Vintage glam lovers get excited! Today I am sharing this stunning art deco wedding in New York captured by Mikkel Paige Photography. The venue is beyond breath-taking, with that old world style you can’t help but fall for. And I love their adorable PB&J wedding favors!
I’m a big reader and the Great Gatsby has always been one of my favorite books, so Peter let me have my 1920s inspired wedding. We must have looked at a dozen wedding venues and I kept waiting to get ‘the feeling’, but nothing seem to fit. The Metropolitan Building kept coming up in my Google searches for unique wedding venues so we finally decided to take a look. We knew from the moment we walked in the doors that it was where we were going to get married.
Growing up my grandmother always wore a charm around her neck that was supposed to symbolize the turning of a page. When I got engaged, she gave it to me as I was turning the page to the next chapter in my life. We affixed it to the zipper on my gown and it was my absolute favorite accessory.
We basically had three priorities while planning. The first was to keep it intimate. We wanted to be able to spend time with every single one of our guests so it was important to invite only those closest to us (we were fortunate that our parents were very supportive of not inviting that 4th cousin that we hadn’t seen since we were 16). Also, as a part of that, we had my brother get ordained and marry us. Having one of my best friends in the world pronounce us man and wife was truly memorable. And pretty darn hilarious. The second was that we just wanted our guests to have fun. No sit down dinner or assigned seating; champagne during the ceremony; cocktail hour with a live jazz band; and lots and lots of dancing.
Obviously marrying my other half and being able to share all of our joy and excitement with the people we love the most were the best part of the day. We wrote our own vows and listening to Peter read his was a feeling I can’t describe.
Because Peter is from Denmark it was important for us to honor both Danish and American traditions. We started out the first dance with our song “40 Day Dream” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and then surprised our guests halfway through by switching to the Danish Wedding Waltz. I will never forget the roar I heard as our Danish family and friends realized what was happening. The day turned out to be everything we wanted it to be and more.
The venue was so eclectic that we didn’t need much decor, so we stuck with a simple black and white theme. Since we met on St. Patrick’s day we added a splash of emerald green.
Since our initials are P B J we wanted to give out little jars of peanut butter and jelly as our favors but we had a hard time finding them. So we basically turned my dad’s house into a canning factory, filling 120 little jars halfway with peanut butter and then jelly. We slapped on some stickers and tied little wooden taster spoons monogrammed with a B. We still have a few in our fridge!
Another favorite moment was the ‘speech’ given by Peter’s best friends. At our joint bachelor/bachelorette party in Denmark they brought us to a local recording studio and had us record ‘I had the Time of My Life’ from Dirty Dancing. Little did we know that they were going to play it at the wedding! Peter and I may have the worst voices on the planet, but instead of cowering in embarrassment we decided to own it on the dance floor instead. Soon everyone joined in and I just remember the both of us just being so happy in that moment. To this day we still hear our family and friends tell us that it was the most fun wedding they have ever been to, so I think we can say we achieved our goals.
Photography | Mikkel Paige Photography | Venue | The Metropolitan Building | Planning & Florals | Warren Country Events | Catering | Redwoods Grill & Bar | Paper Goods | Zazzle | Entertainment | Eclipse Events | Dress | Nicole Miller from Nordstrom | Headpiece | Helena Noelle | Shoes | David Tutera | Jewelry | The Jewelry Store at Martinsville | Makeup | Casey Christen
We are ending off the week here on G&G with this stunning bridal session captured by Trish Laver Photography. The location, The Blue Basin in Oregon, is like out of a dream. The shoot shows the beauty of contrasts with the rocky other-worldly backdrop and the soft gown with flowing cathedral veil.
Those who knows about the John Day Fossil Beds in Central Oregon will likely tell you to visit the Painted Hills. While the Painted Hills are beautiful with its Mars-like landscape and rolling hills of ochre and burgundy, it often overshadows it’s neighbor: The Blue Basin. Also known as the Sheep Rock portion of the National Monument, the Blue Basin is a small but gorgeous canyon of rich cerulean mixed with gray teal. The closer the sun is to the horizon, the more vibrant the colors become.
You are going to fall for the beautiful florals in today’s autumn New Jersey wedding from A Garden Party. Even though Hurricane Joaquin changed their outdoor wedding plans, this couple didn’t let it ruin their day. The bride looked absolutely stunning in her mother’s wedding dress. And those floral chandeliers? Too romantic for words!
I chose the Brantwyn Estate for my wedding not only for its lush gardens and the incredible exterior of the manor, but also because its unique setup would allow guests to mingle throughout the dinner hour and get a full view of the entire reception area. It was like having a party at someone’s house, albeit a very big, extraordinary house. I completely lucked out in that my now sister-in-law is Mary Coombs of A Garden Party florist. I pointed out a few colors I liked (marsala, deep green, blush) and she ran with it.
My wedding gown was originally my mother’s. I had tried it on “for fun,” when I first got engaged and it fit like a glove. I just knew that it was the dress for me. She had this beautiful lace detailing that I couldn’t wait to bring to life again, and a few alterations helped bring it up to date. I also wore my sister’s veil, and to have these details as I walked down the aisle made it that much more special.
Our wedding happened to be during the weekend of Hurricane Joaquin, so our gorgeous outdoor ceremony had to be moved inside to a crowded room. However, as Kevin and I said our vows, you could feel the room shake with laughter and the pure emotion of our guests. I would never had felt that closeness with everyone if it hadn’t been switched.
My uncle was my officiant, and his home in Virginia has this amazing terrarium coffee table. I have always loved that table. We knew we wanted a few lounge areas to encourage the mingling aspect of the reception, so we had our very own terrarium coffee table made! It was so perfect, especially since he was such a huge part of our ceremony.
It was also amazing watching guests enjoy the night – participating in the tattoo bar, gushing over the food, and dancing like crazy to the band we had loved so much. There was not a better way to start our marriage than that fantastic night with all our family and friends.
Photography | Tami & Ryan Photography | Venue | The Brantwyn Estate | Planning, Design, & Florals | A Garden Party | Catering | DuPont Country Club | Invitation | The American Wedding | Entertainment | Lima Bean Riot | Alterations | Custom Alterations by Petra | Jewelry | Diamonds & Design:The Maria Collection | Bridesmaid Dresses | Adrianna Papell | Hair | Your Day Your Way | Makeup | Lori Kramer