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November 14, 2017 / diamondsanddetails

Karlee and Rob, 8/5/17, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

“Mawwiage is wot bwings us togetha today.” – The Princess Bride

Bride Karlee found Diamonds and Details on the website Offbeat Bride. (If you are planning a non-traditional wedding, this website is one of our favorites for ideas and advice.)  From her initial email, I knew that I would be obsessed with the wedding she and fiance Rob wanted to plan.  They described themselves as “two giant nerds’ and “wanted to avoid a “cookie cutter” wedding.”.  Karlee wanted to incorporate the couple’s  favorite things into their wedding – Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, Star Trek and Star Wars, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, general history and science nerddom.  I pretty much begged Karlee to hire me when we met for a consultation.  I couldn’t wait to start putting her ideas and vision to life and plan the ultimate “nerd wedding”.

With the perfect venue to showcase all of their quirky details booked – The Franklin Institute – it was up to me to match all of Karlee and Rob’s vendors to the vision they wanted to bring to wedding day.   To find the perfect photographer for Karlee and Rob, I referred them to one of my favorites – Oh Karina Photography.  As you will see from Karlee and Rob’s wedding photos, Karina is a master at capturing unique wedding details with such imagination and beauty.  (It didn’t hurt that she also considers herself a nerdy girl as well.)  During the planning process, Karlee decided she wanted to incorporate Legos into the wedding decor, a favorite hobby of the Bride and Groom.  To match the lego colors, Karlee also requested a rainbow of colors in the floral table decor.  Carly from Carly is Inspired managed to find a way to make these requests elegant and fun and still fit the wedding’s theme and style.  (The Bride and Groom deserve a special shout-out for all their hard work during the 16 months of planning – they used their lego skills to make all the table numbers, card box and even boutineers out of legos.)  Karlee and Rob found a perfect match with the reception entertainment in DJ Jane from Stylus DJ Entertainment, who specializes in non-traditional weddings.  Hair and Make-up was also on point for Bride Karlee and the wedding party (which included both Bridesmaids and a “Bridesdude”) – Laura from Bridal Beauty by Laura loved that Karlee wanted to bring out her natural beauty on wedding day with a simple updo and birdcage veil in her gorgeous red hair.  After a self-uniting ceremony in the museum’s Planetarium (with a special appearance from the Princess Bride Priest) and cocktail hour in the exhibits halls, Karlee and Rob hosted their wedding guests to dinner and dancing in Franklin Hall.  To cap off this perfect “nerd wedding”, Frog Commissary Catering team (exclusive to the Franklin Institute) filled a special request of the science loving Bride and Groom and entertained guests with a liquid nitrogen ice cream bar for dessert!

I can’t thank Karlee and Rob enough for allowing me to help put together all these wedding details for them.  I love when couples want to incorporate their own personal style into their wedding and Karlee and Rob were always open to taking my ideas and running with them.  I can’t wait to see what fun the couple has planned for the future!  Congrats from the Diamonds and Details team!


Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Officiant – Self-Uniting Ceremony performed by the Bride and Groom and Family and Friends

Caterer and Wedding Cake – Frog Commissary, Philadelphia, PA

Photography – Oh Karina Photography, Boston, MA

Wedding Planning – Diamonds and Details Weddings and Events

Floral Design and Decor – Carly is Inspired, Philadelphia, PA

Bride and Bridesmaid’s Bouquets – EcoFlower

Reception Entertainment – Stylus DJ Entertainment

Guest Hotels – Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, The Logan Philadelphia

Hair and Make-up – Bridal Beauty by Laura

– Amanda


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