Joanne & Nick’s Stress-Free and Wicked Awesome Party of a Wedding
If you’ve been reading this blog awhile then you’ve already met Joanne & Nick via their fun & quirky e-session around street art-filled NYC. Well they’ve since gotten married and their wedding was just as funky and AWESOME as their e-session! The amazing Todd Laffler of Laffler Photography (see all previous features photographed by him) was again, on hand, to capture their love and non-stop-laughter and he shared on his blog that this lovely couple’s day was probably the most stress-free wedding he’s ever shot:
It barely felt like I was working at all — in fact, it felt more like a Catalina Wine Mixer than a wedding!!! Joanne and Nick were SO laid back and fun to photograph. Partly because Nick does stand-up comedy, and had us all in stitches throughout the day. He even coined a new name for myself, assistant, and second photographer, collectively now known as “The Wolf Pack”!
Yup, Todd totally had a blast hanging out with Joanne and Nick and it clearly shows in these GORGEOUS photos!
It’s always a huge pleasure for me to feature a couple’s journey from engagement to marriage, and since you’ve already met the lovely bride before, I think it would be best to let her tell you more about their special day herself (although you will see my gushing commentary from time to time if I can’t help it) so… over to you Joanne!
My family and I began getting ready for the church as our amazing photographer, Todd Laffler, clicked away. I chose to not have a bridal party. Odd, I know. But I didn’t want to be bothered with the hassle, plus this wedding was about me and Nick and our families coming together. We therefore included the most important people in our lives in other ways through speeches, readings, and prayers.
We had each others ring engraved with a secret message that we would only be able to see after we exchanged vows. Mine was engraved with “yook”, a silly term Nick and I use. Knowing how big of a geek Nick is, I had his ring engraved with the Star Wars quote, “It’s a trap!” How appropriate!
LOVE those wedges!
In planning our wedding, we wanted to host a formal affair all while throwing a kick a** party. And we did just that! So when the affair came to a head, I turned to my right-off-the-boat-Italian mother as we were getting our hair done and I said, “Don’t bother me today. Whatever happens, happens. I’m here to party.” Good thing I was in a public place when I laid down the law, lots of witnesses. But my mom was accepting of this and just let out a big sigh.
What an incredible shot!
This has got to be one of my favorite father-daughter photos ever! Her dad’s expression upon seeing her is priceless!
Before you knew it, our driver arrived. I had to do a double take. He totally looked like the rapper Pit Bull! A celeb driving me to my wedding, sure why not?!
At the church, I gave my nieces a pep talk on “how to be a good flower girl”, my dress was fluffed, and my dad took my arm as he lead me to my future husband. SO OVERWHELMING!
Thank goodness after the church my new husband had a cooler with cocktails for us to indulge in. And indulge we did Glug, glug, glug. Down the hatch.
There were several hours between the ceremony and cocktail hour so that Todd could take our pictures. I’m not sure if it was the bubbly or Todd’s laid back demeanor, but I was so relaxed and having so much fun during the shoot that I almost didn’t want the guests to arrive! But they started trickling in and sharing our happiness.
(*Centerpiece photo was taken by Flowers by Priscilla, mad libs photo was taken by the bride)
Rose gardens, ponds, and mazes of hedges surrounded the grounds. We therefore decided to chose a more natural color pallet and let the surroundings be our decor.
The color scheme was ivory and khaki. In deciding on centerpieces, Nick and I decided against flowers. We came up with our own design. The square tables had ivory linens, white square plates and lots of glass. It was a very clean, fresh look. In the middle of the tables were tall glass cylinder vases. Each was filled with different amounts of river rocks and candles were placed on top of the rocks. This gave the candles different heights. Rocks were then positioned around the candle display as a border.
Our guest’s RSVP cards were a Mad Libs giving us marital advice (we got some crazy responses and therefore had to display the best ones at the reception).
(*The above photos were taken by the bride)
I spent an insane amount of time planning a wedding that truly reflected our tastes and would please our guests.
Instead of table numbers, Nick and I took pictures of us at locations we went on dates and wrote a funny little story on the back of each. To remember those we have lost in our lives, I attached pictures of these special people to my bouquet. The guest sign in book displayed our engagement photos. A candy bar was filled with all of the best chocolates and treats from Reese Cups to Twizzlers and even Pez!
