Your venue naturally has a big impact on your wedding day, and Jessica and Nima’s pick – a modern private estate in Dallas – was perfect when this long-time pair tied the knot. From the bride’s embroidered Valentino shift to the spectacular modern sites for the ceremony, dinner and poolside dancing, this celebration speaks to every bride who’s ever eyed a Eames chair.

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“At a fundraising event at a client’s estate, Jessica and I met an elderly couple, and shared with them that, although we had been dating for 10 years and known each other for nearly 15, we were not convinced that marriage was a necessary next step. The couple cautioned that there would be limitations if we were unmarried – in critical moments, being officially recognized as spouses can make all the difference as partners. This conversation occurred at the wonderful home of one of my clients, and it planted the seed that convinced me that my life partner and best friend should also be my wife.

Months later, after asking Jessica to marry me, I asked my client and dear friend if we could host our ceremony and reception at their beautiful estate, sharing the story of the significance. She graciously obliged, and the setting could not have been more meaningful.”

 

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The Ceremony

“It was most important to us that the ceremony felt ‘true to us’ and didn’t abide by traditions just for tradition’s sake. We were fortunate that our families were open-minded and supportive of whatever way we wanted to express our love and celebrate our marriage. With their support and the help of close family friends, we crafted a secular ceremony, knowing from the start that our ceremony would feel unconventional. Jessica’s father passed away several years ago, and since he could not walk her down the aisle, we decided to walk into the ceremony hand in hand. Symbolically, we felt we were coming into the ceremony together and strengthening our union.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Modest, Intimate, Sincere.

Who officiated your ceremony?  A family friend, David, officiated our ceremony. He and his wife, Clair, are second parents to Nima, and their son who passed away was truly a younger brother to the groom. Their bond is so strong that Clair offered the ring she had planned to offer her son to Nima and Jessica. It is Jessica’s wedding ring, and we chose not to exchange wedding bands in order to leave this significant symbol unadulterated. We feel it not only unites Jessica and Nima, but honors and strengthens these strong familial ties.

What were your ceremony readings?  A friend of the bride read a passage from Earnest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and a friend of the groom read a passage from Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

 

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What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows, albeit very late in the game, but they really came together. We decided we would have one part that was personal to each of us, and also create communal vows that we both repeated. The day before our wedding, we woke up early, went into separate rooms to write our personal pieces. After sharing these meaningful words of admiration and commitment, we realized how complementary our vows were. Then we then sat together and wrote our communal vows, and rather enjoyed doing it!

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What was your ceremony music?  We we honored that Jessica’s cousin provided the music for our ceremony.  We walked out to the ceremony together to a song she had set to the E.E. Cummings poem “I carry your heart with me.” After our readings, Erica played her rendition of Sade’s “By Your Side.”  The song embodies our commitment and intimacy, and it evokes memories of the earliest days of our relationship.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Although it was very short, time seemed to stand still in certain moments. The day was such a beautiful blur, and yet we can remember certain parts so clearly.  At one point during the ceremony, we stood together arm-in-arm with David, our officiant, while Erica sang one of our favorite songs. Everyone was listening together with the sun warm our backs, and it was as though nothing else existed in the world but that moment. I remember wishing we could stay like that for hours on the hill, in the grass and the sun, surrounded by our most cherished, listening together to my cousin play songs on her guitar.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Don’t skimp on a photographer. It’s a big expense, but it’s all you have left to remember that day by. Going through the pictures together has been such a joy, and we plan to do again and again. That said, do skimp on numbers and sizes of flower arrangements; if you have a great florist, less can be more. Because we were flexible about the musical selections, we hired a band that didn’t advertise themselves as a “wedding band” – or charge us “wedding band” rates. They were absolutely fantastic!

