Chesterbrook Wedding Florist : Meghan & Tim at the Duportail House feat. Bride Diaries
Today's blog features a couple who were married at the historic Duportail House, in Chesterbrook, PA. Meghan described her wedding theme as "rustic chic," and proclaimed her love for sage green and a natural look. Country girls to the core, we happily complied! We absolutely love Meghan and Tim, from their sense of style to sense of humor - this was a couple we knew we needed to work with. Setting up their rustic fall wedding in some beautiful October weather was just the cherry on top. It also didn't hurt that we had the wonderful help and structure created by their wedding planner, Renee at Events by Renee! We love Renee and are actually working on another project with her currently that we are super pumped about.
Thank you, Meghan, for sending these JPG Photography images to us to share!
The Duportail house has amazing gardens and landscaping, full of color. Built in 1740, the house looks very impressive for its age, and is the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding.
Meghan wears this beaming smile in every picture, and we can't help but smile with her as we feel her excitement! This is what a woman in love looks like, people!
Meghan's bouquet was created by a mixture of succulents, dahlias, anemone, scabiosa, ferns, hanging amaranthus, astilbe, ranunculus, astrantia, tree ivy , waxflower and pieris. We needed a variety of flowers to match a bride with so much personality.
Meghan's lovely bridesmaids carried bouquets with the same wildflower texture. We love how the sturdiness of the succulents has such a contrast with the delicate anemones, and the roundness of the dahlias is offset by the craziness of the ferns. Wildflower arrangements are true to their name, and when done right are fabulous statement bouquets.
Ahh! This was so much fun. Here we created a backdrop to Meghan and Tim's wedding ceremony. This garland was made by lacing together bunches and bunches of silver dollar, seeded and feather willow eucalyptus. We added roses, dahlias, ranunculus and amaranthus to the piece and strung it up on these old wooden barn doors, poking spare flowers and succulents into the crevices.
Meghan requested a floral crown for her adorable flowergirl, pictured here with the couple's dog, Meadow. Of course, Meadow couldn't be left out, so we made a floral collar!
Check out these handsome studs! These ringbearers bouts were made of small succulents, and wrapped in copper ribbon.
Finally, we present the bride and groom together! Tim's bout was made of a succulent, fern and berries, wrapped in a velvet ribbon. He obviously can't contain his excitement about wearing it!
For Meghan's centerpieces, we used gold compotes for the arrangements, filling them with hydrangea, pieris, astrantia and orange dahlias. We used rosemary for the napkin detailing, and succulents were placed on brass candlesticks to add dimension. The scattered gold votives completed the look.
A look from afar. There is something so romantic about seeing a venue lit up at night.
BONUS FOOTAGE : Tim ordered this flower arrangement for Meghan from us for their first Valentine's Day as a married couple. There is nothing better than keeping in touch with clients after their wedding day!!!
Meghan's Bride Diaries
What was the most standout, "Wow!" moment of your wedding day?
Honestly, seeing the beautiful designs, bouquets and detail work that the ladies put together. Our main focus was to create a beautiful, unique, fun experience for our guests (and ourselves!) The "look" of the wedding meant everything to me....from the huge flower swag behind us during the ceremony down to the white & gold straws at the bar - so much thought went into everything and walking around during the early portion of the day, seeing it all come together made me so happy.
Also, the food...I have always thought it to be so tragic when food is just "ok" at a wedding but it tends to hold the biggest ticket price! Keeping that in mind, early on in the process Tim & I began chatting with Mike and Carolyn, owners of two very successful and very yummy food trucks in Philadelphia called Street Food Philly & Taco Mondo. (Tim works at U Penn and they frequent that area during the week.) Mike comes from a strong catering background and both he and Carolyn are incredibly talented in the kitchen. From there we came up with the plan to have one of the food trucks at the wedding (cocktail hour fun!) and partnered to develop our very own seasonal, unique, DELICIOUS menu. Family members & friends are still obsessing over the eats - and that makes us so happy! :)))
We know things don't always go as planned...Were there any entertaining wedding bloopers?
We had our chocolate lab, Meadow, in the wedding with us. She was by my side all day but I have to say my favorite moment was when it was showtime and our little nephew Bodie was "walking" her down the aisle...she was so focused on getting to Tim she charged and yanked him the whole way. I remember watching from the back with Renee and my Dad just cracking up. He handled it like a champ and brought a smile to everyones face!
Any wedding toasts that made you laugh til you cried? Cry your eyes out? Gasp in shock?
We actually didn't have any toasts at our wedding, and multiple guests actually came up to us and thanked us for skipping that part!
We don't judge! Did you have any Bridezilla moments of weakness?
I would say just in the moments right before Tim and were to meet for our "first look." I was getting hit with a lot of comments, questions, opinions and in my own head was feeling overwhelmed that, "Wow, this is it...things are officially kicking off." My introverted self needed to have a quiet moment, unfortunately it was just the opposite, the photographer was going crazy trying to get me to look all ethereal and "bride-like" when all I wanted to do was punch him in the nose - So I took some big deep breaths and just focused on getting down there and seeing Tim.
Did you have a wedding planner? If so, what did he/she do to make your day run smoother? Did they fulfill your expectations?
We did! Renee Patrone from Events by Renee. She and I worked together from day 1 - a little over a year, planning every little moment together. Her expertise, relationships within the industry, knowledge of all things wedding, ideas and support made the entire process that much easier. With the type of venue we choose, where everything was a la carte, I honestly could not have made it through without her. She was there in the early hours to greet and manage the MANY vendors, and still hanging in like a champ after everyone had gone home, packing the place up. I now consider her a friend and she is very dear to my heart.
Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor and theme?
The theme was rustic chic and all things yummy! One of my husband's closest friends is an extremely talented pastry chef, based in Philadelphia, and we felt VERY lucky and honored when he offered to create not only our wedding cake but a (suprise) groom's cake as well. Our wedding cake was white cake, simply iced in a rustic style with vanilla buttercream with raspberry jam. The groom's cake was a super fancy pants chocolate ganache and peanut butter crunch, topped with beautiful chocolate work gold flake. We also had three passed deserts done by our food truck buddies
We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?
I don't even know what to say...the ladies fulfilled my every hope, dream, wish and aspiration when it came to the flowers and design work. I fell in love with these two sisters the moment I met them. They understood my complete vision, my style, everything! Just as important I felt I could trust them with such a huge part of the day and value the relationship we have a built. Words cannot express how beautiful I found every little detail to be and I know for a fact people were blown away by their work. Im a customer for life! xoxo
What song really got the party started?
Thats a tough one because I felt like I was in a daze for most of the reception with SO much going on! I'd say the standards got people out of their seats....Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and of course Beyonceeeeee
Who were your vendors?
Catering- Street Food Philly
Bakery- Rocco Lugrine
Dress- I literally have no idea, but I got it at Jay West in Haddonfield, NJ
Entertainment- PartyMaster Entertainment
Photographers JPG Photography
I hope your wedding was exactly as you imagined it would be, but are there any details that went above and beyond your expectations? Anything you wish you would've done differently?
What makes me the happiest is how much people seemed to enjoy themselves and how they still spontaneously come back expressing how blown away they were by the design details, the flowers, venue & grounds, the food and the overall "vibe" of the night. How unique it seemed to be to everyone. And that they were able to just kick back and relax and enjoy themselves.
Tim and I have a quite love for each other and arent big on showmanship, we wanted the wedding to be a not only a reflection of our personal style and taste but a sneak peek in how we choose to share our lives with each other and we were able to do this by partnering with talented people who could share in our vision. The goal was to stay true to ourselves and I think we accomplished that. :)