Friday’s are joyous. They just are. It’s the start of the weekend, everyone has a spring in their step and generally speaking, happiness reigns! Such is the case with today’s real wedding. Irene and Mike are oozing the “it’s-our-wedding-day-we-love-each-other-and-Friday’s-got-nothing-on-this-feeling” in each and every one of their pictures shot by South Carolina based wedding photographer Kate’s Lens Photography. Add in vibrant blue bridesmaids dresses and the Hotel DuPont, a beautiful hotel wedding venue in Wilmington, DE as a seriously stunning venue backdrop? Bliss!
Can you give us an overview of the event?: Ceremony and reception were both held at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, DE. The ceremony was held by my parents’ minister, who also knew me when I was a young girl, and so it was personal and sweet.
Was there a specific theme or style? : I just wanted everything to look elegant and timeless.
What inspired the theme or style?: I’d like to be able to look at my wedding pictures 20 years from now and still think that everything looks as beautiful as I remembered it.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?: People seemed to like our cake toppers, which were little plastic figures of Fry and Leila from the TV show Futurama. Obviously, we’re fans.
Did you DIY any of the details?: I’m not crafty or terribly creative, so I let my vendors take care of pretty much everything for me. The only thing I did make was our favors. I made soft biscotti (a recipe from my husband’s family that he really likes) and paired it with Chinese lotus bean cakes.
What was the most memorable moment?: When our minister asked me to repeat something during the ceremony, I wasn’t listening and didn’t know what to say. I had to ask him to repeat it. People got a pretty good chuckle out of that.
Tell us about the food and desserts.: The food was provided by the Hotel DuPont and was really great. We got lots of compliments about how the food was so much better than typical wedding food. It was a pretty standard meal set up, with hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour and a 3 course meal, finished with a dessert bar and cake. The highlight was the mashed potato bar – a variety of different potatoes served with a bunch of fixings. People still tell us how much they liked it.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?: I think generally, the atmosphere was pretty fun. Lots of people on the dance floor all night. Our DJ did a great job of getting the crowd into things.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?: No use looking back – I wouldn’t change a thing!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever? We want to know the particulars!: We met on the first day of college as wide-eyed freshmen and were friends early on. We lived next door to one another and were in a couple of the same classes. We did a lot of homework together, and I knew he was into me when he volunteered to do some extra problems for me. We started dating later that year when we were 18 years old. We were dating for more than 10 years by the time we actually got married.
Now for the proposal… details!: I was having a somewhat difficult time in grad school and had to go to Connecticut to do experiments. It was pretty rough for me – I was working a lot and was there by myself. Mike said that he would come visit one weekend. He woke me up early on a Saturday and surprised me with the ring while I was still half asleep. I was so confused! It turns out he drove up from Philadelphia the night before so that he could pick me up early in the day and wisk me off for a romantic weekend in NYC to celebrate our engagement!
Describe your wedding in one-two sentences so that someone who didn’t attend can envision it.: It was exactly what a wedding should be – a great celebration with good food and drink and lots of happy people.
We want to know about all the wedding details. Was it small and intimate or big and traditional?: Big and traditional, aside from the fact that we didn’t actually get married in a church.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.: I went to one store with my mother to buy my dress. We stayed there for about 3 hours, and we bought the dress that looked the best on me. It was well-fitted, simple, and pretty low maintenance. My bridesmaids wore one-shoulder blue cocktail dresses from Nordstrom.
What was the best wedding advice you received?: No one notices the small details; people are at your wedding to celebrate you and your new husband. So there is no point in worrying about how things look or how perfectly everything is planned. Just enjoy the moment.
What were the honeymoon plans?: We went to Hawaii to do a LOST (the TV show) tour and see volcanoes and sea turtles.