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 romanti

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.”

White Lisianthus and Eucalyptus Bouquet
Rustic Eucalyptus, Dahlia and Wildflower Bouquet
Charcoal Gray Men's Wearhouse Suits
To create a cohesive, elegant, but not at all stuffy look for her bridesmaids, Shannon had all five of the girls choose a navy, floor-length gown in a style they loved from Alfred Angelo’s bridesmaid collection. They paired the gowns with jewelry and shoes of their choice and opted for makeup in warm gold tones at Shannon’s request. To set her maid of honor apart from the rest, Shannon gifted her a statement necklace with gold and emerald accents.
Reading Art Works Rustic Modern Ceremony
Woodland Cascading Vine Ceremony Backdrop
Rustic Garland-Draped Sweetheart Table
Rosemary-Accented Menu Cards
Whimsical String Art Chair Signs
With family and friends coming from over 15 states to celebrate with them, Shannon and Jason knew that no matter where they chose to host their fall affair it would mean a bit of travel on the part of their guests. “We were impartial to location,” Shannon says, “and I actually looked at a lot of venues in the tri-state area, but fell in love with Reading Art Works.” Set in the heart of charming Reading, Pennsylvania, the dynamic raw space presented the couple with the perfect blend of old-world charm and modern design. Boasting original steel and wooden beam architecture, the building fit the couple’s rustic, woodland theme to a T, with a few added perks like an open floor plan and shining hardwood floors practically made for dancing.
Lovers of the outdoors, Shannon and Jason wanted their wedding to have a natural, organic feel, without compromising on warmth and romance. Wood accents, gold rocks, lush greenery and shells infused the decor with a rustic vibe, while soft candlelight, neutral hues and antique touches exuded undeniable charm and helped create a feeling of intimacy.
Hand-Lettered Leaf Escort Cards
Wooden Hand-Lettered Guest Book Sign
With the help of Sparkle Motion Decor and artist Karen Weinberger, Shannon and Jason transformed the Reading Art Works into a whimsical, woodland scene. Silk vines and ambient bistro lights were strung across the ceiling, while handcrafted wooden slabs made by Shannon’s father topped the tables. Colorful vintage glass vases, shells, antique accents and an assortment of wildflowers added character and warmth to the raw, organic space.
Seeded Eucalyptus-Accented Buttercream Cake
Jason’s brother-in-law is a graphic designer with his own company, so he put his creative talent to work for the couple's stationery and paper goods. Shannon and Jason had him design everything from the invitations to the programs and menu cards, each element boasting a simple yet whimsical design aesthetic with understated fall details like golden leaves playing up the wedding’s rustic, autumnal vibe.
The table numbers, a collaborative effort between Shannon and Sparkle Motion Decor, perfectly captured the wedding’s woodland vibe. Shannon cut and stained blocks of wood to serve as the numbers’ base, then handed them off to her design team, who decorated them with gold string-art numbers that resembled vines.
Reading Art Works Processional
With its natural wood floors, tall ceilings, whitewashed brick and wall-to-wall windows, Reading Art Works in Reading, Pennsylvania, offered a raw space for Shannon and Jason to make their own. Wanting to highlight the setting rather than detract from it, the couple kept the decor for the ceremony simple, adding only a few wooden logs, fairy lights and a hanging installation with cascading vines and flowers to the space to create a whimsical, rustic backdrop against which to say their “I dos.”
Creating a ceremony that was truly reflective of them as a couple was important to Shannon and Jason, so they enlisted the help of their reverend to give this portion of the day plenty of personal flair. They wrote their own vows and included readings and quotes from literature they loved, like "Les Miserables." “Our reverend really helped tailor the ceremony into something very personal and special. She gave us lots of options and direction, while letting us do what we wanted and what felt right,” Shannon says. “The ceremony was my favorite part; we were both in tears for most of it and so were our families and friends. It was really special.”
Reading Art Works Recessional
As a former touring musician, good music was high on Jason’s priority list. One of the couple’s favorite jazz musicians from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, played during cocktail hour, while dinner was filled with a mix of Jason and Shannon’s favorite indie and acoustic rock songs from their high school years. “During dinner my husband actually broke out the guitar and played and sang one our favorite songs, ‘I Will Follow You Into the Dark’ by Death Cab for Cutie,” Shannon says. And Jason wasn’t the only one to perform that evening; his best man later took the floor and sang a showstopping rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Elvis Presley.
Reading Art Works Father-Daughter Dance