Alison and Jon hired Pumpkin Coach Events to design, plan and oversee their wedding day. We were truly excited to be back at the glorious Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ. Inspired by the high dome ceiling of the ballroom, we’ve decided on tall spiky floral arrangements alternating with tall round floral centerpieces in Bride and Groom’s favorite color-blue. Beautiful navy and silver striped chargers and artfully folded ivory napkins tied with navy ribbon made the guests’ tables look outstanding. We used luxurious Veneto Vanilla Damask linens to complete the look.
Alison and Jon were married in a Quaker ceremony in the lush gardens of Jasna Polana, in front of their antique cupola. Quakers have a simple approach to “meeting for worship” – gather in a group, sit in expectant silence, connect with your higher power, and rise to share messages that come. Quakers treat the wedding ceremony as a special, “called” meeting for worship. The ceremony is mostly silent, meditative worship, with several brief rituals for the Bride and Groom: sharing vows, signing a certificate, and exchanging rings.
All guests were seated in a semicircle while Bride and Groom were in the center front on a beautifully decorated bench.
We wanted to carry the roundness of the cupola as well as the symbolism of semicircle seating through out the ceremony design. In lieu of expected arches that typically flank Bride and Groom we came up with an idea of using different height antique looking lanterns filled with lush and colorful flowers and trailing greenery.
There were also curious and unique looking topiaries of 2 ducks and a goose! Alison and Jon “adopted” these animals that live by their local pond and decided to incorporate them in their wedding. Line drawings of them were also present on their wedding stationery.
Have a peak into their beautiful, unique and very personal day!
Photos compliments of Kyo Morishima.