Happy one year anniversary to these two! Let's reminisce on their stunning at-home wedding that we created this time last year!
On a beautiful October evening, at the home they built together, Stephanie and Michael recited their wedding vows to each other. The two grew up together in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania aka the Mushroom Capital of the World. Brought together by the friendship of Michael’s sister and Stephanie’s cousin. Stephanie went off to school and Michael stayed to work at the family mushroom farm business until a few years later, the two were reunited and magic happened. After a picture-perfect engagement in Italy, the two quickly began planning their at-home wedding with us!
The two were married by Stephanie’s godfather Carlos in front of a barn beam arch, built by the groom and accented with flowers by Fresh Designs Flora & Events. Stephanie and her father walked up the aisle to the sound of a mariachi band as a nod to Stephanie’s Mexican heritage. Afterwards, the newlyweds snuck into their home for a minute alone then tied on aprons for a surprise stint behind the bar, which opened up in their garage. The guests were thrilled!
Grand sailcloth tents paired with farmhouse tables and gorgeous vintage furniture from Maggpie Vintage appealed to the couple, who work in real estate development and interior design. Copper bowls filled with flowers lined the tables and guests found their seats with the help of custom personalized coasters. The coasters also served as Red and Green response cards for the Churrascaria style dinner! Brazilian flank steak and roasted pig were served from long skewers while bowls of campanelle gratin and platters of freshly picked stuffed portabella mushrooms were served family style by Sage Catering.
The warm and cozy tent provided a magical atmosphere for all 165 guests who feasted on cake from Bredenbecks and an assortment of desserts like mini churros and tiramisu. They then danced until midnight, when the taco truck showed up for late night snacks! After the music died down and the last guests off to their hotels, Stephanie and Mike stood in their doorway and shared a kiss. The day had gone perfectly and the venue just couldn’t be beat.
Calling all music loving brides‐to‐be! We’ve got the ultimate resource for all of your wedding soundtrack needs.
Our pals at Wedding Paper Divas have curated a massive yet thoughtful list of wedding appropriate music that will definitely accomplish all of your music must‐haves: emotional reactions, happy tears, sentimental moments, and of course, KILLER moves on a packed dance floor!
Wedding music, if you ask us, is trẻs importante; it plays such an integral role for setting the tone of your entire celebration and permeates all aspects. How many of our Bottle Pop Brides have playlists going for every stage of the day?! If you do, you’re ahead of the game! And if not, do not fret!
Just head over to the site and prepare to be inspired. Sorted by category, as well as genre, and decade, this comprehensive catalog runs the gamut from country to disco, folk and R&B. Not only can you find a song for every stage of your day, but you can stay true to your theme, venue, and musical taste.
Are you and Dad deciding on your Father/Daughter song? Have him pull up a chair as you browse! Feel free to send this link along to your Mom, or to the Mother of the Groom and let them scroll their way to a song of their choosing! Have your bridesmaids over for wine and a bachelorette/reception playlist‐ making party! Finally, share this with your finance as you decide on that ever‐important first dance.
Music is definitely one of the most fun parts of wedding planning! Wedding Paper Divas can help you get started on the soundtrack to one of the Best. Days. Ever!
After polling everyone on the Bottle Pop Facebook page, nodding in agreement at their answers, I've got the perfect Wedding Welcome Bag. When you check in as a wedding guest, it's so nice getting a little something that shows your hosts they're glad your there. And it's even nicer at 2am when you stumbled back to your hotel room to find a bag of Funyons, is it not? Known fact? Funyons are at their peak perfection at 2am.
Anyway, here we go with some Wedding Welcome Bag Do's and Don'ts as determined by me and my crowd sourcing. Feel free to add your own or disagree with me completely. We're talking Funyons here, not rocket science.
DO: A decent bag or box to hold everything. My bride sprung for these adorable cotton totes from Pressed Cotton.
DON'T: Use cheap paper party bags. I've had many a paper bag tear on me under the weight of a few water bottles.
DO: A ribbon to tie the handles together. Bonus if it's pretty. This keeps everything in it's place once the bags are in the hands of the hotel staff. Plus, you can add a note to the outside identifying the bride & groom/wedding they're attending.
