Today’s sweet garden wedding is a breath of fresh air, reminding me of the romance I saw in weddings as a little girl. Wearing the lace gown that both her grandmother and mother wore at their own weddings, Laura married her groom, Ben, in an outdoor ceremony at her childhood home, followed by a reception at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Every detail was beautifully sentimental, and it was all perfectly captured by Asya Photography.
The Couple: Laura and Ben
The Wedding: 5.26.13 – Philadelphia Cricket Club and Private Residence, Pennsylvania
The Inspiration: Family, tradition, and where we come from and have lived are all very important to us, because these factors all play a large role in making us who we are, and tie us to those we love, both past and living. So while our decor theme was English/French vintage garden (Laura’s favorite book, movie, musical growing up was The Secret Garden), we weaved a lot of family and personal history throughout.
The Design: We included family and personal history throughout the decor and fashion of the wedding day. Laura is wearing the wedding dress her Nana and mom wore for the ceremony, the pearls of her mom, and her bouquet incorporated pearls that her late grandmother gave her growing up. Ben wore his father’s cufflinks for the ceremony and the top of the chuppah was Ben’s late father’s tallis (prayer shawl). For the reception, our table numbers are the names of streets we have each lived on at some point–the table cards look like San Francisco street signs (Ben’s favorite city that he has lived in.) For our guestbook, we created a “travel journal” where we collected vintage postcards from all the cities we’ve lived in, and glued them into the book. We asked guests to sign on a page with the city they knew us from. A friend also created a picto-graph timeline of when we lived on which streets to put next to the guestbook. It shows times that we lived in the same cities but didn’t meet.
Location: We were married at the house that Laura grew up in which held much sentimental and personal history so that was very special.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Asya Photography
Event Planner: Bride and mother of the bride
Ceremony Venue: Bride’s House, Private Estate in Flourtown PA
Reception Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club
Catering: Megan Freeman of Philadelphia Cricket Club
Florist: Donna O’Brian of Beautiful Blooms
Cake: Philadelphia Night Kitchen Bakery
Ceremony Wedding Dress: Vintage Family Heirloom
Reception Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Bridal Accessories: Mother’s Pearls
Live Music: Janis Nowlan
Thanks Laura and Ben and Asya Photography!