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Modern Wedding in Art Gallery – Jennifer & John

John was Jennifer’s boss at work for about a year before she “noticed” him.  Jennifer would always find reasons to go into his office and ask questions that she may have already known the answer to, just to have a chance to talk to him that day. They ended up going on their first date after he challenged her to make it to the gym five days in a row (a challenge she had originally set for myself that he helped motivate her to achieve). They went to “food truck friday” and had a few drinks and ended up dating from that day forward.

Four years later, John proposed to Jennifer on the night before they were planning on going out of town on a beach trip to Bald Head Island with friends. They were cleaning out the refrigerator before they left and he had wrapped up the ring box in foil and asked her to “check to see if that was still good or not”. He really surprised her. The most romantic part? The dim lighting from the refrigerator in their kitchen.

Their wedding was traditional in the sense that there was a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, but they kept everything within those three main events unique to their style. John and Jennifer wanted to have certain vintage style decor mixed with modern trends to try to encapsulate their style as much as possible. They decided against certain traditions such as having a wedding in a church/religious wedding and they also did not have a cake or do a garter or bouquet toss. They did however do a first dance, and dances with their parents as a part of wedding tradition, mostly to appease their parents.

They decorated with elements from the past and current trends for their wedding. For example, they decided to have donuts instead of a wedding cake. They chose to display the donuts with mismatched tiered and DIY displays that all worked together to form a harmonious, unique decorated donut table. They had tall three tiered dessert trays, short ones, flat ones, square, circle, etc. They wanted their guests to have fun with their decor as well – they displayed a life-sized cardboard cut out of themselves from their 70s themed engagement party that their guests could take a polaroid photo “with them” to keep, and take a polaroid of themselves to leave for the happy couple with a message in the guest book. They also included classic games such as connect four and UNO on the cocktail tables during cocktail hour instead of floral displays to keep costs lower but also to provide a unique form of entertainment during that hour.

John and Jennifer were married in front of a tall wooden arch with floral arrangements that matched their bouquets and general table decor. They went with the trendy long floral arrangement stretching across the long head table, but also had a unique arrangement suggested by their florist of tulip wrapped glass spheres on the guest tables. Jennifer’s bridal bouquet was a cascading, loose teardrop shaped bouquet that blew her away when she saw it. Their flowers were different shades of pink and white to go along with the colour scheme of navy and blush pink.

Mini polaroid cameras were provided, along with travel sized classic games, and a i-pad operated photobooth for entertainment during cocktail hour and the reception (everything was in the same location/building). The wedding guests really seemed to enjoy themselves with the various forms of entertainment as evidenced by the amount of polaroids that were taped in their guestbook and left for them to look at after the wedding. Jennifer says that she would like to think if they were guests at their own wedding, they would have had a great time with the entertainment options provided.

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Photographer: f8 Photo Studios // Venue: LaCa Projects // Event Planner: Elle M Events // Floral Designer: Mimi Eden Floral Design // Speciality Foods: Your Mom’s Donuts // DJ: Split Second Sound // Bridesmaid Dresses: Adriana Papell // Tuxedo & Mens Attire: J Crew // Caterer: Roots Catering

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