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August 15, 2019 / diamondsanddetails

Laura and TJ, July 2019, Christ Church and The Downtown Club, Philadelphia, PA

I spoke with a Bride recently who asked me, “What makes you different from another Planner I could hire?”  One of the first items I listed for her – our relationships with Philadelphia’s top venues and professional – something that takes time and hard work.  Over the course of working in the area for 10+ years, we have been really lucky to develop a very trusting relationship with top caterers, venues and other professionals.  (It also helps that we work our butt off on wedding day to respect these relationships and be a true team player – you won’t see us telling any other wedding vendor how to do their job.  Have you seen Amanda try to take a photo?…hahaha)  One of the biggest compliments we get as a company is when one of these trusted relationships brings us a client referral, which is how Bride and Groom Laura and TJ and Laura’s Mom Janet found our company and hired us for wedding management services.

Laura and TJ got married on July 20th, 2019 (yes, the infamous 112 degree heat index day this summer) in Center City Philadelphia.  Laura’s Mother Janet reached out to us in January to request our assistance with managing the wedding day.  She was concerned that with two different locations – the ceremony at Christ Church and the reception at Cescaphe’s Downtown Club and a large guest list and 3 different hotels accommodating guests, there may be some hiccups with the many guest and wedding party shuttles she had hired as well as getting the wedding party where they needed to be on time, all day.  Logistics is kinda our thing, so I was happy to ease Janet’s concerns and let her know we could definitely help make the wedding day less stressful.    Helping to also ease that stress was the top notch professional team Laura and TJ put together for wedding day – of course Cescaphe’s catering, wedding cake and venue team were a dream to work with as always.  Photographer Emily Wren and her team went above and beyond to make sure Laura and TJ and their wedding party and families were as comfortable as possible shooting photos in the excessive heat.  (A little secret – the photos from inside the Downtown Club, yea…this was a Plan B location for wedding party photos.  Emily is that good and worked her magic!)  Videographer PSH Cinema captured every moment perfectly (Check out this link for the video) and Beautiful Blooms‘ decor was true elegance in the Downtown Club ballroom.   With talented entertainment by BVT Live and DJ Gaetano, Laura, TJ and their guests had a non-stop party all night long!

We have worked with several Cescaphe clients in the past few years (Thank you Cescaphe for continuing to refer us!) and with each one, we have the same experience – kind, generous and thoughtful clients who we continue to stay in touch with and share in their post-wedding moments.  We don’t think this is a coincidence.  Cescaphe offers their clients the highest level of professionalism and service and we always strive for the same.  We are so happy that from the kind words Janet and Laura have already shared with us, we were able to continue this tradition with them.  Thank you Laura, TJ and Janet for trusting the Diamonds and Details team with such a special, memorable day in your lives.  (Hopefully it will be memorable for more then the heat!)  We wish you many, many happy wishes ahead!!

Ceremony Venue – Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA

Reception Venue – The Downtown Club, Philadelphia, PA

Catering and Wedding Cake – Cescaphe Event Group 

Photography – Emily Wren Photography 

Videography – PSH Cinema 

Wedding Management – Diamonds and Details

Cocktail Hour Entertainment – BVT Live 

Reception Entertainment – DJ Gaetano 

Floral Decor – Beautiful Blooms 

Hair and Make-up – Capelli and Trucco 

Photo Booth – Platinum Photobooth through BVT Live 

Wedding Party Transportation – Sterling Limo 

Accommodations – Hotel Monaco, Loews Hotel, Renaissance Hotel

Wedding Dress – Morilee

Men’s Attire – Men’s Warehouse

Invitations – Minted

Custom Stationary Items (Invitation Map/Brochure) – Fleurish Ink

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July 25, 2019 / diamondsanddetails

Alyssa and Dane, June 2019, The Inn at Leola, Lancaster, PA

From the very first email Bride Alyssa sent me, I knew I would love everything about her wedding .  “Al Fresco. Bespoke. Truly Unique” is how she wanted guests to feel about her wedding to fiancé Dane.  She shared with me, “My fiancé and I are truly unique in our own way and would love to have a beautiful wedding that reflects “us””.  Yup – “Please hire me!” is what I said to myself after reading this request from the Bride.   After exchanging a few emails back and forth and a phone call, I was happy to hear Alyssa and Dane wanted to move forward with wedding management.

