Ahhh – our beloved Liza and Jordan, where do we begin. Back in December of 2010, this couple was referred to us by the talented Beke Beau. “Ang, I feel like you two will jive together”, and she was right! Liza, a marketing and special event planner, had great eye for detail and after searching for her venue, they chose the über modern Artesano Iron Works Gallery or also known as Artesano Galeria in downtown Manayunk. This venue is an art gallery by day, showcasing all their own designs hand forged in Columbia and by night, a fabulous space for any type of event.
Liza and Jordan are more than clients to us, they are our close friends that we often share dinner, drinks and laughs with. We thought it would be nice to share some of the wedding details from their point of view:
Liza and Jordan’s Inspiration: “Jordan and I have a modern-eclectic style. From our everyday outfits to our home décor, our aesthetic consists of clean lines and warm/natural tones. We knew we wanted to be true to who we are as individuals and as a couple when thinking about the look and feel for our wedding day. After living in NYC (and Jordan growing up there), we gravitated toward urban spaces when looking for a venue. After a site visit with our caterer, Peachtree & Ward, we knew Artesano Iron Works Gallery was the perfect setting for us to become husband and wife. From the magnificent iron work art adorning the walls to the endless candles – the space had the urban and romantic feel we were going for.”
“By utilizing the space and the beauty of the gallery (the exposed brick walls, the art, the lighting), it allowed us to focus on the design details. We wanted our guests to walk into this “world” of Liza and Jordan – to feel us. We wanted a long aisle of hurricanes filled with pillar candles. We think flowers are beautiful, yet we didn’t want over-the-top centerpieces that competed with Artesano’s raw beauty. We were inspired by the iron work art and soft lighting and played off those design elements when picking our natural burlap linens to complement our squared, wooden centerpieces filled with gorgeous succulents and accents flowers in our lapis purple and bright green color palette. The bouquets and centerpieces by the amazing J & J Flowers were out of this world. To carry along our succulent theme (which more so evolved over time), we used wine-cork succulent magnets as our favors (made by AlissaRose on Etsy). And as I was shopping with my cousin in Home Goods, we strolled by the art section where a perfectly matted image of a succulent stared me in the face. We used that image as our “guest book,” where our amazing family and friends signed the matting with sweet messages of love. We both wavered on our table number cards. We went back and forth between modern, wooden stand-alone numbers or to get creatively modern. We chose the latter and had JonesStreetPress (Etsy) create cards in our lapis purple background with black & white images of moments in our lives as a couple and the relative date or year of the event. To honor our dear friends who were in our wedding and share our anniversary, I used the group shot of their wedding along with “916” as the number – they cried, we cried and we’re so glad we chose to add another personal touch to our day. As with many things in our lives, our inspiration and design naturally came together for our big day. We didn’t overthink any one thing too much – we just tried to stay as true to ourselves as possible…just kicked it up a notch!”
Liza and Jordan’s Story: “It was May 27, 2006 and I (Liza) was at the Beer Garden in good ‘ole Astoria celebrating my new job (still current job) with friends. My girlfriend and I went to the restroom and we decided that being the single ladies we were, we should do a ‘loop’ to scope out the prospects! Jordan and I eyed each other. I gave him the ‘look over the shoulder’ and he approached. Here’s how the conversation went:
Jordan: Hi, I’m Jordan. (stuck out hand to shake mine…)
Liza: Hi, I’m Liza.
Jordan: Do you have a boyfriend? (he saw me with my friend at the time and thought we might have been dating)
Jordan: Why not?
Liza: Because I don’t want one.
Jordan: OK, well, I’m going to buy you a beer and sit with you.
That was the start of a conversation that would continue day after day, now year after year. Couldn’t imagine the banter with anyone else.”
We love the simplicity of this photo. Amanda D’Andrea putting the finishing touches to Liza’s hair style.
Liza’s mother staring at the beautiful bride-to-be.
Liza’s infectious smile never ended though out the day.
The aisle was lined with tall cylinder vases that we had with 16 inch ivory pillar candles. There was endless votive candles to set the mood – it fit the romantic feel 100%! Their processional was critical as the groomsmen and mothers walked down the aisle to “Crystal Ball” by Pink and the bridemaids and Liza walked down to “Glitter in the Air” – 45 seconds each to be exact per person!
There was alot of love and emotion at this moment, there were no microphones or interruptions, the ceremony was for Liza and Jordan “It’s about us” Liza stated. Their ceremony was performed by Elizabeth Frumin, whom we worked with a week prior at another wedding. We love her!
THEY ARE MARRIED!
“The Dog Days are Over” Florence and the Machine
The bridesmaids wore a beautiful Lapis purple dress (Priscilla of Boston), their bracelets were a gift from Liza, they were a gorgeous Silpada design – silver and amethyst stone. The succulent bouquets were perfect against the dresses.
Special moments between the new couple, all captured by Scott Lewis Images.
A few details that fit the theme of the event. left to right -1. Cake designed by Bredenbeck’s that was delicious. 2. Family photos of Liza’s grandparents and grandmother. 3. close up of Liza’s bouquet – designed by J & J Flowers. 4. Centerpieces were designed by J & J Flowers consisting of succulents, spider mums and seasonal flowers, contained in a bamboo wooden box Liza found at IKEA. Each table was designed with burlap linens, custom designed table signs , which represented a date that meant something to Liza and Jordan. 5. Custom made and designed mini succulent cork magnets with tag.
Their first dance was “I could die for you” by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Planner: Angela MALICKI events – Ang, Ashley and Ada
Venue: Ceremony and Reception – Artesano Galeria
Photographer: Scott Lewis Images
Officiant: Elizabeth Frumin
Entertainment: CTO – DJ Bizz
Florist: J & J Flowers- Philadelphia – 215.462.6555
Caterer: Peachtree and Ward
Make Up: Beke Beau
Hair: Amanda D’ Andrea – 215.356.8605
Bridesmaids Jewelry: Silpada
Wedding Gown Designer: Vineyard Collection, Priscilla of Boston
Wedding Shoes Designer: Nina
Crystal Hair Pin and Brooch: YJDesign, Etsy
Perfume: Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater
xoxo Ang & Ash