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Real Weddings: Ryanne & Conner

By | Blog, Event Highlights, EBE Real Weddings, EBE News

The beauty of weddings is that every event is different. From style preferences and personal touches, to tradition and inspiration – each wedding is a unique product of the couple’s hard work and planning.

HR Representative, Ryanne, and Third Grade Teacher, Conner, met in 2012 when they were both students at Lock Haven University. They were friends throughout college, and then Ryanne moved out to California for an internship. Conner flew out to visit for a week, and they realized it was the real deal… they’ve been together ever since! 

We asked them to take us on a visual tour of their wedding day with their amazing EBE Team Members: MC Jon Mulhern, DJ Audio Phoenix, and Drummer Rick Lowery. They celebrated their beautiful Harrisburg Wedding on September 8th, 2018 at Harmony Hall Estate. Their wedding style was rustic, woodsy, and DIY with a eucalyptus-inspired color palate.Let’s walk through their day to see how they pulled it all together!

9:00 a.m. – Getting Ready

Ryanne & Conner both got ready in the Farm House at Harmony Hall Estate. Ryanne was with her bridal party in the Bridal Suite, while Conner was on the first floor. Ryanne’s Hair & Makeup Team was curated by Liz Lesher, Stylist and Owner of Lush Hair Lab.The couple’s Photographer, Christopher Brittain, arrived for some getting ready photos.  

5:30 p.m. – Ceremony

Ryanne & Conner were married at outside of the Farm House at Harmony Hall Estate. Conner and his groomsmen wore matching suits from JoS. A. Bank, and Ryanne’s bridal party wore mismatched steel blue dresses from David’s Bridal. Ryanne’s dress, also from David’s Bridal, was a gift from above. Her Galina lace dress was retailed for above her budget, but she just kept trying it on. After deciding to splurge on her dream dress, she brought it to the counter and it rang up as $99!

Their ceremony music was provided by EBE DJ Jon Mulhern, which consisted of Vitamin String Quartet versions of 3 Libras, The Only Exception, and I Miss You. Ryanne and Conner chose a childhood friend of Conner’s, Richard, to act as the officiant for their ceremony. After they said their vows, the newly married couple and their Wedding Parties exited to Brandy by Looking Glass.

6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour

While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the newly-married couple took some formal portraits.

7:00 p.m. – Reception

The reception doors opened in the main building at Harmony Hall, and the guests were ready to party! Ryanne & Conner were introduced as Husband and Wife for the first time, they shared their first dance to Ferrari by Bebe Rexha. After that, the EBE team was ready to fill the dance floor.

We were able to ask Ryanne & Conner a few questions about their wedding day… Check it out!

What was your favorite part of wedding planning?

Booking with EBE!! Music was the MOST important piece for us!! Nothing else compared to the excitement we felt knowing the music was going to be amazing. We couldn’t wait to dance all night with our friends.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding?

Conner’s vows. THEY were AWESOME!!!

What was it like working with EBE?

From our very first call with Joel Aaron…he could hear it in our voice how much we wanted an EBE Wedding. We couldn’t quite budget for a band and they were booking up fast (cause they are amazing, duh!). We hung up with Joel, feeling upset because we had our heart set on EBE. We emailed him an afterthought and said, “What about your DJ pricing?” He e-mailed us back right away and told us to call him. We talked for about 45 minutes and he sold us on the MC/DJ/Drummer combo (DJ Live) which we were SO HAPPY AND EXCITED FOR. It was exactly in our budget and worth every single penny. (Conner has played the drums his whole life, so the drummer element was such an awesome addition.) Our guests are still talking about how cool it was.

What made you choose EBE?

My (Ryanne’s) cousin had a live EBE band at their wedding (Barcelona). I went up to my dad that night and said, “I want EBE at my wedding.” I wasn’t even engaged!! LOL.

If you could’ve changed something about your wedding, what would it have been?

I (Ryanne) wasn’t feeling well at one point and had to excuse myself for about an hour during the reception. I hated it because I seriously just wanted to be on the dance floor.

What is your advice to future EBE brides and grooms in regards to the stress of wedding planning and the choosing of vendors?

