Roxanne will be marrying Nathan on March 31st 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Click here to read all Roxanne’s planning posts to date.
THREE FACTS: Roxanne and Nathan met in summer 2010 at a Jewish summer camp in Missouri. (2) They are having a DIY wedding and Roxanne is toying with the idea of designing and sewing her own wedding dress as she has a background in sewing and historical fashion design (3) Roxanne is converting to Judaism and the couple are planning a traditional Jewish wedding with an Edwardian garden party feel!
A Lot of DIY-ing
Our wedding feel has evolved into an Edwardian garden party feel. Our venue is a foursquare style house in a city park, built in the 1910s. This is very important as it comes into play with our DIY’ing. An easier list is what we are not DIY’ing!
We are getting the food catered by professionals, photography, the grooms clothes, and our rings will all be done by pro’s too. Everything else we are doing DIY or DIY lite.
Image by Une Vie en Provence from Gladys and Jonathan‘s wedding
For the decorations and flowers we are going simple, but colorful. For decorations we will have tablecloths in our wedding colors (mint green, lilac purple, and cornflower blue). I am toying with the idea of buying fabric and cutting it down myself for tablecloths, if it would be more affordable than renting, or too hard to find rented linens in our colors.
The center pieces will be glassware that I will be painting to look like milk glass, also in our wedding colors, to feature our flower arrangements. Throughout the indoor space, and exterior, we will utilize bunting (a vastly underrated decoration in the US) to capitalize on the festive mood. Outside, we will have garden games (croquet, badminton, and TBD).
Our ceremony will be outside in the garden, in front of two Japanese maple trees. The other activity taking place outside will be the first dance, in which we will utilize the sprawling front porch as a stage, while our guests will watch from the lawn.
One of my favorite pieces of decor we will do is in the main hall, we will have a table filled with wedding photos of past relatives on their wedding day.
The flower arrangements we will be doing ourselves (with the help of family and friends), my bouquet will likely be simple calla lilies. The arrangements on the tables will be evocative of wildflowers. The main flower I would like to utilize is lily of the valley, which was my grandmother’s favorite flower.
Past that, I really have not thought of it much, but we will purchase the flowers wholesale, and arrange them ourselves.
Image by Jordanna Marston from Claire and Dave‘s wedding
Music is something else we are DIY’ing. Each part of the wedding will have a carefully curated playlist, of almost exclusively music from 1910s-1950s.
The music I will walk down the aisle to though, is being composed by my father, who is a composer, and a second generation musician (my grandmother was a concert pianist). I have not even heard it yet, though I trust him, and know he is vastly excited for it.
Our first dance will be either to The Very Though of You, Midnight, The Stars, and You, or By the Light, of the Silv’ry Moon. The music will be all set to go, as well as the playlists, and all that would need to be done, it switching over to the next playlist.
The food, was tricky. For a while we had a goal of catering fully kosher. Now we’ve found that this is very hard to find in the US outside of larger cities, with more observant Jewish communities.
So, we are doing kosher light. Meaning we will not be mixing meat and dairy. So, we decided we are leaning toward crepe stations for the food, where guests can have crepes custom made for them.
For alcohol we are going to do a champagne toast, and hard cider, but that is it. Dessert, we may do ourselves, or we may have it made. We will do a small cake, for the cake cutting. But, our main desserts will be French macarons, and cake pops.
Image by Laura Babb from Clelia and George‘s wedding
Over the next couple of months, I will be working to get alot of the decor things taken care of. Basically anything that can be done ahead of time, and stored in our apartment I will be trying to get done long ahead of time.
Luckily I have an amazing fiance who will help me, as well as supportive friends and family!
Image by Claudine Hartzel from Carla and Alex‘s wedding
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Roxanne & Nathan’s Wedding Vendors booked so far:
Venue – Borden Building