Editor’s Note: I was truly honored to be a guest at Abby and Matt’s wedding. I’ve known Abby since we were 16 years old at Jewish sleepaway camp. We remain good friends and enjoy get-togethers every few months. She is the kindest person who has the most positive outlook on life. She is ridiculously smart and equally ridiculously beautiful! Her wedding was stunning and I am so excited to finally be able to share it here! I previewed it just after she got married, and promised the full coverage! Here we are!
Abby and Matt went to high school together and even sat next to each other at graduation. However they didn’t really connect until a mutual friend set them up after college. Their connection grew and they discovered all the reasons why they’re a perfect match. For example, Matt is the oldest of four and Abby is the youngest of three. She says they’re really like yin and yang to each other; he’s the planner; responsible and organized, and she’s the adventurous one; playful and spontaneous.
Their proposal was so romantic and classic! Matt surprised Abby when she came home from work. She came home early that day, but luckily he was ready. He had decorated the entryway of their apartment with tea lights and rose petals and when Abby came home, she found him standing there with a ring box in hand! She was so surprised that she almost forgot to keep coming in the door! Matt held Abby’s hands and got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
The vision for their wedding came together during a year of planning. Abby had always assumed she’d have a summer wedding on the beach or in Santa Barbara… or on the beach in Santa Barbara! However, when they got engaged, winter turned out to be the best time for them to get married due to school and work obligations. All of Abby’s former plans and ideas went out the window and she had to start from scratch. She started casually looking through wedding magazines and fell in love with the color scheme of silver, navy, pink, and black and found their venue and wedding coordinator. With those big decisions made, wedding planning took off! Their wedding planner gave them a list of vendors that she recommended and kept them on track with a schedule of important tasks and dates that they should have them completed by. Slowly but surely, Abby’s original idea of a casual beach wedding shifted to a formal winter fete with mercury glass candles, pastel pink and white flowers, birch wood accents in the chuppah and centerpieces, dimmed lighting, and long navy bridesmaid gowns. And what a fete it was! It was truly the wedding of Abby and Matt’s dreams and a magical evening.
Mazel tov, Abby and Matt!
Photographer: Michael Brannigan of David Michael Photography
Flowers: Mulberry Row
Coordinator: Jennifer Hronek, Joie De Vivre & Co
Venue: Brentwood Country Club
Rings: XIV Karats
Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm/JLM Couture
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Tuxes: Friar Tux
DJ: Patrick Belton/123 DJ’s
Videographer: Envision Productions
Ketubah: Mickie Caspi from Gallery Judaica
Chiavari chairs, best heaters, lighting and chargers: Luna Party Rentals