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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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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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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

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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  • by Melissa Brannon

I am lucky to work with Eric Allen at the Four Seasons Philadelphia quite often. We have the luxury of having some really fun clients that allow us to be as creative as possible.

For the first time we worked at Rodeph Shalom Temple this past June. The entire family made this wedding celebration so incredibly special. We assisted with the last months of planning an did the flowers. It was a warm and fuzzy feeling the entire day. A mummer troupe was a surprise for everyone arranged by the bride. Such fun and such a lovely family. I would like them to adopt me! The flowers were understated yet beautiful. We made floral and ivy crowns for the mezinka -her Father kept his crown on throughout the evening. The brides bouquet was an exact replica of her grandmothers 1920’s bouquet, simple white calla tied with white satin ribbon and studded with pearls. The table arrangements were understated with lots of candlelight. It was simply perfect. Congratulations Cara and Chuck!

It was an afternoon luncheon and the guest of honor was wearing a tiny pink dress. The flowers were to be adorable and fitting the young lady of 6 months. The white lattice containers added the perfect detail.

A hidden gem and available for non-member weddings, Green Valley Country Club  is an incredibly special place. I was honored to have my company assist with a luncheon for the elite wedding planners of the Philadelphia area. Sarah Marquis, Catering Director (and one of the nicest people on earth) along with General Manager Harry Ginther  (he is really wonderful too!) arranged for a meal like no other for the guests. We dined on tempura crab, roasted tomato soup, sushi and other incredible yummies. There was even a small scallop plate with bacon foam (how do they “foam” bacon?!). It was all incredibly delicious and the service staff was attentive with a smile. Uncommon Events provided some simple décor of yellow roses and bright green linens to brighten up what was a bit of a dreary day. Yellow roses en mass can be so bright and cheery!

The other players were:
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Susan Beard Design  – who provided these lovely images

Sarah Marquis may be reached at 484.567.2703

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