Katie and Mike's wedding at the Four Seasons Philadelphia was a timeless affair. From the boutonniere's to the centerpieces, each part of the floral decor was full of texture and color, and created a soft, romantic feel throughout the entire space. Rachel Pearlman Photography left us breathless with the way her photos captured the true nature of the decor and emotion that ran throughout the day.
We can't say that we were surprised (though, indeed, honored!) when this elegant wedding was published on The Knot's website. Katie and Mike put together a dream team with their vendors, and we were so excited when we saw the line-up - especially for our friends, Abbey Malcolm Press for stationary and Kristin Barse for wedding planning!
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We just love how Katie chose to use the full range of purple in her flower choices. Having the different shades creates a really beautiful arrangement, and keeps the contrast between purple and white from being too harsh.
Mike's bout was made from a lavender spray rose and brunia berries.
We absolutely love this shot of the groom and his parents, such great emotion!
These pretty aisle arrangements were made of white and lavender stock and assorted greens, and finished with a silver bow. This is probably our favorite piece from Katie and Mike's big day! This gorgeous card table arrangement was made from purple hydrangea, moody blue roses, white and purple tulips, smokebush, eucalyptus, white alba roses, and purple dahlias. It was put together in a gorgeous silver bowl provided by the bride herself, and we just love how glamorous it looks here!
The Four Seasons had a beautiful space for the reception (is anybody surprised?) and we were dying over the chandeliers. Katie chose to alternate her centerpieces between these longer floral runners and silver compotes.
We designed the floral runners with lavender and dark purple stock, purple and white tulips, purple trachelium, white roses, lavender spray roses, eucalyptus, dusty miller, heuchera leaves, eggplant dahlia, and smokebush foliage.
The candlelight from our elevated votives brought the ambiance to a whole new level!
For the more condensed arrangements, we used these silver compotes with white hydrangea, dark purple stock, purple roses, eggplant dahlia, lavender spray roses, seeded euc, dusty miller, silver brunia, white alba roses, purple tulips, purple ranunculus and heuchera leaves.
These glass beaded chargers are the newest additions to our rental item inventory, and quickly growing in popularity. They are such a great and easy way to create a more defined and luxurious place setting, and we've yet to find a table they don't match!
Katie and Mike's sweetheart table was simply divine. Who wouldn't want to spend the first few hours as a married couple seated right here?? Purple and white hydrangea, dahlias, roses and eucalyptus made this arrangement a real show stopper.
And of course, we could never leave out the talented Abbey Malcolm! Here is a small example of the phenomenal work she does with her beautiful script.
Congratulations, Katie and Mike! Many, many thanks for choosing to work with us, and wishing you years of happiness!
Katie's Bride Diaries
What was the most standout, "Wow!" moment of your wedding day?
Katie: I was getting ready in a room at the Four Seasons that overlooked the front of the Cathedral where we were married. Even though I knew all of the people who would be coming, it was really amazing to watch from above as guests arrived and see all the family and friends who came out to celebrate with us. That was really an incredible feeling.
Mike: When Katie and her dad walked into the church and the doors opened, all you could see was this bright light and then two silhouettes walk out. It's hard to describe how awesome it looked.
We know things don't always go as planned...Were there any entertaining wedding bloopers?
Well there was something that definitely wasn't part of our plan. My brother secretly had 100 masks made of my face and Mike's face and put them on wooden sticks. Toward the end of the reception, all of a sudden all of our guests were dancing and holding up our faces. They were everywhere! It was hilarious, and a little bit creepy. It did not take long for me to guess that my brother was behind it.
Any wedding toasts that made you laugh til you cried? Cry your eyes out? Gasp in shock?
We had three toasts and they were all wonderful. My best friend is usually really good at embarrassing me, but surprisingly she was able to control herself and gave a really sweet toast. Mike's brothers gave a joint toast that had the entire room cracking up, I didn't even know they could be that funny. Then my dad gave an incredible toast that had everyone laughing and crying. They were all perfect.
We don't judge! Did you have any Bridezilla moments of weakness?
I really don't think I did. We enjoyed the whole planning process, thanks to having lots of help. The wedding day was one of the most relaxing days of my life. I went for an early run with one of my best friends then I got to get pampered in a hotel suite with my mom and bridesmaids all day. I wish I could get married every year!
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 didn't have an official wedding planner, but we had a great team of people helping us. My mom was amazing. She is a corporate meeting planner, so she is really good at planning and negotiations. There's no way we could have done this without her. My dad was in charge of the budget and contracts. You can't believe how many excel spreadsheets were made for this wedding. We were so organized. Eric Allen at the Four Seasons was also great. He told us before the wedding that we should feel like guests the night of the wedding and and we did. He was such a big part of making sure everything was ready and went smoothly on their end. Lastly, my cousin, Kristin Barse, is an amazing wedding planner. From the day we got engaged, she was so helpful in reminding us of all the little things that we never would have thought of. Then she was there all day to make sure the room was set up right and that everything was in place. She was also responsible for almost all of our vendor recommendations. Thanks to Kristin, we ended up with amazing vendors, including A Garden Party!
Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor and theme?
Cake! Mike and I are big dessert people so the cake tasting was one of our favorite parts of the wedding planning. We are usually pretty good at making decisions, but we couldn't pick just one flavor for the cake so we went with different flavors on each tier: pumpkin, raspberry, and chocolate chip.
We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?
The flowers were so much better than I ever could have imagined! I love fresh flowers, but I know very little about them and felt a little clueless going into our meetings with Mary. I could barely even explain what I liked and didn't know the names of any of the flowers that Mary talked about, so she definitely had her work cut out for her. Mary and Dawn even came out to meet us at the Four Seasons so they could see the space. I remember Mary saying, "we just bring the pretty", and they totally did.
What song really got the party started?
We're not sure because the party got started before we even got into the reception! The band had to tell our guests to stop dancing so that we could be introduced! Then the party continued all night. The band was amazing!
Who were your vendors?
Catering- Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia
Bakery- Bredenbecks Bakery, Philadelphia
Dress- Bijou Bridal, Ardmore, PA
Entertainment- CTO Tribeca
Any other vendors you would like to credit?
Stationary: Abbey Malcolm Press
Photographer: Rachel Pearlman 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?
Right before the cocktail hour, we took ten minutes alone in a room that was set up for us with champagne and some hors d'oeuvres. It was so nice to have some alone time to just relax for a minute and take it all in before the party started. I would highly recommend it to any couple.
Also, I think you can plan every detail as much as you want, but you can't force people to have a good time. What made the wedding for us was how much fun it was! There was so much dancing and it was so clear that our friends and family were so happy to celebrate with us. When we reflect on our wedding, it makes us so thankful not just that we have each other, but that we have so many incredible people in our lives. It was such an amazing day.