Melissa and Ken Get Married!

wedding date: October 17, 2010

venue: Glen Foerd Mansion

I remember the very first time I heard from Melissa.  I was at the gym and was about to hop onto the elliptical.  *Beep* Ooh, new voicemail!  Of course, being the workaholic I am, I had to check my voicemail at the instant.  Melissa left me a sweet message telling me how much she loved my website and one wedding in particular and wanted her wedding to be just like that, but with their own personal touches.

I called her back right away and set up a time to meet with her, her fiance Ken, and her mom when she was in town.

It’s not unusual for me to help plan a wedding for a couple who live outside of Philadelphia, however this was the first time I had the bride and groom on opposite coasts!  Melissa was residing in DC while Ken was in LA.  Despite the distance, they made the planning work and I was lucky enough to see them a few times throughout the planning process.  We actually planned their wedding in 7 months!

So without further ado, here are some amazing images from the very sweet and generous Brook Bready of Brook Bready Photography, along with my commentary…

The girls started the day at Melissa’s mother’s home getting their hair done by the very talented Natalie Pagano of Hair by Natalie.  Then they went to the King of Prussia mall Nordstroms to get their makeup done.  This worked out really well because the girls were able to visit their favorite makeup lines. 

Then the girls came to the Glen Foerd Mansion to finish getting getting ready.  Glen Foerd has a beautiful bridal suite room that really lends to great pictures and makes you feel like you’ve stepped back into time.

Melissa is so beautiful and so it was only fitting that she had an equally beautiful gown. 

Melissa originally wanted black and white anemones in her bouquet but they were not in season.  Papertini, who I can never rave enough about(!!), created a custom flower to achieve the same look. She took a rose and thistle, which she painted black) and created a new flower! How creative!

How stunning is she?!  I get comments that all my brides are gorgeous.  Yes they are.  I am so lucky to work with beautiful people all the time! (and they’re all amazing people too).  Melissa works for the government in health care – at the time she was working in the White House! 

Beautiful bride surrounded by her beautiful friends and Jr. Bridesmaid.  Melissa picked out black feather hair pieces to go along with the victorian look.  The groomsmen had feathers in their boutonnieres to match.

Ken is not too shabby himself!  Ken also used to work in the White House as counsel and is now a partner in a law firm in LA.  Since the wedding, Melissa has relocated to LA, but I’m sure I will be seeing both of them again very soon!

*here is proof that I do work at weddings!*

The ceremony was held outside despite the wind.  The rain stayed away (as it usually does for all cHill Weddings!), but we did have to make some changes to prevent the “alter” pieces from falling over in the wind and we also couldn’t line the rose petals perfectly in thick rows as originally planned, but it was all still so beautiful.

The ceremony were hand assembled by Dulcetta Designs, along with the escort apples (below).  The programs included details and explanation of the Filipino cord and veil ceremony that took place.

Because they had less than 150 guests, we were able to have the entire reception in the conservatory.  Guests enjoyed the wine tasting in the wine cellar downstairs and the art gallery upstairs, then they were ushered into the conservatory by traditional Korean drummers.

The tables had green apple linens with black and white damask runners.  We had two sets of center pieces – floating orchids with candles and damask wrapped cylinders with candles and hydrangeas.  The design was created by cHill Weddings and Papertini, a collaborative effort.

This was the ceremony piece which was later moved to the stage on both sides of the DJ from Magical Sight and Sound.

Beautiful cake by Conroy Catering.  Conroy Catering has also been AMAZING with the food.  Since Melissa is Filipina and Ken is Korean, they wanted to showcase food from their cultures.  The chef recreated some awesome traditional dishes for the dinner stations along with some other dishes, and it was a huge hit!  Special thanks to the chef and Bridget H for taking such good care of my clients!

Here is the escort card table… we really played off the green apple theme but added the crystal to add the vintage look.

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Once the drummers entered the conservatory, it was followed by a few other Korean dances, including the solo fan dancer below.

Later in the evening, we had the always adorable Mutya Phillippine Dance Company.  We’ve worked with them for two of our other Filipino couples, and they’re always so good!

Here are some more pictures of the beautiful couple!  Thank you Brooke for the great images!

Thank you so much, Melissa and Ken, for allowing me to be such a big part of planning your wedding!  I felt like I made new friends in the process!