I have been dying to blog about Kristen and Ryan's amazing Philadelphia wedding that took place last November at The Hyatt at the Bellevue. Their reception was held in the Rose Garden Room, a gorgeous room that was ideal for their sophisticated wedding. I loved the flowers we used for this wedding...tons of anemone and orchids...what's not to love about that?!?! Philip Gabriel Photography was amazing and came through with GORGEOUS photos that really showcased every detail. I asked Kristen for a little background on her wedding day because I really loved how everything came together...this is one stylish bride! Once I read her write up I just knew I had to share it with our readers....I hope you enjoy! From the bride:
"Our happily ever after began about 3 years ago with a “cyber spark” that ignited through the help of Chemistry.com. About a week after connecting through the site we met for our first date. What started out as lunch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon lingered into an afternoon coffee and only ended seven hours later due to the setting of the sun. We were both instantly smitten and excited to finally understand the concept of love-at-first-sight. A little over a year later we went on a weekend getaway to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to see the fall foliage and much to my delight and surprise, he proposed and the planning began!
I had never given much thought to what I would want my wedding to be like, but there were a few things I knew I didn’t want: no pink, no roses, and no over the top “bling.” My fiancé and I were both looking for simple elegance with something timeless and sophisticated. We had decided to get married in center city Philadelphia, not far from where I had grown up. We quickly found a beautiful old colonial style Catholic Church for our ceremony and the weekend following our engagement we set out on a hunt for a reception venue. We saw many beautiful spaces but nothing was really representative our style until our meeting at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Our wedding was going to be much more intimate than the size of one that would be held in their grand ballroom so we took the elevator up to the 19th floor to see their Rose Garden ballroom that overlooks the city. We were instantly in love with the space. With the beautiful old architecture and the silver and white color palate already in the room it was the perfect mix of old and new, and seemed it was made for a black and white color theme.
From there the planning fell into place. Everything from the black bridesmaids’ dresses adorned with an ivory sash by D’Zage to the black linens and silver chairs we rented from Select Event Rentals for the occasion showcased the sophisticated wedding we were looking for. The one piece I was very undecided and worried about was the flowers since I was fearful if I kept the flowers and centerpieces white they would look boring and not stand out. I was looking for something different and a step away from the traditional all floral centerpieces, while still incorporating some flowers. After meeting with A Garden Party those worries were put to rest. The black and white anemones used in my bouquet, the centerpieces, and the cake tied the theme together and looked anything but boring. Red anemones made up the bridesmaids’ bouquets, which were the only addition of color. The centerpieces kept in the theme with simple black glass vases holding orchids and tealights hanging from Manzanita branches. A floral ring of orchids, anemones, and ranunculus at the base of the centerpiece gave me the dramatic centerpiece that I was looking for, while also incorporating flowers. Our big day was everything we had envisioned and thanks to the absolutely gorgeous photos by Philip Gabriel Photography, which truly capture the beauty and joyful mood of the day, we can look back and feel the same happiness we felt on that day for years to come."
I love photos taken in the city...check out all of the cars driving by!
Kristen carried a bouquet of white anemone, white peonies, and white ranunculus. We tied the stems with silver velvet ribbon.
I love the velvet ribbon as a wrap for bouquets.
The bridesmaids carried bouquets of red anemone. They photographed beautifully against their black dresses.
Isn't this flower girl adorable??? She carried a pomander of white button mums, accented with black pearl pins and silver satin ribbon.
This bout was soooo cute. We have been trying to get more creative with our bouts...after all the groom wants to look great too!
At the church we hung little bubble vases with a peony in them to mark the first few pews.
Mary came up with this design for the place card table....amazing. We used our tall black vase filled with manzanita branches and white dendrobium orchids. Three cylinders with pearls, orchids, and a floating candle were clustered around the tall vase.
The room their cocktail hour was held in had this gorgeous fountain, which we decorated with votive candles and peonies.
On the cocktail tables we filled these shallow bowls with pearls, cymbidium orchids, and floating candles.
The table centerpieces were done in our shorter black vase. We used manzanita branches that we hung tea lights from and added some cut cymbidium orchids to glam it up. Around the base of the vase we did a floral ring of peonies, ranunculus, anemone, orchids and bear grass.
The room looked AMAZING.
Ok - so I know this blog was super long....but I just couldn't leave out any of these photos. Philip Gabriel Photography made it too hard for me to choose! Thank you so much Kristen and Ryan for letting us be a part of your wedding day and sharing your story with us, xoxo!
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