An Appleford Estate Wedding Ceremony and Reception
Rachel and Shawn celebrated their big day with a beautiful Appleford Estate wedding in Villanova. With lush greenery, a fieldstone home, and sparkling ponds and waterfalls, Appleford feels like a romantic dream. This 24 acre venue is perfect for outdoor weddings along rows or flowers and forest. In her vows, Rachel recalled how she wanted to feel like a Disney princess growing up. With Appleford Estate’s fairytale venue and finding Shawn as her prince, Rachel’s dreams came true.
The First Look
Before the day began, Rachel and Shawn shared their first look upon Appleford’s grounds. Their humorous and emotional meeting summed up the kind of couple that they are. At first, Shawn did not get close enough to Rachel so did not see him, prompting him to give a tug on her veil. A bit stunned, Rachel turned and laughed with her soon to be husband. They were a mixture of laughter and tears as they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. Shawn remarked, “You look beautiful” as he wiped a tear from his eye. After their heartfelt meeting, Rachel and Shawn continued on to pose for photos around the estate.
We were joined by our friends from Philip Gabriel Photography on this special day. Working alongside them, our Allure Films captured Rachel and Shawn’s shared moments. All across Appleford Estate there are a multitude of picturesque backdrops. These made for gorgeous wedding photos for the two. In every photo, their smiles were so genuine, it was like they were not even aware that we were there to get videos and photos. The two walked hand in hand through the gardens and ponds to make their way to the ceremony location.
An Outdoor Appleford Estate Wedding Ceremony
Rachel and Shawn shared their intimate ceremony in the grass at the estate. Large, overhanging trees filled the area’s background. Luckily, they had beautiful weather for their outdoor ceremony and the sun shone through the trees through it. White flower petals lined the aisle and led up to a beautifully decorated chuppah. Rachel and Shawn shared personalized vows and a sand mixing tradition for their ceremony. During their vows, there was a mix of humor and sincerity. Shawn choked up throughout his vows, while referencing inside jokes between the two. He also vowed “If you ever lose your sparkle, I will shine you up to your former luster, and if you ever get lost, I will guide you home because home is where you are, and home is where I want to be.” After the vows, they celebrated with a unity ceremony. This ceremony has the two combine different colored sand into a container, representing their lives being joined together in union. When pronounced, their guests cheered wildly for the two newlyweds.
The reception was held on Appleford Estate’s outdoor terrace. Guests danced and dined inside and out of the stone terrace. Family and friends gave speeches about Rachel and Shawn individually and their relationship together. Each speech developed one theme, however, Rachel and Shawn are each other’s best match. The two continued to celebrate throughout the night with more laughter, dancing, and smiles. We were so grateful that our Allure Films could help capture such a magical day. Rachel and Shawn, we hope you two share many more days of laughter together. Mazel tov!
To get another inside look on what it’s like to have an Appleford Estate Wedding, read all about Anya and Russell’s wedding day: