Muted Vintage Wedding at Shady Elms Farm: Emmy & Jared

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Even a day-long thunderstorm couldn't dampen the beauty of this muted vintage wedding.  Emmy and Jared's big day will definitely tug at your heart strings.  A pastel color palette of sage, serenity, green, gray blue, ivory, and white looked perfectly shabby chic against the backdrop of Shady Elms Farm.  They wanted their wedding day to reflect them as a couple and the things they loved the most.  Thoughtful and lovely details abounded.  What were a few of my favorites?

  • The mismatched bridesmaids' dresses.  With only a few color restrictions, Emmy's girls were free to select a dress of their choice.  The result was a complimentary mix of hues, fabrics, cuts, and styles.  #nailedit
  • Emmy's look.  Soft curls, a feminine braid, and crochet TOMS made for a beautiful boho bride.  The pièce de résistance though was that.wedding.dress.  A sage chiffon skirt, beaded bodice, and ivory laser cut lace topper…this BHLDN number will stop you dead in your tracks.
  • That bridal bouquet.  Just when I thought Emmy couldn't look any lovelier, I got a glance at her bouquet.  Shady Elms Farm combined succulents, tulips, ranunculus, thistle, dusty miller, and scabiosa pods for a show-stopping, textural floral arrangement that was perfect for the day's color scheme.
  • Darling decor.  Marquee letters, antique furniture, sheer draping, bistro lights, milk glass, logs, wood slices, and even a few sparkling chandeliers gave the reception a vibe that was vintage, rustic, and modern all at the same time.
  • A nod to Emmy and Jared's furry friends.  These two are dog lovers and have fostered several pups over the years.  They just had to pay tribute to them on their wedding day!  The bride's sister and brother in law handmade a miniature replica of each of Emmy and Jared's dogs, complete with their names.  Dogs > just about everything else

If you're anything like me, you're bound to fall in love with each and every one of these images from Hot Metal Studio.  This wedding is sheer perfection!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Jared and I met freshmen year of college at Penn State in 2007.  We had an immediate connection but did not begin dating until spring of 2009 after spending more time together with other friends.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Jared proposed to me in June of 2013 over a homemade breakfast :).  It was incredibly personal and sweet.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
I love muted blue colors with the look of grays and silvers and even some gold accents.  The save the dates and invites were all done by my talented friend and bridesmaid Denielle.  The invites themselves had elm leaves on them to match the name of the venue!  The decor was all vintage from the farm.  I love hydrangeas for the centerpieces and bridesmaids but I also loved the look of flowing/willowing flowers with succulents.  They put the gray accents and a lot of greens in, which I absolutely loved.  I really wanted to have it feel more personal to me and Jared.  Since we absolutely love dogs and have fostered pit-type dogs from the Washington Humane Society for over three years (having nine total fosters and various other dogs that we volunteered with and that touched our lives), we wanted to include these dogs in our day.  My sister Lexie and brother-in-law Sebastian made the greatest centerpieces we could have asked for that were so touching and meaningful!

What inspired your vision?
The beautiful old barn at Shady Elms started the inspiration for the general theme.

What made your wedding unique?
The band did an incredible job getting everyone on the dance floor and put on an amazing show that even those that don't like dancing really enjoyed.  Mostly vegan food and all vegetarian food was served and PW Catering did a great job bringing in lots of flavors and making it super tasty.  We had assorted cupcakes as dessert instead of cake so everyone could enjoy different flavors.  The dog centerpieces and the story they told was one of my favorite aspects of the whole event.  Hopefully they brought awareness to how amazing and loving pit-type dogs are, despite how they are viewed by the general public, and how much they have touch our lives.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
So many!  The ceremony and exchange of vows was especially moving for both of us.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Incorporate a personal touch into your day and have your friends and family help you with it.  These are the type of things you will remember forever and really cherish, especially since you can share what really matters to you with everyone you love!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Don't worry if will rain!  It was something I worried about for two weeks leading up to the day but when it rained for the entire day of the event, we really rolled with it and I actually didn't really notice.  We purchased 20 large, white umbrellas for the bridal party and they actually looked kind of cool in pictures.  And the rain made the celebration more intimate since everyone stayed close to one another!

Vendors
Band: The 19th Street Band | Bride's Dress: BHLDN | Bride's Accessories: BHLDN | Bride's Shoes: TOMS | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mismatched from various places | Caterer: PW Catering | Ceremony Location: Shady Elms Farm | Cookies & Display: Caroline Graettinger | Cupcakes & Display: Dina Bonus | Flowers: Shady Elms Farm | Hair: Whitney of Caruso Hair & Esthetics | Dog Centerpieces: Bride's sister, Lexie Phelan, and Bride's Brother in Law, Sebastian Hoek | Linens: Windswept Party & Event Rentals | Makeup: Molly of Caruso Hair & Esthetics | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Hot Metal Studio | Reception Venue: Shady Elms Farm | Rentals : Windswept Party Event Rentals | Stationery: Denielle DeSantis | Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation | Vegan Cupcakes & Display: Caroline Graettinger

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