Feeling VERY good, Nick and I made our way to the reception venue, Appleford, located in Villanova, PA. “We’re here b*tches!” was announced to the wait staff. Maybe too many post ceremony cocktails???
When announced before dinner, Nick and I entered to the song Party Rock by LMFAO. Little did my guests know that we had a choreographed dance planned and that it would break out into a flash mob with some of our friends. What an entrance!
The groom’s custom sneaks was embroidered with their wedding date — how sweet!
Our DJ was from Classic Entertainment located in Springfield, PA. So reasonably priced and he will keep your guests on the dance floor ALL NIGHT! I have been to several weddings with this DJ and he is never disappointing!
As the last hour of the wedding approached, we continued to dance. I looked to my left and what did I see? The Chick Fil A cow! Surprise!!! The cow joined us on the dance floor and at the conclusion of the night, handed each guest a chicken sandwich to enjoy as they departed. What an ending!
We ate, we drank, and we danced!!! The dance floor was not empty for a moment. And my dress somehow became a prop in all of the madness! Somehow Nick and I engaged in a push up contest. He may have beat me but my revenge came later during the cake cutting, or should I say smashing! I don’t know what came over me but it felt good!
The next morning Nick and I woke up and recapped the entire day. Our conclusion: it was the best day of our lives! You know it’s a good time when the bride wakes up the next day with party feet and the groom can’t find his wallet :)
How FUN are these two, and what a kick@ss party, huh? Here’s some advice from the duo:
To the soon to be bride: prepare and plan, prepare and plan, prepare and plan, then RELAX! You did all of that work. When the big day comes, wash your hands of it all, let the day take its course, indulge yourself in food and drink, and have FUN! The entire staff of workers and your guests will feed off of your energy. If you are relaxed and having fun, so will they. And your day will be perfect no matter what happens
Huge thanks to the always-fabulous Todd for sharing his images with us, and congratulations Joanne and Nick! Thank you for allowing us a peek into your wicked awesome party of a wedding! Here’s wishing you a lifetime filled with love and much laughter.
(bride’s notes are italicized)
Photographer: Todd Laffler of Laffler Photography
Reception: Appleford located in Villanova, PA
Flowers: Flowers by Priscilla, Paoli, PA
Cake: Bredenbeck’s, Chestnut Hill, PA (Our cake was amazing! Three tiers of sour cream pound cake layered with chocolate chip cannoli filling. Delish! The cake was created to match my Dress: ivory color, the center tier was covered in shimmery khaki pearls, and roses and peonies where placed on and around the cake.)
Caterer: Feastivities in Philadelphia, PA. (The coordinator, Liz Craighead, was so patient and really worked to make me happy. And people are still raving about the food! My guests truly enjoyed their salad which was presented in an asiago cheese cup, So cool! Later in the night, mini ice cream cones were butlered in a bowl filled with jimmies. Quick bite then back on the dance floor! At the sit down dinner, the servers had a captain. On the captain’s cue,the servers surrounded the table and the plates were dropped at the same time. Impressive!)
Alcohol: Frank’s Union Wine Mart, Delaware (They allow you to do a tasting and help you decide on what your guests need and the quantities all while staying within budget.)
Music: Kraft Trio (They are strolling musicians and were perfect for the cocktail hour! We hired a guitar and a mandolin player.)
DJ: Classic Entertainment, Springfield, PA
Invitations: Emily Bader ode to firstname.lastname@example.org (Hand made invitations and save the dates! The lady is creative! And will do anything you ask!)
Hair: Nicholas Sebastian Salon, Newtown Square, PA. (I have terrible hair and this salon makes me look good!)
Make up: Makeup By Aleksandra, Philadelphia, PA (Aleks will truly nail the look you are going for! I brought in a picture of what I wanted and she recreated it perfectly. She uses top of the line make up that makes you feel and look flawless. My mother NEVER wears make up, can’t even stand the feel of make up on her skin. Despite this, my mom had Aleks do her make up and she was thoroughly impressed.)
Dress: Melissa Sweet, purchased at Priscilla of Boston