I made sure to show Abbie and Justin's wedding pictures to my daughter, Sophie. "Check it out!" I showed her. "THIS is how awesome and unique a wedding can be!" It rocked Sophie's 11-year old world a little bit . . . "She didn't wear a big white dress?" "Nope . . . she wore a one-of-a-kind etsy-embellished dress that looked fabulous when she twirled!" Sophie was sold! And that was just the tip of the unique iceberg. Abbie and Justin's day included a ceremony (led by trivia quizmaster, Jay) on the stage of The Bridge (a music venue right across the street from our studio) with disco lights blazing; a taco-inspired food truck that guests bellied up to after the ceremony (and that dolled out, bowl-by-bowl, the yummiest reception food imaginable!); a "first karaoke" instead of a "first dance"; and a drink menu that included Abbie's favorite (Tom Collins) and Justin's favorite (Bull & Bear). Everything was perfectly suited to Abbie and Justin, to who they are as individuals AND as a couple.
And my personal most-loved memory from their day: everyone singing the "Johnny Appleseed" grace together before dinner. Abbie and Justin had discovered that both their families sang this grace, and I was transported back to my days at summer camp, belting out that grace in a lodge with 200 other campers at every meal. So thanks, Abbie and Justin, for reminding us (in a world that bombards little girls with waaaay too many "princess" things) that weddings can be so much more: quirky, delightful, moving, celebratory, communal and joyous.
Abbie + Justin :: Columbia, MO
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ceremony & reception venue • The Bridge
officiant • Jay Groharing
ceremony music • Quartet (Scott Mayfield, Sarah Sheldon, Jared Smith, Nathan Ward)
dinnertime music • Los Desterrados Trio
reception entertainment • KaraokeTimeWOW!
food truck • Yo! Salsa Food Truck
photographers • Kim Wade & Annika Miller, SilverBox Photographers