Jessica and Kevin’s Pennsylvania wedding has to be one of our favorites. The bride and groom included so many personal elements that truly represent who they are. This is not your average cookie cutter “vintage” “rustic” wedding. With three overall categories in mind, travel, antique, and yellow and blue; they coordinated a very memorable event.
From The Coordinated Bride Jessica
Our Love Story
We met right after college after being introduced by a mutual friend. After talking for a while, we found out that we had a lot in common, and he called me the next day to ask me out on a date. Our first date was the Fourth of July on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly. Sparks flew after that date and we became inseparable. That fall, I went through a lot of heartache after someone very close to me passed away. Kevin was there through it all and never left my side even when I was at my lowest. His love for me got me through and enabled us to grow very quickly as a couple. Six years later, after many great times and hard times, we have grown up together and we couldn’t imagine our life without each other. We are truly the best of friends.
Wedding Planning & DIY Elements
I wanted our wedding to feel like it was ours. We added many personalized touches to our wedding so that the moment you stepped into the day, it felt like Jess and Kevin’s wedding, no one else’s. We thought long and hard about what is truly us. We both love to travel, we love animals especially our dog, Buddy and cat, Teddy, and both love antique items.
For our love of travel we set up a section during cocktail hour where a guest could take a Polaroid selfie and write on it the name of their favorite travel destination. We thought it would be fun to put them in an album after the wedding and the next time we are trying to plan a trip, go through the Polaroids and be able to ask our guests all about their trip and if they have any recommendations! We included pictures of us traveling around the world as well. We also had our guests sign a vintage globe as our wedding guestbook.
Kevin and I are avid rescue animal lovers and wanted to include our “boys” in the wedding as much as possible. We had our nephew and ring bearer, Zachary, carry down the aisle at the Church a stuffed toy dog that looks identical to our dog, Buddy. Our signature drinks at the wedding were named after our boys as well: Buddy’s Blackberry Bramble and Theodore’s Strawberry Mojito. I hand chalked vintage style chalkboards and included fun pictures of Kevin and me with both Teddy and Buddy for our guests to enjoy at the bars. As a thank you to our guests, we provided custom cookies made to look like our boys, Buddy and Teddy, and I made thank you notes that were folded around the cookies. The notes included information about our favorite rescue shelters and let our guests know that we would be making a donation to those shelters in honor of them.
We both truly love everything old and enjoy antiquing together for our home and my business. I operate my own business — a unique and vintage rental company called Something Borrowed, Philly LLC. So as soon as we got engaged I started picking out which pieces in my inventory I wanted to use for our wedding! The vintage blue and white dishes that we used at the wedding were one of my first pieces of inventory that I fell in love with so that was the starting point for our wedding design. From there, we worked to match everything to the look and feel of those dishes. We wanted our guests to be able to take home something beautiful and antique so I ordered old bronze keys from Romania on Etsy to use with our escort tags for the wedding which we hung on a vintage door. We hope that our guests will be able to use them in a way that is meaningful to them in their home to remember our special day. I also wore antique earrings and carried an old handkerchief given to me by my Grammy when I was little.
We recently bought our first house which is located in the woods. About four months before the wedding, we found out that one of the largest trees on our property was diseased and it being so close to our home would need to come down. We were very upset to have to remove one of the oldest most beautiful trees on our property; however, we were able to come up with a creative way to honor it by incorporating the base of the tree into our wedding. We decided to create our cake table using part of the trunk as the base and I found an old vintage tabletop to place on top. Kevin did all the hard work for this project and used a chainsaw to cut down the trunk into smaller wedges since it was so large! Our amazing florist Fran from Valleygreen Flowers & Gifts in Springhouse, PA understood my vision completely and added moss and flowers to the trunk and the table top. It turned out even more beautiful than I could have imagined and our guests were so excited to hear about how it came to be!
We both love shades of blue and yellows but couldn’t decide on one shade to stick to so we ended up with more of a watercolor theme. This allowed us the freedom to use all our favorite shades of blues and yellows which really added different depths and interest within the wedding decor. The women in our families got really into the watercolor theme as well and decided to coordinate by all wear different shades of blue which was really beautiful and fun!
The Wedding Day
Our favorite memory was seeing all of the people we love and who love us being all together surrounding us and our love for each other. It was such a great feeling for Kevin and me to take a few minutes just to ourselves along the side of the dance floor and take it all in: seeing all our different groups of family and friends enjoying time together and to savor the fruits of all of the hard work we put into designing our wedding. It was unbelievable seeing my vision for the wedding celebration come to life that day and for having all that love and support was such an amazing feeling. It was honestly the happiest day of our lives. I don’t think either of us stopped smiling the whole day! I twas so full of love both between Kevin and me and from all around by our family and friends. It was a feeling we’ll never ever forget and the best way to start the next chapter of our lives together as Mr. and Mrs.
Love the floral elements on the super cute Betsey Johnson shoes!! The bridal hanger coordinated with the vintage/rustic style of the wedding perfectly.
Laser cut wedding stationery is always a great idea!
A wedding program that is both cute and purposeful! Yes please!
The floral bridesmaid clutches coordinate with bride’s floral wedding shoes!
The welcome sign included the couple’s monogram, which was also floral and fits into the theme of the wedding.
Because nothing says vintage and rustic like a powder blue bike with a basket full of flowers.
Vintage keys from Romania!
Such a stunning tented wedding. The wood chairs and elements are so beautiful!
Photographer: Vanessa Joy Photography // Heirlooms and extras: Something Borrowed, Philly LLC. // Floral Designer: Valleygreen Flowers & Gifts // Equipment Rentals: Something Borrowed Vintage Rental // Event Planner: Mare Bilski // Tuxedo and Mens Attire:J. Crew // Dress Designer: Anne Barge // Shoes: Betsy Johnson // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff Dress // Invitation Designer: Two Paper Dolls // Floral Designer: Valley Green Flowers & Gifts // Makeup Artist: Beke Beau // Hair Stylist: Danny // Cinema and Video: Willow Tree Films // Band: CTO Grand Central // Reception Venue: The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm // Submitted via Two Bright Lights