A church fire, a dislocated kneecap, and 7+ inches of rain weren’t going to get in the way of Allison and Brad tying the knot and celebrating with friends and family! Their small town wedding was full of special moments and sweet details, and Allison kindly answered all of our questions about the day…

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The Ceremony

“My entire Dad’s side of the family is Catholic and all of us kids were raised Catholic, so it was important to me to be married in our church,” says Allison. “The church I grew up going to was large and old, with stained glass windows from Germany and an incredibly large organ that had been broken way before my time. The high, white ceiling with gold trim and long aisle are a bride’s dream! However, the 200+ year old church caught fire roughly eight months before our wedding. With our date set and everything arranged, there was not much we could do but wait and hope. I was told there was little chance of the church being ready, but being the hard headed and stubborn person I am, I refused to have a Plan B and went ahead planning our ceremony as if there had not been a fire. About two weeks before our wedding they welcomed people back for the first mass. The church was far from done, with lighting, sound system, painting, carpet, and much more to do, but people could at least be in it! It was heaven to us! The people who donated money, time, and talent were amazing. I think it made it even more special to us to have our wedding there.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Traditional, Simple, Beautiful.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Because we were having a Catholic ceremony, we met with our priest several times leading up to the wedding. A Catholic ceremony is pretty traditional, but we decided not to have a full mass – we wanted to have a simple ceremony, with the focus on us and our desire to be married in front of God and our friends and family. Our priest gave us a template of how the ceremony would go and we got to choose the readings and music. He let us know what we had to include and what we could skip. Our Catholic church doesn’t allow your to write your own vows, which we were completely fine with – I know we would have both been blubbering messes! We didn’t choose readings that were directly about marriage, but more about what it means to be a good person and what God asks of us in daily life – readings that spoke to us.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  This is a hard one – can I say the entire thing? I loved walking down the aisle with my dad. I loved when we got to the front of the church and seeing Brad and him shaking my dad’s hand.  //  My nephew, Luke, was such a character during the ceremony. He took his job as ring bearer very seriously! He also decided to look doubly handsome and wore both a bow tie and a neck tie – the “bowtie tie” it became known that day! I think it will catch on.  //  Seeing Brad get emotional and talking to distract him was another favorite part. Everyone laughed because we chatted through the whole thing, but it was our way of handling being in the spotlight and the overwhelming sense of the importance of what we were doing.  //  Oh and the kiss! The priest forgot to say, “You may now kiss the bride!” and we were kind of left hanging, so there was a moment we looked at each like, “Now what?” Later my sister told me that my nephew, Luke thought it was his job to say, “You may now kiss your prize!” and was seconds from yelling it out. I wish he would have!  //  After we walked back down the aisle, we wanted a moment with just each other to really let it all sink in. We went upstairs to the balcony and shared a few minutes just talking and saying over and over, “We just got married!” I loved overlooking the balcony and seeing all of our guests – it was such a neat moment to see everyone we love all be there in one place and all for us.

Tell us about any special details from your ceremony.  My favorite book is Emma by Jane Austen, and in the movie Emma they throw flower petals and wave wedding wands. So for our ceremony exit, my best friend made paper cones out of the pages of Emma that we filled with lilac, hydrangea, and rose petals, and we had wedding wands made with ribbon and bells and small flowers. They were perfect!  //  Brad’s stepdad, Roger, let us borrow his 1963 corvette, a car he holds very dear and one that Brad has never seen driven by anyone other than Roger. Brad was so nervous driving it!

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  The night of our rehearsal we had to wait for the painters and electricians to finish and leave the church. We laughed so hard at our luck and how wonderful everything was turning out to be. The church was so gorgeous that I didn’t think there was any need to decorate. Why clutter and complicate something that they worked so hard on!  //  I think I mentioned the entire thing already! A special moment for me was when we were getting ready to leave the convent where us girls were getting ready and everyone had gathered my dress and we were all ready to make a dash for it in the rain when out of nowhere it stops, and we walked the few steps to the church in sunshine… and then it started raining again!  //  Due to the church fire and wiring problems, there was a problem with the sound system that couldn’t be quickly fixed the night of our rehearsal. The musicians came to me and gently broke the news. We were not able to have the songs that we had chosen, and with no time to panic, I decided to just let the musicians choose the songs for the ceremony. I had known them for years from church, they knew me, and everything they sing is amazing, so I put my faith in them and it was completely wonderful. People still comment on how beautiful the music was and how perfectly it highlighted our ceremony.

