WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING? // Our venue, Ambassador Mansions and Gardens. Originally, we had booked their tea garden and planned on having an outdoor wedding. But, due to some issues with the city and noise restrictions, we ended up switching to the Merritt Mansion. As soon as we walked in and saw all the wood detail, grand staircase, crystal chandelier and vintage wallpaper, we knew we had to pay homage to an era in time where women wore pearls and men dressed in tuxes. We wanted to create an unforgettable night for our guests and we wanted to recreate the feeling of being at a mansion for a grand celebration. The best part was that just a few months before the wedding, “The Great Gatsby” came out in theaters so it created so much enthusiasm with our guests! Several family members showed up in theme!
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? // My favorite part was when Daniel and I sneaked into the photobooth right before our grand entrance. We could hear the music and our families cheering for our groomsmen and bridesmaids outside, we were minutes away from being announced! It was such a sweet moment to just break away from the schedule, act silly for a few moments and then quickly parade back as if nothing had happened. No one, except our photo booth attendant Ken knows we did it!
WHY WAS PHOTOGRAPHY IMPORTANT TO YOU? // Daniel and I are a bit photo crazy. We love taking photos. Especially “artistic” photos, or at least, our versions of what we think is artistic. So naturally, we wanted a large portion of our budget to be spent on our photography. The way we see it is -our wedding day can never be recreated, so we needed a team that would capture not only the feeling, but the beauty of our day so that we could magically relive it whenever we saw our photos.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN & SPARROW? // Two words. Tiffani and Ellie. We fell in love not only with the photography style but with the girls behind the camera. I think comfort level is important when it comes to photography. I’m a bit awkward myself so I was definitely looking for some directive on what to do. They did a great job in explaining to us how to position ourselves. They had our best interest in mind the entire time. Their hard work and dedication to making us feel like we were their only client was heartwarming.
DID YOU DO ANY DIY PROJECTS? IF SO, WHAT? // Yes! I must say, I was pretty hands on with our wedding – it definitely tested my creativity! It was definitely fun creating so many custom pieces for the wedding. I feel like I branded the wedding. LOL. I even made sure to keep the fonts consistent with all projects. (In case you were wondering, we used Park Lane, Chisel Wide and Petra Script.)
Logo: I made a custom logo for our wedding that was inspired by the Jay Gatsby monogram. I wanted to create something fun, classy and inspired by art deco. And of course, I wanted to include our initials; V, D and M. Project achieved! I hand drew the idea first then used Photoshop to digitize it. It served as the recurring motif in our wedding. It was first introduced to our guests on our invitations. I ended up using it on just about everything I designed for the wedding.
// Website: I created a website using Wix.com (www.vanessaanddaniel.com). I definitely recommend using that website for anyone who does not know the first thing about websites and how they work – this site makes it easy!
// Paper Goods: I designed and printed our programs, table numbers and dinner menus. This was definitely fun but challenging. I wanted to design a program that would not require a lot of work (half page with info on front and back). After several drafts, I finally made a version that I was satisfied with. It wasn’t too cluttered and I managed to add personal notes regarding the events happening that day for our guests to read. I purchased paper from Paper Source (if you’ve never been, you are missing out!) and printed the programs at Staples. Although time consuming, this project costs less than $75!
// Signage: I designed several signs that were used throughout the location, Pinterest was a huge inspiration! One of my favorites is the “Sparkler Send-Off” sign. http://www.pinterest.com/xduckyx/vanessa-daniel/ The signs were made by my dad who owns a decal company. (Sticker Creations) We used metallic vinyl to match the “Gatsby party” look.
// Beer Labels: I also designed and placed custom labels on our beer favors. We used 3 of our engagement photos, one for each type of beer. We had an Almond Joy Stout which we named “Love is like…,” we had a Hefeweizen with banana and tropical flavor, we called it “Honeymoon Bound,” and last but not least, we had a Tripel with floral notes which we named, “Meet the Mestas’ (pronounced Mes-ta-sess).” The beer labels were printed and cut by my dad as well and the beer was brewed by a local brewing team. (Ambitious Ales)
// Cake Topper: I drew, painted and assembled our cake topper. This was not an original idea, I came across a picture of it on Pinterest and thought, “I could do that!” It was an “all day” project that I worked on during 4th of July weekend.
WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD, NEW, BORROWED, BLUE? // Old: A vintage rabbit fur clutch. It’s one of my favorite items that I own. Although I would normally go for faux fur, I couldn’t pass up the $4 deal I found at our local Vintage festival. // New: My something new was my crystal headband, custom made and styled! Thank you Etsy! // Borrowed: My mother in law let me borrow her darling silver “ring to wrist” bracelet. Blue: Daniel bought me a vintage ring with a blue stone while at Oktoberfest a few years ago. It was a lovely reminder of the fun times we’ve had and will continue to have.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS? // Do what makes you happy. There will always be criticism no matter what. It’s true what they say, you can’t please everyone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, friends and family want to be a part of your big day. Also, don’t be afraid to try DIY projects. You might be surprised at what you can accomplish.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW? // Hearing him call me his wife when talking to others and seeing his Instagram and Facebook posts start with “My beautiful wife and I…”. It’s the cherry on top.
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VENDORS // Hair & Makeup: Soreya Yann // Headband: ETSY SHOP Vintage HeadDresses // Garter & Bouquet Wrap: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BellaFleurBridal // Wedding Signs, Beer Labels & Other: Sticker Creations - firstname.lastname@example.org // Custom Beer: Ambitious Ales - email@example.com // Florist: The Flower Garden - Mattcduran@yahoo.com // Officiate: Elysia Skye, firstname.lastname@example.org // Cake: Cake Sensations // Photobooth: Viral Booth - email@example.com // Magician: Danny Magic - firstname.lastname@example.org // Invitations: Invitation Design Studio // Catering, Rentals & Wedding Coordinator: Event Professionals, email@example.com