Happy February to you! We hope your January provided the start to 2018 you were hoping to experience. If it didn’t, February is a great chance to start over once more! Our year started off strong last month because we planned a special event at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The floor plan is open and modern, which offers couples a great blank canvas. Plus, the balcony would provide a fantastic space for cocktails. The views of Independence Mall are truly unparalleled! We also traveled to Maryland for a tasting with our new friends Gourmet by The Bay, enjoyed some planning sessions with Starr Events, Max Hansen Catering, Sage Catering, floral guru Sullivan Owen, and reviewed designs at Chick Invitations.
If you’ve been following along for a while, you already know how much we enjoy sharing our couples and their stories and celebrations with you. Last month, we were also able to debut two wedding videos on Facebook. We first shared Jeannie and David’s Cape May celebration with you by CinemaCake, which was one of the most special (and stylish!) weddings we planned last year. We also shared Beth and Evan’s Horticulture Center celebration. B+E are such a special and beautiful couple, and we always appreciate the chance to team up with a number of our go-to professionals, including Birdhouse Productions. Don’t miss either video!
Finally, we were featured in Philadelphia Style Magazine! The magazine just started including weddings within their pages, and Alaina and James were our first couple featured. The pair hosted a romantic and elegant celebration that started with a ceremony at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and continued during their reception at The Logan. From the photos captured by Sarah DiCicco to the flowers and décor by Beautiful Blooms (and more!), there is so much to see from the feature right here.
Below you will also find all of the details about Julia and Evan’s real wedding at the Barnes Foundation, plus a Q&A with Sullivan Owen, a peek into our design for Love is in the Air, the best venues for a wedding after party, and an exciting announcement.
Susan & The Styled Bride Team
Julia and Evan were married in Greece in August, but they knew they wanted to celebrate with their family and friends in Philadelphia too. The Barnes Foundation presented the perfect canvas for them to blend together their love of luxurious modern style and Greek influences. J+E treated their 140 guests to a white and greenery filled palette with flowers and décor from Beautiful Blooms, which sat atop wooden tables. Rather than sitting for a more formal plated meal, Julia and Evan opted for stations and passed plates, which included Milano by the Sea with charred calamari salad, baked lobster thermidor, and oysters on the half shell from Starr Events to continue their Mediterranean influenced theme. After their first dance, the dance floor remained packed for the entire night. But, it’s impossible to think otherwise once you experience the 15-piece DC-based band, Kustom Made, who even jumped onto the floor with the bride, groom, and their guests. With lighting by Eventions, photos by Asya Photography, and an after party at The Logan, Julia and Evan made sure their Philadelphia celebration was just as incredible as the wedding they enjoyed while overlooking the Aegean Sea in Greece. You will see much more on the blog next week, so stay tuned!
One of the top trends we noticed in 2017, and one we know will continue in 2018, is hosting an after party! Think about serving light bites and simple cocktails, and ask guests to continue celebrating at your venue (some will extend your timeline to accommodate!) or at one of Philadelphia’s best nightlife spots. Assembly Rooftop Lounge at The Logan, Stratus Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Monaco, and Misconduct Tavern are a few of our favorites in the city.
We teamed up with Sullivan Owen to help us design our ceremony and reception spaces for Love is in the Air with Starr Events. There’s much more to see on the blog, but we love how Sullivan described how to use a romantic palette in a modern way:
“I think my take was focused on using the soft, romantic colors my work is known for in a more modern setting showing that modern floral designs don’t have to be all the same color or flower or feel too clean and polished. I also think that too often pale pink, blush, mauve, and violet can feel too little girl and by using them with concrete, marble, brass, and velvet we made those colors feel sophisticated and neutral.”
Have you heard of Expertise? Every year, they carefully comb through wedding professionals and more to find the best of the best. And, we’re among the Best Wedding Planners in Philadelphia. The Expertise team reviews planners based on 25 points within five categories, and only 19 out of 322 area planners excelled to be placed on their list. We’re thrilled to be a part, especially because it’s due to your reviews that we are even considered for awards!