Rachel and David’s wedding is just full of sweet, vintage-inspired charm. I just love those mint green bridesmaid dresses, and the use of baby’s breath throughout. Even more than that, I love the thoughtful traditions that the bride and groom chose to include in their wedding day – I’m sure you’ll love it, too!
In a nod to the city where Rachel and David first met, the bride’s best friend carried the wedding rings down the aisle tied to a vintage book called “Barcelona With Love.”
Here’s Rachel on traditions: “We felt pretty strongly about incorporating traditions that were meaningful to us but we weren’t afraid to be innovative where it felt more genuine than the traditional options. So we had a traditional Jewish ketubah signing but found our gorgeous papercut ketubah on Etsy, and chose wording that makes me tear up every time I read it. Instead of seating guests around one aisle for the ceremony, we arranged all the chairs in four sides completely surrounding us, which someone later told us was actually a Sephardic tradition. I was married in one of the rings my grandfather had made for his family members after they survived the Holocaust. I also wore a baby’s breath wreath in my hair like my mother had done at her wedding, and we used the cake topper from David’s parents’ wedding (both our parents have been happily married for over 30 years, and we were definitely inspired by that and wanted to pay tribute to their commitment on our own wedding day).”
What to do if you can’t decide on just one or two cake flavors? A cake buffet, of course! Says Rachel, “The three-tiered cake that we cut was lemon raspberry but we had nine other cakes, too, in flavors like pistachio, pink champagne, apricot and coconut. We also had lemon bars, cream puffs and meringues.” Yum!
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We love older architecture but knew any venue would have to be big enough to fit our sizable families (and we didn’t want to just put up a tent on the grounds of some beautiful yet tiny mansion – I knew I’d just fret about the weather the whole time.) The New Haven Lawn club was the best of both worlds: it was elegant, of a different era but meticulously well-maintained, and had a sizable ballroom with soaring ceilings and breathtaking chandeliers. We were sold.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I read an embarrassing number of wedding blogs religiously, including Snippet & Ink! We also just tried to stay true to our own style and our own personalities to make sure we had a wedding that was aesthetically pleasing but also fun, joyful and genuine.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Prioritize! We knew we didn’t want to have to sacrifice the quality of our photographs at all, so we hired the incredible Elisabeth Millay and gave up videography in lieu of her gorgeous shots. We also sprung for silver-edged monogrammed Crane’s invitations but couldn’t afford to use the design for all of our paper goods. So we had a custom stamp made of the monogram and used it to emboss our handmade programs (learning to use a heat gun and silver embossing powder was a little touch and go for a while, but a fun memory now) and stamp our escort cards and other little paper details. I also wrote out all of our cake flavors on letterpressed cards with a similar wreath design from BHLDN – calligraphy would have been a nice touch but a few people said they loved seeing my handwriting through the event. It made it seem more personal. Lastly, take your time and do your research. I found my bridesmaids dresses super early and lo and behold they eventually went on major clearance and I was able to snatch up sizes for all the girls!
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Stealing a moment outside on the terrace, just after dinner, just the two of us. I’ll also definitely never forget my husband (a physician) somehow weaving a story about an old married couple he had treated that week at the hospital, into his vows. He said he hopes we’re just the same (side by side even with our dementia and disorders!) at 95. Everyone cracked up and couldn’t stop talking about it – he totally blew his writer wife’s vows out of the water!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? I was one of the first of my friends to get married and thus didn’t really receive a ton of advice, but I do remember someone telling me to “enjoy everything.” It’s a simple sentiment but it’s also very true – the whole engagement/wedding experience is unique and finite, so you should take it all in, the good and the not-so-good, try to be present and appreciate it for what it is: a once in a lifetime blur of emotions and excitement. Also, break in your shoes (even if you’re wearing flats!).
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? My mom, never really the crafty, mother-of-the-bride type, initially resisted my plan to collect vintage, footed cake stands for the decor. Yet somehow, she eventually became obsessed with hunting them down and we spent the better part of a year sifting through antique stores and flea markets for them. When it was all over, we joked that my mom had developed a bit of problem – we ended up with nearly 80 I think! – but it was really lovely to have such a special wedding collection. On the day itself, we used them to display our centerpieces – lush arrangements of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus and lamb’s ear – plus the 10 cakes and other treats on our cake buffet. Afterwards, we gifted some to my bridesmaids and other special women in my and Dave’s life. (My mom, of course, is still hoarding her favorites.)
Photography: Elisabeth Millay / Venue: New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, Connecticut / Bride’s dress: Reem Acra / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Flowers: Blush Floral Design / Table numbers: BHLDN / Cake: Sweet Maria’s / Music: Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music / Photo booth: Magnolia Photo Booth
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