Amanda & Paul’s Modern Yellow & Grey Art Gallery Wedding


modern art gallery wedding

Happy Monday and why hello December! Are you all looking forward to the holidays? I sure am! Christmas cheer is certainly in the air here in Poptastic Bride HQ as hubby, kitty and I have started decorating our home for the holidays.

On that note I have the most bright and merry wedding feature for all of you today and here’s photographer Mary Kate Timbers of Kate’s Lens Photography (also responsible for the lovely Fun Aplenty in Philly E-Shoot I featured months back) to tell us more about it:

Amanda and Paul had a super fun wedding at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts. They had a first meeting outside of the unique architecture of the museum and then went in to take portraits around the contemporary art, including a large installment made out of aluminum ducts, etc. Amanda picked bold yellow as an accent to the grey for a modern color scheme and added feathers to the different details, including the flower girls’ accessories and her feather hair clip. They had the entire wedding party do individual goofy photos in front of an art installment to do a type of wacky “Brady Bunch” collage. To finish off the night, Paul’s rugby team sang a song for them on the dance floor as a tradition! Loved covering this wedding!

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

Isn’t Amanda lovely + I also love that the feather hair piece is both pretty and funky. 🙂 It’s time to get to know the couple a little better so here’s the lovely bride to share their cute love story:

Paul and I met in November 2007 at a bar in Wilmington, Delaware, while watching PM Dawn perform (R&B group circa 1990’s). He called the following day and we had our first date a week later. We hit it off immediately. I moved from New Jersey to Delaware in the summer of 2009. Paul asked me to marry him on January 6, 2011, at Longwood Gardens. We visit Longwood annually to see their beautiful Christmas flower and light display. We began the planning process soon after but Paul’s brother was deployed to Afghanistan at the time and we did not know what the future held for him in terms of additional deployments so we decided to put the planning process on hold until his brother was home. Paul is an associate professor at a local university and I am a certified athletic trainer. We live in Wilmingon, Delaware.

Their first look…

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

From this point on I’ll let Amanda tell you how they made their wedding reflect the two of them:

We wanted our wedding to be ‘us’. I guess that was our theme. We don’t really believe in “rules” or “traditions.” We knew we did not want to be married in a church so we looked into having both our ceremony and reception at the same venue. We toured a more traditional ceremony/reception venue and I found myself pointing out all the things I didn’t like…the brass chandeliers, the chairs, and the white table cloths. I knew I wanted yellow to be incorporated in our scheme because that is my favorite color. And I love color! We loved the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA) because of the modern, industrial feel; it also felt like a clean slate so we could design our wedding as we wished. We also loved that our guests could make their way through the exhibits during the reception. The biggest compliment I received about our wedding was from my dear friend who said when she walked in she felt like she was hugged by Paul and me. I think we achieved ‘us.’

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

We were married in the auditorium at the DCCA. It was a small, intimate space and it felt like we were surrounded by love and support. This is exactly what we wanted. A great friend of mine, Eric Price, performed the ceremony and we worked with him to make it all about us and our love. We picked everything out…every word that was said and every song that was played. My husband sang a rugby song as he and his groomsmen processed down the aisle. His teammates joined in. It was wonderful!

modern art gallery wedding

(Kate sent me this radtastic Brady Bunch style e-collage, how awesome is it? Click on it for a closer look at the fun and eclectic details!)

I ordered A LOT of things off Etsy…boutonnieres for the fathers and grandfather, brooches for the mothers, and feather kissing balls for the flower girls. I think this helped keep the details unique. I made the card box and the junior bridesmaid and flowergirls’ jewelry. I did the floral arrangements and centerpieces. I looked for funky bridesmaid jewelry and found the earrings and bracelet at tanojewelry.com.

modern art gallery wedding

Love how their wedding elements match their cool venue’s industrial vibe!

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

We had a Cow and Pig as our cake topper (long inside story there). We did our first dance to The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson (not your traditional song).

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

We did a joint mother/son and father/daughter dance. Paul opted for a tattoo on his ring finger and a couple weeks before our wedding, we went together and I got my first tattoo (his name with the infinity sign on my left wrist). Again, we looked at our wedding as a celebration of us. We are not traditional and stuffy so we wouldn’t have felt comfortable in that environment. We wanted to enjoy our night and we certainly did.

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

modern art gallery wedding

Some parting insights and advice from the handsome twosome:

Make it your own. Do want you want. Invite who you want. Those who love you will support the decisions you make. Spend money on a great photographer. Keep your budget in check. Make a list of things you really care about and those you don’t. I did not care about favors or a wedding party introduction. I cared about the food, an open bar, the venue and special touches. Do not forget to thank those who celebrate with you! Get your thank you’s out promptly. Finally, DO NOT turn into a bridezilla. Yes, planning a wedding can be stressful…but remember those who give you support and respect their time and assistance.

modern art gallery wedding

Huge thanks to Kate for sending in your beautiful images of this super fun wedding my way, and congratulations Amanda and Paul! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. 🙂

Photographer: Mary Kate Timbers of Kate’s Lens Photography
Venue: Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE)
Dress: EnVogue Bridal (bride’s note: on sale! and off the rack at The Bridal Shoppe in Eau Claire, WI)
Bridal Jewelry: The Bridal Shoppe
DJ: Tom Barrett DJ’s
Catering: Cafe Gelato (Newark, DE)
Cake: Bing’s Bakery (Newark, DE)
Flowers: The bride! Ordered from fiftyflowers.com

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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2 Comments

  1. So happy to photograph such an adorable wedding and SUPER stoked it was featured on Poptastic Bride! Thank you!!

  2. Do you mind sharing more information on your dress? Style number?

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