Dreamy Candlelit Winter Wedding

I'll be the rainbow...
wrap you in my colors and keep you warm
- Otis Redding
 

It all began with a language school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a Norwegian girl and a block of brown cheese.

Our bride, Melody (a beautiful girl from rural Northeast Pennsylvania), was studying Amharic at a language school in the same town where our groom, Dereje (a handsome film student from the capital of Ethiopia), was living. They had a mutual friend, Heidi (an amazing girl from Norway), who was in Addis Ababa working for a non profit organization. Although Melody and Dereje had bumped into each other several times at the school compound, their true connection came when Heidi entrusted Melody with a block of brown cheese for Dereje before she left for Norway. 

Dereje (hereafter referred to as 'Glad' - his childhood nickname), eager for his cheese, made an appointment to meet Melody for the drop off. Unfortunately, Melody forgot the cheese. This happened several times: Glad scheduling lunch dates to get the cheese, Melody showing up empty handed. Over time, the two became friends and began talking about their work, their lives and their dreams. Their friendship grew into romance which blossomed into a proposal of marriage. Then the separation began. Melody moved back to Northeast Pennsylvania to begin preparing for the wedding and advocating for Glad's visa.

After months of being apart, paperwork, lawyers, bureaucrats, and wedding date changes, Glad was granted a visa and the final wedding date was set! You could not find a happier couple.

The plan was to have the wedding in Melody's family barn. It was a fantastic space and I could not wait to get my hands on it! Unfortunately, it needed a very good cleaning, lighting installed and tons of work to make it into the dream space we were hoping for. This is a picture of the barn semi clean and semi lit. The task was daunting, but Melody and Glad and Melody's father were tireless in their efforts to make it happen (Melody's mother supplied hot meals, good tea and lots of emotional support. Afterall, someone has to be behind the scenes to hold it all togehter). My team and I also spent many, many hours in this barn in the cold of November and December, but it was a labor of love.

This is how it started.

And this is what we did to it.

 

Because it was December and the potential for cold was real, we decided to have the wedding ceremony inside the barn at one end of the barn. It was filled with candles, vintage chairs and sofas, a beautiful chandelier and flowers. Simple and beautiful.

So much beauty and so very much love here in their barn wedding ceremony

Instead of a wedding arbor, I decided to make this gorgeous old barn door a focal point by adding flowers and greens. The parents' property was an old Christmas tree farm, so I had lots of choices for evergreen foraging. I love the whites and soft pinks.

Melody's winter bridal bouquet was white with just the palest of pinks.

Melody's floral crown was wax flower and lisianthus buds: simple and perfect for her dark hair.

Even though they had worked so hard to hang hundreds of grapevine branches, Melody and Glad were not allowed to see the final product until this moment. And this moment makes all the planning and work and angst worthwhile. I love revealing a space to my couples: all the magic and all the feels.

This is one of the most romantic weddings I have ever designed.

Twinkle lights, hanging Edison bulbs and floating candles made this space the dreamiest I have ever seen. This is why I am an event stylist.

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Small details make all the difference.

I just love this bride and groom.

The dance and bar space for the wedding reception were heavily draped with cedar and spruce branches. We also carried out our theme of light throughout the entire barn.

Father-daughter dance.

Without a doubt, the most international wedding party I have had the privilege to work with - and one of the sweetest. I believe there are five nationalities represented here.

(By the way, our heroine, Heidi, is the bridesmaid wearing the cardigan.)

Over the wedding dessert table, we suspended a vintage shutter decorated with greens, flowers and candles.

Crossing oceans and countries and cultures, we have our Happily Ever After for Melody and Glad. Perhaps love...and cheese...really do conquer all.

ps Glad never got the cheese, but he did get the girl.

If I was the sun way up there
I'd go with love most everywhere

I'll be the ocean so deep and wide
And catch the tears whenever you cry

- Otis Redding

 

The most excellent photographer for this wedding was http://www.kaseyivanphotography.com

The Dust of Everyday Life (a most romantic summer wedding)

"Art washes away
from the soul
the dust 
of everyday life"

- Pablo Picasso

Once upon a time a sassy and gifted young woman from rural Pennsylvania was offered a job at a fancy art studio in New York. So she parceled up her things and trekked to Brooklyn to begin her shiny new adventure as an artist in the Big City.

A short while before our heroine made her big move, a serious and very talented young man from Utah also packed up his belongs and pencils and brushes and journeyed to Brooklyn to begin his career as an artist at the very same fancy art studio in Manhattan.

The rest was kismet.

Fast forward almost three years to a beautiful, sunny day in June. From a rooftop in Easton, PA to a meadow to the old Art Deco Bank Street Annex, these two amazing artists committed to join forces and to love, support and wash away the dust from each other's souls for the rest of their days. It was one of the most magical weddings I have ever attended.

Kelly and Spencer specialize in typographics and have a penchant for Art Deco and Art Nouveau, so I made Kelly's bridal bouquet reminiscent of the large, cascading bouquets of the 1930s. Her dress was very Jean Harlow - perfect.

Matching flower crowns for the flower girl and bride.

The wedding reception was at the Bank Street Annex in charming Easton, Pennsylvania. The bank had some really unique Deco details that the couple loved. They wanted the main room to have the feeling of an Italian street wedding, so we strung Italian Ruscus garlands and cafe lights from the balcony. This space was a challenge, but this is why I love event styling.

The candlesticks were pink depression glass with napkins to match. To honor the couple's cat, Cricket, tiny golden cats were sprinkled all over the tables. Cricket also made an appearance on the amazing gold emobssed wedding invitations they designed. The wedding favors were pins designed by Kelly and Spencer with the state flowers from Pennsylvania and Utah. I wear mine proudly.

I designed the centerpieces for this wedding to stretch and fill the space. I love how delicate they are.

The golden compote summer wedding centerpieces were lush and dreamy. I used all the romantic flowers including charm peonies, garden roses, Japanese lisianthus and lilies. 

They danced the night away as if they were the only two people in the room. I couldn't take my eyes off them.

I am so excited for Kelly and Spencer's future both as husband and wife and as artists. Keep your eyes on them, they are going to be showing up everywhere.  www.kellythorn.com and www.spencercharles.com

Photography provided by www.kaseyivanphotography.com