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Gorgeous Art Inspired Wedding in Auburn, Alabama

Doesn’t the above image make you wish for rain on your wedding day? Captured by Morgan Trinker Photography, Maren and Quint were married in a gorgeous art museum ceremony on a slightly rainy May day in Auburn, Alabama. The couple had planned on an outdoor, garden wedding, but they moved the event inside due to a good old southern downpour. Of course, the museum ceremony and reception spaces were magnificent, and the stunning portrait above would not have been possible without the rain! The bridesmaids all looked lovely in varying shades of pink, and Maren stuns in her sleek Jenny Packham gown. This art themed wedding was bursting with artistic and personal details from start to finish. I love the board of portraits of the couple drawn by their family and friends. Be sure to read more about the inspiration and execution of this fabulous wedding below!

A few words from the bride:

Quint and I wanted our wedding to be a fun party about two people in love with art at its center. My mother is an artist, so it’s been a huge part of my life. She used to volunteer to teach art class at my elementary school when I was growing up. She was famous for rebutting kids who said, “I can’t draw/paint/do this project” with “You are an artist.” I’ve always loved how she sees beauty and art in everything and everyone. So, we tried to see every aspect of the wedding as art—from photography to food to clothes to venue.

The most important thing to us was that our guests had a great time and felt comfortable. I woke up in a panic a few weeks before the wedding wondering if people would want to dance. I made my bridesmaids promise that they would, so guests wouldn’t feel crazy being the first ones out on the floor. At the reception, as a chanting, clapping dance mob/circle formed around me and my cousin Scott, I realized that worry had been a silly one.

For DIY projects: My mother and I worked on creating the ceremony programs together. We used a floral monoprint she made as the cover and I hand lettered the inside. Quint and my father helped to put them together, competing to see who could tie the ribbons the best. We asked members of the bridal party to draw portraits of us as a couple and ended up with hilarious drawings—the two of us as monsters, animals, robots and bagels. We displayed these along with some of the art made by us as children on an easel. To our joy, the daughter of a close friend showed up to the wedding with her own drawing of “Marin and Qwit” that we can’t wait to frame and hang up. It is a family tradition on my mother’s side to have a picture taken in my great-grandmother’s wedding dress before your own wedding. We displayed photos of all of the prior wearers of the dress alongside a photo of me and my great-grandmother at the reception.

In my mind, I planned an outdoor garden ceremony followed by outdoor dancing on a moonlit patio draped in beautiful, sparkling globe lighting. In Alabama’s mind, May 12th was a great day for a southern downpour. At the last minute, we decided to move the wedding inside. I was disappointed, but, I think it probably made the wedding better. The ceremony was in a smaller space than we had planned, so all of our guests were close together, creating a feeling of intimacy. The rain went on and on all night, but it set the scene for our very favorite picture of all time–a picture of me and Quint under a clear umbrella surrounded by light and a thousand raindrops, taken by the best photographer of all time, Morgan Trinker.

My very favorite part of the day was the ceremony and the moments right before and after it. Every emotion and moment felt so heightened. I couldn’t wait to see Quint. I felt like I hadn’t seen him in forever. I was so happy standing arm-in-arm with my dad. It was incredibly fun to be with all of my best friends at the same time and have them laughing (and crying) with me. I remember how powerful a feeling it was to say our vows to each other and I love seeing the dumb grins plastered on our faces as we walked back down the aisle.

I’ve decided that your wedding day really is everything that you hear people say. It is a giant whirlwind. It is beautiful and perfect no matter what goes wrong. It is lots and lots of emotions. But, there is also this part of the whole experience that I have a hard time describing. You have all of these people in one room who truly want to be there to see you make this big, huge life step. They genuinely want to share in your joy and love. And that experience is worth all the trips to flea markets and Michael’s and the ungodly number of pins on your “Wedding” Pinterest.

