When the forecast calls for rain, it’s totally normal for a bride to be bummed out, or nervous, or a little bit anxious. When a full blown hurricane named Arthur (which both Ali and Joe had a grandfather named Arthur!) is on track for your venue right smack in the middle of your day, I would have totally understood if Ali were a little bit scattered while she sat in her makeup chair. She was not. When I arrived, I was met by a totally calm, cool, collected, and extremely excited beautiful brown-eyed bride. I found myself surrounded by what I officially dubbed a gaggle of bridesmaids, who filled the room with bright smiles and tons of style in their Amsale dresses. Thanks to The White Dress By The Shore, Ali was nothing short of drop dead gorgeous in her Hayley Page gown, Badgley Mischka shoes, with flawless hair and makeup by Lisa George and her team. My colleague Jenn Alton joined the Joe and his guys during the early afternoon, and was surrounded by some very dapper gentlemen! Absolutely nothing could shake this couple, and the look on Ali’s face every time she looked at Joe was enough to light up the whole room! Karen and her team at Wychmere are always amazing to work with and took care of every last detail, Meredith Fancy filled the room with gorgeous floral arrangements, and DJ Danny Walsh kept the celebration going into the night, so much so that the wind and rain whipping outside were the last thing on anyone’s mind. It is so wonderful to work with a wedding team that I know and love, and I am so happy we were all able to be a part of Ali and Joe’s day!
Ali’s grandmother, was just adorable, and had so much spunk! When she walked out in her dress, she mentioned how it’s too bad there wouldn’t be enough “old guys” at the wedding. When all of the ladies said she should go for the young ones in that dress, she laughed and said “no way, I’m smarter than that!” In that moment, I knew I’d love Rita, and I was right.
When I pulled Ali’s dress out of it’s bag, my assistant and I did a little happy dance. Then Cori saw the back, and yelled “Oh my gosh, turn it around! LOOK!” Just stunning.
Joe sent Ali a beautiful necklace to wear on her wedding day, along with a beautiful card that drew the first tears of the day.
I can only imagine that Ali’s card that accompanied Joe’s new watch was as sweet as the one he wrote to her.
One of my favorite moments at any wedding is the first time a dad gets to see his beautiful daughter as a bride. I try as much as possible to make sure to set some time aside for this, because it’s such an emotional time for a dad, and it’s one of those moments during the day I try to slow down so my couples can hold on to it and remember being there, not only because of the images, but because they actually remember having those emotions.
I told Ali’s mom they looked like twins, and I was (unsuccessfully) fighting back tears of my own when the two of them gently wiped away theirs in complete unison.
Ali was channeling some serious young Audrey Hepburn, and it was awesome.
Arthur, you had NOTHING on this bride! Zero. Nada.
Joe was almost dancing out of his shoes when Ali made her way into the aisle with her dad.
These two could not stop looking at each other. I loved watching them interact at the altar. Nothing else in the world mattered to them.
As their ceremony ended, there were just a few light sprinkles of rain, so we made the best of being outside and the first few minutes of Ali and Joe being husband and wife.
Danny’s uplighting added so much romance to the Hydrangea room, and the room sparkled as the light faded into the night.
Joe had given his best man, Ryan this turtle from a trip to Jamaica with his family when he was in third grade. Ryan gave it to Joe’s new best friend, Ali, saying he couldn’t imagine it any other way.
Did I mention the stunning cake from the Casual Gourmet?
I’ve never seen two parent dances filled with such emotion. Everyone watched with huge smiles (and a few tears) as Ali and her dad, and Joe and his mom took the dance floor.
Ali & Joe, I cannot thank you enough for inviting me in to your lives and your wedding day. It was such a wonderful celebration, and I know you have many days filled with sunshine and love ahead!