We’re back with part two of Ilana and Dan’s wedding from k. thompson photography, and it’s a sunny and bright reception! (Did you miss their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony?) There’s a lot of DIY details in this wedding, perhaps the most unique are those mosaic table numbers representing a few of the couple’s favorite things! If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know I can’t get enough of a pop of color, and Ilana really took this to the next will with her bold yellow statements on the tables, and above them!
I loved the wooden dining room table that my husband made for our new apartment, which was used to display our guest book cards and old family wedding photos during the cocktail hour. I also made stained glass mosaics of different things, people and places that my husband and I both love or have taught each other to love over the course of our relationship, which we used as the table names at the reception. After the wedding we strung these together with leather straps and they are now hanging up in our new home.
One of my favorite memories was our ﬁrst dance to “Unforgettable,” which my mom played on the piano and my 3 very musical cousins sang. It was incredible.
Ilana’s advice to other DC-area couples:
After we got engaged we made a wedding planning scrapbook that we used to compile all of our ideas and sources of inspiration over the course of our planning (and my Pinterest obsession was definitely useful for organizing ideas too)! I think we may have bit off more than we could chew in regards to all of our DIY details (from the mosaics to the escort cards to printing our own ceremony booklets etc.), and it was only because of our incredible bridal party who stayed up with us until 4 AM the night before the wedding that we were able to pull it all off. But in the end I am so grateful for all those personal details that really made the wedding us, and I cant imagine the wedding any other way. So, I guess the lesson is to try to prioritize and set realistic goals, but when all else fails just be thankful you have amazing friends and do as much as you can to put yourself into
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Ilana and Dan’s wedding:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Brookside Gardens
Catering + Dessert: Potomac 18
Wedding Planner + Floral Designer: Elegance & Simplicity
Photographer: k. thompson photography
Videographer: Timeline Cinema
Band: Lox and Vodka
Tent: Sugar Plum Tents
Make-up: Kim Giammaria
Hair: Kevin Hwang, Zohra Salon
Dress: The Cotton Bride
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Photo Credits: k. thompson photography