There is a general excitement whenever I book a job. But when I booked this one, I was ecstatic. My bride, Christina Baal, left her high profile, NY life in politics for laid back life in Costa Rica, focusing on environmental issues that were really important to her. She decided that her wedding would be on Long Island, where she grew up. Planning a long distance wedding is always challenging, but she knew what she wanted. She planned everything very well. I was able to execute a perfect event based on her plans. What made this wedding so different for me was that Christina was very familiar with planning events (she had done this for politicians, Yikes!). She understood the need for a timeline, for contract review, attention to detail and so much more. She appreciated the job I was going to do for her more than any other bride I had ever worked for. I was excited to meet her high expectations. What I didn't realize was how impressed I would be by her planning.
Christina and Roland were so grounded. Their wedding was a celebration of their love and they wanted to share it with family and friends. Many couples loose sight of what a wedding is really about because they get bogged down with the "Big Wedding" idea. Christina and Roland focused on what was really important to them and the results were outstanding. One thing that was important to her was her dress...
...And look at the one she picked! Vera Wang does not disappoint. This breathtaking gown was covered in lace. Christina's gorgeous Yve Saint Laurent heels in purpley-pink brought out her spunky personality. The flowers in her hair tied it all together.
And speaking of flowers...they were simply amazing. There were elements of this wedding that were Do It Yourself. The couple rented a space that required them to get their own linens, food and staff. A long time friend of the bride volunteered to do all the personal and decorative flowers for the wedding. (This is a great way to save money that I've told you about before.) Her friend was extremely artistic and well up to the challenge. (She also hand painted the runner that was used down the aisle.) Look at these botanicals!
The traditional, Filipino food was catered by a restaurant and served by hired staff, buffet style. The staff was also in charge of the bar service, which was perfect! The guests had plenty to eat and drink which is so important to any event.
No wedding would be complete without a cake cutting. The couple opted for a small round cake and lots and lots of delicious cupcakes in a variety of flavors.
The love at this wedding was expressed in the most heart warming ways. Two close friends of the bride and groom participated in the wedding ceremony with loving stories of their friendship. The bride's family participated as well with cultural rituals that included veils and cords. The vows were personal expressions of the couple's story. And best of all, the marriage Officiant was a long time friend of the bride who expressed so poetically why their union was so special. The wedding was meaningful. Family and friends toasted them with warm and funny stories. Young children were invited and enjoyed the festivities right along side the adults. And even though I hadn't known this couple very long, I could tell that they were perfect for each other. I don't generally get teary eyed at clients' weddings, but I did at this one. This was a true love story. This was a perfect, happy wedding!
Photography was also an important element to this wedding. The fabulous photos were taken by Brooklyn based photographer Catherine of Wild Bloom Photography. She captured the spirit of this event so well. For more photos from this love story, click over here.
Congratulations to Christina & Roland and to your entire family and many friends. Thank you for letting me be a part of this fabulous day.
Photography: Wild Bloom Photography
Bakery: The Sweet Peace
Food and Bar Service: Parties N'All
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