Portico Wedding Philadelphia

Wedding Venue: Portico at Awbury Arboretum

Wedding Vibe: whimsical, secret garden-esque, romantic

Color Palette: pastels: peach, pink, and white with accents of blue and purple



Philadelphia Arboretum Wedding 

Portico is one of my favorite wedding venues in Philadelphia. This couple shares how they chose this sweet spot.

“We selected Portico because it checked all the boxes in our venue search, as well as being the
first and only one we toured. We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding ceremony surrounded
by lush greenery and flowers. The arboretum, especially in the Spring, is a peak time for this
venue as the flowers and vegetation would be in full bloom. We found it enchanting,
whimsical, and decided our search was over right after we finished our tour.”

Sometimes it really is love at first sight!

Philadelphia Arboretum Wedding Frances Cope house



Bridal Suite at Portico

I absolutely love the new reimagined bridal suite at this Philadelphia arboretum wedding. It offers a beautiful space for getting ready right on sight. The natural light from the big windows lends itself to romantic portraits without going outside. This comes in handy, especially on days when the weather doesn’t cooperate. The bride’s wedding dress was from DayDream Bridal Shop in Ardmore PA and she found the perfect one!


gold wedding rings on vow book at Portico Bridal bouquet and details Philly garden wedding bride getting ready by window at Francis Cope House bridal suite

bridal portrait in Frances Cope House bridal suite

bridal portait with spring flowers by window pastel bridal bouquet by Cottage Flowers groom pastel boutonniere with mom groom portait and details Portico



How They Met

Here is a bit about the bride and groom’s love story:

“We matched on Hinge during the heat of COVID in March of 2020. After finding out that we
had some mutual friends and inquiring about each other, we kept our line of
communication going for the next 2 months while COVID had the world under siege. Finally, in
May of 2020, state parks were the first public establishments to open back up and we decided
to meet in person for the first time at Ridley Creek Park.  After having our first date laid out on a patch of grass,
talking for about 4 hours, we knew we had something special.”


bride and groom first look on Awbury porch



How He Proposed

I love a good proposal story:

“Fast forward to February 25th , 2021, Peter called up Katie to go for a random walk at Black
Rock Sanctuary in Phoenixville, PA (a park we both frequented) in the middle of the day.
Katie’s “spidey-senses” were tingling at this point because it was totally out of the blue and
Peter had also recommended we reschedule going to Katie’s parent’s house for the following
day. Peter shows up at Katie’s apartment, dressed in a nice sweater (that she got him that
Christmas), slacks, and nice shoes. Very odd hiking attire. Another red flag was we didn’t bring
Emmett along (which we always do).

We get to the park and in Katie’s words, Peter was acting “weird and quiet” the whole walk
until we reached the “Watershed lookout” of BlackRock Sanctuary. Peter gave his little
mini-speech, which was something to the effect of “I’d toss a billion dollars right
back in that river if it meant being with you for the rest of my life”
…thinking on his feet…not his strong suit.
Peter then got down on one knee, in the snow, wet knees and all, and proposed to Katie!”

**And Peter only had the ring in his possession for about 2 hours before proposing.


couples garden wedding portraits



Rainy Day Couples Photos on Portico Porch

This wedding day was full of love and a little rain! Even with the drizzle, there are many pretty places for photos at Awbury a favorite being the big wrap-around porch. And we were still able to capture the lush greens and the clouds offered beautiful diffused light.


rainy day porch wedding couple photos Philadelphia Arboretum Wedding by Heidi Roland Photography bride and groom portraits in bridal suite



Dog-friendly Philadelphia Wedding Venue

This couple was excited to include their dogs on their big day. Portico is a dog-friendly venue that allows you to have them pop in for a few photos so that you can get pictures with your furry friend. Even the dogs have smiles on their faces!

Wedding Tip: Ask a trusted friend or hire a professional to care for your pets on the day. This helps create a worry-free way to include them in your special day.


wedding couple with dogs on porchceremony tent with pastel flowers and string lights at Awbury Arboretum bride and dad walking down the aisle tent ceremony at Portico bride and groom first kiss signature drink at wedding cocktail hour outdoor cocktail hour on porch during Philadelphia wedding



Tented Reception at Awbury Arboretum Philadelphia

This Philadelphia arboretum wedding had a tented reception which offers a whimsical retreat to celebrate the newly married couple. The outdoor area at Awbury provides ample space for dining, cake cutting, and the first dance. Cottage Flower Designs of Malvern PA did an amazing job with the blooms and tablescapes. The long farmhouse tables were decorated with a delightful mix of pastel flowers, and candles setting the tone for a lovely evening of dining and dancing.


wedding cake from night kitchen bakery chestnut hill pa first dance and reception toast bride and groom holding champagne glass with family tented reception area at Portico Awbury Arboretum with string lights



Dancing the Night Away!

Now it’s time for the bride and groom to dance the night away! The dance floor was packed all night and the bride and groom had a blast. The fun reception lighting added to the festive mood and celebration. These lighting touches can really elevate any space. And this bride and groom had some great dance moves to show off!


bride and family dancing in Frances Cope House during wedding reception group of family and friends dancing at wedding venue bride and groom dancing with friends



Cake Cutting 

Time to cut the cake! This couple included the bride’s parents’ knife that they used on their wedding day. Including generational keepsakes can be a sweet way to honor family and loved ones. The cake was from The Night Kitchen Bakery just up the street in Chestnut Hill and they happen to make some of my favorite sweets! What a great way to end this Portico wedding in Philadelphia.


bride and groom cutting wedding cake night time couples wedding photo outdoor at Awbury Arboretum porch Philadelphia Arboretum Wedding



Wedding Vendors

Wedding Venue:  Portico (Awbury Arboretum)

Caterer: Peachtree Catering

Wedding Planner: Olive Street Events

Wedding Dress: Daydream Bridal

Make-up: Carly Giangiulio

Hair: Marissa Grace Artistry

Rings: G: Holden B: Melanie Casey

Flowers: Cottage Flowers: Heather Porter

DJ: Silver Sound Entertainment – DJ Joel Kupis

Videography: Luke Bernardi

Wedding Officiant: Debora Ann Zambito

Wedding Cake: Night Kitchen Bakery & Cafe

Groom’s attire: Sagets Formal Wear

Invitations: minted.com

Transportation: King Limousine



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Couple’s Review

“Heidi Roland Photography provided flawless, first-class wedding photography service! She created a calming and personable experience for my wife and I and we couldn’t be more thankful. Our wedding photos at Portico (Awbury Arboretum) are spectacular! She comes HIGHLY recommended. We’ll be cherishing these photos forever. Thank you, Heidi!”

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