From the pies being served in lieu of a wedding cake to the selection of beer instead of wine to having your bouquet crafted at the last minute by your stylist, this wedding was anything but traditional. But then again, it would not have been as poignant and beautiful. So slice yourself a piece of peach pie and enjoy the adventures of this resilient couple brought to use courtesy of Chelsea Patricia Photography.
What were your favorite details from your wedding day? Which details/decor echoed your personalities the most?
We didn’t really obsess about the details. Our main focus was to keep things simple and in line with our more laid-back style. Our most important details included family, food, and beverage.
Pie – Christian loves pie!
Beer – Christian carefully chose a beer from each of our home states (NH, MI) as well as a local selection. He also included Guinness because of his Irish heritage and High Life because it’s the champagne of beers.
Family – Having all the nieces and nephews in the ceremony was special for us. Jessica comes from a big family (4 sisters and 1 brother) which means there are always lots of kids running around. It was important to us to have a lot of our friends and family be part of the ceremony and according to Christian, Uncle Christian is their favorite uncle.
Tell me about finding your wedding dress.
I went shopping with a good friend on a whim, not thinking that I’d actually find anything. We checked out a salon in the Highlands where I tried on a few different dresses. I wanted something simple and I felt like myself in. I succeeded.
Was there a specific theme, style or color scheme? What inspired the theme, style or color?
White and gold. It was the one color scheme we didn’t fight about (and it didn’t hurt that it is Georgia Tech colors – Jessica’s alma mater and Christian’s current grad school).
What were your playful twists that made the event unique? Did you DIY any of the details?
We didn’t have flowers, despite our attempts to the contrary. Jessica has a pretty significant allergy to flowers and grass. It gets her out of yard work but that also meant selecting flowers for the big day was a little more complicated. Ultimately we found someone on Etsy to make cloth/ribbon flowers. Unfortunately, they arrived the day after the wedding. So much for trying to be creative.
At the salon that morning while Jessica and all the ladies were getting done up the stylist was so distraught that I didn’t have flowers that she fashioned a bouquet out of some silk flowers she had in the shop. Jessica had a fascinator one of her girl friends had made for the wedding that she wasn’t able to use and the stylist added it to the bouquet for a personal touch.
What was the most memorable moment?
Christian: “Seeing my bride walking down the aisle.” Christian took the lead with selecting the music for the ceremony. One of his roommates from Notre Dame played guitar and sang “In My Life” by the Beatles, a friend from grad school sang Elvis’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” with Jessica’s step-dad accompanying on the keyboard. But probably our favorite song of the day was our choice to Jessica to walk down the aisle. We chose Colin Hay’s “Waiting for My Real Life to Begin.” We both felt this song really spoke to our relationship and how we got to the point of deciding to get married after an 8year relationship.
Jessica: Exchanging vows. Christian and I planned a nontraditional ceremony and we spent a lot of time making sure the words we chose to start a new life together were special to us. From our music choices, to my niece reciting the Shel Silverstein poem, “Hug of War,” our close mutual friend officiating, to our vows. I think that was the best part of our day and something that was genuinely “us.”
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Our wedding pie was delicious! Christian isn’t a huge fan of wedding cake and unless it was going to be made out of rice crispy treats Jessica didn’t really care. We discovered an amazing pie lady in Roswell and decided that we had to have pie for our wedding. We went the week of the wedding selected 5 different from what was in season that week. We chose peach, mixed berry (strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry), almond joy, chocolate chess, and pecan. We also ordered a special key lime pie for my granddad-it was his commission for picking up the pies the morning of the wedding.
Looking back on your wedding, if you could give any piece of advice to a bride planning her wedding right now, what would it be?
Let your groom do as much as he wants. I joking called Christian groomzilla but looking back, I love that he was so involved and it took a lot of the pressure off me. To be honest, I wasn’t one of those girls who dreamed about her wedding since she was 2yrs old and obsessed about every detail. I’m a junior associate at a large law firm so my work life was incredibly demanding. I probably enjoyed watching shows like “Gypsy Wedding” or “Say Yes to the Dress” (only because of their ridiculousness) more than I enjoyed planning an actual wedding. Having a groom who was way into the details and the “theme” was amazing! We occasionally had “debates” – I would give in when it wasn’t something high on my list, but I would assert “bridal privilege” when the situation called.
The only other advise was don’t stress the details. If your wedding is a potluck dinner or 5-star your approach to the day is going to dictate how people remember your wedding. If you’re happy and that shows people will have a good time (and if they don’t, those jerks don’t need to be at your wedding).