Winter Wonderland

A Vintage Winter Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate 

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DFW has had a lot of new and exciting things happen in 2017. With the year wrapping up, we wanted to feature one of our favorite weddings, especially because we won awards a few months ago! Meghan and Samuel's wedding was submitted in the ILEA Liberty Awards and won Best Wedding Event and Best Event Design and Decor!

After the wedding of the mother-of-the-brides’s a few months prior, we were able to assist in Meghan and Sam’s creative and unique vision. Creating such memorable bonds with this family, we knew we needed to make the perfect day for Meghan and Sam. Their winter barn wedding hosted 140 family and friends to join in on their special day.

Meghan wanted to transform Holly Hedge in New Hope, PA into a winter wonderland. She gave us some direction with winter greenery, foraged elements, and plenty of gold accents. Besides those three elements, we had free-reign to design the space. 

For the ceremony in the barn on the property, we really tried to bring the outdoors in with the addition of plenty of greenery garland, candles and birch elements.

With the extreme weather drop from the mid-sixties to below freezing, we needed to make a last minute change for the cocktail hour plan. We put up a tent so guests could still have the outdoor vibe Meghan was looking for. We furnished the tent with vintage furniture and market lighting.

Three days prior to the wedding, we brought in 20 Christmas trees to be used as a winter backdrop in the ceremony, cocktail and reception spaces. We installed a floating structure over the dance floor out of cut Christmas trees and hung 150 hanging round globes descending from the structure.

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We used a boxwood backdrop to create a selfie station, which accomplished Meghan’s request for lots of greenery. Some of the guests enjoyed dinner at large farm tables with garland down the center, with gold tapered candles and gold metallic tipped antlers mixed in. Other guests enjoyed dinner at round tables draped in sequined embedded brocade linens and accented with gold charger plates. Centerpieces were a mix of a few different arrangements. One style featured gold candelabras with green garland cascading down and surrounded by votive candles and low arrangements of white hydrangea. Another centerpiece featured gold candle holders surrounded by taller vases filled with white hydrangea. With her vision, we used wood elements, birch candles, greenery, mixed mercury votives, and pillar candles in hurricane vases throughout the space. Our centerpieces complimented our hanging decor perfectly.

Lighting is always essential in transforming a venue to polish off the look of the entire space. We used a mix of ceiling washes, market lighting, lanterns, and restoration hardware lights throughout the property. Holly Hedge has fabulous chandeliers that we enhanced with winter garland and replaced the bulbs with vintage style edison bulbs.

Meghan’s bouquet featured a mix of greens, thistle, seeded eucalyptus, silver dollar, white garden roses, anemones and ranunculus. The bridesmaids had a mix of white garden roses, freesia, spray roses, white anemone, and blueberries with greens. Sam’s boutonniere contained a single white ranunculus with greens, and his groomsmen’s boutonnieres contained a white flower with silver sprayed berries and greens.

Our bride knew the venue and vibe she was looking for, but gave us free reign to design something spectacular. Meghan loved the final result, sealing the deal with her cake decor ;) and we were so happy to have been able to succeed in creating her dream wedding. 

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