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Maddie Flanigan, owner of Madalynne Intimates, has incorporated material from her late mother’s dress to honor her memory.

Maddie Flanigan and Ryan Kulig’s wedding at the Ridgeland Mansion was a pandemic focus. Photography by Love Me Do Photography

There is something so bittersweet about including deceased family members in your wedding details – whether it be by creating a memorial table or donning a one-of-a-kind blue. For Madalynne Intimates founder Maddie Flanigan, whose wedding at Ridgeland Mansion was filled with woody romantic accents, the design of her dress with fabric and buttons from her late mother’s dress was the perfect way to honor her keepsake. Love Me Do Photography captured the final look here.

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Ryan Kulig’s Bumble profile caught Maddie Flanigan’s eye not because of the image, but because of the words he used to describe himself: friendly, elegant and compassionate. “He’s been that and more since our first date at the Olde Bar,” says the Fort Lauderdale-born lingerie designer who owns Madalynne Intimates in Brewerytown.

After dating a year and a half, Ryan, a Hazleton-born insurance advisor for Aon, told Maddie – on her birthday, the 27th with the diamond from her late mother’s engagement ring. (She died of breast cancer when Maddie was 18.)

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The bride-to-be made an appointment with L. Priori Jewelry so that the couple and the designer could discuss the ring. Despite knowing what to expect, Maddie said it was still a complete shock when Ryan proposed six months later after the duo spent the day on a friend’s boat.

Always wanted to have a small wedding in a unique location that they could revisit in the future, the couple settled at Male’ana Gardens, Hawaii with 20 guests on September 26, 2020. When they had to cancel this plan, they turned to a romantic location on site on September 25, 2020: Ridgeland Mansion with 45 attendees.

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After saying “yes,” Maddie and Ryan spent time alone. “Neither of us cried during the ceremony, but at that moment we burst into tears,” says the bride. Dinner took place outdoors in the adjacent courtyard garden of the manor house; the lush foliage and green trees matched the atmospheric bohemian theme.

There were dreamy bouquets of roses, ranunculus, eucalyptus and dried and sprayed palm trees from Flowers by Nora (worn by the bride and her bridesmaids). The modern balloon installation added a touch of whimsy and playfulness. and The Whipped Bakeshop cake was decorated with covered buttercream edges, with details in blush, beige and gold leaf.

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In one of the most meaningful and cutest aspects of the day, Maddie donned a dress she had made herself using buttons and fabric from her mother’s dress. “She looked absolutely beautiful in it and I couldn’t have been more proud of her,” says Ryan.

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While Maddie was initially reluctant to sew her own dress, she’s glad she pulled it off. “It was the best way for my mother to be at my wedding without being physically there,” she says. “Even if she is not with me on this earth, she lives on.”

THE DETAILS
Photographer: love me, take photos | Venue: Ridgeland Mansion | Event coordination, design, dress & make-up: Maddie Flanigan | Flowers: Flowers by Nora | Catering: Joshua’s Catering | Bridesmaid Dresses: Vows Weddings | Hair: Francesca Brittingham of Crimson Hair Studio | Groom’s clothes: Indochino | Entertainment: The other wedding DJ | Cake: whipped cream Bakeshop | Invitations: paperless mail | Balloon Installation: Peony Events | Flower wall: Nicol flower pattern | Photobooth: Proparazzi Photobooths | Engagement ring: L. Priori jewelry

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