Jaime & Sean’s Colorful and Jazzy Mardi Gras-Style Wedding (Part 2)
Welcome to another week of funky wedding inspiration! I’m delighted to present part 2 of Jaime and Sean’s gorgeous and intimate mardis gras style wedding in Ralph Brenner’s Jazz Kitchen. As you saw in part 1, their colorful wedding incorporated a lot of fun personal touches that reflected their penchant for Disney, some Star Wars geekery, and of course their love for one another and their families. What I didn’t get to mention is that everything cost only $4000 and was planned & booked in under 100 days! (Jaime has planning & budgeting tips to share below so watch out for them in a bit).
Again we have Jenna Henderson of White Rabbit Photo Boutique for the beautiful photos of this celebration. Please enjoy!
I just love how the venue is already beautifully decorated to begin with, allowing the couple to stick within their budget since they didn’t have to spend too much on decor!
Jaime shares the story behind their custom Disney cake topper:
A friend of ours works with clay and heard we couldn’t find the Stitch and Angel cake topper we were looking for (Angel is Stitch’s girlfriend, and their things are hard to come by in the USA since they are highly popular in Japan). So she made it for us custom, including other touches in our wedding like Hidden Mickeys and my feather fan.
(As you might remember from part 1 of this feature, Jaime had Hidden Mickeys embroidered on the back of her gown. Such a fun touch!)
Just how cute are these two?
As mentioned in part 1, their wedding’s main theme was “Celebrating Life”. Here’s the bride to tell us more about this special moment:
My parents’ 41st wedding anniversary was 2 days after the wedding. That was going to be during Dad’s Chemo week so we knew they wouldn’t be able to really do anything special to celebrate. After our first dance, we invited them up for a special anniversary dance so it was just the 4 of us on the floor. It’s a great reminder to me to celebrate the moment. We never know how many more magical ones we’ll get.
Jaime and Sean consider their wedding a huge success — everyone had a great time (and it shows in the pics!) Below is what they feel they did right — hopefully this list will also help you plan your own special day. There are tips on how you can stay within your budget so do take notes if you like!
* Going flower free: The bridal party could take the fans home, and, since it was 103 that afternoon, we got to use them rather than worry about flowers wilting. We also didn’t have to worry about delivery (especially since this was a destination wedding for us – Sean and I live in Poulsbo, Washington). It’s not the right choice for everyone, but it was perfect for us.
* Donating our decor:
Left over decorations were donated to San Pasqual Academy (a home for kids who are wards of the state since my brother and I are adopted. It was a great way to give back, rather than give to a landfill).
* Keeping it small. We had about 55 guests (including children). This really gave us a chance to spend lots of face time and one on one time with the people who meant the most to us. As a wedding guest, I’ve always hated feeling ‘lost’ in a group of 100+ because I never really got to spend time with the people I was there to support.
* Staying WITHIN THE BUDGET: We worked within our budget and asked for a LOT of help. It truly ‘took a village’ to make this event what it was. Not coming home to a mountain of debt is a great way to start a marriage, and we forged some friendships with some amazingly creative people. The average wedding is $25k in the USA. Our wedding was about $4,000.
* Letting the tridesmaids be themselves: I didn’t ask anyone to cover up their tattoos, or style their hair a certain way, or wear certain shoes. It was important to me that they were able to express themselves. I love them for who they are and I wanted to look back in my pictures and see exactly that – who they are, not who I wanted them to be. I also let them choose their dress style. I just picked the fabric, so we kept some form of continuity.
* Having Sip n’ Snacks instead of sponsored events: To keep the costs down and to encourage mingling, we had “sip n’ snack” events. This allowed guests and family members to gather at different places at different times, and eat, drink, or just mingle to their hearts delight. It was very low pressure, taking the financial strain off us, and allowing folks to come and go as they pleased. It gave us meaningful more one-on-one time with the people who opted to come to those events. (These were during the weekend before the wedding.)
* Holding it at a restaurant: We didn’t have a single worry about our food. It was delicious! It didn’t have that “catered” feel since the kitchen is right there and was able to accomadate our guests within the menu options we picked out ahead of time. The food was a highlight. It made it very simple for everyone and was very cost effective.
* Purchasing the Groom’s Suit: He was MUCH more comfortable wearing his own clothes than having to sweat it up in someone else’s.
* Shopping around for our cake: Bakeries would have you believe that flour is made of gold when the word “wedding” is attached. Don’t buy into the hype. Our cake was DELICIOUS.
Some parting words of advice from the lovely couple:
FOCUS ON THE REASON for the event and everything else will fall into place. There was so much love in that room that any drama was simply drowned by it and couldn’t survive the afternoon. It’s so easy to let drama encroach on these things. But we knew this wasn’t only about us — it was about appreciating the people who have loved us, helped us grow into the people we are now, and who have lent their support yet again by attending our wedding. That kind of vulnerability is beautiful and really enhanced our day. Our entire event was planned and booked in under 100 days. And we didn’t feel we settled or short changed on anything.
I also wanted to share this update from Jaime:
August was Dad’s 6 month mark. Most folks with his stage of cancer survive about 6-11 months after diagnosis. To our amazement, my dad is doing VERY well. We were so happy that he was able to enjoy the weekend/day.
I’m so happy to hear that Jaime and congratulations again to you and Sean! Here’s wishing you and your families a lifetime of bliss. And again, thank you so much Jenna for choosing to send this lovely wedding my way!
Photographer: Jenna Henderson of White Rabbit Photo Boutique
Cinema and Video: Window to the Magic
Dress Designer (bride & bridesmaids): Alfred Angelo
Dress Customization by BJ Munderloh (Bride’s Mother)
Bridal and Bridesmaids fans: custom made by Tina Henley-Hicks
Bridal Jewelry: custom made by Fast Fix Jewelry
Shoes: by Sears with Customization by Heather Bouermeester (Matron of Honor)
Shrink dinks: Jaime Humenay (Bride)
Groom’s Suit: JC Penney
DJ: John Lomber DJ
Makeup Artist: Flawless Faces
Hair Clip: Ola’s Dream World
Cake: Dream Cakes
Clay Cake Topper: Custom made by Marie Segal at Clay Factory Inc.
Coordinator (from Jazz Kitchen) – Bruno Duarte
Venue: Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Masks and Beads: Mardi Gras Outlet
Singing during Ceremony: Genevieve Humenay (Groom’s Sister)
Officiant: Jonathon Rossal reading Ceremony written by Jaime Humenay (Bride)
Image submission via Two Bright Lights