Talk about a cute story. This Bride and Groom were set up by the Bride’s grandparents and the culmination is this fabulous Louisville Wedding. Amanda Jacobs and Jaclyn Thomas Designs crafted this gorgeous affair with a ballroom that is ever so pretty in pink, a beautiful blushing Bride and maybe even a few Greek crowns. Yes, this is indeed a stunning display of indoor nuptials done so, so right. Whitney Rae Photography shot all the pretty images you see before you as well as the surplus of fabulousness to be found in the gallery. See it all here!
From the Bride…Nick and I met the old fashioned way: we were set up by my grandparents! When we got engaged in September of 2010, I had just moved with my immediate family from my childhood home of Louisville, Kentucky, to Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, because of my daddy’s recent cancer diagnosis. The only decision we didn’t make was that we would get married in Louisville! There was no decision to be made, it will always be my home and I’m so glad we started our life together there.
Part of the reason we got married in Louisville was St. Michael’s (the church we got married in). My daddy was the priest at St. Michael’s for 30 years when he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and the orthodox christian faith is something that Nick and I both share (my grandfather is the former priest and my uncle is the current priest at the orthodox church Nick grew up attending in New Jersey!). We were lucky to have 15 priests and one bishop serve at our wedding.
Nick and I, unlike most of the couples on SMP, had no idea what we wanted our wedding to be like when we got engaged. So, we each picked something we loved: books (me) and travel (him). We ended up with a quite unintentionally vintage, “pride and prejudice” wedding. All of the cookies on our “sort of viennese” table were made by friends and my wonderful aunts. Our favors were half traditional Greek bombonieres (5 jordan almonds signifying health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life) and half bar soap made at an orthodox men’s monastery in West Virginia (they make the soap themselves!). We used vintage postcards as our guest book and a vintage suitcase as a collecting place for them. Our wedding crowns (another greek orthodox tradition) were made by ann clough of orthodoxweddingcrowns.com–the crowns have special significance as they are kept by the bride and groom until death, then the ribbon connecting them is cut and the crown is buried with the deceased. Our cultural contributions continued with Greek, Arabic and Russian dances at our reception, starting with the traditional greek wedding dance oraia poy ‘nai i nifi mas!
Wedding Dress: Custom by Alana Sheldahl / Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edelman / Bridesmaid + Flower Girl Dresses: J.Crew / Flower Girl Headbands: J.Crew / Bridesmaid Bracelets: Stella & Dot / Groom + Groomsmen Ties: Cyberoptix Tie Lab / Floral, Event Design + Planning:Amanda Jacobs and Jaclyn Thomas Designs / Wedding Photography: Whitney Rae Photography / Cupcakes: Chelsea Stevens / Catering: Jonny V’s Catering / Chair Rental: Fifty Chairs / Hair: Ashley Wise via Bennie and Friends Salon / Make-up: Amanda Baker via Bennie and Friends Salon / Ceremony + Reception Location: St. Michael The Archangel Orthodox Church / Favors (soap): Holy Cross Hermitage / Wedding Crowns: Ann Clough of Orthodox Wedding Crowns / Music: Advanced Entertainment Solutions