I know this post is long over due, but totally worth the wait. We met Rachelle and Dan back in December of 2010, with a short planning time frame of 4 months. This was a piece of cake! The date was chosen, and the rest was on us. We started out with the venue. Dan and Rachelle have a sophisticated style with a playful edge. Ceremony and reception needed to be held in one location and close to a hotel. We chose the historic Willows Mansion in Radnor. A perfect backdrop for a ceremony and quaint size for an intimate wedding. The couple’s guest list was a nice size of 85 guests.
With the division of the multiple rooms and natural light peaking through, we knew exactly what the table scape and set up would look like. The first thing I thought of were all the beautiful flowers during that time of year, including forsythes, kale, birdzilia, hypeericomb, roses and other seasonal flowers. Not to mention the textures of the linens and crystal. We approached the couple with a drawing, that consisted of multiple vessels and heights which included an out of the ordinary twist. We partnered with our good friend Brittany, owner of Petal’s Lane, to really bring this idea to life. It was at our final design meeting that all components including the tablescape, linens and crystal, looked spectacular and came together.
Okay, what is next? The entertainment! The couple was tossing around the idea of a DJ but ended up settling with a band. I knew just the band that would work for them. Back2Life with Brandywine Valley Talent, is a seven piece diverse band that specializes in rock and non traditional things. They range from instrumental jazz and swing to funk and R&B. They even sang during the horah, which was awesome and really kept the guests dancing!
Time for dress shopping! It was so much fun, I contacted Abigale, manager at The Van Cleve Collection, for an appointment. We arrived with a bottle of champagne, and helped pick out dresses for Rachelle. She was the perfect model and nothing looked bad on her. It was down to two dresses, both stunning but different. One traditional (Waters and Water) and the other more sultry (Pronovias), it was a tough decision. Rachelle couldn’t decide, I asked her, “Which one would Dan LOVE to see you in”? She chose the sultry – good choice!
Rachelle and Dan also hired us to design all their print materials, including the invitations, programs, calligraphy and table signs. We wanted to stick with their color scheme consisting of rich purples, champagne and gold. The end result was perfect.
Ceremony took place overlooking the pond and the breath-taking property. The ceremony was a traditional Jewish ceremony, where the couple stood under an “unconventional” chuppah, consisting of bamboo and flowers matching their tablescapes. The aisle was lined with tall clear cylinder vases filled with river rocks and while pillars.
Dan, the groom walked down with his parents (Jewish custom) and the bridal party followed. My favorite part, the bride walking down with her parents, to one of my favorite songs (we selected for the couple, including recessional) “Iris” by Goo-Goo Dolls!
All male guests wore a kippot as a sign of respect during the ceremony, we found a perfectly matching purple one for everyone. After the couple shared the wine from the kiddush cup, my other favorite part took place, the breaking of the glass! That is when everyone shouts “Mazel Tov,” meaning congratulations. Dan’s mother took the broken glass and is working with a local artisan to create a beautiful piece of artwork.
The guests proceeded in the mansion for an amazing cocktail hour, catered by Drexelbrook Catering. Everyone enjoyed the food and mostly the signature drink designed for them the “RaDa”, a yummy peach drink, perfect for that Saturday afternoon.
Speeches took place, one of which was the blessing of the Challah bread by Dan’s father. It was a nice touch, uniting both families together. A surprise to all, was the introductions, we worked closely with the band (who were AMAZING), Back2Life – A Brandywine Valley Talent Band, with all the music selection. Dan had a special song chosen for their introduction song, the Rocky Theme song, which worked perfect and pumped the crowd up! It’s totally different listening to the song from a CD, but a live band made it even more special – especially the horns!
Ah, the first dance, I loved the song that the couple chose. “Marry Me” by Train, it was such a perfect song and romantic one at that, the band played it perfectly, tears were flowing.
Thank you Rachelle and Dan for letting us be a part of your planning and design process. We had a great time and love you both!
Professionals that made this event happen:
Event Planner and Designer – Angela MALICKI events – Angela, Ashley, Eric and Emily
Venue – The Willows Mansion
Photographer – DollFace studio
Videographer – Aubert Films
Florist – Petal’s Lane
Print + Paper – Angela MALICKI events
Caterer – Drexelbrook Catering
Entertainment – Back2Life – Brandywine Valley Talent
Officient – Rabbi Richard Steinbrink
Dress – Pronovias – The Van Cleve Collection
Shoes – Stuart Weitzman – Neiman Marcus – Brian Jennings
Groom’s/Groomsmen Attire – Lauren – Sagat’s Formal Wear – Jimmy
Sweet Treats – Cupcakes Gourmet