Yes, Tim McGraw really did crash their wedding! But before we get to that….
Lisa and her mom, Deb, came to my studio in July 2015 with one thing in mind for Lisa and Paul’s wedding invitations… elegance, glamour and a little bit of “bling.” Lisa and Paul were getting married in August 2016 at one of Philly’s most sought after venues, Vie, owned by Cescaphe Event Group.
Lisa is one of the sweetest, kindest, and most appreciative brides I have ever met. She was comfortable and clear with her vision but also open to ideas. After months of discussion and design, Lisa, Deb and I designed two layer wedding invitation nestled in a custom horizontal bottom pocket wedding invitation with a laser cut flap. We opted for luscious cream and navy papers, as well as navy and cream inks to pull in her wedding colors. Lisa’s wedding gown was dripping with lace and crystals. And it would turn out, so would her wedding invitation. We added three panels of pearlescent paper printed with a white lace design, and adorned the front with a large Swarovski crystal.
Caitlin Lapinsky of Caitlin Jane Calligraphy hand lettered all 325 pearl lined inner envelopes and 325 outer envelopes with navy blue ink in a loose but elegant hand lettering style. Once Lisa, her mom and her 18 bridesmaids were finished assembling and the invitations were mailed, the real fun began.
Lisa and Paul wanted something fun and cute for her rehearsal dinner invitations to really get the party weekend started. We went with a Philly theme as way to also welcome out of town guests to our City of Brotherly Love.
Lisa elected soft elegance with a pop of coral ribbon for her ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi.
Carrie Titter designs created a custom monogram for Lisa and Paul that would brand the entire reception at Vie, both projected onto her dancefloor and printed on her menus, signature drinks signs, and hashtag signs. Paper & Posh also designed custom hashtag napkins (#asgoodasitgetz), place cards, table numbers and donation cards that coordinated seamlessly with Lisa’s flowers by Beautiful Blooms.
The wedding day arrived. My husband Dave and I were floored, but so honored, that Lisa and Paul invited us to attend their lavish cocktail hour. It was quite an experience (if you have ever been to a Cescaphe cocktail hour, you know what I mean!). After enjoying our share of lobster, shrimp, cheesesteaks, crudite and signature drinks, we wove our way through a crowd of about 500 of Lisa and Paul’s guests. We congratulated the radiant bride and beaming groom, and left just as the reception started.
Okay, now the part about Tim McGraw. Dave and I hit a local pub to continue Lisa and Paul’s wedding celebration on our own. Sitting at the bar I casually stalked Lisa and Paul’s clever hashtag (#asgoodasitgetz) on social media to see how the reception was unfolding. To my utter shock and surprise, photos of the very famous and much loved Tim McGraw were appearing left and right. As it turns out, the father of the bride, Dave White, arranged for the country superstar to perform his song “My Little Girl” during the father-daughter dance. Lisa was completely unaware until the legend began the song. She turned around to find McGraw on stage singing with her Band, Jellyroll.
As you can imagine, the guests went crazy, and photos and videos of Time McGraw began to go viral. Within hours, Lisa and Paul’s fairytale wedding was picked up by all of the local news outlets, radio stations, Parents Magazine, Us Magazine, the Today Show, Billboard Magazine, CMT, and Brides Magazine, just to name a few. Lisa and Paul, and their parents, gave radio interviews and Lisa nd Paul’s band, Jellyroll, got hundreds of thousands of hits on social media. I would later learn that Lisa’s father, and Lisa Lucke of Chescaphe Events, were the only two in on the secret. Even the mother of the bride was kept in the dark.
A wedding that will go down in history, for sure. And even months later, no one quite knows how it happened, just that Lisa’s Dad, Dave had something to with it. But Tim McGraw at your wedding? That is about #asgoodasitgetz.