Central Park Boathouse Vintage Autumn Wedding

We're so excited to share our October wedding at The Loeb Boathouse Central Park encompassing so many of our favorite things: vibrant color, creative styling, lush florals and touches of New York City classics! Shira Weinberger Photography captured the day just perfectly.

Kim, a literary agent and writer, came to us several months before her wedding with a clear vision - a Central Park wedding full of bright autumn colors that would be both whimsical and classically New York and a desire for personal touches alluding to her and Charlie's personalities and interests like books, vintage cars, chess, travel, and fun foods, as well as an ode to the beauty of Central Park. To make that vision come to life we teamed up with Ovando and some of New York City's best wedding vendors - keep reading for the full rundown!

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Kim and Charlie's wedding day began at The Highline Hotel where Kim and her bridesmaids dressed in muted shades of pinks, lavender, creams and blues to bring out the pink tones in Kim's flowy Leanne Marshall gown. The bridal bouquet was a lush blend of bright oranges, yellows and greens and was complemented by white rose and orange dahlia bridesmaid bouquets. For their portraits, Kim and Charlie rode in their vintage NYC taxi and took pictures at The Highline.

Soon after, guests were transported through Central Park via trolley and arrived to the Boathouse's entryway covered in wild greenery and touches of floral as well as an adorable hot pretzel stand serving Sigmund's Pretzels.  Inside the venue stood a birch chuppah covered asymmetrically with colorful blooms, and an aisle of overgrowing grasses.

Vintage touches were found throughout from the escort table full of vintage books, chess pieces and NYC taxis to an old globe used as a guestbook.  On the center of each dinner table was a lush floral arrangement full of dahlias, roses and wildflowers in a variety of colors.  Vintage postcards we used in lieu of table numbers and Central Park-inspired menus were designed and illustrated by Katie Fischer Design, sitting atop hand dyed shibori napkins.

A freestanding trellis covered with greenery and white floral hung over the dance floor, and those who needed a break from dancing enjoyed a vintage inspired lounge from Patina Rentals . The incredible cake was  created by Nine Cakes, and to end the night guests were given Insomnia Cookies and cotton candy straight from a cart.  

Design Breakdown: Liz and Steve's wedding at Gotham Hall

Elizabeth (Liz) and Stephen (Steve) came to us shortly after booking their venue, Gotham Hall, a converted 1920s bank in midtown Manhattan with incredible in-house lighting (Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging) and grand architecture that includes the original bank teller screens and inscriptions of wisdom and commerce on stone walls.   The fun-loving couple envisioned their May 2017 wedding to be full of color, tons of food and a celebration of their love and their Chinese-American and Taiwanese-American heritages. 

Our color palette consisted of the traditional red and gold with complementing spring pinks (coral, blush, rose) and cool blues like royal blue, cyan/peacock and silver. To be mindful of feung shui and Chinese custom, our design focused on balance, rounded edges, specific numbers and no white! How refreshing!  , P8perhearts designed a custom invitation suite with a gold foil-stamped dragon and phoenix as well as inserts including motifs of the New York City skyline.

The wedding day began with a traditional tea ceremony and luncheon, followed by pictures on 42nd Street. Liz and her bridesmaids held lush bouquets of coral and blush peonies, roses and ranunculus  while the groom and groomsmen wore matching bouts. After the ceremony at Church of the Transfiguration, guests enjoyed bubble tea and Gong Cha in the church courtyard.

The reception at Gotham Hall started off with a bang -guests were led down to the main ballroom by a Chinese lion dance troupe, and the lighting transitioned from deep red to a deep blue starry sky .  Tables were decorated with a shimmer table linen, gold coin-like chargers and high and low centerpieces brought shades of pink and red throughout the room. A giant pastry table was set with the couple's three wedding cakes (!!) while other dessert tables opened all around the room - cotton candy, ice cream,  waffle puffs - a nod to Taiwanese Night Markets. 

Enjoy this beautiful collection of photos by Shira Weinberger Photography to see how perfectly the day turned out! 

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Recap of Tyler Gardens Grand Opening

Tyler Gardens in Newtown, PA is an incredible wedding venue that just opened its doors this past January. The property is the stunning backyard of the old Tyler family estate in Bucks County, built in the 1920s and modeled after French and Italian sculpture gardens. When Rae from Open Aire Affairs reached out to us to design and plan their Grand Opening Party, we knew we wanted to bring in 1920 and Art Deco design mixed with romantic, European style.  From there we helped create the ultimate wedding set up with some of Philadelphia' top wedding vendors!  Check out the photos below by the talented Carly Fuller Photography for some highlights of the event, and  you can find links to all the participating vendors here:

Polka Dot Events I Open Aire Affairs I Tyler Gardens I Flutter Social I 13th Street Cocktails I BHLDN I Cake Life Bake Shop I Carly Fuller Photography I Courtney Space Events Dish Catering I Du Soleil Photography I Elephant Limbo I Fresh Designs Florist I Haley Richter Photography I His and Hers Productions I Insta Shack I Jennifer Designs Events I Joey's I Modern Relics I Nutmeg Cake DesignOpen Door Valet I The Paperly Studio I Papertree Studio I Pat and Sean Kelly I Piccolo Trattoria I The Red Cedar I Schon Photography I  The Sister Winter Duo I Solidity Films I Something Borrowed Philly

Can't wait to put hundreds of candles on these stairs :) 

Tyler Gardens Grand Opening and Wedding Expo

It is with great pleasure that Open Aire Affairs, Polka Dot Events, and Flutter Social invite you to…

The Tyler Gardens Grand Opening

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Polka Dot Events has teamed up with our friends at Open Aire Affairs and Flutter social to create the ultimate wedding at Tyler Gardens – and you’re invited!

On September 10th spend the evening sipping on cocktails and snacking on canapés while enjoying Tyler Gardens’ stunning grounds, including beautifully landscaped lawns, dramatic stone walls, bronze sculptures and a view of Neshaminy Creek.

The Tyler Gardens tent will be transformed and decorated by Philly’s most talented florists and event rental companies surrounding a curated collection of vendors ready to meet you and discuss your wedding.  Enter raffles and win prizes, including a free engagement photo session from Haley Richter!

Whether you're searching for your perfect venue or interested in getting to know Philly's top wedding professionals, you won’t want to miss this!

Tickets and Information: bit.ly/2tB246b