“Anyone can write a ceremony,”David added,“but to act it out and have it be what you envisioned when you wrote the words on the paper is a totally different thing. Michaela orchestrated it beautifully.” That included coordinating the 10 guests who participated in the ceremony by reading quotes about love and marriage, as well as stopping the proceedings
for a moment as a New Orleans-style band (from a wedding taking place at a nearby church) paraded past the Trolley Barn playing lively jazz music—an unexpected touch that enthralled everyone. To keep the momentum of the evening going, Erica and David, who planned the wedding themselves, also decided to host the reception at the Trolley Barn. So after the ceremony, the caterer transformed the venue’s patio into the reception site, with tables adorned by fallinspired centerpieces of sunflower topiaries, pumpkins,Granny Smith apples and leaves. But before the newlyweds joined their guests, who were enjoying delectable fare from Masterpiece Events’ chef-attended stations, they spent a few moments alone. With champagne glasses in hand, they strolled down their very own street for the first time as husband and wife.
“It was about 7 p.m. by this point, and the light was sort of magical. We were where we are comfortable—in our own neighborhood— and there was no one else around us. We were allowed to be ourselves, and it was relaxing,” David declared. “That’s my favorite memory.” When they returned to the reception, they danced their first dance to Sade’s By Your Side, feasted on both carrot cake and chocolate midnight cake from Alon’s Bakery and partied until the early morning hours with their favorite people, including their five bridesmaids and six groomsmen, who wore mango chiffon A-line dresses by Jim Hjelm and classic Tommy Hilfiger tuxedos, respectively. And although their schedules thwarted their plans again, this time for a traditional honeymoon, they do plan to take a much deserved vacation when David passes the bar. Until then they are content to reminisce fondly about their perfect wedding. “It was the most incredible weekend,” Erica commented. “It absolutely exceeded our expectations, and I can’t imagine having done it any other way.”