Morgan and Brady’s wedding was one of those that just made you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Both leading up to and on their big day, I really felt like I was just one of the family (well, a family member who was in charge of fluffing paper poms and setting out placecards!). Both the bride and groom just exude this welcoming quality, and I felt honored to have been brought in on this delightful celebration of their marriage.
The day started for the ladies at the lovely Hotel Palomar where Andie Cumber and Livia Caporale worked their magic. I really love working with Andie and Livia together: they team up so often that their flow is flawless and the atmosphere reflects that. Aside from the hardcore Gangsta Rap (Morgan’s favorite!) pumping through the iPod speakers, the mood was quite serene!
Meanwhile, Brady and his groomsmen were getting dapper in a suite at Trump.
Rain was a constant concern in the days leading up to that Saturday, but we lucked out and Brady and Morgan were able to do their first look outside. These pictures, expertly captured by James and Christy of Christy Tyler Photography, really show off the glow that both the bride and groom carried all day–too cute!
After the first look, the bridal party headed around town for some group shots.
Morgan’s inspiration for the day was a neutral palate–nothing overly showy or trendy–and Greenhouse Loft was the perfect place for that. The blond wood, floor-to-ceiling windows, and warm lighting hardly needed anything to make it feel dressed up for a wedding. Morgan chose to line the aisle with paper poms and Pollen’s simple arrangements framed the altar. The couple wanted some unique pieces played during the processional and ceremony, and Artistrings executed their requests beautifully!
The meal was definitely one of my favorite parts of this occasion. FIG Catering offered guests an arugula salad with sliced fresh figs, bleu cheese and hazelnuts followed by a choice of whole roasted chicken with lemon and herbs or braised short rib. It really felt like a meal one might prepare for a dinner party at home–only perfectly executed and without all the cleanup!
Morgan’s dad kicked off the evening with a short and sweet toast to the bride and groom. Brady’s brother, Joe, and Morgan’s sister, Lauren, gave some of the best toasts I’ve ever been witness to. The craziest part was that Lauren was literally writing her speech in the limo on the way to the ceremony! Very impressive (but don’t try this at home, folks)!
Morgan and Brady knew that their crowd would be a rowdy one, and wanted to get the dancing portion of the reception going as quickly as possible. Final Say totally rocked out the dance floor–guests couldn’t believe that they were listening to live music and not a recording!
What a glorious day it was! Morgan and Brady, so many congratulations to you both–thanks for letting me be a part of it all.