A Chic Soirée
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
Being a non-traditional couple, we knew from the start that we didn't want our wedding to mimic a traditional one, and Melissa felt strongly opposed to wearing a wedding gown. We are a modern couple and we wanted our garb to reflect that! We knew early on that we didn't want a traditional bridal party, and to put a spin on things, our pup, Penny, was our flower girl! We also felt really strongly about incorporating traditional vows, which have been repeated by couples for thousands of years. Stylistically we knew we wanted our wedding to feel refined, romantic and relaxed.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
Planning was a dream thanks to Heather at Calluna Events. We also had 100% faith in our Florist, Sacred Thistle, who did a spectacular job on our hanging centerpieces and ceremonial teepee. Our venue didn't provide any rentals, so we had to use several different rental companies to get the furniture, lighting, china, and glassware that we wanted. There were a lot of moving parts, so thankfully nothing slipped through the cracks. As Heather put it, "it took a mighty village of creative partners, but everyone hustled to make it into an incredible vision". We were completely blown away when we laid eyes on the finished product.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Relinquish control!!! Try not to drive yourselves completely mad. Between invitations, seating charts, and small endless details it can be really difficult. Put people in charge of things, and trust them to get it done for you!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
My absolute favorite part of our wedding day was our vows. We wrote our own and it felt like a true culmination of our last five and a half years together.
Melissa and Marisa met when they both took a chance at online dating in the Big City. They arranged to meet at a restaurant in Williamsburg called the Roebling Tea Room. Melissa was, ahem, fashionably late. Luckily, Marisa brought some intellectual reading material, The Help, to keep her company as she waited patiently. When Melissa arrived, it was apparent to Marisa that she was well worth the wait. She remembers Melissa’s red lipstick and her dark hair, and Melissa remembers Marisa's Crisp Navy blazer, and her hands decorated in small tattoos. The stars aligned that evening, and when Marisa had to leave town for six weeks they couldn’t stand to be apart. Melissa hopped on a plane to Vail, Colorado where the two of them celebrated the New Year warm in their new love. Soon after, They got a puppy (Marisa already had lesbian-prerequisite cats), and without any hesitation they made a little family of their own.
Four years later, they dared to face change and a brand new life together. They bought a trailer, loaded up their two cats, Amos + Theo, and their dog, Penny, and they hit the road headed for Denver, Colorado. Melissa made a gesture of true love by trusting Marisa wholeheartedly in this move...and Marisa knew that this love was epic, once-in-a-lifetime love, so she put a ring on it! On November 9th, beneath the Milky Way in Santa Fe, Marisa proposed, which marked the beginning of the rest of their lives together.