“Brett and I met at a Halloween party in 2012. I had just signed a lease in NYC, and was at the party with another guy. He had only been single for about a week. The timing could not have been more off! To be honest, I didn’t even remember meeting Brett that night. The next day, he texted a mutual friend to see if she was with me. We went on three dates that week. Next thing I knew he was getting my number and I was pulling out of my lease in NYC!!
“So much went into the decor for our wedding day, that nothing seemed ready even as the big day arrived. My mom was at the venue at 6:00 that morning getting everything together! Her longtime boyfriend, Stuart Grannen, owns Architectural Artifacts, so there were a lot of things done for our wedding specifically. For example, moving two 12-ton, stone, horses! We moved trees, loads of furniture, and whole walls of art. Even a week before, the bathrooms for our after party weren’t quite ready. It seemed like we might not pull it off.
“Sure enough my mom and Stuart got everything ready in the knick of time. I could finally worry about getting myself together! There was so much going on that day — as with any wedding. It seemed exaggerated though, with a 22-person bridal party. I remember feeling so stressed about having to make sure all nine girls were happy with their hair and makeup.
“Once it was my turn, all I could think about was how excited I was for Brett to see me. I knew he would love my dress. And he did. He cried even harder than I expected! Our first look was the most special moment of my life. We both cried tears of joy. I was trying to tilt my head back and not ruin my makeup.
“The ceremony was so beautiful I couldn’t believe my eyes. The chuppah was on another level. And I loved that we did all green flowers. I’m not super girly, so it felt like me. I remember feeling so calm standing under it with Brett. And so excited to call him my husband. It was like a dream standing up there. I don’t even remember what Brett said in his vows — I just had a feeling of serenity. As we walked back down the aisle, I knew it was going to be the best night, and it didn’t end until they pulled the plug at 3:00 am!
“We had a black tie barbecue. We knew we wanted black tie because I make custom suits for a living, yet we wanted everyone to truly enjoy their food, because we love food! Barbecue seemed like the perfect way to achieve that. We couldn’t stand the thought of another wedding with terrible food, and insisted that ours be different. One of our passed apps were mini chicken and waffles. We even had a pit master do our meat!
“We also had a rock strings band for our ceremony. I loved the idea of walking down the aisle to a cool version of a Beatles song — like my dad loves so much. We then had an 80’s cover band, because Brett’s number one hobby is dancing. He lives to dance! For our after party, we had our favorite DJ, Moon Boots. Our New York friends were very excited about that part!” — Jenna
Ceremony + Reception: Architectural Artifacts // Photography: Steve Koo Photography // Videography: Smiling Toad // Officiant: Rabbi Michael Sommer // Wedding Consultant: Liven It Up Events // Gown: Berta Bridal // Hair: Salon Buzz // Makeup: Sonia Roselli // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids // Formalwear: Trunk Club Custom // Stationery: Pulp & Ink // Flowers: Blumgarten; Chuppah Design by Michelle Vazquez of Blumgarten and Derrick Taylor of Taylor & Co. // Catering: J &L Catering meats by Phil Wingo // Entertainment: Bill Pollack, Breakfast Club, Moon Boots // Sweets: J & L Catering, Black Dog Gelato, Stans Donuts // Transportation: Windy City Limo