By: Karen Peterkin, PBC

Rachel and Jake were married on a beautiful evening at the Winterthur Country Estate in Delaware.

Winterthur was once the childhood home of Henry Francis du Pont.  Today, Winterthur is a museum of American decorative arts, displayed in the grand 175-room mansion.  The house is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of meadows and woodlands, and its 60-acre naturalistic garden is said to be among America’s finest. 

It was an impressive backdrop as Rachel and Jake chose to have an outdoor ceremony and cocktails around the Reflecting Pool, and their reception in the Visitor's Center. 

It was amazing to watch the Visitor's Center transform with the talented Honeybunches Floral Design and Eventions Productions at the helm.  Their color palette of purples, creams, and silver set a soft, romantic tone for the event. 

Their invitations were produced by our own Christina Gargano-Lupo.

It was an absolute pleasure to assist Rachel and Jake with their wedding planning.  They are such a fun couple… so down-to-earth and extraordinarily kind.  They knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding day and for their guests. 

And as a side note, I've never worked with a more organized bride than Rachel.  She was the kind of bride that you might think didn't need a wedding planner- she kept her own spreadsheets and budget, in addition to the one I put together for the event.  However, she knew she wanted to not only enjoy her wedding day, but the entire planning process as well. 

Having me as their wedding planner allowed for that to happen!

Thank you to Matthew Szoke Photography for these stunning photographs.  Other hugely talented wedding professionals included:  Darrell Aubert of Aubert Films, DJ Todd Frederick of Silver Sound DJs, and the wonderful crew at Restaurant Associates.