Resa and Jillian have rooted themselves in Philadelphia for the past nine years, where they own and operate Pelago, which creates roving Filipino pop-up dinners. They say they have found so much love in the camaraderie of local business owners and their passion for sustainability, and wanted a wedding that reflected both their Filipino heritage and the Philadelphia community.Read More
by Katherine Gajewski
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.Read More
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
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.
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
Local florist Jennie Love of Love ‘N Fresh Flowers teaches you to create a bouquet of bright, homegrown blooms.
On a large work surface, lay out all the flowers you want to use, keeping them in single-variety piles. The amount will depend on the size of the flowers you select. Use at least 20, and as many as 50. Strip the leaves off all stems. Have scissors, a rubber band, florist tape, ribbon, and pins or glue at the ready.
Though pretty to look at and nicer to sniff, the iconic rose is, simply put, not a sustainable flower. While some organic options do exist, the species’ vulnerability to insect problems means growers often employ energy-intensive growing conditions and pesticides. Luckily, the fertile Delaware Valley offers many alternatives to keep nuptial blossoms green.
Better known for their whimsical mustache-on-a-stick hand-held disguises, design duo Something’s Hiding in Here are currently spending their time creating funky bow ties using found vintage fabrics in a rainbow of colors and patterns.
Whether your inspiration is Gatsby’s Daisy and her flapper frocks, the tightly cinched cotillion dresses of the ’50s or a flowing flower-child number, brides seeking upcycled, era-appropriate wedding attire will find dress destiny among Mill Crest Vintage’s collection of 19th- and 20th-century gowns and party dresses.
With prices for commodities like butter, sugar and flour steadily rising, a picture-perfect castle of wedding cake can carry a steep price tag, especially when made with organic and local ingredients. If you still lust for a traditional tower, look to a local bakery with lots of experience working with organic flour and sugar, like Lotus Cake Studio (lotuscakestudio.com). Though they don’t make organic cakes, Night Kitchen Bakery (nightkitchenbakery.com) practices sustainability with a comprehensive recycling program, composting of food scraps and rain harvesting. Ask your baker for local fruits, herbs and flowers, and Fair Trade chocolate and nuts for garnishes as nice to eat as to admire; or just chuck it all and order up an array of seasonal fruit pies or a cool ice cream bar from your local favorite.
Sending unique, functional and eco-friendly invitations can be surprisingly simple. Look for recycled, handmade or plant-based paper and vegetable- or soy-based ink. Postcards or single sheet (folded and sent) invitations are easy ways to eliminate envelope waste.
Anna Bario and Page Neal are in the business of turning sparkly daydreams into reality, with lessened impact on people and planet. From their Bario-Neal studio/shop in Queen Village, they handcraft fine jewelry from conflict-free gems and reclaimed precious metals, both from their own designs and custom orders.
With so much excellent grub being produced all around our city, building your wedding menu with seasonal foods has never been easier—or more delicious. Jennifer McCafferty holds sustainability as the core value of JPM Catering, based out of a Manayunk kitchen and serving the city and Main Line.
When choosing a wedding venue, consider parks, private gardens, local farms and even friends’ backyards before looking to conventional hotels and ballrooms. Facility rental fees paid to nonprofit organizations can benefit historical or environmental preservation and programming. For a winter wedding, investigate outdoor spaces with indoor counterparts, or seek out venues with environmental building credentials.