Anyone who is familiar with my work knows that I love a neutral color palette. Taupe… grey… champagne… blush… maybe touches of navy here and there. Neutral colors are my favorite and definitely where I feel most comfortable designing.
Then I met the wonderful Ritt family. They came in and colored my world with their bright personalities, love for people, passion for life and their request for a rainbow wedding.
I’m not going to lie… when I first heard the words rainbow and wedding, I wondered to myself how I was going to pull it off. They wanted it to be classy and sophisticated, yet fun and bright. I remember googling “rainbow wedding” and I was horrified with what I saw and it left myself wondering what had I gotten myself in to. I was so far from my neutral color comfort zone and thoroughly confused as to how to pull it off.
I think that is what I love the most about this wedding. I was pushed out of my comfort zone, and challenged to think bigger, better and brighter, and the result was a wedding out of my normal box. I learned so much from the mother of the bride, Laurie, throughout this process and not only came out a stronger and more diverse designer, but I think a better person too. Laurie reminded me why I started my business in the first place as she encouraged me to keep dreaming and perfecting good ideas until they became even better. She pressed for me to give a particular reason why I did or did not like something in particular, encouraged my talents, believed in my vision and in the end trusted me to just do my thing uninhibited.
I never thought I would do a rainbow wedding, but I am so glad that I did. I couldn’t be more proud of the outcome and I am excited to finally share these photos from Belathee with you.
Make sure to also pick up a copy of the spring issue of Martha Stewart Weddings to see the 10 page feature of this affair.
The Ranch Studios perfect captured this wedding and made the whole day feel like a dream. Make sure to check out the vide below.
I also have to give my wife and business partner, Jamie, a huge shout out. Sometimes credit is only given to the visual design of an event and people just talk about how beautiful it was. Even more difficult than pulling together a design, is pulling together and managing about 50 vendors who all have specific needs and requests. From determining timelines to figuring out how much lighting, power, and space was needed to making sure nearly 200 plus people were picked up and shuttled to the wedding…. Jamie handled every detail of this event and managed to pull off a seamlessly smooth affair with grace and ease. She read through and responded to literally thousands of e-mails for this wedding and hours and hours of phone conversations to make sure everything was in place. She is truly the foundation of this wedding and the really hero in my book. This would not have been a smooth wedding had her skill set and discerning eye not been overlooking every component of the day. She makes our partnership strong.
And the other key vendors:
wedding dress: Vera Wang
hair and makeup: Erin Skipley
custom striped linens: Choice Linens
mini cakes and macarons: The Sweet Side
rentals: ABC Rentals
Ceremony Venue: Union Station
Reception Venue: The Four Seasons