I know summer is well on its way, but there’s always something so romantic about a winter wedding, like this one from photographer Romin Lee. Lots of baby’s breath, string lights, and white linens gave the rainy day wedding a warm glow and intimate feel…
One of the bride’s favorite parts of the day? The first look!
How did the couple choose this venue? “We actually chose the venue without ever going inside first. As we were driving around to places we had scheduled to see, we saw this building, and decided to take a look through the front door. We were looking for a space that was both modern and rustic, that could fit 200+ guests, but still feel warm and have its own unique charm. To us, we could feel all of those things from our first peek at Sodo Park, so the choice was easy and comfortable.”
Says the bride: “A special detail from the day was having our families sit with us during the ceremony. Nura and I walked down the aisle together holding hands, and greeted our families who were waiting at the front where we were able to hug each of them before all taking our seats next to each other. We wanted to feel like we were part of a circle sitting with our guests, so we sat in the middle of our families who also faced the rest of the gathering to complete that circle and give a more intimate feeling.”
“The ceremony was so beautiful and full of emotion, and really captured the feeling we wanted to create. It was important to us to participate in the ceremony beyond reciting our vows, so we each chose something meaningful that we wanted to read, and we stood up together to share the readings before exchanging rings and reciting our vows.”
“We originally wanted a very small and intimate wedding, so as our guest list grew, it was important to us to maintain that intimate and genuine feeling. We focused on keeping things simple, and true to our personalities. Like sticking to a single simple flower choice throughout (baby’s breath), but using it in a way that was elegant, intentionally monochromatic, and gave off a wintery feel. So that the simplicity was beautiful in itself, while being there to support to overall feeling of the event and not take away.”
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I wore my grandmother’s bracelet, one of the few things brought back from Iran, and the same bracelet I wore when my sister got married. My grandmother’s health didn’t allow her to be there for our wedding, so it was special to have that piece of her with me on that day.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? To put aside some time to be alone together on that day to take in the moment. For us this was so special, especially before the ceremony, to be able to pray together and just talk and say whatever was in our hearts in that moment before we walked down the aisle together.
What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t get too caught up in things you see on Pinterest or details or traditions you feel are necessary just because they have been part of so many weddings you have been to before. Evaluate each of the components you are considering and decide if it makes sense for you. If it’s something you wouldn’t do any other day (like having a cake if you don’t even like it, just so you can cut it) then don’t do it and avoid taking time away from the rest of the wedding. Figure out what both of you really want, and focus on the things that are actually important to you.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Just try to keep things as simple as you can, sticking to what you have decided is important to you so you spend money where it counts. We were able to save in a lot of ways by having a winter wedding, and choosing one location for both the ceremony and reception. And we used Uber to get around the whole weekend instead of taxis or hiring transportation – we just grouped up and one person would get on the app and a car would show up a few minutes later.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Another special moment was during dinner, when there was a surprise dedication song/music video played that was made by the groom and some friends. It was a total surprise and a hilarious moment for everyone. You can see for yourself here.