An Intimate, Rustic-Chic Wedding at Reading Art Works in Reading, Pennsylvania

Both lovers of the outdoors, Shannon Taylor (27 and an ICU nurse) and Jason Maffucci (28 and a student in early-childhood education) planned a romantic, rustic affair rich in organic, natural touches. Set in the heart of Reading, Pennsylvania, Reading Art Works offered a beautiful backdrop for the couple’s intimate affair, with its mix of old-world charm and modern design. Original steel and wooden beam architecture, hardwood floors, wall-to-wall windows, whitewashed bricks and an open floor plan served as a blank slate for the couple to make their own and fit perfectly with their homespun, woodland theme. Sparkle Motion Decor and artist Karen Weinberger helped the couple transform their vision into reality, decorating the space with handcrafted wooden accents, colorful vintage bottles, soft candlelight, custom ceiling installations and plenty of lush greenery. The decor wasn’t the only detail that gave the day personal flair. The couple wrote their own ceremony, and Jason even performed a rendition of Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” one of the couple’s favorite songs. Family members and friends were instrumental in many aspects of the day, with Shannon’s father crafting all the wooden accents, a close friend singing during the reception and Jason’s brother-in-law designing all the wedding’s stationery. A tip from Shannon and Jason: “In the beginning, all the millions of little decisions seem like they need to be weighed a million times between both of you, and it can be stressful. But then you realize that it really doesn’t matter what's on your tables or what your favor is; all that matters is that your friends and family are there to share the best day of your life with you. Then the decision-making and planning become much easier and less stressful.”