Weddings by their very nature are personal affairs, but some are more unique than others. From the moment I met Katee and Natalie, I knew their wedding was going to be special.
Natalie is from the South; Katee’s family is from Ireland. Natalie is Jewish; Katee is not. The two share a love of literature (in fact, they got engaged in a book store!) and have style and grace running through their veins. The opportunities to infuse their celebration with unique and meaningful personal touches were endless!
We started the day with me leading the brides and their wedding parties in morning yoga to get everyone’s minds and bodies ready for the big day. Katee donned a dapper suit from Daniel Friedman, a well-known designer featured in the HBO documentary Suited, while Natalie stunned in an ivory trumpet-cut dress with a sweetheart neckline. Because she’s such a sweetheart, of course 😉
The most emotional moment of the day came when we surprised guests with an Irish bagpiper during the ceremony to pay homage to Katee’s Irish roots. Her entire family shed tears and it’s impossible for anyone not to get the chills hearing the hauntingly beautiful tones of a bagpipe.
You’ll see books were used as a decorative theme throughout the nuptials, which was so much fun to work with! Guests loved the handwritten library card escort cards and the tables named after the couple’s favorite novels. And I loved getting creative decorating the staircase to the reception with stacks of books and romantic florals.
This is one wedding – and couple – I won’t soon forget. Enjoy the photos – if you need me, I’ll be sipping on the leftover signature cocktails named after their dogs – the Herschel Chocolate Martini and the Riley on the Rocks!