These photos by Meredith Heuer make me wonder: how will the bride and groom ever decide which ones to frame and hang on the wall? There are just so many frame-worthy shots from Anna and Andrew’s wedding – full of beauty, emotion, memory. All the things you would want most from your wedding photos. Let me step back and let the images speak for themselves…
On incorporating traditions: “We kept closely to the Jewish traditions. Our parents, grandparents and generations of other Jewish couples have gone through those rituals and we wanted that same experience. And we did them all: Andrew checked to make sure it was me before putting the veil over my face, I circled him seven times, he stomped on the glass and our friends and family offered seven blessings to us. And we had a killer hora.”
Anna designed the paper airplanes that were given to guests to throw at the couple once they were announced husband and wife after the ceremony (what a playful alternative to tossing rice!).
Says Anna: “We’ve celebrated every major milestone in our relationship with a Miller High Life – classy, right? Two days before the wedding, we escaped the planning chaos and drove to a random liquor store to buy High Life ponies – 7 oz. bottles that we gave to all our guests and used for the toasts (I mean, it is the champagne of beers).”
Animal masks made their way from the photo booth to the dinner table.
See what I mean? Nearly every single image could stand on its own. And here, some details from Anna the lovely bride:
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Have you seen The Foundry? It’s just plain rad.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We both feel awkward being the center of attention and so we wanted something that felt unpolished and rough around the edges – messy scribbles that guests drew on the tables, a tent frame without the tent, industrial lighting, Miller High Life, flowers that had opened just a little bit too far, and as little pageantry as possible. People basically went cross-eyed when I described that we wanted the look of an old shipyard – rusty metal, washed out wood, and as many neutral “non-colors” as possible, like grey and cream. Fortunately The Foundry is the perfect spot for that and everyone we worked with – our planner, florist, photographer, caterer, lighting designers – totally got it.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? It’s just a tablecloth. Meaning, ultimately, every detail won’t be executed as you’d imagined it and it doesn’t really matter (and isn’t worth arguing with your mom about). Get the big stuff right – like the groom – and trust the people you’re working with. The rest will fall into place.
What advice do you have for other brides? My best advice is to remember that your wedding is just one day. Granted, it’s a loaded day, but I wanted to look back on everything that led up to that day without feeling sheepish or over-indulgent. It’s easy to use “it’s my day” as an excuse to be a bit indulgent (or snotty!), but it isn’t worth it.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? My dad died three years ago, and so there were a lot of nerves leading up to the wedding. We wanted to remember him, without letting the whole day be overshadowed. The subtle things – I wore a pin with a picture of him as a boy on it, we were wrapped in his tallit during the ceremony, and my brothers both cracked serious dad jokes in their toasts – were just the right touch.
See more of Anna and Andrew’s chic New York wedding in the gallery.