lights, camera, holy matrimony!

the trailer for our wedding video, filmed by Alexei Kaleina from Barnaby Draper Studios on May 30, 2009.
music: “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.


wedding, part five: more reception

dinner, toasts, cupcakes, and sparklers:

the party continued with dinner in the tent, which was beautifully illuminated by tiny white lights around the perimeter and lanterns on the wooden tent posts (one of my favorite decorative details). some highlights from our menu included avocado gazpacho, grilled seasonal vegetables and tofu, whipped taro root cake with pineapple, and wild mushroom ravioli. there was also a “symphony of pastries” and a cupcake tower from The Bent Spoon, a local artisanal ice cream and bakery shop. for entertainment, we had an amazing guitarist – Jason Liebman – who played all throughout dinner and dessert, performing our favorite music, from Cat Stevens to Amos Lee, Bread to Van Morrison, Jack Johnson to Tracy Chapman and many others. it was mellow and just our style. he even learned an entire set of songs just for our wedding – definitely a highlight of our reception! those adorable kids making silly faces are my three youngest cousins; they are enjoying the outdoor lounge area created by our talented friends, John and David, the landscape designers and event planners behind Groundswell Design Group. to send us on our way, our guests made a pathway with sparklers as Jeff and I ran through and then drove off in my family’s SmartCar. thanks for letting us relive our wedding with you! we have one more final post later tonight to wrap up our (2nd) anniversary week!

[photos by Jodie Burns of Christian Oth Studio]

wedding, part four: the reception

receiving line, photo booth, and cocktail hour:

here is the first set of our reception photos. we enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, and plenty of desserts at the Albemarle mansion on the campus of the American Boychoir School in Princeton. one of our favorite details was our polaroid guestbook – we set up a “photobooth” for our friends and family by hanging a curtain and enlisting a bridesmaid to operate the camera. Sean Rubin (our friend, artist and groomsman) designed the cover to the album with a portrait of us in our wedding-day attire. my aunt Denise printed and hand-cut the yellow escort cards (as well as the table numbers and place cards). we purchased galvanized flower pots from Ikea for the centerpieces, which were filled with bunches of white hydrangea. the final photo shows us entering the tent as we were introduced for the first time as “Mr. & Mrs.”! next up, the party continues with dinner, music, cupcakes, and sparklers…

[photos by Jodie Burns of Christian Oth Studio]

wedding, part three: going to the chapel

the ceremony:        
after taking some pictures, we all made our way to our church – Westerly Road Church – where the wedding ceremony would take place. the sanctuary was transformed with greenery, urns overflowing with flowers, decorative burlap panels, and a beautiful lighted arbor which now resides in my parents’ backyard. i think the progression of photos is mostly self-explanatory, but two things to note: we included an “honoring of parents and grandparents” near the end of the service during which we had a wonderful hug-fest with our family – my grandmom almost made me completely lose it with tears; and also, in the fifth photo from the end (in front of the cross) we are taking communion for the first time as husband and wife – probably the most meaningful and emotional part of the service for us.

[photos by Jodie Burns of Christian Oth Studio]

wedding, part two: portraits

portraits and other details:    
our first look took place in my (tae’s) parents’ backyard before the wedding, where we took photos together, with family and with our bridal party. following the ceremony, the portraits continued at the Albemarle mansion in Princeton, which was our reception location (as seen in the last five photos – more on the reception later!). my “something blue” in the first photo was a set of charms with our initials and wedding date, tied with blue ribbon. the flowers (mine as well as the bridesmaids’) consisted of tulips – my favorite! – and freesia which added a beautiful fragrance. our ring bowl pictured in the tenth photo comes from Paloma’s Nest, one of our absolute favorite vendors (also mentioned in this Christmas post). the bowl’s inscription is our wedding verse: “set me as a seal upon your heart” from Song of Solomon 8:6. next up, we’re heading to the chapel…

[photos by Jodie Burns of Christian Oth Studio]

wedding, part one: getting ready

our “getting ready” photos:     
we both got ready at my (tae’s) parents’ home along with our wedding party, tae upstairs and jeff downstairs. the cufflinks (J and T for Jeff and Tae) were my wedding gift to my groom, and Jeff gave me a beautiful necklace with three vintage marriage charms: wedding bells symbolizing celebration, an engagement ring for commitment, and a heart for true love. also, check out the photo of Jeff shaving: those are my parents’ wedding vows framed on the wall! after we were all ready, we had our “first look” out in the back yard, and we’ll post those pictures next…

[photos by Jodie Burns of Christian Oth Studio]

two years ago today.

today we’re celebrating our second wedding anniversary. it’s gone by so quickly, but it’s still just as exciting to look back on these photos. more details from our wedding to come this week…

[photos by Jodie Burns of Christian Oth Studio]