Sometimes weddings catch my eye for different reasons. It could be a larger than life fireworks display or a ceremony altar dripping in orchids or engraved stationery that blows me away. Today though, it was the dress. Specifically, the bottom of the dress. The utterly absorbing detail and intricate cutting and pattern work on bride Gina’s dress stopped me in my little tracks. From that moment on, I knew this would be a wedding we wanted to share turns out I was right! The attention to detail and thoughtful touches throughout this wedding set it apart in so may ways. Enjoy today’s feature from Jordan Brian Photography.
Can you give us an overview of the event? Our wedding took place in a Greek Orthodox Church and the reception followed at a unique reception venue named Windows on the Water. This venue has a giant tent that is erected next to a man made lake…It was a gorgeous September night and we danced the night away under that beautiful tent…
What inspired the theme or style? My engagement ring, which was my grandmother’s. By chance, we also picked our wedding date out and without knowing we chose my maternal grandparents 54th wedding anniversary, the same ones whose ring I wear. My husband used her ring’s setting and replaced the main stone. He then took the original diamond and made a solitaire necklace out of it. Just wearing something that was 55 years old was bound to be good luck.
Did you DIY any of the details? After the ceremony, I wanted to stick with the traditional rice that is thrown at the couple, but since that is not good for the birds, we chose to use wedding rice. I made the cones up with different pattern scrapbook paper and attached a label that read Agapi, which translates into the word Love in Greek. The placecards were also a DIY project as well as displaying pictures of our parents, grandparents and even great grandparents…some pictures were even from their weddings…we thought that brought a warm feel to the wedding and stuck with the vintage feel we were going for. The ring bearer’s pillow was also something I made myself. I didn’t want anything too overly frilly and I wanted to use the charcoal color that was part of my color scheme. I actually used one of Steve’s white shirts, cut it up, sewed and stuffed it and then tied a bow around it using lace.
What was the most memorable moment? One of the last pictures we took was us lighting sparklers. It took us a few tries to get it (and Jordan the photographer burning his fingers) but we got the shot and than ran in for the last dance of the night…
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore: I wore a gorgeous LaSposa lace wedding dress that was a trumpet sillouette with a sweetheart neckline. LaSposa makes beautiful lace that has the vintage feel to it. I chose to wear the solitaire diamond necklace for the ceremony and then switched to a chunky pearl necklace that had a bow broach attached to it.. also silver sequin shoes for fun! The wedding party and my groom wore very traditional black tuxes with black bowties and cumberbuns. I like the classic look of a neat tuxedo and found that our parents and grandparents wore similar styles and it is just timeless. To differentiate Steve from the groomsman, we chose to have him wear a calalilly. The bridesmaids and my maid of honor wore charcoal gray Jim Hjelm satin chiffon gowns. The maid of honor’s was a one strap gown with beautiful ruching. The other girls wore strapless gowns that had a cute chiffon flower on the bodice which had a ruffle that started there and went down to the ground. They were very romantic and went so well with the black tuxedos that the men wore.
Tell us about the proposal! Steve took me up to NYC for dinner at the Blue Water Grill in Union Square…after dinner, it was a gorgeous October night so we decided to walk into Union Square Park…after hanging out there for a little while, we decided to head to the bar where Steves brother, Paul was…right before we left the park though, Steve got down on one knee and proposed!
What were the honeymoon plans? We spent 10 days in Greece! We spent a week in Oia, Santorini and then ended the trip in Athens. While in Santorini, we checked into a traditional cave house hotel (Nostos Apartments) which was located about 100 steps down (and back up a few times a day!) in the caldera, which is the side of the cliff. Our view was of the volcano across the water and we dined on delicious Greek food and swam in crystal clean water. One day we took a catamaran tour and swam in the hot springs next to the volcano and checked out the black sand beach and red sand beach.. The tour included Greek food and wine and concluded with us taking in the world famous sunset. The last two days were spent in historic Athens were we toured the Acropolis, Monosteraki and the new Athens Museum.. We stayed in The Athens Gate Hotel at the foot of the Acropolis and had dinner overlooking the uplit Parthenon. It was the best vacation and we were so glad we splurged on a Greek honeymoon.
Venue and Catering: Windows on the Water at Frogsbridge | Photographer: Jordan Brian Photography | Floral: Anette Potts | DJ: DJ Tommy | Stationary: OneLove Creative | Videographer: The Production Tree | Transportation: Kings Limo