Alyssa and Dane choose a gorgeous venue in Lancaster, PA called the Inn at Leola Village.   Keeping with the theme of “unique”,  the couple’s venue also fit this request.  It offers a traditional wedding space with several options for cocktail hour and reception but also has a hotel, hair salon and spa, florist, and restaurants onsite to host their rehearsal dinner.  A perfect fit for Alyssa and Dane and their vision!  (I had the pleasure of working with the venue’s Coordinator Tara for Alyssa and Dane’s wedding.  Tara was on top of every venue detail, allowed my team to do our job with ease and overall amazing to work with!)

I met with Alyssa and Dane at their venue a few months before the wedding to do a walk through and go over the details.  With this being the first time I met the Bride and Groom in person, I was happy to find out Alyssa and Dane and I clicked immediately – I loved Dane’s funny wit and Alyssa’s down to earth personality.  (I also think Dane liked me because he said I reminded him of one of his Aunts. Funny story – I’m standing at the wedding, a guest walks up to me, starts talking, we start laughing about random stuff –  yup – it’s the Aunt I remind Dane of.  Can’t make this stuff up.)  When it came to wedding day, Alyssa asked for our team to really focus on managing all the transitions of the day – getting ready at their venue, then traveling to their church in downtown Lancaster and then getting everyone back to the venue for cocktail hour and the reception.   Alyssa was also incorporating a lot of her own personal designs and details into the décor set-up and she wanted our team to make sure these items were also set-up according to her vision.  Thankfully, my personal specialty is logistics so that area of need was definitely doable and our team member Maygan may be one of the best out there when it comes to venue set-up and detail placement so I knew she would (and did!) rock the set-up for all of Alyssa’s personal items.

Alyssa and Dane hired a dream team of wedding day professionals.  (Thank you!)  For her décor vision, Alyssa worked with the in house florist at Inn at Leola – Village Floral.  Working alongside event designers Shumaker Designs, lead designer Tracey incorporated floral hoops her team and Alyssa personal made in the cocktail hour space, behind the sweetheart table and (our favorite) over the dance floor.  Instead of traditional bridesmaids bouquets, Tracey also designed round hoops for the Bridesmaids to carry – another unique detail that Alyssa added to wedding day.  Capturing all these details was photographer Doug Nevick from Douglas James Studios.  Doug magically photographed every little detail of the wedding day and was amazing to work with.   (We love his photo of Dane seeing Alyssa for the first time walking down the aisle – no shame in a teary eyed Groom!)  For the entertainment, we were very lucky to have Vivace Live and Rhthmix Entertainment as part of the wedding day team.  Vivace provided beautiful ceremony and cocktail hour music and Jeff from Rhthmix was one of the best we have worked with for DJ and MC services.  (The dance floor was never empty!)

The best part of my job is that every wedding I work on and every client I meet is never the same.  They all want to make their wedding day about them and I love that!  The extra bonus of my work is when I meet a couple like Alyssa and Dane who make the job fun with all their unique details but are also sweet and kind and so gracious for our help!  My team and I were so lucky to be able to share in this special day with them, their family, friends and wedding party.  Thank you again for letting us add the details to your day!   Congrats from Diamonds and Details and we wish you many years of smiles, laughs and kisses in the moonlight in the future!

Ceremony Venue – St Anthony of Padua Church, Lancaster, PA 

Reception Venue – The Inn at Leola Village, Lancaster, PA

Catering and Wedding Cake – The Inn at Leola Village

Wedding Management – Diamonds and Details

Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Entertainment – Vivace Live 

Reception Entertainment and Lighting – Rhythmix Entertainment 

Floral Decor – Village Floral (at the Inn at Leola)

Speciality Decor – Shumaker Design and Production

Photography  – Douglas James Studios

Hair and Make-up – Destinations Spa/Salon (at the Inn at Leola Village)

Wedding Party Transportation – Premiere #1 Limo Service 

Accommodations – Inn at Leola Village 

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June 17, 2019 / diamondsanddetails

Amber and Jarred, September 2018, The Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

Sometimes I get really excited to work with a client.  I hear them describe their perfect wedding day – the colors they want to use, the type of venue, what kind of flowers they love – and I see the details coming together in my head and can imagine how gorgeous it will look.  When I met Bride Amber in Spring of 2017 and she described the vision she had for wedding day (A FLOWER WALL WAS A MUST!), I could see the details coming to life and got really excited to be the Planner she choose to work with.  What is awesome about my job is sometimes the vision the client has or what I see in my head exceeds both of our expectations and you end up with a what Amber and her now husband Jarred’s wedding day became – a glamorous, gorgeous detail filled wedding day recognized in the pages of Modern Luxury Weddings Philadelphia  (We have wanted to share the photos from Amber and Jarred’s wedding for awhile but with the news that they were going to be featured by Modern Luxury, we had to wait for the issue to be released.  The wait was definitely worth it though!)

