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An International, Garden-Inspired Wedding at the Old Mill in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania


                                        Sarah Mills (29 and a hospital development coordinator) and Thomas Higgins’s (33 and a senior manager) Penns

Sarah Mills (29 and a hospital development coordinator) and Thomas Higgins’s (33 and a senior manager) Pennsylvania wedding transported guests to gardens around the world. Mixing the Old Mill’s landscape with matching decor and international details, the couple put their own spin on a natural celebration. A beer garden cocktail hour, a lush wedding cake and globe wedding favors set the scene. Rebecca Barger Photography captured nearly 200 guests entering the venue’s outdoor courtyard in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. Everyone sipped on craft beers and ciders from genuine German beer mugs and snacked on soft pretzels. Inside the tented reception, friends and family members found their seats near a flower-covered wedding cake. Bright hydrangeas, peonies and stargazer lilies covered every layer. The bridesmaid bouquets also encased it in bunches of green hydrangeas and roses. (It looked like a mini garden in itself.) After a slice, the couple sent everyone home with a sweet globe-inspired coaster set, touching on the global theme. Each one matched the international city-seating chart with a neutral, map-inspired tag. “The celebration was our opportunity to thank everyone in our lives who has helped us get to where we are today,” Sarah says. “This was evident in our attention to details ensuring guests had a memorable experience and felt the love.”

After their traditional ceremony at Old St. Mary's Church, Sarah and Tom greeted their guests with a chic outdoor reception at the Old Mill in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. A rustic wooden sign inside a vintage-style urn of baby’s breath marked their celebration. “The weather was spectacular and reached nearly 80 degrees, allowing guests to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Old Mill all evening,” Sarah says.
Each bridesmaid was fit for the garden-style affair with a romantic, floor-length dress. Its white lace overlay on the V-neck bodice only enhanced the style. Their bouquets, however, stood out with tons of florals. Wrapped in a neutral ribbon, each one included bright green hydrangeas, white roses and dried hydrangeas.
Their garden-inspired theme went beyond landscape at the Old Mill in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. Sarah and Tom marked the outdoor cocktail hour with various natural elements, including a chic moss marquee “H” for their last name. Lush pink delphiniums, pink carnations and greenery highlighted both sides, adding to the organic atmosphere.
Every member of their wedding party chose a classic look with romantic flair. The bridesmaids donned pink Bari Jay dresses with floor-length pleated chiffon skirts and empire waists. Their lace overlay or strapless bodice let them all stand out. Each groomsmen highlighted their looks with matching pink ties and pocket squares against charcoal gray suits.
One detail Tom was excited for: a beer-garden-themed cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed their fill of craft beers and ciders in authentic German beer mugs. (The couple brought them back after a trip to Oktoberfest.) As a nod to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sarah and Thomas included a pretzel pit with multiple toppings on wooden bases and barrel tables.
Since their cocktail hour was outside, Sarah and Tom had a warm gift waiting for their guests. Fringed scarves, ranging in color from blue to lime green, filled a vintage-style bookcase. They decorated the display with a chalkboard sign that read “To have and to hold in case you get cold.”
Keeping things simple, the couple marked their tented reception entrance with a low white sign. A mini tree and vase filled with pink wildflowers alluded to the garden-style decor inside.
This is one way to make your fruit and cheese station stand out! Bringing in their garden-style decor with a modern twist, Sarah and Tom highlighted their station with a metal tree, matching lanterns and wooden bases. The burlap overlay and neutral linens added to the natural decor at the Old Mill in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania.
Sarah and Tom made their sweetheart table stand out with a few rustic details. A sweet burlap and lace pennant banner surrounded the table with “Mr. [heart] Mrs.” Burlap and ivy chair sashes as well as a wooden centerpiece base further highlighted their seating.
Their Oktoberfest-worthy cocktail hour wasn’t the only accent with international flair. The couple named each table after a famous city from around the world. Unified with a black monument and a neutral backdrop, the table numbers included Pisa, Orlando, Boston, Paris, Dublin and more.
Each centerpiece brought the outside in with an overflowing, natural design. Gina Sole from the Wedding Planner ensured every table had a tall or low arrangement of greenery, white hydrangeas, pink roses and branches inside a glass vase. Candles on natural wooden bases only added to the garden-inspired designs.
Sarah and Tom's cake design was the ideal match for the natural theme. Each tier had green dianthus, pink peonies, pink stargazer lilies or branches atop buttercream frosting, not to mention a pink hydrangea topper. To make it even more extravagant, the couple's bridesmaids placed their green hydrangea and white rose bouquets around the dessert.
Sarah and Tom's travel theme did not stop at the seating chart. The couple sent all 196 guests home with globe-inspired coaster favors. Twine wrapped each one with a silver world-inspired charm and map-inspired thank-you note.
Sarah and Tom loved the Old Mill venue for its versatility and rustic charm. Together, they embraced its gardens with a soft palette of pink and green as well as lush florals. After their ceremony, the couple stepped away for a few cherry blossom detail shots with Rebecca Barger Photography.