These two had me at “non-traditional”. Tom & Melissa described some events during their wedding as non-traditional. I was hooked! Every wedding should reflect the couple as much as Tom and Melissa’s wedding reflected them.
Some things they chose to do differently than a typical wedding: they saw each other before the ceremony, and had gorgeous photos taken right before sunset (the ideal time for taking photos)! All the portraits were complete before the ceremony even began... Which left flexibility and a calm transition to the reception with absolutely no rushing!
The ceremony took place in a beautiful, white church… in the evening, after the sun had set.
They wanted the parent/child dances, and the first dance, but they didn’t want it to be a big show. The DJ played a few slow songs and they each had their special dance together in the comfort of all the other guests dancing next to them.
It’s a little bit different, huh? It was perfect, because it was what they wanted. Moms and mother in-laws, if you are reading this, let your kids do what they want. You had your time to plan a wedding and now it’s their chance! Help them achieve the vision they have, and don’t be a roadblock. I’m sure Tom and Melissa’s parents were extremely encouraging and supportive of their decisions. Unfortunately, it’s not as common as you would hope for a wedding to reflect the couples’ interests. Far too often, a couple is forced into doing things a certain way just because everyone else does it that way. Your relationship is one of a kind, so your wedding should be also! Think outside the box! How can your wedding embody your unique background, story, and love?
Hair: Care Frandina from Salon Berardo and can be followed on Instagram @_carecuts
Makeup: Gabe Drake of ilashNY
Cake: Terri Dandreamatteo
Hotel Lafayette coordinator: Charlie Safy
DJ: Dan Rinelli
Separate wedding coordinator: Barbara Brown