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The Reception

“I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else besides the center of my tiny town with everyone I know, so we chose to have our reception in my family’s backyard,” says the bride. “I am from a town of around 50 people in the middle of nowhere and everyone had a part in helping with it one way or another. I’ve always known it was a special place to grow up and be a part of, and that was definitely apparent on our wedding day – when it rained seven and a half inches that week and everyone was either barefoot or put on boots to party in the mud.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was really influenced by Jane Austen and British country weddings. I wanted an English garden wedding with Italian simplicity. I brought all of our favorite things into our wedding, even if it didn’t match or fit, and made it about friends, family, food, and us. I also wanted it to be timeless, simple, and romantic, like it could have been a hundred years ago or yesterday.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My entire family came from all over to attend the wedding, and many hadn’t been in Leonard since my grandmother died twelve years ago, so there were a lot of tears shed for everyone to be back. I had to take the opportunity to get a family photo on the front porch of my parents’ home where there was a photo taken every year when my grandmother was alive. I knew she was there with us that entire day.  //  The most special detail was Brad’s wedding gift to me. He built a walnut farmhouse table for us to sit at during the reception. He told me that it was where we would have our first meal as a married couple, and that it will be our family table for years to come, and he hoped that our children and lives would grow around that table. Knowing that he had worked on it for months and the thought he put into it is exactly why I married him.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  That’s such a hard question because there wasn’t a single moment I didn’t like, but I have to say dancing in the rain! I know they were photographing us but in that moment it almost felt like it was just us dancing in our kitchen.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Our ceremony was very traditional, but our reception on the other hand was not traditional at all. We didn’t want to be announced, no garter toss, and no bouquet toss, which was probably for the best because my bouquet was so huge! It would have knocked someone out! Beautiful but huge!

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t stress about the weather or the details. You can’t do anything about the weather, and no one will notice tiny monograms or favors, but they will notice your attitude and joy, even if things aren’t going as planned. Think about the bigger picture, which is that you are marrying someone you love and leave it at.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  I have never heard of any wedding having as many obstacles as ours did – the church fire, over seven inches of rain that week, the groom dislocating his kneecap six days before the wedding. It was a true testament to our friends and family to brave the elements and kick off their shoes to celebrate our day in a foot of mud. Every disaster and obstacle we faced gave our wedding day so much character and life that I wouldn’t have changed it for anything in the world. God had a far better idea of how our wedding would go than we did and I thank him for giving us such a memorable and fun wedding – the little details were lost in the rain but the love for each other, our friends and family, and the fun we were all having together endured.

 

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  • Rainy Day Wedding from Alea Lovely

    3 September 2014
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    Even though we’re coming upon the last unofficial weekend of summer, I’m not ready to say goodbye to it just yet! Let’s linger a little longer with Rachel and Tim’s DIY camp wedding at YMCA Camp Campbell…

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    With so many guests coming from out of town, Rachel and Tim chose a venue that allowed all of the guests to stay on site. Camp activities like archery and tree climbing set the tone for a playful and unique wedding.

     

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    Rachel’s bouquet was just one of many DIY details from the day: “So many people pitched in that the whole weekend just felt completely filled with love. My aunt and grandma did the flowers. An amazing friend made all the cupcakes. Another sculpted the cake toppers. My grandpa took video. Another grandma helped cover the candles in comic book scenes. An uncle and cousins manned the barbecue for the welcome dinner, and another friend picked up the day-of planner duties. The garlands were made by Tim’s sister, all the triangles and circles on the table were cut by hand by the family. My dad spent hours making these perfect gold circles that we sprinkled on the dessert table, and my mom helped with just about everything else. So as we were walking around during the weekend, we were not only surrounded by our friends and family, but every little detail felt like a present from someone we love. We were smiling the entire weekend.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We had a friend officiate. He was amazing. To help him prepare, we each filled out a questionnaire (provided by another friend and frequent wedding officiant) that covered our backstory, feelings about marriage, and family,” share Rachel and Tim. “We also gave him a list of things that we wanted to include in the ceremony — how happy we were to get married in a state with marriage equality, how California would always be important to us (we recently moved to New York), and a shout out to friends and family that couldn’t be there — but we left it up to him to decide how to weave them in. It was funny and personal and expertly delivered.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Non-traditional, Personal, Outdoorsy.

    Anything else?  We wrote our own vows. We set a word count and both wrote them last minute. We had a good friend read both sets before hand just to make sure that we were on the same page. It worked out! Also, I really wanted a reading, but I couldn’t find a single passage that seemed personal enough. Two days before the ceremony, a good friend asked how we’d feel if she read excerpts from “Oh, the places you’ll go.” It was so awesome. I had been looking for passages about love or family, and instead she gave us this wonderful send off into married life. It was perfect.

