Earlier this summer, my lovely friend Kate married the equally lovely Gerard. It was so much fun helping them to plan the wedding, but even more fun to celebrate the day with them as a part of the wedding party while Hannah and Amanda handled all of the “day of” responsibilities! We started the day getting ready together with help from the immensely talented Nancy Dawson and Christopher Chambers. A gap between the ceremony and reception allowed us to skip any formal pre-ceremony photos, so we headed straight to St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption for the wedding ceremony. All personal flowers were created by Inspired Floral Design, and the programs (as well as all other elements of Kate’s “paper trousseau”) were designed and printed by Poême.
Following the ceremony and some formal portraits within the Basilica, we went to a family friend’s house to relax, grab some refreshments and take a few more photos (all photos © Steph Carson Photography). It was such a perfect break in the day, and Kate’s parents’ friends were so kind to make sure we were all well-rested and well-fed before heading off to the reception! During this time, the Peterloon Estate was open to guests for a “pre-cocktail-hour” where they could take tours of the estate and enjoy a piano concert.
The wedding party arrived at the Peterloon Estate during the cocktail hour and took a few final photographs around the stunning grounds. The gorgeous estate and its surrounding gardens provide endless backdrops for photographs. Meanwhile, the reception was set with all of the small details that made the wedding so unique to Kate and Gerard. Kate and Gerard created their own “signature drink” based on recipes they had learned in a mixology class, and handmade small drink flags for each glass. In honor of Gerard’s mother, we used breast cancer bracelets as napkin rings, with a note attached explaining that a donation had been made in her memory. Kate knew early on that she wanted to top her favorite cupcakes (red velvet) with mini brides and grooms, but could only find brunette versions. So Kate’s mom Charla took care of it, by hand-painting each tiny bride’s hair blonde!
The reception tent and tables were adorned with satin linens from Connie Duglin, stunning tall centerpieces of white dendrobium orchid, white delphinium and hydrangea blooms with curly willow by Inspired Floral Design, and champagne-cork place card holders. Kate and Gerard’s seats were designated with a small bunch of pink peonies tied to the backs of their chairs. Pink was definitely the color of the evening, and paired with soft whites, ivories and champagnes, it looked gorgeous against the rich outdoor setting of the Peterloon Estate.
The evening was catered by Kate’s family’s restaurant, 20 Brix, and the delicious cakes and cupcakes were baked by Patricia’s. Everyone danced the night away to music from the always wonderful Soul Pocket. We couldn’t have gotten through the day as smoothly as we did without the help of my Associate Coordinators Hannah and Amanda, and our summer interns Bethany and Sam. Steph Carson and her second-shooter Menad were there to catpure the entire day, as was Steve Zugelter of Studio Z Films (I can’t wait to see what he produces!). It was all in all a gorgeous day for my two wonderful friends, and I was so happy to be a part of it!
Vendors: 20 Brix, Inspired Floral Design, Steph Carson Photography, Studio Z Films, Patricia’s, Camargo Rental, Connie Duglin Linen, Soul Pocket, Brideface, Christopher Chambers, Aviva Events.