Whimsical Spring Wedding at The Philadelphia Horticulture Center
From the Florist, La Petite Fleur: “The Spring wedding of Hannah and David at the Philadelphia Horticulture Center was filled with lots of moving parts— all of which tug at the heart. The couple pedaled their way into one another’s lives— having met on a bike tour in Philadelphia. So it’s no wonder they collaborated with wedding design studio La Petite Fleur to create a day that ‘spoke’ to their relaxed, yet refined, personalities.”
“First and foremost, their festive, glamorous affair featured bikes— one served as a card holder (for guests to deposit anniversary wishes), while another served Little Baby’s Ice Cream and one other— a piñata— served as entertainment.
This playful panache, however, wasn’t limited to their reception. In fact, the couple’s ceremony was the epitome of personal and touching— with ‘flower grandmothers,’ the sole bridal party members, processing down the aisle before David, an artistic director in New York, performed the nuptials himself!”
“Hannah’s bouquet stole the show though with its romantic, a-typical silhouette and textured presentation of garden blooms. In shades of white, grey, lavender and blue— roses, anemones, ranunculus, astilbe, sweet pea, tweedia, fern, seeded eucalyptus, and artemisia were seemingly spilled from her grasp. And for even more drama, LPF finished the stems with lace layered over ivory satin. Well-suited as her suitor though was David in a dapper blue on blue look, which was completed by his elegant thistle and seeded eucalyptus boutonniere.”
“The fun and fancy continued with a DIY photo booth station, which was complete with a trio of gold, white and silver oversized frames in different shapes and authentic theatre props from the theatre at which David is director.”
“A highlight of the duo’s décor plan though was the bar. The backdrop was illuminated with strands of market light bulbs and boasted a grand arrangement of spirea, feather willow, silver dollar eucalyptus, lily grass, roses, stock and delphinium. No bar at a whimsical wedding would be complete though without custom libations. A close friend of Hannah and David’s specially brewed IPAs, which were named ‘A-Muse-Me’ and ‘Hoppily Ever After,’ in honor of the happy couple.”
“An eclectic floor plan that included tables of varied heights, shapes and sizes, and a dance floor surrounded by luxe, vintage parlor furniture— offered the cozy, relaxed whimsy the Mr. and Mrs. sought. Punctuated by elegant décor and unexpected accents, their cocktail-style reception was at once pretty and playful.
So in keeping with the affair’s (and couple’s) fanciful character, the tablescapes were as varied as the seating arrangements. The long, high-top tables featured elevated tablescapes of cascading greenery and flowering branches— from which candle-filled, glass globes were hung.”
“Then, a smattering of cocktail tables were topped with glass cloches, which displayed garden-inspired arrangements of sword fern, jasmine vine, tweedia, sprays roses and hypericum berries. Moss, touches of greens and mercury glass votives complete the look. Meanwhile, other tables were adorned with footed mercury glass compotes arranged with amaranthus, artemisia, thistle, white majolica, light blue delphinium, lilac, sword fern, veronica, cherry blossom, hypericum and succulents.
And yes, the parlor furniture included a central lounge area, complete with tufted sofa and coffee table, from Maggpie Vintage Furniture that LPF topped with a hammered bowl filled with feather willow, silver dollar, ranunculus, scabiosa, Earl Grey roses and artemisia. Over the lounge a deco crystal chandelier kept all the details aglow.”