Kassie the Coordinator: I met with Annette and Peter back in March. I can thank Peter’s father for technically hiring me, since he was the one who suggested they hire a day of coordinator. They had a few bumps along the way, some of which were completely out of our capabilities of handling. For example, what are the chances of having 3 events: a wedding, a graduation party and a 50th birthday, all on the same weekend, and all on the same block?!
Well that was surely the case the weekend of Annette and Peter’s wedding. We were well aware of the graduation party, which was next door, and took all necessary precautions for a peaceful, Quaker style ceremony. The next door neighbor was on my speed dial in case the music was too loud. It was not until we started the processional that a drum line began playing!!! I had left Karen to finish up que’ing the rest of the family as I ran down the block and onto Forbidden Drive to see if the noise could be stopped for 45 minutes while the ceremony was happening.
It turns out there was a 50th birthday and the drum line was on a specific time frame, and that they would be finished by 6pm. In most cases, Karen and I can work some magic, after all everything and everyone stops when you are in a wedding dress, but in this case, the family felt extremely terrible and told me that the party was also a celebration of life- because the celebrant also had brain cancer! About 25 minutes later at exactly 6pm there was silence; Annette and Peter were able to finish with their self uniting ceremony and vows with tranquility.
A very special thank you goes out to Megan and the crew at Feastivities Events– for a beautiful family style meal of Mahi Mahi, Daryl at Tents for Rent for stringing cafe lights between the trees, Jay from George Street Photography and of course my girl Karen here at Philadelphia Event Planners for embracing doing the florals for this wedding, while I was off and about organizing everything and making it run smoothly.
Karen the Floral Designer: Wild flowers, mason jars and antique glassware all do not fall into my favorite things, when it comes to my personal likes and dislikes. My job as a floral designer is to understand and turn a brides vision into exactly what she wants for her wedding day. I decided to put aside my feelings for chrysanthemum, salidago, wheat, and thistle to dive into creating an outdoor party that incorporated interesting table decor that looked like we walked into the fields and picked them fresh from earth. Of course we needed some of the expected… The predictable: dried cat tail, dusty pink hypericum berries, purple and hot pink stock. But in addition, we needed to pull in some interesting textures and unique finds: dusty miller, butter fly weed, bunny tail, lavender, green trick, olive branch and nigella just to name a few.
The bride collected the jars, jugs, cups, vases and bottles. I was happy to design on site with just under 1,000 stems of unique fresh flowers, my creativity was flowing!
Sarah the Intern: My little bohemian heart was filled with all of the candles, meditating soothing music, vintage camera centerpieces! When I drove up to the residence where the couple was having the ceremony and reception, I was in awe. The house was barricaded with swaying trees and fresh flowers that showed enough beauty, that it could have decorated the entire ceremony. What we added to the ceremony was the frosting on the cake. Karen and Kassie were asked to do the flower arrangements with wildflowers which suited the wedding perfectly. This being my first outside wedding, I didn’t know what to expect. Karen spent the afternoon at her “flower station”, located right under the shade overlooking the entire back yard. She was producing unique flower arrangements for center pieces, cocktail tables, inside decorations, and aisle pieces. As all the tables were being dressed with flowers, the center pieces which were matchless vintage books and cameras, everyone was coming outside to see the progress and adored it. My favorite part of our decorations was the natural look that Karen and Kassie accomplished of which the bride wished for. The background harmony music playing really set a calming mood for everyone which was beneficial for us. The vintage, mason jars filled with wildflowers from cattails to sunflowers, were adorable and fabulous! This wedding was a bohemian inspiration.
Here are a few of the tables… Stacks of books, antique cameras and close to a thousand wild flowers… Awesome!!!!!