Sometimes clients get nervous when they hire us to help with planning their wedding – they fear we will “take over the planning process”.   We tell them – “do not worry about this ever!”.  Our role in the process can be whatever they want and with as much or little help as they desire!  For example, while some clients may need a very hands on Wedding Planner,  Amber really enjoyed planning the wedding and most importantly wanted someone to keep the details moving along, help find vendors she maybe couldn’t secure on her own and keep things organized between the venue and the vendors.  Upon hiring us, Amber and Jarred had already secured their venue –  the Loews Philadelphia Hotel – for their September 2018 wedding.  With views of the entire city, the couple fell in love with the venue’s 33rd floor which would be the location for the ceremony and cocktail hour and for dinner and dancing, the venue’s Millennium ballroom was the perfect backdrop for the glamorous reception Amber was envisioning.  With the venue secured, I worked alongside Amber to put together the dream wedding professional team.  Amber fell in love with the work of Florist and Designer Eilena from Event Loft and Photographer Joshua Dwain on Instagram and thankfully they were available for her wedding date.   With a request for a DJ  that “would bring the party” and be able to play Caribbean music (to honor Groom Jarred’s family), we happily matched the couple up with one of our favorites – Jean Jacques from Eclectic Entertainment.   For ceremony music, Amber and Jarred hired Kendrah Butler.  Just B Beautiful provided hair and make-up services for Amber and her Bridal Party, InstaGlamour Photobooth provided reception entertainment and Y Dingle Arts captured the wedding day memories on video for the couple.  For stationary items for the wedding – invitations and day of signage – April Lynn Designs was the perfect fit to put Amber’s black, white and gold vision to paper.

As captured in the gorgeous photos by Joshua Dwain, wedding day for Amber and Jarred was perfect from the First Look inside the Loews (we love the stairs in the venue to capture this intimate, special moment) to cake cutting in front of the venue’s bank vault to the Glam photos of the couple taken at the end of the night.   What the wedding photos don’t capture is how beautiful and sweet Amber and Jarred’s family and friends are – Amber’s Mom Kim was very involved in the planning process and after spending time with Amber and her helping to plan the wedding, it was so special to see them share in the wedding day morning getting ready together.  (Don’t tell Amber, but I may or may not have started a fan club for her Dad! hahaha)  I feel so blessed to have been a part of Amber and Jarred’s wedding planning, to have had the opportunity to meet the couple and get to know Amber personally and be able to share in their excitement in having their wedding details recognized in print.  They had a dream vendor team and a gorgeous venue and I can’t wait to be able to work at and with any and all of them in the future.  Thank you Amber and Jarred for putting so much trust in my team and me on wedding day and I will truly miss the Wegman’s planning meetings!  Congrats from Diamonds and Details!

Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Loews Philadelphia Hotel 

Photographer – Joshua Dwain Photography 

Wedding Planner – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events 

Floral and Event Design – Event Loft 

Ceremony Music – Kendrah Butler-Waters

Reception Entertainment and Lighting – Eclectic Entertainment – DJ Triple J

Videography  –Y Dingle Arts, LLC 

Hair and Make-up – Just B Beautiful 

Invitations and Day of Signage – April Lynn Designs 

Photobooth – InstaGlamour Photobooth

Rentals – Liberty Event Rentals; Choice Party Linens

Bride’s Gown – Pnina Tornai, Kleinfeld Bridal 

Groom’s Tux – The Black Tux

Bridesmaids Dresses – Katie May, Bella Bridesmaids 

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June 5, 2019 / diamondsanddetails

Lulu and Scott, April 2019, The Cira Cenre Atrium at JG Domestic, Philadelphia, PA

6 months before her wedding, Bride Lulu reached out to Diamonds and Details to help with managing her wedding day.  After a few emails back and forth and a phone call, Lulu and I hit it off and she decided to move forward with securing her wedding date of April 20th, 2019.   Lulu and her fiancé Scott – self described “foodies” (Groom Scott is actually a very talented chef in Philadelphia!) wanted to work with a Caterer that would allow them to design their menu and food service around their likes and style.  Thankfully, they found a perfect fit with Garces Events and fell in love with their venue the Cira Centre at JG Domestic.  (We have worked at the venue several times and it’s always a favorite for our team!)

