Do you daydream about a winter wedding? Perhaps you envision a cold night, surrounded by fir trees, cozying up on the dance floor under twinkling lights, and donning a flowing winter white gown? If so, then you’re going to LOVE this. Steph + Tony’s real life wedding is certainly the stuff of dreams–a romantic winter celebration, minus the clichés and plus a little something…for the Anglophile! Steph tells us:
When we first got engaged, we knew we wanted to get married in the winter right before the holidays—our favorite time of year. We’ve always loved London and wanted to draw inspiration from what we imagined as a quintessentially British party. From the pennants and rich-toned antique furniture to the music and florals, we tried to capture a sense of British character in the decor and details. We worked closely with Oleander, who masterfully crafted the most beautiful and elegant bespoke floral arrangements that brought the spaces to life, and pulled together a cohesive color palette of whites, muted grays, and greens. We planned everything remotely from California, creating and bringing in our own decor elements to transform the space. From start to finish, we wanted the day to feel like an elegant celebration with our closest friends and family.
Logan Cole captured the day’s soft light and muted tones, an utterly elegant affair!
We got married at Terrain at Styer’s in Glen Mills, PA. When we saw that Terrain fills their grounds every winter with fir trees, we knew it was the right venue for us. Our favorite time of year is winter—the smells, the light, the moods—and Terrain embodied all those senses with a feeling of the holidays.
We simply adore Steph’s bridal style. From her custom gown to this The Jetset Diaries robe–and just wait until you see that veil!
Cynthia and David at Oleander incorporated Steph’s all-time favorite flower, Earl Grey Roses, into her bouquet, ceremony archway, and table runner. Isn’t her bouquet just regal?
WHOA–an absolute vision! Steph wore a bespoke gown by Carol Hannah and, speaking of regal, she literally looks like a queen!
Tony, meanwhile, suited up handsomely in Burberry.
Steph + Tony are both graphic designers, so they brought a clear design vision to the day. Much of the decor was DIY, including this backdrop. They hung olive table runners and antique chandeliers in the reception area. How good is that rich texture and color?
Out of a fairy tale!
S + T had their ceremony outside—signing their vows to each other in American Sign Language as a small gesture to Tony’s parents—and celebrated with friends and family inside.
We curated our own British-inspired playlists for every part of the day, ranging from older classics like The Smiths and New Order to more contemporary singers like RHODES and Coastal Cities.
Processional: “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths, covered by Vitamin String Quartet + “Saturn” (Intro) by Sleeping at Last
Recessional: “Black River” by Wolf Gang
First Dance: “Wings” (Acoustic) by Birdy
Drawing inspiration from our past trips to London (where we also went on our honeymoon right after the wedding), we made by hand what must have been 100 yards of pennants that hung in our reception space during dinner.
As favors, the couple wrapped individual Instax picture frames for the guests. Don’t you just love the wax stamp?
If you think you can make or take care of something yourself, do it—whether it’s decor, music, or even hair and makeup. I didn’t think about doing my own hair and makeup that day, and it wasn’t until after the wedding I realized I could have controlled the end result if I had just practiced and done it myself. It’s more important to feel like the best version of yourself than to feel like you have to hire outside help. Have confidence, and don’t think you can’t do something yourself just because it’s foreign to you.
One of our favorite memories was when we slipped away at night with Logan and Caleb (who are both extremely gifted and super affable, which was more than we could have wished for) to have a private moment to ourselves, that we ended up using to run around and chase each other with sparklers. Even though we wanted the wedding to have a sense of British character, we tried throughout to keep it subtle and restrained, so our sparkler chase was a fun, impromptu chance for us to indulge in our Harry Potter fantasies.
Loving Steph’s getaway look!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again–there’s nothing better than a sparkler getaway! Steph + Tony, congrats on your beautiful wedding and wishing you a marriage full of love and magic from all of us at GWS!
photography: Logan Cole // venue name: Terrain at Styers, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, USA // florals: Oleander // wedding dress: Carol Hannah Custom Gown // hairpiece: Jennifer Behr // bride's shoes: Valentino // getting ready robes: The Jetset Diaries // groom attire: Burberry // groom's shoes: Burberry // videography: East West // furniture rentals: Maggpie Rentals // bouquet ribbons: Silk & Willow