Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A1: We wanted something masculine, respectful or our traditional families and our values, and fiscally responsible. So we chose navy blue and baby blue as our colors, included family in every aspect possible, and focused on the importance of love, both for each other and the importance of loving others.
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A2: As we wanted something more masculine, the venue was chosen for its grandeur, dark hard woods, and well-kept grounds. Flowers were minimal, only the Maid of Honor and Groomswomen carried flowers which were purchased on Etsy, then wrapped with navy blue ribbon and knotted at the bottom. The 30 inch stems were cut to the height of the individual carrying them. The centerpieces for the dining tables were the only other decorative element. The centerpieces are water beads which bloom when placed in water. We chose to bloom blue and clear beads then add them to vases of various sizes in multiple configurations and placed three vases at the center of each table.³
Q3: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A3: The men wore Bar III navy blue fitted suits. The grooms wore navy blue ties and the groomsmen wore light blue ties to match the groomswomen dresses. It was important to us, not being women, that the ladies had dresses that are comfortable and matched the diversity of the dynamic personalities around us. At the recommendation of the ladies, we chose a light blue convertible dress from Etsy that allowed the girls to design and wrap the dress to fit each one perfectly. The similar look with touches of individuality coincided with our traditional and non-traditional mash-up.
Q4: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A4: We are a Match.com couple, actually. Mike signed up trying to find the right person and Jon signed up at the behest of a friend who didn’t want to do it alone. In Mike’s profile picture he was petting a baby pig on Bourbon Street and with that photo Jon was smitten. A few emails became text messages which became dates and 8.5 years of ups and downs later, the match.com couple was married.
Q5: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A5: Don’t be afraid to do it all yourselves. You can find better food and better services at better prices because you are choosing companies with expertise in single areas rather than those that are just “good” at many things. It’s a lot of work, don’t get us wrong, but in the end it was totally worth it.