July 23, 2016
From my very first phone call with Stephanie, I knew she would be a dream to work with and that her wedding would be one of my absolute favorites.
Not only did she have impeccable taste and style, but she trusted me completely when it came to design. With her love of all things mid-century modern, and a fun yet classic color palette, her wedding stretched me creatively as I learned to play with king protea, ikat patterns, and clean lines, while still keeping the overall aesthetic romantic. And what better place to show off every design aspect than the very modern Grand Rapids Art Museum in downtown Grand Rapids.
Stephanie and Brett’s wedding was also my first Jewish wedding and I was so excited to learn all about the Jewish wedding traditions. From the airy and dreamy chuppah that she built, which symbolizes the home that the new couple will build together, with open sides as a demonstration of their commitment that their home will always be open and welcoming to friends and family, to Brett breaking the glass, which signifies that relationships are fragile as glass and must be treated with care, love and respect, to the hora, blessing the challah, and the ketubah… reminded me that it’s not about the flowers, the dress, the food or the music. Rather, it’s about standing in front of your partner and committing your life to God and to each other, while being surrounded by those you love and that love you.
Stephanie and Brett, thank you for welcoming me and my team into your life and allowing us to be part of such a special day! Thank you for helping me love mid-century modern design and for trusting us completely with your vision and giving us creative freedom to bring it all together. All our love to you both as you start this beautiful new life together!
Ceremony + Reception Venue | The Grand Rapids Art Museum
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | Chris Van Winkle
Hair + Makeup | Urban Obsession Day Salon
Chuppah | Made by the Bride
Ceremony Cellist | Nathan Treman, friend of the Bride
Officiant | Rabbi Daniel Horwitz
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
DJ | Event Revolution
Linen | Sitting Pretty
Catering | Applause
Bar Service | The Grand Rapids Art Museum
Bakery | Connie’s Cakes
Late Night Pizza | Big O’s Cafe
Paper Goods | Minted