Did you give your guests wedding favors? We chose a series of our favorite things to give to our guests from some places that were special to us. Each guest received a letterpress postcard from Lilco with a handwritten note, Perfect Granola from Urban Acres, a few sticks of Palo Santo wood, chocolates from Dude Sweet Chocolate, and Marfa Brand’s Ranch Road Soap. Since we were using small vendors, many of them were able to work with us on sizing and pricing!

 

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The Reception

“We were inspired by the feeling we wanted to evoke at our reception. We collected photographs that evoked the ambiance we wanted, rather than a particular style or color, and focused on textures and sentiments that spoke to us. We found Kinfolk Magazine to be a wonderful source of inspiration. Overall, we ended up with something that was one part modern minimalist, one part rustic, and three parts our personal aesthetic.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  There were more guests at our reception than our actual ceremony, but it was still very intimate. Our reception was laid back and communal, while still being very moving and so much fun!

How did you go about planning your reception? The manager of the estate, Jeff Bogert, has restaurant, catering, and event planning experience.  He volunteered his time to consult with us on settings for the ceremony, pre-dinner reception, dinner, and dancing. He suggested caterers and vendors he respected and were familiar with the home from previous fundraisers.  Together, we spent many hours thinking through the day’s transitions and the experiences we wanted our guests to have during each stage of the event.

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception?  Dinner was served in a grove of crepe myrtles.  We wanted a relaxed, family-style meal and the rows of trees strung with lights seemed like the perfect spot for a fall feast!  After dinner, everyone strolled across the  lawn to the pool house, which was set up for dancing and merriment! Plus, it allowed for sort of a group procession across the property late at night. We all had flashlights and went in groups on this walk together.

 

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What was your wedding menu?  We wanted to make dinner a large part of the event, a communal meal like Thanksgiving, so that our guests could really bond over dinner.  We had three rounds of shared plates, all served family style:

First Course:  Whitefish Ceviche, Fried Castelvetrano Olives, Grilled Radicchio with Aged Balsamic & Parmigiano Reggiano, and Chick Pea Fritters with Whipped Goat Cheese // Second Course: Fried Lamb Meatballs with Spiced Yogurt Sauce, Fontina Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Speck, Roasted Fennel with Gaeta Olive Tapenade, and Zucchini Rolls with Ricotta and Oregano // Third Course: Applewood Bacon Wrapped Quail Halves with Homemade Chow Chow, Grilled Salmon with Salsa Verde, Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges with Calabrian Chiles, and Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Paprika

What type of dessert did you serve? We aren’t big wedding cake fans, so we dug into ½ pints of our favorite Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Salty Caramel, Dark Chocolate, The Buckeye State, Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean, Pistachio & Honey, and Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  We had three! An Infused Cucumber Margarita, a Gin-Gin Mule, and a Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  David and Clair mentioned to us a few days before our wedding that we should probably make room for people to toast or give speeches. We didn’t anticipate so many people standing up to speak. At dinner, we were taken aback by the number of people who felt moved to share their feelings. It was one of the most humbling experiences of our lives.

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  At first we really wanted to elope or have a tiny destination wedding, but our moms both encouraged us to have this celebration and supported us throughout the planning process. The weekend of our wedding, their presence meant so much to us. Nima’s mom hosted a Persian feast Thursday night before our wedding, and Jessica’s mom helped her remain calm and collected throughout the weekend. They both gave such beautiful toasts at our reception, and Jessica’s mom was a riot on the dance floor. We certainly owe the best night of our lives to their encouragement and wisdom.

 

 

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What was your first dance song?  We didn’t hire a typical wedding band – Shoot Low Sherriff played their own songs and music, and we gave them no other orders than “jazz it up a little.”  They were just the right balance of soul and class.  Our first dance together was impromptu. Jessica was inside the pool house grabbing some popcorn when Nima’s mom ran inside, snatched it out of her hands, and ushered her onto the dance floor! We shook our booties and had the time of our lives.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Think most about the energy and emotions you want people to experience, and less about the details. Everyone said it would be the best day of our lives, but the planning process was hard and on multiple occasions we felt ready to give up. We might not voluntarily repeat all the work we did, but if we could live one day 100 times over, it would be our wedding day. It was worth it, but only because our guests embraced it. We focused on what we wanted our friends and family to feel, and in turn, they made our night unforgettable.