DO: Write a welcome note! A quick, general note that welcomes them and lets them know any pertinent details about the event/transportation/timing will be much appreciated
DO: Hydrate your guests. Water is the #1 requested necessity from wedding/hotel guests. And remember that many guests will have two to a room. Calculate for foods & drinks accordingly!
DO: Add a cutesy themed beverage if your city/locale has something specific it's known for.
DO: Give them something to snack on! Some simple trail mix will do the trick. We also added an adorable Pennsylvania shaped sugar cookie.
DON'T: Give them things that will get ruined in the bag. For example, Philly is known for it's Tastykake baked goods. However, they are soft and easily smushed and wouldn't last 30 seconds in this type of bag.
DO: Play Doctor. A few packets of Advil and a couple band-aids might not get used but there's a good chance they will! From heels that hurt to the inevitable hangover headache, these are quick, cheap items your guests will thank you up and down for.
DON'T: Fill up the bag with brochures. If your guest need something to do in the area, those same brochures are most likely already in their hotel room. Plus, the front desk knows all.
DO: Provide maps if your guests are on their own for finding their way around your wedding events.
Making everything color coordinated goes without saying, right? I thought so.
Wait til you get a load of this Style-in-Progress! When Corey first came to us with her Neverland themed wedding, we admit, our eyebrows raised a bit. But as soon as she dove into her glorious, gorgeous Pinterest boards, we were not only on board, we were ready to sail that ship ourselves ( See, we're already getting into the Captain Hook puns!). Corey and Chris are getting married at one of the Philadelphia area's most jaw-droppingly beautiful estates, Cairnwood. The place is filled with rooms that are perfect for Corey's themes: the Lost Boys' Room, Pixie Hollow, the Darling's Bedroom and so on. The amount of thought that she has already put into this concept is unreal.
Her color scheme is a rich one, filled with night sky blues, dark reds and purples and accented with delicate pink (champagne) and ivory. We're going to fill Cairnwood with stars and feathers and tipis and the most fun, magical things you can think of. This might not be a wedding for everyone and it's easy to head face first into kiddie party territory but we're ready! It's going to be whimsical and lush and filled with eclectic details and it's perfect for this unique couple.
The highest compliment you can get from us is that "you're such an easy bride". And Kim was the epitome of an easy bride. She is the bubbliest, chattiest, friendliest girl you could ever meet and planning her wedding somehow elevated that. She knew she wanted lots of pink and sparkle and a big bouquet full of nothing but pale pink roses. That was her only requirement! Everything else? Easy! Her and Kyle are one of those couples who have been together forever and when it finally came time to make it official, these two threw quote the pink, sparkly party! Their venue, Brandywine Manor House, provided a gorgeous outdoor ceremony space by the water and a reception under a big white, draped tent. It was all just too pretty!
We had lots of fun with Kim and Kyle's details! From custom sequin pillows to fun hotel bags and the bridal party's pink Toms, every little thing got a touch of pink and gold. They welcomed their guests with custom drawstring bags with their #kimloveskyle hashtag. Inside was salty and sweet snacks (popcorn and pink salt water taffy) plus mini waters and an awesome Do Not Disturb door hanger. It set the tone for the night right away! All of their signage was crated to mimic their invitations from Wedding Paper Divas, which had patterns in shades of pink and coral. With gold frames everywhere, the look was complete!
We loved the bridal party outfits that Kim and Kyle chose. The less-stuffy khaki vest and pink tie option fit those guys perfectly! And the pale pink flow dresses were perfect for their May wedding day.
Once again, Fresh Designs Flora & Events knocked it out of the park with these pink and white pretties in a mixture of silver and gold mercury glass. On top of those sequin gold chevron table runners? The place looked spectacular. And we don't always recommend specialty linens, but when we do, it's a blush Roma dupione silk. The texture alone makes it all worth it!
Seriously, how cute are these two? We really loved the whole year of planning that we got to spend with these guys and have a real urge to make everything we touch pink and gold. Thank you to Anastasia from Side-A Photography for these gorgeous photos!
Oh and check out this wedding on Wedding Paper Divas blog!
Photos by Matt Gruber Photography
Prepare to be smitten, kittens. While the wedding world is a buzz with Nana Betty in her adorable lavender bridesmaid dress, we’d like to introduce you to Carl Goerlach. We call him Pop and his grandson, newlywed Eric Goerlach, calls him “Smooth”.