One of the most common questions we get from interested Brides and Grooms is what is the difference between your “More Than a Day of Details – Customized Planning” and “”Day of Details – Wedding Coordination” services?  The main difference we say is that “wedding coordination” does not involve any help with securing your venue and/or wedding day professionals.  Every now and then though, one of our “Day of Details” clients does reach out and ask for “Help!” as they find themselves without a vendor and wedding day is quickly approaching.  Unfortunately, Lulu found herself months before the wedding in need of a florist, transportation, video and hair and make-up.  Thankfully, she was able to find an amazing florist on her own (Devon and Pinkett rocked the “Great Gatsby” theme and style Lulu wanted to capture!) but we were happy to help with connecting her with a video, transportation and hair and make-up professional who all ended up being a perfect match!

With a 1st look at Waterworks and the quintessential Broad Street photo,  Lulu and Scott had a picture perfect, very Philadelphia wedding day!  Photographer Martin Reardon captured every little detail of the couple’s day and really showed how the wedding was a fun party that was all about celebrating with their closest friends and family.  (Speaking of family, we love how Lulu and Scott really made them part of the wedding – Scott’s Father Joe Calhoun (For our Lancaster friends – Yes!  It’s that Joe – NBC’s top weather guy!) was one of the Groomsmen and Lulu’s Grandma was the “Flower Girl”.)   Helping to  keep the party going was EBE Entertainment who provided cocktail musicians and DJ services for wedding day.

We are so lucky to have had the opportunity to be along for the fun ride with Lulu and Scott on wedding day!  We loved working with them and seeing all of Lulu’s details come together perfectly.  The couple has another wedding planned in China this summer and we can’t wait to see how they top the fun from this one (hello donuts and churros for dessert!)!  Congrats to Lulu and Scott – Diamonds and Details wishes you many delicious meals in the future!

Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Cira Atrium at JG Domestic

Caterer – Garces Events

Ceremony and Reception Music- EBE Entertainment (DJ Tom Hefferon)

Photographer – Martin Reardon Photography

Videography – Love Note Weddings

Wedding Day Management – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Florist – Devon and Pinkett

Hair and Make-up – Daneene Jensen and Associates (Hair – Sol Luna, Make-up – Aiko Siddall)

Transportation – Philadelphia Trolley Works

Accommodations – Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square

Donuts – Krispy Kreme

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February 20, 2019 / diamondsanddetails

Rebecca and Anthony, January 2019, Waterworks by Cescaphe – Philadelphia, PA

You may have heard me say more than once (maybe a lot!) that it is never too early to book us for Wedding Day Management.  Our “Day of Details” package includes communication with your Day of Coordinator from the day you sign your contract up until wedding day so even if you aren’t looking for customized wedding planning, you still feel like you have a Wedding Planner available to ask questions concerning wedding day items.  Bride and Groom Anthony and Rebecca reached out to me in summer of 2017 to discuss my different packages and what would work best for them.   Even though they had over a year and half till their January 2019 wedding, they wanted to make sure they had someone booked to help with those wedding day questions, the final details of their wedding planning process as well as someone hired to make sure wedding day went smoothly.   Since the couple was enjoying wedding planning and did not need assistance with finding their wedding day vendors, our “Day of Details” package was a perfect fit for their needs.  (If you are wondering what the difference is between “customized wedding planning” and “wedding day management” – email me at amanda@diamondsanddetails.com.  I would be happy to send over our brochures that details everything!)

As I told the couple many times during our communication over the 17 or so months till their wedding day, the planning process would go very quick and before we all knew it, it was January 12th, 2019 and wedding day for Anthony and Rebecca!  As I mentioned, Anthony and Rebecca did all the wedding planning on their own and secured an amazing team of wedding professionals for us to work alongside with.  First, they choose a gorgeous venue to host their wintry wedding day – Waterworks by Cescaphe, which overlooks the Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row and offers clients the service and menu of their exclusive caterer Cescaphe.   We have actually worked with Cescaphe on several weddings (with more to come in 2019!) and knew that Rebecca and Anthony’s food and reception service was in good hands with the Cescaphe team.  For the entertainment and decor, the couple choose Tom from Party Time Entertainment (the dance floor was packed all night!) and Beautiful Blooms to design the seasonal look of the wedding.  Mike from Michael Simons Video Productions was amazing to work with for video for the day and we can’t say enough about the gorgeous photos from Dave Shay Photography.   We can’t be sure but we think Dave and Mike may have been a little too excited for the snow to start falling and getting to shoot the Bride and Groom in the winter weather.

