Jacquelin on her wedding day, 1952.

Thanks to Anne Sage who shared this photo. From Anne: I love this snapshot of my grandmother on her wedding day. She passed away in July at the age of 85. She and my grandfather were together for 70 years, and first met when she was 16 in 1946. When I was sitting by her bedside with my grandpa right before she passed, I asked him what drew him to her so long ago. His answer: “She was a smart-ass,” he replied. “And she was pretty darn cute too.” Humor is one of the building blocks in a marriage that stands the test of time, and it’s one of the many characteristics she passed to me that I’m most proud to carry on.

 

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I love the look of the classic cat eye (hello Bridgette Bardot!) but have never been able to pull it off.  Perfecting symmetry was one thing, but I’d always end up with one eye smudged. That is until Skyla Arts shared her tips on creating the perfect cat eye, and I’m telling you it works like magic!

 

 

Tools:

Eyelash Curler
Eyeliner Gel
Limitless Eyeliner
Q-Tips
Mascara

 

Directions:

1. Curl your lashes!
2. For the perfect symmetry, look in the mirror straight on. Put a dot where you want your eyeliner to connect.
3. Start in the inner corner, and drag your pencil as close to the lash line as possible. When you reach 3/4 of the way, start lifting it upwards and connecting the dots.
4. Repeat steps two and three for the other side. (If you mess up, get a q-tip with lotion and clean up the edges.)
5. Fill in the inner rim (also named “waterline” on youtube)
6. Finish with lots and lots and lots of mascara

Photography: Christina McNeill / Hair, Makeup: Skyla Arts / Styling: Angela Hassan
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Today’s wedding is such a visual treat and it doesn’t hurt that the amazing Jose Villa was there to capture every romantic detail of the day. David and Kevin ensured their guest’s experience was a top priority by providing them personal welcome gifts filled to the brim with delicious treats, a cocktail hour and dinner menu that makes our mouths water, and a beautiful night filled with dancing and laughter surrounded by colorful lush florals.

Photography by Jose Villa.

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? For most guests, this was their first same sex wedding. Which made it interesting because we didn’t follow a typical wedding script. But we definitely didn’t want it to seem out of the ordinary. So we felt like we were able to borrow ideas from traditional weddings but also create our own feel and flow.

 

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What was the best advice you received? Hiring wedding planners completely took a lot of the burden off of us. They were saviors! Having a band really brought people together and engaged the crowd. They were a large part of creating such a lively entertaining wedding reception.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Everyone always says to just relax and live in the moment and don’t stress out. I did that but I sweat easily. One should ALWAYS be prepared that they may be a little warmer than usual during their special day.

Event Planning & Design by Simply Chic Events.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Kevin worked hard on the hotel welcome gifts. We selected inclusions that had meaning and relevance—snacks or food from places we grew up. Reading, Pennsylvania inspired the Utz pretzels and chips. Dave grew up on a Dairy farm in Virginia so we filled little glass milk jugs with candy. We had baseballs with a special note on them and our wedding date because we both love the washington nationals baseball team. Everything in the bag was inspired from something having to do with us which made it very fun.

 

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The Ceremony

“We decided that the backyard of our house was ideal for a couple of reasons: the size of our backyard was perfect for the wedding ceremony and it was located across the street of a stunning historic property called Tudor Place. They allow tented dinners but no weddings larger than 70 people. Because we had 113 guests, we used the backyard for our intimate ceremony and Tudor Place for our tented dinner and cocktail hour.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Personal, intimate, meaningful

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We worked with Jamie Sears & Kate Harlan of Simply Chic Events. It was important to us that our day was personal and reflective of who we are as a couple.  We wanted to be able to share our joy and love with those nearest and dearest to us.  Our favorite design detail was the hanging basket chandeliers in the dinner tent.  We became engaged on a hot air balloon ride so not only were the chandeliers a statement maker, they had personal meaning.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? A friend of David’s.  We selected her because we both grew up in spiritual families. Cindy is a pastor in a church so she was able to eloquently describe what brought us together, what marriage means to us currently and how our marriage will hopefully evolve. The ceremony was not religious but she spoke of a lot of components of spirituality.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? Not a lot. We kept it very formal but geared off the traditional wedding ceremonies. We used our nephews as ring bearers. Family walked down the aisle before. But for us, we got ready together and walked down the aisle together as well.

 

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What were your vows like?  We chose to write our own vows.  They were non-traditional but very meaningful to us.

What was your ceremony music? A violinist and pianist played for the ceremony:
Prelude: “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
Family Processional: “This is the First Day of Your Life” by Bright Eyes
Groom’s Processional: “All of Me” by John Legend
Recessional: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder

Ceremony Music provided by Elan Artists.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Having our family & friends present to share in our joy. Our sisters read our vows to each other which was special to us. Having family and friends be involved in the ceremony was special.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? We had to cover a small pool that is in our backyard so that we could fit all of our guests. We didn’t intend on it being a dance floor later in the evening so that was an unintended purpose for covering the pool which we enjoyed a lot!

