Cairnwood Estate wedding reception of Rebecca & Ben | Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Tell us about your decor and flowers.
Rebecca: We had a combination of burgundy, ivory, blush pink and blue-green foliage hues. The flowers were a real group effort. Astrid and I came up with the colors and she was great at choosing flowers that would complement each other. During our wedding rehearsal fifteen people were downstairs in the Cathedral busily arranging flowers for us. It was lovely to walk down the aisle and know that our friends and family had helped with it all.

We designed the invitations with my sister Francesca. She came up with the idea of two trees bending toward each other with violins at the base. Ben and I met in the mountains and I spent the summer in Aspen at the music festival just before Ben proposed, so Aspen trees seemed appropriate. Francesca painted the stunning artwork for the front and inside and I then designed the back using her work as inspiration. A friend kindly helped us with the layout and prepared the invites for printing. Designing the invite with my sister was incredibly special for me and it was thrilling to see our wedding take on such a personal touch.

Tell us about your cake.
Rebecca: We chose alternating layers of apple spice with cinnamon butter cream and vanilla with lemon zest butter cream. I was dancing so much that I completely forgot about dessert and I almost missed the delicious cake. Fortunately there were a few pieces left in the kitchen.

Ben: Back in January, Becca and her parents came over to Bryn Athyn from London. We did a bunch of wedding planning stuff and the cake tasting was one of the last things we did. At that point, to be presented with a choice of over 30 different flavors was a bit overwhelming. We were exhausted and ended up taking home some mislabeled cake samples. We ended up choosing a seasonal flavor and something lighter that we thought we’d enjoy. It turned out great.

Tell us about your dress.
Rebecca: I bought my dress in Oxford at a little boutique my sister suggested. It was the first place I went for an appointment. I think my mum and sister picked out five dresses between them and I picked out just one – and that was the one. I just felt like the best version of myself in that dress. I felt empowered and radiant.

We had to bring the dress to the States and it had to be transported as a carry-on. My carry-on was a violin so I entrusted the dress to my mother and she brought it over. It was strange not having my dress in the country until about ten days prior to the wedding! Ironically, I bought my dress in the U.K. and was married in the U.S., whilst my mum purchased her wedding dress in the States and was married in London.

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Venue: Cairnwood Estate – Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
Dress: Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique – Beaconsfield, U.K.
Hair: Janelle on Location – Warminster, Pennsylvania
Flowers: Astrid’s Flowers – Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Cake: The Master’s Baker – West Chester, Pennsylvania
Caterer: Sage Catering – Berwyn, PA
Officiant: Grant Odhner
Band/DJ: Slippery Band – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Transportation: Sterling Limousine – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia wedding photographer – Leslie Barbaro