    Ceremony music: 
    Processional: Hoppipolla (instrumental) by Sigur Ros.
    Recessional: Here’s to You by Joan Baez

     

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    The Reception

    “We really wanted to find a place where our friends and family could hang out for the weekend,” say Rachel and Tim. “We knew a lot of people would have to fly in to attend, and we wanted to try to get as much time as we could with all of them. (And we secretly hoped they would all become friends.) At some point, the camp counselors started dancing with the guests and the photographers were hanging with my parents. Everyone looked like they were having a good time.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Because the wedding was going to be at a YMCA camp, we researched a lot of camp themes. We looked at a lot of merit badges, neckerchiefs, troop numbers, that sort of thing. We also liked bold colors and strong shapes.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Well, Tim is a big comic book fan, so we wanted to include some things from that world. We settled on creating votive holders decorated with iconic comic book wedding scenes. We also combined our love of science with Tim’s love of candy and filled test tubes with Nerds candies. A friend also sculpted our cake topper, which were modeled after the main characters in the iPad game “Machinarium.” It was a favorite iPad game of ours while we were dating.  //  We also framed photos of our parents and grandparents at their weddings and put them next to our guest books. I really liked seeing the history of our family in weddings. I like that we’re now a part of that history.

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  The best tradition that was handed down to us was to make the wedding our own and to do what feels right to us.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Some variation on “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Sure, worry about the details before hand, but on the day, step back and just enjoy the people around you.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make spreadsheets. Lots and lots of spreadsheets. And then double check them.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  If you can put your family to work, DIY is a great way to go. We made a few things ourselves, but we mostly decided what we wanted and then put our parents/grandparents/friends/siblings to work. (They were all anxious to help.)

    First Dance Song: Up on the Roof by The Drifters

     

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  • Camp Wedding from Helena + Laurent Photography

    27 August 2014
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    I cannot get over Trent Bailey‘s photos of Lauren and Jason’s wedding – autumn in New York never looked so romantic! The glow of candlelight, the bride’s jaw-dropping ensemble, the intimate interfaith ceremony… beautiful!

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    The Ceremony

    “Our ceremony was by far the best part of our day. It was so intimate – dimly lit, with only the warm glow of candles and the string light curtain. Our family and friends tell me that Jason shed tears (which is not like him at all!) when he first saw me walking down the aisle. There was a moment during our vows where I had to collect myself, too. It was a lot of raw emotion. The true love we have for one another was captured under our chuppah that day – it just felt magical. It’s hard to articulate just how special it was. I felt extremely present – like everyone melted away and it was just Jason and me promising the rest of our lives to one another. I hate to be such a sap, but like our love, the memories of our ceremony won’t ever fade.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, Natural, and True.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  It was important to us to incorporate both Jewish and Catholic traditions. We had a difficult time finding officiants who would share the stage. The wedding was getting closer and closer and we felt we were going to have to go with a non-denominational ceremony, but we finally made a connection through a friend. We had coffee at a diner in Queens with Rabbi Berman, and after chatting for a couple of hours, we knew we had found what we were looking for. He’s conducted interfaith wedding ceremonies with his friend, Father Brennan, for years. They made our ceremony feel extremely special. Both Rabbi Berman and Father Brennan made suggestions of readings and overall order of ceremonies.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We also had a short ketubah/marriage certificate signing in the speakeasy prior to our ceremony. It was special because Jason’s 94-year-old grandmother signed our ketubuh, as well as Jason’s brother, and two of our best friends signed our marriage certificate. After the ceremony, we followed the Jewish tradition of yichud – spending time alone together in the speakeasy.

    Would you be willing to share the order of your wedding ceremony? 

    Processional: “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley, “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
    Greeting
    Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.31 – 13.8
    Words of Encouragement
    Exchange of Vows
    Blessing of Rings
    Blessing over Wine
    Nuptial Blessing
    Words of Encouragement
    Three Fold Blessing
    Pronouncement
    Breaking of Glass
    Kiss of Love
    Recessional: “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

     

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    The Reception

    “When we first started to think about venue options, I was drawn to the whole barn trend that was happening. I knew I wanted a blank slate, something different, and something undone. A friend of ours had walked by The Green Building – at the time it was barely a wedding venue at all – and suggested we check it out. It was the only venue we visited and we knew right away it was the place. The floor hadn’t even been painted yet and there was just an old leather couch in the speakeasy, but the owner painted his vision for us. We trusted him and over the next year and a half The Green Building blossomed into the fabulous space that it is today. There was something quite lovely about getting married in our own neighborhood. I stopped by The Green Building often throughout our engagement and got to know all of the familiar faces. The space and the wonderful people behind it played a pivotal role in making our wedding what it became.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I wanted to weave black and white throughout the event. Throughout the planning process, I realized that less really is always more. It was important that our wedding was simple, elegant, and cohesive.

