An Elegant Wedding By Marcio Cavalcanti (Love & Latkes Wedding Revealed!)
Now that the afterglow of the wedding is fading (though it will never truly fade since I married the most amazing man on the planet) and I have all my gorgeous professional photos, I wanted to share all the details with everyone. If I had to choose one word to describe our wedding and its elements, I’d say meaningful. We really tried to make many of the details have a meaning or significance. With that, here we go!
One of the more meaningful elements of the day was actually my bouquet! I worked with Autumn and Grace Bridal on Etsy to design a fabric bouquet made entirely of heirloom fabrics. Pieces of my mom and Oren’s mom’s wedding dresses, our grandmothers, my great-grandmothers and sister came together to create a special keepsake. I was even able to add fabric from my first birthday and bat mitzvah dresses, and scrap fabric from my wedding dress too!
Speaking of my dress, I have to give a shout out to Tulle by Gual for designing my perfect dress. You’ve read the story of how I found it right here at The Knot offices. It was a truly exciting experience finding it, as was working with the fabulous Antonio throughout the process. The end result was exactly what I wanted and Oren loved it! You can tell by his reaction in our first look.
Another thing that really brought the look of the day together was my hair and makeup. I know that sounds silly, but it’s probably one of the more important elements. If you don’t like the way you look, you won’t feel comfortable and you’ll hate your photos, even if they’re beautifully taken. I was so lucky to find Jennette of Beauty Couture Inc. Talk about AMAZING!! When we had the trial, I explained what I wanted and she got it in seconds. She was so wonderful and I could not have been more thrilled with the way everything came out on the day of, it was exactly how I pictured it.
While we’re talking about fashion, I have to show you my handsome husband in his tux. I know first looks are meant to be for the groom to see the bride, but he equally took my breath away when I first saw him. We were lucky enough to work with the great team over at Black Lapel to get his tux made and it fit perfectly! Also, I gave a pretty awesome groom’s gift (if you ask me!). Oren’s a big whiskey fan, so I got him an engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue, which I knew he really wanted. He loved it!
I was so excited about how our bridal party looked too! I wanted my bridesmaids to look cohesive but different. We chose Amsale bridesmaid dresses in navy, but everyone picked their own. It gave it a great textured effect, half were in jersey and half were in chiffon. Check out their cute earrings that I got for them from Green Peridot on Etsy. Our groomsmen also looked pretty dapper. Men’s Wearhouse’s Black by Vera Wang line really provides an alternative to the standard rental tux. It had the skinny modern fit we were looking for and the guys looked awesome.
Next up: overall wedding! We wanted a really romantic atmosphere, so went with a lot of candlelight and amber uplighting. For me, the ceremony was really important, we had the courtyard of The Cocoplum lit with Italian café lights and all the trees were wrapped with twinkling lights. The effect was absolutely gorgeous and when I stepped out, it felt like a fairytale. The chuppah was amazing and we injected a personal touch by creating the roof out of tallis’ (prayer shawls) belonging to each of our fathers. In the reception, for the centerpieces, I didn’t want anything too flowery or colorful, so Creations by Blanca put together amazing centerpieces with branches, dendrobium orchids and hanging candles. The effect of the room was perfect. To top it all off, we probably had the best DJ ever in Mike Kruz of Scratch Weddings. He kept the party going and had awesome mashups to keep everyone on the dance floor.
For stationary, we wanted a really clean, simple and traditional look. Our invitations were letterpress, which we really wanted. Luckily we found The Aerialist Press, who does affordable letterpress and did a beautiful job. We also opted to add a fun and whimsical touch with our stamps. Zazzle.com lets you customize stamps and we had such fun creating ours. Finally our programs, by The Original Pear on Etsy, were the perfect mix of traditional and whimsical. They had drawings of all the bridal party members for a fun touch, plus letters to our guests and parents and explanations of all the Jewish customs.
Photos and Video
A quick shout out to our fantastic photographer Marcio Cavalcanti, who took all these photos. He truly understood our vision and was able to capture every element of the day beautifully and with the style we were looking for. These are just a few of my favorites, but it’s so hard to choose. We also did a Capsule album, which was a fun way for our guests to get social and hashtag our day (#stephandoren)! Our videographer, Jeremy of BlueShore Productions, was also amazing. We wanted a really cinematic take on the day and he beyond delivered. Check out our highlight reel:
For more details, our guest book and how Oren surprised me on the day of, be sure to check out my appearance on The Knot LIVE this week in this video: