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A Simple Affair

Wedding planning, not the proposal, brought them to their knee. But a commitment to simplicity and a Quaker ceremony helped their loves rise above. 

By Katherine Gajewski | Illustration by Mike L. Perry

On a summer day in Washington Square Park, I exchanged rings in a made-up co-proposal with my now-husband, Ben, and we began our wedding planning adventure.

Initially everything was on the table: a small ceremony followed by a family dinner; a weekend celebration at a beloved lake; a trip abroad; a party. Ultimately, we decided that we wanted our wedding to be an extension of our life together, so a Philly wedding it would be. 

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The Wedding Issue: Planning an iconic Philadelphia wedding

Photo by Love Me Do Photography | Sarah Keel and Thom Berg sit down with friends to a meal by Birchtree Catering at the Wyck House.

Location, Location, Location

If you want a wedding, and wedding photos, that proudly announce their location in the City of Brotherly Love, there are many options. The Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation manages events at about a dozen facilities throughout the City, including Bartram’s Garden, the Barnes Foundation and Lemon Hill Mansion. Smaller and lesser-known—but just as beautiful—locations are also in their portfolio, like Cosmic Cafe on Boathouse Row, and there are other great options for those that want an intimate reception.


Cosmic Cafe on Boathouse Row

In addition to a lovey view, the in-house caterer here provides simple, locally and sustainably sourced food. Their business model includes a social component—hiring workers who have developmental disabilities—and their team will work with you to get as close to zero-waste as possible while you’re dancing by the river. cosmicfoods.com 


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The Wedding Issue: Sourcing your wedding’s flower power locally

The Love 'N Fresh flower farm in RoxboroughWhile you’re laying down roots of your own, it doesn’t get more local or sustainable than a backdrop of flowering trees, shrubs or plants that still have roots in the ground. Consider picking an outdoor location for your wedding—like a park or arboretum—and a time of year where you’ll need little to supplement the native foliage and blooms. 

Couples planning to use botanical bouquets and table arrangements can choose to source flowers locally and even organically. When you get your wedding flowers from local farms, you’re reducing environmental impact and helping the local economy to bloom. In places like Philadelphia where vacant land is a problem, there is a growing movement to use that space for flower production, as the owners of hyper-local Jig-Bee and Chicory have done. 

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The Wedding Issue: The rules of engagement

The June Wedding Issue is on the streets now, and you can pick it up at any of these locations. But we'll be posting some of the tips and love stories we collected for the issue on the blog over the next two weeks. Stay tuned. 

Morgan Le Maitre and Ryan Brunton chose commitment diamond tattoos instead of rings to accommodate their rock climbing lifestyle

Bare Knuckled Brides

The clandestine plans of Romeo and Juliet were exactly the kind of forbidden love that Pope Innocent III was trying to avoid when he decreed mandatory periods of engagement in 1215. To mark our betrothal to one another, we’ve used many kinds of symbols—including the sewing thimble that practical Purtians gave to their future wives—but rings have become the default. 

It’s a relatively new tradition, however, to get engaged with a diamond ring. Simple bands and many kinds of stones, including pearls, were commonplace until a 20th century marketing genius convinced us that “a diamond is forever,” and therefore the only way to show our undying love. 

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Getting Our Share: Years in the making, Philadelphia’s bike share is finally a reality

Photo by Darren Burton | From left to right: Kathy Albanese, John McClung, Mayor Michael Nutter, Alison Cohen and Andrew Stober celebrate at the launch event for Indego on April 23In 2008, Grid’s prototype issue asked, “Will a bike share help Philadelphia?” Seven years later, we are final getting the answer.

Philly’s version of bike share, Indego, debuted on April 23rd to much fanfare, even prompting a jubilant City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to dance in the streets at the Eakins Oval opening event.

Indego has launched with 70 stations around the city serviced by 700 bikes. The strategic business plan calls for the ultimate expansion of 180 stations and 1,800 bikes in the years to come. Though New York City (300 stations) and Chicago (400) are bigger, Philadelphia will begin with about the same number of stations as San Francisco and San Diego.

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