Classic weddings are my jam but I reallyyyy like those with a little edge. And this one has it in spades. From the rings to the shoes, this Bride has style. But it didn’t stop there. Their wedding cake is by far my favorite one yet – a Momofuku birthday cake with a doughnut base. And with that, I’m sold. Merari Photography captured every detail for us to ooh and aah over – see them all in our Vault right this way!
From the Bride… Allan and I met in class freshmen year of college. Funny enough, we had most of our classes together and Allan willingly became my study buddy after I bribed him with food from the dining hall of course. We were first study partners, then good friends, and a few dates later the rest was history! After college, our relationship became long distance with Allan in upstate New York and myself in DC. On a weekend we had planned to be together in DC, Allan had to back out last minute so I made brunch plans with one of my friends. As we were walking to brunch along the Georgetown waterfront, we ran into this a cappella group singing. It turned out to be my friends from the a cappella group I sang with in college and out came our family members holding signs of the significant dates of our relationship. After we made it through the dates, Allan popped out proposing. It was such a memorable day and I’m so glad he had our family and friends involved.
As we started planning the wedding, we were going back and forth between venues in Maryland and New York. Once we saw the Central Park Boathouse, it was a no brainer to celebrate our marriage there. It’s such a beautiful venue and Central Park has always been special for us since it’s where we had one of our first dates. On our ten year dating anniversary, it just made sense to celebrate our marriage where it all began!
Since we chose the iconic Central Park Boathouse as our venue, we wanted our wedding to be timeless, classic, and romantic with hints of our personality. We wanted our venue to be flooded with florals and metallic details and the colors to be blush and gold mixed with other neutrals.
I absolutely loved our seating cards! I loved the idea of merging the wedding favor and seating card all in one. The simple bud vases with flowers coordinating our table arrangements were perfect. Once people brought them to their tables, it added to the table arrangement we had and made the tables look so beautiful flooded with flowers. I also loved our wedding cake. It was a mix of our two favorite desserts – Momofuku birthday cake and Dough doughnuts. Ask anyone of my friends and they’ll tell you Dough is one of my weaknesses.
Walking down the aisle is a memory I’ll never regret. I walked halfway down the aisle by myself and as I turned into the church, just seeing all of our family and friends was such a special moment. I met both my parents halfway down the aisle and they continued to walk with me. I loved having both of them walk me down the aisle. I can’t pinpoint just one favorite memory from the day, but when planning the wedding Allan and I just wanted our special day to be a big party with all of our family and friends. Halfway through the reception seeing everyone have fun was definitely the highlight of my day and sort of a sigh relief that all of the planning and prep was worth it!
If you had to do it over again, I don’t think I would have done anything differently! All of our vendors really made the day special and turned our dream into reality.
Photography: Merari Photography | Cinematography: Mint Wedding Cinematography | Event Planning: Whimsy Weddings | Floral Design: Cress Wedding Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Blessed Sacrament Church | Reception Venue: The Central Park Boathouse | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Glamsquad | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Doughnuts: Dough Brooklyn