Just One Extremely Happy, Extremely Colorful Terrain Gardens Wedding
The bride wanted “floral, elegant and happy,” and let the Terrain team—her coworkers—dream up the rest.
If you love vibrant colors — especially pink — this summer wedding at Terrain Gardens at Devon Yard is for you. Photographed by Redfield Photography, the Big Day was enlivened by florals in bright hues as well as 13th Street Cocktails and treats from Cake Life Bake Shop.
The night Kelsey Hill and Peter DeWitt first met, they spoke only briefly when he (literally) bumped into her at the Goat’s Beard in Manayunk. At the time, Kelsey thought the run-in was a “cute, flirty thing” designed to get her attention. It was not, but that didn’t stop Peter from handing her his number as a way of asking for hers.
By the end of the evening, Peter knew: “I had to do everything I could to be around her as much as possible.” He proposed three and a half years later in a D.C. hotel room, surrounded by roses and champagne.
For the wedding, Kelsey, an event sales manager at Terrain, put her trust completely in her Devon Yard colleagues. She wanted the day to be “floral, elegant and happy” and let them dream up the rest. (She and Peter opted for a venue reveal, which meant they didn’t see the decor ahead of time.)
Nicole Hutnyk of Rabbit Rabbit Crew embedded handpicked flowers in the wax seals of the invitations to ensure that each guest’s invitation was unique. At the rehearsal dinner, Kyle Herring — the musician who was playing the night Kelsey and Peter met — gave a special performance. The next day, Kelsey’s sleek Chosen by One Day bridal gown featured sheer paneling in the corset. Her bridesmaids wore poppy looks of their own choosing from BHLDN, Anthropologie, Lulus and Nordstrom.
Guests passed the hours between the ceremony and reception at — where else? — the Goat’s Beard. The newlyweds, however, headed to Terrain Gardens, now transformed with fairy lights and vibrant installations of peonies and hand-dyed larkspur, for their first look at the night to come. The big reveal is captured on film: The pair beams as Peter dips Kelsey, his fingers wrapped around a fresh cocktail, her sapphire engagement ring nestled in the blue wool of his suit. “Seeing it all come to life, untouched, before guests arrived was really special,” Kelsey says. “We are both too pragmatic to believe in fate, but things like this make me second-guess myself.”
At cocktail hour, guests enjoyed cheese displays, a raw bar, and a floral-bedecked drink station at which 13th Street Cocktails mixed up cucumber coolers and whiskey smashes. They sipped beneath a sea of 1,500 assorted stems hung from rafters in the porch area. The dangling arrangements later highlighted the dance floor. At the reception, guests were greeted by by a champagne cart and a welcome sign created by Terrain’s in-house calligrapher. Dinner included flatiron steak, seared sea scallops, and garden pesto pasta served at modern farm tables from Maggpie Rentals. The asymmetrical plumosa chandelier was accented with stalks of hand-dyed pampas grass.
On the bar menu was the “rosé rita,” a classic margarita with sparkling rosé and a Morita chili and hibiscus salt rim. Kelsey’s “something blue” was a six-layer coconut cake from Cake Life Bake Shop. Cake Life also supplied the confetti birthday cake with which the couple surprised Peter’s boss mid-reception, as well as hand-pie and pop-tart favors.
Photographer: Redfield Photography | Venue: Terrain Gardens | Event Design, Florals & Tabletop Rentals: Design by Terrain | Event Coordination & Paper Goods: Rabbit Rabbit Crew | Furniture Rentals: Maggpie Rentals and White Glove Rentals | Bride’s Gown: Chosen by One Day from BHLDN | Makeup: Aleksandra Ambrozy | Hair: Carrie Smith of Privé | Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers | Catering: Terrain Gardens and 13th Street Cocktails | Cake: Cake Life Bake Shop | Music: Philadelphia String Quartet from EastCoast Entertainment (cocktail hour); Lovesick (reception) | Transportation: Sterling Limousine & Transportation Services | Valet: ParkOps
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