Caitlin is the Philly-based wedding planner behind Clover Event Co. and the lovely bride in today’s wedding! She and Adam wed on a “glampground” in the Finger Lakes, transforming Firelight Camps into a magical space for friends + family to celebrate all weekend long. Caitlin tells us:
As a wedding planner myself, there was a lot of pressure when it came to planning my own wedding. But, from the start, it was important to me to put the pressure aside and focus on designing a wedding that truly felt like Adam and I. Details are always my favorite part, so it was definitely hard to contain myself when it came to the details of our wedding. I have always had a thing for Aztec patterns and always been drawn to a clean neutral color palettes, so pretty early on in the planning I landed on a black, white, tan and green color palette with Aztec inspired accents.
Caitlin worked with Sarah from AGP Collective on several weddings and was a big fan of her photography style, so it was a no brainer to call on her to capture the day! Ready to see all those amazing details? Welcome…to Camp Kuch!
The “Glamp” Grounds
Caitlin worked with Mountain Paper to design the invitation suite, using modern fonts and an Aztec pattern to set the tone for the weekend.
C + A named the weekend “Camp Kuch” as a nod to their last name, Kuchemba!
Boho Bridal Style
How cute are these BRYR clogs!!
For makeup, Caitlin brought along her vendor friend from Philadelphia, Kristyn from Shimmer and Spice, who specializes in creating custom lip colors for brides! SO cool!
Joanna and Amanda from Faye & Renee took Caitlin’s floral vision and ran with it, creating a gorgeous bouquet of greenery, natural twigs and pods.
Love this! Tan leather was weaved throughout all the bridal party’s attire, including Adam’s rad leather bowtie. Looks so good against his ASOS forest green suit!
Wedding Party in Green
Those hoop bouquets! Love!
If you love as well, we shared a Floral Hoop DIY on GWS so you can create something similar :)
Though the ceremony is generally the most meaningful party of any wedding, it was even more meaningful to us than most. A month before our wedding, our best friend, Brent, passed away due to graft versus host disease, a complication that results from receiving a stem cell transplant for cancer treatment. Brent actually helped introduced Adam and I and earlier that year we had asked him to officiate our wedding while he was receiving treatments. Brent’s passing was sudden and while we dealt with the grief, we also had to think about how his physical absence would affect our wedding plans.
We opted to have a self-uniting wedding ceremony, which is actually a Pennsylvania Quaker tradition, and had a few members of our wedding party officiate various parts of the ceremony. It was so special for us to have our closest friends and siblings be a part of our wedding ceremony and to get married in front of a backdrop that Adam and I built together.
Yay!! And let’s just take a moment to appreciate that super-cool ceremony backdrop!
So, how did Caitlin create a magical wedding playground from a blank canvas? DETAILS, darling!
For the wedding day design, I essentially had to transform a bare bones campground into a ‘proper’ wedding venue. I did that with a lot of unique details: bamboo chairs, falsa blanket table runners, and a custom ceremony backdrop my husband Adam and I built. For us, upgrading to farm tables, bamboo chairs, and burlap style linens helped create the elevated look and vibe we were going for. I also designed custom signage and had letter boards from Letterfolk throughout.
The Camp Kuch Reception
Combine Caitlin’s experience as a wedding planner PLUS planning her own wedding and she’s got tons of great advice for brides! First up? Invest in design elements that you can use as home decor! The Camp Kuch sign, letter boards, pillows + blankets are just a few of the items that now adorn C + A’s home!
Another great tidbit: invest in details on your head table!
Instead of upgrading everything, focus your attention on your head table. I purchased black wicker chairs from Target for Adam and I, searched Etsy for vintage green goblets just for our head table and had Everlaser make custom black wood place cards for our wedding party.
Next up: create an experience for your guests.
Our wedding was dubbed a “wedding playground” and it’s because there truly was so much for guests to do: play bocce ball, sit by the fire, put on a tattoo at the tattoo parlor, grab a cigar from the cigar bar, take a polaroid picture for the guestbook or get a custom haiku written just for them. Haiku’s have always been a part of our relationship, in fact, Adam proposed with one! We hired The Haiku Guys and Gals to come with vintage typewriters and write custom haikus for our guests in the theme of our choice.
Meg from Nutmeg Cake Design made custom cookie favors that incorporated the Aztec pattern and tent graphic—so cute!
And be sure to check out their campy-vibes video by Reiner Media!
Happy, indeed! Thanks, Catilin + Adam, for sharing your weekend with us—here’s to many more happy days ahead!
photography: AGP Collective // venue name: Firelight Camps, Ithaca, New York, USA // event design: Clover Event Co. // planning: Clover Event Co. // florals: Faye & Renee // wedding dress: Rue de Seine 'Halo' // wedding dress boutique: Lovely Bride Philadelphia // bride's shoes: BRYR // bride's ring: Alexis Russell Jewelry // bridesmaid dresses: Amsale Nouvelle and Bella Bridesmaids // getting ready robes: Custom Ink // hair stylist: Alison Sileo Hair // makeup artist: Shimmer and Spice // groom attire: ASOS and Ties By Tyler // groom's shoes: Florsheim // videography: Reiner Media // paper goods: Mountain Paper // handmade details: Everlaser // catering: Serendipity Catering // cake: Serendipity Catering // desserts: Nutmeg Cake Design // furniture rentals: McCarthey Rentals // music: Stella Ruze // rehearsal dinner catering : The Rusty Oven // entertainment: The Haiku Guys & Gals // groomsmen + ring bearer attire: J.Crew // groom’s tie + groomsmen suspenders: Creative Collective // flower girl dresses: Monbebe Lagos // bridesmaids earrings + clutches: Madewell // letterboards: Letterfolk // table numbers: ZCreateDesign // cigars: Smoke Cigar Lounge