I was honored to photograph Beth and Andy's wedding in Philadelphia last fall. Their live/work relationship is a true partnership of love, respect and mutual admiration; they co-own Beth Blinebury Designs, an innovative fully charged design company . A talented and skilled couple in print/web design, video, photography and everything in between, their art museum D.I.Y. wedding was a multi-sensory experience.
Beth infused her unique style into her dress, shoes and bouquet choices. "I love NY-based shoe designer Kathryn Amberleigh. While browsing her website, I discovered the amazing 4.5” black heels and thought they might just be perfect. During the dress research I spotted a Lazaro gown in a wedding magazine and fell in love with the idea of an extremely sculptural skirt. In Photoshop I created a new version of the dress using a vintage shape and the more modern Lazaro texture. Knowing I’d need the dress to be made, I found Ardmore-based designer Janice Martin. Janice is a couture designer so every element was carefully thought-out. She first created a muslin pattern for my exact shape - an experience that every woman should have! I constructed my bouquet with the help of my maid-of-honor. The bouquet included my own personal brooches and family brooches from my aunts and a close friend of my Mom."
Their love and artistry went hand in hand throughout the CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow and Black, a four color printing process) themed day, and everyone enjoyed a piece of their creativity and love including music, food, drink, music and party favors! "Since we are both designers, and love technology, Andy and I worked together on everything for the wedding!"
"Being total nerds, Andy and I wanted to incorporate technical elements wherever we could. Andy and I love to perform together and we couldn’t imagine not singing together at our wedding. We have amazing friends who agreed to play some songs with us. Our faux wedding band was called ‘The BlineGowan Sound.’ Just before Andy and I were introduced into the reception, we screened our Wedding “Montage” Movie complete with a fake commercial we made for our wedding beer - GingerBury Ale. Throughout the reception, our guests danced below a flickering reel of dance scenes from our favorite movies."
Creativity was abundant througout all of the details. All of the guests (many being artists themselves), were so excited to indulge in the colorful experience crafted by the couple." I started the general design of the invitations and he completed the design adding the finishing touches and making final decisions on color and typography. I created an animation based on our invitation that was projected above our “altar” throughout the ceremony."
Floral Designer: Chrissy's Flowers
Invitation and Stylist: Beth Blinebury Design
Dress Designer: Janice Martin Couture
Bakery: Sweet Lucy's, Splendora Cake and Tea
Museum: The Galleries of Moore College of Art and Design