Christine & Ken put together such a delightful Philadelphia Historic Mansion Wedding. There were so many personal details interwoven throughout their day, making it all the more special and meaningful. Enjoy browsing through this blog of their special day.
This modern hotel in center city Philadelphia was a wonderful location for the bride and groom to get ready for their wedding day. I especially loved the hotel lobby where I stopped with the bride for a few portraits before we headed out for the first look. Choosing which hotel you are getting ready in on your wedding day can be important. Think about your getting ready photos. Is there space in the hotel room? Is there natural light? Also, the hotel lobby is sometimes used for photos especially if you run into rainy weather.
Are you gushing over these beautiful wedding invitations? Well, they were hand-drawn by the bride and groom – what an artistically talented couple! Here is the story:
“Ken and I both drew the illustrations included in our wedding invitations (for example, the invitation border includes flowers of each of our birth months as well as the national flower of Korea and ferns to symbolize Ken’s New Zealand family).”
Just one of the many ways there wedding was sprinkled with amazing and thoughtful details!
Christine & Ken specifically wanted to go to a location across the Street from 30th Street Train Station because that is where the two of them met on a Bolt Bus! What a sweet serendipitous meeting, this was definitely meant to be.
Here is their story:
“Ken and I met on a BoltBus going from Philadelphia to NYC in July 2011. I was going to NYC to visit my family and just so happened to miss the BoltBus I was supposed to take and ended up having to wait on standby for the next one. Fortunately, I was able to get one of the last spots on the bus, but seating options were limited. There were only two spots left, one in the front of the bus and one all the way in the back next to the bathroom. The choice was obvious – I wasn’t going to sit next to the bathroom! I ended up sitting next to Ken, and we immediately struck up a conversation. We quickly found out that I was working at the company where Ken was about to start his first job out of graduate school, and from there, the conversation continued the whole way to NYC! We’ve been together ever since!”
I love that they made a special stop at the old Philadelphia Bolt Bus pick-up location on their wedding day to soak up the full-circle moment. Then we headed inside to the grand 30th Street Train Station to get some classic and fun bride and groom photos.
I always enjoy hearing how couples select their wedding venue. Here is how this bride and groom decided to go with Ridglenad Mansion for their big day:
“Ken and I currently live in Boston and have been here for the past 8 years. However, we wanted to have our wedding in Philly in part because that’s where we met. We’re having our wedding ceremony/reception at Ridgeland Mansion, which is a historic mansion in Fairmount Park. We love the natural surroundings and serene atmosphere of the venue, and also the fact that we can party late into the night :)!”
This venue really fit their style and vibe – what a perfect pairing!
Their wedding ceremony was under the tent because there was some rain starting to come down. Luckily, the tent kept everyone dry while still enjoying the beauty of the landscape. Camellia Faire did an amazing job with the florals. They really created such a lovely ambiance and pretty backdrop. The open tent allowed guests to still enjoy the lovely surroundings while keeping out of the weather.
Beautiful florals and decor filled their reception tent and set the stage for an unforgettable celebration!
Christine and Ken decided to include a Korean Paebaek Ceremony as part of their wedding reception. It was a beautiful, fun, and meaningful part of their wedding day!
Christine and ken were introduced into their reception and they went right into their first dance and parent dances. It’s the perfect way to open up the reception.
Putting together a talented vendor team for your wedding day can really help your day run smoothly! Here is a list of the wedding vendors Christine and Ken used for their Philadelphia Historic Mansion Wedding. Feel free to click the links to browse the individual websites:
Wedding Venue: Ridgeland Mansion
Band: To The Max
Getting Ready Hotel: The Notary Hotel, Autograph Collection Philadelphia
Wedding Cake: Bredenbeck’s
Caterer: Joshua’s Catering
Wedding Dress: Wtoo
Wedding Dress shop: Vows Bridal
Hair: Brides by SB
Make-up: Brides by SB
Flowers: Camellia Faire
Groom’s attire: Blank Label
Invitations: Hannah Made Design
Transportation: Advanced Limousine
Wedding Officiant: Jim Haley
Korean Paebaek Ceremony: BDK Mint
“Even though it’s more time-consuming, we’ve had a lot of fun making things personalized – it’s definitely worth the effort! Also, it’s helpful to write everything down because all the little details quickly pile up!”
Christine and Ken definitely incorporated meaningful details all throughout their day. Carving out time for the things that were most important to them and making their day that much more memorable! I love wedding couples celebrate by sharing their gifts, talents, and passions with their guest on their wedding day.
Click the blog post here to check out another real wedding at Ridgeland Mansion. The same venue can look and feel different depending on which areas you use, how your set up the timing and flow of your day, the decorations, details, and personal style and inspirtaion for your day.