Pop was one of Eric’s best men in his June 13th wedding to BottlePop pal and blushing bride, Colleen, this past summer. While most grooms choose their brothers, college buddies, or childhood chums, Eric chose Pop as well as his Dad, also named Carl, to stand next to him as his two best men.
“There was no question. Ever since I proposed to Colleen, I know exactly who would be standing next to me”, Eric said. “He’s my best friend.”
Eric and Pop, who will turn 80 this year, spend time together a few times a week; fishing, crabbing, and sharing beers. Pop was thrilled to be included in his grandson’s big day, and spent months before the wedding excitedly chatting about it, making plans, and of course planning the bachelor party!
Colleen and Eric married at St. Madeline Parish in Ridley Park, PA. Their reception was held at Harry’s Savoy Grill in Wilmington, DE where Pop escorted the bride’s sisters for introductions and then proceeded to cut a rug all night long, never leaving the dance floor! He was one of the last guests standing, outlasting even the bride and groom at the after party!
Gah! So cute!
Florals by Fresh Designs Flora & Events
This post was written by Assistant Planner Kristen, who is planning her own winter wedding!
It’s true what they say, that planning a wedding requires some serious effort. Heck, I’d even venture to say that it could possibly qualify as a part time job! It’s time-consuming and challenging, and there are about a grillion decisions to be made, each of varying degrees of importance.
“What song should we play as we process out of the ceremony?”
“What should the ring bearers wear?”
“Cake or dessert buffet?”
“Who will do the readings? Wait, which readings are we doing? Are we even having any readings?”
Each decision tends to lead right into at least three more, building on top of one another like a giant (expensive) house of cards. It’s enough to stress out the most laid back of brides.
Now, enter Kristen: The Most Indecisive Bride in the World.
It drives my fiancé insane. Have you ever seen this The Notebook Meme? It’s pure perfection and is a dead-on match for our conversations each time a meal approaches. At a restaurant, my menu will be open and closed at least seven times before I truly commit, and even when I do – I always have some sort of regretful afterthought once the server leaves the table, order in hand.
“I totally should’ve gotten a burger. I’ve been craving a burger all day. But then again, I really wanted like a saucy kind of pasta.”
I swear, I don’t know how Tom doesn’t just refuse to go out to eat with me anymore.
Anywho, being as indecisive as I am certainly throws us for a few loops in the planning process. And to think, I was oh-so-cocky before we actually set a date. I had a Pinterest board (though, the sheer size of it should’ve been a red flag, warning me of how much wavering I was in store for), I had vendors already in mind, clear ideas, and mood boards – not to mention strong opinions. This was going to be a cinch.
For example, I’ve attended many, many weddings over the past ten years, and I know for a fact that no wedding was ever ruined by not having favors. And so there we had it, we weren’t doing favors. Easy, right?
Wrong! I dreamt up the CUTEST (because isn’t everything the cutest when it comes to weddings?!) idea for favors that were SO US, so perfect for the season, and shouldn’t be too expensive to pull together. My favor FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) kicked into high gear. And so it is over favors – the one thing I thought I didn’t need to decide on – that we now debate. I am not spilling the beans in the event that we do decide (there’s that word again…) on executing this idea ;)
Slowly but surely, I am learning how to kick my indecisive nature out to the curb as we prepare for the big day. I am sure it will never truly go away (I am an Aries, after all), but wedding planning has been a true exercise in decision making. I’ve learned that, once a choice is made – I really need to just stick to what we landed on. No looking back and no reconsidering it.
The truth is, as much as I’d like to proudly proclaim that I am the anti-Bridezilla and that the “small” decisions don’t really matter in the grand scheme, some of them do. And the reason they do is because each of my decisions is going to contribute to our guests’ experience on December 12th – a notion that is so very important to both Tom and I.
I always keep in mind this sage (and paraphrased) advice from one of my favorite wedding blogs, A Practical Wedding: Your guests won’t remember how your wedding looks, they’ll remember how your wedding feels. Keeping this in mind as I move on to my next big decision!
What decisions were the most painstaking for you and your partner when planning your wedding? Any tips you can share with me?
Written by our summer intern Ashley...
What’s the best way to reunite with old friends? Throw a brunch party of course!! I don’t think anyone will turn down an invite to a festive gathering of long time pals and endless mimosas. This is a great excuse to catch up on new stories and reminisce about the past.
