What was your wedding inspiration for your theme and colors?
My grandmother absolutely loved Frank Sinatra. I find his songs to be so romantic and timeless and I wanted that feel for my wedding. To start, my bridesmaids walked down the aisle to “The Way You Look Tonight” and I walked in to “Fools in Love.” For the cocktail hour and reception, I wanted the space to feel like a party from the 1940s or 1950s. I had the pianist play songs from that era.
For my colors, I stuck with neutrals and champagne. My bridesmaids wore champagne and we had gold lace overlays on the tables. We had all neutral flowers with lots of greens and a pop of dark, dark raisin in calla lilies. I think the mix of neutrals with the sparkles of champagne and gold with the pops of dark really created a romantic and elegant space.
What was your favorite wedding splurges?
I feel like everything was a splurge! I was able to pick all of the details to create the perfect “dream” space for my wedding. There were a lot of little touches that were not necessarily expensive that I felt really added a lot of Matt and me to the wedding. For example, I have a lot of fun or inspirational quotes around our house and so we knew it wouldn’t be right without quotes at the wedding. I was able to find really inexpensive black and gold frames and wrote in some love quotes – from Dave Matthews Band to Shakespeare to Maya Angelou to Finding Nemo. My dad also makes his own wine and created all of the table wine and champagne for the evening. These little touches really made the day personal.
I do think that every girl splurges on the dress! I went into the bridal salon with a very clear vision of the dress I thought I wanted…and walked out with a completely different dress! From the moment I put on the dress (originally as a joke…), I felt like a bride. That moment with my mom was so special and I know I’ll always cherish that memory.
What was your favorite wedding day moment?
I don’t know if I can pick just one! Matt and I chose not to do a first look, because we both felt that the moment he saw me walking down the aisle would be a really special memory – and it was. I had always joked with Matt that he’d be a crier, and he didn’t let me down. His reaction when I walked down the aisle was so perfect. His expression was joyful and full of love and I couldn’t get down the aisle fast enough to be next to him.
There was also a moment during our first dance where we were looking around at all of our family and friends who came from near and far to spend the day with us. It’s an unbelievable feeling to know how much love was in the room all at once.
What was your favorite photo form the day?
There is one photo of Matt and me and our bridal party. The week before the wedding, the forecast started showing rain. While I tend to be a control-freak, I knew that the weather was just one thing that I couldn’t control. So, instead of panicking, I impulse-bought 4 big black umbrellas from Amazon. The photo that resulted is a black and white photo of the groomsmen and Matt holding the umbrellas with the bridesmaids and me underneath. I must have said something something silly and everyone was laughing. The picture really looks like it should be out of a magazine with how the sophistication of the tuxes and gowns matched with the black umbrellas.
There are so many photos from the day that really just captured Matt and my relationship and our love and respect for each other.
Words of wisdom for future brides and grooms?
Use Hilary as your photographer! Seriously! The wedding day itself flies by and having these beautiful photos to relive the day is so wonderful. Also, have fun. Some people think I’m crazy, but I really loved my engagement and wedding planning. It’s too special of a day to stress out!
I would personally like to thank Jenny and Matthew for trusting me with their incredible wedding day and letting me share in all the joy of memory making with their lovely friends and family! Cheers to all your happiness ahead!
Dress: Silk Bridal
Cake: Upper Crust Cakery
Invitations: invitations etc.
Rings: Glen Moscow Jewelers
Chairs/tableclothes: Hank Parker’s