Karen & Joel’s wedding was a platform to share what they loved including their cat, color, polka dots, and their history through pictures.
“Our cat, George, was present in spirit; he was on the invitations, the program, his face on a custom pocket square for Joel, and in our vows. We’d been to some stuffy weddings, so we decided to bring some laughter and fun by writing our vows which included being a good parent to George and making coffee for each other in the morning, we had a sing-along during the ceremony to “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles, my mom’s favorite band.”
“Before the wedding I bought loads of giant balloons, 2 of them were giant white hearts and I loved them! For months, I envisioned them being on either side of us during the ceremony so in the lead up to the wedding, I kept commenting to Joel that I hoped nothing would happen to those 2 giant white heart balloons, otherwise we might as well not even have had the wedding.”
“On the day of the ceremony the florist informed me that something had happened to one of those giant heart balloons. As I looked around the venue at the amazing work of the florist and the wedding coordinator, I shrugged and said, “Whatever, have you seen this place?!”
“While it is so important to have a vision of what every detail will look like on your wedding day, it is equally as important to not get blindsided by some of those details not working out. For the most part, you’ll be the only one to notice something isn’t how you previously envisioned. I had a year and a half to plan the wedding, and I used it to make a lot of the details- which really made our wedding true to Joel and myself. The details are things that people still recall to this day- they really set our wedding apart from other weddings (hand-dyed table linens and napkins, gold glitter vases, paper garland strung everywhere, gold animals as place cards, berries on the tables, local kombucha and cold brew in ice before ceremony location, lounge areas, fun programs, snack boxes with our wedding stamp, etc). I also had this time to build relationships with my vendors, and particularly, my wedding coordinator team. I placed so much trust in them to execute on my vision (all laid out in a 5 page set-up document).”
“If I could offer any advice to brides- it is to hire all the best people that you feel can see your vision, and to put trust in them to execute. On the day of, go get coffee in the morning with your partner before you get ready, look at all your details set up, and take time to thank everyone (your florist and their partners, bartenders, the coordinator team, your photographers, caterers and their team, your musicians, etc) because you’ve hired the right people. This is the mindset I had that allowed for me to feel like I could be super chill and be the bride that day, and be present to actually see and be part of everything.”
It worked out well for us in the end, only having one heart balloon – two hearts become one and all that.”
Super Suppliers – Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes// Photography: Willhouse// Coordinator: Luxe Event Productions// Florals: Bramble Floral// Rentals: Something Borrowed PDX // Hair: Marisa Perrault, New Vintage Beauty Lounge// Make-up: Rose Marshall, New Vintage Beauty Lounge// Catering: To Dine For// Cocktails & Bar: My Bartender// Dessert Table: Voo Doo Doughnuts// Cake: Petunia’s Pies and Pastries// Grooms Suit: Saks Fifth Avenue// Tie: Topman// Shirt: Reiss// Custom Pocket Square: Knotty Tie Co.// Stag Lapel Pin: Grand Frank// Groomsmen Shirt: ASOS// Tie: Topman// Socks: Express// Brides Dress: Cleo and Clementine// Belt: Lady Evelyn, Etsy// Shoes: ModCloth// Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS & ModCloth// Invites/table card animals: Willow & Sass, Etsy// Program: B if for Brown, Etsy// Polka dot overlays: Linen Effects// Cocktail napkins: Kate Spade//