These high school sweethearts share a special bond that we couldn’t have been happier to share. Kellie and Adam’s wedding day started with getting ready for photos at home and then sharing the first look at home. We traveled to Tyler Gardens Portraits for some gorgeous portraits that evening. As soon as you arrive, you’re surrounded by a picturesque European garden, encompassed by lush greens, and a stunning brick path. They wanted to make the most of their formal portrait time before the ceremony started, and did just that! Most couples decide to do a first look and portraits early on so that way the cocktail hour can be spent mingling with loved ones.
Adam shared that he loves Kellie’s devotion and loyalty to their family and her ability to make him laugh at any moment. Kellie said that “Adam’s determination to always be the best version of himself and the fact that he will do anything for his family”. We enjoyed every minute of the ceremony and reception held at Falls Manor Catering. The tablescapes, uplighting, and neutral boho color pallet totally set the mood!
Their relationship is also fueled by naps, snuggling with their 2 dogs and cat, and exploring the world! It’s no wonder their first dance song was “Better Together “by Luke Combs. They chose it because from the first time they heard it, they knew right away… it was supposed to be their song. It just fits them perfectly. From the ProPhoto by MK team – Thanks for choosing us to celebrate your love and devotion to one another!
Visiting this historic garden is like taking a step back in time to an era of elegance. Our sweetheart table looked just right nestled into the multi-tiered landscaping at Tyler Gardens in the golden evening light! I loved the hand dyed table runner by Hello, Bird. and the wild climbing florals by Faye and Renee Floral Design, which were perfectly and organically styled by Arielle Fera Events! We were simply overwhelmed with the beauty and variety of locations to shoot, and despite the 90 degree heat, we spent hours running around capturing it all and loving every minute of it. It was such a joy working with an incredible group of wedding vendors!
This summer of weddings has been one for the books! I will slowly be catching up on my blogging from this past season, so lets get started! I’m so excited to be sharing Jeff + Ariele’s summer Tyler Gardens wedding celebration. These two officially tied the knot last year, but due to Covid, we were really able to have a grand party this time! This was my first time capturing a Tyler Gardens wedding this year and it was so stunning! Especially with Jeff and Ariele as my main subjects – they were such sweet people and radiated joy the entire time!
Summer Tyler Gardens Wedding
Before I move on to the sneak peek of their beautiful wedding, I just have to share this. So, when a couple books with me, I send them a few questionnaires during our time together, to get to know them better! One question I ask, is to tell me a few things you love about your person. And sheesh, their answers were so beautiful I just had to share!
“Jeff is the most thoughtful, kind and caring man. I love how much he cares about everyone in his life. We are the silliest together. I love how goofy and funny he is. We can laugh and have the best time doing anything. He is my favorite person!” – Ariele, about her husband.
“Ari is like sunshine! She lights up every room she walks into with her bubbly charm and infectious laughter. Her bright smile can make anyone feel welcomed. Once you get to know her, you can’t help but be warmed by her loving and caring personality.” – Jeff, about his wife.
I mean… how adorable is that?! I love that so much! Anyhoo, I hope you love this little peek into their stunning summer wedding at Tyler Gardens! Congratulations again, Mr. and Mrs. Fleming! I’m so grateful to have captured this day!
The couple will say “I do” in June at Parque in Newtown Square.
Be prepared, just roll with it, and be flexible — all good tips when planning any wedding-related festivities, particularly during a year in which the world’s projected to see more Big Days than in the past three decades. So this couple was smart when they booked their wedding venue, Parque Ridley Creek, before even getting engaged. They’ll say “I do” next month. But first, a look back at how the groom popped the question and their Tyler Gardens engagement-photo session, with imagery by Emily Wren.
The couple: Kristen Konski, in business operations management for Jaguar Land Rover, and Stephen Keller, a tech sales professional at Salesforce, both 33, of Hoboken
How they met: Kristen and Stephen have Kristen’s friend Jeana to thank for bringing them together. Jeana had recently started a job at Salesforce, where Stephen worked. After Jeana found out he was single and fit her pal’s “type,” she convinced Kristen — a former New York Jets cheerleader who was teaching at the Bar Method at the time — to give him a chance. Despite her hesitancy (Kristen was jaded after too many bad relationships), she let Jeana share her number with Stephen, who reached out for a date.
