It is typical for many weddings that we have a Plan A and B.. usually Plan B involving options should it rain on a wedding day. Little did we know that our 2020 brides would be facing plans A, B, C, and sometimes even D! When Kate and I first met back in February she described what she and Daniel envisioned for their day. We set plans in motion and they began putting finishing touches on their dream wedding. And then came post-March 2020. And we all know what that meant for so many people planning a wedding.
For Kate + Daniel, what started as Plan A: a church wedding + country club reception of 300+ people soon morphed into a church wedding and cocktail hour outside with a small group of family and an intimate dinner at home.
Spoiler alert: ultimately, it was exactly how it should have been.
This wedding oozed class and style from start to finish. Kate’s dress is one of the more striking gowns we have ever seen. Timeless and stunning. The bridesmaids wore a mix of champagne dresses and the guys didn’t disappoint in their bowties and slim-fit, ankle skimming suits.
This day was rooted in family and intimacy from the start. Kate began the day getting ready at her parents’ home and ended the night there dancing under the stars with her groom. Sarah Kriner perfectly captured the mood of the day with authentic portraiture that begs to be put on the front cover of a magazine.
Kate + Daniel said ‘I Do’ at St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, before setting off for cocktail hour at Woodstock Club. We cannot boast enough about Woodstock Club. They were flexible, accommodating and truly had only Kate, Daniel, and their family’s best interests in mind. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour outside on the front lawn serenaded by the music of My Yellow Rickshaw. Heavy appetizers and froze in monogrammed cups were enjoyed as guests mingled. Following their first dance and memorable toasts, Kate, Daniel and immediate family traveled back to Kate’s parents’ home for an intimate dinner.
Guests were welcomed onto a transformed back patio. It. was. magical.
There were no details left unturned on the tablescape. Vintage green water goblets, rattan chargers, and round menus played up the whimsical vibe while the tapered white candles and mixed shades of green florals by Kathy’s Kloset grounded the space in timeless style. The candlelight combined with the string lights and surrounding torches added a moody warmth to the space. And we can’t forget about the multi-course meal served by the team from Vine Society. This last-minute pivot was one of the most notable, unique additions to the day.
As I left at the end of the night I felt such a sense of calm and overwhelming joy for Kate + Daniel. This day could have gone in so many directions. Though it was not as they planned it, in the end it felt very much how it should have been. From a planner’s perspective, the way this day was handled by Kate + Daniel, their families, and all the vendors involved was nothing short of perfection.
And a note to future brides – don’t be afraid of pivoting your day. Reimagine what we have known weddings to look like for so many years. In the end you get to start what is going to be a lifetime of a marriage and that ultimately is all that matters.
Cheers to your forever, Kate + Daniel! We were honored to be a part of it!
Xo, Brittany + The JDWC Team
Photography: Sarah Kriner Photography
Ceremony: St. John the Evangelist Church
Cocktail Hour Reception: Woodstock Club
Dinner Reception: Private Residence
Wedding Coordination: Jessica Dum Wedding Coordination
Floral Design: Kathy’s Kloset
Videography: Sauer Productions
Cake: The Cake Bake Shop
Catering: Vine Society
Chairs: A Classic Party Rental
Cocktail Hour Entertainment: My Yellow Rickshaw
Invitations + Paperie: Emile Cochran
Gown: Erin Young Designs
Bridesmaid Dresses: On their own
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux
Hair: Anna Mowery
Makeup: Annette Smith