Love and marriage go hand in hand when this amazing couple joins families and is married on the beach. We hope you enjoy reading about how Scott and Bryant tied the knot!
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?
Our style was coastal chic – if such a thing exists! We were very excited to bring Broadway Vet & County Artist Rachel Potter as our guest vocalist; Scott’s mother was a singer, and Rachel’s voice sounds similar to her voice, so she was a “stand in” for Scott’s mom who passed away. She was accompanied on the guitar during the opening of our ceremony by our dear friend, songwriter Ross Golan. We wrote our own vows, kept our ceremony short and Scott, Scott’s Dad and Scott’s Nephew all had handkerchiefs crafted from Scott’s mom’s wedding dress. We were also married on what would have been Scott’s parents 45th wedding anniversary; Scott’s parents and grandparents were both married on the 23rd of the month, so that day had special meaning.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Azalea Events handled the whole thing! We wanted a color palette similar to our favorite colors – grey/charcoal with pops of color (Orange, lime green & turquoise) which is a part of our home’s decor. We had long farm tables, so that guests could feel part of smaller groups and our reception had a clean , earthy look.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
Our floral was understated and simple – we chose some bright pops of color along with Hydrangeas (Scott’s favorite), and geraniums as that is Bryant’s mom’s favorite flower.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
Rachel performed two songs for our reception (although she joined our band many more times!), one that was her own and one that was written by our dear Friend Ross Golan (and originally performed by Idina Menzel) – “Small World” – while Bryant danced with his mom and Scott danced with his sister. Ross also joined our band for another song of his, Flo Rida’s “My House” – which got the crowd into a frenzy! We closed our evening with guests getting whoopie pies on their way out, from our favorite restaurant in Maine, Eventide Oyster Company. We also had a gelato bar!
Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
We chose to have matching, custom suits made by Nick Roy at Gentleman’s Cooperative in Chicago – a favorite of Scott’s. Both were navy suits, with specific details individual to each of us. The interior patterns were different for both – polka dots for Bryant and blue paisley for Scott; Our shirts were light grey, with customized collars and cuffs – anchors for Scott and checks for Bryant). We both chose our own socks (purple and yellow ducks for Scott, green & blue geometric pattern for Bryant).
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met in December 2011 – Scott was visiting one of Bryant’s co-workers (a friend of Scott’s) at his office, and the two were introduced. A first date to Zoo Lights in Chicago ensued, followed by their first trip together 8 weeks later. We both knew that if we could survive that, we would be golden. We had a great time together. The proposal was simple, and took place in December 2013 as Scott was wrapping up treatments for cancer. Scott realized that Bryant – if he could stand by him through that – was in it for the long haul (but both knew much earlier than that, that marriage would be in their future). Scott gave Bryant a watch that his father had given him (neither of us were big on jewelry), and proposed at their home in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Neighborhood.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
The whole day was pretty amazing – not one moment stood out, per se, but the reaction of our guests when they arrived, and throughout the evening was something very special. We wanted our guests – many who had traveled long distances (including from the West Coast of USA, Australia, Ireland and the UK) – to have a wonderful & memorable time, and they did! The best moment, if we have to pick one, however, was the toast given by Bryant’s brother, Dr. Brendon Ross. Everyone was in awe – it was well crafted, deeply personal, moving, funny, heartfelt and had both of us in tears by the time it was done. It was such a wonderful expression of love!
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Hire a wedding planner – absolutely the best thing you can do. Everyone told us to make sure we stopped to appreciate the moment and to not let the day fly by….but we never felt that way. Audrey & Leslie handled everything – and all we had to do was enjoy! As a result, we were able to be present throughout our ceremony and cocktail hour and reception.