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 at Holland Performing Arts Center in a way that worked beautifully. From the bride’s vintage style to the modern ceremony setting, the day was nothing but lovely.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.