Have you ever heard of the saying “when you know, you know”? Whether you believe in fate or not, for Chantel and Emile it’s proven that sometimes you just know. After meeting online back in May of 2021, it was evident that they each found their person. In November of 2022, Emile surprised Chantel with a proposal thanks to the help of a caricature artist. After drawing for quite some time, the artist flipped his sketchbook. It showed Emile proposing to Chantel with the words “Will you marry me?”. From that point on, their wedding planning journey began and I had the honor of documenting this Romantic Garden wedding at Appleford Estate for them. Bright vibrant florals took center stage for this romantic garden-inspired wedding theme and I fell in love with every bit of it.
The Appleford Estate is a breathtaking garden-style wedding venue in the heart of Villanova, Pennsylvania. If you’re someone looking for a Pennsylvania wedding venue that serves as a romantic garden oasis for your wedding day, then The Appleford Estate is right up your alley. When deciding to have an Appleford Estate wedding, you are given access to all 24 acres of property. Upon entering the property, you are greeted with a long pine-lined driveway. Perfect place for some portraits, btw! You will also find ponds, a waterfall, and manicured gardens that serve as the romantic garden backdrop for your wedding day.
This Pennsylvania wedding venue is best for larger wedding sizes, considering it can accommodate up to 200 seated guests. Standout features like gardens, terraces, and towering trees are some of the key reasons why couples choose to have an Appleford Estate wedding. Another reason why many couples have their wedding at The Appleford Estate is for the versatility and accessibility of the entire estate. Couples are given several rooms to use within the Appleford Estate that help enhance their overall wedding experience. Rooms such as their Music Room, the Pine Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, and the Groom’s Lounge are just a few. Overall, the Appleford Estate serves as a high-end, luxurious Pennsylvania wedding venue and is a top wedding venue to tie the knot.
At The Appleford Estate, you may find a plethora of amenities that are within their wedding collections. A huge bonus when booking an Appleford Estate wedding is that they can customize your wedding collection based on what you’re looking for on your special day. All wedding collections include:
Like most wedding venues you can find that their rates depend on two different factors. One is the time of year and the second is the day of the week that you choose to tie the knot. Peak season typically stays between April – November while off-peak season is between January – March and the month of December. If you choose to tie the knot during peak season at The Appleford Estate, you’re looking at spending between $7K-8.5K while off-peak season is between $5K-$7K. You can view prices for an Appleford Estate wedding here.
Keep in mind that these rates may change/fluctuate over time, so I typically recommend inquiring directly with The Appleford Estate to receive a custom quote for your wedding day. You can contact The Appleford Estate directly via phone at 610.527.4280 or fill out their inquiry form here.
Every single detail of this wedding day was made for Chantel and Emile. Upon reading their inquiry and overarching theme for their wedding day, I knew that The Appleford Estate was the perfect wedding venue to help bring their vision to reality. A heavy emphasis on their florals was a huge priority when it came to their wedding decor. Chantel and Emile wanted to focus on creating a romantic garden wedding theme. Which I think was perfectly executed. Shades of pink with pops of bright pink/fuchsia, thanks to Amaranth Florist, brought everything to life.
With so much space throughout the entirety of the estate, it was easy to bring their wedding day to life. Chantel and Emile had a private moment in the gardens of the estate where they exchanged wedding day cards and vows. A sweet and intimate time just for the two of them that I always encourage my couples to participate in on such a busy, crazy hectic, and exciting day such as your wedding.
Their ceremony was in a gorgeous outdoor space surrounded by vibrant lush trees and a bright floral archway that stood waiting for them. Friends and family gathered around them to watch Chantel and Emile profess their lifelong love to one another. Shortly after, the reception space transformed and guests began piling in. Chantel and Emile made their grand entrance as husband and wife and it was uphill from there! A choreographed first dance between Chantel and her dad along with a romantic first dance between Chantel and Emile was the perfect start to the night. We even stole the newlyweds for a few night portraits to soak in the last bit of a day filled with so much joy and love.
Photography: Morgan Taylor Artistry
Venue: Appleford Estate
Hair: Aleksandra Ambrozy
Makeup: Alina with Aleksandra Ambrozy
DJ: DJ Walt Breslin
Videographer: Soul Narrative Studios
Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Caterer: Sage Catering
Brides People Attire: Birdy Grey
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Photo Booth: Philly Snap Booth
Morgan is a lover of all things romantic, sweet, and emotive - the timeless type of romance.
She values the beauty of a wedding day in every sense of the word. The beauty of the hard work and details of the day.