Summer + James, captured by Casey Fatchett Photography
Inspiration—I wanted the formality and grandeur of Victoria (minus the stuffiness) with the warmth and functionality of the Dashwood cottage featured in the classic chick flick, Sense and Sensibility. Most of all I wanted no white. So we settled on a wedding color palette of warm, candlelit hues, shades of muted pinks, creams, champagnes, peaches, taupes and dusty blues.
Venue—We really fell in love with the Meredith Manor, with its gorgeous historical grounds, brand spanking new tent, and an amazing catering staff. The folks in charge, Mimi and Mike, made everything easy and let us go crazy with our DIYs!
Details—The first thing that sparked my inspiration was a centerpiece photo in Martha Stewart Living where they had collected vintage tins that contained bright blocks of garden flowers. What I loved was that each tin contained only one type of flower so it never looked too fussy or overdone. Karen Strogus of Strogus’ Flower Shop & Greenhouses absolutely nailed this concept. My mother and I spent a year collecting the tins from Amish Country and Northern Michigan.
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Along with the centerpieces came watercolor paintings marking each table (rather than traditional table numbers), which also dictated the type of favor each guest would receive. All of the favors were homemade jams, preserves, pickled items or marmalade of some sort. James (the groom) is an accomplished home chef and we jarred and pickled seasonally as to capture the year of our engagement. We finished the favors with muslim fabric, hand-stamped labels and of course, buttons!
Buttons became an easy theme as I sew so much and had a ton of them! My mother used buttons to hand make all of the napkin rings on the table, and for the bride and groom, she used buttons from our grandmother’s and grandfather’s collection. It was a very personal way to make me feel that they were with us. All of the escort cards were also individually handstamped, and placed in an envelope with the recipe of the item and a small mini version of the coordinating watercolor painting.
For my bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets and boutonnieres we decided to go more formal. Again, Karen Strogus used her magic to create the perfect color balance for me. I sewed buttons onto all the ribbon streamers to add a little bit of warmth and personal interest. On my bouquet my mother actually let me repurpose the pearled hat that held her wedding veil.
I am a cheesemonger at Murray’s cheese and so it was out of the question not to have a great cheese table! “Something Old (Aged Manchego), Something New (Chevre d’Argental), Something Yummy (Challerhocker) and Something Blue (Camazola Black Label)” served up everyone with pairing items and crackers. I also made the “Lets Grow MOLD together” chalkboard sign.
Vendors - Photography: Casey Fatchett Photography | Floral Designer: Strogus' Flower Shop & Greenhouses | Musicians: Bowman String Quartet | Venue: Meredith Manor | Cake Designer: Bakers of Buffington | DJ: Main Line Executive Entertainment | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale