Polka Dot Events’ Allie Beik celebrated an unforgettable big day, complete with a “flower girl,” a drag performer.
When someone in the wedding industry gets married, their celebration is bound to be one for the record books. After all, they spend their lives making sure your celebrations are a breeze, whether it’s delivering the cutest photos or planning every last detail of your design and day. When Allie Beik of Chestnut Hill-based Polka Dot Events began planning for her union last year, we listened. (You can read our article on her trial here.) Her subsequent wedding at Globe Dye Works was a lively occasion not to be missed, as captured below by Redfield Photography. We hope it inspires you too.
Mount Airy couple Allie Beik and Tim Davis technically didn’t have a first date. And Allie, a wedding planner at Polka Dot Events, first brought up the fact that they were scheduled to be married in July 2019. Tim, a civil engineer, said no because he wasn’t ready.
So how did they get to October 30, 2021? Well, let’s go back to her high school years. Allie visited Masterman with Tim’s best friend Joe. (Tim attended St. Joe’s Prep.) When Joe brought the soon-to-be couple together, Allie developed an instant crush. “It was through high school and college, through other friends, that we finally started dating in our 20s.”
At first they hung out casually as friends, grabbing a drink at XIX im Bellevue and Continental about once a week. Then their relationship morphed into something more and lasted another four years before they got engaged in October 2020. (Tim managed to propose a surprise proposal — just a month after he told Allie she could start planning her big day.)
A year later, the couple said “I do” at Globe Dye Works, a former industrial plant in Northeast Philadelphia, with 160 friends and family. As expected from a planner and her love, the day – described by the two as fun, colourful, collaborative and unconventional – was packed with many special details.
Allie and Tim first stopped at Attic Brewing for photos, ensuring a private moment – and a few beers – before the festivities drew to a close.
It was important to the couple to work with businesses owned by women or people of color and to be as sustainable as possible. So they rented almost everything, used seed paper for the menu and place cards (which they later planted in their garden), and had florist Papertini use seasonal, local flowers to create the centerpieces and a floor installation for the ceremony, which was later moved in before the Tape. (Colors were dominated by goldenrod, complemented by ivory, dusky pink, black, and hunter green.)
Even the people closest to them were a big part of the celebration. “Tim and I value our community of friends and family very highly, so we did unconventional things like mentioning all of our family names on the invite.” The wording read, “The Ierardi-Beik and Mazda-Davis families would like for coming to the party.”
Tim created the seating chart – a map of the venue, with each numbered table named for the groups seated at each table. “And then, of course, I alphabetized everyone’s name and listed them under the map so it’s easy to find their table number,” adds Allie, who is always a planner.
Meanwhile, the bride’s best friend Nick Biddle — aka drag performer Biddy Bee — was one of the “flower girls.” “Tim didn’t know Biddy was going to be in drag, so this was a really fun surprise for him,” says Allie. Tim’s college friend Alec Hurley officiated at the wedding and honored Tim’s late grandfather, who was Persian, by incorporating Zoroastrian religious elements into the ceremony. And instead of a first dance, Allie’s friends sang an a cappella version of 98 Degrees and Stevie Wonder’s “True to Your Heart” to get everyone dancing.
Ask Allie what was the biggest surprise for her and she’ll throw it back to the industry she works in. “For me, it was the fun that the vendors had. I really felt like Marisa [Rebecca] and John [Awad] from Redfield and the Birchtree Catering team had a lot of fun with our guests, which made me very happy. Sometimes being a wedding vendor is a lot of work, but when you have a good group of people you really enjoy the day.”
Photographer: Redfield Photography | Venue: Globe Dye Works | Planning/Design: The Bride (Allie Beik of Polka Dot Events) | flowers: papertini; Forget Me Knots (Donations) | Catering: Birkenbaum Catering | Wedding dress: Rami Al Ali | Hair: Collab Hair Studio | Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates | Attire of the groom: Indochino | Entertainment: The Morning After by EastCoast Entertainment | Desserts: milk + sugar | Invitations: Polk Paper | Transportation: Krapf Group | Officers: Alec Hurley (couple’s friend) | Ring designer: L. Priori Jewelry (engagement ring); Family Heirlooms (Wedding Rings) | Drag Performer: Biddy Bee | Rental: Party Rental Ltd.; Nüage Designs (Tablecloths) | Location of the photo shoot: Attic Brewing
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