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A Garden Wedding in Phoenixville, PA

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Donna & Chad in Phoenixville, PA
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Donna doesn’t love pink but she liked the pop of color her bouquet added in contrast to the rest of the wedding’s earth tones.
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Donna chose to keep the flowers in calm earth tones. Chad and the rest of the groomsmen wore single ranunculus on their lapels.
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To save money, Donna wore a pair of silver heels that she already owned. Bonus: She didn't have to break them in beforehand!
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A label was sewn inside Donna's Christos dress. It read, "One lucky day" and held a silver dollar that has been passed down through many of her family members.
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The front of the programs were printed with an ornate tree "carved" with Donna and Chad's names on the trunk.
Paper Source, Washington, D.C.
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Guests threw lavender seeds at the bride and groom as they made their way back up the aisle.
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Iced tea, lemonade, and water kept guests cool before the ceremony began. During the cocktail hour, the couple served mint juleps (they wed on Kentucky Derby Day).
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Wanting a casual ceremony, the couple wed in Donna's parents' backyard in front of 130 guests.
Bride’s parent’s house, Malvern
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Modern square and rectangular vases -- in cream, chocolate brown, and sage green -- held pom pom mums, tulips, carnations, wheat grass, or spider mums.
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Each table was named after an herb grown in the couple's home garden, like the "Cilantro" table.
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A cupcake tower replaced the traditional cake. Donna made little flags (printed with words like "love," "joy," and "sweet") for each one.
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The DJ played Bobby Blue Bland's "You or None" while Donna and Chad shared their first dance.

Donna & Chad in Phoenixville, PA

When Donna bought a house in DC five years ago, Chad happened to be her neighbor! The Bride Donna Sickler, 31 and a program manager for public schools The Groom Chad Anthony, 37 and a principal at SRA International The DateMay 2 The couple let their love for gardening steer the wedding's theme. They used earth tones like brown and sage green, had a backyard ceremony and served a salad -- with fresh ingredients -- that they frequently make at home.
- Lisa Freedman
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