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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

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

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!

 

 

 

 

November 2, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Becca and Stan, June 2018, Christ Church and Knowlton Mansion, Philadelphia, PA

In April of 2017, I received an email from Bride Becca who was looking for assistance with planning her wedding as her family did not live in state and she really wanted someone to work alongside her to put all the details together.   After meeting with Becca (who had just gotten engaged literally days before our meeting), I knew that she was the perfect Diamonds and Details client!  She and I also had a lot in common which also makes the planning process even more fun.  I was excited that Becca felt the same way and hired Diamonds and Details for our full planning services.

Becca and I started the planning process with a venue search – Becca wanted a little bit of a unique venue  – if possible, located in or close to Center City Philadelphia, have a romantic feel, is classic and traditional but had somewhat of a rustic look as well and also – air conditioning!  (Becca told me several times she did not want to sweat if all possible on wedding day!)  After visiting about 7 or so venues, Becca and her fiancé Stan fell in love with Knowlton Mansion.  The venue seemed to cross off all of their wants while also offering top-notch catering by their in-house caterer, Conroy Catering, so not only would the venue look the part, but the food would taste great and the service on wedding night would be perfect!  With the date picked and the venue booked, the next step was to piece together the couple’s perfect team of wedding day professionals.

For photography, Becca and Stan hired Jaime and Lincoln from Bartlett Pair Photography.  This husband/wife team totally got Becca’s vision of wanting a classic and elegant Philadelphia wedding but also found a way to really capture the fun side of the couple.  From shooting their engagement photos around the city to capturing all the sweet, intimate moments from the ceremony at Christ Church and finally capturing all the special details from the reception at Knowlton, Jaime and Lincoln really brought together the story of Becca and Stan’s relationship.  Also putting their touch on Becca and Stan’s wedding day story was their florist – Lauren from Belovely, their band Midnight Hour (they actually played Becca’s brother’s wedding), stationery designers LoveLeigh Invitations and Top Knots by Aimee and Shimmer and Spice for all the wedding day beauty.  (As we get closer to wedding day, Becca reached out to me and asked if I could help find her a lighting professional as she really wanted to add a little bit of a wow factor to the area of the venue that her cake would be placed.  Enter – Lumos Co. who specializes in this sort of extra for wedding day.  As Bartlett Pair’s photos show, Becca was right on point with this addition – the lighting from Lumos perfectly highlighted the wedding cake and made the cake cutting photos even more memorable!)

We can’t say enough how much fun it was to work with Becca and Stan to help plan their wedding day.  Diamonds and Details only takes on a limited number of full planning clients a year, so having such a memorable experience working with Becca only makes this job even more special.  An extra bonus of working with our clients is when we are able to see our work and our client’s vision come to life online and/or in print.  A fun surprise this week was seeing Becca and Stan’s wedding featured on Philly in Love!  Congrats to Becca and Stan on a beautiful wedding day!  Thank you for choosing Diamonds and Details to be a part of your wedding story!

 

Ceremony Venue – Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA 

Reception Venue – Knowlton Mansion, Philadelphia, PA 

Caterer – Conroy Catering 

Photography – Bartlett Pair Photography 

Wedding Planning  – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Florist  – Belovely 

Wedding Cake – Conroy Catering 

Reception Music – Midnight Hour (BVT Live)

Invitations and Stationery Items – LoveLeigh Invitations 

Lighting – Lumos Co. 

Make-up – Shimmer and Spice 

Hair – Top Knots by Aimee

Wedding Dress – Lela Rose Bridal 

Transportation – J & J Luxury TransportationFirst Class Rolls Royce 

Hotels – Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing, Sheraton Society Hill

Favors – Insomnia Cookies 

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September 20, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

The Details on….The Diamonds and Details Team! Meet Maygan!

 

Has it really been July since our last “Give Me More Details!” post?  Forgive us!  Wedding season has officially taken over the details!  We promise to share more wedding recaps and photos from this season’s weddings in the very near future but until then we are excited to wrap up our company introductions by presenting the details on…Maygan! 

