Glamorous English Garden Inspired Wedding :: Patricia & David

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride in juliet veil; bride with loose white and green bouquet;

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!

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; Rachel Simpson Shoes; platinum shoes; silver shoes; metallic t-bar heels; gold palm tree hiar pins;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; brass cuff; gold palm tree hair pins; marchesa crystal earrings; beaded white bag;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; huge low bun with hair pins;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; veuve cliquot; champagne in coupe glasses;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; mom watches bride having her makeup done;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; groom in bow tie and suspenders; groomsman helping groom get ready;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; groom in bow tie and suspenders; groom getting ready;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bridesmaids helping bride get dressed;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bridesmaids helping bride get dressed;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and mom walking down city street; mom helping bride with her dress;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and bridesmaids arrive at ceremony;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride in juliet veil; bride and groom kiss; bride and groom first look;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and bridesmaids; bride and bridesmaids in pale metallic gowns;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; groom and groomsmen posing in rotunda;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and bridesmaids; bride and bridesmaids in pale metallic gowns; bride with junior bridesmaids in tea length tulle gowns; bridesmaids with giant white balloons;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and bridesmaids; bride and bridesmaids in pale metallic gowns; junior bridesmaids in tea length tulle gowns; bridesmaids with giant white balloons;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride in juliet veil; bride with loose white and green bouquet;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride in juliet veil;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bridesmaid holding bride's veil; bride in juliet veil; bridesmaid and bride in garden;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bridal party posing outdoors; bridal party wearing white, cream and black;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and groom looking out at view; bride and groom shot from behind;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and groom smiling;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and groom hugging and smiling;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and groom with bride's loose green and white bouquet;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and groom hugging with eyes closed;

What was the best advice you received as a bride? Take moments throughout the day to let it all sink in with your partner.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and groom kissing; bride in juliet veil;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and groom kissing; bride in juliet veil;

 The Ceremony

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; gates and stairs decorated with greenery;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; birdcages decorated with greenery;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; little boy handing out programs;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; guests signing into guest book; gold frames for cards and guestbooks; gold framesl

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; page boy and flower girl in white; white petals;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and dad enter ceremony; guests watch bride and dad;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and dad walk through guests; bride and dad walk up staircase to altar;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bridesmaids watching ceremony; rbidesmaids in tulle and metallics; bridesmaids with small green and white bouquets;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; couple at altar at top of staircase; couple exchange rings;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; couple at altar at top of staircase; couple share vows in front of pastor;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; couple at altar at top of staircase; couple share first kiss; first kiss;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; couple at altar at top of staircase; couple exchange rings;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; breaking of the glass; mazel tov;

The Reception

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; gold and white table settings; white candlesticks in gold candelabras;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; gold and white table settings; white candlesticks in gold candelabras; small white and green floral arrangements in brass vases;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; glitter mrs sign on chair; gold chiavari chairs with white cushions;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; sweetheart table with candles; urns of white and green florals;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; loose white and green bouquet; first dance under twinkle lights;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; loose white and green bouquet; first dance under twinkle lights; bride wearing dress with buttons down the back;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; loose white and green bouquet; first dance under twinkle lights; bride wearing dress with buttons down the back;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and groom listening to speeches; sweetheart table; twinkle lights; cheers;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; specialty cocktails; personalized cocktails; juice of a few flowers;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; guests enjoying the dancefloor; guests dancing; dancefloor; guests hitting the dancefloor;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; guests enjoying the dancefloor; guests dancing; dancefloor; guests hitting the dancefloor;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; guests enjoying the dancefloor; guests dancing; dancefloor; guests hitting the dancefloor;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; four tier cake; cake decorated with greenery;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; groom and mom dance;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and father of the bride dance;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; guests laughing watching the dancefloor;

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.

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and groom kiss on dancefloor;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum; bride and groom dancing; groom kneeling in front of bride on dancefloor;

With Love & Embers; The American Swedish Historical Museum;

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!

Colors

Style

Black Tie

Season

Spring

Location

Mid Atlantic

Vendor Credits

Photography: With Love & Embers / Venue: The American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Floral Design: Kate Farley Design / Dress: Amsale / Veil: Agnes Hart / Shoes: Rachel Simpson Shoes / Hair pins: Twigs and Honey / Earrings: Marchesa / Bridesmaid Dresses, Junior Bridesmaid Attire: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit, Tie, Shirt: Black Lapel / Shoes: Banana Republic / Suspenders: Drake’s London purchased at J.Crew / Groomsmen Attire: Navy suits by Men’s Warehouse / Stationery: Moontree Letterpress / Calligraphy: Carolyn Verdi Boutique / Wedding Seat Chart: Southern Calligraphy / Table Numbers, Drink Signs: Made By Meer / Hair: Katya Rodionova at Hairdiculous / Makeup: Victoria Roggio at Make Me Up Pretty / Officiant: Monsignor Paul Dougherty / Ceremony Music: Martha Clancy (Harp) / Ceremony Music: Angela Falco (Flute) / Reception Music: DJ Cool Out at Scratch Weddings / Catering, Rentals: Jeffrey Miller Catering / Cake: Whipped Bakeshop / Dessert: Zsa’s Ice Cream

 

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