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Romantic Hickory Street Annex Wedding

This wedding has so much to love, so you better start preparing yourself right now. Apryl Ann Photography and Blue Lotus worked to make Danielle and Benjamin’s wedding day a magical event, and it’s a no-brainer to say they had total success. Truly, how stunning is that ceremony setup?

romantic Hickory Street Annex wedding - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

From the bride, Danielle: I had always envisioned a jazz band at my wedding so I kind of built the theme around that. It had an inviting classic elegance about it that really did make the whole night magical! The classic elements were subtle: skinny black ties and slim fitting suits, lace, the font on the invitations, twinkle lights and music choice. The venue, food, flowers and lighting made it feel very relaxed and accessible.

yellow white invitations - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

pastel boutonnieres - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

pastel bouquets - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding
Bouquet recipe: hydrangea, spray roses, cabbage roses, succulents, dusty miller, stock, and dahlias.

bride and flower girls - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

romantic Hickory Street Annex wedding - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

rustic wedding ceremony - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

rustic wedding ceremony - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

I told my bridesmaids to choose a dress in the neutral color palette (nude, blush, tan, cream, gold or silver). I really liked the way metallics looked with the neutral colors! It felt like winter without being Christmasy. The flowers gave the needed pop of color. My good friend Krista made the lace runner for the head table. My mom, sisters and I potted the individual succulents for each place setting as the wedding favor. Most everything else was outsourced as I planned the wedding from out of state haha!

wedding menu - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

wedding tablescapes - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

glam receptions - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

painted table numbers - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1. Don’t take out wedding stress on your fiance!!! The whole process is very taxing but it only makes things 10x worse if your relationship suffers for it. 2. Don’t procrastinate. Just don’t do it! 3. Delegate. It was really hard for me to do this. I was planning a wedding in Texas from North Carolina so I needed to trust my friends and family to handle things for me but it was really hard to give up control of every little detail. They were perfectly capable and did an amazing job, but I would have been a lot more relaxed if I had delegated more. You will drive yourself crazy if you don’t let people help you! I was even worried my fiance would put the stamps on the invitation crooked so I let him seal them but I put the stamps on haha! I promise I wasn’t a Bridezilla, just a little neurotic :).

amber bottle centerpieces - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

naked wedding cakes - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

reception centerpieces - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

naked wedding cakes - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

romantic Hickory Street Annex wedding - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

romantic Hickory Street Annex wedding - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Reign of Love,” Coldplay
Bride’s Processional: Wagner’s Bridal Chorus
Recessional: “Hoppipolla,” Sigur Ros
First Dance: “Make You Feel My Love,” Bob Dylan
Father Daughter dance: “I Loved Her First,” Heartland
Last Group Dance: “Will You Be There,” Michael Jackson
Last Newlywed Dance: “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” She & Him (this was “our” song through our relationship, so was really special for us to end on that)

Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography / Floral Design: Blue Lotus / Venue: Hickory Street Annex / Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones / Hair Piece: Whitney Alyssa / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Caterer: Gil’s Elegant Catering / Wedding Cake: Cakewalk Bake Shop / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Los Osos Engagement Session

Photos By: Danielle Poff

Danielle Poff, what you’re able to do with engagement sessions never ceases to amaze me. Today we’ve got a darling proposal story to accompany some of the most romantic images we’ve seen, taken where else but in picturesque San Luis Obispo, California. If you’ve got an engagement session coming up (or just love looking at pretty images), this shoot is sure to inspire:

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

From the bride-to-be, Kourtnie: Nathan and I were introduced by a mutual friend years ago, but it wasn’t until we ran into each other out of town 3 years ago that we randomly hit it off and something sparked. For the earlier part of our relationship I lived in Chicago and he visited me every few weeks until I made the move out to Southern California so we could be closer. I never saw the the engagement coming which was so incredibly special because I love surprises, and he knows that. We were out in Chicago on vacation and spending the day with friends. Nathan had a date planned that evening that he called a surprise, which I thought nothing of since he’s always planned little dates in the past. We got all dressed up and he took me for a walk down on Lake Michigan- the same route we took on a walk the very first trip he came out to visit me – a memory that was very special to both of us. Eventually he dropped down on one knee and I honestly didn’t see it coming until it happened. He had a photographer nearby that caught everything on camera. I just about died… couldn’t believe all of the thought he put in it!

