Lots of family was on hand to help out this loving and fun couple pull off a great wedding celebration. The autumn day started off with a bit of a bump in the road with inclement weather causing the outdoor ceremony to be moved to the reception hall. The Irish American Heritage Center came through with flying colors with the last minute change, and all of the guests made it there okay with all of the family pulling out phones to call all 200 guests!
The bride Beth was a great sport, and maintained her good spirits, and we were glad to see everyone not let the weather sour their fun plans. Beth was calm and relaxed while getting her makeup done while her father and other relatives made their way through the phone list.
We were impressed with this as we knew coming in that this wedding would likely be an extraordinarily emotional day. Sadly, Beth's mother had passed away, which of course made for a few bittersweet moments, but her loving relatives were wonderfully supportive and jovial throughout the day. Beth also thought of a great way to keep her mother close to her heart by wearing her mother's ring on a necklace.
Beth and Justin had natural and simple style overall, with a touch of vintage flair for their wedding fashions. The bride's jewelry, accessories, and goddess wedding dress from Kasia's Bridal, as well as the groom's dapper fedora hat and charcoal jacket-less suit perfectly represented their fun and creative personalities.
Beth and her father shared a sweet moment on the porch before heading off to the ceremony. Everyone made it there on time, the venue had a separate room made ready for their last minute change of plans, and the bride and groom were married by officiant Pierre Poinsette without a hitch.
During the receiving line and cocktails guests enjoyed bowls of popcorn, and then Nostalgic Catering served fun pub style grub including mini burgers and liquor shots for toasting the couple during the reception. Family friend Courtney baked classic homemade bundt cakes, nutrolls and ginger snap cookies for dessert.
After dinner the bride and groom serenaded their guests with a Glen Hansard song, then everyone danced the night away with the always awesome Okyne Medialab. They also showed a great slideshow with pictures from the couple's childhood and dating years, which ran the gamut of emotions as family and guests all watched on together. Slideshows always work best like this when incorporated in the reception as a shared experience for all, instead of having it off to the side in another room for guests to watch individually.