William Penn Inn Wedding | Shelley Merritt + Jim Olsen

Shelley and Jim got married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the William Penn Inn this past October. Their vibrant color palette and love of craft beer (click here for their brewery engagement session) and polka dots was on prominent display as they said their vows and became husband and wife.

Getting Ready at the William Penn Inn

When we arrived at the quaint William Penn Inn, we found an excited Shelley getting ready with her bridesmaids in the bridal suite. Her wedding dress from Arielle Bridal was a beautiful satin number with a drop waist. We loved her simple black heels from Manolo Blahnik and the pops of color from her bouquets. The bright daisies were just so happy! After some finishing touches, Shelley put on her dress and was well on her way to becoming Mrs. Olsen.

Meanwhile, Jim was upstairs hanging out like his usual chill self. His bride and groom cufflinks were perfect and he put them in with great care. We fell hard for his succulent boutonniere and couldn’t wait to see him meet his bride at the end of the aisle.

Their Outdoor Ceremony at the William Penn Inn

The day couldn’t have been more perfect for their outdoor ceremony. The sun was still warm and even as it began to set, the temperature was comfortable. Shelley’s mother escorted her down the aisle to where Jim waited for her. They said their vows to each other simultaneously in a touching gesture of equality, and after exchanging their wedding rings, they made presented their mothers with a rose to signify the joining of the families. Perhaps the most unique aspect of their wedding was their unity cocktail. Fine brews are near and dear to their hearts and they regularly visit breweries and distilleries. Shelley chose a peaty scotch to pair with Jim’s hoppy IPA and they combined them and shared their first married drink together.

Couples Portraits at the William Penn Inn

With the sun fading fast, we quickly worked to capture Shelley and Jim’s first moments as husband and wife. There was lots of snuggling punctuated by kisses and the occasional hors d’oeuvre from the William Penn Inn.

The Reception at the William Penn Inn

Shelley and Jim were announced into their reception to their excited guests and quickly wowed the crowd with a choreographed first dance. They invited everyone to join them and the party was off to the races. Too soon it was time to pack up and head out.

Shelley and Jim – we hope that your honeymoon in Hawaii was absolutely incredible and that you enjoy many years of fine craft beer and scotch together!

Manolo Blank black wedding shoes. Love the funky colors of bouquet

Beautiful bright blooms and a darling little pumpkin set off Shelley and Jim’s wedding rings. Her classic black Manolo Blahnik heels were the perfect accessory to her dress.

 arielle bridal dress for this William Penn Inn Wedding

Classic black and white wedding, polka dots, invitations love how the dots make it funky

Pretty polka dots graced this lovely invitation suite.

Unique cufflinks featuring bridal dress and tuxe, so cute.

Jim’s charming bride and groom cufflinks were an adorable addition to his classic black tux ensemble.

Bride getting ready photos in Gwynedd PA bright bouquet with succulents, daisies. Love how funky it is especially with black and white ribbon

Polka dot ribbons for bridal bouquet. Black bridesmaid dresses

Each bridesmaid had a different brightly colored bouquet that matched their manicure.

Groom getting ready for their William Penn Inn

Jim received a beautiful letter from Shelley before their wedding ceremony.

Groom portraits at William Penn Inn in PA.

Fun wedding ideas, using Polka dots/ Wedding at William Penn Inn

A perfect sky, bright colors and polka dots, and a unity cocktail for their ceremony made Shelley and Jim’s wedding truly unique and lovely.

Bride walking down the aisle at William Penn Inn. Love grooms look at her. Love the fun bright flowers with the polka dot vasesWant an unique wedding ceremony ideas? Why not do an unity cocktail? Fun and modern wedding ideas

 rose exchange for mothers during wedding ceremony at William Inn Penn

Shelley and Jim each gave their mothers a rose to signify the joining of their two families together.

William Penn Inn Wedding photos of bride and groom exciting ceremony- love how they threw the flower petals Black and white photos of bride and groom at William Penn InnWilliam Penn Inn wedding couple pose for their photos romantic Black and white makes a perfect intimate moment for their pictures

Unique polka dot wedding cake with a fun cake topper using Cats! Perfect for the cat lover and love the fall details.

Fully embracing the polka dot and autumn theme of their wedding, Shelley and Jim had an amazing polka dot cake with a kitty cat cake topper and used mini pumpkins for their place cards.

Bride and groom first dance at William Penn InnBride dancing at her wedding reception at William Penn Inn. Photos by Ashley Gerrity PhotographyBride and groom twinkle lights night photos at William Penn Inn, Ashley Gerrity Photography

The Amazing Professionals Who Made This Day Awesome

Bride’s Accessories | Belt from Arielle Bridal

Men’s Suits Store | Floccos

Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator | William Penn Inn

Floral Design | William Penn Inn

Hair | Justine from Rapunzel’s Spa



Cinematography | Pair of Hearts Films

Caterer | William Penn Inn

Cake | William Penn Inn


DJ | Justin Byrne Synergetic Sounds

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