TGIF! This week- Jordan and Lianna’s wedding ceremony.
It was touch and go with the rain and our chuppah all day long. We were on the verge of breakdown and plan B until the sun finally came out, albeit only for a few hours. Though the beautiful outdoor nuptials took place on one of the hottest days of the year, the happy couple was able to say “I do” under their labor of love chuppah before the downpour (which ended up being a blessing, cooling off the rest of the night).
In keeping with the spirit of the wedding, Lianna found a hand made crochet cloth at Anastasia’s antique store in Philadelphia after brunch one morning. We knew it was perfect for the chuppah, we just had to figure out how we could use it. We got creative and decided to anchor two tall birch logs in huge bronze urns which would be spilling out with flowers such as larkspur, delphinium and stock. With some trial and error we were able to attach the lace to the birch logs using tow small pieces of ply wood. In the end, it was all worth the logistical challenge!
Since it was a hot summers day the bride wanted to ensure her friends and family were comfortable and asked for a “hydration station” to be set up under the shade of a tall oak tree. It was a place were guests could help themselves to raspberry lemonade, cucumber mint water and a hand held fan to keep cool during the ceremony. It also gave the couple a chance to forgo programs and instead have a calligraphed mirror with the ceremony information hung on the tree, as well a sweet message to their family and friends hanging from a branch. It was the perfect touch and guests appreciated the thought. We continued the mason jar theme from the drink station onto the chairs flanking the aisle. We wrapped them in satin and lace ribbon and added sweet smelling flowers like stock, garden roses and astrantia and hung them to the chairs where guests could enjoy them. We waited to the very last second to lay down the rose petals, we were so worried they would blow away or get wet but they survived and looked lovely on the green grass.
A string quintet welcomed guests as they arrived and played their rendition of One Republic’s “Secrets” as the bridal party walked down the aisle. The bride chose Christina Perri’s “A thousand Years” for her arrival down the aisle. It was just a few minutes left in the nuptials of their interfaith wedding ceremony when a light drizzle caused fans and bouquets to be used as umbrellas!
After the ceremony, guests were invited to a cocktail hour on the patio and in the library. Hors-d’oeuvres were catered by Karen Spire Catering and guests were served the couples signature drinks. Maggpie Vintage Furniture created a small lounge area for guests on the side patio which was a perfect perch to watch the rain.
Photography: Alyssa Maloof | Floral Design: Flowers & Company | Venue: Cairnwood Estate | Catering: Karen Spire Catering & Events | Brides Dress: Ines di Santo | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Earrings and Bracelet: Vintage | Hair: Ettore Mastroddi | Makeup: Bunrith Keo | Grooms Tuxedo: Commonwealth Proper | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Shaw Strings | Reception Music: Scratch Weddings | Cake: Ciao Bella Cakes