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Cedar Lakes Estate
  • by Melissa Brannon

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday our event planning and design team hit the road and headed north to New York State to scout an event space for a 2017 wedding. Cedar Lakes Estates exceeded our expectations and we couldn’t wait to share with you!

Cedar Lakes Estate is a 500-acre property that offers guests a natural but elegant escape from the city life. The property features amazing landscapes with rolling hills, lakes, and forests. Cedar Lakes Estate is located in the Hudson River Valley and is the perfect setting for couples who are looking for a destination wedding without all the hassle of planning and hosting internationally.

Although rustic in many ways, Cedar Lakes Estate’s architecture is incredibly sophisticated and elegant. The property offers beautiful accommodations, indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, and an indoor reception venue. Among them are the Amphitheater that stretches 20 feet over the lake, The Mountain Top that offers a breathtaking perch with amazing views and The Poolside Patio, which is a stone-faced patio with a gazebo and stone grill. The Barn is constructed from reclaimed wood and modern glass and is used as a reception space. The entire property is the perfect balance between rustic and elegant.

The homegrown feel doesn’t end in the aesthetics. Cedar Lakes Estates offers farm-fresh menus that are completely customizable. Word on the street is that their food is incredible and we don’t doubt it for a second.

We are looking forward to planning and designing a weekend of events at Cedar Lakes Estate. Until then we will just have to blog about it!

Check out some of these photos we found on their instagram!


Source: Cedar Lakes Estate Instagram


Source: Cedar Lakes Estate Instagram


Source: Cedar Lakes Estate Instagram


Source: Cedar Lakes Estate Instagram

Xoxo Melissa Brannon, #FairyGodmotherBadass

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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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


Unplugged Weddings
  • by Melissa Brannon

As social media applications have become increasingly popular over the last several years, we were not surprised to see the personalized hash tag trend spread so quickly from wedding to wedding! We are big advocates of staying connected and we love being able to share our moments with our followers, but where do we draw the line?

These days it seems that even our eldest aunt’s and uncles are plugged in. With cell phone usage at an all time high, we are seeing more and more couples asking guests to refrain from using their phones, especially during their wedding ceremony.

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For most professional photographers, an unplugged wedding would be music to their ears! So many guests end up ruining professional photos by accidentally being in the background (or foreground) or sending a bright flash from the wrong direction. Let’s not forget about the #selfie! Each guests wants their moment with the bride and groom. Eliminating these small photo opt moments will allow you and your guests to enjoy more time together without a phone in front of your face.

wedding guest photographer

Our suggestion is to designate specific times or a specific place for guests to use their phones. This will help you avoid the ‘freak out’ moment when a guest realizes that they might not be able to be reached by their babysitter! You can even add a special phone area where guests can charge their phones.

unplugged wedding charging station

We can’t help but love the idea of unplugging, especially during a ceremony. This is one of the biggest moments of a couple’s life and unplugging guests will allow everyone to be completely present. To plug in or unplug? Where do you stand?

Xoxo Melissa, FairyGodmotherBadass

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!

Bridesmaid Wedding Transportation by Uber

Source: Capitol Romance

Uber Wedding Transportation Promo

Source: Uber

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 may have our eyes set on springtime and all of its glory, but there is still so much inspiration left in these beautiful winter months. As much as we love the all-familiar dark cranberry and evergreen hues that frequent winter’s palette, these late season inspirations have us savoring all of what is left of this winter wonderland!

The soft pastels and iridescent accents of this sweet heart table look incredible against the stark whites of the landscape.

Pastel Sweet Heart Wedding Table

Check out this stylish bouquet – love the exotic orchids in a winter setting! See the full winter wedding here.

Winter Wedding Bouquet of Pink Orchids

Pastel blue, sequins, tulle…need I say more? We love this blue wedding dress!

Pastel Blue Bridesmaid Dress with Tulle and Sequins
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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

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!

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Kudos from Lindsay & Jason
  • by Melissa Brannon

Dear Melissa, Amanda and Jess,

Words cannot express our gratitude towards everything you did to turn our dream wedding vision into a reality. As you know, we started our wedding planning journey without your guidance or assistance. Without your help, we know the final design would have paled in comparison to the wedding you helped us achieve.

Your attention to detail and tireless effort gave us the wedding of our dreams. The compliments continue and the memories grow as we reflect on the wonderful evening we shared with all of our friends and loved ones.

We will always remember you fondly for our amazing wedding and recommend you to any couples that want their wedding experience to exceed their expectations.


Lindsay & Jason
Bride and Groom
Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

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