Late summer weddings have the benefit of beautiful weather, gorgeous summer fruit, so many lush flowers to choose from, and the easy going mood of the season. Add a personal ceremony, floral design by Ariella Chezar, photos by Belathée (two of our Select vendors!), and event planning and design by Storied Events, and you’ve got the makings of an extraordinary fête.
Bridesmaids wore deep plum colored chiffon dresses by Amsale, echoing the purple tones of the invitation suite and reception decor.
Says the bride, “I am Jewish, and we stood under a chuppah made from pieces from the train of my mother’s wedding dress during our ceremony.”
Laura’s advice for other brides? “When the day comes, just enjoy and take it all in. It’s not worth it to stress out about the things that might not be exactly how you planned or envisioned them.”
The simple buttercream cake was accented with wild grasses and fresh plums.
Ariella created centerpieces in her signature style, using shades of rich purple and magenta, incorporating dahlias, carnations, zinnias, garden roses, and dusky plums, as well as a variety of foliage.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Even though we had a large wedding, we wanted the day to feel as personal as possible. Robert arranged music that several of our friends played for our ceremony and our first dance, and one of my dearest friends wrote and read a beautiful poem during our ceremony. Our friend officiated and we asked him to write a ceremony that felt specific to us, and Robert and I wrote our own vows together. We also wanted to be able to spend as much time with our guests as possible. Instead of having a smaller rehearsal dinner, we had low key welcome barbecue for everyone. The morning of our wedding, I went to a swimming hole with all my best girl friends, since I had a very small bridal party (just our sisters) and knew we wouldn’t need the whole day to get ready. At the end of the night, we had a fire pit and s’mores for everyone.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? The whole weekend was wonderful. I’ll admit that I had found the planning process quite overwhelming and stressful at times, but when the weekend finally arrived, I felt very calm and was so happy to be surrounded by our family and friends. Two moments really stand out. During our ceremony, the song I walked in to wasn’t quite finished when I got to the front of the aisle. Robert and I just stood there holding hands, crying, looking at each other, looking out at everyone surrounding us, and just paused and waited for the music to play. We hadn’t planned for it, but it is one of the most treasured moments of my life. Another highlight happened after our first dance: everyone was seated for the first course, and the DJ started playing Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” We had planned for low key music during the courses, with dancing following dinner. I think he thought it was a good choice for background music. Well, one of my friends came over to my table and asked me to dance, so I got up, and within moments, the tables were empty and the dance floor was completely packed with people! Not what we had planned for, but we just went with it, and danced the night away!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? A co-worker told me to ask both sets of parents, and ask each yourselves early on: What are your priorities for this wedding? (Such as the size of guest list, type of venue, religious ceremony or not, etc.) She added that, though you know that you can’t make everyone happy with every decision you make, it’s helpful to be clear as possible about things early on and try to balance the most important decisions.