Janel & Jimmy’s Bright Blue and White Firehouse Wedding
Janel and Jimmy just wanted a simple wedding that would reflect the two of them. She wore a tea length vintage inspired dress with bright blue shoes and he wore matching blue Adidas sneakers. The ceremony and reception took place at their local fire house — the site of their first ever date — which also turned out to be a fabulous spot for their formal portraits. All of the decor and elements were either borrowed, recycled or DIYed to fit a very tight budget. The result was a quirky, personalized celebration that fit the fun couple to a T!
We have Sherry Sutton Photography to thank for this very fun submission. Enjoy!
From here on I will leave it to the lovely Janel to tell you more about herself & her husband + how they made their wedding “theirs”:
Jimmy is a welder by trade and honestly has one of the kindest souls I have ever seen a person have.(I’m not just being biased either!) He is always happy and relaxed and willing to lend a helping hand. I am a very always-on-the-go type of person who has my hands in a little bit of this and a little bit of that. My main job is a hair stylist but I also work as a dance/fitness instructor and a meeting leader for Weight Watchers.
We met through a couple that consists of a woman I’ve known since we were 3 and her husband whom he has known since middle school. I, unaware of the set up, went out for karaoke at Tatamy Fire Hall…. which is where we ended up having our ceremony and reception.
As far as a theme….I would have to say…Us. We wanted it to really reflect us….to be totally us. Simple, fun, with a little twist. My best friend got ordained to perform the ceremony. Her twin sister put together a reading as a tribute to mother who passed away 21 years ago.
The ceremony room was completely transformed. We ordered muslin and made a curtained wall to section off some unsightly areas of the room. I recycled some tulle from my shower to make the archway. No one knew there was a bar right next to them!
As you are aware, we had a brutal winter and were getting worried about whether or not people could even be able to get here. We happened to have the only weekend that wasn’t snowy. In fact, it was in the 50’s that day. Talk about luck!
I literally pieced my accessories together by borrowing them and ‘hoping’ they would go….a risk that payed off. My headpiece was borrowed from a bride that we did the hair for. The jewelry was borrowed from a friend who sells Park Lane….and my jacket was purchased separately. My officiant’s dress was even borrowed from a client of mine as well!!
The tuxedos looked even better in person when I picked them out…..and I didn’t even plan on Jimmy wearing his Adidas Shelltops….but when I saw how they matched my shoes (and his personality) perfectly, I couldn’t resist!
I was really lucky that my initial thoughts and visions panned out and exceeded my expectations. We mad about a million trips to Michael’s for the centerpiece components…..and the first sample was exactly what I wanted….clean lines, simple, and aesthetically pleasing! The caterers had a glimpse of them and complimented their display beautifully.
It was all Sherry’s artistic eye with the photos!!
Our favors were CDs that I compiled of the obligatory wedding dance songs and Jimmy’s Guilty Pleasure Playlist and Janel’s Random Goodness Playlist! I’ve heard that friends’ friends are copying the disc!!!
My advice: relax as much as possible. Nothing is ever perfect….and just make it about you…that’s what your guests want. One of the best compliments I heard about our wedding — from a man who doesn’t speak much — it was totally about Janel and Jimmy. You go to so many weddings and it’s cookie cutter. Same ceremony, different bride and groom. You can see how much of themselves they put into this and that’s why it was so special and so fun!
That made my heart so happy to hear!!!! My DJ laughed the day before the wedding at how calm I was…in 25 years he has never seen a bride that calm the day before the wedding. I told him that I’ve done all that I can and whatever happens, happens! It’s true….everything that was in our control exceeded our expectations. Things out of our control were just that….out of our control. And there’s no need to sweat that stuff, right? 🙂
Thank you, Sherry, for sending your gorgeous photos my way, and congratulations Janel and Jimmy! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of wedded bliss. 🙂
Photography: Sherry Sutton Photography
Ceremony and Reception Site: Tatamy Volunteer Fire Company/Social Hall
Caterer: J. DeFranco and Daughters
DJ: SJE Sound Service by Scott Edwards
Bride/Bridal Dresses: David’s Bridal
Florist: Pondelek’s Florist
Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse
Image submission via Two Bright Lights