With bright colors and handmade details, this Philadelphia wedding from Alison Dunn Photography is super sweet. A bride’s smile is her best accessory and today’s bride shines so bright with her infectious smile! And I love the mint and burgundy color combination!
The color scheme for our wedding included gold, mint, blush, and burgundy. We chose to have the wedding in Philadelphia. This was a tough decision because his family lives in Colorado and my family lives in Texas. But we really hoped to share with our family the city in which we met, started dating, and where we would be living after the wedding.
We also chose to meet up around a corner within the church, so we couldn’t see each other and pray together before the ceremony. At this point we also exchanged cards. It helped me simultaneously shake off the nerves and get excited about walking down the aisle to my groom! The most meaningful part of the day for us was undoubtedly the ceremony. Our pastor gave a beautiful homily in which he reminded us to love each other as Christ loved us, meaning to love each other most when the other deserves it the least. It made both of us cry.
I tend to have a hard time doing big-scale design, and find myself better at designing smaller vignettes. That’s why the venue was really important to us. The skyline was beautiful and showed all of our out of town guests the city where we met and wanted to make a home in. That was really important to us because they all flew a really long way and we wanted to share our home with them.
I designed the silhouettes of our heads in Illustrator that I put in the programs that I made, as well as the seating chart. I placed the silhouettes in gold, floating frames at the guest book table as well (that was my favorite decor item). My mom hand painted all of our vases, which she found antiquing and spray painted gold. She also made glitter candle votives that turned out really nicely! She shipped all of it to Philadelphia after making it in Texas, and it meant a lot. My stepmom also hand stitched my ‘something blue’. She embroidered our initials onto a burlap swatch which was pinned inside of my wedding dress.
We didn’t have any keepsakes from my family that we were able to implement into the wedding, but it was really important for us to include our family in the wedding somehow. We ended up asking my grandfather to sing, “Our Love is Here to Stay” at the reception, and he did an amazing job! Everyone was asking if he was genuinely singing or if he was lip-syncing along with a track! He stole the show (which my husband and I appreciated because we hadn’t choreographed a routine). It was a really special first dance because my grandparents have been married over 50 years and it felt like we had him as a role model and a support during our first dance within marriage.
Photography | Alison Dunn Photography | Ceremony | Liberti Center City | Reception & Catering | The View | Florals | Chicory Florals | Paper Goods | Meryl Arnold Photo & Design | DJ | Brougher Pro Sound | Dress | Mori Lee from Mayfair Bridal | Shoes | Kenneth Cole | Jewelry | Kendra Scott | Bridesmaid Dresses | J. Crew | Hair and Makeup | Parlour | Suits | The Black Tux