    Did you incorporate and DIY elements?  We handmade around 500 glass magnets for favors. I originally saw the idea on Pinterest. Swiss Cottage Designs whipped us up four classic patterns in black and ivory. It was a lot of trial and error!

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To just let go and enjoy the experience with my husband. It becomes such a whirlwind and it’s hard to stick to that advice. I woke up the morning after our wedding thinking, Was so and so there? Did I talk to him? Did we do this? Did that happen the way it was supposed to? – and none of that is important. What’s important is letting go of all the planning and responsibilities and just basking in love of your new husband and all of your friends and family.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Spend the money on a talented stationer, a superb photographer, a great band, and delicious food. We felt those things were the most important! With that being said, there are ways to cut corners in any area of wedding planning. Some examples: you can do a split plate instead of having two options; don’t have music at the cocktail hour, because trust me, no one even hears it playing; buy your own candles for your florist; only print enough programs for every other guest; don’t letterpress your entire invitation suite; don’t spend extra on fancy napkins or linens – no one knows the difference; go with a small kraft bag or box for hotel room gift bags; go for a small cake to cut and do the rest like a dessert bar. The list of corners to cut is truly endless – get creative!

     

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  • Autumn NYC Wedding from Trent Bailey

    18 August 2014
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    I always say that if I’d gotten married during warmer months, I would have had a picnic wedding – they’re just so perfectly laid back and charming! Promise, once you see Jen and Jesse’s wedding you’ll start dreaming of a picnic celebration, too.

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    The Ceremony

    “Our marriage counselors helped a lot with outlining our ceremony and deciding what and who to include,” says Jen. “Jesse and I then spent hours writing the actual script of the ceremony including our own custom vows and declarations. We were inspired by the wedding ceremonies of family members and friends as well as the values and ideas we learned from the Bible through our counseling. It was important to us to have a simple ceremony: one that conveyed the seriousness of the promise being made, while still being filled with joy.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Relaxed. Thoughtful. Personal.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Jesse and I picked two readings from the Bible that represented our values when it comes to marriage. Our favorite part of the ceremony was having our moms do those readings. For a moment, it allowed us to relax and focus on something other than ourselves.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We finished the ceremony with a unity tree planting. We planted a tree together with soil from the home I grew up in and water from the house Jesse grew up in.

    Anything else?  Jesse’s brother played acoustic guitar for the ceremony music. // The backdrop to the wedding ceremony was magical. It was set inside of an ivy-covered cedar grove that was made even more green by the brief rain that fell just before the ceremony.

     

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    The Reception

    “As Jesse and I arrived at the Eliot Hotel in Boston on our wedding night, we could not think of a single thing we would change about the day. And a month later we still feel the same way. As we planned our tiny wedding over the span of nine months, we knew we wanted to stray away from a lot of wedding traditions that people seem to do simply because tradition compels them. We didn’t have a giant wedding party, dancing, a DJ, or a bar. Instead we modeled our wedding after our first date: a picnic with sandwiches, cheeses, fruit salad, lawn games, and chatting on a blanket for hours. We really did not discuss any other options when it came to the theme of our wedding; it was such an obvious decision for us. ”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  From the time we got engaged, we had planned on having our wedding at Jesse’s family home. But 6 weeks before the wedding those plans fell through and we had to scramble to find a new venue. We were blessed to have Jesse’s family friends offer their beautiful property to us. We were able to pick up our wedding plans and move them to the King’s Cottage with almost no changes. Jesse and I always pictured having a backyard wedding and the King’s Cottage gave us just that: the backyard of all backyards. The result was even better than we’d planned.

    Tell us about your reception!  We invited our 60 guests to be adventurous and picnic with us. We all sat on blankets or picnic tables while munching on sandwiches from our favorite bakery, Flour. Afterwards we broke open a piñata and played lawn games together – Jesse and I have always enjoyed playing lawn games at events in the past, so we asked a few friends to bring their favorite games with them, like croquet, bocce, and kubb. The soundtrack of the day was a giant playlist created by Jesse and me with a lot of our favorite artists like Iron & Wine, Matt Pond PA, Fleet Foxes, and Elijah Wyman. For our guest book we set out an iPad and asked everyone the take videos of themselves for us, the end result was amazing and hilarious. As it got cooler later in the day, everyone was able to sit by the fire and roast marshmallows for s’mores, ending our wedding on a low-key note.