With over 5 years of experience as a member of the Diamonds and Details team, Maygan has become Amanda’s “can’t live without” girl on wedding day.  Whether it be parallel  parking Amanda’s car in the city or running 3 city blocks in a record 5 minutes to Rite Aid for an emergency kit item, Maygan has no limitations as to what she can or will do!  Clients look to Maygan for a calm face during stressful moments on wedding day or even just for a tissue or to hold their bouquet during photos.  What she may be best known for is our company “kid and puppy wrangler” as Maygan is known for finding very unique was to get a toddler or even a puppy down the aisle!   

MEET: Maygan Henzie, Assistant Day of Coordinator at Diamonds and Details

Quick fire responses —

  1. 2 truths and a lie? “1. I have 2 older brothers. 2. I am addicted to Chick Fila. 3. My family has a beach house in Maryland”
  2. What’s your coffee order? “Depends on the coffee-house – Starbucks = just cream, Dunkin Donuts = cream and sugar”
  3. Fun fact? “I have traveled to over 13 countries!”
  4. What’s 1 thing you can’t live without? “Chick Fila” — I guess we know at least one truth, right?
  1. Where is your favorite place to be? “I guess I can’t say Chick Fila for this one 🙂 I would say Mexico on the beach!”
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Maygan working her magic at one of our Wedding Showcases 

Maygan has always loved weddings, whether it be as a guest at one or being behind the scenes – weddings always seemed to be her thing.  While it college, Maygan started interning with Diamond and Details in 2013 and has remained with the team ever since!  Maygan loves watching all the details come together and is most excited when she sees the team’s hard work pay off as the client walks down the aisle!  (Maygan also says that the client down the aisle is the time she breathes a sigh of relief on wedding day!)

Maygan’s favorite wedding trend is: dog attendees!  As a dog lover herself, (Maygan has 3 dogs – 2 Chihuahuas and 1 Pomeranian) she thinks including dogs in the ceremony or as guests of the wedding makes the day truly special.  “If you really want all the people who you love and who love you there…who loves you more than your puppies!” says Maygan.

 

The age-old question of “what’s your favorite venue” didn’t stump Maygan for a second – “The Horticultural Center in Philadelphia – You can’t go wrong with the perfect garden ceremony followed by a plant-filled reception inside the greenhouse.  And the photos? Perfection – especially if you can catch those cherry blossoms in bloom!”

Like many of the Diamonds and Details staff – Maygan’s favorite part of the wedding day is the first look – “There are so many aspects that go into planning a wedding and it’s great to see a couple forget everything when they see each other for the first time!  This special time between the bride and the groom helps melt away all the nerves of the day to come.”

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Maygan escorting one of our Brides to her 1st Look Photo

After 5 years of working with the Diamonds and Details team and seeing her friends and family plan their weddings (some she has personally helped with), her one piece of advice to all couples is “HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER!”  Maygan feels that in order for Brides and Grooms to truly enjoy every aspect of their day they need to let someone else deal with the details and hiccups.  Maygan might be a little bit of an expert on dealing with wedding day hiccups as she personally has watched a groomsman step off the bus at the ceremony location and rip his entire pant leg. She, of course, jumped into action, sewed the pant leg from belt buck to knee and got the groomsmen down the aisle fully clothed!

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July 17, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Amber and Chris, March 2018, The Cira Centre at JG Domestic, Philadelphia, PA

Bride Amber reached out to Diamonds and Details about 5 months before her wedding day interested in wedding day of coordination services.  She was getting married at the Cira Centre at JG Domestic  (a venue we love working at!) and was interested in having our team not only oversee the timeline of the day and logistics but also needed some help with the many design and detail items she wanted to decorate the venue space with.  Anytime a Bride says she needs help with adding personal details to wedding day, you know we jump for joy!  It was our luck that Amber and her Groom Chris thought we were the best fit for them and moved forward with our services.

