A Vibrant Mosaic Wedding at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens in Pennsylvania

Jeannine Sloane (31, a teacher) and Robin Wilby (35, a freelance filmmaker) were engaged for 18 months before they got married at Philadelphia's Magic

Jeannine Sloane (31, a teacher) and Robin Wilby (35, a freelance filmmaker) were engaged for 18 months before they got married at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, a gallery with a mosaic sculpture garden where Jeannine spent much of her time as a child. "Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a transformative environment that exists as a gallery and community arts center," says Jeannine. "With playful elements of light and shadow, color and form, there is not way to leave without seeing yourself, your passion, your secrets and your dreams hidden in the poetry and corners." Through using a teal, turquoise, magenta and yellow palette, there was a balanced combination of bright and muted shades that complimented the recycled material decor used throughout the wedding space. The couple made their own painted mason jar centerpieces, colorfully framed table numbers and rustic photo timeline for guests to enjoy. "We found it important to feel empowered enough to craft our wedding from the ground up so it didn't fit into any too traditional structure that we ourselves could not fit into," says Jeannine. "We encourage you to believe in your ability to create an event that truly represents you, even if it means straying from norms."

Robin had picked out a white gold band with rose cut moonstones for Jeannine, which was designed by Nora Kogan. The wedding bands were purchased by Rumonoff's Fine Jewelry & Design in Hamden, CT.
Jeannine died her hair pink and had an updo hairstyle on her wedding day, done by Headhouse Salon.
Blush Wedding Dress With Necklace
Style & Co. Blush Bridal Shoes
"My blush, mermaid cut Vera Wang gown was the inspiration for everything that followed finding it," says Jeannine. "I’ve always been into clothing and design on a budget, living in thrift store jungles, so I knew that I would be looking to make my own funky, hombre veil, and dying my hair to match it."
Robin held a bouquet of orange garden roses, magenta hydrangeas, white peonies and a variety of small colorful flowers that were mixed with succulents and green accents.
"Jeannine did most of the styling for the wedding but she was flexible and helpful when it came to helping me find my suit," says Robin. "We decided on a light grey, contemporary, summer suit from Top Man. I wore a magenta tie and provided my 2 “best persons” and my 2 “persons of honor” with teal colored ties."
Blue and Teal Clark's Shoes
Outdoor Ceremony at The Magic Gardens
"Many of our vows and readings were inspired by Buddhist teachings and thought," says Robin. "Jeannine’s sister, Daniella, who was our officiant, helped us weave them together with our own words."
"Since Jeannine is Jewish it felt respectful for us to include the tradition of breaking a glass at the ceremony’s end," says Robin. "We did so with a twist – we stepped on the fabric wrapped glass together."
Batman Symbol Behind Kissing Couple
Happy Couple Embracing Each Other
"We added hand painted, recycled flower jars, tin can lanterns for evening ambience, and papel picado banners ," says Jeannine. "Our contribution could be simple because the venue was already stunningly full of visual stimulation."
Jeannine and Robin decided to have their wedding ceremony and reception at Pennsylvania's Magic Gardens in a mosaic sculpture garden created by artist Isaiah Zagar.
Married Couple in Mosaic Alleyway
Little Baby's Ice Cream catered the dessert for the reception, with the couple's favorite ice cream flavors of vanilla cardamom and mint julep.
Couple Ice Cream Tasting With Mosaic
"Robin’s good friend, Ryan Cassata, performed a cover of “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers," says Jeannine. "We used to hear it on the radio together throughout the first summer of dating, and it came to feel like "our song." Ryan is such a young and inspiring singer-songwriter, and we knew we wanted him to have a role in our wedding."