Here are a few things that you might want to think about while planning:
1. Guest List
This is a crucial part of planning any event. In this case, I would try to keep it between 10-15 people that way there will always be someone to chat with but not too many that it will be overwhelming. (Also if you’re ever debating on inviting someone you should probably just send him or her an invite to be on the safe side. No one wants to be on the “forgot you list”.)
I chose to go with a black, white, pink (& anything gold) theme. There is a sophisticated Parisian vibe to this decor that I really enjoyed. Who doesn’t appreciate some champagne inspired macarons?!
3. Food/ Drinks
In my opinion this is the most important part and I doubt anyone will disagree. The basics should include a variation of eggs, French toast and an array of fruit. There is a wide-range of scrambled egg recipes to try from the one and only Martha Stewart if you are looking for ideas. I also think that these simple quiche recipes would be fun to try for any DIY brunch party.
Last and obviously not least: the cocktails. My favorite part about Sunday brunch is without a doubt the bottomless mimosas. The drinks that you choose to serve at your get together are up to you. You can never go wrong with a build your own Bloody Mary bar, Mimosa or Bellini.
Next time you’re looking for a way to gather friends for a fun time I hope these ideas help to inspire you!! There is nothing better than a few old friends around a table complete with your favorite brunch treats!!
We're bringing back the Wedding SIP, or Style-in-Progress! This soft and pretty rustic vibe is the inspiration for Liz and Derek's wedding this September at The Old Mill in Rose Valley. It's such a gorgeous venue that lends itself greatly to the rustic feel, since it's nestled back from the road, surrounded by tall trees and a babbling brook. Liz wanted to soften the rustic look up a bit so we went with a super pale pink and pale aqua color palette and traded most of the typical burlap for some feminine lace.
Liz and Derek are hunting down some antiques to use and we just found out they found some great doors that they plan to paint that incredible shade of aqua. So excited! We've planned a really pretty ceremony to be followed by some good ol' fashioned lawn games. We'll fill every nook of The Old Mill with bunches of babies breath and old rusted milk jugs for that down on the farm feeling they're hoping for. We're working with Fresh Designs again on this one for the florals and word on the street is that they've ordered some gorgeous new pale pink vessels for centerpieces. When the color palette is this pretty, it's hard not to run with it! And honestly, who could blame us?!?
We are celebrating Christmas in July over here at Bottle Pop, as we countdown the months until Kristen’s winter wedding. Here’s a little sneak peek as Kristen shares some of the inspiration for her and Tom’s day…
The idea of a winter wedding has always appealed to me. But adding a holiday spin, while truth be told it’s not what I’ve always planned, has absolutely defined my vision for our wedding. You see, I am one of those annoying yuletide-obsessed people, full blown. I listen to Christmas tunes all year round. (I may or may not be listening at this very moment.) I have always, even when living alone in a one bedroom apartment, had a real, full size tree. At 34 years old, I still go to bed on Christmas Eve with the feeling of butterflies in my stomach.
“It’s that time of year, when the world falls in love…” We used this quote on our Save the Dates (sent by email via Paperless Post – one of best decisions we’ve made thus far!) and it has been repeating on a constant loop in my head, basically ever since we started planning! The line is from The Christmas Waltz, sung by none other than Ole Blue Eyes. To me, it couldn’t ring more true in December. It does seem like the entire world is in a hazy, lovesick, possibly bubbly-induced state of red and green euphoria. Family and friends gather, traditions are honored and delicious food and drink are consumed.
Well, if that doesn’t conjure up the vision of an amazing wedding, I don’t know what does! Our wedding is going to evoke all of the feelings of holiday season, but without all of the classic Christmas fare. We want our guests to feel like they are at a very fancy holiday party with their closest friends and family.
Check back in over the next few months to see how Kristen’s plans unfold!
Here are some sources for the images above.
That eucalyptus garland on every table makes us positively giddy. And we know our girl Sue at Fresh Designs Florist will deliver big time!
An aisle lit with candles and filled with greens – magic.
Festive details and holly berries.
Simple evergreen tags. On everything!
Mismatched bridesmaids in glam dresses.
Vintage ornaments for escort cards.
Candles, candles, candles.