As the girls on my team know very well, I personally am not a fan of winter and the company does not take on many winter weddings because of the fear of bad weather, driving in the snow, etc.  I am so happy I did not let this fear of the elements keep me from working with Rebecca and Anthony.  They were so grateful for my assistance throughout the entire time I had to work with them and even on wedding day and after showed their appreciation to my team and myself.  Thank you to Rebecca and Anthony for choosing Diamonds and Details as your Wedding Day Management team and for allowing us to share in your beautiful wedding day and meet your family and friends.  We are so excited for what the future brings you and wish you many, many days of (warm, snow free – haha) happiness!

Ceremony/Reception Venue – Waterworks by Cescaphe

Catering – Cescaphe Event Group

Wedding Day Management – Diamonds and Details

Ceremony and Reception Entertainment – Party Time Entertainment 

Decor – Beautiful Blooms

Photography – Dave Shay Photography 

Videography – Michael Simons Video Productions

Hair and Make-up – Capelli & Trucco

Wedding Cake – Cescaphe – designed by Jen Roach

Wedding Transportation – Cescaphe Trolley

Accommodations – The Logan Philadelphia Hotel

  • Amanda

 

January 11, 2019 / diamondsanddetails

Lydia and Tim, November 2018, The Warrington Country Club – Warrington, PA

In February of 2018, Judy reached out to Diamonds and Details for help with her grandson Tim’s and his fiancé Lydia’s November wedding.  With a busy schedule and family out of state, Judy felt Bride Lydia would benefit from having someone professional to step in and finalize all the planning details as well as make wedding day a little less stressful for everyone.  After going over exactly what their needs were over email and on the phone, Judy and I decided that the couple would benefit from a customized planning package (which includes wedding day management) and we scheduled an in person consultation, something we offer to all clients interested in our planning services.  I met with Judy and her daughter (Tim’s aunt) Aimee to go over wedding day, their specific needs, and how Diamonds and Details could really help bring all the details together for Lydia and Tim.  From the very first minutes of sitting down with Aimee and Judy, I loved both of them and their personalities!  I understood their concerns and needs – most importantly that Lydia and Tim were ultimately the decision makers for the entire rest of the planning process – something I reassured them would be a definite and was always my working style (when it comes to my clients, it’s always their wedding, not mine!).  Thankfully, Judy and Aimee wanted to move forward with Diamonds and Details and after a Skype call with Lydia and Tim to make sure they also liked my personality, we made things 100% official!

What I love about our customized planning services is that clients can utilize Diamonds and Details help at any stage of the planning process. When Judy hired me to help Lydia and Tim, they had already booked a venue and some of their wedding day professionals.  (Lucky for us the couple chose the Warrington Country Club as their reception venue – a new favorite venue of Diamonds and Details!)  Judy requested that I help her with the final vendor bookings, including wedding day transportation and hotel accommodations as well as making sure all the other vendors had the most updated timing and logistics for wedding day.  Part of my services also included face to face consultation time where I was able to meet with Lydia and Tim at some final detail meetings with their venue and florist to help with design and wedding day decisions.

With special thanks to the team at Warrington Country Club, Pat at Bucks County Roses and Dave at Sound Choice DJs, wedding day went perfectly for Lydia and Tim.  Thanks to photographers The Artist Group for sharing their wedding photos and for braving the November cold to get so many beautiful outside photos at Warrington Country Club – a request of Lydia and Tim for wedding day.  (Lydia deserves a special prize for taking all these photos in a sleeveless dress and still looking amazing!)

We want to send Lydia and Tim congrats and many happy wishes in the future!  A very special thank you goes out to Grandma Judy and Aunt Aimee for trusting Diamonds and Details with your family’s wedding and allowing us to add the details to the day!