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

Los Osos engagement portraits - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

romantic engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

engagement sessions - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

For the engagement shoot we were definitely set on something very scenic and outdoorsy, since we had the city-based pictures from our proposal. We wanted to find a setting that was woodsy with greenery and trees and also something near the water – but not the typical beach and sand backdrop you see all the time. With helpful tips from our wedding photographer, we decided on Montana de Oro state beach which is on the Pacific Ocean but is unique in that there are several cliff and rock areas that make for great scenery. For the woodsy option, we chose Los Osos Reserve (tree park). We had so much fun at our shoot! Outfits were selected with the mindset of seeming casual and along the lines with something we would wear any day of the week. We definitely made an effort to make sure we wore colors that complimented each other and weren’t too match-y.

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

engagement sessions - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement portraits - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement portraits - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session


View all images from this engagement session in the gallery

Shoot Location: San Luis Obispo, CA / Photographer: Danielle Poff / Kourtnie’s Dress: Ms Chevious Boutique (Temecula, CA) / Sandals: Sam Edelman / White Jeans: Flying Monkey / Top: H&M / Flats: Lucky Brand / Nathan’s Attire: Banana Republic / Nathan’s shoes: Steve Madden / Hair and Makeup: Sammy Williams / Film Scans: Photovision






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Colonial Dames Wedding

Peach, coral, and turquoise – doesn’t this color palette just make your heart sing? Bride Allarie set to work incorporating these calming colors into her wedding day, picking up endless DIY projects along the road. All of her DIY work paid off in spades, though, which you’ll see as soon as you pore through these images from Maria Mack Photography.

Colonial Dames wedding - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

From the bride, Allarie: Bob and I had a distinct idea about a country estate, or a garden venue, but wanted to centralize in Pennsylvania, since guests were coming from NJ, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Las Vegas, Boston… some places were really nice, but way over budget. Others were reasonable but too “corporate.” One day Bob was looking at someone’s wedding online that seemed to be in a beautiful backyard of a brownstone home. Upon further research, we found out that it was in fact a hidden gem called, The National Society of the Colonial Dames. After a tour of the property, we were overwhelmed by its historical charm and beauty….and decided that day it was where we would have our wedding. Philadelphia captures multiple architectural styles; some of these can be seen surrounding the lovely gardens behind the Philadelphia Chapter of The National Society of Colonial Dames. Tucked away, along a brick-lined alleyway in Center City Philadelphia, this venue offers history, convenience, and urban posh.

ranunculus boutonnieres - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding invitations - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

succulent bouquet - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding
Flower recipe: I knew I wanted peonies, ranunculus, garden roses with their complex tissue-like layers, and succulents to provide a bit of green. I provided antique velvet ribbons to tie these bouquets. The floral designs were perfectly executed by Sullivan Owen and her artistic team. The groomsmen had boutonnieres made of ombre ranunculus and blue chambray ribbon. The corsages for the mothers, and grandmothers matched the bridal florals.

coral bridesmaid dresses - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

succulent bouquets - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

peach boutonnieres - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

groom and groomsmen - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

I loved the warm and soft peach/pale yellow palette, with a bit of almost neon coral. An artistic type, I wanted this theme to pervade all of the design, but also wanted a “pop” of something, and I felt that touches of bright turquoise would offset the subdued softness of the other colors. This turquoise touch was found in the Mason jars on some of the tables, in the antique Fenton glass pedestal cake plate, and streaming from my bouquet — French velvet ribbons. A small wooden box with slate sides that invited the guest to “wear your heart on your sleeve” contained handmade felt heart pins stuffed with cotton and whip-stitched in contrasting embroidery thread. The wooden “card box” was made by my cousin and his wife, then I covered it in decoupage with whimsical and romantic pictures of love and joy, man and wife…

