intimate bed and breakfast wedding Upma, 36 & Clay, 35

Philadelphia, PA

Wedding Date: May 21, 2011

Number of Guests: 19

Wedding Cost: $8,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Lippincott House

Wedding Reception Location: Lippincott House

groom in plaid tie

bride in purple sari

Philadelphia B&B wedding venue

bed and breakfast wedding venue

b&b wedding ceremony venue

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

There were actually a lot of reasons that factored in. Two of the bigger reasons were that neither of us particularly likes being the center of attention; and we didn’t want to go into debt for some party that we’d hardly remember.

b&b wedding table setting

cozy b&b wedding reception

beaded sari detail

groom in striped suit and purple plaid tie

tea service

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

I suppose the biggest challenge was letting things go if they didn’t turn out exactly as I imagined.

bridal sari being tied

bride getting dressed

Indian bride getting dressed

groom getting ready

bride doing her make-up

bridesmaid putting on her sari

bride doing her make-up



groom greeting guests

Indian bride putting on her veil




Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Of course! I wanted to invite everyone I know and love. Having said that I think once we decided to keep it tiny the guest list was obvious to us. I think it would’ve been more difficult if we did 150 people and had to decide which extended family and friends to not include.

mother of the bride wrapping her sari

mother of the bride in green sari

white roses

make-up table

Indian bride wearing wedding bangles

bride putting on her necklace

gold glitter wedding shoes

Indian bride adjusting her veil

Mother of the bride adjusting her daughter's veil

bride getting ready

bride posing with wedding guests

groom wiping bride's tears

bride hugging wedding guest

mother of the bride hugging the groom

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

I’m really surprised and very happy that we didn’t have any trouble. Maybe it’s because we are both in our mid-30s and this isn’t the most exciting or unexpected thing to happen.


father of the bride pinning corsage on mother of the bride

white ranunculus corsage

father of the bride relaxing


What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The ceremony was all of 4 minutes. I think the whole thing was the highlight!

groom and mother walking down the aisle

bride and father walking down b&b stairs

back of bride and father walking down stairs

father kissing bride's hand

groom hugging father of the bride at the altar

B&B wedding ceremony

bride and groom holding hands during wedding ceremony

cozy b&b wedding ceremony

groom kissing bride during ceremony

bride and groom leaving ceremony

What were the highlights of the reception?

Being able to spend quality time with our parents, and everyone who was invited. We remember conversations, we remember being there and we remember feeling so thrilled and excited and present. Cutting the cake was funny, it was difficult and I was really terrified of messing up. It felt like it took us forever to get the first piece cut.

bride and groom exiting ceremony

smiling groom wearing glasses

wedding guests mingling

groom signing marriage certificate

bride signing marriage certificate

bride and groom holding hands

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Remembering details about the whole day– the whole experience, really.

b&b parlor room

groom looking out b&b window

b&b wedding reception venue

b&b dining room wedding reception

b&b wedding reception table setting with lilac centerpiece

purple, white and green floral centerpiece

white and purple floral centerpiece

folded napkin

white, purple, and green floral centerpiece

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Honestly, if you’re even flirting with the idea, do it. You keep your sanity and you don’t necessarily have to max out a credit card.



Wedding Photographer: Modern Flare

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Lippincott House

Caterer: B Smith Catering

Wedding Cake: Whipped Bakeshop

Custom Made Wedding Dress: Gorgeous Studios

Flowers: Poppy

Wedding Invitations: Paper on Pine

Hair and Nails: Juju Salon