A Vintage Holiday Wedding at the Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Swapping traditional red and green for romantic pastel pinks, blues, greens and golds, Kelly Flegal (25 and a display artist) and Rob Zangrillo (24 an

Swapping traditional red and green for romantic pastel pinks, blues, greens and golds, Kelly Flegal (25 and a display artist) and Rob Zangrillo (24 and a graphic designer and illustrator) turned their Christmas wedding into a handcrafted, vintage affair. 

Their engagement took place at a botanical garden in New Jersey. “Immediately following our proposal, we witnessed a wedding and sipped champagne from afar and watched, knowing that it soon would be us,” Kelly said. Then the planning began in earnest. 

For their day at the altar, the couple chose the Cairnwood Estate for the reception, having admired its classical Roman and Greek architecture and French Renaissance influences. The late-18th-century country house, with era-appropriate furnishings, was outfitted for the season with garlands and a Christmas tree; the couple added their touch with vintage ornaments, white poinsettias and handmade decorations like ribbon-tied jingle bells, which the guests used to “ring in” the marriage. The hand-designed and DIY details stayed true to the couple’s creative roots: They met at Temple University's Tyler School of Art. —Allie Volpe

A Christmas tree at the Cairnwood Estate was decorated to fit the color scheme of the wedding. Rather than be bogged down by dark, seasonal colors, the bridal party was outfitted in light ensembles—pale pink for the bridesmaids, a light latte for the maid of honor—topped with fur shawls.
Kelly runs her own Etsy shop, creating handmade, vintage-inspired embroidered bridal and reception decorations. For her own wedding, she resurfaced and embellished her shoes with crystals and beads to match her gown.
Kelly's bouquet, the most colorful and vibrant of the bridal party, featured pink, cream, latte and peach roses, greens, brunia berries, dusty miller, and white statice for texture. The icy look of the dusty miller brought wintry romance to the arrangement.
Classic and simple, Rob's ring is hammered metal in cobalt, while Kelly's engagement ring features a circular diamond surrounded by a halo and diamonds around the band. Her wedding ring, which has a more vintage feel, curves around the engagement ring.
Despite the December chill, Kelly and Rob took to the  grounds of the Cairnwood Estate (which is located on the same grounds as the Bryn Athyn Cathedral) to take in the early evening sunset. Reflecting on the planning process, Kelly offers this advice: "I would tell couples to take their time and really absorb and enjoy the planning process. Make it your own and make it a true reflection of you and your spouse's relationship and love for each other."
The centerpiece arrangement—pink and ivory roses and dusty miller—was in keeping with the bridal party's bouquets and boutonnieres.  Handmade golden-spool placeholders and menu cards added to the setting.
Taking inspiration from the centerpiece florals, Kelly created and embroidered delicate table numbers. "We are very DIY, if you hadn't guessed!" she said.
Among the many DIY details of Kelly and Rob's wedding was their cake, which was baked by a close friend. Its floral adornments and Christmas tree decorations matched the reception decor; it even featured brushed gold with lace applications. The cake had three layers of flavors: chocolate with Oreo filling, yellow, and red velvet.
Guests wrote messages on vintage ornaments in lieu of a traditional sign-in book. The bride painted additional ornaments to be used as favors, and vintage decorations lined the aisles at the ceremony.
Graphic designer Rob created the invitation suite, ceremony cards and menu; he also drew the seating chart on a large white and gold mirror. "Our entire wedding reflected us. We put our heart and soul, and many, many hours, into creating our wedding day. Every element was handcrafted and hand-designed," Kelly said.
Seasonal signature cocktails included a Christmas Spritzer, made with pink Moscato, raspberry ginger ale and raspberries; and the groom's pick, Holiday Cheer, consisting of Fireball whisky, ginger ale and a cinnamon stick.