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The Unfake Wedding of Marie + Vic, v.2

So now that you know the back story of how I know Marie, let’s get on with this Unfake Wedding, shall we?  Just be prepared. It’s picture heavy because I just loved them all and so much of this wedding is so beautiful! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! so without further ado…

The Unfake Wedding of Marie & Vic

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T30SB Commentary: Best photo booth props evah!

The most important question: wedding night…did you or didn’t you?

Nope – we were out celebrating until 3 am, but we did the next morning!

Please take the time to tell me all the vendors you used.

Photographer  Abby Jiu Photography

DJ  Chris Laich

Reception Venue  The West Pier at National Harbor

Ceremony Venue  The Sunset Room at National Harbor

Transportation  Prime Transportation

Guest Hotel  The Westin National Harbor, The Hampton Inn

Flowers  Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

Dress   Carine’s Bridal Atelier, Monique Lhuillier Meringue Corset and Venice silk gazar skirt

Hair/Make-Up  Amanda Moran

Tuxedos  Calvin Klein, maybe? Who knows. We rented them from Men’s Wearhouse.

Catering  Design Cuisine

Ice Luge  USA Ice

Favors  Oh My Chocolate


T30SB Commentary: The picture on the right is me pointing out the beauty/detail of a Lhuillier dress. Even the lining is scalloped with pinking shears. Each little scallop has a tone on tone butterfly (or is it a dragonfly?) on it. GORGEOUS!



T30SB Commentary: If that is not a “SQUEEEEEEEE” face, I don’t know what is.


Who was your favorite vendor and why?

It had to be Holly, my florist. Not only is she a brilliant floral designer, but she is an amazing person who makes you want to hug her because she is so awesome. She had us over to her farmhouse/greenhouse/studio in the country where we had chats about life, self-esteem, boys, you name it!! She even made an EXTRA bouquet for me on my wedding day, just because!! They were these stunning pink peonies, and I had to choose between those and the original Picasso Callas that I ended up carrying. Tough choice. A close second favorite were the owner and my consultant at the dress shop, who couldn’t have been sweeter, more accommodating, and patient with an inexperienced bride!


T30SB Commentary: I manned the bar. What? It is a VERY important role.


Was there a “method to your madness” in choosing your vendors?

Yes. My new sister-in-law is a wedding planner, and she had lots of great advice to give on local vendors. I used a lot of her recommendations! For other vendors, I chose based upon Wedding Wire reviews along with the impressions of my existing vendors. Everyone knows everyone in the wedding biz and everybody has an opinion!!


How long did you take to plan your wedding?

5 months. It flew by!

How many guests did you invite versus how many came?

We invited 238 and 188 came. I had a lot of cousins across the country that I knew wouldn’t come, but wanted to invite them anyway.


T30SB Commentary: This picture of Marie’s mom gets me all choked up every time I see it! That’s Marie’s beautiful sister getting her make-up did.


T30SB Commentary: I’ve tried for years to hate the natural beauty in this family, but they are just too sweet not to love!

What was your budget?

It was in the mid 5-figures range. My parents were incredibly generous, but we DEFINITELY had a number to stick to that my dad refused to go over. My hubs and I paid for a lot of the things ourselves, such as the ice luge, favors, ceremony musicians, portrait studio, DJ, and 1942 green and red Studebaker that drove me down the pier to the ceremony.

Did you include rings and/or the honeymoon in your budget?



T30SB Commentary: I love the first picture because I remember jumping up and down and clapping once she was in her dress. I love the second picture because of the look on Marie’s face. It’s like she’s thinking, “How many of you does it take to get me into this damn thing?”



T30SB Commentary: The ladies actually set this picture up. There is an identical picture from Marie’s mom’s wedding with her mother and sister in the same positions. So sweet!


Were you over or under budget? By how much?

We actually came in right around our target number! Dad was happy!

How large was your bridal party?

Just two. My sister and my hubby’s best childhood friend.



T30SB Commentary: This guy was so cool. He played volleyball with The Wookie in college and he flew in from Russia for the big event!


Did you have favors for your guests? If so, what were they? How much did you spend?

Yes. We had pairs of bride and groom pretzel rods - the “bride” in a white chocolate wedding dress (with purple shoes to match mine) and a chocolate tuxedo for the “groom”. I think I spent around $500. They were yummy – I had one on the way home the next day!



You’ll have to come back tomorrow to see the rest of the lovely, lovely pictures fom this wedding and read all that Marie has to share about her wedding day experience!


Don’t you just LOVE so far?

Reader Comments (5)

I love it! So beautiful... and fantastic pictures of the moments!

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

THAT CHEWBACCA MASK had me at hello.

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlizzie

LIzzie - That cracked me up. Thanks, because I needed a good chuckle!

June 23, 2011 | Registered CommenterLouise

Big, big, BIG kudos to Abby Jiu photography for these wonderful pictures! Definitely unfake!
So much love and happiness here. Congratulations to Marie and Vic!

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMom

Thanks, Mom! ;-) You were there in spirit!!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

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