Liz & Andrew’s Enchanted Forest Wedding in an Airplane Hangar

by Aleisha

Bridechilla graduate, Liz, shares her and Andrew's enchanted forest inspired wedding at the Philadelphia Glider Council in Perkasie, PA.

Tell us a little about you and your partner!

Liz: For a decidedly non-stereotypical couple, we met in the most stereotypical of ways: at a mutual best friend's wedding. Andrew proposed after about 7 years of dating in Wales at the top of Mount Snowdon. I  studied abroad in Wales in 2009 so it's a place that is so very dear to my heart.

Tell us all about your event!

We got married at a private club/gliderport inside an aircraft hangar that my now-husband has been flying at since he was just 12. Priorities for the day were always to just throw a really good party that felt like us for our loved ones. Food is my favorite thing and my TOP priority was a delicious meal, so we hired the food truck (Local 215) first, and the photographer second as my husband is very particular about photography. My favorite part of the day was the ceremony (followed by the meal as a very close second) and I didn't think it would be! My husband really wanted to write our own vows, so we did, and had his friend officiate using a ceremony that we also wrote and it was just lovely. I also really loved our processional and recessional songs, Neville's Waltz from Harry Potter for the wedding party, Concerning Hobbits from Lord of the Rings for me, and we all walked out to the Cantina Band from Star Wars! I also splurged a bit on ice cream from a local place called Little Baby's. The flavors were chocolate salt malt, sour cherry honey, vanilla caramel cardamom, and sweet potato burnt marshmallow. I also spent months folding over 200 paper airplanes out of book pages for decor!

What was totally worth it?

EVERYTHING. More specifically, things I was on the fence about like a semi-fancy bathroom trailer, cocktail hour, ice cream, uplighting rentals (for $17 per light from DIY Uplighting!) etc. Even the paper airplanes I folded were a HUGE hit. I know you hear that people won't really notice the details, but I got more compliments than I can count on the details I wound up including. 

What was not worth it?

I worried a little too much leading up to the event about how people were going to behave as my family history is super complicated. But everything went perfectly, everyone was on their best behavior, and I gave myself not a few gray hairs for no reason.

What did you throw in the Fuck-It Bucket?

Liquor - we just had beer and wine, bartenders, fancy tables and chairs, china, silverware - I used high-end disposables that worked perfectly, real glasses - no one cared AT ALL, having the flower girl or ring-bearer carry anything, hairdresser, traditional caterer, a hell of a lot of signage (welcome sign, escort card sign, bathroom sign), bouquet toss and any and all wedding "games", formal entrance to the reception, formal photos during cocktail hour, ceremony readings, SO MUCH STUFF.

What advice do you have for other couples planning their weddings?

You cannot avoid everyone else's opinion (and OH GOD will you get so. many. opinions) but stick to your guns, follow your vision, and your day will be all you hoped for and more. Along those same lines, if you don't want something (for me a bathroom trailer felt unnecessary) but someone else offers to pay for it, and it doesn't negatively impact your vision for the day, LET THEM BUY IT. It's not worth the aggravation of arguing, and in the end it might wind up being the better decision. It's very hard to accept that you MIGHT not be right after all the thought and effort and planning you put into your day, but sometimes you MIGHT NOT BE RIGHT. <3

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