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Back-to-School Wedding Inspiration Shoot at Bok Building in Philadelphia

This past summer we got in touch with Danfredo Photography to collaborate on this fun styled shoot. We'd never worked with them before, and we were totally crushing on their bright, fun, goofy vibe. Danielle from Danfredo had just learned about this new space in South Philly — The Bok Building — and was super eager to shoot there. It's a former vo-tech high school that closed a few years ago, then was recently purchased by a super talented team of urban planners with grand ideas. 

South Philly Wedding at Old School, Bok Building :: Heart & Dash :: Danfredo Photo + Film

Um — an opportunity to do a styled shoot at a killer old high school building with a rooftop view of Center City Philly? Obviously we were on board. And obviously our concept would be "back-to-school." We'd paint the story of a couple of high school sweethearts. Cue flashbacks of eraser tops on pencils, folded love notes, and writing naughty words on the chalkboard.

Philadelphia Rooftop Wedding :: Heart & Dash :: Danfredo Photo + Film

Let's back up a moment to give you a glimpse of our process. When we collaborate on a styled shoot, we establish a concept (a realistic story), a color palette, and a couple of stylistic ideas for all vendors to use as a starting point. Then, we encourage each vendor to interpret that concept and color palette in their own way. When everyone has that central starting point paired with the freedom to riff of it, magic happens!

Philadelphia Non-Traditional Wedding Planning :: Heart & Dash :: Danfredo Photo + Film

Durga-Kali provided the bridesmaid dresses for this shoot, and since this is one of the first decisions made, we let the dresses inspire our bright color palette. The colors totally have a back-to-school vibe, right?! Sulimay Urban Salon then created a look for each of the models that complemented each of the lady’s bold looks. Today’s wedding trends shy away from the bold, but we think couples should do whatever they want. If you love emerald and sapphire, go for it! Use both! And throw in hot pink while you're at it.

South Philly Wedding at Old School, Bok Building :: Heart & Dash :: Danfredo Photo + Film :: Durga Kali colorful reversible bridesmaid dresses

Sebesta Design was totally game for the bold color palette, which was a huge departure from what couples had been asking her for in 2015. She brought her A-game with the varied florals in chemistry beakers and vials, then she took it to the next level with all of that texture — embracing that fun and weird vibe we were going for. We all geeked out over the fun props we got to incorporate with this shoot.

Colorful South Philly Wedding at Old School, Bok Building :: Heart & Dash :: Danfredo Photo + Film

Nutmeg Cake Design did an A+ job with the super cool chalkboard cake she created. You can’t have a back-to-school shoot without chalkboard. Take note — those flowers on the cake are sugar flowers made by Nutmeg. Guess she was gunning for some extra credit.

South Philly Wedding at Old School, Bok Building :: Heart & Dash :: Danfredo Photo + Film :: Chalkboard Cake from Nutmeg Cake Design

Hello, Bird created the fun school-themed stationery. She jumped at the excuse to pull from composition books and scantrons as part of her design story. We all shared an "awwww" moment when she pulled out the paper-folded fortune tellers and expertly folded secret love notes. She owned that nostalgia factor.

School Themed Wedding Inspiration South Philly Wedding at Old School, Bok Building :: Heart & Dash :: Danfredo Photo + Film

Every time we look back at this shoot we get all warm and fuzzy. It was so much fun! That’s what your wedding should be: FUN! And perhaps the best part of this shoot is that because it’s all totally attainable. You could actually style a head table this way. You could really get married at The Bok Building. Well, soon, anyway. More on that later. Wink wink.

Originally featured on Ruffled Blog. 


Photography: Danfredo Photos + Film
Event Design: Heart & Dash
Florist: Sebesta Design
Venue: Bok Building
Bridal Store: Lovely Bride
Hair & Makeup: Sulimay Urban Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Durga-Kali
Wedding Cake: Nutmeg Cake Design
Stationery: Hello, Bird


Styled Shoot :: Mixed Metals Geometric Inspiration

During this absolutely frigid cold spell we’ve been having I thought it was appropriate to share one of our favorite shoots from last winter with Alexandra Whitney Photography. Shot at Maggpie Vintage Rentals, this shoot came together with an amazing team of vendors who were such troopers through the frigid temps. Check out these colorful DIY's!

SK created the large statement wall with various-sized canvases, painter’s tape, and a perfect palette of paint. We used it as a focal point behind our table, but it would also be a fun option for a photo booth or ceremony backdrop.

My only request to the talented ladies of Falls Flowers was to include magnolia leaves. I love the way the back of magnolia leaves look coppery, fitting nicely with our 'mixed metal' theme. Don't you love the way Falls Flowers made such a statement with them on the back of the chairs?! To top it off, the centerpieces they created for the table were stunning, spilling over the edge of the compotes and onto the table.

For the place settings, we DIY’d hammered copper placemats. The hours we spent hammering away on them paid off because they are still one of my favorite elements of the table. They add such depth! LoveLeigh Invitations created these fun menus that fit right into the the salad plates. I’m all about finding new ways to display old classics.

Philly Cake Maker masterfully created the geometric cakes, which we adorned with flowers and a handmade geometric topper. The geometric trinkets hanging above the cake table were crafted by soldering steel sticks cut at various sizes together, then spray painting them with different metallic finishes.

We are so grateful for the team of vendors that braved the frigid temps and came out to pull this shoot together!

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Planning, coordination, and styling by Heart & Dash

Photographer: Alexandra Whitney
Florist: Falls Flowers
Venue: Maggpie Vintage Rentals
Wedding Dresses: Carol Hannah “Mulberry” and Leanne Marshall “Julie” via Lovely Bride
Hair: Just B Beautiful
Makeup: Nina Moran of Cheekadee
Cakes: Philly Cake Maker
Stationery: LoveLeigh Invitations

This shoot was featured on Ruffled Blog!