We’re pretty excited to share the ultimate woodland wedding with you all today, which took place at College Settlement Camp in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Since Anjuli + Jesse knew just what they wanted their wedding to be like, they took on the tasks of planning, prepping + DIYing their day. And we’re sure it goes without saying that that is no small feat, friends! They built a setting that was dripping in details + rich in texture (thanks, in part, to the lush floral arrangements by Sullivan Owen and wood + metal pieces by Maggpie Vintage Rentals). And the style trickled over into their wardrobe choices, too. Anjuli wore an incredible collared vintage 1940s gown from Mill Crest Vintage. And Jess chose a rad blue three-piece suit by Scuderi.
Anjuli tells us, Our inspiration for the day was a bohemian wooded camp adventure. We prioritized time with an intimate group of friends and family (55 people). By choosing a camp close enough to where most friends and family live, we were able to have a three day event where people had the choice to head home or spend the night. We got to have an amazing rehearsal dinner Friday followed by a movie under the stars, an amazing wedding day that stretched into the wee hours, and the most amazing Sunday brunch. We made the wedding reflect us as a couple by making the whole weekend 100% vegan and by including Buddhist principles in our wedding vows.
Thanks so much to the amazing Pat Furey for the gorgeous photos + big congrats to A + J on a beautiful day!
We love Anjuli’s entire bridal look, including her wine-hued flats + vintage floral fringe kimono.
Also, how killer is her textural woodland bouquet by Sullivan Owen?! It just doesn’t get better than that!
A’s best pals donned DIY flower crowns and pretty on-palette dresses. We love the thought of including your friends into the day, and photos, even if you choose not to have a bridal party!
Because our ceremony was in the woods, we met our friends and family at the reception area and then we walked with whole party together through the woods to our ceremony location. On that walk, our friend who is a professional guitarist strummed beautiful acoustic music as we found our way. He continued playing for the flower girls, ring bearers, and the me. After the procession, we didn’t have any music at the ceremony, just the sounds of the woods.
Jesse: Tying the knot, (literally). My wife-to-be prefaced the act by explaining to our friends and family that we would probably not succeed on our first attempt. So everyone was on pins
and needles with anticipation. When it worked on our first go, everyone was thrilled.
Anjuli: So many great moments!!! The first that stands out is our ceremony for sure! Our vows included so many beautiful sentiments. We read through most of the vows with our officiant the day before, but hearing the beautiful vows Jesse wrote to me for the first time made me swell with tears.
After a champagne toast at our ceremony site in the woods we made it back to the reception space we worked so hard on and I will never forget the feeling of celebrating with our favorite people in this incredible little world we created. I was literally hopping around the space unable to contain my happiness thinking over and over in my head "I have never been happier."
The picnic tables featured simple place settings and bread bag menus, along with more gorgeous autumnal florals.
Jesse: The most lasting thing people take away from their wedding besides their love, is photos. My advice is to get a good photographer. We have friends who walked away from their wedding with only one photo they like. They jokingly call it their 1,500 dollar photo. Invest in a good photographer and you'll thank yourself for years to come.
Anjuli: Choose vendors you love. The team you assemble will reflect on your wedding day, so choose people whose work moves you. We had such a great team of people! There were a few minor details that fell through the cracks because despite all the planning we did, the day of I couldn't be everywhere I needed to be to make sure the details I arranged were implemented. I'd advise to hire a day of wedding planner and go over all the details with them so that day of you can relax knowing someone else knows what needs to be done. Above all else, keep the quest list small enough that you can truly spend quality time with the people you invited to share in your celebration.
photography: Pat Furey // venue: College Settlement Camp Horsham, Pennsylvania // event design + planning: DIY // florals: Sullivan Owen // wedding dress: Vintage 1940s gown from Mill Crest Vintage // hairpieces: Bridal floral Crown from Sullivan Owen, Friends Crowns DIY // shoes: J.Crew // hair + makeup: David Koneski at le Chandelier // groom’s suit: Scuderi // invitations: DIY save the dates, and invitations By The Etsy shop TheOysterPearl // catering: Vegan Commissary // cake: Vegan Treats // rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals // officiant: Lia Belardo // music: Our very talented friends band The Blurry Nights