 

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Photography: Jessica Garmon / Venue: Private Residence in Dallas, Texas / Event Planning & Design: Jessica Chiles, Jeff Bogert / Dress: Valentino / Wedge Sandals: Givenchy / Jewelry: TenOverSix / Suit: Gucci / Tie: Valentino / Boots: Alessandro Dell’acqua / Shirt: Ermenegildo Zegna / Pocket Square: Luca Roda / Stationery: Lilco / Tintype Photographs for Invitations: Frank Lopez / Floral Design: Posh Floral / Hair: London Michael, Blow Salon / Makeup: Love Dose Beauty / Rentals: Ducky Bob’s / Ceremony Music: Erica Curnutte / Reception Music: Shoot Low Sheriff / Catering: Food Co / Cake, Dessert: Jeni’s Ice Cream
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  • Private Estate Wedding in Dallas by Jessica Garmon

    18 March 2015
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    We all went crazy for the modern bohemian vibe of this Northern Calfornia celebration. Annie and Jake’s whimsical celebration in the Russian River Valley is the stuff of sun-dappled afternoon dreams, and we simply can’t get enough! Details we adore include the bridesmaids’ woven white dresses, the couple’s graphic stationery suite, and dinner in the apple orchard.

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    “The best advice we received, and the most important thing we kept in mind while we planned our wedding, was not to forget what our wedding day was about – the love between us, and our union. We could have easily get forgotten this when we were obsessing over tablecloths or playlists.”

     

     

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t feel obligated to invite too many people. And don’t be afraid to ask for help!

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I stayed out too late the night of the rehearsal dinner. I was so excited to have all my favorite people in one spot that I didn’t pay attention to the clock and ended up paying for it the next day.

     

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We love western Sonoma County, and Guerneville has always been a special place to us. It is casual wine country and there was so much for our guests to do: float on the river, hike, eat great food, and go wine tasting. Our guests stayed in Dawn Ranch Lodge‘s cabins and the hotel across the street, and all of our wedding events, including the rehearsal dinner, were on the property, so guests didn’t have to go far. For the weekend, the Lodge became “Camp McKHable.”

     

     

    Did you include something old, new, borrowed and blue?  Jake’s great grandmother’s ring, given to me that day was my something old, and his sister’s handkerchief, which I used to wipe away tears of joy during our first look, was my something borrowed and blue. Another something blue was a necklace from my mother, given to me the morning of our wedding.

     

     

    The Ceremony

    “We didn’t want a ‘traditional’ ceremony – one that felt overly formal and stuffy, but we also wanted to make sure the ceremony had weight and importance. We worked hard to make it a reflection of the people gathered in the meadow, our families, and us as a couple.”

     

     

    Your ceremony in three words.  Non-traditional, heartfelt, and us.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  We asked Jake’s dad, Mike, who is one of the most thoughtful and spiritual people we know, to officiate our ceremony. As a writer and person with tremendous public speaking presence, he was able to perfectly capture the moment and communicate our hopes and values with the ideal combination of lighthearted emotion, sincerity, and love.

     

     

    What were your ceremony readings?  Jake’s parents’ read “i thank You God for most this amazing” by e.e. cummings at their wedding, so it was special for us to include it in our ceremony, and since we are both big fans of the Grateful Dead, Robert Hunter’s “I Will Love You” was a perfect fit.

    What were your vows like?   This was actually one of the only aspects that was traditional. Reciting traditional vows to one another felt meaningful and poignant.

     

     

    What was your ceremony music?  A guitarist from our band played as guests filtered into the meadow. The Beatles “All You Need is Love” was our processional, and Annie walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. After the ceremony was over, the entire wedding party walked out to “Ooh La La” by Faces.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? From Jake: The love and happiness in the meadow was palpable. Seeing some of my tough-guy friends crying was indicative of how everyone was there in the moment, and part of our love and union. But, for me, having my father be the one who pronounced us “husband and wife” while he choked up made my heart soar. // From Annie: I loved having everyone outside in the beautiful meadow with the sun peaking through the redwoods. I thought I was going to be very nervous standing in front of everyone, but I was overcome with a feeling of love and calm, one I’ll never forget. I was so happy to be marrying Jake in front of my family and friends.

     

     

    The Reception

    “Everyone let their hair down and had a blast. Dinner was in an apple orchard, followed by dancing by the pool. This broke our night into distinct events, set the mood and gave our guests a clue where they needed to be. Plus, with the Giants in the playoffs and late night skinny dipping in the pool, there was plenty of energy to keep the party going!”

     

     

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted it to be a true reflection of us as individuals and as a couple. The natural beauty and rustic charm of Dawn Ranch, and Guerneville’s eclectic, hippy vibe suited our style and provided inspiration. I added my creative touch, and every detail, down to the DIY dream catcher escort cards and indigo-dyed napkins, perfectly represented us.

     

     

    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to Bonnie Raitt’s “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About.” My dad and I danced to Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers,” and Jake and his mom hit the dance floor to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  No signature cocktail, but we had great local beers on tap, including Lil’ Sumpin’ and Trumer Pils. Since our wedding was in wine country, we also selected our favorite local wines.

     

     

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Our favorite part of the reception were the toasts. Jake’s childhood friend and my sister each gave heartfelt and humorous speeches, and my dad’s toast included an amazing slide show. It was a big surprise, and such a loving moment.

     

    Photography: Kate Harrison / Venue: Dawn Ranch Lodge in Guerneville, California / Dress: Isabel Marant / Suit: J. Crew /  Bridesmaid Dresses: Madewell / Floral Design: Natasha Kolenko / Band: Smash City Band / Pies: Three Babes Bakeshop / Stationery Design: Tor Kologlu /  Stationery Printer: Scan Art / Foil Pressing: JR Press / Hair: Susan K Powers, Bellezza Salon /
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  • Bohemian Wedding in Russian River Valley by Kate Harrison

    16 March 2015
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    Meredith Heuer takes some of my favorite photos of weddings… she captures beauty and energy and makes you feel as though you were there. And I think she gets some of the most fun clients too! Katie and Jim’s October wedding on Martha’s Vineyard was not only utterly beautiful – from the oceanside venue to the gorgeous Saipua florals (dahlias! and persimmons!) to the bride’s custom dress – it’s also clear that this was a wedding about family and friends and lots and lots of fun.

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS MARTHA’S VINEYARD WEDDING BY MEREDITH HEUER.

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    Katie wore her mother’s crocheted wedding dress from 1969 to the rehearsal dinner. For the wedding day, she wore a simple flowing sheath dress that she had custom made.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Simplicity, the colors and landscape of Martha’s Vineyard, and Saipua flowers – my friend Sarah’s creations are a reason in and of themselves to have a wedding. I knew that if I was going to do this, I had to have Sarah do the flowers, Johnny Hoy play music, and Meredith take the photos. Dream team.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of your wedding?  I loved the whole day (minus waking up to a serious downpour) – eating pizza with Jim and my family for lunch, getting ready with my girlfriends and my dog, being with both of our families right before the ceremony, walking into the dreamy tent with my parents, having drinks underneath a purple sky, dancing, eating doughnuts at the end of the reception, and sitting in front of the fire at the after-party. Sarah did the most incredible job with the flowers. My huge bouquet in particular was a highlight – I didn’t put it down for hours.

     

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    The bride wasn’t the only one to wear vines in her hair: both the bride’s sister and the groom’s sister wore them, as well as the couple’s nieces.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We originally planned to have the ceremony in the field next door to my parents’ house and have everyone walk up to the reception after, but a downpour made us relocate to the reception tent at the Gay Head Cliffs. I was really upset about this but it turned out to be incredibly cozy with the rain and wind outside and Sarah’s beautiful flowers and candles glowing inside the tent.”

     

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    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  It was really important to me that our ceremony was personal and that it didn’t feel like we were up on stage acting. We asked our siblings to officiate: Jim’s sister welcomed everyone, my sister did a reading, and my brother gave the sweetest speech about us and did the vows. Our nieces and nephews stood up with them during the ceremony. It felt very true to who we are.

    What was your ceremony music?  Jim’s cousin, Billy Moody, played the guitar as I walked in. I have no idea what he played!

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  While the ceremony itself was fairly relaxed, I was not. I was incredibly nervous and fidgeted the whole time.

     

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    The Reception

    How would you describe your reception?  Simple, fun, and beautiful. The rain finally stopped during the ceremony, which allowed for a gorgeous, dramatic late-afternoon sky and a clear, starry night. Lots of Dark and Stormies and sweaty dancing.

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  The field where the tent was is just up the road from my parents’ house and right above the Gay Head Cliffs, our favorite place to go to the beach and take our dog for walks. Up-island Martha’s Vineyard is one of the most special spots in the world.

    What was your first dance song?  The song is about infidelity, which might have been a strange choice, but we danced to “Satellite of Love” by Lou Reed while our nieces and nephews danced around us.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had chocolate tarts and apple crisp made by Olivia at the Beach Plum Inn.

    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  The thrilled look on children’s and adults’ faces alike as we handed out headlamps to navigate the very dark trip to the bathrooms and the path home. Also, Winslow, our old pointer, making periodic appearances during the course of the night.

    Are there any details you’d like to tell us about?  My friend Mallie hand-painted the seating board and my friend Lindsey loaned me the beautiful fur jacket. I designed my wedding dress with a fantastic tailor. I bought the napkins from Fabric Textile Products, which my sister, mom, and sister-in-law helped me fold. We lit the path with old, white kerosene lanterns.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It really doesn’t matter if everything doesn’t go to plan or something doesn’t go exactly as you envisioned it. There is so much happiness and sweetness surrounding the day that you won’t care or, more likely, won’t even notice.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  If anything that you are planning or doing doesn’t feel like you, don’t do it. Try to refrain from checking the weather obsessively. And make sure that you get to enjoy the same thing your guests do – I forgot to have a single oyster from the raw bar or a glass of champagne!

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Jim and I were really ambivalent about the idea of having a wedding at all. The tradition, extravagance, and general hoopla that usually surrounds a wedding made us both squirm and was not something either of us ever thought we wanted, but the idea of having all of our close friends and family in one of the places that we love the most for a long weekend was too good of an opportunity to pass up. And while my younger, more non-traditional and feminist self cringes as I write this, it truly was one of the happiest and best times of my life – getting to swim in the Sound before the rehearsal dinner, having all of our family and friends stay at houses right around us, dancing to Johnny Hoy with those we love the most, and eating burgers with an extreme hangover at the picnic the next afternoon.

     

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    Photography: Meredith Heuer / Venue: The Vanderhoop Homestead in Martha Vineyard, Massachusetts / Dress, Tailor: Trang Vu, +1 (917) 912-5370 / Shoes: Rachel Comey / Hair and Makeup: Cathy Tool / Suit: Epaulet / Stationery: Dunstan Press, Emma Young / Floral Design: Saipua / Rentals: Big Sky Tents, Dottie’s Potties / Ceremony Music: Billy Moody / Reception Music: Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish / Catering: Kitchen Porch Catering, Jim’s Package Store, Vineyard Sound Raw Bars / Dessert: Beach Plum Inn, Back Door Donuts / Favors: General Commercial Corp
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  • Martha's Vineyard Wedding by Meredith Heuer

    23 February 2015
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    After my own wedding, I tell everyone I meet who’s planning a wedding to consider a restaurant venue: they’re intimate, delicious, and the best bang for your buck. Plus, they can be exceptionally beautiful, as evidenced by Kate and Ryan’s intimate celebration…

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  I learned calligraphy and addressed our invitations and place cards by hand. I was obsessed with Happy Menocal invitations but knew that they would be beyond our budget. Instead I purchased a set of greeting cards featuring her watercolor paintings and used my calligraphy skills to turn them into table numbers.

