Our big entrance and big moment on our big night.
Like most tech-savvy brides these days, as soon as I got my hands on all my wedding photos, I put my favorites up onFacebook. In the weeks that followed lots of congratulatory e-mails came into my inbox – many of them complimentary. A lot of my friends wanted to know details on vendors and décor. It was a pleasant surprise. I’m truly flattered that so many people found our wedding to be as beautiful as we did. It was exactly what we wanted and my vision came to life. The fact that it was a hit with our guest too was really the icing on our (wedding!) cake. So, for all of you out there who want the lowdown on my wedding details, here you go! (Plus, awesome pictures of course!)
The vision: After spending weeks playing with color palettes, I decided on purple black and white as my wedding colors. We wanted a modern design that would complement our white brick loft reception space but also hold its own against the outdoor fall foliage on our ceremony terrace. To be honest, I was inspired by our bathroom, if you can believe it. Our shower curtain is a lovely black and white damask pattern that I’ve always loved. It’s romantic and classic, yet it doesn’t actually feel that old school. I was just staring at it one day and it hit me: We’re going to have a damask themed wedding, and what better color to complement the damask in the fall then a deep purple? And so our theme and colors were born. What followed were months of scouring the web and the aisles of Home Goods and Michaels for unique wedding ideas that worked, and more brainstorming meetings with my wedding planner Kathy Romero (of Concepts in Bloom) than she probably bargained for. But somehow it all came together – fabulously! Here’s a recap of our purple, black, and white damask (fall!) wedding, the details behind the magic, and the vendors behind the amazing details.
I adored my "something blue" shoes.
I purchased fitted bridal hoodies with crystal details from Just Jen for me and my bridesmaids to wear the morning of, and they all say they fit well and were super comfy. I also designed custom bridesmaid tank tops for the girls that read “Team Bride” and their names, wedding roles, and date. I got similar shirts for the guys (not shown here!) Both custom designs came from BridalPartyTees.com. All of my bridal jewelry came from Haute Bride and I snagged my something blue Martinez Valero stilettos on sale from Zappos.com. They’re no longer available but you can find them here if you’re on the hunt. I ordered custom hangers as keepsakes for me and the girls from BudgetBoutique on Etsy.com.
The Bridal Party
This moment was so much more fun than we even could have imagined. It was the perfect day!
Our first look at each other right before the ceremony. Screw tradition, we just had to be together before the big moment. Ha!
I wore the Adele gown by Amsale and Gibran wore a European-cut Calvin Klein suit. My fabulous bridesmaids and maid of honor (who I’ve known since I was nine!) wore flat taffeta strapless ballgowns from Priscilla of Boston (style #1610) in Blackberry. The handsome groomsman and best man wore Calvin Klein suits from Dante Zeller. (Who is the only tuxedo shop out there that lets you try on the looks before you decide, by the way.) Here’s a look at our super fun pre-ceremony photo shoot at Pleasant Valley Park in Basking Ridge, NJ. (Note: Custom Monogrammed wedding parasol from IDoOriginals on Etsy.com and black and white parasols from TheKnot.com’s Wedding Shop.)
Our handmade wedding details.
One of my favorite things about the ceremony was that almost every detail was handmade. Now, I’m not DIY diva so I called in the experts at Etsy.com to save me.
Custom paper cones: OrangeBlossom on Etsy.com; Custom wedding sign: Our Hobby to Your Home on Etsy.com; custom moss wedding letter: Special Occasion Design on Etsy.com; White hydrangea displays and vases: Concepts in Bloom.
Unity and memorial candles: Candle Couture by Leigh-Ann Kline on Etsy.com; Custom wedding aisle runner: The Original Runner Co.; Mini paper poms: OrangeKisses on Etsy.com; Reserved seating signs: Pinecones from Michaels and Signs from Party City; Wedding broom: AKZMeDesigns on Etsy.com; Custom programs: Olive Branch Papery; Custom flower girl dress: Beane & Co.; RIng Bearer Pillow: Michael Angela (our actual pillow is their latest advertisement – so cool!) Wedidng officiant: April Beer.
More handmade goodness from our wedding.
By far the sweetest moment of my life thus far! (And The Dog made an appearance!)
The damask table clothes were one of my favorite details!
The surprise dessert tabe on the way out was a real "treat" for guests. We're still getting calls about how yummy the sweets were. Though we never got to taste any
Custom wedding cake: Rudy’s Pastry Shop; Custom wedding guestbook: Woodberry Design Studio; Wedding photo booth stick props: Signs (Maro Designs), Pink mustaches (Whisker Works), Assorted Stick props (Little Retreats); Custom favor box labels: Designs Squared; Dessert Table Favors and Design: Treats In a Box; Purple dessert boxes: Ebay.com; Monogrammed L-O-V-E mugs: Anthropologie; Purple lighting, percussionist, and saxophone player: DTR Entertainment (ask for Dave!); Custom Gobo design: Olive Branch Papery.
Another great moment: crying in my dad's arms while we dances to Whitney Houston's "One Moment In Time" -- tissues, please!
The biggest hit of the night, by far. There was actually a line for it most of the night. And the memories are priceless keepsakes for us.
All fabulous photo credits go to Diana and Jeff of Di Bezi Photography
I want to extend one more very special thank you to all of my fabulous vendors. You guys ROCKED!
If you want details on anything or anyone else, just send me an e-mail through the blog. I’d be happy to help.