    Are there any other special details we should know about?  One of my favorite details from the wedding were the plants; the florals were one thing I knew I wanted to do myself. I planted tons of succulents in pots that my mother and I painted. I made the bouquets myself with flowers from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. // My other favorite detail was the weather — as New Englanders we were so thankful for 60/70 degree weather. There was a light drizzle just before I finished getting ready and it poured as we drove into Boston at the end of the day, but otherwise the weather was absolutely perfect.

    Menu:  Sandwiches (Herbed Tuna, Grilled Chicken, Hummus & Veggie) // Chips, Fruit Salad // Watermelon, Earl Grey Cookies, Almond Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our favorite moment was getting to smash the piñata with the rest of our wedding party.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Some of the best advice that I received from my mom while planning (and feeling stressed) was that we are just planning a party, to celebrate love with people we love, and that no one is coming to our wedding to point out imperfections.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  I think something that we can’t mention too many times to couples planning a wedding is that it’s okay to take a break from planning. Have a date night where you don’t talk about the wedding. Jesse and I also recommend pre-marital counseling to any couple planning to get married. For us counseling brought us closer together and allowed us to talk about difficult topics in the right environment.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Use your skills and the skills and generosity of your family and friends. Some examples: Jesse’s brother played acoustic guitar for our ceremony music; our venue is the home of a family friend; our marriage counselor coordinated our reception; I did all of the florals and decorations myself; and Jesse did all of the music preparation and vendor coordinating. We felt that we should only pay for things that we couldn’t do ourselves or with the help of family and friends. Jesse and I spent countless hours designing, making and setting up everything, but it all came together with the help and support of our friends and family — I could write a novel about all of the people who helped with absolutely everything.

     

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    Photography: Firm Anchor / Venue: private residence in Providence, Rhode Island / Bride’s Dress: Beatriz, J.Crew / Shoes: Latigo via Anthropologie / Cuff: Alkemie / Earrings: Fossil / Headpiece: Whichgoose / Groom’s Suit: Proper Suit / Shirt: Proper Cloth / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Calligraphy: Cindy Pendergast / Rentals: Sunshine Tent Rentals / Catering: Flour Bakery / Cake: Cake Monstah / Hair: Maddie Harkins, The Beauty Lounge at Magnolia
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    Ellen and Patrick’s wedding was a beautiful blend of urban industrial and feminine romance, inspired by their unique venue, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Also, you will never believe it but the bride’s gorgeous dress only cost $300! Read on for all the details from this gorgeous celebration.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The Market was a convenient location for both our ceremony and reception. We love the clean, industrial feel, not to mention we love to eat and shop at our local market so it was a perfect fit. We also liked the idea of an urban wedding. We were so inspired by our wedding planner, Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous Events. She is so talented and she truly helped us find inspiration in the Market and brought our wedding dreams to life.

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Yes! We had a Scottish bagpiper play for our recessional. He played and walked us from the altar to the reception which is a tradition in Pat’s family.

     

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    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  There were so many special details, it’s hard to choose! But our guests really enjoyed the two signature drinks: mint infused non-alcoholic iced tea and rosemary infused lemonade with vodka. We also chose a Michigan-themed coffee table book as our guest book which was both meaningful and original.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our first dance! We danced to “Love on Top” by Beyonce and it was SO MUCH FUN! It marked the true beginning of our wedding celebration.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was that as soon as the rehearsal dinner starts you are not allowed to stress or worry because the party has officially started.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Try bridesmaid dresses on that you like and see if they carry them in white/ivory. It may not sound very special but it’s a huge cost savings and there’s much more variety of dress styles and designs to choose from. // Hire a wedding planner. As a major stress reducer and a true quality-of-life boost, it’s well worth the price. Plus they can help you maximize your budget and alleviate a lot of the financial uncertainty.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  As a bride without a mother, I was very emotional about celebrating my wedding without her. I can honestly say it was the best day of my life and I know she would have wanted me to enjoy it. For those out there who are missing loved ones, know that you will survive and you must make the most of the situation. Have fun and enjoy every moment in honor of those you have lost.

     

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    Photography: Bradley James / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Hey Gorgeous Events / Venue: Grand Rapids Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan / Officiant: Gust Bassianotis / Dress: Badgley Mischka / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman via Zappos / Earrings: Kate Spade / Suits: Jos A Bank / Shirt: Kenneth Cole / Tie: Skinny Tie / Stationery: Val Marie Paper / Rentals: Cascade Rental Center, Refunction Junktion Vintage Rentals / Music: Adrian Butler / Catering, Cake: Amway Hotel
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  • Modern Michigan Wedding from Bradley James

    11 August 2014
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