of Saint George’s was made using pollinator friendly plants and were harvested from the monarchy’s royal parks.We expect these round archways to make big headway this season.
4 All White Wedding Decor
In the words of Billy Idol, it’s a nice day for a white wedding. While royal tradition dictates that flowers should be white, bold colors and multi-hued flowers have long been a popular choice for American brides. As with any pendulum, we are seeing a swing in the other direction. According to The Knot, even Baby’s Breath, that inexpensive stem of tiny white flowers, is making a return in big and small ways. It pairs perfectly with on-trend greenery and works well for flower crowns and other small hairpieces. It seems bouquets, centerpieces, even dance floors are getting a new look.
Eric and Allison were married back in June of last year at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. This wedding boasted lots of ivory florals with hints of subtle peach in the centerpieces and soft pink hues in the bridal bouquet. The chuppah created had the most magnificent garden appeal to it. The ballroom arrangements were overflowing with roses and hydrangeas, as a well-balanced mix of high and low centerpieces adorned this romantic reception. Above all else, this couple was glowing all night, evident in the marvelous photos by Ash Imagery. Among some talented vendors working alongside us, we were happy to be a part of this gorgeous wedding. Congratulations to Allison and Eric! We hope married life is as beautiful and happy for you as your big day turned out to be!
The sweet duo of Kyle and Ashley were married last September in Wayne, PA. The day was full of as much sunshine as there was love, and it was well apparent on the beautiful couple’s faces. There is a lot of rich history surrounding this wedding; namely, their reception was held at Merion Golf Club, the same location Ashley’s parents held their reception thirty years ago. The floral arrangements were encompassed with blush and ivory hues, which complemented the pink bridesmaids’ dresses perfectly. We were so lucky to work on such a gorgeous wedding, in which the details came together so effortlessly. Congratulations, Ashley and Kyle! We wish you all the best and continued happiness for a lifetime to come!
David and Davida were married at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in November of last year. This sweet couple chose a yellow palette of floral arrangements with incorporated subtle hues of orange. The reception centerpieces were filled with tall Manzanita branches and bunched orchids, as well as low medleys of coordinated flowers.
We loved working with this sweet couple, and it makes everything worth it when we receive wonderful feedback from our brides: “Brittany from Petals Lane was a dream come true. From the first time I met her, I knew she was the ideal florist for any bride. She listened to me and helped me figure out exactly what I wanted. She has impeccable taste and was always willing to express her opinion when asked. She was very flexible with her time.. I felt as though I could trust her completely. In the end, the arrangements were absolutely stunning. She used colors so well, and was able to capture the feel of the room. I would recommend her to anyone!”
We are so happy we had the opportunity to be a part of this wedding. We wish this beautiful couple a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations, Davida and David!
Quinn and Kelly were married this past July in a magnificent Ritz-Carlton, glitter inspired wedding. The color scheme blended so well, and the soft pastel floral arrangements complemented the gold tones and deep blue hues perfectly. Not only was this day beautiful, but the love between this couple was so radiantly evident. We had such a blast working with both Kelly and Quinn, and we wish them a wonderful marriage full of happiness and laughter for a lifetime to come!
Brian and Michelle were married on a spectacular summer day last August. Their nuptials were spectacular, from the absolutely gorgeous weather to the magnificent ivory and white details. After their sweet ceremony at their family Parish, the party began at the Free Library of Philadelphia where the bride and groom and their enthusiastic guests danced by moonlight into the evening. Michelle’s love of white orchids was on full display, as the bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnieres all included the romantic flower. The beautiful bride shared a few highlights from her special day:
“We put some palms out on the terrace to warm up the heavy city look of the skyline. But one of my favorite pieces was the crystal curtain we placed inside. We draped one window inside the dinner room with a crystal curtain. Then Brittany hung a huge floral “H” made out of orchids in front with fishing wire. It was spectacular. Petals Lane was by far my favorite vendor to work with.. Brittany is just so amazing.. She really can see your vision and works with you to make sure all of your dreams come true.”
Michelle notes that her favorite floral element of the day was her bouquet, a cascading arrangement of white, delicate orchids. For a touching addition, we adorned the bouquet with her grandmother’s breathtaking rosary beads. Michelle said she carried it with her everywhere: from the church, to the reception, to the after party to the airport the next day on the way to Barcelona for their honeymoon!
It was an absolute pleasure working with this stunning and adorable couple. We wish you both many years full of happiness and love! Congratulations again, Michelle and Brian!
David and Stephanie were married last September at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn’s Landing. This Philly themed wedding had as much notable local inclusions as it did the color purple, which matched effortlessly. With the weather miraculously cooperating, the outdoor ceremony pressed forward. The night continued into the ballroom and terrace decks where the combination of high centerpieces and submerged low orchids complemented the venue magnificently. Stephanie carried a bouquet filled with lavender and ivory roses, stock and by request, Picasso lilies and fiddle-head ferns, while her bridesmaids’ ivory bouquets were accented with pops of purple. David wore a matching Picasso lily boutonniere, while his groomsmen donned lavender roses. The night was absolutely magical, and we’re so thankful for the opportunity to have played a part in this couple’s special day. Congratulations again, Steph and Dave!