It took a few weeks to get it on the calendar — Kristen says that time in her life was akin to the film 27 Dresses, filled with friends’ bachelorette parties, bridal or baby showers, and weddings — but that first date at Soho House in NYC was the start of forever.
The attire: Because the scenery at Tyler Gardens is so beautiful, the couple chose to keep their looks timeless and simple — and nod to their blush, ivory and gold color scheme. Kristen donned an A-line ivory maxi dress with pink florals. “I didn’t want to go with anything too stylish as trends fade and don’t always photograph well.”
Stephen donned khakis, a white button-down and a blue blazer.
A final wedding note: The pair has this to say about their upcoming nuptials: “Just like the past two years, our planning process was unconventional and anything but normal.” But here at Philadelphia Wedding, we think unique approaches make the best stories — and we’d love to hear yours, toohttps://www.phillymag.com/philadelphia-wedding/2022/05/09/tyler-gardens-engagement-photos/
Tyler Gardens, a wedding venue tucked gently inside the grounds of Bucks County Community College. Surrounded by a lush landscape and old-world buildings, the french and Italian inspired gardens are sought after by couples across the Philadelphia area.
Since Open Aire Affairs took over the wedding aspect of the grounds, each year their summer Open House attracts couples and vendors alike as they flock among the colorful florals, dreaming up luxurious wedding plans for the year ahead.
This year, vendors planned an elegant french romance shoot featuring 3 different models wearing glamourous gowns, over-the-top florals, and fine art stationery. Photographer, Yana Shellman shares her portion of the shoot with us
Photography: Yana Shellman Photography | Venue: Tyler Grdens | Venue management: Open Aire Affairs | Stationery: Elephant Limbo | Gowns: Nicole Bridal | Bar: Home Brewed Events | Live music:Pat and Sean Kelly | Flowers: A Cottage Gardener | Catering: Josua’s Events | Catering: Piccolo Trattoria | Stylist: I Am Yoko | Video: PGP Weddings | Jewelry: Harry Merrill | Hair and makeup: Aisha Nycole | Planning: La Rue Events | Hand-painted champagne: Caitlyn Creative
What do you get when you match a European-inspired four-tiered garden with blossoming details at every turn? Styled Social Philadelphia. This Parisian chic wedding inspiration balances the organic, flourishing beauty of of the earth with the structured, pattern-forward style of the city. And long story short, this is the kind of whimsical garden wedding inspo we crave! So pop on some La Vie En Rose, enjoy some macarons and linger over these fine art images from Styled Social attendee Haley Richter Photography with us.
We’re gearing up for our next Styled Socials where wedding photographers will have the opportunity to shoot a full-scale editorial like this one, produced by us and designed by a team of handpicked local vendors. We’d love to see you there!
Photography: Haley Richter Photography
Planning: Copper + Chloe
Ceremony + Floral Design: Belovely Design
Venue: Tyler Gardens
Gown: Tatyana Merenyuk
Suit: Stitch & Tie
Ring: Rough Luxe Jewelry
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Hair Stylist: Boho Hair Salon
Makeup Artist: Predame Beauty
Tabletop Rentals: Lovely Luxe Rentals
Furniture Rentals: Open Aire Affairs
Paper Goods: Whimsy B. Paperie
Cake: Antoinette Boulangerie
Model: Alexis Burkhardt
The inspiration began with the love and passion to take a deep dive into the beautiful culture of a true Pakistani couple, capturing the authentic traditions of what their wedding day entails.
Kristina Wittig Event Coordination along with Jess Palatucci Photography collaborated to shoot this true love fairy tale in the enchanted Tyler Gardens, managed by Open Aire Affairs. Their couple was magnificent to work with, guiding them through their real life story, assisting them to capture every detail, as they learned about their culture and what surrounds their big day!
The gorgeous invitation designed by April Lynn, from April Lynn designs was one to capture the eye and set the tone for any guest attending this wedding. The heavy weight laser cut invitations, with glimmering champagne and red colors shined from a mile away. These unique invitations were simply stunning and added a true elegance to the design of the shoot, along with the specially designed menu and place seating cards.
