Monday, July 20, 2009

July Inspiration at The Rittenhouse!

To inspire you this month it was my turn (Josie!) to pull together the JP Event Inspiration for you this July. I wanted to bring new ideas to a more traditional look to try to bring some of the elegance back to weddings that have more and more become very modernized (not that there's anything wrong with modern either!).
The beautiful Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia served as a perfect and elegant backdrop to the inspiration. They were so helpful and we are grateful to them to showing such hospitality and letting us take over the magnificent Grand Ballroom for the inspiration.
Tina of Tina Jay Photography did all of these fabulous photos. She is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet and has such great talent to pair with her great personality! It's a great reminder to how important it is to get a wedding photographer that you like just as much as you like their photos.

The Rittenhouse Hotel has a classic and unique feel to it. The Ballroom is truely grand and has floor to ceiling windows ,which cast the beautiful natural daylight onto our table.

For elegant favors, Chocolates from a classic chocolatier, such as Miel Patisserie, are exquisite and unique.
Drinks are another great way to make your wedding completely your own. A signature drink, such as Blueberry champagne, will leave an impression on each of your guests.
The linens, silverware, champagne flutes and base-plates all came from the wonderful people at Select Event Rentals with a lot of help from Jessica from the company!
Invitations serve as a "sneak-peak" of your wedding to your guest. They should reflect what they will see when they arrive at your wedding.
These beautiful invitations came from the talented Rachael at Pistachio Press.
Centerpieces are a great way to catch your guests eyes as soon as they enter the reception. A tall glass centerpiece paired with a string of pearls can serve as an elegant way to showcase table numbers.
The Centerpiece and all the bouquet came from the wonderful girls at A Garden Party Florist in Southern New Jersey. Mary, the florist, was another great vendor to work with, not only did she create fanctastic arrangements, but she did all of this only a few weeks away from giving birth to a new baby!The bouquet was gorgeous! Mary pulled in the beautiful blues, pinks and peach used in the rest of the design and accented them with lovely little pearls strung over.
Cakes often become a focal point for guests. Everyone is always interested to see the cake, so its important to have it reflect your personality as well as be cohesive with the rest of your wedding.
The great people at A Sweet Life Bakery, in Southern New Jersey, created a beautiful cake design that incorporated the champagne pink color with the gorgeous design that was on the invitations. Jill, from the bakery, even invited me in to do a cake tasting like she does with all her wedding couples. Their cakes are amazingly delicious, moist and far beyond any cake I have had anywhere!
The gorgeous gown came from a great little shop right on state road in Bensalem, PA called Sadies Bridal. Danielle knew exactly what dress would be perfect without even seeing the rest of the inspiration design, and she was right! this gorgeous gown featured intricate beading all o ver that was breath-taking and would certainly catch anyone's eye.

Finally, I must thank our beautiful mode, Laura Elwell, who gave birth to a precious baby boy, only weeks before!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

More from June at Appleford!

These photo shoots are so much fun to design and shoot. Our staff at JP Event Design comes up with original wedding and event designs to inspire you and then we bring them to life with the help of amazing vendors. Take a look at Sara's June Inspiration and GET INSPIRED!

Calligraphy adds elegance to any event. An outdoor wedding can be elegant by adding special touches like the butterfly place cards. Sara designed the cards and Amy Wilson from Amy Wilson Calligraphy did the amazing writing ad the place cards and table numbers.

Kate Miller looked stunning in the dress from Priscilla of Boston. This shot is a must at Apppleford - it looks like it belongs in a Bridal magazine! Her makeup was designed by the very talented makeup artist, Gena Forsyth - Gena did absolutely beautiful work.

Hanging table numbers are a trend we are going to start - I love the look! In this case we tied a lantern to the tree branch and suspended the table number from the lantern (insider tip - weight the table number - we actually used pennies inside the card to keep it from blowing in the wind :)

Flower pompoms add a 'wow' element to any event. Ilonka made gorgeous little green flower pompoms and we hung them with ivory ribbon from the branches.

Rachel (Rachel McGinn Photography) really took some great shots of Kate and this is one of my favorites.

June at Appleford

The flowers were stunning - they had a vintage feel with pale greens and pinks that complimented the rustic feel of the mansion. Ilonka at Ilonka Floral Decorator in Malvern did an amazing job with the centerpiece and the bride's bouquet.

Appleford Mansion on the Main Line is the perfect setting for a June wedding. Sara designed this look and it definitely had a light summer feel... don't you think? Our photographer for the day was the amazing and talented Rachel McGinn of Rachel McGinn Photography. All of the photos from our June Inspiration are curtesy of Rachel.