Have faith in those you hire to do the job and go with your gut. I knew I was in excellent hands with EBE and when I wasn’t feeling well, they handled it so professionally by keeping my guests going. We picked up right where we needed to be as soon as I gave Jon the go-ahead. I SO appreciated that!

Vendor List Recap

Getting Ready, Ceremony, and Reception Venue: Harmony Hall Estate
Hair & Makeup: Lush Hair Lab
Photographer: Brittain Studios
Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses: Galina Lace Trumpet from David’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen SuitsJoS. A. Bank
CatererKaren’s Catering
Music
MC Jon Mulhern, DJ Audio Phoenix, and DJ Live Drummer Rick Lowery
Florist: Plenty of Petals



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The Wedding Off-Season Is The Best Time To Marry

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Every year around the same time, you start receiving wedding invitations to fill your calendar in the summer and fall. Before you know it, the majority of your weekends are completely filled, and you are left with little to no down time for impromptu weekend getaways or to just spend time lounging at home binging-watching Netflix. While getting married in the summer and fall months are ideal for many, there are some great perks to getting hitched between December and March. Here are some reasons why we think getting married during off-peak season is ideal for many couples.

More Guest Availability

During the summer and fall months, many people fill their weekends with vacations, family get-togethers, and other weddings to attend. During the off-season months, many guests will have better availability to attend your wedding. Exchange that ice cream bar for a hot cocoa bar and you will be golden.

Amazing Photography

Residing in the Philadelphia area, we are no stranger to snow storms during the winter months. Although storms can cause a bit of a hiccup at your event, with careful planning, you can capture some breathtaking wedding photos by hitting the outdoors with your photographer.

Excellent Discounts

Because many wedding vendors are more flexible during the off-season, their rates are typically discounted. Many venues run specials for hosting events during the winter months, which can result in your dream wedding location at a fraction of what you would pay during the summer and fall months. Remember to be respectful and professional when discussing these discounts and do not demand them.

Better Honeymoon Rates

Many resorts work on the same schedule as the wedding season – increasing their rates in the summer and fall then lowering them in the winter. Based on your destination, you can receive major discounts or perks by traveling in the off-season to celebrate your nuptials.

Photo by Elena Bazini Photography

Getting married during the winter months isn’t for everyone, but those willing to can save major bucks on their event while basking in the beauty of the winter months. Did you find these tips to be helpful in planning your winter wedding event? If so, we would love to hear from you so contact us to let us know!




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Fun Ways To Include Kids In Your Wedding

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Children have the unique ability to steal the spotlight of the event in the best way possible… just by being themselves. If you have children in your life that you would like to be a part of your wedding, you may want to consider these ideas.

Wedding Roles

Giving your little love a title such as “junior bridesmaid” or “junior groomsmen” is an honor that they will remember. They can wear an outfit similar to the rest of the bridal party and participate in all of the events (except bachelor and bachelorette parties, obviously). If the child is a bit older, you can enlist them to make a DIY project to be displayed during the wedding reception or ceremony. If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional escort to walk the bride down the aisle, you can request your child to be the escort. This job is especially sweet for blended families, as your child can symbolically hand off their mother to her new groom.

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer

These roles are often held by younger children and can be so fun to watch. Young babies can also take part in the role of flower girl or ring bearer with the help of a wagon to tote them along, or another family member carrying them down the aisle.

Reading A Special Passage

To include children in the ceremony, they can write their own special message to the newlyweds or select a special poem or passage from a book to recite to express their thoughts. Alternatively, if the young one is especially talented with a musical instrument, they can perform a song.

Get Them To Dance

During the reception, plan a special dance between the bride, groom, and children that attend. Not only is this extremely endearing to watch, but it also makes the kids feel special and celebrated during the party. Make sure you tell your photographer to capture these memories too!

Photo by Casey Rose Photography

Did you use any of these tips to include kids in your wedding event? If so, we’d love to hear all about it. Contact us to let us know!




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Social Media Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

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Social media has drastically changed the landscape of communication for everyone across the world. The wedding industry is no exception to these changes and, as a result, the way the wedding events are arranged, take place, and announced are different. Wedding traditions and common courtesy should overrule in certain situations, so we have compiled a list of Dos and Don’ts when it comes to wedding etiquette and social media.

Do: Send formal invitations through the postal service.

Weddings are formal events and really should be treated as such. Sending a formal invitation sets the tone to your guests. Evites are okay for the bachelor/bachelorette parties as they are usually informal.

Don’t: Announce on social media right away.

Your parents, close family, and friends should be informed personally before sharing on social media. Those who care for you the most may be offended if you don’t let them know about the exciting news one-on-one.

Do: Use online wedding resources for inspiration.

Pinterest, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and other social sites are fantastic resources for getting ideas and inspiration for your wedding. Take advantage of their availability and use it to the fullest extent.

Don’t: Share your registry on on social media.

Doing so may come across as greedy (and tacky). If friends and family ask to see your registry, send it to them privately. You can also have your registry hosted on your Wedding Website for invited guests to peruse.

Do: Keep your ceremony unplugged.

You hire your wedding photographer and videographer for a reason – to capture beautiful pictures and video. We recommend asking your guests to keep their phones away during the ceremony to avoid having guests’ phones blocking the view of your photographer and/or videographer.

Don’t: Post photos before your ceremony.

This seems obvious, but it isn’t always! Your wedding party is probably just as excited as you are, and there’s always the possibility that someone might post a photo of you before the ceremony – ruining the surprise for your guests.

Do: Set up a custom hashtag for the reception.

Do you already know that your guests post on social media a lot? Take advantage of it! Decide on a custom hashtag so that you can see all of the photos after the party. You can even book InstaPic, which is a product that downloads all of the hashtagged photos and displays them on a monitor for guests to see throughout the night.

Photo by Thomas Stewart Photography

When it comes to social media wedding activity, keep it simple.

Did you find these wedding social media etiquette tips helpful? If so, we would love to hear from you so contact us to let us know!




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Philly’s Top Ice Cream Catering Companies

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If you’re looking to bring the taste of Philly into your wedding reception, consider having an ice cream bar catered by one of the top ice cream spots. There are some fantastic options to choose from when it comes to the local ice cream company to cater your wedding. From new and trendy to historical old Philadelphia, we’ve selected the ice cream companies that we think you would love to be a part of your event.

Bassetts Ice Cream

A staple of Philadelphia, Bassetts has been in business since 1861 providing creamy, sweet treats to the Philadelphia area. Bassetts moved to the Reading Terminal Market in 1892 when it opened and has been there ever since. With over 40 flavors to choose from such as peanut butter swirl, classic vanilla, and chocolate, every guest will find something they like from your ice cream bar. Bassetts brings everything from scoops to servers and all you have to bring is your guests!

 

Weckerly’s Ice Cream

Opened in 2012, Weckerly’s Ice Cream began in West Philadelphia at the Green Line Cafe by pastry chef Jen Satinsky. Made in small batches from locally sourced ingredients and organic cream brought in from Chester County, each ice cream flavor is crafted to make the ingredients shine. Flavors range from classic vanilla to more wild seasonal options. Catering options vary depending on the needs of the event – from full service scooping to plated and delivered desserts, Weckerly’s is happy to meet the needs of their clients.

 

The Franklin Fountain

Although soda fountains seem to be a thing of the past, they are making a come back! The Franklin Fountain offers that old school soda fountain feel to the Philadelphia area. Founded in 2004, The Franklin Fountain “aims to serve an experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.” Their menu is available for delivery from classic sundaes, egg creams, and phosphates, to delicious floats and sodas. The nostalgic flavors include caramel banana, hydrox cookie (think Oreos!), strawberry, peach and peanut butter.

 

 

 

Did you choose one of these yummy ice cream shops to be a part of your event? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us to let us know!





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Unique Philly Wedding Favor Vendors

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As guests leave the reception at the end of the evening, they will take any goodies with them left behind as a token of appreciation from the wedded couple. The go-to for wedding favors are usually bags of candy or a small personalized memento that may end up in the garbage. What if we told you that you can provide your guests with unique favors that they’ll enjoy, won’t throw out, and are locally made? We’ve compiled a list of local artists and artisans that make some awesome favors that we totally recommend!

Insomnia Cookies

Insomnia Cookies was founded in a UPenn dorm room and has grown to over 100 locations. These tasty treats can be individually wrapped, making it ideal for wedding favors. Insomnia also offers 4 different custom made stickers to match your theme. Starting at $80 for 50 cookies, this favor is totally affordable and delicious!

 

Gourmet Candle

Found on Etsy, this local business creates custom candle tins personalized for any event! They can create any type of label and they are made from 100% soy wax. With over 35 choices of scents, Gourmet Candle is a fantastic option for your wedding favors in any season!

 

LeSaint French Chocolate

Looking for something simple, locally-made, and classy? LeSaint French Chocolate makes small batch handcrafted artisan chocolates held in small, personalized packaging to match your wedding theme. With dark, milk, and white chocolate and prices starting at $20 for 4.5 oz of chocolate, these delicious treats will leave your guests with a sweet taste to finish off an amazing wedding celebration!

 

 

 

Did you use any vendors for your wedding? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us to let us know!

 





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Philadelphia Wedding Rehearsal Restaurants

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The best thing about a welcome party or rehearsal dinner is the lack of formality. The pre-wedding event allows the soon-to-be-wedded couple enjoy time with their close family and friends that are generally a part of the wedding party. Philadelphia is filled with some of the best restaurants in the country, with a variety of styles of cuisine and atmosphere to fit the wedding ambiance. We’ve put together a list of great restaurants that would be amazing to hold the rehearsal dinner to kick off the party.

Fork Restaurant

306 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel: 215-625-9425 | www.forkrestaurant.com

If you’re a foodie and into preserving local growers, Fork Restaurant may be the perfect spot in Philly for you to host your wedding rehearsal dinner. Serving contemporary American cuisine and located in Old City, Fork Restaurant is inspired by the mid-Atlantic regional fare and local growers. A James Beard semi-finalist in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for Outstanding Restaurant, this Philly staple knows how to prepare a delicious meal. The restaurant has a private dining space that can hold anywhere from 8 to 40 people.

 

La Fontana Della Citta

1701 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 215-875-9990 | www.lafontanadellacitta.com

Italian food is also known as the food of love, so La Fontana in Philadelphia is a great location to kick off a wedding celebration. This Rittenhouse restaurant keeps its focus on serving food with fresh, top-shelf ingredients, charm, and smile. Their 3-tier prix fixe menus are perfect for simple planning with exquisite results. La Fontana is a BYOB restaurant, which can allow for some money saving as well. Their private dining can accommodate anywhere from 12 to 130 guests.

Estia Greek Restaurant

1405-07 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215-735-7700 | www.estiarestaurant.com

If you’re looking for a unique restaurant that not only makes amazing food, but is downright beautiful, Estia Restaurant is the place for you. This gorgeous restaurant provides an amazing experience to start your wedding party. Their menu, which is largely seafood-based, is absolutely to die for. Estia offers 6 different private dining experience options based on the number of guests in your party, and is located in Center City.

 

Did you hold your wedding rehearsal dinner at one of these restaurants? If so, we would love to hear about your experience! Contact us today to let us know!


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Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Thank You Notes

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Once the post-wedding glow sets in and things calm down, it’s time to sit down and write thank you notes to your guests. It can feel like an endless task if you received a lot of gifts, but don’t fret! When following a few key tips, it can be a painless task that will make you feel satisfied once completed.

Do: Write a few of them at a time.

To avoid messy handwriting, smeared ink, and hand cramps, write 5-10 at a time. If you had 100 guests in attendance, you can accomplish this task while sitting on the couch watching Netflix in about a week or two. Pacing yourself will also allow you to think of a more heartfelt message to send to the recipient, and it will absolutely show when the note is read.

Do: Send the notes out within a couple of months.

By writing the notes in batches as mentioned above, sending out the thank you notes can be accomplished within a few weeks. However, if you do procrastinate in sending them, try to have them in the mail within a couple of months after the event.

Do: Check spelling of names and addresses.

It can be easy to misspell someone’s name or write down the wrong address. If that happens, the thank you note may end up the world of lost mail, and the gift-giver may never receive it. Double check everyone’s address that you’re thanking and the spelling of their name to ensure easy and proper delivery to the destination.

Do: Give a little detail.

Letting your guest know how you plan on using the gift is always a nice touch! For instance, you can thank them for their cash gift and let them know how excited you both are that you are able to put it towards your honeymoon. If it is an item for your home, you can express your gratitude for having coordinating and matching items now.

Don’t: Send pre-written notes.

A wedding gift is generally something that loved ones spend time thinking about and put effort into getting for the wedded couple. Sending a handwritten thank you note is the least that you can do to show appreciation for their kind gesture. Don’t take the easy way out by sending pre-written thank you notes.

Don’t: Forget the guests who weren’t in attendance.

Guests who could not make the wedding sometimes decide to send a gift regardless. Make sure to add these people to your list, and tell them how much you wish they could’ve been there.

Don’t: Write a lengthy essay or novel.

Expressing gratitude does not mean you have to be overly wordy. You can accomplish an endearing “thank you” in 4 or 5 sentences. Mention the specific gift that was given, how you plan on using it, and thank the recipient for attending their wedding if they made an appearance.

Don’t: Send digital thank you notes.

We know that everything is online these days, but there’s nothing like opening a sweet card from the mail. Your guests will be happy to receive your card, and are likely to display it in their home, especially if there’s a photo on it.

With these tips you will be on your way to being a pro at thank you note writing! If these tips helped you out, we would love to hear from you. Contact us to let us know!


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DIY Wedding Day Emergency Kit

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Regardless if your wedding is big or small, an emergency kit filled with save-the-day items is a must. We’ve compiled a list for you of items that we think are must-haves to keep on hand during your big day.

Band-Aids & OTC Pain Meds

Cuts, bumps, bruises, and headaches happen. It’s important to be prepared for them when they do, so throw a few travel packs of Ibuprofen and Band-Aids in your emergency kit to be prepared.

Sewing Kit

This one single item could potentially save the day if someone has a wardrobe malfunction. Some items to include in the kit are needles, thread (black, white, and any other colors on your dress), safety pins, small scissors, and hem tape.

Snacks & Water

It can be really easy to forget to eat when you’re focused on getting ready for your wedding. It’s important to stay hydrated and fend off hunger by keeping a few granola bars, snack-size bags of almonds, and water at the ready. Stay away from eating a big meal while getting dressed to avoid feeling bloated or sleepy.

Hair & Makeup Products

A travel-size bottle of hairspray and bobby pins will tame any hair that happens to become unruly after your stylist team works their magic. Hugging friends and family, sweat, and tears can also cause makeup to become a little smudged, so keeping some lipstick, mascara, and blotting powder close by for quick touch-ups is helpful.

Stain-Removal Pen

A stain-removal pen, such as a Tide To-Go Stick, can save the day. From drinks and food to makeup and dirt, your light-colored dress is prone to stains.

Tissues

A pack of issues can fix anything from lipstick-stained cheeks to makeup tears that are caused from the happy emotions of the day. Stash a pack or two in your emergency kit.

When it comes time to planning out the things you need to do to prepare for your wedding day, don’t forget to add “DIY Emergency Kit” to the list. If you found these tips helpful on your big day and used your emergency kit, we would love to hear all about it. Contact us to let us know!





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How to Incorporate Philly Into Your Wedding Day

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Do you love the city of brotherly love as much as we do? Do you want to incorporate touches of the city into your wedding? Here are some unique and fun ways to do so, while still keeping the focus on you and your love.

Philly Food

Philadelphia is known for some fantastic food: cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, all things Wawa, water ice, Tastykakes… the list goes on and on. You can’t go wrong by choosing one (or all!) of these food items to make an appearance at your wedding. Your guests will love the hometown Philly treats that will leave lasting memories of your event.

 

Cake by Master’s Baker

Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers

Are you and your love sports fans? There are easy ways to bring the love of Philadelphia teams to your wedding. From wedding cake toppers that feature the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers mascots to table names or numbers of famous players of the past, sports fanatics can easily bring touches of the home teams to the big day. Asking your cake baker to make a sports-themed cake adds a flair of fun in the yummiest way possible.

 

Philly Decor

Philadelphia has some iconic landmarks and statues that can add a touch of home to your event. Renting or creating a DIY scaled-down replica of the LOVE statue serves twofold: reminiscent of Philadelphia and appropriate for a wedding event. Mini Liberty Bells adorned at each table during the reception as part of the center-pieces adds small touches of Philly to remind guests which city is the best!

 

 

 

Did you use any of these tips to bring Philly into your day? We’d love to know! Contact us to let us know how Philly made a big impact on your wedding day.





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