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DIY vintage garden cocktail wedding | sweetwater portraits

This DIY vintage garden cocktail wedding really sang to us! After a mountain top proposal, Emily and Drew celebrated their union with their closest family and friends, including her sister Liza, instrumental in bringing the two lovebirds together. Their nuptials were peppered with so much of their personalities, including their favourite beer from each of the cities they had lived in or experienced together. Beautifully captured by Sweetwater Portraits, the wild roses and gentle streams is the stuff that charming garden weddings are made of.

In the bride’s own words:

“Drew and I first met in Copenhagen, where he was studying abroad and staying in an apartment with my sister, Liza. I had a magical two weeks with him filled with games of hearts, local pubs, dancing in the rain and our joint discovery of “baby bites,”a glorified pig in a blanket that’s served in all corner stores in Copenhagen. The moment Drew decided I was the girl for him was when I woke up one morning and immediate dove into the leftover baby bites from the night before!

Six years later, we planned a trip to Borneo to celebrate my completion of medical school. Drew and I love adventures and so we planned a hike to the top of Mount Kinabalu, the tallest peak in South East Asia. Drew just wanted to get me to the top of the mountain without the crowds in the way. At the top, in the middle of gasping for breaths of air, he proposed and I happily accepted.

We had so much to celebrate because Liza and Tommy had just gotten engaged two days before. Tim and Drew planned this together, requesting our hands in marriage together and of course, we planned our wedding together. It was fitting since Liza and I have been doing everything together since we were young, from potty-training to college to marriage!

Our ceremony was unique in that we opted to have our families participate in it. We were married under the Quaker principle of self-union. Both of our fathers spoke, with our siblings contributing readings and prayers. Drew and I are both independent people, so the idea of marrying ourselves resonated, and felt like a natural way to start our union together.”


Photographer | Sweetwater Portraits
Event Planner | Bride and Groom with help from Lize and Timmy
Ceremony Venue | Swarthmore College Amphitheatre
Reception Venue | The Old Mill, Rose Valley
Hair | Claudia Seyler
Makeup | Cheekadee Makeup Artists
Gown | Amsale (via Sabrina Ann Boutique in Ardmore)
Bridesmaid Dresses | Amsale
Jewellery | Bracelet from Anthropologie Bridal Boutique, Hairpiece from Twigs and Honey
Shoes | Tom’s
Flowers | Petah Bashano Event and Floral Design
Invitations | Designed by Bride and Groom
Music | Peter Smyser for Ceremony, Contagious
Caterer | Conner Catering

Wendy Hartigan says:

Your photography is outstanding! Petah’s flowers are magnificent as always and the bride’s vision was inspired! Beautiful!