The Magnolia Garden is a truly delightful area of the Independence National Historic Park in the Old City section of Philadelphia. Many people don’t know that you can secure a permit here for a wedding ceremony for up to 35 guests. It is a very appealing option for any couple looking for a casual outside garden-style ceremony space.
I always love hearing the stories of how couples met and how he popped the question. Here is the story of Alicia and Patrick!
“Patrick and I met on Tinder. We both happened to be giving the app one last try and ended up finding each other!”
“Patrick planned a day out with another couple of friends of ours to do a walking photoshoot through the city. We met with them at city hall and walked down Ben Franklin Parkway posing, having fun. When we got to the Academy of Natural Sciences, Patrick took me over in front of the statue with three Velociraptors (our mutual favorite dinosaur, and the “Villain” so to speak of our favorite movie Jurassic Park). He pulled out the ring from his pocket, got down on one knee, and popped the question!! The rest is history.”
Alicia and Patrick share how they settled on the Magnolia Garden for their Philadelphia micro wedding:
” We chose this location because we love visiting national parks and historic parks when we travel both out of the state and within Pennsylvania. The historic setting is also so quintessentially Philadelphia. Independence National Historic Park also holds some personal significance: for me, no visit from her family is complete without a trip to the Liberty Bell; for Patrick, he worked on an archaeological dig through Colonial Philadelphia at the site that is now the Museum of the American Revolution.”
It always adds a nice touch when couples incorporate meaningful rituals or touches within their wedding ceremony. Here is what Alicia and Patrick added to their wedding nuptials.
“We did a modern handfasting ceremony with a historical twist. Neither of us is religious, so we wanted to incorporate a handfasting ritual as a symbolism of our unity through marriage.”
“We wanted to ensure we were using something environmentally and park friendly for everyone to toss at the end of the ceremony. So we collected leaves from our favorite parks in and around the city, which were made into all-natural “confetti”.”
Alicia and Patrick took a stroll through the Rose Garden across the street for a few more photos together as husband and wife.
The 18 Century Garden has an elegant and well-manicured look. The vibrant greens and blooming flowers make such a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos in historic Philadelphia.
“My biggest advice is don’t try to take on planning and creating everything yourself unless you have lots and lots of free time. Also, just remember that the love you share for each other is the most important part of the celebration so don’t get caught up in the little things.”
Wedding Venue: The Magnolia Garden
Wedding Cake: Homemade by the groom’s mother
Wedding Dress: Theia Bridal
Wedding Dress shop: The Lovely Bride
Wedding Shoes: Ted Baker
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair and Make-Up: Jessica Saint Bridal
Bride’s sapphire engagement: Cappucinne
Bride’s band: OroSpot https://www.etsy.com/shop/OroSpot
Groom’s ring: Storrvara
Flowers: Flower and Balloon Boutique
Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Vista Print
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