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Well, they did it again! Cairnwood Estate + an amazing team of planners + industry events business partners, along with generous donations of time, creativity, + money, contributed to this spectacular Maxfield Parrish themed black-tie gala, raising money to support the continuing preservation + restoration of this historic site. A formidable turnout of ready-to-party guests were treated to spectacular tents, uniquely presented food, music, dance and even a lovely sprite perching on a floral swing high above our heads! One of the best things about Cairnwood, of course next to it’s beauty, is the great respect and mutual admiration between those that help maintain it – whether as an employee, a preferred partner at a wedding, or a local resident + contributor – everyone can, and does, enjoy Cairnwood and all it’s charm. It is absolutely one of the best wedding venues, truly for how well it is nurtured by a staff that contributes so much energy to making it all work. Thoughtful industry teams make for great weddings + events! Many, many partners embraced the gala, and we may have to skip a few here (we still love ya!) but everyone, we mean EVERYONE involved gave it their all – here are just some of the shenanigans that transpired at this delightful affair.

{ Special praise to Stephen Starr Events who along with Cairnwood, organized + managed the entire event – all agreed, BEST gala yet! }

Upon entering the Garden Room, guests were indulged by a signature drink from Stephen Starr Events and winsome florals by Beautiful Blooms Events

The Great Hall! Feastivities Events and OffShoots Decor…breathtaking!

More from Feastivities and OffShoots

This cherries jubilee from Feastivities was as much fun to watch being made as it was to eat!

Silent auction tent was BEAUTIFUL!

Yummy treats from Whipped Bakeshop

Jimmy Duffy Catering + Robertson’s Flowers…just perfect!

Sage Catering-love them!

Feast Your Eyes also had amazing fare, but their cotton candy display was especially fun!

Natural Designs Floral, Ann’s Cake Pan’s , and Robert Fair Caterers all combined for a showstopping room

Well, Creative Juice Group had the REAL showstopper…

Dar Clinton from Dar Clinton Hair & stylist Kathryn Hope fashioned the enchanting fairies

Senator Greenleaf addresses the revelers!

Susan Kennedy from Spring Mill Country Club, Christina Carnevale from Rock Paper Scissors, and Gene Blum from Drexelbrook all looked stunning

Queen of Hearts Mark Kingsdorf + Kristin Park looking so elegant!

The ravishing women of Beautiful Blooms

Dar Clinton with the fairies

The muses from Feastivites…LOVE this team!

Some best dressed of the evening

Love Shack Photo photographed the most awesome Briana + Tom’s wedding at Cairnwood!

We wish Briana all-out success with her new paper/invite company, Indigo Impressions!

Some more partiers. And that’s Hannah Lermitte, on the far right it the tan dress. Yes, she just won the Organizational Planner of the

Year award at Event Solutions! Hannah will LOVE us mentioning it, as she is proud of her achievement, rightly so!

Lisa Kervick + Erin Proud from Proud to Plan GORGEOUS!

And last but not least, Angela from Angela Malicki Events with her AWESOME swag boxes!

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WOW. Love Shack Photo was SO proud to be sponsors of Philadelphia’s wedding + event industry bash of the year! FRESH is presented annually by the International Special Events Society (ISES) of Greater Philadelphia as an industry showcase, networking event and fundraiser. Participating event professionals uphold a high level of excellence, and this year that end was no doubt fulfilled. Ohhhh…all the lush + colorful arrangements, jamming bands and entertainment, and tasty comestibles could not have had a more suitable setting…the luxurious and striking Elkins Estate in Elkins Park, PA! We LOVE a good party, and this party was not good, it was outta-hand sensational! So many awesome participants, far too many than we can list, but here are just a few highlights…

The grand entrance was amazingly lit by Eventions and decor by Eventricity

How awesome are inverted hanging wedding cakes?

