Located in Pottstown, PA, lives an enchanting location filled with stone walls, stone walkways, hidden nooks, lush greenery and secluded meadows. When Katie & Brad set their eyes upon this dreamy location, known as the Welkinweir Estate, they knew they found their wedding venue, and their theme – an enchanted/secret garden. From there things just seemed to fall in place. Katie found a beautiful 20’s style Jenny Packham gown that mimicked the secret garden look perfectly. Blue Moon Florist crafted what I would describe as bohemian-inspired bouquets made of a magnificent mixture of textures and hues. Katie even designed all the stationary from scenes that she had inked and painted from the venue, and this creative bride took her creativity one step further by making floral centerpieces from recycled water bottles. I would never have guessed it!
Thanks Nathan Desch Photography, LLC, for sending this enchanting wedding my way, as well as sharing your outstanding photography with us today.
From the Bride, Katie:
How did you meet?
Brad & I actually went to high school together. We were both on the cross country team, but we didn’t really get to know each other, and then date until the end of college. Having a similar group of friends, when we came home for summers and holidays we would always meet up with everyone and eventually got together!
He proposed in the town where we grew up at the intersection of our two favorite streets. West Chester-where we grew up / went to high school / and did most of our XC runs-is a beautiful town. We used to talk about which street we liked best. I told him I liked Miner St. and Brad used to say he liked Church St. because it was fun to run up the hill. On our 3 yr. anniversary he took me for a walk and was retelling this tale/information to me, and of course I was oblivious to why we were heading where we were heading. When we got to the corner of Church and Miner he proposed. It was very thoughtful and sweet.
What were your Wedding Planning Inspiration and Style?
A lot of my wedding inspiration actually came from the venue, Welkinweir. Brad & I both knew we would like to get married outside, so when we found Welkinweir and the ceremony location in the barn ruins, it looked perfect. From there the ‘enchanted / secret garden theme was kind of born, (along with many sub themes because I can be all over the place.) My dress was a Jenny Packham ‘Foxglove’ and when I tried it on it felt very ‘elven princess, or ‘midsummer’s night dream’ which fit our venue perfectly. Our reception was in a tent, off of the old stone house of the estate. For decorations I wanted to have candlelight and something that went with this enchanted theme. I actually designed all our centerpieces since I love being crafty. They were made out of thousands of hand cut pieces of recycled plastic water bottles that I pinned into various types of flowers. I added a bit of spray paint for color & they had a translucent glittering effect in the candlelight of the tent to go with that enchanted / ethereal look. After handling all those water bottles, my mom and I actually decided to go with favors of white aluminum water bottles for everyone.
I chose shades of purple for all the bridesmaid’s dresses (which were Bill Levkoff) based on the color theme that came out of the centerpieces. The florist did great bouquets and an arch for the ceremony which went for a more wild / untamed look with tones of purples, greens, & creams. All the stationary I designed were actually scenes I’d painted & inked from all the enchanted spots at the venue. For example, the winding stone path into the barn ruins, the lover’s bench, the secret garden door. My dress had a bit of a 20’s feel to it with the beading so I tried to incorporate the Art-Nouveau style into and it crossed over into the enchanted garden theme pretty well.
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
Some favorite memories of the day. Definitely walking down the aisle and seeing Brad for the first time! It was also great to have all our siblings there in the bridal party with us as we are all very close. Being from the same town helped us all get to know each other very well. Our first dance together, Brad was a great sport and learned the Viennese waltz to dance. So much fun! Another fun memory is of my father. He will be the first to tell you he is no dancer, but he loves surprises. So for our father/daughter dance, we started off with the typical slow song, but burst into a disco dance of Abba’s Dancing Queen part way through and had the bridesmaids joined us for a few choreographed moves. Needless to say my father had a great time shocking everyone who knew him. There are so many great memories, but those definitely stand out!
Do You have any advice for other brides?
As for advice for other brides… hmm, I’m bad at giving advice. A silly piece of advice… make sure you wear something comfortable under your dress if you want to eat, because it stinks when you have to run upstairs to switch things half-way through dinner so you can eat all the yummy food. (yes I had to do that but by the time I got back my food was gone…at least the cake was good!). It didn’t feel so tight at the dress fittings but I suppose after a couple hours things start to hit you.
Photographer: Nathan Desch Photography, LLC|Hair Stylist: Avante Salon & Spa|Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff|Floral Designer: Blue Moon Florist|Band: Harp & Soul|Dress Designer: Jenny Packham/Foxglove|Groomsman Attire: Men’s Wearhouse: Vera Wang|Caterer: Robert Ryan Catering|DJ: Silver Sound Entertainment|Dress Store: The Wedding Shoppe|Event Venue: Welkinweir Estate