What are your wedding colors and/or themes?
Our colors were blush, champagne, and black cherry, which were inspired by the cherry orchard where we had our reception. As we have done a lot of traveling in our long-distance relationship and are now spending a year in Florence to study art history, we wanted to incorporate art and cities that have become meaningful to us as much as possible into our wedding. Instead of table numbers, we invited our guests to find their “destination” with easels of famous artworks from each city. For example, the Florence table was marked by Botticelli’s “Primavera.” Our cake was inspired by Cezanne’s still lifes with fruit, the seating chart was a framed poster of Martin Johnson Heade’s magnolias, and our program covers featured Van Gogh’s orchard with blossoming plum trees.
What is your inspiration when planning your wedding?
We wanted our wedding to feel like an elegant dinner party of close family and friends. In a departure from what many couples do, we blended members of our two families and our friends at the dinner tables, rather than seating them with people they already knew. This seemed to make for a more dynamic dinner vibe. We served the main course of dinner family-style, and it was fun to watch our guests react to the enormous wooden boards of food! In our travels, we have become foodies, so having good food and wine was very important to us. Our wines were from Trius and Peller Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which we frequently visit for holidays and special occasions. We had a marshmallow toasting bar, because in a way, it was marshmallows that brought us together. I chose to attend Williams College, where we met, because of a midnight hike and marshmallow toast organized by our officiant and college chaplain, Reverend Rick Spalding.
Did you incorporate any fun themes/motifs or design elements?
We wanted people to experience the ceremony orchard as a sacred space, so we chose white pews instead of chairs. John tied the organza drape, and I wove the ivy and ribbon into the lantern that hung from the cherry tree that was our focal point.
Did you include any special traditions, old or new?
In my family, it is a tradition to give a guest bag with treats from the hometowns of the bride and groom. John is from Columbus, Ohio, so he added chocolate and peanut butter Buckeyes, and my aunt Maryann made chocolate buffaloes and purple cows, representing my hometown of Buffalo, and the mascot of Williams College. John also brought an enormous Williams College banner – when he first told me about it, he asked “how big is too big?” and said “be careful what you wish for.” For something old, something blue, etc. I carried my mother’s wedding ring and handkerchiefs from John’s mother, and had a sixpence in my shoe from Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
As we met in dance class, we made sure to practice our first dance quite a bit! John also noted that when Dana was walking up the aisle with the wind blowing through the trees, Reverend Rick leaned over and whispered “Even Botticelli himself couldn’t have painted it better.”
Dress Designer: Ian Stuart veil – Peter Langner
Dress Shop: Kleinfeld Bridal
Hair/makeup: Honor Beauty
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Cake: Willow Cakes and Pastries
Catering: Kurtz Orchards
Entertainment: Tiger 8 Entertainment
Day-of Coordinator: Jen Feschuk, Fete Events
Favors: Greaves Jams