Sandy O’s girls from her Creative Juice Group




Loved the spread by the Jeffrey Miller Catering team and Robertson’s Flowers

Here’s Sandy O in person and extreme social networker ;-), Gene Blum from awesome Provence Catering

This is so funny…the talented event planner, Mark Kingsdorf of Queen of Hearts was doing his thang as chair of the event!

The music room was magic thanks to Moda Botanica (Best of Show 2010 at the Philadelphia Flower show!) and Max & Me Catering

Master of wedding and event filmmaking, Dave Williams of cinemacake, and the girl-we-all-love, Amy Ragsdale of Amy Ragsdale Design and the Elkins Estate!

Mmmm, more of our favorite peeps! Angelina Costa and Brian Lizzi from CTO Bands with Lindsay Martin from the Elkins Estate in the middle!

Feastivities Catering rocks again!

Kelly-Ayn from Culinary Concepts and Events at ISM and Ed Knight of EventQuip

More from Robertson’s and Jeffrey Miller Catering

So much chutzpah in one group! Melissa Brannon from Uncommon Events, Susan from Waxworks, Kate Frey from DuPortail House, and Liz from Uncommon Taste

Patrick and Kate Frey again!

Yes, that’s Tim Sudall from Video One Productions and Carmen from CTO, looking fabulous!

Planner Dawn Dwyer from Feastivities gives us her best lion

We can say it because we believe it…two wickedly talented and passionate women, Leila Miller and Kendall Brown from Eclatante Event Design!

Chris Weidnenhammer from Offshoots and Anessa Pappas from the Elkins Estate…LOVE!

Fun Healy Edmonds from the Chestnut Club and Judith Campbell from Moda Botanica

We always have a great time with Mike Rossi (here with his wife) of East Coast Event Group and Kurt Titchenell from BVT

Displays by Gala Cloths

Planner Angela Havi Maliki (we could sing her name all day!)of Angela Maliki Events and her crew, and Phyllis Jablonowski of Eventricity Event Floral and Event Design

Nancy Bauman of NKB Events former president of ISES and this year’s producer! Amazing job Nancy!

Marci Mathus from Maui Wowi and Michael Tannen, Executive Director of ISES



MAW (More Awesome Women) Lori Frankel of the Radisson Warwick, and Becky Dissinger of Synergetic Sounds

Okay, well it’s not really a house, but rather an estate. When you start scrolling through the images, you’ll likely say, where on earth is this amazing place?! What IS it?! How can I plan my wedding there?! Well first, it’s the absolutely stunning and expansive Elkins Estate, and it’s located right near us!!! There is a lot of history behind the estate, so hop on over to their website, but in a nutshell, it is 42-acres of heaven-on-earth for any bride and groom (and well, let’s admit it, visually for a wedding photographer!) planning a dream wedding. Once the country oasis of renowned entrepreneur William L. Elkins now under the Land Conservancy of Elkins Park, it is one of the most spectacular new venues for weddings and events to come along. We are so happy to work among so many great professionals there, old friends and new…and some tasty caterers (Culinary Concepts, Feastivities, Uncommon Taste, and Max & David’s) to boot.

Special thanks to all the professional models, Carolyn Withers Diamond Makeup Artist, Dar Clinton Hair, and Béke Beau Makeup Artist, Amy Ragsdale Jewelry, as well as Hope Hilby for the most classic yet modern flowers, and everyone who helped out for the shoot!


The gorgeous details in every room are too many to show you!



This carriage house is to die for!


Amazing grounds






There are magnificent trees and ponds everywhere!




And the tapestries are unbelievable!


What do you think about these rooms? Quite simply, beautiful!


A big part of the grounds they hope to dedicate to yoga and retreats. Already you can take classes there…


I can see myself doing yoga in this room! Can’t you?


Well, we can’t wait until our first wedding there! We are just so excited to have this new, breathtaking venue in the area. Go check it out..they are giving lots of tours to brides and grooms NOW and booking as I write this!