Angie and Alejandro wanted their wedding to be fun, exciting but elegant – all to be doused in the roaring twenties.
It was important for us to have an elegant and fun wedding filled with great music, lots of dancing between our closest friends and family. We had a Great Gatsby themed wedding with an incredible band, Doc Scantin and the Palmettos. Our color pallet was gold and rose. Alejandro is Colombian and Catholic. Angie is Vietnamese and Buddhist. Because of our differences, we chose to have a neutral and fun wedding not focused on either of our cultures or religions.
All of our wedding was DIY with the help of my incredible wedding planner/cousin Bettina Thielacker. She did all of the floral arrangements from the beautiful ground covered circle for the ceremony, the bouquets and boutonnieres. I purchased manzanita tree branches and set them up in boxes to make them look like miniature trees for tall centerpieces, spray painted them rose gold and attached crystals and flowers to them. Beads on the reception chairs and a photo booth with mini Polaroids.
I wanted simple flowers for the bridal party since all of the bridesmaids were wearing bold pink sequin dresses. So we used very soft colored such as whites and light pinks as to not draw away too much from the dresses. It was important for us to exude elegance and fun. Alejandro and I met at a concert and so much of the beginning of our relationship centered around going out dancing so music and dancing is incredibly important to us.
Our favorite part of the wedding was our band. Doc Scantin and the Palmettos. Chou Chou, the lead singer, and Doc were incredible and we felt they really helped set the tone of of the entire wedding. They were fun, energetic and catered to all the generations in the room. We couldn’t have asked for a better band.
One of my bridesmaids, Kystal, and I years ago used to throw themed night dance parties. This stemmed from a random purchase I made of a pink sequinned mini dress. The conversation lead one to another of the two of us taking our sequin dresses out on the town to hosing a night of 10 ladies all donned in sequin dresses. Then it turned into us hosting 10-20 ladies every couple of months in themed outfits going out and I went as far as to working deals out with venues to bring our parties to the venues. The majority of my bridal group attended that first themed dance night of sequins and from there, the wedding ideas just kept growing. So as tribute all of the bridesmaids wore a different styled rose gold sequined dress. My wedding dress actually was my second dress. I wanted to try to keep my budget down so I made the mistake of ordering my dress off of a Chinese online site. The dress came unlike the photo online and was not made well. In a panic because my wedding was in 2.5 months, I found Zoya’s Atelier in Falls Church, VA and Zoya was a lifesaver. She calmed all of my fears, rushed a beautiful dress and then altered the dress to me. The dress was originally a dress that fit all the way up the neck and she turned it into a stunning v-neck.
We met through meetup.com, specifically the DC Electronic Music Dance Group. I was just brought onto the group as an organizer and Alejandro joined my very first hosted event for a concert, Dash Berlin. I personally reached out to everyone in the group but found that Alejandro lived not to far from me so I suggested we carpool into DC. We spent the first few months as friends until we realized there was something more there. Alejandro proposed to me over Halloween weekend. Halloween is mine and my maid of honor’s, Nicole, favorite holiday… I obviously have an obsession with dressing up. Nicole and I were planning to throw a halloween and goodbye to my apartment party. I was planning to move out of the apartment into the current townhouse Alejandro and I live in. So our apartment was empty so why not throw a party on the best weekend of the year?! We got a DJ, fog machine strobe lights, the works. Little did I know everyone was in on the proposal except for my co-worker and her husband that I invited last min. Alejandro awkwardly challenged me to a dance off and I felt so embarrassed as to why he was trying to ruin my party but then after this awkward dance off, he proposed to me, and then had a beautiful video playing on the wall behind us of all our friends and family wishing us the best. When people asked me if I had any clue of his plan, I honestly said no because I just thought he was just being his weird awkward self.
Our vows. We wrote our own vows and Alejandro is always so heartfelt. I couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle to him and to share our love in front of everyone we care about.
The day is yours. Not theirs. Not anyone else’s. Don’t let anyone else try to tell you otherwise because this is your special moment and if you want to eat ribs in a white dress on your wedding day, push on.