     

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    “We booked our venue and set our wedding date four months before getting engaged!” says Kate. “While Ryan was working hard to custom make the engagement ring I had dreamed of, we had a very honest conversation about when and where we wanted our wedding to take place. Given that venues book quickly in New York, especially for fall weddings, we knew we had to start planning even before the ring was on my finger. While it might have seemed anticlimactic to some, I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way. We were able to ensure that we had the exact wedding we wanted and made one of the most important decisions of our lives together, separate from the surprise and intensity of the actual engagement. It was also a lot of fun to email our save-the-dates out the day after we got engaged!”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  One of our biggest passions as a couple is food and wine. Kate cooks, Ryan picks the perfect wine pairing. Frankies was the ideal venue to host our intimate dinner party wedding for our closest friends and family to share with them our love of food and wine. We loved that we could have an intimate ceremony and reception in one location and that because the bare space is already so gorgeous we could achieve a lush ambiance without breaking the bank.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We wanted our officiant to be someone we both knew so that the ceremony would be as intimate as possible, so we asked Ryan’s good friend Adam Mann to officiate. We researched traditional ceremony structures online and used those as the architecture from which to craft our own. We provided that architecture to our officiant and let him fill in the blanks, allowing him to personalize it and weave a thread of his own message throughout.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Non-traditional, intimate, happy

    What were your vows like?  We found traditional vows online and customized them to pick the parts we both preferred: “I, [speaker’s name], take you, [partner’s name], to be my [husband/wife], to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish as long as we both shall live.”

    Ceremony music:  
    Processional: Moon River
    Recessional: “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys

    What were your ceremony readings?  Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach: “A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soul mate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found our soul mate.”

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  That it was totally us. It was simple, intimate and comfortable.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We served cocktails to guests upon arrival and people mingled before the ceremony started. I think that sort of greeting helped set the tone for the evening.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was the perfect dinner party! 60 of our closest friends and family mingled over cocktails and then shared an Italian family style meal. Seeing our friends and family truly enjoying each other was so heart warming. I think as the hosts of a wedding you worry your guests will cling to you and not seize the opportunity to be social. We need not have worried about that! Seeing how happy those closest to us were on the night of our wedding made us feel so loved.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted the wedding to fee like us! And our guests said that we accomplished that. I wanted to take the beautiful rustic space in Frankies’ backyard and dress it up with lush florals, linens and lots of romantic candlelight, then juxtapose that with the comfort and ease of a family style meal at Frankies – antipasti, meatballs, ever-flowing wine and conversation.

    Menu:  First Course: Meat & Cheese Antipasto, Assorted Crostini, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables // Second Course: Escarole with sliced Red Onion & Walnuts, Frankies Greens with Cipollini Vinaigrette // Third Course: Cavatelli with Spicy Sausage & Browned Sage Butter, House-made Gnocchi Marinara & Fresh Ricotta, Frankies Meatballs with Pine Nuts & Raisins // Dessert: Frankies’ Chocolate Ganache Tart, Sugar Sweet Sunshine Cupcakes topped with fresh figs

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  The Manhattan, Ryan’s favorite.

     

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    What was your first dance song?  We didn’t have one! We aren’t dancers and didn’t want to spend time on traditions that weren’t meaningful to us.

