Caitlin and Ryan were married in a traditional ceremony at The Olde Church of Saint Andrew followed by an indoor reception at HollyHedge Estate in New Hope, Pa. on October 19. “HollyHedge was unlike any other wedding venue we had ever been too,” Caitlin said. ‘It has a magical secluded element that really made you feel away from it all. It was the perfect mix of rustic elegance and had an old charm given it’s an 18th century estate. It has 21 acres of beautiful gardens, a historic stone barn, . . . and fieldstone house . . . The estate offers an ideal backdrop for the foliage too. It also offered a bed and breakfast on-site, both of our families and entire bridal party didn’t have to leave the property!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare weding gown with straps, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash and pair of Kate Spade peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a plaid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, and thistles. “After being pronounced husband and wife, turning around to see those there to support us,” she said. “It is a moment that we will never forget.” Everyone was escorted to their seats via small white pumpkins. “Names were attached with their table assignments,” Caitlin said. “In the center of the place cards, we had a large orange pumpkin with our names carved into it.” Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and chalkboard numbers. “I wanted everything to be really personal and simply,” she said. “We had candles everywhere along with mums spread throughout the venue. I made a few signs and offered shawls upon arrival to keep warm too. We didn’t want to limit ourselves to a strict color scheme either. Given the time of year, we used fall-inspired colors: blues, creams, oranges, and reds.” The five-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was topped with two wooden figurines, almost identical to the Mr. and Mrs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “As cliche as this sounds, don’t sweat the small stuff,” Caitlin said. “It’s a celebration, and if you enjoy it, so will your guests.”
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
HollyHedge Estate was the first and only wedding venue we visited. New Hope, Pa. is one of our favorite areas, so we were instantly intrigued. The second we arrived at HollyHedge, we knew. It was the most beautiful, ethereal, rustic, fairytale place we had ever seen; too perfect.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Flowers – Mark Bryan and his team of experts did the most amazing job of translating what we asked for into the most amazingly beautiful floral arrangements! They could not have been more perfect.
2. Table cards – Erin actually handmade our table cards himself. They could not have been more darling and personal. Just the right touch. Our amazing wedding photographer, Rachel Pearlman took some amazing detail shots of the cards.
3. Toasts – Our families made such beautiful toasts to us during the reception. In particular my mother, brothers and our bridal party. So touching and sweet!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
The first look. I was led out to the fountain area in the front courtyard of HollyHedge Estate. Erin was standing there with a pink ribbon tied as a blindfold across his eyes. I was so excited and nervous at the same time as I walked towards him. When I reached Erin, I took his hand in mine, and we told each other how much we loved one another. He told me how he could not wait to spend the rest of his life with me, and I told him how lucky I felt to have such an amazing person in my life. We turned to face each other,and I began to untie the ribbon. As it fell away, I could see it in his eyes that were truly meant to be together. We both felt so connected in that moment. It was so special; like a real spark between two people.