Colorful Handmade Wedding in the Philadelphia Area | Liza + Andy

A couple's first look with a bride's handmade pink wedding dress.

It’s hard to not just jump into talking about Liza’s colorful handmade wedding dress, but I will try to contain myself.

It’s been an honor to get to know Liza and Andy, whose wedding at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern was as vibrant as their charming and hilarious personalities. When they first started dating eight years ago and were working at a theater in college, Andy tied a piece of tie-line on Liza’s wrist, which she kept on all of those years. During their portrait session, Liza took it off, which was a lovely moment that felt as symbolic as a ring exchange.

A Barbiecore wedding dress made by the bride

Liza is a bridal alteration seamstress and Andy is a videographer, so they were able to combine their superpowers to create an incredible gathering for their friends and family. They found ways to insert their interests–video games, movies, anime, and comics–into their celebration. Liza made their own bubblegum pink wedding dress, which was fabulous and blew me away–in addition to so many of the other DIY details. I loved how the pink and blue colors worked their way into the wedding naturally–I even wore pink and blue without realizing I’d be complementing the color scheme.

Their social hour had the most delicious foods (mashed potatoes! tater tots! sushi! bruschetta! mocktails with pomegranate popping bubbles!). Their reception was joyful and honestly hard to leave because everyone’s happiness was contagious on the dance floor.

A couple's first look with a bride's handmade pink wedding dress.
A couple's first look with a bride's handmade pink wedding dress.
A bride's handmade pink wedding gown with white floral boots.
A bride and groom walk down a path together near their venue.
A couple in pink and blue smile at the camera for their wedding photos in the Philadelphia area.
A couple holds hands while laughing outside before their Philadelphia area wedding ceremony.
A couple kisses in front of a gazebo during their wedding photos.
A couple holds each other while quietly dancing for their wedding photos.
A couple holds each other while quietly dancing for their wedding photos.
A couple holds each other while quietly dancing for their wedding photos.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue.
A bride wears her pink handmade wedding dress with a DIY lightsaber floral bouquet.
A bride wears her pink handmade wedding dress with a DIY lightsaber floral bouquet.
A close-up of the bride's makeup.
A bride wears her pink handmade wedding dress with DIY bubblegum pink veil.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue.
Personalized embroidery in a groom's pink and blue suit jacket.
The wedding date embroidered under the groom's collar.
A groom smiles for some wedding day portraits in a custom suit.
A groom smiles for some wedding day portraits in a custom suit.
Portraits of a groom's custom wedding suit.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern.
Wedding photos of a Philadelphia couple in pink and blue at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern.
Family group formals of a colorful wedding at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern.
Family group formals of a colorful wedding at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern.
Family group formals of a colorful wedding at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern.
A couple walks away after their wedding formal photos outside The Desmond Hotel.
Colorful signage for the couple's ceremony entrance and placecards.
Colorful signage for the couple's ceremony entrance and placecards.
Wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
Pink and blue vow books held by the couple.
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
String musicians perform at a Philadelphia area wedding ceremony.
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A colorful wedding ceremony at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern
A smiling bride hugs a guest during social hour.
Social hour at a wedding at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern.
Social hour at a wedding at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern.
Mocktails with pomegranate popping bubbles
The couple's initials in a neon heart signage, in front of a handpainted floral display.
Close-ups of artificial flowers painted in bright colors for wedding decor.
Close-ups of artificial flowers painted in bright colors for wedding decor.
Close-ups of artificial flowers painted in bright colors for wedding decor.
Close-ups of bright flowers with a disco ball and candle.
Artificial flowers painted in bright colors for wedding decor.
An Animal Crossing-inspired wedding cake.
A couple walks in during their wedding entrance.
Photos of a couple dancing during their first dance.
Photos of a couple dancing during their first dance.
Family and friends toast the couple during the reception.
Family and friends toast the couple during the reception.
Mirrored handmade columns with a light saber floral bouquet.
Mirrored handmade columns with a light saber floral bouquet.
A handmade lightsaber floral bouquet on pink inflatable furniture.
A brightly colored mocktail with pomegranate popping bubbles.
A couple dressed in pink and blue sitting on a pink inflatable couch at their wedding reception.
A couple dressed in pink and blue sitting on a pink inflatable couch at their wedding reception.
A couple dressed in pink and blue sitting on a pink inflatable couch at their wedding reception.
A couple dressed in pink and blue sitting on a pink inflatable couch at their wedding reception.
A couple dressed in pink and blue sitting on a pink inflatable couch at their wedding reception.
A close-up of a couple's hands with their wedding bands.
A couple dressed in pink and blue sitting on a pink inflatable couch at their wedding reception.
A couple dressed in pink and blue sitting on a pink inflatable couch at their wedding reception.
A bride in a handmade bubblegum pink dress sitting on a pink inflatable couch for her wedding.
A bride in a handmade bubblegum pink dress sitting on a pink inflatable couch for her wedding.
A couple dressed in pink and blue sitting on a pink inflatable couch at their wedding reception.
A bride dances with her dad during a reception.
A bride dances with her mom during the reception.
A bride dances with her mom during the reception.
A bride dances with her mom during the reception.
A couple smiles before cutting their Animal Crossing-themed wedding cake.
A couple cutting their Animal Crossing-themed wedding cake.
A couple kissing after cutting their Animal Crossing-themed wedding cake.
A photo booth surrounded by mingling guests at The Desmond Hotel.
Photo booth props and signage from a wedding reception.
Desserts on a table at a wedding reception at The Desmond Hotel.
An Animal Crossing-themed cake topper looks on as guests dance during the reception.
Dancing photos of vibrant guests during a wedding reception at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern in the Philadelphia area.
Dancing photos of vibrant guests during a wedding reception at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern in the Philadelphia area.
Dancing photos of vibrant guests during a wedding reception at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern in the Philadelphia area.
Dancing photos of vibrant guests during a wedding reception at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern in the Philadelphia area.
Dancing photos of vibrant guests during a wedding reception at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern in the Philadelphia area.
Dancing photos of vibrant guests during a wedding reception at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern in the Philadelphia area.
Dancing photos of vibrant guests during a wedding reception at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern in the Philadelphia area.
Dancing photos of vibrant guests during a wedding reception at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern in the Philadelphia area.
Dancing photos of vibrant guests during a wedding reception at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern in the Philadelphia area.
Dancing photos of vibrant guests during a wedding reception at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern in the Philadelphia area.

Venue: Desmond Hotel Malvern 
Table centerpieces: Blue Moon Florist
Bakery: The Master’s Baker
Photobooth: Sirena Photobooth
Furniture Rentals: Vision Furniture
Neon signage: Custom Neon

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