Ceremony Venue – Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Church

Reception Venue – The Warrington Country Club

Wedding Planning and Wedding Day Management – Diamonds and Details

Reception Entertainment – Sound Choice DJs (Dave Hoeffel)

Floral Decor – Weddings by Pat at Bucks County Roses

Photography/Video – The Artist Group

Hair and Make-up – Dina Alon Hair and Make-up Studio

Wedding Cake – Lochel’s Bakery

Wedding Party Transportation – Sterling Limo

Guest Transportation – Limo Today

Accommodations – Homewood Suites by Hilton Doylestown

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December 21, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Kristin and Travis, October 2018, Private Farm Residence – Coatesville, Pa

In November of 2017, Bride Kristin and her mother Renee contacted Diamonds and Details to help with planning Kristin and her fiancé Travis’ wedding at Kristin’s family farm in Coatesville, PA.  While planning a wedding, especially at a non-traditional venue (think no power, running water, etc.) can be a challenge, Kristin and Travis were also new parents to a baby boy, so making the planning process as easy and stress free as possible was the goal for everyone involved.  Over the 10 years of planning weddings, thankfully, farm and private residence weddings have become a speciality of the company, so I was happy to take on this challenge for Kristin and Travis.

In order to bring to life a wedding at a venue that has never hosted a wedding before, you need the right team of professionals to bring all the pieces together.  Kristin’s vision for the wedding included an early fall timeframe to highlight the look of the farm during that time of year, with accents of navy, pinks, gold and burgundy.  Even though dinner and dancing would be in a tent in the middle of a field, Kristin still wanted an elegant sit down dinner for her wedding guests.  To fulfill both requests, I partnered Travis and Kristin with two of my favorite vendors and two of the best when its comes to these types of weddings – Sage Catering and Maura Rose Floral Design and Events.  With the venue being a family farm and so personal to the Bride especially, it was very important that I find Kristin and Travis the perfect photographer to capture the day.  As a Wedding Planner, a huge part of your job is to match clients with the perfect vendor and sometimes you just have to trust your gut that this florist or this photographer will be the right match for your client.  From my very first meeting with Kristin, I had a feeling she would love Dave Waddell of Siousca Photography.  (Dave had worked with Diamonds and Details on a private residence/farm wedding a few years ago and even though it poured rain the entire day, his photos of the wedding were magical!)  Lucky for me, Kristin loved Dave’s work and wanted to move forward with booking him for wedding day.  What I didn’t know when I referred Dave to Kristin, was that he actually had a personal relationship with the farm already, as it was previously owned by his wife’s family and he had spent time taking photos all over the property!  (Of course, this was a very big Wedding Planner win! haha)

With a little over a year of planning, a very trusting Bride and Mother of Bride (Thank you Kristin and Renee for believing me when I said “I got this!”) and a lot of vendors going above and beyond when needed, thankfully all the details came together perfectly for Travis and Kristin and their family farm wedding day!  Thanks to Dave from Siousca Photography for sharing the gorgeous photos that captured all the fun, and of course beautiful details of the day!   We wish Travis and Kristin and their son Hudson many happy memories ahead!   Thank you for letting us be part of your special day!

Ceremony and Reception Venue – Private Farm Residence, Coatesville, PA

Caterer   – Sage Catering

Photography – Siousca Photography

Tent and Rentals  – The Party Center

Wedding Planning and Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Ceremony and Reception Music – EBE Amsterdam

Florist – Maura Rose Floral Design and Events

Farm Tables  – Freedom Farm Tables

Speciality Furniture – Maggpie Vintage

Restroom Rentals – Walters Services, Inc

Officiant – Bride’s Brother

Wedding Cake – The Master’s Baker 

Hair and Make-up – Something You Beauty Services

Transportation – Mid Atlantic Transportation

Accommodations  – Hotel Warner

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December 5, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Ellen and Bill, September 2018, Private Residence – Chadds Fords, PA

A new city, a new home and a new engagement – Bride Ellen reached out to Diamonds and Details in January looking for assistance in planning her wedding.  She and her fiancé Bill had just bought a new home in Chadds Ford and really wanted to be able to host their small group of family and friends in their backyard for the wedding.  Being new to the area, (Ellen and Bill are originally from the Boston area – yup, they are Patriot fans but as a Giants fan, I of course, did not hold this against them.) Ellen expressed that she knew no-one in the area and had no idea where to start planning a wedding, let alone a wedding at her home.  I was happy to ease Ellen’s concerns and let her know that planning private residence weddings was a specialty of Diamonds and Details!

