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Tuesday, August 13th 2013

Shopbop Weddings: Monica’s Windswept Wedding

Planning a wedding tends to become an all-consuming task. From the dress to the location, deciding the details of such a big day is exciting, but sometimes just a touch (ahem, sarcasm) stressful. So, we thought we would tap some of our wonderfully wedded staffers to share advice and memories from their special day. First up, Merchandiser Monica. She was married to her husband Danny this summer on what ended up being a beautifully breezy day.

SHOPBOP: First of all, congratulations! It looks like it was a beautiful day, but I heard you were a bit nervous about the weather.
MONICA: Thank you! Yes, we had such a rainy spring and there was an 80% chance of rain both Friday and Saturday of the wedding weekend. I was refreshing my phone constantly, driving my friends and family crazy, shouting “the chance of rain is at 75%! Now it’s at 60%!” It never rained, but it was extremely windy and my veil had a mind of its own. The entire ceremony it was blowing everywhere, and as we were pronounced husband and wife, it wrapped around Danny’s head. We couldn’t stop laughing!

SB: Too funny! Speaking of your veil, let’s talk about your look. What did you wear?
MONICA: I wore a Reem Acra gown with delicate jeweled sleeves and a subtle twist at the bodice.

SB: You looked stunning. Your jewelry was also sparkling. Was there any special meaning behind it?
MONICA: I wore bracelets from both my grandmother—something old—and from Danny’s grandmother—something borrowed and blue. Everything else was “the new.”

SB: What was your favorite part of the ceremony?
MONICA: Our vows. We wrote some of it together, but then each wrote something individually. I loved the surprise of hearing what Danny wrote to me and seeing his reaction to mine. Then, after the ceremony, the two of us took pictures as a couple. It was so nice to take it all in and spend quality time together celebrating with just us.

SB: So, the ceremony is over, you’re officially married, on to the reception! How did you decorate?
MONICA: We were married in a barn and went with a casual-glam vibe. Since the setting was so rustic, we liked the juxtaposition of mixing in some fancier elements, like chandeliers. We added bistro lights and two chandeliers, then decorated the farm tables with Mason jars and candles. The food was a major priority for us. We based our appetizers and food stations on our favorites: tacos, sliders, and mac & cheese. What can I say, we live in Wisconsin—cheese was a must!

Danny’s sister also made signs with quotes: “You are my sunshine my only sunshine,” “Home is wherever I’m with you,” “You are the milk to my cookies.” My dad and uncle made the birch arch that we stood under for the ceremony, and a friend made all the groomsmen’s boutonnieres and cocktail table floral arrangements.

SB: You did a lot yourselves. I understand dessert was also a family affair.
MONICA: It was! We served chocolate chip cookies and milk. Danny’s mom is an amazing baker and she made around 450 cookies. They were a huge hit!

SB: What a fun idea! What was the biggest surprise of the whole day?
MONICA: No rain! But really, it was just how quickly the day goes. Everyone tells you that, but it truly felt like I blinked and it was over!

SB: It’s so true. Ok, last question. Describe your wedding in five words or less.
MONICA: Best day of my life.

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