A Floating World Gallery Wedding
Tell us your love story!
Our freshman year at Vassar College, Liz saw Annie in an elevator. Typical elevator etiquette called for silence and staring awkwardly as the display changed, floor by floor. Annie apparently did not subscribe to the same rules of etiquette as Liz. She chatted animatedly until exiting with a delightful and heartfelt goodbye. Liz remembers this fondly as the first time we met. Annie remembers this not at all. Fast forward four years. By sheer luck, we became neighbors during our senior year, living on campus housing next door to one another. Over the next few months, we grew closer through attending class, frequenting our college’s farmer’s market, and going on an embarrassing number of Starbucks runs. When Liz convinced Annie to visit her in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky for spring break, the rest became history.
What about the proposal?
We had a mutual understanding that Liz would be in charge of the proposal...and she didn’t disappoint. For Christmas, she gifted Annie a date night at Lula Cafe, and in late January, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner together. After the meal, Liz was eager to move on to the most important part of the evening, but Annie surprised both of us by suggesting we get a drink at a nearby bar, Billy Sunday. Liz tamed her nerves with a stiff old fashioned before it was time to head “home” for real. Liz called a car, but instead of taking us to our apartment in Evanston, she directed us to the Robey, where she had checked in and set up the room earlier that day. Annie was very confused when Liz started talking to the driver about how much “our neighborhood” had changed. When we walked into the room, it was decorated with mugs we’ve collected from all of our trips together. Each mug had a note from Liz about why the trip was so special for us and our relationship. After Annie finished reading all of the notes (there were a lot of notes), Liz pulled out a piece of yarn, respecting Annie’s wishes to not have an engagement ring, and popped the question by tying it around Annie’s finger.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
Our anniversary happens to also be Annie’s birthday, so April 2 is a special day for both of us. However, on our one-year anniversary, there was another extremely important event taking place -- the NCAA college basketball championship game, featuring Liz’s favorite team, the Kentucky Wildcats. Liz is a diehard Kentucky fan. While Annie has grown to bleed blue and white, Liz is on a completely different plane of fandom. Despite it being her birthday, Annie relinquished the day, understanding that the most important sporting event of Liz’s life couldn’t be easily postponed. We got takeout Salvadoran food from one of our favorite spots in DC and went back to Annie’s apartment to watch the game. Through an intense two hours, Liz sat virtually unmoving, trying to will her team to victory, while Annie cheered loudly, only waking up her roommates a few times. When the buzzer sounded and Kentucky won the national championship, we jumped around the living room yelling “C-A-T-S, CATS CATS CATS” together. Annie made two glasses of blue champagne and we celebrated a sports victory, Annie’s birthday, and our one-year anniversary.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We wanted to have an intimate wedding that felt like us. We were clear with each other early on that we did not want anyone else’s expectations to influence how the day felt or looked. Our families were certainly involved in the process, and thrilled to help out, but we grounded in the things that were most important to us -- our favorite pizza in our apartment common room for our rehearsal dinner, a mashup of Lil’ Wayne and Whitney Houston for our first dance, and homemade cookies instead of wedding cake for dessert.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
One of the surprisingly easy parts of our wedding was deciding on our vision for the day. We were aligned almost immediately and able to work with our amazing vendors to make that vision come to life. The most difficult part was finding time for the actual planning! Annie had just started a very demanding job that required her to travel most of the week. The last thing she wanted to do over the weekend was talk about flowers and runs of show! But Liz grew into her role as a (non-judgemental, very fun) taskmaster, setting an agenda for each weekend so that we got everything done while still having time to relax and spend much needed downtime together.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
We wish we could have anticipated the freak lightning storm the day before our wedding that caused some very unexpected (and unplanned!) attrition. We would have sent out a few more invitations and included people who have since become very good friends. But we did say we wanted an intimate ceremony -- you get what you ask for!
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Our advice would be to decide early on what you care most about so you can ensure those things are done the way you want them. That way, you can go with the flow on the rest. We found that our vendors, families, and wedding party were all extremely open to helping us out with the things we felt most strongly about -- and happy to take over some of the less important things to save us some time and stress.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
After our ceremony, Annie and I snuck upstairs to have a private glass of champagne just the two of us while we waited for our officiant (one of our good friends) to join us to sign our marriage certificate. While we appreciated having a moment alone, we quickly realized that all we wanted to do was get back downstairs and start the celebration. Our eagerness to spend time with friends and family showed just how excited we were to be at our own wedding.
As soon as our officiant signed the papers, off we went to eat, drink and dance the night away.
- Location: Floating World Gallery
- Photography: Gavyn Taylor Photo
- Planning: Your Day By MK
- Catering: Antique Taco
- Music: Toast & Jam
- Hair & Makeup: Bianca Sansosti Artistry -- Shannon
- Rentals: Carol's Event Staffing
- Annie's Attire: Calvin Klein
- Liz's Dress & Wedding Party Attire: Lulus
- Jewelry: Target
- Favors: Garett's