After a walk through at Ellen and Bill’s home in February and learning more about Ellen’s vision and requests for the wedding, we matched the couple up with Bernadette from Jimmy Duffy Catering.  We knew Bernadette and her team would be perfect to mesh both the needs of a home wedding as well as design an elegant and formal dinner menu, a top priority of Ellen’s for the wedding.  To avoid any Plan B’s that required the wedding having to move inside their home, we referred Ellen and Bill to Tents for Rent to help with the design and install of a tent and dance floor in the backyard.  From the very beginning of the planning process with Ellen, she always expressed that she wanted her wedding day to be about she and Bill and their long-term relationship, their family and close friends and celebrating this new home for the couple.  It was very important that I find a photographer who could capture the intimate, special moments and meaning of the day.  Audrey of Audrey Amaro Photography was definitely my first choice for the couple.  Audrey specializes in photographing the people and emotions of wedding day as well as all the details that bring the wedding day vision to life.  Making the day every more personal and intimate was how Ellen incorporated many DIY details to the wedding – her aunt made her ring box, her step-daughter helped put together the signature drink bar, in lieu of a guest book, Ellen had guests sign stones with well wishes and their names (an Irish wedding tradition and ode to Ellen’s heritage) and guests tables were named after favorite places of Ellen and Bill and designated by ornaments the couple had collected over the years together.

We feel honored that Ellen and Bill choose Diamonds and Details to be part of their special day and allowed us to put together a very trusted team of vendors for them and some of our favorites to refer to clients – Weddings by Paul, Matlack Florist, Bridal Beauty by Laura, BVT Live, Philadelphia Trolley Works, The Master’s Baker and Choc.Oh.lat.  With the wedding now over and a new home to celebrate many more memories in, we wish nothing but more happiness and fun for Ellen and Bill in the future!   Thank you again for letting us put the details together for your day!

Ceremony and Reception Venue – Private Residence, Chadds Ford, PA

Caterer and Linen and Rentals – Jimmy Duffy Catering 

Tent and Dance-floor – Tents for Rent

Photography – Audrey Amaro Photography

Wedding Planning and Day of Coordination – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Florist – Matlack Florist 

Officiant – Weddings by Paul

Wedding Cake – The Master’s Baker 

Ceremony and Reception Music – David Gustafson Band (BVT Live)

Hair and Make-up – Bridal Beaty by Laura 

Favors – Choc.OH.lat

Guest Transportation – Philadelphia Trolley Works 

Guest Hotel – Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square

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November 29, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Hannah and Steve, September 2018, Duportail House, Chesterbrook, PA

Sometimes, a “No” from someone else because a very lucky “YES” for us – Bride Hannah was referred to Diamonds and Details from another Planner who was booked her wedding weekend.  Hannah and her Groom Steve were getting married over Labor Day weekend and needed some assistance with wedding day management, setting up her DIY decor and overall final detail assistance.   Holiday weekends are usually very tight with availability for our team, but thankfully we still had Hannah and Steve’s date open and could help them with their wedding day.   After hearing all of Hannah’s ideas for the wedding, we knew that Diamonds and Details was meant to be part of this wedding!

Hannah and Steve wanted a very casual, family and friend centered wedding day. (You know we love a non-traditional, “offbeat” wedding!)  To help with establishing this feel, they chose the historic Duportail House which offered a gorgeous backdrop with both inside and outside options for their guests to mingle around.  For the ceremony, they planned an intimate Quaker self-uniting service with only a select number of family present.  (Our team even stepped away from witnessing the ceremony and focused on set-up so the couple could really have the intimate feel they wanted with the closest people in their lives.)  Guests were invited to arrive to the wedding after the ceremony time and were greeted with lawn games, light appetizers and drinks and casual seating.  In lieu of a traditional sit down dinner, Hannah and Steve booked food trucks to feed their guests (the couple currently hold the title of “Best Vendor Meal” ever!).  After dinner (and to include a little wedding tradition in the day), Hannah and Steve invited their guests inside the venue for their cake cutting (hello sprinkle cake!!!) and 1st dance, followed by a surprise – an ice cream and water ice truck to serve dessert (with music playing and all!)

