Around this time every year I'm nostalgic for the first encounter I had with Mr. SB. We danced into each other at a dreadfully crowded bar in Gramercy eight years ago, who says you can't meet your future husband when you're out on the town? After half a decade, he popped the question and we got married at THE RALEIGH SOUTH BEACH on a beautiful Sunday evening, six years to the day after we met.
Now a few anniversaries and a new home continent later, I am still thrilled about how our special day turned out. In fact, we had such a blast the first time around that we may renew our vows at year five so we can party with the new friends we've met on this side of the pond. There are a few things I regret, such as the horrific, childlike table cards I insisted on making and using a baroque mirror as a guest book, it shattered into a million pieces, but like most things it worked out.
Of course, we faced a few challenges, mostly how to create a cool and fun wedding on a budget. It can be tough, brands and vendors hear WEDDING and it's almost as if they triple their prices instantly. Franck Eggelhoffer from Father of the Bride instantly comes to mind.
There are a few ways to bypass these crazy surcharges. Think SPOTIFY playlist instead of a weirdo DJ, PAPERLESS POST digital invitations versus printed versions and buying your own table arrangements, oh, and keeping the flowers to a minimum. You can also preserve your bouquet, I know it sounds strange and possibly tacky, but FOREVER FLOWERS made the arrangement look spectacular and placed it in a black shadowbox. Here are a handful (or two) of my favorite photos from our wedding and if you have any questions in planning your own affair, don't hesitate to give me a shout. x, Jen
All photographs by the lovely and talented MICHELLE MARCH