Yellow is a colour which immediately says ‘happy’ and this is exactly how I felt when I laid eyes on this gorgeous Summer wedding by Kamila Harris Photography. Filled to the brim with darling yellow and white details, from the beautiful bouquets to the tall centerpieces to the tempting lemon-covered cocktail table, it’s the kind of soiree which puts a spring in your step. Add to that a vintage inspired bride with a gorgeous birdcage veil, a romantic outdoor tent in an amazing location surrounded by mist, and you have an enchanting atmosphere better than a Hollywood set could hope for.
Bride Lauren Shares The Details:
I knew I wanted a warmer weather wedding. I love summer and couldn’t even imagine getting married when it was cold! When I thought about my wedding, the words I used were “classic, simple but elegant, clean lines, and fun.” So to me, white and yellow encompassed all those things. I had originally thought about adding orange, but in the end, the white and yellow kept it the most simple and made the biggest impact.
Our ceremony was at St. Andrew’s Church in Newtown, PA. Unfortunately, my church I grew up in was under construction and wasn’t going to be ready in time. But a lot of my friends went to St. Andrew’s and it’s a beautiful church and was close to me so that’s why we went there.
The flowers I chose were callas and lillies for the most part. They were so classic and frankly, looked beautiful in white and yellow. My bridal bouquet was all yellow callas and lillies, plus a few other things, and the bridesmaid bouquets were white and yellow. Our centerpieces were also yellow and white flowers with water and candles.
I wanted the look to be classic and a little vintage. The girls dresses (from Priscilla of Boston) had cream lace at the top and yellow chiffon at the bottom with a black silk ribbon added to the waist to match the guys. They wore black satin peep toes to match the ribbons and pearl earrings (no necklaces). The guys wore black tuxes with bow ties and cummerbunds. They also had white callas boutonnieres and my husband had a yellow one. For gifts, each bridesmaid received a purse they could use on the wedding day (2 girls got yellow, two got white, two got white crochet with flowers, and one got black), as well as a cream fabric ring with mini pearls in the middle which they all wore on the day as well.
I wanted to encompass a vintage feel to my look too. I had a bird cage veil and red satin shoes! (I thought about wearing red lipstick but decided it would be too much!). My dress was very simple and classic with a bow on the back to give it a modern touch.
I made our seating chart. I used a huge foam board and covered it in yellow and white patterned fabric which I bought from Mood. I hand wrote everyone’s names on the outside of mini envelopes and wrote their table numbers on the inside. Then, I got pins with yellow balls on them and, after painstakingly measuring the distance between each envelope, pinned them to the board alphabetically. I also did the favors myself. I bought the jars, filled them with yellow candy and glued little flowers on top. I also spray painted my B and G chair monograms. I didn’t have too much DIY – I’m not that creative!
I knew I wanted to be outside (again, Summer girl!) and under a tent. So the reception took place at the Pearl S. Buck Estate which was beautiful and secluded with really really pretty grounds. It’s a huge almost farmland like property with green grass and big trees. Our tent was super nice too compared to many others. What also grabbed me was the cobblestone patio in the back of the house where our cocktail hour took place. Luckily, it didn’t rain during cocktail hour! My favorite part of cocktail hour (and most of the guests) was the lemon martini bar. I think it was the only thing people drank for that whole hour!
After much debate, we decided to decorate the tent using draping on the ceiling and lights. It was so beautiful and elegant and made everything feel more romantic. We used all white linens with square plates (clean lines!) and for a pop color on the tables (besides the flowers), we displayed lemonheads in jars. It definitely added color to the table along with our menus which also had yellow on them. However, I tried not to put too much on the table because I didn’t want to to look busy. We also donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and put a note the bottom of our menu cards to let guests know. Oh! I also had square tables and I loved them. This way, I could have 8 people at a table, couldn’t squeeze in any more, and again, clean lines (haha). Lastly, I spray painted a white birdcage (it was a real one), which I bought and asked the florist to put flowers on it – this was my card holder. It was huge! Stand up!
I think was really the whole church thing was my biggest challenge. Not being able to get married in your childhood church was hard for me, and we didn’t make the decision until last minute! Also, our original guest list was about 320 people. So while I didn’t have control over it, we wanted to get it down! We ended up having 230 people.
The absolute best part of my wedding was the band. They were amazing. Everyone was literally up dancing at the start of the salads until the very end. There was a noise ordinance where we were, so they had to stop playing at 10pm. Well, people wanted to keep dancing, and a “One More Song” chant came about ha ha. It was just so fun. They played upbeat, fun dance songs the whole time and were just amazing. And of COURSE marrying my best friend! He luckily is very easy going so he didn’t have too much opposition to the things I picked ha ha. I am one of 25 cousins and the first to get married, so everybody was in a great mood and was just so excited and happy. It was truly one of the best days ever.
Thank you Lauren for putting us right there with you on your special day and thanks to Kamila for the wonderful imagery!
Photography: Kamila Harris Photography / Hair Stylist: Susan Matthew Salon & Spa / Caterer: Jamie Hollander Catering / Floral Designer: Petals Lane / Wedding Dress: The Bridal Garden /Band: The FM Band /Reception Venue: Pearl S Buck Estate /Submitted via Two Bright Lights