    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  When you’re in your thirties it’s possible your friends are burnt out on playing bridesmaid! We chose not to have a bridal party but we both found ways to include our best friends in our day-of wedding preparations, during the ceremony and throughout the evening that felt more natural to us, including the opportunity to give speeches after dinner. To us, their words were as meaningful as any we could have incorporated into the ceremony and allowing them to truly enjoy the wedding without being “on duty” as part of a bridal party was important to us.

     

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    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I am particularly in love with the concept of hosting restaurant weddings and think that the value is incomparable. While restaurants might have limitations (for example, no group dancing is allowed at Frankies) they can also provide a focus and intimacy that other venues don’t allow for.

    Have a welcome cocktail reception the night before instead of a rehearsal dinner. Don’t be afraid to ask guests to pay for their own drinks!

    Given that our wedding was at a restaurant, the menu we selected included desserts. We simply traded one of theirs for our favorite cupcakes and saved a lot of money by forgoing a traditional cake and cake cutting fees.

    Since we didn’t have dancing at the reception we saved money by not having a live band or DJ. Instead, Ryan put together a playlist that provided background music for dinner and mingling. We shared the Spotify playlist with guests in a thank you email the next morning.

    We used Paperless Post for our save the dates, saving money and trees. We also asked guests to RSVP on our wedding website instead of mailing them in.

    We didn’t feel obliged to purchase wedding favors. I think they’re lovely if your budget is bottomless and you find something that people really want to take home, but we wanted to focus our spending on dinner and drinks to ensure guests had a great experience.

     

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    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I really wanted to wear an off the rack dress, not a wedding dress, that I could wear again, but it turned out to be a more difficult search than I expected. Now that Oscar de la Renta has passed, I wish that I would have searched harder and worn something by his label that I could keep for other formal events.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It’s funny, but I don’t think anyone gave me advice…they might have been scared to! If you know me, you know I’m confident in my own opinion and am usually comfortable trusting my gut. But I definitely second guessed my decisions and my girlfriends were there to offer opinions and reassurance. To a bride that reassurance is all you need – not people telling you what to do!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Do what you want and feel comfortable skirting tradition if it doesn’t suit you. Ryan and I were lucky that we didn’t have to contend with much input or drama from our families. They were very supportive of everything we wanted. I hope that other couples are as lucky – but if they aren’t I would urge them to stand by their vision for their wedding day. I can’t imagine it being worth the work without looking back and feeling confident that we had the exact wedding we wanted.

     

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    Photography: Kate Ignatowski / Venue, Catering: Frankies 457 in Brooklyn, New York / Day of Coordination: Elana Delasos / Dress: Carol Hannah / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bracelet: Tom Binns / Earrings: Ben Amun / Suit: Gucci / Tie: Theory / Shoes: Ferragamo / Stationery: Jen Huang Art / Printer: Paper Presentation / Floral Design, Table: Poppies & Posies / Hair: Andy Tseng / Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals, Poppies & Posies / Ceremony Music: International String Trio / Cake, Dessert: Frankies 457Sugar Sweet Sunshine
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  • Brooklyn Wedding at Frankies 457 by Kate Ignatowski

    3 February 2015
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    Do you love vintage inspiration? Or maybe you love all things modern? Why not both! Katie and Justin were able to bring their love of both vintage and modern design to their wedding in a way that worked beautifully. From the bride’s vintage style to the modern ceremony setting, the day was nothing but lovely.

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    Katie accented her dress with lace gloves from BHLDN and a crystal hair pin by Jennifer Behr, highlighting her vintage bridal look. She and her bridesmaids carried bouquets filled with pink peonies.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “My husband and I have a love for art. He is a full-time artist and I am a graphic designer. We choose to be married at the Holland Performing Arts Center. This venue was perfect for us. It offered crisp, urban modernism inside and out with large windows, glass stairs, unique lines, and grey interior. To tie in Justin’s profession, he hand-painted our aisle runner, detailed with classic, structured lines (grey, black, and white) alternating with the contrasting loose, free-form, abstract sections. The aisle was decorated with white stands holding clear-vase floral arrangements full of white flowers and greenery. We sealed our love in front of a gorgeous Jun Kaneko ‘Dango’ sculpture.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Love-filled, personal, unique.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Our officiant was Chaplain Royal Bush. Before selecting him as our officiant, we met with him a few times and loved his easy going, heartfelt side. He wrote a story of love about us, which was comical yet captured the essence of our love in a magical light.