The bride’s gorgeous beaded gown, purchased from a small boutique in Pakistan was the focal point for Kristina’s inspiration when choosing colors. Accenting her gorgeous gown was the traditional dupatta which brought this shoot to life with its vibrant gold beaded maroon fabric.
Kim Bensing from Studio Sprig in Doylestown, Bucks County, created a gorgeous centerpiece and bouquet filled with vibrant and luscious dahlia paired with textured celosia, trailing eucalyptus and ivy with a touch of fragrant rosemary. These flowers were unlike any you have ever seen, and were a staple to the gorgeous Farmhouse table used to create their vision for reception seating. This floral arrangement complimented the texture of the of the sequined gold table runner and fire orange napkins.
This remarkable team could never have captured such truly amazing and breathtaking images without the extremely hardworking and talented Jess Palatucci, a fine art wedding photographer from Philadelphia. She incorporates real film into her galleries, and her light and airy yet bold & film inspired editing style brought these pictures to life!
Ashley from Kiss and Makeup Professional Wedding Artistry created a flawless look complimenting the brides natural beauty, leaving her face glowing! Kristina then worked with the bride for the traditional dupata pinning.
No wedding would be complete without a cake. Denise from D’s cups designed a decedent white fondant with gold accent five tier wedding cake. This cake was draped with a beautiful red sheer fabric with gold trimmed detail to match the brides dupatta, headpiece and gold jewelry. It was a simply beautiful cake that was sure to make heads turn.
Lastly, the team wanted to bring a unique vendor in who would attribute to the gorgeous landscaping the grounds at Tyler Gardens had to offer. BackDroppers flower wall backdrop rentals is located in Philadelphia. The backdrop provided for the styled shoot was their signature silk flower wall. The wall was built by Kevin and over a 1000 flowers were hand placed and designed on the wall by Lesley. This wall was a mix of roses, peonies, hydrangeas and lilies which helped to create a beautiful yet romantic garden backdrop to highlight some of the gorgeous photos taken of the beautiful couple.
Following this truly magical day the bride wrote,
“This shoot allowed Bilal and I to feel the same giddy feeling we did when we got married a few months back. There’s a certain beauty to putting those outfits back on without the stress and pressure of the wedding. Jess and the team made us feel like a true bride and groom that day and Tyler Gardens is a magical place to be. This shoot let us reawaken passion, love, culture and true beauty. We especially wanted to do this shoot because you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who wants to do a shoot for a Pakistani Muslim couple and represent their culture in its true authentic beauty- but here is this shoot calling our name and these incredible people who wanted to show just that. We’re so grateful!
Kristina Wittig Event Coordination // Jess Palatucci Photography & Videography // Open Aire Affairs // Studio Sprig // D’s Cups // Kiss and Makeup Professional Makeup Artistry // April Lynn Designs // BackDroppers
Straight out of a fairy tale comes this whimsical styled wedding shoot at Tyler Gardens in Newtown PA. This styled wedding was elegant, yet retained a natural outdoor vibe by combining beautiful vintage furniture and decorations with breathtaking floral designs coupled with the natural beauty of Tyler Gardens in Newtown PA. Being an outdoor shoot allowed for the use of two beautiful pups to help provide a fun atmosphere along with many unexpected moments! This wedding theme can be used across the board with many different religious beliefs and backgrounds and will be sure to leave your family and guests talking about how beautiful the day was for years to come!
