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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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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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Talk about picture perfect, Amber and Sean’s April wedding was just that. With an all-star line up of vendors and a gorgeous spring day at The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, the entire wedding could not have been any more beautiful.

Inspired by the season, our event planning and design team had a blast with this Philadelphia wedding! The reception was a perfect combination of sophisticated romance and a fresh garden party. Light shades of pinks and whites filled the pedestal centerpieces and were accented by bright shades of green. Our designer’s used baby’s breath to create Amber and Sean’s ceremony arbor and as table runners for their long farmhouse tables!

Complimented by the bursting Cherry Blossoms that grace the North East every April, the wedding album is a must see. Thank you to Mary Dougherty Photography for capturing the day so well.

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There are tons of perks to planning a wedding on New Year’s Eve and we were lucky enough to help an awesome couple tie the knot this past December. Beginning at Hotel Monaco and making their way to Feast your eyes Catering’s Front & Palmer, our B & G had a fabulous winter day for celebrating in Philadelphia.

Front & Palmer, a former barrel factory in South Kensington is a beautiful loft space with tall ceilings, wood floors, white brick walls and epic chandeliers designed by Warren Muller of Bahdeebahdu. We chose a gold and silver color palette to remind our guests that it was New Year’s Eve and decked out the space in candles and festive lighting. The tables were a mix of farmhouse tables and rounds with sparkled custom linens and silk runners.

Bic Ric Rising rocked the house all night and led our guests into the New Year with a fun countdown! Balloons, Confetti, and champagne ensued and everyone was in the mood to party. The whole evening was glamorous and exciting and the holiday gave it an extra layer of excitement. Photos captured by Peter Van Beever Photography!

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The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center is one of our favorite Philadelphia wedding venues and was the perfect setting for Alison and Eric’s May wedding. The natural spring flora combined with the Fairmount park landscape and Alison’s style combined beautifully for this simple and elegant wedding!

Alison and Eric’s wedding ceremony took place outdoors on the grounds of the Horticulture center. The ceremony design was simple, as we played up the natural elements of the landscape. French tulips set in tall wooden pedestals greeted guests as they arrived to take their seats. The bridesmaids walked down the aisle and added the perfect pop of color as they held bright yellow sunflower bouquets (the bride’s favorite flower)! The traditional wedding ceremony was followed by a Chinese Tea Ceremony where the bride and groom served tea to show respect and honor to their parents. So cool!

The reception was simple and elegant with beautiful pops of bold color! We used a mixed of round tables and farmhouse tables to create a rustic feel. The floral centerpieces were each unique and held a variety of floral choices and colors. Gray linens and seat cushions allowed the arrangements to really pop! The entire evening was dreamy as we used a lot of candle light and draped exposed edison bulbs. The head table was set in front of a backdrop of mismatching mirrors that reflected light throughout the entire room.

The live band had the dancefloor full and Stephen Starr Events supplied the exquisite menu! In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, the bride and groom chose an ice cream cake from Philly Flavors. Check out the amazing images captured by Sarah DiCicco Photography.

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Romantic Wedding at Omni Bedford Springs
  • by Melissa Brannon
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Our wedding planning and design team had a blast planning and designing Beth and Andrew’s wedding. Steeped in American history, Bedford Springs was home to all of the amazing weekend festivities. The Omni Bedford Springs was an ideal venue for this 4th of July wedding.

The Omni Bedford Springs is a gorgeous inn and resort that has been operating since 1806. The resort’s architecture and design elements complimented the bride’s vision for the weekend perfectly! Did we mention how great it is to work with the Omni and their staff? Their director of catering, Brian Stiffler is an absolute pleasure!

The weekend kicked off with a rehearsal dinner on the outdoor veranda and ended with the wedding reception in the gorgeous Colonnade Ballroom. Beth’s style was classic and glamorous. We used a mix of old and new pieces that created a rustic yet elegant feel. Take a look at some of our favorite images captured by Sky’s the Limit Photography!