Even though it was a more casual and laid back wedding, Hannah had a very specific vision and feel she wanted for the day.  The decor and centerpieces were all designed by Hannah and her Mom and even featured a surprise balloon decor element by Party Store of Berwyn, a gift from Hannah’s Mom.  (Much love to my team – Katie and Maygan for rocking the DIY set-up!)  My favorite part of Hannah and Steve’s wedding was the elements the Bride personally designed and created for the wedding – the signage, wedding invitation, glassware and paper products.  (While we do claim to have the most beautiful Brides in the business, we also may have the most talented as well as Hannah is the owner of “Attitude & Gratitude” a stationery and design business on Etsy!)  We feel lucky that Hannah and Steve trusted us to bring their causal, DIY wedding to life and share in such a special day with their closest family and friends.  We also have to give major kudos to the very talented group of professionals the couple hired to help us bring all the details together for them, especially Amanda and her wife Jordan from Swiger Photography.  As Hannah and Steve’s wedding photos show, they truly captured all the details and personal elements of the day perfectly!

Congrats to Hannah and Steve!  Your wedding day details (and food truck dinner) will continue to be a favorite of Diamonds and Details!  Thank you for letting us add the details to your day!

Ceremony and Reception Venue – Duportail House, Chesterbrook, PA 

Food Truck Catering – The Tot Cart, Dos Gringos Mexican Kitchen, The Pizza Wagon Catering Company, Dino’s Water Ice and Ice Cream Truck 

Bartenders and Staff Service – Swig Event Staffing 

Photography – Swiger Photography 

DJ – Kevin Henley

Stationery and Decor Elements – Attitude & Gratitude Etsy Shop  (by the Bride)

Balloon Decor – Party Shop of Berwyn 

Wedding Day Management and Decor/Centerpiece Set-up  – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Officiant – Self Uniting Ceremony by Bride and Groom

Wedding Cake – De LA Coeur Cafe

Linens and Rental Company – Taylor Rentals 

Hair and Make-up – Cherry Blow Dry Bar, Glen Mills, PA 

Lawn Games – Love Fun Rentals

Hotel – Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Valley Forge 

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November 19, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Serena and Mike, August 2018, Mission Taqueria Resteraunt, Philadelphia, PA

A nontraditional venue, a REALLY good photographer, a Bride and Groom down for anything, tacos for dinner and a “dog of honor” – definitely the making of a very cool, offbeat wedding day that we had the privilege of coordinating this summer for Bride and Groom Serena and Mike.

We met the couple in May of 2018 when Serena reached out for some help with coordinating her wedding day and helping to set up her DIY decor.  Serena and Mike decided to take their first date featuring tacos and turn it into their theme for their wedding day fiesta and chose Mission Taqueria as the host for their “offbeat wedding”.  An “offbeat wedding” (one we define as being a little different and unique and/or features a nontraditional venue or theme) is a favorite of Diamonds and Details.  Serena and Mike’s theme of  “Wedding…and some tacos” was definitely “offbeat” in our eyes and we loved having the opportunity to work with them to help bring all the details together on wedding day.

A very important detail to Serena and Mike was finding the right photographer to capture their nontraditional vision.  Serena and Mike trusted their wedding day photos to photographer James Webb Photography.  James was truly able to capture all of the photo requests the Bride and Groom brought to him specifically the first look at the Boathouse in FDR Park and wedding party photos in a skatepark.  As a nontraditional venue, Mission Taqueria offered a unique, yet limited layout for Serena and Mike to work with to host the ceremony and reception.  James really worked his magic to capture the venue’s space as well as highlight all of the decor details Serena added to the wedding to capture her fiesta theme.   One of our favorite photos from wedding day is of Serena and Mike on Broad Street (a very popular wedding day spot for photos in Philadelphia.)  We love how James was able to blend the traditional while still capturing  Serena and Mike’s personalities and the fun theme of their wedding day!

Thank you to Serena and Mike for asking us to help with coordinating your wedding and the opportunity to meet your family and friends.  We love when clients like to step out of the box and really bring themselves into the wedding day details which you truly were able to do!  We wish you both much luck and many margarita and taco dates in the future!

Ceremony and Reception Venue – Mission Taqueria Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA 

Caterer – Mission Taqueria Restaurant

Photography – James Webb Photography

Flowers and Decor – Bride used Bloominous for flowers and provided all DIY decor items

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Officiant – Self Uniting Ceremony by Bride and Groom with Assistance by friend Jessica Barnard

Wedding Cake – The Sugary

Ceremony and Reception Music – Provided by Bride and Groom

Hair and Make-up – Beauty by Phyllis

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PS/ Thank you to James for this gorgeous photo of our Lead Planner Amanda with Serena and Mike.  We love having this memory of working with our clients!