Photographer: Morgan Trinker Photography
Caterer: Ursula’s Catering
Event Planner: Lynn Huggins
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Invitation Designer: Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence
Bridal Gown Designer: Jenny Packham Bridal
Bridal Gown Store: Kelly’s Closet
Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade
Tuxedo + Mens Attire: Jos. A Bank
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Earring Designer: Kendra Scott
Wedding/Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co.
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Bridesmaids chose and wore their own dresses
Cake Designer: Ursula Higgins
Floral Designer: Stanley Sistrunk at The Flower Store
Makeup Artist: Amy Camp
Hair Stylist: Melissa Tatum
Band: Kidd Blue
Officiant: The Reverend John Fritschner

All images by Morgan Trinker Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Modern Meets Vintage Wedding in Brooklyn

Wow, talk about an amazing ceremony backdrop! Captured by Agaton Strom Photographer, MaryLeigh and Sean were married this past October in Brooklyn in a beautiful ceremony on Pebble Beach, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York City skyline. The couple had a unique and musical ceremony, with all their guests joining them in singing “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests headed to a local restaurant for fabulous food and a night of dancing. Be sure to read about all the wonderful DIY details of the wedding below!

The story from the bride:

We met in Brooklyn in 2007, and live here together, so we wanted to have our wedding in the city and borough where our life together started, and for the wedding to highlight the things that we love about living in this city. We also have a shared passion for being on the water and spend most of our weekends in the summer on the Hudson, so all the events of the weekend took place on or near the water.

We wanted the look of our wedding to be very simple overall– we had the skyline and bridges surrounding us and didn’t think we needed much more. Everything that we had at the reception was meant to play more than one role. We love cheese, and so had “still life with cheese” centerpieces instead of flowers, which we told our guests to eat at dinner. The guest book was a pile of vintage NYC postcards that we had also used for our save the dates, and the escort cards doubled as little tokens for everyone to take home. The wooden planks that we made for runners we’ll be using to construct cabinets and shelves out of for our apartment.

The wedding was more hands on than we had expected, but it was really fun to plan and we were so lucky to have so many of our friends and family help us and contribute their amazing talents. My wonderful godmother did the calligraphy for the escort cards and the menus on each of the tables, and Sean’s sister created the table numbers out of extra invitations and also embellished my headpiece with extra stones and fabric from my dress to make it more special. My older sister hand painted all of the beautiful signs for the wedding after having her first baby the week before the wedding! Two of my best friends and bridesmaids took on the very important task of setting up the cheese centerpieces at Bubby’s, and made one of the most important details of the reception look perfect for us. We did some DIY work ourselves as well–Sean cut and stained the plank runners himself while I put together the escort cards using Muji City in a Bag figurines. We also spent a night gluing a larger tops on the centerpiece cake stands because they originally weren’t big enough for all the cheese we wanted! The crates for the pie table are vintage crates that we found upstate. Because we didn’t want to have a florist, my bridesmaids and I made our bouquets with flowers from our corner bodega in Crown Heights on the wedding day while we watched wedding movies and got ready, which was so fun.

At the ceremony, Sean’s brother officiated, our families stood behind us as witnesses, and our sisters gave readings, so it was very personal. We borrowed the idea of a sing-along from great friends who got married last year, and everyone attending sang “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys together. Later on we found out that strangers were stopping to sing along as well. We knew the ceremony was going to be a little wild, because on Pebble Beach the subway rattles by on the Manhattan Bridge pretty regularly and loudly. But we love that spot and hoped everyone would enjoy the view enough they wouldn’t mind everything else. Then my uncle surprised us in the middle of our vows by having an NYFD fire boat that he built come and put on a waterworks show on the East River. We had no idea that was going to happen, and it felt like a movie.

Photographer: Agaton Strom Photographer
Bridal Dress: Jenny Peckham
Bridal Dress Store: Jenny Packham Paris
Bridal Headpiece: Amanda Judge headband, hand embellished with extra jewels and fabric from the dress
Bridal Shoes: Loeffer Randall
Groom’s Suit + Shoes: Banana Republic Monogram
Groom’s tie:  French Connection, the same one he wore on their first date
Bridesmaid Dresses: solid color dress of their choice
Reception Venue + Catering: Bubby’s Brooklyn
Band: The Dreamland Orchestra with Todd Londagin
Invitation, Menu, Table Number Designer: Lion in the Sun Park Slope

All images by Agaton Strom Photographer


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Modern Wedding Gowns: Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2012

So, I am posting a little out of order this week. I typically feature real weddings on Wednesdays and Fridays, but this week it will be Thursday and Friday. In the meantime, take a look at the fabulous modern wedding gowns by Jenny Packham. This is just a sampling of my favorite designs from her Spring/Summer 2012 bridal collection. I love delicate detailing and varied silhouettes!





All images by Jenny Packham

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