Christine & Kenny’s Eclectically Gorgeous Anachronistic Vintage Wedding
Do you remember Christine and Kenny from the AMAZING high-energy Coney Island e-session I posted a few months ago? I’m absolutely delighted to have them back on the blog — this time as a married couple! — and boy oh boy their wedding is just as kinetic and quirkily gorgeous as their pre-wedding photo shoot!
The creative couple took many different elements from various time periods and cobbled them together to create something sweet, lovely, up to date and reflective of their relationship — hence their theme “Anachronistic Vintage”. As you will see in the STUNNING photos by the awesome Todd Laffler of Laffler Photography (see our other previously featured shoots by him) and with the breathtaking interiors of Angel Orensanz as a backdrop, the result was a bright, bold and eclectic mix of aesthetics and influences all pieced together and reframed to form a new story to mark the beginning of their married life. 🙂
What an adorable kitty!
Christine is such a gorgeous bride! Love the 1920s ‘do… and that Ian Stuart Marie Antoinette-inspired gown?? *drool*
Aww I just adore how in love these two are! <3
Kenny already shared their love story when I featured them last May so now let’s get to know them even better:
We have been together since May, 2009 and got married on May 26th, 2012. We live in Brooklyn, NY with our lovely animals (3 cats and a dog). Christine is a part time lawyer, part time Bikram Yoga Teacher and Kenny is a filmmaker. We got engaged on Valentine’s Day, 2011 at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester. Kenny rides a Harley Davidson Crossbones, and Christine rides a light blue Vespa.
LOVE that quirky aisle of petals!
Isn’t everything just breathtaking? Apart from the visual nods to different time periods, their wedding is also filled with meaningful, unique-to-them touches so I will let Christine & Kenny take over from this point on so they can personally share with you how they celebrated their love:
We are both spiritually inclined, but do not belong to a particular church or religion so as with the time periods, we included several ostensibly disparate “religious” elements in our wedding and ceremony that reflect our particular beliefs.
We got married in Angel Orensanz, a former Synagogue (Jewish) that was built to look like the Sistine Chapel (Anglican). We gave a Buddhist meta blessing at the end of the ceremony. We also asked people to sign a Quaker-inspired marriage certificate. Our vows were carefully written to include the elements of commitment we believe are important, as opposed to the more basic, “till death do us part.” The whole event was an exercise in picking out our very favorite things out of all the world has to offer (time periods, religious practices, commitment vows, people, foods, etc.) and making our very own special and unique day.
Kenny’s sister officiated. She was the perfect person to do this because she has been a shining example and very supportive of us over the years. She has a lovely family of her own, and is an extremely special person who totally appreciates our brand of spirituality. We Skyped with her over the course of a couple months to get the ceremony just right.
We love to swing dance and play dress up. Some of the different time periods represented were the French Revolutionary period (Christine’s wedding dress), the Victorian Era (parts of invitations and decorations), the 1920’s (our band, Carte Blanche, is a 20’s revivalist band. The band, and the bride, wore their hair in fingerwaves, a style from that time period), the 1950’s (the bridesmaid dresses and Christine’s costume change were reproductions of a 1950’s dress).
It all came together beautifully. We made it uniquely ours by taking great care with every detail. We handpicked vendors we liked both professionally and personally. We gave picture frames to our guests as the party gift. The food we chose included meaningful things that we have eaten together (like soup dumplings!). Every single detail, from the invitations to the music to the fabric for the dresses to the flowering mountain laurel, we talked through and wrestled with. The process of planning the wedding helped us learn how to communicate better and to compromise.
Our wedding was very traditional in some ways and very non-traditional in others. Kenny is transgender, so in ways our wedding appeared to be more traditional than it actually was. We did not have gender specific groomsmen or bridesmaids. We had bridesmen and groomsmaids! Attendants, we called them. Some women wore pants and vests with bow ties while other women wore dresses. We didn’t have any men wearing dresses, but we would’ve been open to that. Also, neither of us drink alcohol, and we wanted to encourage our guests to stay present and conscious with us in the celebration, so we made sure to provide lots of non-alcoholic drink options, and fun sweet treats all night long.
Finally, to personalize matters even more, we added some DIY styling into the mix. Christine hand dyed all 20 crinolines to match the attendant dresses, and made the bowties for those attendants wearing pants. She also made fascinators for all the attendants wearing dresses, as well as her own veil and fascinator.
I can’t get enough of how gorgeous and lively their celebration was! The lovely twosome also shared some wonderful advice for those of you in the wedding planning stage:
Focus on the LOVE! Be grateful for every single minute and thank everyone you speak to. It’s a beautiful, amazing, emotional day. Remember that it is one day and if some detail doesn’t work out JUST so, it’s ok. You will be OK. It might even turn out better than you imagined. Also, hire people you feel good about because you have to spend time with them. Who wants weird juju at their wedding? Try to be totally present and conscious for your wedding. Enjoy it because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have those specific people present to honor and bask in your love.
Huge thanks to Todd for sharing his absolutely magnificent photos with us, and congratulations to Christine and Kenny! Thank you for allowing us a generous peek into your special day. Here’s wishing you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂
Photographer: Todd Laffler of Laffler Photography
Save The Date Illustration: Aimee Monko
Venue: Angel Orensanz New York, NY
Wedding Design and Planning: Erganic Design
Invitations: Ice Cream Social
Video: Hart Pictures
Ceremony/Social Hour Musicians: 2 Dudes At Your Wedding
Band: Carte Blanche
DJ: DJ Shakey
Photo Booth: Pop Up Studio
Bagpiper: Jennifer Westphal
Cake: Heather Barranco
Dress Designer: Ian Stuart “Antoinette” and Whirling Turban
Tux: Louis Purple
Kilt: Slanj Kilts
Attendant Gifts: Little King Jewelry
Brunch: Dinosaur BBQ
Rings: Hers: Soho Gem / His: Versani