From the florist, Corinne of Sebesta Design

We were so excited to be asked by Constellation Catering to be part of a bespoke bridal event called Love is in the Air at the Fairmount Park Horticultural Center.  Wanting to show a potential bride our complete vision we decided to turn it into an inspiration shoot so that like a real wedding, you could see the design both during the day and at night.  

Being at a greenhouse has so many design advantages.  For one the light in the space is just amazing. And their ceiling supports just scream for hanging pieces.  Given that organic hanging, installations have been done a million times over, I wanted to come up with something new that would not only be fresh but could also be lush and modern at the same time.

Ultimately, I wanted to design something that was fun, flirty and bold allowing our guests to feel immersed in color, modern texture and sophisticated details.  To start with I really gravitated towards a base of black and gold and since the space itself is neutral with lots lush greenery I thought the best way to make the design stand out was to pair it with rich jewel tones.  The jewel tones kept the florals from blending in with the greenhouse background and really jumped off of the deep richness of the black giving it such a sophisticated, modern feel.

My floral design inspiration started with one of my favorite artists, Rebecca Louise Law, whose floral installations are seen in museums around the world.  Now because this was at an operating Horticultural Center and not a museum, our installation time and scope were limited. And while I wanted to go heavy on the hanging elements, we didn’t want people to feel like they were cramped and crowded in the space. Because of this, we focused the lusher hanging structures over the sweetheart table, photo backdrop, cake, and coffee displays.  The center of the space was kept the light with sweeping metallic gold tulle and individual blossoms showering down from the ceiling. And to amplify everything, mirrored tables provided a double punch of color reflected in the table top.

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Lauren & Sam’s love story began overseas— they met while Lauren was studying abroad. When the couple started to plan their wedding, they wanted to make sure to incorporate Sam’s English heritage and Lauren’s American heritage into the details of their day.

The couple was married at Terrain Gardens in the venue’s all-season reception room. The charmingly bright space with reclaimed barn wood floors had an elegantly rustic aesthetic. Terrain’s floral team transformed the interior into a lush and ethereal English garden. Delicate vines of greenery curled through the soaring, white rafters, and hung in whimsical, cascading trails. The beautifully weathered barn doors were decorated with an impressive display of verdant greens, blush roses, and branches of dainty white blooms.

The effect was magical, and the couple chose to take full advantage of the space— using it for both their ceremony and reception. For the ceremony, tables were shifted to either side of the room and lined with clusters of garden blooms and mismatched brass lanterns. As Lauren walked down the aisle, the impact of the moment and the decor was incredibly romantic. It was like she was moving through a field of flowers to meet her groom!

After the ceremony, guests headed to the greenhouse space to enjoy cocktail hour while the ladies from The Styled Bride and the team at Terrain transformed the ceremony space for the reception. An extended farm table was set in front of the barn doors and the floral aisle markers were placed along one side to establish a striking head table. The ceremony chairs were reset at each table and tall, ruby-colored tapers and twinkling votives were set atop the sheer blush runners.

Cards for the newlyweds were placed in a miniature replica of the classic English red post box. Flags sporting the Union Jack and Stars & Stripes were set out for guests to use in the photo booth and on the dance floor. And one of our favorite touches was the Victoria sponge cake that Sam’s family lovingly prepared in miniature clay flower pots!. Watching these two cultures married throughout the details of the day was the perfect backdrop to Lauren & Sam’s own union, and we were so honored to capture it all!

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Spend any amount of time with Gina & Carson and you will find yourself smiling and laughing. This sweet couple was a joy to work with and their December wedding at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts was a stunning reflection of their vibrant personalities. Their vision combined a refined sense of beauty, with a love of architecture and mid-century modern aesthetics alongside a playfulness that made the day as fun and approachable as the couple themselves!

Gina & Carson created an elegant invitation suite, programs, and custom signage through Minted. Carson is an architect and the couple wanted to make sure that their wedding day details paid homage to his passion. The design they settled on was perfectly elegant with its structural, color blocked graphic in shades of navy, mauve, and pale gray.  The groom also created an architectural drawing of the Annenberg Gallery in the Museum’s Hamilton Building for their reception seating chart!

After an emotional first look on the streets of Old City, we took the couple to Cherry Street Pier for portraits. The century-old municipal space has found new life as a mix-use public space with spectacular views of the Delaware Riverfront and the iconic Ben Franklin Bridge. With Carson in his perfectly tailored tuxedo from The Black Tux and Gina in her chic, strapless, lace, Louvienne gown, the couple looked so glamorous! And the bride’s brilliant, monochromatic, scarlet bouquet from Texture Florals really popped against the industrial colors of the pier.

We met the rest of the wedding party over at PAFA. The bridesmaids wore floor-length black gowns and carried sweet little bundles of baby’s breath. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos, with matching black bowties and scarlet boutonnieres. Altogether, the group looked right at home in the sophisticated gallery spaces! The ceremony took place in the Hamilton Building on a gorgeous Antique Oriental rug from Maggpie Vintage set in front of a subtly textured, hand-painted backdrop from Dusted Backdrops. Textured florals encircled the space with billowing clouds of baby’s breath accented with long, arching stems of bold red blooms and gem-like peacock feathers. Gina & Carson’s vows we’re deeply personal— filled with emotional sentiments, heartfelt humor, and joyful promise.

As husband & wife, the couple led their guests into the Annenberg gallery for the reception. Long tables were set with rattan, gray linens, navy blue napkins, and dynamic crimson floral arrangements. In addition to plenty of dancing, guests enjoyed snapping photos in front of the couple’s custom, neon “To the Moon and Back” sign! Ending the night with a little something sweet, the bride & groom cut into a five-tiered, chocolate peanut butter cake from Nutmeg Cake Design. This wedding was a blast to capture and we couldn’t be happier for Gina & Carson!

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