Photographer: Marc Daniele photography// Etsy Designer:Marshmallow Ink//Calligrapher: Barely Blush Ink//Heirlooms and extras: The Mrs Box//Heirlooms and extras:Curio and Oak//Linens and Coverings:Adorn Company//Calligrapher: Hanwriting//Calligrapher: Lace and Belle Designs//Design and Decor: Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals//Shoes:House of Elliot Lace Boots//Invitation Designer: Sam Allen Creates//Dress Designer: Justin Alexander//Dress Designer:Blush by Hayley Paige//Dress Store:Saras Bridal NJ//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Chaz Matazz//Jewelry: Marnie Lewis Jewelry//Makeup Artist:Juliana Fink//Design and Decor:Open Aire Affairs//Floral Designer: Froggy’s Garden Flowers//Second Shooter: KSS Photography//Reception Venue: Tyler Gardens/Open Aire Affairs//Submitted via Two Bright Lights
“The holders were created out of wood and painted white with a touch of gold for an elegant yet organic look.””This added that cozy and intimate vibe to an outdoor garden space in the twilight hours of the elopement.”Calligraphy by Haven & Hasbrook was added to agate slices which made for the loveliest place cards. But the ultimate standout from this shoot? Can we just all pause and talk about the beauty that is this cake designed by La Linea Desserts?So much love for these insanely gorgeous sugar flowers! And how fabulous is this hanging display idea?Persnickety Invitation Studio did a beautiful job with the custom stationery for this shootAnd we just love how the berry and vine motif was carried throughout.
Tyler Gardens is a new venue in Bucks County, PA with tons of beautiful European charm, gardens, grounds and a stunning old-world feel! We are such big fans of the elegant European aesthetic, which makes this venue a new favorite of ours! It’s even better to have it in our local area here in Philly
We teamed up with an amazing group of creatives before Tyler Gardens was even officially open to showcase the beautiful property + inspire couples planning their weddings! Courtney + Steve brought their sweet Great Dane pup along and I am pretty much obsessed with the dress/ pup shot below! Special thanks to Open Aire Affairs, Belovely Florals + Design, Maggpie Vintage Rentals, BHLDN, Tyler Gardens, Lauren Saba Hair, Underground Artistry Makeup, L Priori Jewelry and Papertree Studio! Keep an eye out on Style Me Pretty soon as well!
Alicia and Mike are true lovers of the outdoors- they love camping, hiking picnics and Mike even asked Alicia to be his wife at the peak of a mountaintop. So an outdoor wedding was an absolute must for these two as they planned their wedding day, so it makes sense that these two fell in love with Tyler Gardens as their wedding venue. As soon as you step foot onto the property, you are instantly enveloped into a European garden with climbing greenery, fountains galore, and a view to fall in love with. Alicia and Michael wanted the elegance of the venue, paired with their laidback families and friends for an elevated garden party to remember!
As larger gathering of people outdoors is becoming permissible across the country and in the mid-Atlantic region as the COVID-19 pandemic moves on, I talked with RaeChani Wilson of Open Aire Affairs about how they are planning to get their weddings & events up and running safely. Open Aire Affairs manages multiple venues in the Philadelphia area that have large outdoor tented areas, so I thought they would be the perfect company to have on to discuss how to open up safely. Rae goes into how they plan to keep guests safe, how they are working with their couples to move and plan their dates through all of this, and how they, with a partnership with Newtown Party Rental, are working to help business and other venues have tented areas to keep people safe. It’s a really great episode, and Rae & the entire team at Open Aire Affairs are some of the best people you are going to meet in the Philadelphia wedding world!
This beautiful outdoor garden ceremony is proof that if you want a beautiful destination, sometimes you might find that destination in your own backyard …
“Kyle proposed to me in Florence, Italy. Italy has always been a special place for us. We had just started dating when I traveled to Florence in May 2013 to complete an eight week study abroad program. Kyle happened to be backpacking through Europe with his best friend at the same time, and they made a stop in Florence. We spent four days exploring the city together. On the last night, we were walking back to my apartment and Kyle stopped me in the middle of the rain soaked cobblestone street and kissed me. It was in that exact moment that I knew I loved him. Four years later we returned to Florence for a two week vacation, and Kyle proposed to me at Piazzale Michelangelo, a picturesque terrace overlooking the beautiful city where it all began…”
What was your wedding vision? We really wanted to have an outdoor wedding that was elegant, yet not too formal. Tyler Gardens checked all of the important boxes for us. It was so much more than your typical wedding venue with it’s old world charm, stone staircases, and beautiful landscaping. The location was close to Kyle’s parent’s house, which worked really well for us as Kyle’s mom and sister did all of our flowers and decorations.
