Like all GWS couples, Aly wanted her wedding to reflect the two of them as a couple and be a little bit different! :) From Aly: I just wanted it to be cool and have a lot of color. My biggest priority was photography because that is the one piece of the day you get to keep forever. Derek and I wanted more of a modern feel for our wedding and that’s why we picked The New Childrens Museum for our venue – it was the perfect combination of fun colors and cool architecture with the overall vibe we wanted. Once we found a venue, everything else came into place fairly easily.
I love their use of chalk throughout their wedding! Such a fun (and totally affordable option) to add a bit of whimsy into your day. Big thanks to Couture Events for the coordination + styling and to Stone Crandall Photography for the photos. Congrats Aly + Derek!
My favorite moment was during the last song of the night all of our friends lifted Derek and I up in the air. We felt so loved and celebrated and it was the perfect way to end the party! I've always been jealous of the Jewish hora chair dance and I got to have my own version!
Derek’s last name is Laud, so they used it as a theme of sorts. Get Laud instead of Get Loud! Fun!! :)
The two details that stood out the most in my mind were our flowers and our gold sparkle table runners. During the wedding planning process I didn’t really think flowers were a priority to me, but in the end our florist did such an amazing job and her ability to represent our style through the flowers made all the difference in the overall look of the day. I am obsessed with the florals we had and absolutely loved carrying around my bouquet. In the weeks prior to the wedding I had everything planned and finished and had told a close friend the one element I was sad that I didn’t have the budget or emotional space left to plan for was a little element of glitter or sparkle. It was a complete gift from God when our wedding planner, Krystel from Couture Events, sent me a picture the afternoon of the wedding of some sequin linens & table runners that she brought along as extra décor just in case and thought we could use:)! We were so thankful, they made the room SPARKLE!
It might be a good idea to practice your first kiss (ours felt awkward)!! My biggest fear planning the wedding was that in the end it would all feel like a waste and that I would feel like I wasted all of this time, money, and emotional energy on a party when all I truly wanted was a marriage. I wish someone had told me how much FUN my wedding was going to be. It was literally THE BEST DAY EVER and I don't regret a single thing.
We skipped a lot of the routine wedding activities like the garter toss, cutting the cake, and bouquet toss. I'm glad we focused on doing the things we knew we wanted to do, and skipped the stuff we didn't care about. I think I learned a life lesson: Go with your gut! If you don't want to do it, you don't have to. And if there is something unique that you haven't seen done before but want to do - DO IT!
photography: Stone Crandall Photography // coordination + styling: Couture Events // venue: The New Childrens Museum // catering: Wild Thyme // photobooth: Mobile Photobooth // flowers: Posies Flowers // rentals: Raphaels Party Rentals // dress: Allure Bridal // suit: Thick as Thieves LA
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