Susan & Michael’s Funky and Colorful Modern Vintage Art Museum Wedding


North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

Susan and Michael simply wanted to celebrate their union in their own way, with no need to follow stiff wedding “rules” that didn’t mean anything to them. Instead, personal touches that reflected their passions played a big part in their celebration: their vows had quotes from children’s books, they donated to an important foundation in lieu of giving out favors, and they wore a “unity cord” made of 1000 colorful paper cranes that family & friends helped fold during the ceremony. The venue itself was a quirky choice — an art museum in North Carolina which provided a beautiful and unique backdrop for the event.

We have the fabulous Carolyn Scott Photography to thank for the gorgeous images. Enjoy!

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

I’m glad to have the lovely Susan right here to tell us all about herself and Michael:

Michael and I met in an undergraduate French class at North Carolina State University. We bonded over a love of local and international culture, books, travel, and good food and drink. After two and a half years we took a “break” while Michael taught English in Germany and I finished an MA in Islamic Studies at Duke. After being re-united and realizing we were very much still in love with each other, we moved to Washington, DC with our Australian Shepherd, Connor. Now, Michael is an administrator at an adult international public charter school in DC, and I am a career counselor at George Washington University. We spend our time watching Doctor Who, exploring the city with our dog, hiking (also with our dog!), biking, snuggling, and traveling to new and exotic locations whenever we can.

You can read more about their story on their wedding website.

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

Susan on their wedding:

No theme! No color scheme! If I had to make up a nutshell I would say modern vintage. Most of our decisions for the wedding were made with the goal of being meaningful, and for our guests to have a phenomenal time.

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

Our amazing friend Dan Holodnik flew in from Tanzania to marry us, and he wrote an incredible and personal ceremony. We exchanged our vows with quotations from a children’s book.

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

Family and friends helped us to fold 1,000 origami cranes, and we incorporated those into the ceremony as well.

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

NC-Museum-of-Art-Wedding_Carolyn_Scott_Photography_0028_low

north-carolina-museum-of-art-wedding-1

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

north-carolina-museum-of-art-wedding-3

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

We both have friends of different genders, so our bridal party on both sides reflected that. Instead of a favor, we donated to Freedom to Marry fund, to support our friends who don’t yet have the right to marry in every state.

north-carolina-museum-of-art-wedding-2

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

We did away with traditions that didn’t make sense to us–no garter toss, no bouquet toss, etc.

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

Sage words of advice and self-empowerment from Susan:

First: Do what is important and special to you as a couple, but also ask for thoughts from those you care about as to what they would like included in the celebration. My mother was only asked that I wear a white or ivory dress–she was concerned I would walk down the aisle in something funky, and it was important to her that I at least wore a “traditional” color. I lovingly obliged. The day is about you as a couple, but it is also about celebrating the day with those whom you love. Their needs are important too!

Second: Weddings and the hype around them carry with them a lot of pressure. Feeling this pressure, I ordered my wedding dress almost 3 sizes too small, thinking it would be motivation to lose weight. While a lot can be said about why I did this and how I feel about it, If nothing else I hope other brides can learn from my mistake: dresses can ALWAYS be taken in, but they cannot always be taken out. I found an amazing alterations team that was able to alter my dress to make it fit me, but that won’t always be the case. The take away from my experience? You are beautiful just the way you are! Screw the bridal industry, and order a dress in your size that makes you feel amazing! My mantra became (insert “thin” for “pretty”): “You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.'”

North Carolina Museum of Art wedding

Huge thanks to Carolyn for sending her always-stunning images my way, and congratulations Susan and Michael! I sincerely wish you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂

(Bride’s note: I can say, unequivocally, that all my my vendors were AMAZING, and they performed ABOVE AND BEYOND expectation to make our vision come alive. I recommend them all without hesitation or reservation. )

Photographer: Carolyn Scott Photography
Venue: North Carolina Museum of Art
Dress: Jenny Packham
Dress Alterations: Green and Blue Studio, DC
Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August
Band: The Swingin’ Swamis
Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes
Flowers: The Watered Garden
Officient: Dan Holodnik (friend of Bride and Groom)
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Did you find this blog post interesting?


Save your surfing time -- subscribe to our blog updates to receive funky wedding ideas & inspiration directly in your inbox! You may enter your e-mail address below.

Alternatively, you may follow us on BLOGLOVIN' or FEEDLY





One Comment

  1. Gorgeous venues and cake! Love all the details! Amazing pictures!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Anti-Spam Quiz: