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Vibrant and Artful Wedding From The Mind Of A Wedding Planner

Romantic Wedding Swing Portraits

After 11 years together, Chris and Shannon's wedding was not only a celebration of their long-lasting love but an opportunity to let their creativity and unique personalities shine. Shannon was no amateur when it came to weddings; she's actually a wedding planner, graphic designer, and artist!

From the bride:

"When it came to the wedding I felt a lot of pressure, as you can imagine. Expectations were high due to my careers and after making our friends and family wait over a decade for this day, we had to deliver! I didn't just want my wedding to be pretty. I wanted it to be warm, personal and feel like us."

Keep reading to see how Shannon designed her own wedding (with her team at Thirty4thStreet Productions). All photography by Katie Trauffer Photography.

Modern Eclectic Wedding Details

Bride Writing Vows

Shannon highly recommends to other brides to rent an Airbnb near their venue for the whole family to get ready in! Staying in a large house allowed for more room for everyone to stay and get ready together (as opposed to traditional separated hotel rooms), have their first look, as well as host an after party and next day brunch.

Bride Putting On Earrings

Stylish Groom Getting Ready

Playful Funny First Look

We love this playful first look! As Chris is a stand up comedian, he couldn't help but laugh at his bride's way of grabbing his attention.

Emotional First Look

Groom Leading Bride Up Stone Steps

"Soft Fall" Color Palette

To begin designing her wedding, Shannon started with picking out a palette - landing on vibrant and warm tones she refers to as "soft fall". Her bridal party colors perfectly display the color tones and textures seen throughout the rest of the wedding details.

Bridesmaids Primping Bride

Warm Vibrant Wedding Florals

Fall Palette Bridesmaids Dresses

Grey Modern Groomsmen Suits

Fall Palette Bridal Party

Soft Fall Palette Bride and Groom

Colorful and Unique Bridal Fashion

Romantic Modern Wedding Couple

Woodland Ceremony With A Personal Touch

For the backdrop of their "I Do's", Pomme Radnor is a luscious woodland estate straight out of a fairytale. With swans, swings, and timeless design, this venue was perfect for the personal touches the bride and groom wanted to incorporate.

Wedding Venue With Swans

Fairytale Outdoor Ceremony

The lush greenery was complemented by the colorful fall inspired floral palette and details. The beautiful florals were created by Fabufloras Floral & Event Design.

Fall Palette Wedding Florals

Pokemon Wedding Details

Personal details were a huge touchstone of Chris and Shannon's wedding design:

"Personalization was super important to us. I designed and created all of the signage and print materials as well as our invitations. We put little Pokemon figurines in the arch since we love playing Pokemon Go together. I dedicated a seat to my late father with a custom sign, carried a memorial charm with his photo as well as my nana's and had a memorial table with photos of additional loved ones that had passed."

Wedding Memorial Seat Sign

Mirror Wedding Welcome Sign Wedding Mirror and Floral Details

This mirror welcome sign is the first of many art and mirror themed details that Shannon's design team would include in the big day.

Art Themed Wedding Mirror

Groom Awaiting Bride Walking The Aisle

Emotional Bride Walking Bridge Aisle Bride Bridge Entrance

Fairytale Garden Wedding Ceremony

Unique Wedding Manicure and Ring

Emotional Bride At Altar

Cute Wedding Ceremony High Five katietraufferphotography-shannonandchriswedding-572

First Kiss at Pomme Radnor

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It's All In The Details

After selecting their "soft fall" color palette, Shannon and Chris chose "art" as their overarching theme for their design. Shannon was immediately inspired to include different art pieces and mirrors into their reception details.

"I wanted to create a gallery wall using art and mirrors for the table assignments. I also included a quote reading, "In a room full of art, I'd still stare at you." This inspired me to incorporate more art related quotes on mirrors throughout the space. We kept the art theme going by placing art around the room (some off of our own walls!), using paint palettes as table numbers and hand painting mini canvases as favors for our guests. The canvases doubled as seat assignments and we hand wrote personalized notes to each of our guests on the back."

Vintage Mirror Seating Chart

Elegant Modern Reception Design

Modern Colorful Wedding Menu Canvas Wedding Seat Tags

Paint Palette Table Numbers


This impressive floral wall was created by Nicol Floral Design - we love the pops of fall color against the neutral tone buds!

Cascading Sweetheart Table Florals

Instant Film Guest Book

Modern Sleek Wedding Bar

For their signature cocktail, they served "Nana June's Manhattan" - a dedication to the bride's late grandmother who loved to drink a daily Manhattan. We should take a page out of Nana June's book!

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Modern Gold Cake Display

Even their cake was a work of art! With oil paint inspired frosting, Frosted Fox Cake Shop crafted a cake that perfectly matched the artful theme. 

Art Inspired Wedding Cake

Modern Bride and Groom Grand Entrance

Family Style Reception Tables

Newlyweds Toast

Personalized Notes To Wedding Guests

Hilarious Wedding Speeches

Shannon's biggest advice to bride's planning their wedding:

"As a professional wedding planner and recent bride, my advice to other couples is to focus on what makes your relationship special and unique, and carry that into the day. Hire a wedding planner! If I wasn’t a planner myself, hiring someone I trust with a shared vision would have been my top priority. Luckily, I had my partners to lean on and bring my vision to life and I couldn’t be more grateful."

Emotional Newlyweds At Reception

Congratulations Shannon and Chris! 

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