I had the sincere pleasure of being a part of Dave and Jess’ wedding recently. Their wedding was unique, beautiful and most importantly; perfectly tailored to them.
From the first moment I met with them, they knew exactly what they wanted. Jess was sold on a gorgeous eggplant purple, and they were eager to incorporate their personality into the entire event. They were flexible (we had to move the ceremony indoors due to very unexpected SNOWFALL [!!!] the morning of the wedding) while still being unwavering on the things they loved. They knew where to compromise and where to stick to their plan.
I could talk for days about the perfect blend of fall colors with a twist of purple and orangey–coral; or the unique floral choices of ornamental kale, rosemary, lavender, and hops paired with more traditional hydrangeas, roses and lisianthus. They created their own programs and table numbers with impeccable style and detail.
The Greenbelt Cultural Center was the perfect venue, and even though we couldn’t watch them wed outdoors; the picturesque wall of windows and indoor living wall still let us enjoy the breathtaking view. The food was family-style perfection; so fitting for a bride and groom that make everyone feel like family. Top it off with late night Chicago-style hot dogs and a playlist that they handpicked with their guests in mind…just so much awesomeness.
Jess’ dad searched high and low for the perfect mahogany cake stand. It is now featured in their home!
I was especially in love with this couple. I had known them a bit prior to the wedding (the best man is my most beloved designer/assistant/friend, Mark) and while everything décor was just perfect from drapery to up lighting to linens and flowers (I’m biased…I know); there was so much more to love than that.
Dave and Jess are the reason I am in the wedding industry. They are madly in love, partners in everything, incredibly smart, strong and fun. They tackled obstacles with grace and laughter; while bonding through moments of hardship. As Jess walked down the aisle to Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love,” there wasn’t a dry eye in the house; including myself and my very manly assistant. As Jess reached the alter, they laughed as they exchanged, “Stop crying!” & “No, you stop crying!”
The ceremony from beginning to end was an inimitable testament to their distinctive relationship, with unique readings and vows. It was, and is, clear that these two are in it for love. This was a celebration of the purist form. The celebration of a couple’s promise, their bond and the beginning of a new life and new family; together.