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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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Brushing Bride Philadelphia
  • by Melissa Brannon
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The Philadelphia Wedding Industry never ceases to amaze us with the talent that comes out of it! We recently had the chance to chat with artist and owner, Krystina from Brushing Bride. 

Q: How did Brushing Bride begin?

A: My best friend was getting married, and as her Maid of Honor I wanted to do something special besides throw a killer bachelorette party. When we were younger I would draw pictures and gift them to her on special occasions. I thought it would be a cute idea to draw something for her wedding, and her gown seemed like the perfect subject. It was extremely unique, and, like most brides, she was in love with it. I joked with her about the money she was spending on a dress she would only wear once then put away in her closet. I framed the illustration and gave it to her on her wedding day. Afterwards, her twelve bridesmaids asked to place a custom order and, thus, Brushing Bride was born!

Q: What was the driving force behind it?

A: This may sounds cliche…but love. I honestly LOVE what I do. To be able to create a business based on your passion is the dream, isn’t it? I am truly excited to get up and work each day. Each day brings new challenges and limitations are whatever you make them.

Q: What did you do before you opened Brushing Bride?

A: I spent about a year working in the mortgage industry as a business systems analyst and then spent the last six years working in the healthcare industry mostly working on defining new and evaluating existing consumer capabilities needed to support the company’s strategic vision. During this time I also went back to school to pursue my MBA. I was really fortunate as I was able to take so much from what I learned in those roles and apply it to my business.

Q: Where are you located?

A: Brushing Bride is an online business run out of Philadelphia. I grew up in Philadelphia, and I am in love with everything about this city! There is a diverse urban fabric represented in the culture, the neighborhoods and the food! It has character, and I don’t think we are trying to be anyone, but ourselves.

Q: Any special/unique experiences you’ve had up until this point?

A: My favorite part of running Brushing Bride is hearing my customer’s stories. I have had several unique and special requests: three generations of dresses all drawn with the same veil; a wedding gown for a girl whose dress was lost in a fire; several 30th and 40th wedding anniversaries where I depict both the groom and bride in some dapper, retro wedding gear; and memorial drawings where someone has lost a mother/father or husband/wife. I am humbled to be asked to recreate one of the most significant days of people’s lives and beyond grateful to those who share their story with me.

Interested in a piece of her timeless art? Follow along with her on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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As an incredible and productive year comes to a close, the Uncommon Events event planning and design team is prepping for one of Philadelphia’s biggest bridal events, Love is in the Air 2016 (#LIITA2016) with STARR Events. Philly’s immensely talented wedding and event industry players will showcase their products and designs in an evening of bridal fashions, couture catering and wedding design.

Once again, we are teaming up with STARR events and hosting LIITA2016 at The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. Philadelphia Wedding Magazine will be in the house with over 30 other vendors that we are thrilled to have on board for the evening. Check out the full list on our bridal event page here. Tickets are available now and limited – not a bad gift to ask for this holiday season!

Keep an eye out early this year on the Uncommon Events and STARR Events Instagram pages for a chance to enter the #LIITA2016 ticket giveaway contest. Want to invite your friends? Use our Facebook event page as an invitation! In the meantime, here are some highlight images from Love is in the Air 2015, captured by MK Photography.

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We love looking back at some of our favorite Philadelphia weddings and events. Today we look back at the whimsical and fabulous wedding of Liz and Andrew at The Merion Cricket Club.

Liz and Andrew are one of our favorite couples and the reason behind my nickname, “Fairy Godmother Badass”. The Merion Cricket Club’s style and design was the perfect setting for an elegant yet whimsical reception. The venue’s grounds and the ballroom were perfect for our creative event design team’s vision.

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The Papery created the invitation suite, which was stunning and the perfect glimpse into the celebrations style and design. We carried the tree theme from the save the date to the escort cards and even design elements throughout the reception.

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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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4th of July Wedding at Bedford Springs
  • by Melissa Brannon
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Our creative event and wedding design team has experienced quite a few ‘firsts’ over the last several months and this weekend we are gearing up to coordinate our first 4th of July wedding in the historic town of Bedford, Pennsylvania.

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Bedford is steeped in American history and is the perfect backdrop for a 4th of July wedding! The ceremony and reception venue, Omni Bedford Springs, has been an ongoing inn since 1806 and is a beautiful resort.

The wedding festivities will begin on Friday night with a rehearsal dinner on the outdoor veranda followed by a relaxing evening by the glorious fire pits. On Saturday (the BIG day), this sweet couple will become husband and wife with a catholic mass inside of the inn, followed by a beautiful reception in the Colonnade Building.

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Our bride has great taste and it has been a true pleasure working with her on her vision. A sneak peek into the reception—we will be using a mix of farmhouse tables and rounds, creating a rustic but glamorous feel. The whole weekend will be a perfect mix of new and old!

It has been an absolute pleasure working with this venue and especially their Director of Catering, Brian Stiffler. We are so thrilled to make this special bride’s dreams come true and we are looking forward to sharing all of the images with you.

Happy 4th of July!

Xoxo Melissa, FairyGodmotherBadass

Why Hire A Wedding Planner
  • by Melissa Brannon
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It’s finally here! The question has been popped and you answered, YES! Now what? Your wedding day may be one of the most important days of your life and with the new role of fiancé comes another role, wedding planner.  This enormous responsibility is one that most brides will only have to face one time (fingers crossed) but is much harder faced alone.

Even the most organized, Type A bride can be unsuccessful when planning her wedding. In a Google centered world, you might think that wedding planning would be simple but in reality the plethora of choices make things even more difficult. The opportunities to DIY and Pinterest your wedding to death are out there and we’ve watched it happen!

So where do you begin? A wedding planner should be the first person you call after the engagement ring is on your finger. Building a relationship with the right person takes time and will allow you to trust that your most important day will be taken care of. The right planner will help organize and communicate all of your needs to each vendor throughout the planning process. This investment of hours, days, weeks, and months will build strong relationships that will help ensure that your wedding weekend is exactly what you wanted and paid for.

A good wedding planner has knowledge, experience, connections, and most importantly ANSWERS. Each aspect of the planning process unleashes a new stream of questions that lead to more questions. A few of the most frequently asked, ‘Should we send a save the date?’, ‘Where do we block rooms?’, ‘How do we get everyone there?’, the list goes on and on. A planner will have the answer to each question and will allow you to stop second-guessing your choices along the way.

Wedding planning is a full time job, especially if you want to do it right! The average wedding from beginning to end requires about 600 to 800 hours of work or about 20 weeks full time. It’s hard enough to manage a career and a personal life. Add fiancé, bride, and event planner to the list of ‘to-dos’ and you’ll likely go mad.Bride and Melissa Brannon Philadelphia Wedding Planner at Uncommon EventsWe like to look at ‘Wedding Planners’ as comparable to ‘General Contractors’; both professions are responsible for coordinating and managing a project from start to finish. You wouldn’t build a house without a General Contractor. So now you’re wondering, why plan a wedding without a planner? Our thoughts exactly.

Xoxo Melissa, FairyGodmotherBadass

 

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