A Funky, Fall-Inspired Wedding at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A standard banquet hall or hotel simply wouldn’t do for Laura Robinson (29 and a resident physician) and Daniel Moadel’s (28 and a medical student) mid-October wedding. The couple planned a truly one-of-a-kind affair packed with undeniable personality, starting by hosting the entire event at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since Laura and Daniel both a medical background, the location couldn't have been more appropriate. And with the historic venue’s library channeling the Gothic Reading Room at Duke University, their alma mater, the couple felt right at home. “We loved having use of the whole building and so many different spaces without having to worry about moving our guests between separate ceremony and reception sites,” Laura says. The day started with a ceremony in the Medicinal Garden, where Laura and Daniel drew on both their Jewish and Christian backgrounds to create a ceremony that reflected their story. The library hosted to the reception, offering a stately backdrop for the evening’s festivities, with its multitude of portraits, card catalogs and architectural details that gave the room a distinct old-world charm. “We loved having use of the whole building and so many spaces without having to worry about moving our guests between separate ceremony and reception sites,” Laura says. The couple chose a fall-inspired theme for the evening, going with a palette of dark green, navy and gold with vibrant pops of traditional autumnal colors like burnt orange, yellow, deep purple and red woven throughout. Garnish Floral Design created imaginative centerpieces for each table, using antique books and card catalogs borrowed from the library itself, displayed alongside textured arrangements of seasonal blooms. “We wanted the decor to reflect autumn without hitting you over the head with it,” Laura says. “We wanted things to feel natural and organic. The venue itself is so beautiful to begin with, and we wanted to make sure we were just adding subtle touches and not hiding what was already there.” Dinner was served family style to give the evening an intimate feel. The eight-piece Bachelor Boys Band, rocked the house with everything from Motown to contemporary hits. At the end of the night the couple sent guests off with heart-shaped pretzels, a nod to Philadelphia itself and the couple’s funky, custom-designed save-the-dates. A tip from Laura and Daniel: “We don’t know if we were really lucky, lazy or what, but we ended up picking the first venue, band, photographer, wedding dress and suit we came across. We tried not to get bogged down in the details, and it was super-helpful to have our venue, caterer, florist and decor all under one vendor. This allowed us the time to focus on the ceremony and adding special meaningful touches from our families.”