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WEDDING BLOG

This Reading Art Works Wedding Takes Modern Minimalism to the Next Level

July 23, 2016 | gabby

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If you love modern minimalist wedding inspiration as much as we do, then you’ll adore this industrial Reading Art Works wedding! When choosing their wedding’s décor, Jen and Dan decided to keep their style clean and modern with splashes of copper, tons of greenery, and plenty of interesting architectural shapes. Since Dan is a graphic designer, he DIYed the entire stationary suite and even handcrafted all of the wooden signs and table runners seen around the venue! Photographer Marisa Albrecht captured this modern Pennsylvania wedding’s amazing natural light and spirit.

The Couple:

Jen and Dan

The Wedding:

Reading Art Works, Reading, Pennsylvania

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The most important aspect of wedding planning was making sure the wedding felt really unique to us and our personal style and interests. We really wanted to put our own touches onto everything and make it feel more like a casual party with great music and food, while including all the people we love.

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We chose our venue because we really wanted a blank slate that we could use for both the ceremony and reception. We were looking for an industrial space with big windows and lots of natural light. It was in Pennsylvania, where we both grew up. It was the perfect space for us!

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Dan designed all of the paper items (invitations, menus/name cards, seating chart, table numbers, signs) and made wooden signs, table runners, etc. that really pulled everything together with the look of the venue. There were also numerous cans of copper spray paint used throughout planning!

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My insanely talented bridesmaid and florist Lindsay went into my brain and made it come to life better than we could have ever imagined, with lots of ferns, white flowers and cacti. She also made an amazing circle backdrop behind us for the ceremony, which was one of our favorite things.

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My uncle officiated our ceremony which was really amazing. We all sat down and wrote the ceremony a couple weeks before and kept it short and sweet. My sister in law and Dan‘s best friend also read readings that we both chose. We lit a unity candle and had our Mom’s come up and light the first candles, which we loved.

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Working with our photographers Marisa and her husband Eric was so awesome! Since we met in Brooklyn one day for brunch and then shooting our engagement photos in Lancaster, we have become friends. They are some of the most genuine and sweet people and make you feel 100% relaxed on your wedding day. Shooting the first look on a parking garage roof and then driving around to a park to take photos with just them is one of our best memories from the day.

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Our advice: Let go of any traditions that don’t apply to you personally or feelings you have about what a wedding should be. Once we focused on trying to make it feel more like a big party more than a wedding, things came easier for us! Also DIY some things together if you can because it’s fun! And let people help you! We couldn’t have done it without help from our friends and family.

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We have a similar aesthetic when it comes to decorating our apartment, so planning a wedding was the same! We both really like copper accents, so we decided early on that would be the only real “color” surrounded by lots of white and greenery all over.

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We both really loved our first dance. It was the moment when everything was sort of calming down and we could really focus on each other and relax & all the nerves washed away.

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Processional: Paul McCartney & Wings – My Love
Bridal Processional: The Beatles – Here, There, Everywhere
Recessional: Paul McCartney & Wings – Jet
First Dance: Sam Cooke – Nothing Can Change This Love

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Marisa Albrecht
Venue – Reading Art Works
Floral Design – Lindsay Lucas
Catering – Viva Catering
Cake – The Baker’s Table
DJ – No Macarena
Invitations – Rudy Graphic Design
Makeup & Hair Artists – Annie Hauser, Hair & Makeup by NikkiUnfading Beauty by Kristen
Wedding Dress – Lakum
Bridal Accessories – CatbirdASOS
Groom’s Apparel – J. Crew
Rings – Satomi Kawakita
Rentals – Maggpie Vintage RentalsNot-A-Booth
Transportation – Nationwide Parking & Valet

 

Congratulations to Jen and Dan, and a huge thanks to Marisa Albrecht for sharing this stunning wedding with us! Love this wedding’s modern style? Then you’ve got to see this casual minimalist wedding at Sky Gallery!

xoxoGabby

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One Comment

  1. Hello! What a lovely, classy, and modern wedding. I am in love with this aesthetic. My fiancé and I are getting married in November, and I’d love to borrow some of the motifs from this wedding. Where can I find those small copper vases and number stands?

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