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December, 2016
Snap My Wedding
  • by Melissa Brannon
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Our event planners and designers, work hard to help personalize your big day down to the smallest detail. Imagine our excitement when we heard that the fine folks over at Snapchat have recently added an awesome new feature that allows you to create a personalized filter for your wedding! Now your family and friends can join in the fun of Snapping and documenting your nuptials with a totally unique Geofilter.

Not hip to Snapchat lingo? A geofilter is a filter that your Snapchat app recognizes at a specific GPS coordinate, during a particular time frame. You can create one that lasts for a few hours during your reception, or for the entire wedding weekend. It’s an extra-special touch that will delight your guests and give them souvenirs to both share in the moment and to take with them when they download their ‘story’.

You can craft a filter that matches your invitations, stamps photos with your names and date, or strings flowers from your bouquet above your guests’ smiling faces. Snapchat allows you to get super creative while keeping it easy.

Hoping to dive a little deeper into making your Snapchat filter a reality? Head to Snapchat.com, upload your design, and wait one day for approval to make sure that your design fits the platform’s specifications. Once approved, you pick where and how long you would like the Geofilter to appear, and, voila! You and your guests are happily snapping away on your wedding day. We absolutely encourage you check out this fantastic new way to add another touch of magic to your event.


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Until next time,

Xoxo Melissa Brannon, FairyGodmotherBadass

Little Baby’s Ice Cream
  • by Melissa Brannon
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If you are lucky enough to call yourself a Philadelphian, chances are you’ve visited the incredible Fishtown creamery, Little Baby’s Ice Cream. This small-batch and handmade ice cream oasis is home to a crew of super talented and creative people! We are proud to share a city with these creative ice cream geniuses and we can’t wait to be under the same glass roof with them at Love Is In The Air 2017.

Did we mention their long list of amazing and unique ice cream flavors? When we say unique, we MEAN unique. Little Baby’s specializes in surprising and delicious flavors like Balsamic Banana, Early Grey Sriracha, Everything Bagel…even Ranch! Rumor has it the Ranch pairs very well with their Pizza flavor. EEK! If this is a little too far out of your taste bud range – don’t worry. They have semi-traditional flavors such as Birch Beer Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Salt Malt, Sweet Potato Burnt Marshmallow or Cherry Hibiscus. Little Baby’s seem to have something for everyone, and that includes vegans. The menu is proudly 40% vegan!

AND just when you think Little Baby’s couldn’t get any cooler, they do. They take their treats on the road via freezer equipped tricycles. That means that you can enjoy their ice cream anytime, anywhere. Late night wedding treat perhaps? Little Baby’s Ice Cream tricycle is the perfect surprise for your guests at the end of your Philadelphia wedding or event.

Lucky for you, we are hosting Little Baby’s at Love is in the Air at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center this February. Early bird tickets to #LIITA2017 and more info here!

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Happy October Friends & Family! The holiday season is quickly approaching and as our first gift to you we have opened our early-bird admission tickets for our annual couture bridal event, Love is in the Air 2017.

Every year, we plan and design Love is in the Air as an opportunity to provide awesome inspiration for Brides! This is our 6th year hosting the event at The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center and #LIITA2017 will be held on Thursday, February 23rd from 6pm to 8:30pm.

What to expect from #LIITA2017? The STARR Events team will be serving up their incredible catering with lip smacking cocktails. Our design team will have the entire venue decked out to the nines in the most over the top event and floral design paired with china, flatware, and glassware from Bloomingdales. Lovely Bride Philadelphia and Nordstrom will host a runway show featuring the trendiest wedding fashions. The Philadelphia Wedding Magazine team and some of Philadelphia’s best in the wedding industry will all be under the same glass roof (remember, it’s a greenhouse) for one night only.

Tickets for LIITA2017 are available here. Hint, hint – they make an awesome Christmas gift!

And just to hold you over until February, here are some highlights from the last couple of years with us.

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With the new season comes NEWS and we’re so excited to announce that our planning and design team is working on two really fun projects at the Union League of Philadelphia, this Fall. Hooray!

On Friday, October 7th, we’ll be designing the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Annual Fall Gala. The gala is a black-tie event that is celebrating the Ballet’s 53rd season. The theme ‘Princesses and Pirates’ is inspired by two full-length ballets that are scheduled for this upcoming season. This year’s theme has our design team super excited, because who doesn’t love princesses and pirates? If you’re interested in joining in on the fun and spending an evening dancing the night away at the Union League of Philadelphia, tickets are still available here.

