Real Wedding

Philadelphia Spring Wedding at Horticultural Center

Emily and Michael were good friends throughout college and they reconnected a couple of years after they graduated. When he proposed, she couldn’t believe it and kept asking “are you serious? Are you serious?!” Yep, he certainly was! And their wedding captured their bright personalities beautifully.

Though she couldn't wait to be married, Emily’s next thought was, "Ugh, I don’t want to plan a wedding!" So she did something I encourage every couple to do. Instead of starting out with a massive to-do list, she jotted down her thoughts on how they wanted their wedding to feel. I love that she still has that piece of paper and that when they walked into their reception, they felt exactly the way they wanted it to feel from the beginning.

Emily wanted shades of purple, so that’s just what they got — from the linens, to the amazing flowers from Love n’ Fresh, to the DIY ribbon wall behind the head table. Emily's father and brother crafted the awesome escort card display and the table numbers. Props to the guys — gotta love handy men!


The couple chose Sharyn Frenkel as their photographer because they loved the way she captured those candid moments. They wanted to remember a day of laughter, joy, and maybe even a few happy tears.

Emily & Michael — thank you for choosing us to guide you through your planning process! Looking at your wedding pictures still makes me smile because of the love you have for one another and the joy you take in being with each other!


Concept, planning, coordination, and styling by Heart & Dash

Photographer: Sharyn Frenkel Photography
Florist: Love n’ Fresh Flowers
Venue: Philadelphia Horticultural Center
Wedding Dress: Watters “Jacinda”
Wedding Shoes: Adrianna Papell Boutique
Hair: Hair by Meghan
Caterer: Stephen Starr Events
Band: Rich Posmontier Music
Lighting: Eventions
Celebrant: Beth Palubinsky
Hotel: Le Meridien Philadelphia

This wedding was featured on Ruffled!

Fall Wedding in Philadelphia's Fishtown at Front & Palmer

When your love story includes an engagement ring made out of bacon, you know it’s a good one! From my first meeting with Lauren & Jamie, I knew their wedding planning journey was going to be full of fun and lots of laughs. 

Lauren popped the question to Jamie while on a trip to Jackson Hole — the bacon grease burnt his finger, he asked if she was joking, and she burst into happy tears. It looks like he said yes, and clearly, they're headed for a life of giddy happiness!

Lauren & Jamie were all about creating a day that was truly a representation of them {which you know is by far my favorite thing}! From centaur cuff links to a confetti toss recessional, and from a choreographed first dance to “It Takes Two {To Make a Thing Go Right}," to a collection of gold shoes — it's safe to say we succeeded in what we set out to do.

Lindsay from Readyluck did an amazing job of capturing the personalities of the couple as well as everyone else who was part of the day. They're masters in the art of capturing a moment.

As always, Falls Flowers nailed the floral designs. The color palette, texture, and overall “feel” of the florals were exactly what Lauren envisioned. Each centerpiece made a statement without obstructing the view across the table — something the couple specifically requested. 

The couple selected Front & Palmer as their venue because it had warmth and character, yet still had the 'blank slate' quality that allowed them to make it feel like their own.

I’m still ecstatic they went with the recommendation for Birdhouse Productions as their videographer — they did such an amazing job capturing the joy and personalities of Lauren and Jamie. You have to watch their video — I mean, seriously, you've gotta to see that first dance choreography!

Lauren and Jamie — you were a joy to work with and I know you're in for a very happy life together. Congratulations and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your special day!

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Concept, planning, coordination, and styling by Heart & Dash

Photography: Lindsay Hite of Readyluck
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Front & Palmer
Florist: Falls Flowers
Videography: Birdhouse Productions
Catering & Cake: Feast Your Eyes
Music: DJ Idlemind
Lighting: Synergetic Sound and Lighting
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Paper Goods: The maid of honor
Hair: Jill Kozar of Up Your Do
Makeup: Cheekadee
Bride's Wedding Dress: Reem Acra, from Elizabeth Johns
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: The bride's mother, Elizabeth Johns
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Elizabeth JohnsAlvina Valenta
Groom's Attire: Paul Smith
Wedding Bands: Fred Doh Jewelers
Transportation: King Limousine
Accommodations: Hotel Monaco

This wedding was featured on Brides!