A Timeless Knowlton Mansion Wedding

Photography: Hope Helmuth Photography

Lauren and Michael Tobass 

Location: Knowlton Mansion in Philadelphia 

Makeup: Emily Dimant

Hair: Marissa Grace Artistry

The elegant bride Lauren and her husband Michael said “I do” against a historic backdrop in the Foxchase neighborhood of Philadelphia.

As a sentiment to their first date and a mutual bond of a love for history, the couple chose the historic mansion for their wedding venue.

Every detail was perfectly planned with the help of crafty bridesmaids and Leigh Florist.

Check out more of this couple’s timeless wedding day down below.

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Bride's clutch: The art deco clutch was a gift from Lauren’s best friend, Christina Grimmie, when she had a large concert in the Philippines.

“The bag is one of my greatest treasures!” - Lauren

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Where did you get married? What did you like most about your venue?

Knowlton was the only venue we visited. Michael is a history buff, and I have a love for all things classic.

It was the dreamiest historic venue with a beautiful high-ceilinged, wooden-beamed ballroom.

In the lived-in portion of the mansion, the previous family had left beautiful antiques that would surround us while we got ready on our wedding day: copper appliances, old books, and maps, a typewriter, pearlescent mirrors and brushes, gorgeous colorful wallpaper -- the mansion spoke for itself when it came to decor, so we kept new wedding decorations minimal, as it would be hard to compare!

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Describe your design inspiration! Tell us about the colors, decor and overall vibe:

I spoke with Leigh Florist about my love for moody colors more associated with fall/winter, mixed with my early August wedding that would likely be in the heat of summer. We ended up creating a color palette with some jewel tones, and some brighter colors to acknowledge and celebrate the season of the year!

To complement the interior decor Lauren's theme was moody vintage.

"It's hard to compete with true, lived-in, beautiful items" - Bride

The couple requested Knowlton string their bulb lights over the dance floor. Lauren ended up thrifting three dozen vintage candlesticks over 6 months to decorate half of the tables. It ended up being very economical (Only $2-$5 per candlestick) and environmental for a very pretty finished result.

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Wardrobe details! Let us know the designers if possible and describe the look:  

Bride's gown: "Mollie" Mori Lee by Madeline Gardener (I think I remember the style being 8182)

Country Way Bridal in Haddonfield, New Jersey

Bride's ring: My late grandpa gave my grandma the engagement ring in 1950. After he passed away in 2008, she told me that she wanted to give me her ring when I was married one day. (This is the grandma who led the Electric Slide at the wedding).

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Groom's suit: Oliver Wicks

Groomsmen: Calvin Klein

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Tell us what you love most about each other. A favorite quality? Feel free to gush a little:

The first time I met Michael's mom, she softly told me that he was the nicest person she had ever met. 4 years later, and there has been 0 days that I have disagreed with her. Michael is good to his core. He is quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. He makes me feel seen and known and heard. He encourages me toward my dreams. He is wise, compassionate, and incredibly smart. He is nuanced, a beautiful writer, and is an advocate for the voiceless. He teaches high school, and in every classroom, he's been in, guides students to write their own stories, so no one else will; to be able to advocate for themselves. He is a friend to all. Michael is a precious heart.

“We keep each other constantly smiling and laughing by sharing countless memes and pictures of cute things.”

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As a tribute to Lauren’s best friend who passed 3 years ago, the couple was in complete agreement about honoring Christina during the wedding.

“We decided to hide Easter eggs about her all around our wedding, an idea introduced by video games (which she loved). He wanted 7 groomsmen, so I wanted 6 bridesmaids; a place for Christina.” One groomsman walked down the aisle alone. Three of my bridesmaids wore the Christina dress by Birdy Grey.

In lieu of favors, we planned a donation to the non-profit upholding her legacy, the Christina Grimmie Foundation.”

I created a photo display with a favorite photo of us, surrounded by pressed flower petals, with a Bible verse that reminds me of her.

The moment Michael and I were pronounced husband and wife, we played her electric song, "Sublime."

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“My maid of honor, Sarah, is a beautiful artist and took time to draw out black and white table numbers with beautiful, varying vintage typography.”

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“Sarah and I tackled creating the rest of the many signs, all either wooden or gold, and my bridesmaid Anna created our welcome sign.

Leigh Florist worked so well with my desire to DIY a decent portion of my wedding, both for the fun and the cost savings!”

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Cheers to a beautiful day!

Hope Helmuth