Ailee & Barry’s incredible boho-inspired West Chester KOA campsite wedding was EVERYTHING!
When we got married, my husband and I tossed around renting out the same campground where we adventured on our fourth— yes, fourth!— date. Campgrounds can be rented for long periods at cheap rates, guests can easily stay the night, and we could have a safe afterparty without needing to provide shuttles. Plus, some campgrounds, like Ailee and Barry’s family’s in West Chester, are hidden gems.
We ended up going in another direction, but still sometimes I dream about that campground wedding! I was way too excited for this earthy, boho wedding day so I could vicariously live my KOA dream.
After months of planning and replanning their Covid wedding, Ailee and Barry finally got to celebrate their day on their family’s campground at the Philadelphia / West Chester KOA and it was perfect.
Ailee is a talented graphic designer and she handmade so many of their wedding day elements. She went heavy on the neutrals, bringing bright pops of terra-cotta and warm tones throughout their campground decor.
What I loved most about this West Chester wedding was that although the ceremony was being held in an alternative event space, the couple’s family and vendor team transformed a so-so campground into a chic wedding venue. Twinkle lights, eucalyptus, and pampas grass gave the space a high class feel. The champagne wall and florals by Made by Meredyth transformed a wide open field into a unique venue.
You’d never know by the photos, but just 10 days prior to their wedding, the entire West Chester area was underwater. Flooded! Hurricane Ida ripped through the campsite and the couple watched the Brandywine pour into their future reception space. In some places the river rose over 20 feet.
The aftermath of Ida was still very much apparent as we drove backroads to get to a secluded first look location just down the road from the campground, where Barry met his bride. After the stress of a pandemic, hurricane winds, record flood waters, and hand designing all of their details, the two decided to see each other before their ceremony so they could spend as much time as possible enjoying their party! Catch Barry’s face below upon seeing Ailee in her wedding dress for the first time.
Florals: Made by Meredyth
Entertainment: CBM Productions
Cake: Nutmeg Cake Design
Film: Philly Wedding Films
Gown: Tara Keely from Jennifer’s Bridal