Wonderful Water Works Wedding

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.

Best wishes,  Lisa and Matt!

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

   

Fall Wedding Feature: Modern Industrial Meets Romantic

If you are looking for more fall wedding inspiration, look no further than Colin and Alex’s wedding at Front and Palmer. Held last October, these handsome grooms paired moderns elements with romantic touches, and the result was a beautiful combination of colors and textures.

Soft white flowers balanced the bold leafy greenery, and warm wood tones balanced the crisp charcoal gray linens. Floating floral table runners added depth to the space, and Edison string lights tastefully incorporated modern whimsy and warmth.

We were honored to work on this wedding and to have had the opportunity to work with side by side with some wonderfully talented vendors, like Grace D Photography who captured these lovely images.

 

 

 

 

Photographer: Grace D Photography

Flowers: Petals Lane 

Venue: Front and Palmer 

Catering: Feast Your Eyes 

Wedding Planner: Kyle Michelle Weddings 

Lighting: Synergetic Sound & Lighting 

DJ: Lovesick 

 

Fall Wedding Trends

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Ok, we’re not southern, but September marks the start of Fall Wedding Season (which probably doesn’t need to be italicized and certainly doesn’t need to be capitalized, but we’re really trying to emphasize how excited we are over here!)

The change in season brings a change in color schemes, styles, and trends, so we thought we’d round up some of our favorite fall looks for any of you bride-to-be’s planning a wedding for this time next year!!

 

Succulents & Saturated Colors 

While succulents are pretty any time of year, they pair perfectly with the rich colors of fall! For this event, we decided to contrast the cooler colors with warm golden accents, and it seemed to strike just the right balance.

 

Pretty Purples Accents 

Egglplant, Plum, Wine, Aubergine … A purple by any other name would look just a pretty! Here, we decided to play with pops of color, again incorporating beautiful brassy tones against the soft wooden tables. Paired with ethereal twinkle lights, it’s a match made in heaven!

 

  

  

  

Images courtesy of Haley Richter Photo 

 

Modern Monochromatic 

Crisp. Clean. Bold. Geometric. We love this combination of black and green, and we love the way the simplicity allows each individual flower to shine. This lovely couple held their wedding reception at an upscale restaurant, and they wanted it to be elegant but understated, and these rich greens and the contrasting black and white was the perfect palette.

 

 

 

 

Greek Wedding Traditions

In April 2002, an independent film starring an unknown actress was given a limited release. That film, which was made on a 5 million dollar budget, went on to earn 368 million dollars in box office revenue, making it the highest-grossing independent film ever and by most standards the most successful romantic comedy in movie history! What movie, you ask? My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

 

Filled with endearing characters and witty, comedic dialogue, it is easy to see why this film was a hit. But, what turned it into a worldwide phenomenon? Some of it had to do with timing – the movie went ‘viral’ before that word was part of our collective vocabulary – but we believe its enduring success stems from its universal themes surrounding love, family, friends, and they ways in which traditions are used to represent the things we value most.

 

As wedding florists and designers, we are granted the opportunity to learn about and witness so many beautiful wedding traditions. We recently helped design not one, but two Big, Beautiful Greek Weddings, so we thought it would be fun to share the history behind some of these time honored traditions. 

 


Image Courtesy of Ron Soliman Photojournalism

 

The Stefana  

According to The Knot, the Stefana is the focal point of the wedding ceremony. It represents the joining of the couple, and it acknowledges their role as the King and Queen of their home. It also symbolizes the hope they they will ‘rule’ their home with wisdom, justice, and integrity. In the same vein as the exchange of rings, the stefana, or wedding crowns, are blessed by the priest and passed between the almost-newlyweds three times before being placed on their heads.

 

Images Courtesy of Sarah DiCicco Photography

 

 Lambades

Widely known as lambades, the wedding candle is a very symbolic element of a Greek Orthodox ceremony.The candles that are used during the sacrament of the wedding serve as a symbol of purity and the way God will light the way for the couple.  The bride and groom each hold a lit candle during the sacrament to show their willingness to receive God’s blessing.

 

Images Courtesy of Ron Soliman Photojournalism

 

 

Koufetta

Another very popular tradition is to offer koufetta—fresh almonds with a sugar coating. The almonds themselves, which are hard, represent the challenges the couple may face in life, while the coating represents the sweet times and happiness the couple will share. According to Greek Weddings and Traditions, These almond treats are always given out in odd numbers because an odd number is indivisible, just as the bride and groom should always be undivided. Historically, they were placed on the marital bed the day before the ceremony; Today, they are often given to guests as a wedding favor – called a Bomboniere.

