Matt and Jeanette’s winter white wedding

 

Last February on a crisp winter morning I met Matt and Jeanette for the first time.  They immediately drew me into their vision for their wedding! They wanted a FUN wedding! They wanted their guests to be able to listen to a fabulous band and dance the night away. They wanted their guests to enjoy delicious but fun food all night long without the “stuffiness” of a plated sit down dinner.  Most importantly, I loved hearing Matt and Jeanette talk about their ceremony.  They love their pastor, Max, and they were excited to just leave the ceremony details in his hands and hear him preach the Gospel!

The venue was the absolutely stunning Grace Winery. The morning of the wedding, snow glistened beautifully over the lawns and trees.

 

The origin of the barn dates back to 1750 and the Inn housed the British after the battle of Brandywine in 1777.  The beauty and history of this place makes it just so special.

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The first item Jeanette and I worked on was her dress.  She had a very specific vision for her dress and wanted to draw inspiration from a picture she had.  Since she couldn’t find anything like it in any bridal store, she decided to create her own wedding dress.  It was a long process, but the end result was just spectacular.  A beautiful flowy chiffon skirt allowed the intricately beaded bodice to really shine.  The colors of taupe, ivory and gold beading really became our palette for the whole style of the wedding. Since it was a January wedding, Jeanette added a faux fur shawl to her wedding ensemble and it was beautiful with the snowy setting of the day.

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For the wedding party, we used a gorgeous jewel tone palette.  Each bridesmaid choose their own color for their dress and then we matched up the groomsmen with matching vest and tie.

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Belovely, our florist, created these spectacular jewel toned bouquets.  With keeping the rest of our decor in the neutral tones, these flowers added the perfect pop of color to the wedding.

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Jeanette had a fabulous design idea for the reception.  She bought  gorgeous iron candelabras for each table that added such a romantic atmosphere to the room.  Our color palette for the reception decor was warm golds and we chose a rich nutmeg for the napkins.  Our table cloths were a gorgeous ivory with gold threads throughout.  It brought such a warmth to our winter wedding.  It’s amazing how draping and lighting can transform a room!

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I love the sofa that Jeanette and Matt chose for their sweetheart table!

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In a nod to our venue, we bought this beautiful wine barrel for our guests to sign.  Matt and Jeanette can add a glass top to it, and they have a fabulous way to remember all their friends and family that celebrated with them.

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I had so many favorite moments on this one day! But my first one was seeing Jeanette walking down the path towards Matt for their first look.  The snow was the perfect backdrop to their winter wedding and she looked simply gorgeous as she walked towards her groom.

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After the first look and some outdoor pictures, we let our bride and groom and wedding party warm up inside before heading to the ceremony.  The main house of Grace Winery is so beautiful and a perfect place to relax.

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I love how our fabulous photographer, Paul Reitano, captured so many amazing candid moments.

 

It was now time for our ceremony at Meadowcroft Presbyterian Church.  As Matt watched Jeanette walk towards him to be his wife, his face just said it all.  This is a moment I will never forget…

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After the ceremony, we headed back to Grace Winery for an amazing party!  Matt and Jeanette danced their first dance to Josh Groban’s “When you say you love me” and it was so beautiful! The love in their eyes for each other was so incredibly evident!

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After their first dance, it was time for a toast from the best man, Todd, Matt’s twin brother. He did an amazing job! My favorite part of his toast was when he said the he had only been apart from Matt for 4 minutes, when Matt was born first. He was now passing on the baton of being a twin of Matt’s to Jeanette, for she was now to be forever by his side.  It was such a poignant and beautiful moment!

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Great food, great music and great dancing was high on Matt and Jeanette’s priority list for their wedding. And we accomplished each item! Feastivities did an amazing job of catering and the Billy Walton Band kept the crowd on their feet all night!

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I loved this winter wedding! It was so fun to see months of planning come to fruition on one magical day.  I love that I have the incredible privilege of meeting a couple for the first time, and then over 11 months see the vision for their wedding become a reality!

Matt and Jeanette you are forever inscribed on my heart!

Credits:
Venue: http://gracewinery.com/
Photography: paulreitano.com
Florist:  blvly.com
Caterer: feastivitiesevents.com
Band: newjerseyrockband.com

 

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