Not that we think you should put your wedding in a box, of course. But chances are you at least have afeeling when it comes to your Big Day: Will it be a swanky formal affair in a candlelit room with a marble rotunda? An airy soiree where your guests sip cool drinks from mason jars with fields of wildflower-dotted wheat in the background and cotton-candy clouds overhead? Whatever your vision for your wedding day, we’re here to help you plan it. In the following pages, you’ll find ideas for five different types of weddings—not just for gorgeous venues in the Philadelphia area, but for your flowers, gown, cake and bridesmaids’ dresses, all from local vendors and shops. Just find the one that feels like you, and you’re on your way.
PART THREE: Rustic Country Farm
Laid-back and natural and full of easygoing charm …
A little lace strikes just the right balance between fancy and fresh. Peter Langner high-neck chantilly lace Solorose sheath, $6,900 at the Wedding Shoppe, Wayne. 14-karat white gold citrine and diamond earrings, $550, and ring, $750, and 14-karat yellow gold multicolor bracelet, $800, all at J.M. Lichterman & Co., Philadelphia. Mariell pearl and crystal flower hair-comb headband, $139.95 at Scarlett Alley, Philadelphia.
Who says you can’t add a little frill to your rustic soiree? Yellow cake with layers of lemon curd and strawberry buttercream, covered in vanilla buttercream and fondant ruffles, around $8 per person (or $1,600 for a 200-person wedding), created by Night Kitchen Bakery, Chestnut Hill. Tree-slab cutting boards, stylist’s own.
Daisy sugar cookies, $26 for six at the Flour Pot, Ambler; doily runner, stylist’s own.
Crisp and sunshiny, just like your Big Day. From left: Golden Poppies dress, $300 at BHLDN.com. Martina Liana tiered strapless lace gown with silk organza accents and caramel sash, $3,000 at Bridals by Danielle, Philadelphia. 14-karat yellow gold multicolor necklace, $3,000 at J.M. Lichterman & Co., Philadelphia. Floor-length chiffon and satin bridesmaid gown in maize with crystal beading and sequins at the waist, $179 at Alfred Angelo, Cherry Hill. David Aubrey yellow and pink stone necklace, $64 at Verde, Philadelphia.
Walk down the aisle with a bouquet that looks like you gathered it just moments ago. Bouquet of ‘Finesse’ roses, seeded eucalyptus, delphinium, amaranthus, scabiosa, thistle, freesia, anemone, cornflower, dianthus and oregano, around $275, created by Millefleurs, Malvern.
While the original farmhouse at the 50-acre Grace Winery & Sweetwater Farm has a history that includes both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, the winery is a more recent addition to the property, housed inside a renovated bank barn (it was used to malt barley for distilled spirits) that dates back to the 1750s. Weddings for up to 140 take place in the winery’s rustic wood-and-stone barn—the bar top is made of the original steps from Independence Hall—and booking gets you access not just to the property’s grounds, but also to all 15 guestrooms for the entire weekend. You can choose from a list of exclusive caterers, and a full country breakfast will be served to your guests both mornings of their stay.
The property on which Normandy Farm sits was purchased in the 1700s; the Franklin House tavern was built there in 1834. Weddings can be held in the Grand Ballroom (pictured), which seats up to 400 in a polished, rustic space with original wooden beams, a cathedral ceiling and crystal chandeliers, or in the Silos Ballroom, which actually incorporates three silos as part of the event space. The culinary team behind the venue’s Farmer’s Daughter restaurant takes care of all the catering, and guests can stay on-site in the 141 guest rooms.
What was once the great naturalist’s first home in America is now a museum situated on a 175-acre bird sanctuary in Montgomery County, part of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. There’s also an 18th- century fieldstone barn with a vaulted roof, which works for wedding ceremonies or cocktail hours or for smaller weddings, as well as an open-air wood pavilion (pictured) with polished floors, a wood-burning fireplace (perfect for toasting s’mores!), and room for up to 250 guests to dance after dining on cuisine from Jeffrey A. Miller Catering. You can even make a special request to have a staff member bring out the center’s resident owl to visit during your celebration.