Blame it on George Stanley Banks, but I’m a backyard wedding kind of girl, especially when the backyard is decked out to the nines. This wedding from International Event Company is pretty much my dream, and Maya Myers Photography captured it in a way that is has left me wordlessly scrolling through every image with a smile on my face.
From the beautiful bride… Scott and I met at The University of Pennsylvania as freshmen, were close friends and started dating sophomore year. When Scott proposed at my parent’s house (the house I grew up in), both our families were there to celebrate with us, and we knew immediately it would be the perfect place for our wedding. Our wedding cake was displayed and we cut our cake intimately with our families during our reception in the Gazebo Scott proposed in.
For my something borrowed, I wore my mother in law’s earrings that my sister-in-law also wore to her wedding. In my dress, there was a piece of my mother and grandmother’s dress embroidered into the lining. My parents, and both sets of grandparents’ wedding dates were embroidered in blue as my something blue.
Our ceremony was held under an oak tree in front of the house with my grandfather’s tallit hanging above us. Since my grandfather passed away, his Tallit has been embroidered with the major life events that have happened, such as births, bar mitzvahs and weddings. I walked out of the doorway of the house I grew up in straight down the aisle to join Scott to begin our own family and home.
Our reception was magical, with a live band for us to dance the night away with our 275 closest friends and family. The place cards were displayed in a vintage china cabinet with a sign with the Robert Browning Lyric “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be”, which was also written on Scott’s custom designed cufflinks.
It was really important to me that the band, The Rembrandt Band, learn a piece that I composed as a surprise for Scott and my first dance. Doug Waitman of the band helped me orchestrate the piece and performed it as a surprise for Scott and my first dance. I also walked down the aisle to a piece that I composed.
For party favors our guests got a mosaic pot that was made by the participants of my mom’s nonprofit organization Piece by Piece. Piece by Piece works to empower residents in the under-served communities of Los Angeles by providing the tools, marketable skills and self-confidence to assume more responsibility for their future. The pots created for the party favors were made with love by the participants, who earned valuable income and a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” We also gave out stationary wrapped in University of Pennsylvania colors that were personalized with: “It all started as Penn Pals…” and at the bottom said “Michelle & Scott, 9.2.12”
At the end of the evening when the band stopped playing, Scott and I ran down the steps, surrounded by our friends with sparklers in hand. We made our way to the lower gazebo, where there were fire pits and supplies to make s’mores.
Photographer: Maya Myers Photography | Videographer: Buckley Videography | Planner: International Event Company, Jonathan Reeves | Florist: Brad Austin Imaginative Florals | Wedding Cake: Jamaica's Cakes | Rings: Finger Mate | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Kitchen for Exploring Foods | Makeup: Thierry Pourtoy | Hair: Sami Eid of Christophe Salon, Beverly Hills | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Band: Rembrandt Fine Artists Entertainment | Wedding Favors: Piece By Piece | Invitations, Place Cards, Table Numbers + Programs: Tulaloo | Ketubah: Karin Alpert (sister of the bride) | Rentals: Town And Country