Archive for June, 2011
I wanted to take an opportunity to thank the vendors I used to supply me with things that I included in my wedding. One of my most popular posts on this blog is when I mentioned Lollipop Workshop, and wanted to show off my finished cake-topper and rave about the wonderful things I included in my wedding ceremony.
Rings — David Levy
David was the one who designed my sapphire engagement ring with Adam. When we went to get our wedding rings, he was of course our first choice and he was more than happy to help us. He even gave us free engraving on our rings. He is passionate about great customer service and we’ve already recommended him to a few of our family and friends.
Custom Wedding Celebration Writing — Jessie Blum from Eclectic Unions
Jesse Blum is an incredible attentive, creative woman passionate about her craft. When we decided to have a destination wedding, we knew we wanted it to speak uniquely about our relationship and be as personal as possible. Jesse worked with us to construct a personal ceremony based on our religious and cultural beliefs as well as including new and interesting ways of showing the symbolism of our relationship.
Cake Topper — Lollipop Workshop
This was the first thing I bought for our wedding which sounds a little ridiculous, but I knew from the moment I saw these cute little guys that I needed one for my own wedding cake. Our topper now proudly sits in our glass cabinet with our other wedding paraphernalia.
Sand Ceremony Etched Glasses — Designs by Etch Art
I would have gone with a candle lighting ceremony but since we were on a beach, the candles would get blown out but I still wanted to symbolize two families coming together. The sand ceremony was a perfect match, not only because it was on a beach, but it goes back to the old adage that the couple will stay together unless each grain of sand could be separated and placed back in its original container. I chose a dark blue and light blue sand to pour in by each of our mothers and then Adam & I poured in our sands together. My uncle, the officiant, then included sand collected from Aruba’s beach. We were able to successfully transfer it home by carrying it carefully with us on the plane.
Ketubah — Naomi Broudo
When I learned about the Jewish tradition of a Ketubah, I immediately fell in love. I then took a look at Etsy and saw all the lovely options that artists were creating for their couples. I had set aside a few options but Naomi’s beautiful works always stuck out. I was quite late in ordering my work, but I begged Naomi and she graciously agreed to do one for us and was excellent about sending to us in plenty of time for our ceremony. We now have it framed and posted above our family room couch for all to see.
Dress — Fontana Bridal Salon
When I was choosing my bridal gown, the ladies at Fontana had picked out a few for me to try on. But it was the first one I got in that was “the one.” I didn’t have a huge budget for my dress, but they were flexible with the price and helped me by giving me a discount if I paid in full and got the alterations done on premises.
Bridesmaid Dresses (Bill Levkoff) — RK Bridal
We had found our dresses from a separate bridal salon but received awful service (which is why I will not put their name or website here.) Instead, we got ordered our dresses from RK Bridal in Manhattan. What is great about them is that if you can find a cheaper price somewhere else, they will take 5% off your order. You need to know what you want before ordering because they will charge extra for reserving time at the place and getting proper measurements. It wasn’t such a problem because my bridesmaids went to tailors afterwards anyway to get the dress to fit properly on them.
Stationary/Invitations/Menus — Wedding Paper Divas
Even though their site is seems to take care of everything for you, I was confident that there was someone behind the scenes taking care of every little detail. When they noticed a possible problem with the way I had ordered something, they contacted me and my mother right away to make sure it was the way we wanted.
Civil Ceremony Accommodation in Aruba — Lissy Lampe
Lissy was a blessing. After I got sick on my wedding day, she was able to still keep everything on track and was highly organized and such a professional. Can’t speak highly enough of her.
Beach Blessing/Reception — The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
We got married on the beach in front of the Westin Resort and afterwards had our cocktail hour on the beach. We were so lucky with an amazing sunset as we took our photos on the beach with family and friends. Our reception was then located in the Sirocco lounge over-looking the resort and pool.