Happy January, and happy 2020 to you! It feels both exciting and surreal to officially be welcoming not only a new year but also an entirely new decade. At the start, ten years feels like an incredibly long time. However, as we look back on the past ten years, we can’t help but feel as though the years happened in the blink of an eye. Perhaps that’s because our schedules as planners and stylists are segmented by the duel wedding seasons that happen each year or because we have had the great fortune to work with so many couples and their families who make our roles such a joy. Regardless, the past decade has been filled with tremendous growth and wonderful change for our entire team, and we cannot wait to experience the next 10 years with you.
Before we look too far ahead, we wanted to make sure to highlight the end of 2019! The year came to a close with quite a celebration as we welcomed 2020 at the Horticulture Center with a great team and a fantastic couple. Before that, we popped champagne when we learned we had four of our couples featured in the most recent issue of The Knot Philadelphia. Speaking of The Knot, we also received the honor of being named a Best of Weddings 2020 planner, thanks to all of our couples who review us. We had wedding videos debut online (don’t miss Gabrielle and Jesse’s PAFA celebration or Alyssa and Stephen’s soiree), a couple featured in the New York Times, and new articles posted onto our blog.
Below, we’re catching you up on a gorgeous Philadelphia Museum of Art wedding from our fall season, introducing you to two Philadelphia based wedding companies you need to know, and sharing the details behind weddings hosted in backyards. Make sure to keep reading!
Susan + The Styled Bride Team
The only way to describe Elizabeth and Jake’s October 2019 wedding day is to say it was stunning. The pair met as freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania, so returning to Philadelphia to celebrate their new union was a must. Their day began at The Logan where both E+J got ready before sharing their first look. We were particularly struck by her Reem Acra gown and the ways in which it transformed during their ceremony and reception. Photos of the wedding party were captured at the Merchants Exchange prior to the moment when Elizabeth walked down the aisle on the arm of her father at Christ Church. After, E+J captured more photos while wandering through the exhibits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as guests sipped cocktails. Eddie Bruce Orchestra welcomed Elizabeth and Jake to the dance floor where they shared their first dance before everyone retreated to the third floor for dinner at tables beautifully designed by Sullivan Owen. Post dining, speeches by the best man and maid of honor and parent dances brought everyone back to the dance floor where they remained until the end of the night. Joseph Lin shared many more photos, Rob Adams Films captured an incredible video, and we cannot stop reliving this celebration!
When Stephanie and her husband, Chris, were shopping for wedding bands, they realized the industry left much to be desired. So, with her marketing background and his tech background, they launched Philadelphia-based Hitched. Grooms can have their choices shipped to their homes for a try-on and purchase their selection all online. Hitched is to wedding bands what Warby Parker is to glasses, and we have much more from Stephanie on our blog!
Q: Are backyard weddings more budget friendly?
A: Most of the time when you want to do a beautiful at-home outdoor tented affair, you’ll need to up your budget. That’s usually because you must bring everything in – tent, electric, restrooms, tables, chairs, a catering tent & more which can add up quickly.
Susan shares much more in this piece from Philadelphia Wedding Magazine!
Why rent a suit for your groom and his groomsmen when you can purchase a custom piece for the same price from Old City’s The Groomsman Suit? We caught up with TGS’s Philadelphia expert stylist Natalie Kenney on our blog. Natalie takes us through her typical day, and she shares her top tips, like how a suit should fit, why buying is better than renting, and one detail every great suit should include.