Image Courtesy of Sarah DiCicco Photography

 

Rice Shower

In the same vein, rice is also used in many Greek weddings. Rice, a symbol of fertility and prosperity, is often thrown at the couple as a way to wish them a happy and blessed life together!

 

    

Images Courtesy of Sarah DiCicco Photography

Image Courtesy of Ron Soliman Photography

 

Dancing

It’s not a Greek wedding without lots and lots of dancing!  Whether it is The Bride’s Dance, also known as the Kalamatianos, or the Sirtaki, these circle dances bring together friends and family to celebrate the union of the bride and groom.

One of the most famous dances is The “Money Dance”.  In some regions of Greece, money is pinned directly to the bride’s gown throughout the evening, but in most Greek American receptions, the money is commonly thrown on/near a dancing couple to wish them good fortune and prosperity.

 

 

Images Courtesy of Ron Soliman Photojournalism

Images Courtesy of Sarah DiCicco Photography

Bobby and Maria’s Wedding:
Reception Venue – The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
Reception Caterer – The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
Ceremony Venue – Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Event Lighting – Petals Lane
Band – Power Station Entertainment
Wedding Planner- Lauren James Events (LJ Events)
Event Designer – Petals Lane
Photographer – Sarah DiCicco
Cinematography – CinemaCake Filmmakers
Makeup Artist – Julie Kate & Co.
Hair Stylists – Jason Matthews Salon
Floral Designer – Petals Lane
Wedding Cake – Van Earl’s Cake

George and Amalia’s Wedding:
Reception Venue – Ballroom at the Ben
Reception Caterer – Finley Catering 
Floral Designer – Petals Lane
Photographer – Ron Soliman
Cinematography – Ron Adams
Wedding Cake – Finley Catering

Ryan & Kristin

Ryan and Kristin were married this past June at St. John the Evangelist Church. The bridesmaids’ bouquet color combinations of soft floral hues complimented their assorted navy dresses perfectly. The reception followed at the Crystal Tea Room, a favored venue easy to design with its gorgeous interior decor ready to enhance any event. With each display marvelously pin-spotted, we used varied high centerpieces with a mix of floral options while the low centerpieces were accented with stemmed votive holders. It was a beautiful wedding featuring a delightful couple. Congratulations, Ryan and Kristin!

Ceremony: St. John the Evangelist
Photographer: Alison Conklin
Bride’s dress: Jenny Lee
Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters and Watters
Hair: Amanda D’Andrea
Make-Up: Gloria Hawkins
Band: Dreamtime
Paper: Chick Invitations
Planner: Katie Robinson – DFW Planning
Reception: The Crystal Tea Room
Videographer: Life Images

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All photos courtesy of Alison Conklin Photography. For more information, contact Alison at hello@alisonconklin.com.

Jeff & Sarah

Jeff and Sarah held an intimate wedding at the Loews Hotel in downtown Philadelphia, a staple venue for the area. This location also carries significance for the couple, as they enjoyed their first dates in the heart of the city when they were students at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business! A notable ceremony addition was their chuppah; it was quilted by Sarah’s aunt that incorporated personal messages from their loved ones. We constructed a frame, then added draped ribbon which contributed to the existing romantic ambiance of the room. Sarah’s bouquet was timelessly elegant with several types of flowers, including white roses and white calla lilies, while her bridesmaids carried different arrangements in the same ivory color scheme. In the ballroom of the Loews Hotel, we created unique centerpieces that featured a range of warm colors and lively textures, helping the reception glow spectacularly. We enjoyed seeing the love this beautiful couple shares and were so happy to be a part of their special day!

Photographer: JB Reed Weddings
Makeup: Face the Day NY
Venue and Caterer: Loews Hotel, Philadelphia
Entertainment: Tribeca Grand Entertainment

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All photos courtesy of JB Reed Weddings. For more information, contact (347) 443-6889 or jb@jbreed.com.

Matt & Tania

Matt and Tania shared an elegant November wedding that encompassed an antiquated, romantic theme. The ceremony Mass was located at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. For those unfamiliar, this exquisite cathedral is home to some of the most breathtaking architecture in the city. The celebration continued at the Historic Landmark Building of PAFA, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Tania stated that her and Matt loved each location because they provided both a grand and intimate setting simultaneously. She also loved that her guests could dance around the remarkable art galleries that PAFA exhibits! The flowers were a rustic hue, yet delicate enough to incorporate with the champagne and gold-toned decor. The addition of some warm reception lighting and groups of candlelight on each guest table helped set the mood for this unforgettable evening! Congratulations to this beautiful couple!

Photos courtesy of Shari DeAngelo Photography
http://www.sharideangelo.com/ | (856) 616-9291 | shari@sharideangelo.com

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