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Alexis Apfelbaum and Jeffrey Levine Wed in an Intimate Gathering

By Antonia DePace | January 5, 2021 |

640091.jpgTen guests, a 300-year-old childhood home and an abundance of florals were at the center of this wedding.

August 22, 2020

Ceremony & Reception: Private Home

A small wedding wasn’t exactly what couple Alexis Apfelbaum and Jeffrey Levine had in mind after their July 2019 engagement at the Schuylkill River. The celebration, which was originally planned for over 160 guests at the Curtis Atrium in Center City, ended up being moved to the bride’s childhood home in Rydal after precautions were taken during the pandemic.

640468.jpgThe bride’s childhood home

But as it turns out, their new wedding plans were exactly what they needed. Alexis says, “During the first iteration of our wedding, when we were still getting married in Center City, we found ourselves asking our florist, ‘Can you bring more flowers in? We want you to try to make the event space into a sort of wonderland garden.’” Thanks to the property’s lush greenery, an abundance of mature magnolia bushes, bridges and a private spring—plus a few floral touches from Jenny Love—the couple’s magical garden was unfolded before their eyes.

640526.jpgLove ’n Fresh created an abundance of mismatched arrangements that gave an effortlessly elegant feel.

Aside from the minimized guest list, a few other changes were in order. The bride’s sister, Jillian, who was supposed to be the maid of honor, ended up officiating the ceremony.

For the reception, the intimate wedding party moved to the front yard, where they danced to songs sung by the Grand Central band from CTO before indulging in a menu of delectable plates from Constellation Catering.

THE LIST

Ceremony & Reception Private residence

Wedding Planner Susan Norcross, The Styled Bride, thestyledbride.com

Bride’s Gown Carol Hannah, Lovely Bride Philly, lovelybride.com

Bride’s Shoes Loeffler Randall, loefflerrandall.com

Bride’s Hair & Makeup Hair: Allison Trabosh, Amanda D’Andrea, amandadandrea.com; Makeup: Samantha from Beke Beau, bekebeau.com

Groom’s Tux State and Liberty, stateandliberty.com

Rings Buzz Wachler, Wachler Diamonds, wachlerjewelers.com

Florals Jennie Love, Love ’n Fresh Flowers, lovenfreshflowers.com

Catering Constellation Catering, constellationculinary.com

Cake Nutmeg Cake Design, nutmegcakedesign.com

Invitations Minted, minted.com; Park Avenue Pastries (for cookies inside invitations), parkavepastries.com

Rentals Newtown Party Rental, newtownpartyrental.com

Entertainment Grand Central, CTO, cto.com

Videographer New Pace Wedding Films, newpaceweddingfilms.com



Photography by: Grace Winter, Asya Photography