Our Wedding

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Somehow I managed to pick just under 100 photos to share from you from over 500. It was painful, you guys. There was just too much good stuff to choose from!

I’ve already told you how magical our wedding felt preparing it, and the actual event was no less magical. Just like everyone tells you, it goes by in the blink of an eye. You grin until your face hurts, and dance until your toes ache. So here are all the nitty gritty details: we got married at Camp Seely, a summer camp in Crestline, CA in the San Bernardino Mountains. Everyone we loved pitched in to help with everything and the only true “vendors” we hired were the taco bar, a few rentals, the cupcakes (ridiculously delicious), and our photographer Kim – who honestly did us the most generous favor on the planet earth after our original photographer had to cancel a couple months out. She did an incredible job and was there the entire weekend capturing every moment like a silent, wonderful ninja. I made a playlist of music for the reception and picked out some dance music and our friend Riel dj’d and filled in the rest of the dance music. The taco bar was a really affordable solution to the expensive mountain catering and so delicious. I made my bouquet and directed most of the flowers with help from my aunt, best friend, and my grandma. Katie did my hair and I did my own makeup (picking out makeup over six months was really thrilling for me, ha!). Our friend Rick officiated a ceremony that Will and I wrote together and Andrea and Will’s dad did readings we picked out. My mom and brother took “our song” that didn’t work as our first dance and turned it into a beautiful slow song we walked down the aisle to. I art directed all of the decorations and everyone pitched in putting them up with the help of Ali as a second eye.

I love how you can see all the joy and how much fun the day was. Favorite moments: getting ready with Andrea and Katie in the most casual way possible, my mom and brother singing “This Must Be The Place” for us, Will breaking down like a baby only five minutes into the ceremony after Andrea read Pablo Neruda, ballroom dancing with my grandfather (I have no idea how to dance and he took me by surprise, swinging me around!), my cousin Taylor dancing a choreographed dance to “Pretty Young Thing” for me, and watching Will’s grandfather put bunny ears on and jump into the Smilebooth (Probably the biggest hit! I owe you, Whitney and Ali, forever.) We kept things casual – no attendants, walked each other down the aisle (my dad and I are not much for tradition), no feeding each other cake.

All the fine details at the end – and we are selling the cupcake stands, wooden candle holders, lanterns, and that amazing folding sign if anyone is getting married or having a party! I’ll post those details soon as we’re going on our honeymoon tomorrow.

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Details:
Photography: Kim Smith-Miller | Venue: Camp Seely | Rentals: Party Plus Rentals | Kate’s dress: Alice & Oliva, shoes: Ann Taylor, jacket: Nordstrom, hairpiece & necklace: her own designs, bracelet & ring: Steinman family heirlooms, lipstick: Stila Stay All Day in Beso, hair: Katie Wilson, bouquet: Kate | Will’s suit: Indochino,  tie: April Look, shoes: Nordstrom Rack, shirt: Gitman Bros, glasses: Warby Parker, boutonniere: Kate | flowers: Kate + friends & family help (from the LA Flower Mart + FiftyFlowers) | Taco Bar: TJ’s Tacos | Cupcakes: My Delight Cupcakery | Cupcake stands: made by Will | Folding sign: made by Will | Signage lettering: Katie Wilson | Lighting: Kate’s dad | Vintage-style soda: Bevmo | Photobooth: Smilebooth | DJ: Riel Roch Decter

Songs:
Aisle walk: Talking Head’s “This Must Be The Place” arranged, played and sung by my brother Matt and my mom.
First dance: The Velvet Underground’s “I Found A Reason (demo version)” (side note: the demo version is so beautiful if you haven’t heard it!)
First dance with my grandfather: The Temptation’s “Night & Day”

Readings:
Pablo Neruda’s “Sonnet XVII” + a passage from Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84