November brunch wedding at The Intercontinental – Claudia & Deniz
Claudia and Deniz met through Hinge, a dating app that connects friends on Facebook. They had many mutual friends from high school, but never knew each other. On their first date, they met at a rooftop bar for drinks on a really nice evening in August. Deniz insisted on taking Claudia to dinner afterwards and they shared a bottle of wine and a lot of laughs. Claudia says that she woke up a bit hungover and very happy the next day!
When it came to the proposal, Deniz turned their home into one of their favorite B&Bs – complete with TV fireplace and candles, cooked their favorite meal from the B&B’s restaurant (a valiant attempt at pigtail pasta), and dressed up their puppy in the most adorable elf costume to greet Claudia at the door when she walked in. “It was so intimate and perfect.”
Deniz’s cousin had a really fun and different wedding in Istanbul a few years prior to theirs, and he wanted to replicate the warmth and uniqueness with the use of lounge furniture, pre-ceremony cocktails, and his brother as their officiant. They described the day as being “a fancy boozy brunch”, which sounds amazing to me!
For their attire choices they went for modern with a classic twist. The moms wore complimentary blue St. John dresses with metallic accents and they all wore silver Jimmy Choos. Claudia’s sister, their two brothers, their dads, and the groom himself wore navy. Claudia’s dress was designed by Pronovias; it was delicate, feminine, and form-fitting with a sheer top and back, elegant lace accents, and a breathtaking train. Everyone looked sleek, sophisticated, and perfect for an all you can eat, drink, and celebrate brunch.
For their wedding day, the thing they cared about the most was creating a warm and unique environment that felt more like a party than a typical wedding. They splurged on lounge furniture vignettes, high top tables, and a combination of long and round tables. They also prioritised food – mini avocado toast, mini chicken and waffles, breakfast sandwiches, a live omelette station, and passed brunch cocktails. They had a DJ with live musicians (bongos and sax) and a live acoustic guitarist. These elements created the cool vibe this happy couple were going for.
They had a Tarkan dance set instead of a hora. Tarkan is a Turkish popstar who they saw in concert two summers ago in Istanbul with the cousins mentioned above. They had the best time at the concert and Claudia says that it was even more fun to enjoy with both of their families and all of their friends at the wedding!
There was no formal seating for the ceremony; They actually got married in the same room as the party. So, after Deniz broke the glass, the music started and the party was on! One of Claudia’s favourite memories was walking with her parents into the room, standing under the chuppah, and looking around at all of their guests gathered around them. Deniz’s brother officiated a very special ceremony that included Claudia’s sister’s maid of honor speech.
Rather than a traditional cake, they had a make-your-own waffle sundae station, complete with breakfast cereal toppings and coffee ice cream! They also had cake pops. Claudia says that “cake is so boring” so wanted to do something different.
As a special touch to their day, Claudia wore her mom’s diamond earrings and a gold bracelet with an evil eye – a Turkish accent. After the wedding, her mom took the glass pieces from the glass that Deniz stepped on to signify their marriage and had them made into candlesticks for them to use now. What a thoughtful and unique idea!
Photography: Lisa Blume Photography //Venue: Intercontinental at The Wharf // Floral: Designs by Oochay // Stationery: Ruby the Fox // Catering: Intercontintal at the wharf // DJ: DJ Rich // Reception Musicians: Fred Moss of Washington Talent // Wedding Dress: Pronovias // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Submitted via: Matchology