Molly and Eric

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

 

Photography | Kerry McIntyre Photography | @kerry_mcintyre_photo

Venue | Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

Floral Designer | Pickells and Posies | @pickellsandposies

Gown Salon | Lovely Bride Philly | @lovelybride

Custom Socks | DivvyUp @divvyup

Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie | @iheartazazie

Men’s Attire | The Black Tux | @theblacktux

Shoes | Badgley Mischka | @badgleymischka @badgleymischkabride

Jewelry | Marchesa | @marchesafashion

Hair | Jae Australia | @jaeaustralia

Makeup | Swift Makeup Artistry | @swiftmakeupartistry

Calligraphy | Cait Marie Calligraphy | @caitmariecalligraphy

Cake | Bredenbeck’s Bakery | @bredenbecks

DJ | Blue Root Entertainment | @blue_root_entertainment

Favors | Yeti | @yeti

Invitations | Minted | @minted

Photo Booth | Blushing Drops | @blushingdrops

Officiant | Journeys of the Heart | @journeysoftheheart

From the Photographer

Eric and Molly had a winteresque modern city wedding that they completely made their own. The hotel they chose for their venue underwent some major renovations so the couple eagerly stopped by their ceremony/ reception space pretty frequently for the good part of a year before their wedding. The Renaissance was one of the most modern looking hotels I have ever seen, it was only fitting that Molly is equally trendy.

 

Molly had made Eric some custom cuff links and gave them to him as a surprise present on their wedding day. Needless to say, he was pretty pumped to get those. Molly wore an incredible lace gown and accessorized with not one, but two jacket options – a hand-painted leather jacket and a vintage wrap that belonged to her grandmother. Her bridesmaids looked stunning in a dark red dress and white faux furs to match their bride. Eric and his groomsmen kept it classic with black tuxes, suspenders complete with a white pocket square. The groomsmen were pretty thrilled to receive some custom yeti ramblers while the girls got some cute pjs. The groom was also sporting some custom socks from Divvyup with his and his wife’s face on them! Molly and Eric put so much thought into their wedding and all their incredible vendors! Their calligrapher customized some painted glass signs for their signature cocktails, welcome sign, champagne bottle, and pretty much all of the signage. Guests absolutely loved the custom photo booth backdrop, complete with polaroid cameras and guestbook. Her florist made the most beautiful bouquet (that included some succulents) and incredible bridesmaid floral hoops along with some centerpieces for their reception.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Our wedding was 100% a depiction of Eric and Molly as a couple and as individuals. It took place in favorite part of Philadelphia, Old City. The Architecture in the area is beautiful and has so much history. Despite being centuries old it still spoke to our modern souls. Our venue’s decor reflected that as well. There was no particular inspiration that influenced the style/ theme of our wedding other than our personal styles. We took advantage of it being winter and got to play with darker jewel tones for the bridesmaids gowns, flowers and decor. If I had to define our style I would say it was “Classic Modern”. Eric prefers a clean classic look, hence the tux. And I threw in some edge with the custom leather jacket.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

We were lucky enough to have Old City Philadelphia for the backdrop of the majority of our photos and venue is immaculately decorated. The majority of the decor we played with the modern but classic feel, utilizing gold, glass, geometric accents and jeweled tones. Etsy was a huge help in finding custom details for the small signage and personalized cufflinks. We had an talented calligrapher that made our vision for larger acrylic signs come to fruition.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Florals played a huge role in the decor and the uniqueness of our wedding. Instead of traditional bridesmaid bouquets our florist decorated beautiful gold circular hoops incorporating traditional flowers and greens but keeping a modern touch that mimicked architectural details of the venue bridal bouquet, again following the classic but modern theme featured gorgeous flowers in the red, pink/peach tones and succulents. Greens and a pop of pink/peach flowers also made for the perfect frame for our personalized step and repeat/ photo backdrop.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Its sounds cliche but the best part of our wedding was having all our friends and family there to celebrate our love and to dance the night away with us… which is exactly what we did. Our dance floor was packed from the DJs first song until the last.

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Eric always knew he’d wear a tux, suspenders and a bowtie. Which is the epitome of Eric, decisive, classic, timeless and handsome. I honestly had no vision for what I would wear. All I knew is that I wanted to wear my grandmother’s fur, to have a piece of her with my on my wedding day and be true to my edger side and wear a leather jacket. The dress that I fell in love with was the second dress I tried on. It was an instant yes. The lace detail, form fitting cut and the delicate yet dramatic back and train were undeniably my style. My hair was simple yet sultry and I went more dramatic/sexy with for my makeup (because hey why not) My veil, jewelry and shoes with equally as beautiful but simple.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Swiped Right! We met through the dating app bumble… modern love story right? It seems slightly absurd but if were you able to observe our relationship you’d understand that our lives were meant to be intertwined… even if was initiated through an app. The proposal was very much an Eric proposal. It happened on New Year’s Eve 2018. Eric intended on proposing at midnight as we watch the fireworks go off at Penn’s Landing, but it was cold rainy night and on the way to dinner I told him I didn’t want to go. Eric was already anxious and nervous about what he was about to do, so he soon as we sat down for dinner at our favorite restaurant he got down on one knee (in the middle of the restaurant, before we even ordered) and popped the question. The following day, New Years Day, when we typically throw a Mummers day party, he put together a mini surprise engagement party with friends and family.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

We really enjoyed seeing all of our planning from the past year come to fruition through the decor, florals, signage, and wardrobe. But for us the most special moment was our ceremony and vows. Our officiant Jim made sure that script and verbiage of ceremony told our unique story as a couple and reflected our spiritual and moral values. Hearing each other commit ourselves to one another in his/her own words brought us, our family and friends to tears and laughter.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Remember to enjoy your engagement. One of the things I miss about being engaged was when Eric would whisper in my ear “You’re gonna be my wife.” So do that. Remember throughout all the stress of planning why you want to call your fiancé/ fiancee and fiancé as “your future husband/wife.”