General Warren Inne | Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

I can't recall the first time I met Désirée, but I do remember the day she told me she was getting married and planning her wedding in seven weeks! I've been planning my own wedding since the beginning of the year and I still think I'm pressed for time. Somehow she pulled it off and it was a beautiful day indeed. Here's D & D's exchange of vows at General Warren Inn.


"Our overall vision or vibe, was that we wanted it to be intimate, relaxed and simple.  I didn’t even want to call it a wedding, no one was allowed to call it a wedding; I started out calling it an exchange of vows. I didn’t want a lot of pomp and fuss. No bridesmaids, no groomsmen, no maid of honor, no best man.  I wanted the simplicity of the JP, but I also wanted to say my vows out loud while surrounded by my family and friends.  Neither of us is particularly religious, so we didn’t want a church ceremony. I’d envisioned a late-afternoon garden setting and we wanted to keep the guest list small...we had 60 guests."


"My dress fit perfectly and was flattering to my figure. There was no pouf and just the right amount of sex appeal.  It was the very first dress that I tried on."


"My music was DIY! Once I decided what songs I wanted to use during the ceremony, I used Garage Band to edit them down to 2-minute versions. I used “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder for the family and flower girl procession. I walked down the aisle to “You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration” by Teddy Pendergrass. The recessional music was “I Got A Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. I used my iPod and my own speaker system to save money on renting equipment. I also created my own playlist for music to be played during dinner. My other DIY project was the table “numbers”. Instead of numbering the tables, I used pictures of my husband and I over the years to designate the tables. There was a poster display during cocktail hour that showed the guests’ seating assignment with the guest name and the picture of us that would be displayed on their designated table."


“We had an atypical reception. We originally envisioned it as a sit-down meal only. No dancing. No DJ…just dinner with background music. However, we later decided to add dancing, but our venue space was small and wouldn’t be able to accommodate the dinner tables in addition to making dance floor space. So…what we did was had the sit down dinner and cake cutting first. After dinner, we had to clear the space for about 10 minutes, while they broke down tables and had our hired DJ set up. In that way, it became more of a club/after party vibe. We had dancing for about 2 hours; after that, people were ready to call it a night.”


“I gave minimal direction to the photographer. I basically just wanted photos of the ceremony, my guests and some of the traditional bride/groom shots. I did not do any of the “before ceremony” shots of us getting dressed or doing hair and make up, etc. I also released the photographer after the cake cutting (which was before dinner was served). I didn’t feel the need to have professional shots during the dinner or for the after party.”


“I’m really pleased with everything about my wedding, especially considering that I planned everything in only 7 weeks! I really liked our ceremony. We worked closely with our officiant to make it personal and we wrote our own vows. I could have not asked for a more beautiful June day to have a garden ceremony. The weather was perfect, the food was perfect and the cake was delicious! And we had a great ending party on the dance floor!”



A big thank you to my friend, Désirée, for taking the time to share her wedding day with us. This is also a sneak peek at what my wedding is going to look like (well, the pictures, anyway) because she used my wedding photographer, By Elie! For a complete vendor list, follow this link. Oh, and if you'd like your wedding or engagement shoot featured on Danfredo Rivera, take a look at this page.

Photography: By Elie | Location: General Warren Inne | Officiant: Journeys of the Heart | Dress: David's Bridal | Wedding Bands: Bucci's Jewelry & Design | Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas | Groom: Macy's | Flowers: Long Stems | Entertainment: Blue Ink Entertainment

2 comments

Vivian said... September 23, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Yep is sure turned out beautiful. I planned my wedding in 10 weeks...I know crazy! But it all turned out GREAT! I even put on a 7 min show with dance choreography and everything with my 7 bridesmaids...back then when wedding dances weren't even a trend....great memories! Have a great weekend friend!

Fun. Fit. Chic. said... September 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM

This IS it. My perfect wedding. I'd probably have less dinner and more dancing but THIS IS PERFECT. Thanks Desiree for sharing.
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