Jen and Ilan’s Spring Seattle wedding was a DIY wonderland that could have been dreamed up by a love child of Dr. Seuss and Anthropologie; The “big day” was a menagerie of color and quirk. We were delighted to hear that famed quirky bridal blog Rock N’ Roll Bride wanted to feature their wedding this week!!!
The couple met working for Adidas and they paid homage to their employer/matchmaker with shoes and track suits for the wedding party. Every detail radiated Jen and Ilan and their history of coupledom, starting when Ilan had his sneakers customized with their red wedding logo “J + I” and Jen’s something blue was their initials and wedding date stitched inside her dress.
Ilan’s sporty plaid details coordinated perfectly between his Burberry tie and links and Adidas wedding kicks. Jen’s vintage family heirloom handkerchief paired with her modern white bouquet (with paper flowers peppered throughout!) made for a fun combo of personal details.
Can we just talk for a second about the most epic reaction I’ve EVER had the delight to capture? It was during Jen and Ilan’s first look? Some couples are on the fence about seeing each other before the wedding… but having some private moments to drink each other in before things get c-c-c-razy can result in moments like these. Check out our groom’s face, followed by a high-five. This is so them, and I so love it- every time I see this image in our archives I get all teary and stuff. Yay for Jen and Ilan wearing their fun hearts on their sleeves!!!
How else would I photograph a big ol’ wedding party with a whole lotta colorful shoes???
Giggles and schmoopy moments were everywhere…. yes, I said schmoopy. (I think Ilan and Jen must have unearthed that word from the Seinfeld hall of fame… and I’m going to keep it goin’!)
Note the wedding logo stitched into the side of the groom’s shoes! And her glammy kicks! What a fun and personal nod to their workplace, where they met!
Bottles of wine from their 1st date and engagement and for their 1st and 5th wedding anniversaries acted as the guest book. A deck of cards to play Jen’s family’s favorite card game of Shanghai Rummy were distributed as the wedding favors. Jasper’s BBQ catered their super fun affair while feeding the groom’s love of BBQ. Personal DIY creations were also the name of the game: the bride made necklaces for her maids to coordinate with their shoe & flower colors, she created the menus and programs in their whimsical wedding style, and the paper flower and birch bark centerpieces, the pedestals, and the cake stands were all her parents’ designs. Can you imagine having such crafty folks? They sure did come in handy since Jen and Ilan planned their wedding all the way from Brooklyn!A favorite tradition among friends, Invisible Double-Dutch lit up the dance floor. INVISIBLE DOUBLE DUTCH. Are you kidding me? How cool is that?! Before their wedding Jen and Ilan said they just wanted people to leave saying “That was an awesome party.” Mission accomplished.
Jen & Ilan’s wedding team included:
Venue: Georgetown Ballroom
Bride’s Dress: J.Crew
Bride’s Shoes: Adidas
Groom’s Suit: Burberry via Bloomingdales
Groom’s Shoes: Adidas
Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein via Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J.Crew
Rings: AR Morris
Vintage Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella
Catering: Jasper’s BBQ
Cupcakes: Trophy Cupcakes
Flowers: Buds and Blooms
DJ: Seattle Parties, DJ Leslie
Invitations: Hello Lucky
Decor, centerpieces, pedestals: Bride’s mother and father
If you’d like to see more, head on over to Kat’s blog post on Rock N’ Roll Bride for more images!!!!!