A Classic Summer Wedding at Cairnwood Estate

Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
Photographed: Tyler Boye Photography
Katherine and Jonathan had a romantic, luxurious and custom detailed military red rose wedding at Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Cairnwood Estate. After getting engaged in Greece, where Jonathan had red roses, rose petals, champagne and candles to propose, Katherine decided she wanted a luxurious red rose wedding in the summer time back in Pennsylvania, where the couple originally grew up, to incorporate the flowers from the engagement. The couple exchanged custom written vows at Bryn Athyn Cathedral while Jonathan was in his dress blues and Katherine was in a custom gown designed by Gina Zatsarina. The gown was inspired by Katherine’s late grandmother’s wedding gown as well as Grace Kelly’s gown. When creating the dress, Katherine worked directly with Gina and the two decided on custom, couture off the shoulder lace sleeves with a full satin skirt. After the ceremony, the couple exited through a traditional Marine Corps sword arch where Katherine was officially welcomed into the Marine Corps family as a vintage Rolls Royce took the couple to the reception at Cairnwood Estate. Upon being greeted at the reception with custom signature cocktails named after their pets, Katherine and Jonathan were able to view their reception tent for the first time. Katherine states, "The florals were a major aspect of the wedding being that I love red roses and the reception tent blew me away! Jon had originally proposed to me in Greece with over four dozen red roses and I knew from that moment, those were going to be my wedding flowers. They were just so striking! For me, they simply scream romance. I feel red roses are so romantic if they are incorporated properly.” This red rose wedding reception was filled with over 3,000 red roses, carefully decorated and placed to represent romance, elegance, luxury and glam, with unique varying centerpieces, candles, shimmering linens, and gold decor accents under a white tent and around Cairnwood Estate to enhance Katherine's vision to have a classic, luxurious wedding. The dinner reception was held under a white tent with chandeliers on Cairnwood Estate's patio area. Being an artist, Katherine wanted to incorporate a live painter for guest entertainment, as well as providing custom mini painted canvas wedding favors by the bride herself. To further customize the wedding with her artistic eye, Katherine custom created all of the signage (which included their pug, Louie and their cat, Beatrice) and exit streamers, as well as a self-made red rose flower wall as a backdrop for the photobooth area! To top of the evening entertainment, Jonathan was gifted a cigar bar station with a cigar roller from Katherine being that the groom loves a good cigar! Everything from the attire, live painter, cigar roller, custom details, florals, pet incorporation and military traditions made this wedding romantic and timeless with the right amount of personalized touches! The wedding finished with dancing on a custom vinyl floor that Katherine designed, along with Bachelor Boys Band playing music and a cigar roller rolling custom cigars for guests. After it finally came to an end, the couple exited through custom streamers leading to white trolleys!
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