[images by Belathée Photography, arranged by Christy]
Photographer Daniel Krieger sent me these photos of Erin and Lauren’s commitment ceremony, and I just loved them…there’s such a light and happiness captured in their faces…all weddings should be so lovely. Erin wrote a little bit about the day….
Lauren and I are a lesbian couple who live and love in Brooklyn. We talked about having a commitment ceremony/party/wedding for several years, but we could never figure out what to call it, how to plan it or what to wear. But we knew one thing – we wanted our event to take place in Brooklyn. Beyond that our priorities were good food, great friends, and an open bar; flowers and formality were of little importance.
Our planning came together in an event for 100 guests at iCi restaurant in Brooklyn. We had an intimate ceremony for 40 friends and immediate family under a durable tent and an intense rain storm. Lauren’s good friend emceed, our Mothers read poems, our Fathers handed us our rings, each of our best friends shared kind words, and we exchanged a shared vow as well as our own set of dedicated words. After the ceremony, guests signed a Quaker-style wedding contract promising to help us uphold our vows. Although we were surrounded by a heavy downpour, thunder and lightning, it was beautifully intimate and just what we wanted.
After the ceremony we hosted an additional 60 guests for a celebration with passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. We had so much fun! In all of our planning, we tried to balance things we loved about traditional weddings with things that were unique to us. We think Daniel did a beautiful job capturing the celebration–from the intimate moments to the raucous good times.
[images from Daniel Krieger]
After returning from our trip, I got an email from photographer Jen Gotch about the new shop she started with her friend called ban.do, and while its been making the rounds among the blogs, its SO worth mentioning again. These hairbands are just fabulous….I’ll take that green one, please. If anyone gets one for their wedding, I want pictures!!
[images from ban.do]
So Chad and I were in Louisiana this weekend for his dad’s surprise birthday party, and every time we head down there I have to stop by at Walmart…especially this time so I could see for myself the new Martha Stewart line. Now I haven’t stopped in at Michael’s in a while so I’m not sure that these designs are totally exclusive to Walmart, but they were all new to me, so I bought a ton, including that scrapbook at the bottom….its small and colorful, perfect for kids [kiddie table anyone?], but even more perfect for me! I’ll probably throw in some random wedding photos and memorabilia in mine.
[images by Brooklyn Bride]