What are your wedding colors and/or themes?
The main color scheme was blue+white. The room where we had our reception was blue, so we went with mostly white flowers in order to keep the room from looking too busy. We injected a bit more blue into the Chuppah and ceremony flowers. My bridesmaids wore a color called Silverstone which was a silvery-blue to keep with the color scheme. In terms of the theme, we really shaped a lot of our ideas off of the beautiful Otesaga itself. The hotel has this beautiful old world vibe to it, and truly didn’t need much decoration. We made sure to keep everything timeless and classic to match the hotel.
What is your inspiration when planning your wedding?
I always knew I wanted to have a simple yet elegant wedding, so we had a pretty clear idea heading into planning. David from Renaissance Floral Design was truly amazing and helped us bring our vision to life, not only with flowers but with all of our rentals. Aside from the aesthetics of the wedding, our main goals were that people ate well and danced all night. The Otesaga and Element Music did not disappoint. The food was absolutely incredible – we had many guests tell us they planned to come back just to eat the food again. Our band, Soho South, kept the dance floor packed all night. It was truly the best night of our lives.
Did you incorporate any fun themes/motifs or design elements?
The one place we strayed a bit in a fun way was with our signature drinks. Austin played tennis in college and I always grew up a big tennis fan. While we shared our love of tennis, we have continuously debated who is the greatest player, so our signature drinks were named after each of our favorites (mine is Federer while his is Nadal). It was a fun way to bring this bit of our personalities into the event, and was even more fun talking about it with our guests!
Did you include any special traditions, old or new?
We included a lot of Jewish traditions into our ceremony, which was one of my favorite parts. We made sure that both families were represented throughout the ceremony, from the tallit to the kiddush cups. Both Austin and I got married in a family member’s ring, he in his grandpa’s and me in my mom’s, which was incredibly special and something I’d love to pass down to future generations.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
The whole weekend was an absolute dream, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how the weekend started out! We had our rehearsal dinner at the Baseball Hall of Fame, which was such a cool experience. Austin is a huge baseball fan (go Red Sox!), so it was really cool to start our wedding weekend with our family and friends at such an iconic venue that meant so much to him. We loved watching everyone’s faces light up as they walked into the room and saw we were surrounded by the greatest players. The dinner consisted of amazing food, amazing speeches by some of our best friends, and ended with a cocktail hour at the Otesaga with the rest of our guests.
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Dress Shop: Wedding Atelier
Hair/makeup: Make me Fab
Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy
Flowers: Renaissance Floral Design
Cake: Marjorie Landers Wedding & Special Occasion Cakes
Catering: The Otesaga Resort Hotel
Entertainment: Element Music
Planner: My wonderful mother!!
Day of coordinator: Christine Wheat Special Events