 

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The Reception

“On Friday evening, an intimate dinner party was hosted under a beautiful sailcloth tent on the lawn at Tudor Place. It was such a magical evening and we felt so at home with our family and friends.  On Saturday night, we hosted a black tie celebration for a larger number of guests at The Powerhouse in Georgetown.  We envisioned a great party with lots of dancing, cocktails and delicious food.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception? Tudor Place is located across the street from our home so it allowed us to host our ceremony in our backyard and then walk to dinner with our families and friends. Tudor Place became an extension of our home that weekend.  We selected The Powerhouse for our Saturday celebration based on the urban and fresh feel.  The layout of the space allowed for great flow and dancing.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Most of our guests were from out of town. All of our venues were in Georgetown so we decided to embrace a Georgetown wedding with a modern flare. Tudor Place and The Powerhouse are both historic venues. Also the food, décor and experience for our guests were among our top priorities. We wanted our family and friends to feel comfortable and to have fun.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We had a 7 minute “welcome video” made by our videographer as we walked into the venue. The video was a mix of jokes about us and well wishes for our marriage. It was so special and emotional—a great way to start the reception before we shared our personal “funny vows” to each other in front of the crowd. Our videographer surprised and wowed us with that final product, which was edited in only a day before the wedding.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? Our margaritas were the biggest hit at the reception. They were served with straws in little mini patron bottles.

Do you have any budget tips for other couples? We kept things in the budget that were very important for us and our guests to have a good time. Also, we wanted everything to be seamlessly easy for our guests. I think a budget is very personal so I don’t want to get into the specifics. But as an example of something we cut at the end—flower decor from our ceremony since our backyard was already so lush and pretty. And we cut a food truck at the end of the ceremony because it seemed a little unnecessary.

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. We tried to keep the reception something more formal, fun, and urban. So we used an old streetcar storing warehouse as our venue which is a historical site. Everything was brought in—from decorations to furniture, and entertainment to food.

 

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Menu: First Course: Butter Lettuce and Blackberry Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette, Avocado, Toasted Pistachios and Goat Cheese / Warm Butter Biscuits // Entrée: Sea Bass En Papillote / Fingerling Potatoes / Julienned Leeks / Wild Mushrooms / Carrots Lemon Beurre Blanc // Vegan Option: Eggplant Rollatini with Lentils / Fingerling Potatoes & Grilled Vegetables // Boozy Pops: Mojito, Bourbon Peaches n’ Cream, Strawberry & Chocolate Banana

Catering by Susan Gage Caterers.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Vanilla Cake decorated by my best friend using hand crafted sugar flowers with toppers of our Alma Maters—The Maryland Terrapins and Virginia Tech Hokies. A dessert trio of miniature lemon meringue mousse towers, butterscotch pots de crème & caramel popcorn sundae.

Cake and dessert by Cakes by Colin.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? We would learn how to tie a bow tie before the wedding which I didn’t know how to do! ;)

Head here for an easy step-by-step video on how to tie a bow tie!

What was your first dance song?
First dance: “All of Me” by John Legend
Mother/son: “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper

Reception Music by Party on the Moon.

 

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Photography: Jose Villa / Ceremony: Private Residence in Washington, DC / Reception: Tudor Place, The Powerhouse / Event Planning & Design: Simply Chic Events / Floral Design: Amaryllis, Inc., / Suits & Tuxedos: Canali, Isaia / Shoes: Ferragamo / Shirt, Tie: Barneys / Stationery: Haute Papier / Calligraphy: Angelique Ink / Rentals: Party Rental Ltd., La Tavola / Ceremony Music: Elan Artists / Reception Music: Party on the Moon / Catering: Susan Gage Caterers / Cake, Dessert: Cakes by Colin / Videography: Monachetti Weddings

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We’re taking things tropical with the first Signature Cocktail of the year — Hula on Ice! Made with pineapple juice, rum and crushed coconut, this beachy drink has us dreaming of white sandy beaches and sunshine!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Cocktail by Mint & Mirth.  Artwork by Milkfed Press for Snippet & Ink.

 

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The love and sweetness between couple, Natalie and Adam, is totally contagious. They chose one of the coolest venues in Birmingham to host their urban and personal wedding celebration. Friends and family were at the center of this beautiful day and we are loving the sweet details and moments; from the quirky wedding cake topper to the exact same beaming smile they shared after saying “I do”, these two are as sweet as they come.

Photography by W&E Photographie.

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? When we were first planning our wedding, we were torn between eloping in Montana or having a more traditional wedding in Birmingham. Our main reason for wanting to elope was to keep the focus on what was most important about the day and not get caught up in the little details. While talking to some friends about our decision, one of them said something along the lines of, “the amount of people at your wedding or the number of vendors involved isn’t going to change your focus for the day; if you decide to stay focused on what’s most important for the day, you will be, no matter what kind of wedding you have.”

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Spend more time preparing for your marriage than planning for your wedding. We did that through several books, pre-marital counseling, and a few other methods. It may sound cliche, but a wedding is one day and a marriage is a lifetime, so the focus of your engagement period should be to prepare for your marriage.

