A Romantic, Glam Wedding at Pen Ryn Estate in Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Rustic wasn’t going to cut it for Christina Fils-Aime (26 and a risk-management analyst) and Darnel Clayton (28 and a computer science student) when it came to planning their May wedding. Wanting to host an event that reflected their fun-loving personalities and sophisticated style, the couple gathered their families and friends at the Pen Ryn Estate in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, an elegant mansion on the National Register of Historic Places that boasts a rich history dating to 1744, as well as beautifully appointed rooms, perfectly manicured gardens and views of the Delaware River. The day started with a ceremony on the estate’s lush green lawn. Letting the beauty of the setting take center stage, Christina and Darnel kept the decor on the understated side, adding only a few small arrangements of soft white blooms to the aisles and draping the quaint wooden wedding arbor in panels of light airy fabric. The fabric flowed gently in the wind, lending a romantic, ethereal feel to the ceremony. A reception inside the mansion followed, where guests indulged in a mouthwatering meal of filet mignon and chicken francese, preceded by a selection of inspired appetizers like rosemary-crusted lamb chops, cheesesteak egg rolls and a mashed-potato bar. Christina and Darnel chose a blush, ivory and gold palette to set a romantic tone for the evening, while the Candy Buffet Company struck the perfect balance of elegance and glam with details like sequin-embellished linens, classic arrangements of blush and ivory faux blooms and gilded accents. “We’re not over-the-top people in general, so it fit us perfectly,” Christina says. Before kicking off a night of dancing, the couple surprised guests with a lively fireworks display on the lawn, where they had their cake cutting. “It was sort of the grand finale of the night, but the party continued afterward,” Christina says. A tip from Christina and Darnel: “We read a lot of vendor reviews before making any decisions. Meeting each of them beforehand was very important to us, because we wanted to make sure our vibes worked well together. We got along with and had so much fun with all our vendors, but really got to know our photographer and officiant in particular. It was great to have ongoing communication with them during the process—it made it fun and easy.”