Details of the day: We wanted our wedding to be elegant and timeless using shades of purple and silver. The day began with the ceremony St. Teresa of Avila in Summit, NJ, where the church was decorated by purple and gray floral displays on each pew. The bridesmaids wore deep plum and were accented by light purple and gray floral bouquets with silver ribbon wrapped around the stems and crystal brooches with the letter of each bridesmaids’ first name. The groom and groomsmen all wore Burberry ties, with the groom in a black, white, and gray tie, and the groomsmen in silver, gray, and purple ties.
My wedding dress was strapless and A-line with a 4 foot train. The entire bodice was completely hand-beaded. The long train extended from a bow with a crystal brooch. The reception was decorated with sheer silver table overlays with light purple linens underneath and silver Chivari chairs. Table numbers were displayed in crystal silver frames and had a light purple background with white text. The cake was white and silver with 5 tiers, which was displayed on a tall, mirrored crystal table. We had a custom fabric card box with our monogram crest embroidered onto the top of the box. The sweetheart table had silver linens with varying heights of purple florals and candles. We had a calligrapher write on dark purple envelopes with silver ink for the escort cards, which were displayed on a large table with silver linens, purple florals, and candles.
In the photobooth, guests could take their picture in front of a purple and silver backdrop with our monogram and wedding date on it. The photobooth props were custom created to be silver and purple. We offered silver ballet flats and silver flip flops for guests. Favors were split bottles of wine (cabernet blend). which we chose and hand-bottled ourselves. We attached silver organza bags with purple jordan almonds onto the wine bottles to honor my family’s Italian heritage. At the end of the night, we had “to-go” boxes of water bottles and soft pretzels with dipping sauces.
Your favorite part: Aside from saying our vows during the ceremony, my favorite part of the night was being announced into the reception as “Mr. and Mrs. Dylan Sawyer” for the first time. It was extremely exhilarating and nothing compares to the way it feels to be surrounded by all of the family and friends we love most in the world.
If you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be? I don’t know that I would change much about my wedding, but if I could choose one thing, I think I would have spent more time at our Cocktail Hour. The night goes so fast, and I would’ve loved to have us spend a little more time with our guests during that hour.
Advice for other brides: Enjoy every moment! Make sure you share some time with your new husband to “take it all in” and truly absorb the special parts of the day.