“We had a Boho-Bluegrass-Wildflower theme, our hashtag was #bluegrassboozeandbrides”. Ummmm F* YEAH!!!
Gina (in the dreadlocks) and Marisa’s (with the flower crown) wedding featured plenty of swoon-worthy and deelish pieces; Moroccon/boho style with natural elements, tonnes of it, enough to fill a 20ft Uhaul with!
The girls are quite unique individuals so they naturally (see what I did there?!) had a wedding with their own flair. “We were able to weave our preferences into every single detail, which made the day so special.”
Allow me to set the scene on how these two kids met: Gina’s parents founded a community theatre, named ‘Country Gate Players’, in the 70s; Marisa’s parents also met at this same theatre in the 80s; Gina and Marisa met there too; can you say destiny?! “We’ve been together a few years, but have known each other forever. We now help run the theater together.” Nawwwwww.
Marisa recalls their proposal…
“While waiting for our pre-ordered rings to arrive via UPS, by way of Etsy, we drank mimosas on our front porch to meet the UPS person. When the rings arrived, Gina grabbed the package and ran to the backyard where she surprised me with candles and wildflowers arranged with a ‘Will you marry me?’ sign.”
“Our entire day was held at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve – a nature preserve outside of New Hope, Pennsylvania. The ceremony was held at a pond on their site complete with turtles, fish and a babbling waterfall. We wrote our own ceremony which included a recording of Marisa’s mother singing, blessings of each of mother earth’s elements, a stone unity ceremony and an Irish drinking toast.
Our cocktail hour featured a Meatball food truck and themed drinks in the ceremony location. Then our guests loaded onto a trolley and headed to the stone Captain James Moore Pavilion for the reception. A the pavilion we had 3 vintage furniture stations, giant incense burning, wind chimes, lawn games, a Superman ‘head in the hole’ photowall and an outdoor fireplace.
We used dreamcatchers hanging on repurposed shutters as table cards and vintage postcards as our guestbook. Gina loves Superman, so we had a display of vintage Superman valentines on our gift table. We hired The Carolina Gents, a Bluegrass band out of Brooklyn, NY as our entertainment.
They played our first dance song ‘A Case of You’ and our dances with our dads. The dancing really kicked off as Gina and her dad danced to ‘Thank you for being a Friend’. Dinner was a local BBQ buffet featuring mini crabcakes, cornbread and brisket quesadillas and for dessert a hot waffle & ice cream truck pulled up- (the cinnamon bourbon ice cream was a favorite). Our reception was super laid back, as guests could play games, listen to the band, dance, explore the grounds. It felt like an outdoor summer music festival, held in our honor.”
“Our photographer’s energy was incredible – super positive, fun and calming. She moved quickly and got great shots in a short amount of time. She knew when to jump in to get the best shots and when to back off and let us enjoy the moment. Your wedding photographer is there with you through all the fun and not-so-fun moments of your wedding day. Your photographer’s personality is really important and I think our photos showed how comfortable we were with Tara, she fit in with our guests and totally got the vibe we were going for. Also, she was just darn good at taking photos.”
“#1 It’s ALL worth it! We put so much time, energy and money into planning just one day that during planning we were worried we’d feel we had over-invested and that the payoff wouldn’t be worth all our effort in the end. We were so wrong. If anything, I would have done even more! Our personal touches made the day so ‘us’ and were noticed by all our guests.
#2 If you are going the DIY-route, you need some awesome friends/bridal party/event staff who will help you. You cannot do it all yourself. We were lucky to have a great and hard-working crew to pull of our day even through the pouring rain the morning of our wedding. We’d have been lost without them.”
Photograher: Tara Beth Photography | Attire: Free People | Cakes + Desserts: Nina’s Waffles | Catering: Mama’s Meatballs + Bitter Bob’s + Swig Events | Favors: DIY dreamcatchers | Flowers: Pod Shop Flowers + local farms | Games (Jenga + Superman Photowall): DIY | Hair: The Warren Salon | Jewellery + Accessories: Etsy | Music: The Carolina Gents | Officiant: Renee Ford Conway | Stationery: Zazzle | Styling + Props Hire: DIY | Transport: Bucks County Trolley Co. | Venue: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve | Videographer: I Love Philly Weddings | Wedding Coordination: Swig Events