- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
Better late than never, right? 🙂 We got married at Harold Pratt House in November. We had a 4-month engagement…got engaged in July of last year, one month after I’d moved from NYC to SF. Planning was done entirely over the Internet & 90% of it was DIY (veils, pomanders, you name it – all blogged). 🙂 He’s Mormon and I’m Catholic, so we both come from religions that don’t typically marry outside of the faith…I found it pretty liberating, though, since we got to everything all in the same place.
First: a city hall Instagram. I got a kick out of the polygamous rubber ducks (only one groom left!).
Getting ready…I loved seeing shots of the guys getting dressed. We didn’t see each other on that day until I walked down the aisle, so this filled in the gaps.
Groom Instagram self-portrait. Fiddlehead boutonniere. His friends thought it was sweet that I let him keep his mohawk. 🙂
I got ready in a different room:
Ceremony & details…I have a lot of antique 1930s-40s silver, so I used it everywhere. Trays, to hold favors, for the flower girl basket, even the cake knives.
I made those pomanders. They took forever.
Posed pics. I just asked my girls to buy a grey dress, didn’t matter what color/length/style. I love how it turned out. Our colors were grey & burgundy.
Cocktails were in the library, which is gorgeous but almost all of the photos are of guests since we were doing posing then.
So, onto dinner! Banquet tables & mercury glass, tons of candlelight, flowers in julep cups.
We made icons of places we’ve lived and things we like to do as our table numbers. Saved $$ on printing. We also made smaller versions and turned them into rubber stamps which we used for seating cards.
Then we went back downstairs to the ballroom for dancing & cake. I changed into an amazing reception dress made for me by a friend. (She does custom orders!) Yes, it was grey…so I can wear it again. We’re swing dancers, so I needed to be able to dance in something shorter. I made my headpiece/birdcage.
Our first dance is up on Youtube, thanks to a thoughtful friend who remembered to tape it…it was my favorite moment even though my dress kept almost falling off – my groom had to chivalrously hold it down at one point. 🙂 Practice in your dress first. I didn’t actually SEE my dress until the day before…we had to do an emergency last-minute refitting in a H&M dressing room because I’d lost weight. 🙂
Jonathan Adler cake topper!
That was the end of the night!! It was amazing. I was so, so happy.
The next day we went to Central Park (Bethesda) and Brooklyn Bridge park for photos of just us. I’m glad we did. I miss living in NYC, and am so happy I got married there. It’s home.