A Classic, Modern Wedding at Downtown Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

You wouldn’t expect to see pastels at a classic winter wedding but Karen Gibson (31 and an attorney) and Jake Heisler (35 and a financial advisor) did

You wouldn’t expect to see pastels at a classic winter wedding but Karen Gibson (31 and an attorney) and Jake Heisler (35 and a financial advisor) did just that for their wedding at the Downtown Club in Philadelphia. The bridesmaids wore long muted plum dresses, Karen accessorized with a stole, the escort cards were accented with pinecones and even the invites were a wintry silver -- but all of the flowers were a pretty springtime-inspired pastel color. Karen and Jake’s unique color palette was perfect for their venue too, which they picked for its contemporary twists in the heart of Historic Philadelphia. "The venue is modern and sophisticated, and it has amazing views of Independence Park and other Old City landmarks," Karen says. And because the Downtown Club is owned by the foodie-renowned Cescaphe Event Group, there was an extensive variety of delicious food at the wedding. “There was too much food to name,” Karen says. Our favorite detail? Karen’s show-stopping fit-and-flare wedding dress with a dramatic skirt covered in fabric ruffles. Allison McCafferty Photography was there to capture all the details at this beautiful wedding!

Their proposal was a cute story: "I had recently started a new job, and Jake surprised me with an overnight stay and dinner in Philadelphia," Karen says. "Before we went to dinner, he gave me a gift for my office: two nameplates for my desk, one with my last name and one with his.  He proposed with a gorgeous ring that he had picked out all by himself!"
In keeping with the winter theme, Karen and Jake's wedding invitations were trimmed in sparkly silver and printed in a simple silver font on white cardstock. The glittery silver trim set the tone for an elegant, wintry wedding. The pretty invitation suite was created by designer Michael MacFerran.
Karen wore a strapless Enzoani gown in a fit-and-flare silhouette with a sweetheart neckline. The dress’ focal point was its modern, ruffled skirt and train that paired beautifully with the fitted and ruched bodice. Karen went with a romantic hairstyle, worn down with curls.
For a pop of color at her wintry event, Karen carried a pastel bridal bouquet. Flowers by Sweetens created this springtime-inspired flower arrangement that included lavender and ivory roses, pink carnations, ivory hydrangeas and peach spray roses as well as dusty miller.
Karen's bridesmaids wore floor-length chiffon dresses by Jenny Yoo. The pretty dresses were in a soft, muted shade of plum that was perfect for the winter wedding. As a bonus their convertible necklines meant the bridesmaids could wear them in the style of their choosing. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of pink hydrangeas and dusty miller with their soft purple dresses.
Jake and his groomsmen wore tuxedos from The Black Tux, a website similar to Rent the Runway that allowed them to rent matching attire for the wedding at a fraction of the retail price. They accessorized with skinny black ties and white alstroemeria boutonnieres.
Guests found their escort cards displayed on pinecones at the guest table. The small pinecones were painted white at the edges to make them look like they were dusted in snow. This added a nice wintry touch to Karen and Jake’s January wedding without going overboard on the seasonal theme.
To match Karen’s bridal bouquet, centerpieces at the reception were made up of flower arrangements with lavender and ivory roses, pink carnations, white hydrangeas and greens. Dining tables were topped with gold linens that perfectly complemented these pastel centerpieces, and table numbers were written in calligraphy on simple placards.
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