|Hi, I'm Julie ... artist, photographer, potter, etc. I am so happy you are here! I consider this blog my creative journal where I can share my recent work, ideas and dreams, and lots of little details about my life. Please make yourself at home. Whether you are a bride-to-be, a photographer, or just a visitor, I hope you will find inspiration here and even become a friend.|
Three adjectives that describe your wedding day are:
(Stephanie) fun, perfect, intimate (Michael) southern, simple, modern
Did you have any favorite vendors? (Stephanie) We love White Orchid, Colleen Moore, because she designed the perfect wedding dress and hair piece for me to wear.
Bride’s Shoes: Alex Marie
Accessories: David Yurman Bracelet; vintage earrings borrowed from my Step-mom Sabrina; vintage minors cut gold ring given to me by my mother Barbara
Another favorite vendor: The Lily Barn because they make it so easy to have a beautiful wedding and you can get it all in one place!
What were you most looking forward to about your wedding day? (Michael) Seeing Stephanie in her wedding dress (Stephanie) Having all of our friends and family in the same place at the same time!
Was there a moment when you knew you were in love? (Stephanie) I knew I loved him after three weeks meeting him. I was on the phone with my friend and I told her I thought he was the one. (Michael) I think I knew I loved her when I asked her to be my girlfriend the day after Valentine’s day (2007).
Describe the proposal: Our proposal wasn’t super romantic, but it was still a sweet day. We were in NYC visiting our friend Beth and we had spent the day at the Natural History Museum and then we stumbled on the Imagine memorial for John Lennon in Central Park on John’s birthday. We then went to have dinner at Beth’s restaurant and somehow marriage came up in our conversation and we decided it was time. I told Michael I didn’t believe him unless he told Beth. I came back from the restroom and Beth was at our table and when I sat down he told her we were engaged!
What was your biggest day-of crisis and how did you handle it? It started to rain during our pictures before the wedding and everyone was worried it would rain during the ceremony. We had to make the call to either move the wedding to the pavilion or chance it and leave the chairs where they were. We decided to chance it, and we are very glad we did because it didn’t rain again at all that day!
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung
What was the most emotional part of the day for you? (Stephanie) Walking down the aisle with both of my parents and then seeing Michael look like he was about to cry. (Michael) Watching Stephanie walk down the aisle with her parents.
Ceremony venue & Florist: The Lily Barn
What was the best thing about the whole day? (Michael & Stephanie) Walking away from the ceremony to the Beatles song The Two of Us with everyone throwing flowers at us!
Did you do any DIY projects? A LOT! So much of our wedding was done by hand! Almost all of our decorations were made by Michael & I with the help of family and friends. I (Stephanie) made the Mr. & Mrs. Banner. I made both of my garters. My bridesmaid Beth Costello made all of the desserts and had them flown to Tennessee from NYC.
Wedding Cake Baker: Bethany Costello (bridesmaid)
-Any unexpected surprises on the day-of? (Stephanie) During my father-daughter dance my Dad asked my Uncle Shawn to step in and finish the dance with me. I was totally surprised, but it really meant a lot to get to dance with him since he has been the second most important man in my life besides my father.
What was the funniest thing that happened? (Stephanie) Having to have all of my bridesmaids help me use the restroom because my dress had so many layers!
What was the biggest wedding planning crisis and how did you handle it? Music. We could not decide on what we wanted and really put it off until the last minute. We then remembered that an acquaintance of ours had access to dj equipment and he had the same taste in music as us. I’m so glad we decided to use Zach Waldrop!