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Say goodbye to trolleys and time minimums, Uber has stepped onto the wedding transportation scene! For those of you who are not familiar, Uber is an American company that is headquartered in California and operating in over 50 countries and more than 200 cities around the world. Uber is so simple and provides the most stylish rides without breaking the bank!

For brides and event planners Uber Weddings is a must see and is a fabulous way to stick to budget. The majority of wedding day transportation options charge by the hour, with rates that range from $40 to $100 an hour. Uber’s VIP Wedding Package includes a personalized promo code that gives guests $20 off their ride and a VIP experience for the bride and groom!

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Uber will even personalize your custom code and print for you so that that it can be displayed for your guests throughout the evening. Reservations cannot be made in advance so Uber is not recommended to get guests to the altar, but is so perfect for wedding festivities that do not have a constricted timeline.

We love Uber and we’re thrilled to see this trend driving into the wedding world!

xoxo Melissa, FairyGodmotherBadass

 

We got the call 14 months before the wedding date. One visit to the house and I knew this was going to be a HUGE project. 300 guests at home, in a tent wedding ceremony around the pool. The beautiful bride had a vision in her head and what we produced was perfection. She wanted all white, a touch of wood, an accent of green and a bit of glam with crystal chandeliers. The farmhouse tables were set with a glamorous silver charger that added the perfect touch of elegance. The green water goblet married (pun intended!) well with the touch of green in the hypericum and leaves in the floral arrangements for a pop of color. Cocktails on the lawn and around the pool, a fabulous seated dinner followed by wonderful desserts and a candy bar. The grand finale was the sparkler sendoff!

We were incredibly lucky to have a beautiful day!

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An Incredible Wedding at Vie
  • by Melissa Brannon
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An Incredible Wedding at Vie

Jenna and TJ came to us to assist in the planning and design of their wedding more than a year in advance. Jenna travels heavily for her company and wanted a team on the ground in Philadelphia to create her vision and manage all the details. She chose stunning colors of coral and charcoal gray accented by gold. The venue, Vie, is already decorated on its own but we added to the beauty of the venue with more chandeliers, glitz and glam. The mirrored head table had 12 dimmable chandeliers above at varying heights. The seating was mostly at square tables; white leather and those clothed in gold. We had 10 tables that seated 6 guests each, quite a nice difference from the “common” seating. The floral centerpieces ranged from our stunning 5’ tall round floral spheres (Jessica, our Creative Director, made the floral spheres so beautiful that most of the guests asked if the flowers were real!), and crystal candelabras to lower elements placed in mercury glass and adorned with glowy candlelight.

The paper pieces for the wedding were gorgeous. The wedding invitation was delivered in a hand calligraphed box. The guests knew that it was going to be a special evening upon its’ arrival. The menu, die cut to fit within the charger plate, was one of my favorite pieces. (So much so, I am using the same style for my event in London this August!). The print theme was carried though out every paper element.

On the patio we added some fringe elements and furniture as well as a cigar rolling station for later in the evening. The guests LOVED that space.

Jackie Bayne, from Love Shack Photography, did an amazing job capturing all the details of the day.There were so many!

Lindsay wanted a “fancy” wedding and that is exactly what she got. Jason, the groom, was an incredibly supportive and loving partner before the marriage was defined. The couple was wonderful to work with and gave us the opportunity to create magic. Her father wanted Lindsay to have the wedding of her dreams. The invitations were simply stunning with a bit of bling on each piece of paper the guests received prior to the wedding and on the day of. Her choice of dark purple shades with accents of silver gave us the elements we needed to create a sparkly, glittery wedding at the Ritz Carlton of Philadelphia.

The on-site ceremony was gorgeously draped in a shimmery silver satin. When lit, created an atmosphere that was divine. The Lucite chuppah, white/silver damask runner and candlelight along the aisle made the ceremony just perfect.

After the guests moved upstairs to cocktails, we were given the task to turn the room into something completely different and we did just that! The lighting became a different hue, the tables that were clothed in a deep purple taffeta and silver were moved into place. The white dance floor was revealed and their name was in lights. Drum roll please!

Mike and Jana Kerr did an amazing job capturing the warmth and love this family has and got all our “uncommon” details at the same time!

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