Philadelphia Wedding Florist : Meghan & Jake at the Morris Arboretum feat. Bride Diaries
Every year there are a few weddings sprinkled into our schedule that double as both work AND play. Meghan and Jake are dear dear friends of Mary and John, so of course we were so excited to design sweet and sunny arrangements to match the bride's glowing personality. Mary and Meghan's friendship dates back to their PSU days (Class of 2006) where they bonded over their PSU pride, Mad Mex memories, Cafe 210 chaos, late nights/early mornings spent together in the dorm laughing (she has the BEST laugh). That kind of friendship is impossible to walk away from, especially since she is a flower lover! Added Bonus : their venue was the Morris Arboretum, which is a stunningly beautiful event space, especially for a garden lover!
Michele Moran Photography provided these images from Meghan and Jake's wedding, and we are so happy to see them come across our desks. When you know the couple personally, there are some pretty high standards to make sure that the photos match their style - Michele did an amazing job showing how thoughtful these two are.
Meghan ordered floral cuffs for the Mothers of the Bride and Groom. We made sure to keep theme fun and colorful, with an added personal touch in the charm Meghan provided.
How gorgeous is she?! Meghan's bouquet was a delightful mix of lavender roses, white roses, seeded eucalyptus, succulents from our garden and a few gold succulents (a meaningful memory of sweet Maddie) and hypericum berries. The subtle mix of colors were arranged in a tight rounded shape to fit the clean elegance of her dress and jewelry selections.
Meghan's bridesmaids had a few more dashes of color, with peach dahlias, hypericum and ranunculus adding a playful feel to their designs.
Hello, handsome men! The guys were textural bouts of succulents and spray roses with a touch of rosemary for a fun look.
Meghan and Jake held two ceremonies on their wedding day, marrying the idea of tradition in the church with their personal taste of the outdoors. Guests were welcomed at both venues, and it was a day filled with an extra level of celebration, love and unity. Seeing the setting of both of these venues, we can hardly blame theme - the venues were both so stunningly beautiful!
After their church ceremony, Meghan and Jake exchanged heartfelt vows under a handmade wooden arbor (made with love by the talented Jake!) set up in the gardens of the Morris Arboretum. With such dramatic natural backdrop, the minimalist arch was the perfect fit - we added corner arrangements of greenery mixed with with white hydrangea and peach and lavender roses.
The grounds of the Morris Arboretum are incredibly appealing to anyone who enjoys the outdoors. The variety in landscaping, lush forestry and wide walkways made the path from the ceremony to the reception a very enjoyable stroll with tons of Instagram-worthy photo ops.
That's our girl!! But honestly, ladies, how amazing is a quick foot dip after spending a day in heels?? Also, it was a tad warm....to put it kindly.
P.S. Jake, you passed Intro to Husbandry perfectly!
We wanted to do something fun for the placecard table that wouldn't be too overwhelming for the tight spot. Our rented champagne bucket always seems like the perfect choice - very celebratory with just enough height to be practical. We filled it to the brim with dahlias, eucalyptus, lisianthus and snapdragons.
We absolutely love when we receive requests for tall centerpieces. They always take the aesthetic of an event space to a new level. For Meghan and Jake's reception, we used our narrow silver vases and created arrangements with pale peach and lavender roses, hydrangea, eucalyptus and purple snapdragons for an elegant spring look. Alternating low arrangements with our silver mercury trios on the other half of the tables upped the romance with candlelight while allowing the taller arrangements to stand out nicely.
Books were used as table "numbers" as a unique and romantic twist to invite guests to sit at Meghan and Jake's real life "love story."
Following the same minimalist design as the ceremony arch, the Meghan and Jake's sweetheart table was natural and airy. It was the perfect size for our silver lanterns and a gorgeous spray of roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries for them to enjoy during their first married meal together.
How cool is this ombre cake?? The Night Kitchen nailed the color scheme, and we can speak from firsthand experience that it was as delicious as it looked!
Congratulations to our wonderful friends! We wish you nothing but the best, and look forward to celebrating many anniversaries!
Meghan's Bride Diaries
What was your most dreamlike moment?
We had two ceremonies to honor our family traditions and our own. Walking into the second ceremony outdoors, we looked at each other and said, "This is what we've been waiting for!" The videographer captured the moment on audio, which was a happy discovery weeks later. It was so special.
Did you include any sentimental items in your decor or details?
We were sentimental to the max! Having most of our vendors be friends (floral, photography, makeup) made it all the more close-to-the-heart. We loved the charms on the cuffs for our mom, and the surprise bouquet charms Jake included in his card for me so our kitties could "be" at the wedding. Everything was custom! From our groom-made sweetheart table, to the arch he built, the photobooth Philly skyline I painted and the felt succulent headband/bouts for our baby flower girl and toddler ring bearers, it was incredible to see it all come together! Our centerpieces were books that shared different chapters of our story. We were busy in planning, but it was so worth it.
What was your favorite decor detail from your wedding day?
I have to say two things: 1. I loved the sweetheart table Jake built in our basement with the W legs. The floral and setting made it feel like magic! 2. The gold succulent to honor Maddie winked and shined up at me all day long, and it felt like the perfect tribute to our lost friend.
We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?
You succeeded beyond my wildest dreams! I knew the day would be emotional for me, but I didn't know it would start with the flower delivery. The bouquets were absolutely perfect, and both moms loved their cuffs. When I saw the reception, I couldn't believe the reality was more beautiful than the vision-- that almost never happens! Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.
Are there any other features or memorable moments you'd like to include?
Having a site with no storage meant we needed to pack up the venue and leave it perfectly empty at the end of the reception. I didn't know how stressful that would be! Thanks to the magical A Garden Party elves/ninjas, so much of the breakdown happened while we were on the dance floor. Thank you so much!!!