     

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    Ceremony music:  Processional: Air on the G String, J.S. Bach // Bridal Processional: Prelude from Cello Suite no. 1 in G Major, J.S. Bach // Recessional: Bourree 1 from cello suite no. 3 in c major, J.S. Bach

    Ceremony readings:  First Reading: Cherish Every Moment, by Leslie A. Neilson // Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

    What were your vows like?  I (Katie) wrote my own vows declaring Justin as my best friend, soul mate, husband forever. Always promising to share in his dreams and challenge him professional, emotionally, spiritually. Most importantly with Justin’s love I will be a better person tomorrow than I am today.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Definitely the hand-painted aisle runner – well besides the groom, of course! Months later, we cut-up the runner and framed the pieces as gifts to the wedding party. It’s astonishing to think that everyone who was at our celebration walked on the runner.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was also at the Holland Performing Arts Center in the Scott Recital Hall. We worked with Lovestru.ck Weddings and Events to execute and tailor our wedding to reflect our everyday life. We really wanted to highlight Justin’s painterly side as well as our love for all things vintage and eclectic. The room glowed with 245 candles. A variety of hand-painted hobnail jars, heirloom votives, and holder vases filled the room with a playful romance. Each place setting had a striped place card and a miniature paintbrush (the paintbrush handle specific colors representing food selection for plated meal). Mix and match black and white linens added texture to the room, as well as tall centerpieces full of white lilies and greenery.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  A mix of contemporary and vintage. We wanted to use a variety of colors and textures, yet everything looked like it belonged together. I showed Lovestru.ck images and ideas of what we liked (via Pinterest) and they ran with it!

    First Dance: “Home” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    Father/Daughter Dance: “Isn’t She Lovely” Stevie Wonder

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Carrot Cakes, Lemon Cakes, and Chocolate Mousse Cakes. Each table had one cake on it as part of the centerpiece.

     

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    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  Take my word for it, having a photo booth is essential! It captured all of our guests in the moment. I mean, even the conga line went through it! Shots the photographer just won’t get – super special!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Have help! We hired Lovestru.ck Weddings and Events to help us make our dream a reality!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Breathe and absorb. Take time to enjoy the planning process. It’s easy to invest a lot of time in your special day, and the day itself flies by in the most beautiful way.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My favorite moment during the reception was our first dance. Justin and I first danced as husband and wife to “Home,” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Our moves were lively, versus the typical slow first dances. Our guest clapped, whistled, and sang along – positive energy filled the room. I truly was lost in the moment.

     

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    Photography: Megan Pomeroy Photography / Venue: Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska / Event Planning & Design: Lovestru.ck Weddings and Events / Officiant: The Inclusive Life / Dress: Catherine Dean Onyx from BHLDN / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Lace Gloves: Cornelia James Heritage from BHLDN / Hair Pin: Crystal Wing from Jennifer Behr / Earrings: Ben-Amun / Necklace: Swarvoski / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN, Jenny Yoo / Suit: J. Crew / Stationery: Design by bride, Letterpress by Inclosed Studio / Floral Design: Hillis and Company / Hair, Makeup: Kontempo / Rentals: AAA Rentals / Ceremony Music: cellist April Faith-Slaker / Reception Music:  Pam and The Pearls / Catering:  Guckenheimer / Cake, Dessert:  Cupcake Island / Photo Booth: Justin Limoges
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  • Holland Performing Arts Center Wedding by Megan Pomeroy

    20 January 2015
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