A lakeside reception on the edge of the bride’s parent’s home created a familiar setting for Nikki and John’s elegant backyard wedding day. With touches of tradition and a classic style, this couple created a celebration that mixed this tradition with a fun and laid back party.
Their style incorporated beautiful jewel toned florals by Supposey that provided a bold pop of color to the design of their day. With comfy lounges and a fun photo booth bus, they provided a space that invited their guests to cozy up, and enjoy an evening of celebration with this beautiful couple.
We love that this couple chose ways honor their family, and hold certain traditions close, and they leaned on their wedding planner, P.S. Weddings, to help guide them through the woes of planning. We hope you enjoy the beauty that Aislinn Kate Photography captured throughout the day as they celebrated their first moments of marriage with the people they love the most.
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding.
John left most of the decisions up to me. He said that he just wanted our guests to have a fantastic time. I knew that I didn’t envision having muted tones, so I wanted deep, vibrant jewel tones. Throughout the wedding planning process, I kept coming back to tradition and keeping things classic. I wanted to incorporate touches of our families. I had a table at the reception of our parents, grandparents, and even my great grandparents wedding photos. I also wore some family heirlooms. The church is very symbolic to my family. i was baptized in the Malbis Greek Orthodox church and all of my maternal family members have been buried in the adjacent cemetery.
The reception was held at a vacant lot adjacent to my parents home on the water. This allowed us to feel “at home,” while also not being confined to vendor restrictions or set up restrictions. Our final look was classic, and truly, like a dream.
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
The most important thing was not to get too caught up in it. We saw a lot of couples get so stressed out during the process that it wasn’t fun. We both just wanted to make our wedding true to “us” and to ensure our friends and families had a fantastic, memorable time.
Though we didn’t skip it, we did decide to postpone our honeymoon. We knew that wedding planning and work could be stressful on its own, if we let it. Adding planning a trip in the mix wasn’t something that we felt we needed to do right away.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
I LOVED our first look. We were on the fence about doing it and decided to do the first look about 3 months before the wedding. We loved that moment with each other and appreciated the quiet moments it allowed us.
The Orthodox wedding ceremony has never changed and I loved the standing there with John as we became husband and wife through the crowning ceremony and our first steps in the church together.
I know we both loved our band, Big Night Dynamite! The dancing was the best part of our reception! We even Greek danced for a few songs.
Most of all, we loved the beautiful smiles and hugs of our families and closest friends.
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
I wore some of my grandmothers jewelry. We also displayed family wedding photos of our parents, grandparents and my great grandparents.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Don’t let it take over your every thought and conversation between the now and the wedding. It should be fun! Also, think about what works for you as a couple, rather than trying every Pinterest and wedding magazine trend.
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Between Chloe with Supposey and Aislinn with Aislinn Kate Photography, I felt like I had two wedding fairy godmothers. These ladies made the event like a fairy tale and eased any concern or stress on the day of.
My beautiful sister, Chrisandra was an incredible MOH and made sure I had everything I needed on the day of and throughout the planning.
We love the heartfelt details that these two poured into their wedding day.
Are there any personal touches you plan to focus some of your design choices around?
VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…
Photography: Aislinn Kate Photography // Ceremony Venue: Malbis Memorial Church // Event Planning: P.S. Weddings // Floral + Rentals + Photo Booth: Supposey // Wedding Cake: Betty Weber // Linens: BBJ Linen // Ceremony Musicians: Clark & Company // Reception Musicians: Big Night Dynamite // Transportation: Dreamcatcher Shuttle // Rentals: Port City Rentals // Catering: Classic City Catering // Invitations: Grace and Serendipity // Wedding Dress: Pronovias // Groom’s Attire: Randall’s // Accessories: Betsey Johnson // Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group // Veil: Custom Made // Wedding Ring: Jewelers Trade Shop // Guest Book Alternative: Miss Design Berry