Photography by With Love & Embers.
This wedding is such a beautiful mix of old fashioned glamour and modern, laid back style. Some highlights? Bride Tricia paired ’20s-style pewter t-bar heels and a lace juliet veil with a contemporary, streamlined Amsale gown, and finished her look with a romantic, loose bouquet of white, cream and green. With handsome groom David in classic black tie (including suspenders, one of our favorite groom looks!), the pair looked oh so lovely against their backdrop of the American Swedish History Museum‘s stunning architecture. Be sure to check them out dancing into the night under twinkle lights –these are some of the most fun dancefloor photos we have ever seen!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I covered something old and something borrowed: I ordered a vintage clutch on Etsy and pinned my grandmother’s brooch inside of it.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? One of the reasons we loved the museum was that it was surrounded by a beautiful city park, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I imagined a big English garden party – outdoors, lots of greenery, candlelight and champagne. I loved looking at photos of Kate Moss’ wedding and the UK blog, Love My Dress, for inspiration.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Take moments throughout the day to let it all sink in with your partner.
Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? I am Catholic and David’s family is Jewish, so we wanted to choose a neutral venue but one that still felt special to us.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Spend the biggest portions of your budget on what matters to you the most out of the whole day, whether it be flowers, food, your dress or music. Etsy is a great source for reasonably priced and unique wedding signs and decor.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Seeing each other as I walked in with my Dad to Red is the Rose and then looking out to see our loved ones below us and on the balcony facing us.
Your ceremony in three words. Religious, collaborative, mystical (thanks to the beautiful celtic harp and flute!)
What was your ceremony music? My family has a strong Irish heritage, and I grew up in the world of Irish dance and music. Because of this, one of the first things I knew I wanted to incorporate in the ceremony was celtic music. We hired a harpist and flutist to celtic music throughout our ceremony. I walked into Red is the Rose. We included a celtic Ava Maria during the ceremony. David and I walked out to a recessional jig, Off She Goes.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? My uncle Paul, who was our celebrant, is a Catholic priest and guided us through the ceremony planning. It was officially a Catholic wedding ceremony, but we incorporated a Jewish blessing and the breaking of the glass. We wanted the space to feel warm and inviting, so we had lots of candle light and greenery framing the staircase we held the ceremony on.
What were your ceremony readings? First reading: From Song of Songs, Old Testament / Second reading: From Colossians, New Testament.
What were your vows like? We said the traditional Catholic marriage vows.
How would you describe your reception? The museum has a gorgeous patio and big white tent with a clear covering over the dance floor. I immediately envisioned our guests dancing under there on a spring night when we visited the venue. The decor was romantic, ethereal and vintage-inspired. It rained and poured on our wedding day from start to finish, so my wedding vision of an open air tent reception was just not to be had. However, the rain, as unwelcome as it was, lended an unexpected magic to our reception. You could hear its beating sound hitting the tent all through the night, and the gray sky was the prefect backdrop to the hundred or so taper candles in brass candle holders and candelabras scattered on the dinner tables.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? For the reception tables, I collected vintage brass planters, candle holders and lace runners from flea markets in Philadelphia, New Jersey and North Carolina.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Our reception cannot be described properly without mentioning the dance party that lasted from the start of dinner to the last song. I think our DJ got in one or two mellow songs at the start before it was dance music all night!
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Our first dance to Dream A Little Dream was one of our favorite moments. David and I heard the song together in our first months of dating when we were cooking dinner together and listening to Pandora. It soon became a song that reminded us of cooking together, and we danced to it many times in our tiny kitchens. As we danced to it on our wedding night surrounded by our family and friends, we both felt so grateful for each other and our loved ones around us.
Did you have a signature cocktail? We did! Mine was “Juice of Few Flowers” (adapted lovingly from Ina Garten), made from St. Germaine Elderflower, sparkling Rose and fresh squeezed citrus. David’s was “The McClellan” (our street name), and was a classic Old Fashioned.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? A vanilla-chocolate chip cake with nutella buttercream filling and a caramel meringue icing from Whipped Bakeshop, a local Philly bakery. We also had our favorite local creamery, Zsa’s, bring their ice cream truck at the end of the night for wedding guests. Their ice cream is to die for. They served black magic ice cream, strawberries and cream ice cream, rich chocolate sorbet, peanut butter ice cream between double chocolate chip cookies, and vanilla ice cream between salted almond toffee coated graham crackers.
What were your father/daughter and mother/son dance songs? Mother and son: Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel. Father and daughter: Irish Heartbeat by Van Morrison and the Chieftains.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Our wedding happened while I was finishing up graduate school to be a nurse practitioner, so I was so busy with school just days before and after the wedding. I do wish I had more time around the wedding to really enjoy time with family and friends.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Expect that your wedding day will come with some blunders and unexpected twists and turns. It is a big event and these things happen. Don’t worry about trying to plan a perfect day, but rather plan your day. Infuse it with details that you and partner love, and then just enjoy it with all of its unrehearsed moments!