Let it Snow…unexpected magic


It’s the end of September and there is finally a slight chill in the air, a harbinger for the winter to come. Now, I love Summer BBQ’s and Fall barn weddings as much as the next wedding planner, but there is something wonderful about the unexpected magic of a snowy Winter wedding.

Last December, I had the pleasure of  planning Ryan and Yan’s celebration in Old Town Philadelphia. The day of their wedding Mother Nature graced us with the perfect amount of downy snow, not so much to cause headaches for travelers, but just enough to transform the celebration into a winter wonderland.

Honestly, I am not surprised that the fates smiled on this amazing couple! Ryan, the bride, is the perfect package of beauty, kindness, and razor sharp smarts that no doubt made her French husband Yan fall head over heels for her. They met in Paris ( of course) and he was smitten from their first meeting.

Ryan with pink stole

Yan on the Bed

Their wedding was a perfect blend of their two cultures and personalities. Friends and family from France and all over the US traveled to Philadelphia for the wedding.

Ryan and Yann Old City

The bride is a writer and felt drawn to the Paris in 1920’s as a jumping off point to inspire the design.

Library Shot


Detail keys

So, wedding favors included small bottles of absinthe and handmade porcelain keys (made by Happiest Days Designs) with tags in both French and English. Tables weren’t given numbers, but names of influential writers and artists from Paris in the ’20’s. Table name

But the night wasn’t all about style (although there was plenty), it was a full out celebration of fun! The delight that Ryan and Yan had at their First Look was infectious!

Ryan and Yann First Look

The couple walked through a shower of bubbles at the end of the ceremony and that set the tone for the night.

Ryan and Yann bubbles

Special moments caught with family and friends show how much love they all share

Ryan and Nikki

and how to have some serious fun.

Dancing fun

The Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia was the perfect venue. Modern twist art deco decor in a historic building. The food and service were amazing. They handled ceremony, roof top cocktail hour, and reception to perfection.


I can’t tell you what a joy it was to work with so many talented and top of their game vendors:  Chic Cosmetique (Make up), Glamster Girls (hair), Beautiful Blooms (floral design), Philadelphia String Quartet (Ceremony Music), Kimpton Hotel Monaco (Venue and Catering), and

Lauren Brimhall- Photography: https://www.laurenbrimhallphotography.com

All the GORGEOUS PHOTOS taken in this post were by the Marvelous Lauren Brimhall! She was so easy to work with and really understood how to capture the soul of the day.

end of the night independence hall

All in all an amazing wedding topped off with a little shimmer of snow. How beautiful!

xo Shawn- Happiest Days Designs


About Hull's Happiest Days Designs

Hello, I'm Shawn Hull half of Hull's Happiest Days Designs. Our blog focuses on family, everyday happy moments, celebrations, and recipes. Our business creates lovely handmade gifts celebrating home, family, and life's milestone moments. Please follow our blog and take a look at our website www.happiestdaysdesigns.com or clicking on my picture above:)
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