What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Just the feeling I wanted to create: old world elegance. Understated, timeless and classic, yet very attentive to the guests’ comfort and enjoyment.
Favorite design element of your big day: That is tough to say. I loved our invitations and wedding programs, but I think our wedding favors were my favorite. We had butler cards attached to beautiful silver boxes with truffles and the guest’s table number inside. They were displayed beautifully on a mirrored table underneath a tall gorgeous floral arrangement. They were also a nod to the groom’s background as a jeweler and gemologist.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Tony’s daughter Kristen had recently married, so she called and made me an appointment. Kristen, my daughter Claire and myself all went. When I tried on a dress at Madison Row, a lovely store downtown, they both knew it was the one. I continued to look, but concluded that they were right and purchased the gown by Angel Sanchez.
Describe your wedding flowers: I chose all white flowers. They were lush and romantic, not structured or architectural. The florist was wonderful. She used lots of peonies, roses and hydrangeas.
Describe your wedding cake: A fabulous baker/cake artist named Jim Smeal incorporated the design on my invitations for the cake. Our favorite detail of the wedding was: A grand fireworks display at the end on the night just before we left.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment was the pastor’s homily during the service. It was inspired. He was able to both comfort the families and friends of our late spouses while still celebrating the joy and the miracle of our relationship. It set the tone for the amazing reception to come.
Scariest moment? My son Jordan, one of the Best Men, got light-headed during the ceremony and nearly passed out.
Funniest moment? The Best Men seated some of the mothers/mother-in-laws on the wrong side.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Romantic, ethereal and magical!
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Do not stress over every detail and making everything perfect. No matter how hard you try, something(s) won’t be perfect. But no one will even notice or care if the bride and the groom are obviously in love and celebrating their joyous day! Make the decision to relax and enjoy it.
What’s next for you as a couple? Tony’s daughter Kristen is pregnant with her first child. We are looking forward to having a grandson!
Congratulations, Janie + Tony! We wish you a lifetime of love and joy!