After a very unpredictable spring weather season, Amber and Chris were thankfully blessed with a perfect (no snow!) wedding day and all the details finally came together overlooking the Center City skyline view that the Cira Centre is known for!  Special thanks to Photographer Jasmine Alston for sharing Chris and Amber’s beautiful wedding photos and the team at Garces Catering for always being so great to work with!   We thank Chris and Amber for allowing us to be part of their wedding day and meet all of their family and friends.  Amber’s Mom even served as their officiant so it was an honor to be able to hear her special and very personal words to the couple.  We wish the couple many happy memories and fun ahead!

Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Cira Centre at JG Domestic

Caterer – Garces Catering 

Photography – Jasmine Alston Photography 

Videography – Peace Living Films

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

Florist – Vault and Vine

Officiant – Terri Tyler (Bride’s Mother)

Wedding Cake – Garces Catering 

Ceremony and Reception Music – DJ NY Giants (Karis Chandler)

Bride’s Hair – Elocin Hair Studio 

Make-up – MS Artistry

Photo Booth – Damon Bilger Weddings 

Guest Hotel – The Logan Hotel and The Warwick Hotel 

  • Amanda
July 10, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

The Details On….The Diamonds and Details Team! Meet Steph!

image1-2It’s time for another introduction of one of the Diamonds and Details team members!  We are excited to introduce our newest team member – Stephanie Braceland!   

MEET: Stephanie Braceland, Assistant Day of Coordinator at Diamonds and Details

Stephanie started in the wedding industry as a photographer 6 years ago, but after planning her own wedding, she fell in love with that side of the industry and felt it was a time to make a change.  Looking for advice as to how to get into the planning side, Stephanie reached out to Diamonds and Details owner Amanda for some direction. (Stephanie and Amanda actually knew each other – Stephanie went to college with Amanda’s brother and Amanda planned one of Stephanie’s best friend’s wedding.)  Amanda was actually in the process of growing the Diamonds and Details team and loved the unique experience Stephanie could bring from the photography side of the industry.  (Let’s just say our Instagram posts look a lot better since Stephanie joined the team!)  Now, with a few weddings under her belt (and more to come this year and next!),  Stephanie is becoming a valuable member of the Diamonds and Details team.  She is excited to continue her work as one of Amanda’s Wedding Day of Assistants as well as pursue the possibility of taking on her own Wedding Day of Coordination clients in the future.

Quick fire responses —

  1. When you’re not working, what are you doing? “Going to HomeGoods and TJ Maxx. I love decorating my new house! Walking around my neighborhood and petting every dog I come in contact with. You get extra points in my book if you bring your pets to your wedding!”
  2. What’s your coffee order? “Iced Hazelnut coffee …… with an extra shot of expresso!!”
  3. Fun fact? “My husband and I got married in August 2017 at the Reading Terminal Market.”
  4. What’s 1 thing you can’t live without? “My handsome puppy cat Oliver. He is a dog trapped in a cat body!
  1. Where is your favorite place to be? “I am very much a homebody and love my bed however, I equally love the beach just as much. I also live for live music and try to go to as many concerts as possible!”

If you ever can’t find Stephanie for a few hours, she’s probably on her couch binge watching the latest marathon of Say Yes to the Dress or Four Weddings! She has always been a lover of everything wedding and reality wedding shows are her favorite! It’s the most important day in people’s lives and she loves seeing all the details.

Stephanie’s favorite wedding trends are: lots of color and foodie surprises! She loves to see pops of color in the details – this is her creative side coming out!  As for foodie surprises: “Food trucks, fun desserts, end of the night treats! YESSSS!!!!”Food surprises are so much fun and a way to keep guests engaged and guessing at your wedding – little surprises and special details like that make your wedding memorable!

When asked the age-old question of “what’s your favorite venue,” Stephanie continues to show her creative and fun personality – although she loves a beautiful and romantic venue and always enjoys a barn wedding – Stephanie really loves when a couple picks a more untraditional, unconventional, and unique venue that are not traditionally used for wedding.  (Case in point – Stephanie’s wedding venue was the Reading Terminal Market!).

