Kristina and Bill had the most beautiful day for their Greystone Hall wedding. It was sunny and warm with a light breeze; perfect for their outdoor ceremony.
We arrived at Greystone before the bride, so we took a few minutes to admire the historic estate. Built in 1907, Greystone Hall’s architectural integrity has been remarkably preserved. It’s as though you’ve been transported back in time. The main wing of the mansion stands today essentially as it was designed, built and decorated. Kristina and her bridesmaids arrived with perfect hair and makeup by Chelsea Walls. We started on details while the girls got settled. Soon it was time for Kristina to get dressed; she looked flawless! Her Morilee gown glistened with crystal beaded embroidery and the cascading organza skirt flowed beautifully. Kristina’s bouquet from Matlack Florist was truly unique with roses, orchids and peacock feathers. We set off to find the perfect spot for bridal portraits. The mansion stairway is overlooked by stained glass windows and made for gorgeous lighting. We finished up and took Kristina back to her getting ready area so that Bill would not see her.
Bill and his groomsmen arrived and they were feeling pretty hot. We gave them some time to cool off before doing grooms portraits. They were all looking great in classic black tuxes with teal ties. Bill seemed a little nervous at first, but totally relaxed after the couple’s first look. We then took them for a walk of the grounds for more photos. There are so many beautiful areas surrounding the mansion, but my favorite by far is the white columned Pergola along the edge of the woods. I love the brick walkway and the shadows created by the fifty-six columns. Bill and Kristina looked so happy walking hand-in-hand through the pergola. We invited the wedding party to join us and grabbed photos with the bridesmaids, groomsmen and junior bridesmaids under the pergola as well. The lavender dresses of the bridesmaids and teal ties of the groomsmen tied in perfectly with the peacock feathers in Kristina’s bouquet and in the floral arrangements. Everyone headed back to the mansion to cool off before the ceremony.
The ceremony took place on the fountain terrace. Kristina’s mom and grandfather, Poppie, walked her down the aisle to meet Bill. The couple said I do under the wrought iron arbor overlooking the vast garden grounds. After the ceremony, we took a few minutes for family formals before sending Kristina and Bill to join their guests at cocktail hour. Guests were greeted with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served by Serock Catering in the mansion and the North Garden with its marble fountain. John Serock Catering is one of the premiere caterers in the Philadelphia area and my personal favorite. John himself was sure to serve the couple and make sure that everything was perfect.
Guests were then ushered out to the custom designed tent-pavilion overlooking the terraced landscape gardens and the South lawn. Introductions were made by DJ Ken from Tom Barrett DJs and then everyone watched Kristina and Bill share their first dance. They were so sweet together. Kristina’s maid of honor gave a speech, followed by Bill’s mom. Both gushed over the couple and how perfect they are for each other. While guests enjoyed dinner, Kristina shared a special dance with her grandfather and Bill with his mom. After dinner, DJ Ken opened the dance floor and the kids took over. They were having a great time! When the time came to cut the cake, Kristina and Bill made their way across the dance floor to the stunning three tiered cake from Master’s Baker. It was simple, yet elegant decorated with lace-like icing and the couple’s initial on top. Guests enjoyed three flavors of cake along with tons of other amazing desserts. The junior bridesmaids said the Oreo pops were the best…and they would know because I’m pretty sure they sampled one of everything! The rest of the night was filled with dancing and pure fun. My favorite part of the night was when the DJ played Double Dutch Bus and guests started to pretend double dutch on the dance floor. Everyone got involved and it was so fun!
I stole Kristina and Bill for one last time to get a night shot in the doorway of the Palm Room before saying our goodbyes. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with Kristina and Bill at their Greystone Hall wedding. I know they have years of joy ahead of them and wish them all the best. Thank you for choosing me to capture your most special day. Please enjoy the highlights and slideshow below.