Meredith and Marty married on a perfect October day.
One might even say the day was a 10/10, if they're punny enough.
CONFESSIONAL: Meredith is one of my most beloved friends. I feel like this blog post might sound a little creepy if you don't know that, and it felt important to disclose. I also can't end up with a lot of brides wondering why I didn't buy them flowers. Awkward!
Anyway...the Maaskant wedding weekend started with a Friday night at North Bowl for the couple's rehearsal dinner, where we got to meet Marty's relatives from Holland, among others. We all slumber partied it up at the Sheraton Society Hill and woke up bright and early for hair and make-up at Salon L'Etoile, where Meredith works as a manager. Kadi killed it on the bride's effortless French twist, and Ashley was on her A-game for that winged eyeliner. We all left feeling like a million bucks.
When we arrived back to the Sheraton, there was a little surprise waiting for Meredith. In the interest of pinching pennies, she had chosen to make her own floral arrangements using silk flowers, which she revealed to us Friday night. They were sweet but out of place with all the vintage pretty she'd assembled for the day.
Meredith is the sort of person that is always doing the most thoughtful things and choosing the most thoughtful gestures for her friends. I just felt it was time for her to be on the receiving end, since I have received of her goodness so so so so SO many times. I made a plan to sneak out and buy fresh flowers and make her some quick arrangements myself. BUT...when I hit up my friend Kendall of Q/A Designs for advice about where to go, she decided to up the ante and make Meredith a bouquet. With about 12 hours notice.
And then, she made one for each and every bridesmaid, too. I can't even thank you enough for spoiling my friend so good, Kendall!!!!! These flowers would have taken me...well, never. I never could've put together such amazing bouquets. Kiss kiss kiss to you!
When it was time to get the bride dressed and aisle-ready, Meredith's sister Angela was the lady for the job. Angela and Meredith have such a special relationship and it was so right and wonderful that Angela had this honor. Who else would show up to Meredith's Sea Isle bachelorette weekend 1) in a hurricane 2) after getting a flat tire in a NorEaster 3) with vintage glassware for Mer's favorite cocktails 4) with a scavenger hunt that included prizes like a pink Instax camera and a Grand Budapest Hotel coffee table book?
Nobody would. Only Angela can win like that.
After a hectic and rushed morning in the Groom's Room for Marty and the boys, Dan got him in place for his First Look in a beautiful cobblestone alley near the hotel. The gals and the couple's dog, Tycho, soon joined us. I think Marty's reaction to the First Look is what every bride hopes for when she's planning her own. Good job, Marty!!
That's the fist pump of a man who knows he's just nabbed the greatest woman in the world.
After some bridal party portraits, we headed over to The Maas Building, where Meredith's step-mom, Tracy, got to see her in full-on bridal mode for the first time. The gown Meredith wore was worn by Tracy when she married Meredith's dad. An aunt had worn it in her wedding, as well (you'll see pics with her later). Meredith had it altered to suit her taste and figure, and everyone agreed it was to die for. There's just something about a tea length dress with lace long sleeves that slays me.
Waiting for the ceremony I was a ball of nerves in a way I've never experienced before. Because this time, not only was my team photographing without me...I was officiating. This job is so real, and it didn't all hit me until right before go time.
The ceremony was made easier, though, to hear the words these two wrote about one another. Meredith and Marty's vows were so REAL and TRUTHFUL and THEM. Hearing them each speak their vows out loud was the highlight of my day and the words were truly an affirmation of their love.
One advantage of having a wedding photographer as your officiant is, they know when to step aside and get out of your photo ops.
Meredith and Marty's reception was full of sweet details. The fox theme originated from a painting that Marty did for Meredith (look for it in many of the dance floor shots) and the couple's event design and planning team, Clover Event Co. took that and ran with it. They were even able to match the tabletop florals with the bouquets that Kendall designed, and the gold-painted Mason jars were a perfect touch. Not only did Cailtin and Alicia of Clover Event Co. design a beautiful collection of details, they also kept the day running smoothly and efficiently. I can't stress enough to my clients that a day-of coordinator can make or break how much you actually get to enjoy your day. Just do it.
The couple's friend, Gianni, made the gorgeous white paper floral installation that topped off the ceremony space. So unique and fun!
And the cake...ooohhh that cake...was made by the couple's friend Liz, owner of Sweet Elizabeth's and it was hands down, legit, the BEST wedding cake I've ever eaten. Also stunningly beautiful. Had I know there were two flavors in that cake, I'd have left a few pounds heavier. Especially since one of the flavors was PUMPKIN.
The Maas Building was a great place to party and made a super fresh, pretty, Anthro-sque kind of backdrop for photos. The space is pretty limitless in terms of customization and really aesthetically pleasing just as is.
The reception was more like a perfect backyard party. Food was provided by Pbon's Fresh Phood of Philly's big yellow truck, and crowd favorite The Sermon! performed throughout. The ceremony was over by 6:30 which was actually kind of amazing! See? These two just don't play by any rules. (That's a line from my ceremony script.)
The wearers of the dress.
In a nutshell, this wedding was perfectly Meredith + Marty and we all had a blast.
I want to thank Mer and Marty for their enormous vote of confidence in me, by not only hiring me as their photographer, but believing I could manage that duty on top of bridesmaid-ing and officiating. I think we really all are capable of way more than we believe -- thank you for always believing in me and being one of the most supportive friend-couples I've got.
And an extra special huge thanks to my second shooters, who really rose up and took the lead on this one. Dan and Eliza captured most of the moments you see here, with the exception of the salon shots, the couple's portraits, first look and the first dance/parent dances. I leaned on them for every other part of the day, and they deserve high fives and spirit fingers all around for the work they produced. l-o-v-e-f-e-s-t!!
Photographer: AGPcollective (Sarah Alderman, Eliza Taylor, Dan Wilson)
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Maas Building
Officiant: Sarah Alderman of AGPcollective
Invitation Designer: Martin Maaskant
Planning and Event Design: Clover Event Co.
Cake: Sweet Elizabeth's
Catering: Pbon's Fresh Phood of Philly
Florist: Q|A Designs Philadelphia
Wedding Dress: Vintage/family heirloom
Hair & Make-up: Salon L'Etoile, MYK
Live Music: The Sermon!
Favors: custom fox candles by Olliver Lifestyle