Tell us about your attire choices. While I sifted through endless color options for bridesmaids dresses, Kyle was set on wearing a blue suit from the start. He found the mystic blue suit at Generation Tux and I based all of my subsequent color choices around that. The mystic blue suit fit really well with the look that we were going for; elegant, yet not too formal. Picking out my dress was surprisingly easy. I wasn’t committed to any particular style beforehand, which was helpful as I was able to see what a variety of different styles looked like on me. As cliche as it sounds, as soon as I tried on my wedding dress I knew it was “the one.” The process of finding my dress was so much fun, and was surprisingly one of the easier decisions to make during the wedding planning process.
What was the most important to you while you were planning? The venue, photographer, food, and my dress were most important to us. We wanted to provide our guests with an elegant event that was different than a traditional country club style, which Tyler Gardens definitely provides. We also wanted a photographer whose style would match the beauty of the venue. Maria’s work with the various levels and landscapes of the venue proved to be an amazing choice. The only item we splurged on was a string trio for the ceremony. This wasn’t in the original plan but we decided to add it after seeing one at a friend’s wedding.
Favorite parts of the day? There are three memories that stand out the most to us. The first was our first look. We went back and forth on whether or not we should do a first look, and I couldn’t be happier that we did. Having that private moment together to see each other for the first time was so special. It was personal, emotional, and the perfect way to start off the day. My second favorite memory was during the ceremony. Our two year old nephew, Declan, was our ring bearer. Being that he was only two years old, we had no idea what to expect of him when it came to walking down the aisle. His dad, Kyle’s brother, was our officiant, so we were hoping Declan would be comforted by seeing him and would agree to walk down the aisle. Declan ended up completely stealing the show (and everyone’s heart). He excitedly ran down the aisle, arms wide open, screaming “Daddy!” before jumping into his dad’s arms. It was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Our third favorite memory was during cocktail hour, when Kyle and I were finishing up our second round of photos. We were standing at the top of the stairs that overlook the gardens and we saw all of our family and friends down at cocktail hour. There were people from all stages of our lives who traveled from all over the world just to be there with us. There isn’t any other time when you will have all of those people together in one room and we are so grateful to have been able to share our special day with all of them.
What did you do for favors? In lieu of favors, we chose to make a donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a non-profit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research. This was extremely meaningful to me, as I work with many families impacted by pediatric cancer in my career as a child life specialist.
Tell us about any special or personal details. Kyle’s mom and sister handled all decorations and flowers, which proved to be quite the project and came out better than we ever could have dreamed of. Finding the decorations consisted of the two of them visiting Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, and other similar stores for over a year to find pieces that fit with our decor vision. One major piece was also found at a nearby barn that sells second hand wood pieces. We would frequently get texts asking “What do you think of this piece?” from both of them. The most amazing part is what they produced based on a vision we described with a few photos and verbally. What they were able to put together was amazing and nobody could believe the level of care and detail that went into their work. Similarly, the flowers were created based on us showing a few photographs of what we wanted and they also came out perfect. For the year leading up to the wedding, each time we travelled back to Kyle’s parent’s house there would be test centerpieces, bouquets, and other flowers for us to see. A few days before the wedding, Kyle and his mom even drove to Costco to pick up all the flowers and greens needed to bring the whole project to life; they barely fit in the car! It was truly amazing what they were able to do and we can’t thank them enough!
My flowers were wrapped in the lace from my mom’s dress and my mom’s wedding hat was used as part of the decorations.
Advice? Try to enjoy the planning process, and don’t stress too much over the small stuff!
Photography: Maria Mack Photography | Ceremony Venue: Tyler Gardens | Reception Venue: Tyler Gardens | Floral: Lee-Ann Durning (groom’s mom) | Stationery: Minted | Wedding Cake: Karolyn’s Kakes | Decor Items: Lee-Ann Durning (Groom’s Mom) | Hair: Brittany Spaulding Hair & Makeup | Makeup: Brittany Spaulding Hair & Makeup | Reception Musicians: Cutting Edge Entertainment | Catering: Red Cedar Grille | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Wedding Dress: Watters WToo | Groom’s Attire: Generation Tux | Bride’s Shoes: BP Shoes | Bridesmaid Dresses: Sorella Vita | Wedding Ring: ID Jewelry | Submitted via: Matchology