paper lantern decor - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

ceremony decorations - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

groom during ceremony - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

Guests found their name and table number written on wooden nickels bearing Philadelphia motifs. These hung on antique black carpet tacks stuck into a map-board created by my mother. Famous Philly landmarks were decoupaged all around the perimeter of the antique map. This board was propped against a wooden easel, reminiscent of my artistic talents. With their number in hand, the guests went upstairs to find their table, designated by antique playing cards stuck into vintage wooden thread spools wound with threads matching our theme colors. Each place setting had a hand-made clothespin bride or groom; a few had black chenille “pugs” to represent our dog, Marley. Small wooden branches wound with antique lace and threaded with 4-5 bells were provided for those who “believe in kisses,” so that they could ring when they wanted to command the bride and groom to kiss.

wedding portraits - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

playing card table numbers - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding ideas - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding ideas - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

Colonial Dames wedding - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

I had the idea to create a tissue paper backdrop about a month before the wedding. I though my mom was gonna kill me if I added one more DIY project. Of course with the help of my bridesmaid, we decided to go forward with the idea and I am so glad we did! The structure was made using plastic shrub netting stretched over a wooden rectangle frame, and pom poms were poufed during a long evening at my mom’s house. We then tied each pom pom through the netting, being careful not to duplicate colors. This was hung in a paneled space in the reception room, using Command strips so that no damage to this historical venue would happen. It was really the focal point of our room and made such a lovely scene for pictures.

paper pom backdrops - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

seating chart ideas - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

love wedding signs - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Start planning early. Make the crafting fun! Have friends and family help out—they really love being part of the process. Guests enjoy seeing their handiwork at the venue. Don’t stress. If something goes wrong, you are the only one who really knows it, because no one but you knows what was supposed to happen. Find ways to avoid having to deal with weather. It can really ruin your day if everything hinges on it. Have a plan B that you are just as happy with, built in. Lastly, stay true to yourself. With all of the technology, wedding advice, and decor available these days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. Choose colors, decor, music, and details that really represent you and your groom. In the end, it’s just one day to tell the story of your love, so make it count.

paper poms - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding cake flowers - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding decor ideas - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

Colonial Dames wedding - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

cake toppers - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding

wedding getaways - photo by Maria Mack Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colonial-dames-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
Recessional: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
First Dance: “Nothing Can Change this Love,” Sam Cooke
The DJ played music for both the ceremony and the reception. We selected an instrumental version of “Here comes the Sun” (Beatles) since the Bob regularly sings this in the morning to awaken me. Bob and I love old singers. After narrowing it down to three songs, we decided on Sam Cooke “Nothing Can Change This Love”. The lyrics speak for themselves and prove true to our story. During our dance Bob whispered to me “I love our song”. That’s all I needed to hear.
I come from a dance background and Bob loves music as well. When deciding on a DJ, we knew we wanted someone who wasn’t going to play typical stuff. His club experience allowed for a wide variety of songs to be mixed up and reach out to the masses. Being 80s babies, of course we included everything from Prince to Bel Biv Devoe, but music stretched all the way back to 50s doo wop.

Wedding Location: Philadelphia, PA / Photographer: Maria Mack Photography / Bouquet and Boutonnieres: Sullivan Owen / Reception Flowers: Bride’s mother / Event Planner and Catering: Diverse Catering / Venue: Colonial Dames / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Wedding Veil: abusymother / Wedding Shoes: Harriet Wilde / Bracelet: Ben Amun / Earrings: Dee Griffith Mathura / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Bar III via Macy’s / Caterer: Diverse Catering / Wedding Cake: Stock’s Bakery / DJ: Mike Mariano of The Remixologists / Wedding Invitations: Simple Simon Design / Programs: Erin Fudge Smith

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