Lauren + Chris Vow Renewal 08*20*2011

Today is the first of many blogs I’ve been behind with writing!  I have so many great events and ideas to share with you from the last six months!

Lauren and Chris celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal and a giant party!

The number 18 is a lucky one in Jewish tradition, as it’s associated with the Hebrew word for life (chai), and Lauren had just completed work on her art gallery in Liberty Station, so this was the perfect time for celebration!

Like E+D, Lauren + Chris asked that we please not feature their faces online, so this post will be mostly detail shots, but you like pretty things…  Right? 😉

Lauren and Chris contacted me in mid-July with an idea and a date.  In one month, we did the rest!

Being an artist, Lauren had a definite vision for the day.  She wanted a travel-inspired theme, with nods to her exhibition in the form of sparkly gold candles, silk flowers, and snow.  She chose all the rentals herself and created a world all her own!

For the ceremony itself, Anar Party Rentals provided the chuppah, which was placed on the lawn outside Lauren’s gallery.  Raphael’s Party Rentals provided the chairs, and we purchased luminaries to help create a festive feel.  The luminaries were also used to illuminate the path between the ceremony and reception!  We also lined the aisle to the chuppah with votive candles, which sparkled as the sun set!

Chuppah by Anar Party Rentals

The ceremony!

Lauren + Chris used the most beautiful carafe, a gift from friends, for their wine ceremony!

Wine ceremony carafe

Raphael’s Party Rentals built a gauzy etherial tent inside of an empty shell of a building nearby the art gallery.  Within the next year, this space will be transformed into more studios, galleries, and retail spaces.  But back in August, thanks to a generator and a team of event professionals, this was an otherworldly celebration space filled with twinkling lights!  Lauren created all of the centerpieces herself, using enormous, heavy brass candlesticks rented from Raphael’s.

Reception Space

Reception with Twinkle Lights by Raphael's Party Rentals!

And since we had a professional pianist as the night’s emcee, we had to have a piano.  A grand piano to be exact, provided by Greene Music.

The beautiful piano provided by Greene Music

My incredible team of assistants (thank you SO much Ryan, Rachael, Desiree, Daniel, and Paul!) had SO much to do, between putting together tables, distributing favors and place cards, setting up 120 luminaries, and scattering snow on the ground!

Scattered Snow on the floor of the reception!

Extraordinary Desserts did a gorgeous job with the rustic chocolate cake (flanked by my lanterns in the background and the cake serving set from my own wedding in the foreground!).

Cake by Extraordinary Desserts

And of course Iliana Morton captured all the details of the day!  Isn’t she amazing?

Ceremony Song

Favors by Chi Chocolat

I love this shot; rings on a piano!

Thank you to all the amazing vendors and again to my awesome team (I love you guys!!!!!).  And to Lauren + Chris, whose love for each other was resonant throughout our planning and their day, I raise my glass to 18 more amazing years!  Mazel tov and l’chaim!

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