A Simply Natural Wedding at the Washington at Historic Yellow Springs in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Kira Luxon (32, a freelance photographer) and Chris Pepe (31, a graphic designer) were brought together by art when they had their first date at a Gordon Park Photography Exhibit. A little over four years later, Chris proposed to Kira on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in the snow after having dinner at their favorite restaurant. The couple chose to have their ceremony at an open-air private chapel in the woods of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and their reception at the Washington at Historic Yellow Springs in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, where Kira was raised. They accomplished their vision of a casual, natural wedding with wooden accents, handmade props and a color palette of blush and dusty rose. "By choosing indoor and outdoor settings with a lot of character, we were able to set the tone," Kira says. "We achieved the style we wanted by including a lot of DIY projects, but were careful to prevent a "crafty" look. We painted numbers on reclaimed barnwood for the table numbers, I handwrote the table seating charts on a kraft paper scroll and our invitations were soft blush and quite whimsically designed, letterpressed by Chris." All flower arrangements were done by Kira's mother, who has been a florist for over 30 years. She filled the bouquets, designed the centerpieces and decorated the venue space with garden rose, ranunculus, anemone, astilbe, dusty miller and eucalyptus flowers. The choice of floral design complimented the natural vibe that the couple envisioned for their wedding day.