 

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Natalie’s bridesmaids chose their own dresses in such a beautiful shade of blue.

 

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The patch on Adam’s tie is just the cutest detail ever. The groom’s style is often overlooked and we love seeing creative and sentimental touches like this.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Make sure to let your friends and family members use their talents and be your wedding vendors if they’re willing! This can help a whole lot for your budget, and it makes your wedding so much more personal when you’re close to the people who helped make it happen.

 

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The Ceremony

“Once we decided to get married in Birmingham during July, we definitely knew that we wanted to have our wedding held indoors to make sure it was a comfortable environment for our guests. As soon as we toured Avondale Brewery, we knew it was the venue for us. We loved that it’s so urban, yet it feels very natural inside because of the expansive windows and wood flooring.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Personal, worshipful, urban

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We followed a fairly traditional template. The things that were the most important to us were that we had a time for us to take communion and a time for us to worship through song.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We both took communion before our time of worship as a reminder of the fact that we would not be standing there sharing our vows and becoming husband and wife if not for God and His plan for us to be together.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Our pastor, Jonathan Haefs. We chose him because it was important to us both that the officiant of our ceremony knew both of us. He also counseled our pre-marital counseling sessions, so we loved that he knew us as individuals but also as a couple because of those sessions.

 

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What was your ceremony music? We had a friend and incredible violinist, Jules Huff, play our processional music. The wedding party walked down the aisle to “Once Upon A Time…Storybook Love” from The Princess Bride, then the bridal procession song was “Canon in D”. During our ceremony, we had a time of worship when our musicians played “In Christ Alone,” and our guests were able to sing and rejoice in worship with us. For our processional, we opted to do something upbeat and played over the speakers so that we could dance and have a blast walking down the aisle as husband and wife for the first time, so we chose “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates.

 

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What were your ceremony readings? Our pastor read from Ephesians 5, which was extremely important to us because we both feel as though Ephesians 5:32 truly encompasses what we want our marriage to be—a reflection of Christ and the church. That verse was actually engraved in Adam’s wedding band.

What were your vows like? We both wrote vows separately, then we compiled them together to create one list of vows. When we brought our individually written vows together, we realized that we had both written many of the same vows!

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our vows. Being able to commit to each other in such vulnerable ways in front of each other, God, and our families and friends was such an honor and a joy.

 

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The Reception

“We really just wanted our wedding to be focused on our coming together as husband and wife and celebrating that with our family and friends, so we let that be our inspiration to keep us from focusing too much on the small details.”

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Our friend, Maddie Davis, did a really incredible job with all of the signs—entrance sign, guest book sign, etc. We were so fortunate to have so many talented friends who wanted to share their gifts with us for our big day, and it was awesome to be able to involve our loved ones in our wedding in that way.

How would you describe your reception? Lots of dancing! We both really love dance and wanted to make sure the dance floor served as a place for us to celebrate with our families and friends.

 

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What was your wedding menu? Our menu was catered by Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, and they did such a fantastic job! Immediately following the ceremony, guests went outside while the room was flipped, and there they enjoyed pimento cheese sliders and a queso dip. For the actual dinner, there was chicken and pork BBQ, pimento cheese, baked beans, green beans, mac-and-cheese, the famous Jim ‘N Nick’s cheese biscuits, and a few other sides.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? The groom’s cake was a chocolate cake with gold fleur-de-lis on it since Adam is from New Orleans and is a huge New Orleans Saints fan. Our wedding cake was one of our favorite wedding details. We both really love animals, and we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding somehow. So we took a sloth figurine (my favorite animal) and an orangutan figurine (Adam’s favorite animal), spray-painted them gold, and put them as our cake toppers! We had a lot of people try to talk us out of that one, but we knew it was what we wanted since we felt like it was such a great representation of who we are.

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance? 
First dance: cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” by Maroon 5
Father/daughter: “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
Mother/son: “In My Life” by The Beatles
Sibling dance with Adam and his sister: “It Don’t Have To Change” by John Legend

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? During the last song of the night, many of our friends and family members decided to gather in a circle around us and sing at the top of their lungs while we danced. It was so humbling to be truly surrounded by so many people who have loved and supported us throughout the journey of our relationship.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Absolutely not! But we sure would love to do it all over again.

 

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Photography: W&E Photographie / Venue: Avondale Brewery in Birmingham, Alabama / Event Planning & Design: La Belle Vie Weddings / Floral Design: Bushel & Peck / Dress: Sarah Seven / Veil, Dress Boutique: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique / Shoes: Steve Madden /  Earrings: Kate Spade / Suit, Tie, Shirt, Belt, Bow Ties: J. Crew / Shoes: DSW / Groomsmen Pants: H&M / Stationery: Empress Stationery / Hair: Morgan Ashley Salon / Rentals: Event Rentals UnlimitedDecor to Adore / Officiant: Jonathan Haefs / DJ: DJ Roomba / Catering: Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Que / Cake, Dessert: Louise’s Cakes and Things / Calligraphy, Signage: Maddie Davis

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