When Andrew and I got engaged over a year ago, we didn’t realize what a whirlwind wedding planning can be. What we did know was that we both had more classic personal styles and we wanted to honor certain family traditions. The first decisions we made were the venue and the date. Choosing Glen View Club as the venue brought in our first major element of tradition. Not only did many of my fondest family memories take place there, but it has also been the reception venue for much of my family including my parents on August 8, 1981, almost 34 years to date of our wedding. Also, Andrew’s parent’s wedding on August 2, 1980, was just a day short of 35 years before our wedding. For the ceremony at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, we were lucky enough to have Andrew’s cousin, Father Steve Wilbricht, who has celebrated all of the Sullivan weddings come in from Massachusetts to officiate for us. He did such a fabulous job incorporating personal touches and making me feel like a part of the Sullivan family.
We based the symbol for our wedding in the same sense of tradition. I created a watercolor crest based on the Fitzpatrick and Sullivan Irish family crests so that we could use it as a motif throughout the wedding. For the invitations, we did a classic centered layout with the crest at the top. It had light Wedgwood blue border with a pocket on the back to hold all of the stacked cards for the map, reception, welcome party, rehearsal dinner and response cards. I designed all elements of the paper goods in a watercolor style. My favorite was the watercolor map with drawings of all event locations. We used those drawings on the reception card, welcome bags and on the programs too! We incorporated Joi Hunt's calligraphy for all of the script on the invitations and programs and Jessica Munoz's calligraphy for the wedding reception and gifts. They both did an amazing job!
We had shades of Wedgwood blue along with natural green and white tones and a sprig of lavender in my bouquet, an Irish wedding good luck charm. The menus were large scalloped circles that also served as chargers. The escort boards were custom designed to fit perfectly within the arched bookshelves on either side of the dining room doors at Glen View Club. The bridesmaids "getting ready" robes were made from a design that incorporated our watercolor crest and florals from our invitations.
There were subtle hints of vintage touches in all aspects of the day; from the antique heart slide bracelet my grandmother gave to my mom on my parent's wedding day, to the vintage postage stamps and the antique blue china rented from Vintage Place Settings. With a nod to the Old English rhyme, "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Sixpence in your Shoe;" our ring pillow was made from vintage handkerchiefs that were Andrew's and my grandmother's (something old), my dress (something new), the antique heart slide bracelet from my mom (something borrowed), the bridesmaids' dresses (something blue), and the sixpence for my shoe from my mom, as a traditional wedding good luck charm!
For the ceremony, the bridesmaids wore Jcrew blue lace dresses and the groomsmen, Andrew and our dads wore Jcrew chambray bow ties. My dress was originally something I picked out at a bridal shop, but it arrived the wrong color, didn't fit and the lace detail was way too large, beyond alterations! After my mom and I recovered from the initial shock, we decided our only option was to have it custom made as it was 3 weeks before the wedding. The amazingly talented custom dress designer, Donna, whipped together my dress that was inspired from my mother's wedding dress.
The week of the wedding, my dad had complications from open heart surgery that he had earlier this year and it quickly began clear that there was a good chance he was not going to be able to attend the wedding. The Friday of the wedding we were still were not sure if he was going to be able to leave the hospital until he was released just in time for the rehearsal. Andrew and I were meeting with The McCartneys, our photographers, scoping out photo locations on the golf course and my dad came driving up in a golf cart looking better than ever - it was such a happy memory for me! It meant everything to me and Andrew that he could be there to walk me down the aisle. I couldn't even think about doing it without him!
Andrew and I lucked out with beautiful weather on August 1st and couldn't be happier newlyweds. I am so thankful that all of our family was able to be there and feel so blessed that everything worked out in the end and I will cherish these photos for years to come.
Photographers: The McCartneys
Venue: Glen View Club
Church: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Invitations, Programs, Table Numbers, Welcome Bags, Menus: Charm Studio
Calligraphy: Joi Hunt & Jessica Munoz
Band: High Society
Bridesmaid Robes: Charm Studio
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jcrew
Bride's Dress: Custom design by Donna Bridal
Bride's Shoes: Nordstrom
Groom & Groomsmen Bow Ties: Jcrew
Vintage China Rentals: Vintage Place Settings
Linens: La Tavola
Mini Desserts: CB Custom Bakeshop
Vintage Stamps: Pack & Post
Florist: Fleur Inc