Besides being one of the prettiest days I have ever laid my eyes upon, this wedding looks like sooo much fun. The kind of day that you just LOVE being a part of, whether it’s as the gorgeous bride and groom or one of the lucky friends and family sharing in all of the joy. From the amazing ceremony to the beautiful Posy blooms to the breathtaking images from Kelly Maughan Photography. See them here.
And a beautiful film from CBJB Productions? Yes, please.
From the Bride… I met Joe through a mutual friend and immediately liked him. I know it sounds cliche’ when people say this, but I actually felt like I had already known him. We have a lot in common in that we don’t take anything too seriously. I think that was most reflected in our cake cutting – neither of us cared or even thought about how we were going to do it or if it would ruin my makeup or our clothes. We just had fun with it and that’s what I love about being with Joe, he makes everything fun. The most important thing to us on our wedding day was that it reflected who we are and what is important to us.
The first thing we chose was Via Vecchia as the venue, an Italian Winery in the brewery district. We wanted a space that was rustic, comfortable and unique. Via Vecchia was a perfect fit for us because my family is Italian and we both love wine. Many of the sayings, food and traditions at our wedding were Italian and wine themed and we decorated the space with olive branches, lanterns, chalkboards and old photos. Dinner was served family style and our families made cannoli’s and Italian cookies for dessert. We really wanted our guests to feel like they were having dinner at our home. We wanted the tone to be comfortable and laid-back, and I think the family style dining and the homemade desserts really set the tone. For our favors, Joe made 250 half bottles of homemade wine. We personalized each bottle with twine and our signature tag that we’d used on our save the date and invitations.
Our favorite thing about our wedding was the ceremony. In Italy, many events, including marriages happen outside in the town square with people gathered around. There’s something so beautiful and intimate about the simplicity of those gatherings. Even though it was a chilly November night and the only light we had was from a few string lights, we decided to get married on an alleyway stoop with our family and friends gathered around. It was perfect. Joe’s older brother married us, and Joe and I exchanged our own vows which added to the intimacy and comfort of our wedding ceremony.
Joe and I don’t regret a single thing about our wedding day. We didn’t do a lot of the traditions that many people do, but instead started our own that were more memorable and significant to us – and that’s what we wanted our wedding day to be about!
Photography: Kelly Maughan Photography | Videographer: CBJB Productions | Flowers: Posy | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Macy's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Macy's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Makeup: Joy Macke: State Of Face | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Venue: Via Vecchia