Stephanie’s favorite part of the wedding day is the first look/Groom’s reaction to first seeing his bride walk down the aisle. Everyone is always so busy looking at the gorgeous Bride that it’s special to take a second and watch the Groom see his soon-to-be wife for the first time. She has a love for music as well so it’s always fun for her to listen to which songs the couple chooses for the special moments throughout the day! Her one piece of advice to all couples is that this day will be the most perfect day and if something does not go as planned, no one else will know! Also, during the reception, stop and look around – really take in all the love that is surrounding you because the day goes by so fast!

  • Amanda
June 29, 2018 / diamondsanddetails

Jinny and Peter, June 2018, Barn on Bridge, Collegeville, PA

On June 2nd, 2017, I received an email from Bride Jinny asking for help with wedding planning.  She admitted she wasn’t very into the idea of wedding planning and really never thought about her “big day”.  Jinny and fiancé Peter were both very busy pharmacists with unconventional work schedules so finding time for wedding planning was also a concern.  Jinny was hoping a wedding planner would help her find the perfect venue (she knew she wanted something classic but rustic) as well as incorporate some personal details (more about this later!) in her wedding day vision.  Jinny’s biggest request for her wedding planner though was to stay on budget as much as possible!  I was excited to meet Jinny in person and after connecting right away, I knew that she was a perfect Diamonds and Details client and I was excited to get the planning process started with her!

After visiting several rustic themed venues in the Philadelphia area, Jinny and her fiancé Peter fell in love with the Barn on Bridge in Collegeville.  Jinny wanted a barn type venue but Peter also wanted to accommodate his family and guests that were used to Korean weddings that usually have a more formal, banquet style to them.  Thankfully, Barn on Bridge and their in-house caterers – Robert Ryan Catering – offered just that type of wedding day – many different options of menu and bar service for the couple to choose from (a late night french fry station was the big hit!) as well as the scenery that Jinny envisioned.   After securing the perfect venue, I knew that Jinny and Peter also needed the right photographer to capture the vision that Jinny had asked me to bring to life for her on wedding day.  One of Jinny’s favorite movies is “UP” and she asked that we could design some of the wedding details around the movie’s balloon theme as well as it’s fun and whimsical nature.  After working with photographer Alyssa Maloof for a wedding we did with a previous client that featured live owls (!) and seeing the photos that she took of that wedding, I knew she was a perfect fit to capture the fun natured feel that Jinny was asking for.

As you can see from Alyssa’s photos, wedding day on June 2nd, 2018 (exactly 1 year after my first email from Jinny!) was exactly what Peter and Jinny had requested – fun, whimsical and featuring the personal details that were so important to them.  To incorporate the “UP” theme, the wedding featured a mailbox with handprints as the card container, a cake topper with the saying “Our Greatest Adventure Begins” and a first look photo with balloons (a surprise from Alyssa and I after Jinny’s budget kept her from adding huge pastel balloons to her ceremony seats – something she had seen online and loved).  To further personalize the wedding day details, Jinny and Peter also put together “Hangover Kits” featuring headache medicine as well as a signature drink sign designed to look like a prescription pad as a nod to their pharmacy jobs.

While the personal details may have come together, wedding day was not without its little hiccups, particular the extreme heat and humidity and the threat of thunderstorms.  Part of the reason Jinny and Peter fell in love with Barn on Bridge was their outdoor ceremony space.  They both were determined to have their ceremony outside rain or shine.  Even when Mother Nature risked this happening (thanks to thunder and lighting in the area), Jinny and Peter’s family and friends thankfully braved the elements and were willing to sit under umbrellas and even newspapers in a light drizzle.

I wish nothing but many more happy adventures to Jinny and Peter as they continue on in life and thank them so much for letting me travel with them over the last year to help plan their perfect wedding day!

 

Ceremony and Reception Venue – Barn on Bridge, Collegeville, PA

Caterer – Robert Ryan Catering 

Photography – Alyssa Maloof Photography 

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

Florist – An Enchanted Florist at Skippack Village 

Officiant – Weddings by Paul

Wedding Cake – The Master’s Baker 

Ceremony and Reception Music – Schaffer Sounds DJs

Hair and Make-up – Aiko from Daneene Jensen and Associates 

Photo Booth – Chariot Services 

Guest Hotel – Fairfield Inn and Suites Philadelphia Broomall/Newtown Square

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