On November 9th, we’ll be styling and designing the reception and ceremony for The Inaugural Trumbauer Awards. The Philadelphia Chapter of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art hosts this event each year to recognize the work of both individuals and firms that work to preserve and advance classical tradition in the Philadelphia region. You could say they keep it classic! We are so honored to be a part of it. If you are interested in being a part of it too, tickets are available here.


Until Next Time,

Melissa Brannon

Hey Gals & Guys!

SO much is moving and grooving as we enter into the Fall Season! If you didn’t already know the national Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) just opened a Philadelphia chapter and guess what? Our team is a part of it!

WIPA is a national organization that promotes the best business practices for wedding industry professionals within the industry. The organization acknowledges the need for business quality, experience and expertise and will be focused on education and information sharing. I’m thrilled to be a member of the board this year and part of the curation of four non-member events that will focus on discovering Philadelphia talent.

Our event planning and design team recently attended the first WIPA Philadelphia networking event at Bourbon and Blue (New Orleans love right there!) and we had such a good time. I’m thrilled to be a member of the board this year and part of the curation of four events that will focus on discovering Philadelphia talent..  If you’re looking for more information or ways to get involved check out their membership page here!



Melissa Brannon

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Ahhh, what a Summer it has been! I’m just settling back in from a European adventure and reflecting on some of the wedding magic my team created this season. That’s when I realized…Gabriela and Mike’s elegant wedding at The Hyatt Bellevue is a MUST share!

The Hyatt at the Bellevue was the perfect backdrop for Gabriela’s vision. Our design team used a mix of tall glass vases and short rose gold vases filled with soft pink, creams, and white florals. Eventions Productions’ lighting skills mixed with tons of candlelight and the Sid Miller Dance Band set the tone for an awesome party!


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This spring was jam-packed with AWESOME and in the midst of lots of wedding planning and design, we created the centerpieces for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Gala at The Kimmel Center! One of our favorite pieces featured a pair of customized Converse sneakers created by local artist Lori Felt.

Each of the Gala centerpieces that we created served as a nod to some of the festival’s biggest installations and performances. We commissioned Felt to customize a pair of sneakers for each of the “Sneaker Suite” centerpieces. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to attend, Sneaker Suite was a multi-layered performance featuring Los Angeles based hip-hop dance troupe Antics and it included dance, poetry, voiceover and theater. The performance focused on the importance of sneakers in hip-hop culture, hence, our sneaker collaboration with Lori Felt!

We first discovered Felt when she introduced Philadelphia to her line of bridal sneakers (so cool) and we were big fans from the beginning. How could you not love her use of vibrant colors and vivid imagery? On top of being incredibly talented, Felt uses her art to create awareness around awesome organizations like Breast Cancer Research and Autism Awareness. We’re looking forward to our next chance to work together! Check out more from Lori here.


Until next time,

Melissa Brannon, Fairy Godmother Badass

Happy Summer! We’re still gushing over Maddie & Dan’s Wedding at The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center this past June. Our event planning and design team LOVED working with Maddie to bring her fairytale wedding dreams to life.

The wedding design was the perfect mixture of rustic elegance and modern chic! Our pals at Maggpie Vintage Rentals supplied us with an awesome combination of contemporary and vintage pieces of furniture that we used for the head table and for vignettes that were placed throughout the event space. The venue was accented with bright floral centerpieces that graced the tables and were hung from the ceiling! We made the head table extra special with exposed Edison bulb lighting that hung at various heights over the head tables.

The wedding reception was bumping with music from CTO Park Central and the most amazing catering from STARR Events. Sweet T’s Bakeshop created an epic salted caramel wedding cake that we accented with fresh flowers and figs! One of our favorite details of the wedding was the escort card table created as a nod to Maddie’s favorite Holiday, Christmas! Take a look at the gorgeous images captured by Becka Pillmore Photography and keep an eye out on the blog for the wedding film captured by Cinemacake Filmmakers.

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A couple weeks ago we had some styled photo shoot fun with the fabulous ladies at Nicole Miller Manayunk. Susan Beard was behind the lense so we knew there was magic to be made.


The Nicole Miller Manayunk boutiques are a Philadelphia fashion landmark. The Manayunk shop is reopening their bridal salon to provide private access to all things beautiful. Our styled shoot day began inside the boutique with hair and makeup for the models by Salon L. Once outfitted in gorgeous bridal gowns, the models made their way through the streets, alleys, and parks of Manayunk; a breath of fresh air for our event planning and design team, as we don’t spend as much time on that side of the river!

We are thrilled to have designed the floral bouquets for the styled shoot and to have been a part of the magic. Check out our favorite images!

Until next time,

Melissa Brannon

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