January 31, 2019
Liz and Joey poured every ounce of “them” into their non-traditional Jefferson Underground wedding. No part of their wedding was generic or blah.
Spending the morning with Liz and her family and friends as they got ready was a blast. I think the photos I snapped of her hanging with her parents and sister are my favorite family photos ever. Everyone was just so easy together. There was so much chiding and joking and laughing.
They nixed having a traditional wedding party. Their nearest and dearest were all involved in the day, but it never once required matching/coordinating outfits.
It was hot – so, so, so hot. And while the heat was mentioned a few times, no one let it ruin their day. Their entire day was a true celebration, not a social obligation.
These two are so loved and adored by their friends and family. If it wasn’t evident enough from the toasts, it was more than made clear by the festive good vibes of their wedding guests.
How you met // The Love Story – tell me your story!
We met across a table at a friend’s house playing liars dice – it involves a whole lotta whiskey and bluffing….
Your Venue(s) – tell me why you chose your venues and what you loved about it!
The Jefferson Underground was the perfect space, quirky as hell, really beautiful and super random. We danced the night away and loved the beauty and weirdness of the space.
Decor + Details – Tell me about the feel of your wedding. What you chose and why ◡̈
Calla lilies are our favorite flowers. We wanted romantic as the space is so industrial.
What she wore – tell me about your dress. Where you found it, how you found it, why you chose it!
My cousin, Susan Jaff, made my dress in South Africa – the bodice was fully hand beaded with swaroski crystal and 40 layers of tulle. Not white, but beige and grey and light pink. We wanted something different and special.
What he wore – tell me about the groom’s attire. What he chose and where he got it from.
Grey linen 3 piece suit. It was hot as hell but he looked good.
The Ceremony – tell me how you planned it, how you felt during the ceremony, what you loved about it!
Shira Miller was our officiant, one of our best friends – the wedding focused on community and our relationship. Modern with a whiskey ceremony, Jewish and Catholic traditions, and modern readings including the poem read at Obama’s 2009 inauguration. We wanted women to run the ceremony.
Music // Reception // Party – How did you envision your reception? What was your goal for the party?
We had Jeremy and Leslie play for the cocktail reception – love them both! and Roland and the Soul Endeavor rock the night away with soul and motown. The party was meant to be a rager. And it was!!!
Your Photographer (that would be me!) – how did I help you? Why did you choose me?
We wanted a photographer with a great vibe, who would understand we wanted to capture the nature of the event – not stage or fake photos but get the real love and energy and excitement of the night, and show us for who we were. We really LOVED Jamie!!
Advice to couples planning their wedding:
Remember it’s your night. Though the planning should involve your family and friends, enjoy the day yourselves, and let go of everything – it will all go wrong and still be amazing. xxxx
Planner: Signed Sealed Delivered Events // Venue: Jefferson Underground Gallery // Hair/Makeup: Emily Miller // Catering: Sugarfire 44 // Band: The Bottoms Up Blues Gang and Roland Johnson and the Soul Endeavor // Rentals + Décor: An Affair to Remember // Food Rentals: Weinhardt Party Rentals // Transportation: BEST Transportation // Flowers: DIY – ordered from Baisch and Skinner // Suits: Suit Supply // Bride’s Dress: Custom created in South Africa by Susan Jaff