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January 21, 2015

Queer couple craft magical DIY wedding

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens provides unique atmosphere

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Jeannine Sloane-Wilby and Robin Wilby celebrated their wedding day at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens in August.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG) proved to be a magical venue for Robin Wilby and Jeannine Sloane-Wilby's do-it-yourself wedding in August.

In an interview with, the queer couple (gay, female identified Jeannine and gender/queer, trans identified Robin) said they wanted to craft their wedding to reflect them as a couple. 

The couple incorporated recycled materials, hand-picked floral arrangements and gender-neutral language to create a one-of-a-kind experience for their special day.


Jeannine walked down the aisle in a blush pink Vera Wang gown. Her hair and veil were both dip dyed in pink to match. 

“Our wedding venue played an integral part in creating a unique, magical atmosphere,” they told “Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a 3,000 square foot indoor gallery and mosaic sculpture garden created by the artist, Isaiah Zagar. Every inch of the venue is part of a vast mosaic installation, adorned with hand-made tiles, as well as found-materials, such as colorful glass bottles, bicycle tires and glittering mirrors.”


Jeannine’s sister, Daniella, officiated the outdoor ceremony, and a close friend performed a cover of their first dance song. The couple told that catering was their biggest wedding expense.

"We saved money through thoughtful, personal planning of the event and DYIing all of our wedding décor with recycled materials, including hand-picking and drying our own floral arrangements. Our friends and family also offered assistance in many areas of their expertise.”


PMG is open to visitors daily. 

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