Jenna & Lance, The Vine, NYC

POSTED BY Nathan Smith on 2017/01/20

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How did you meet? What were your first impressions of each other?

Lance: We met in Sydney, Australia at a bar called The Eastern. We were both studying abroad and having the time of our lives. We met the last month of our abroad experience. My first impression of Jenna, besides for her beauty, was just how cool she was. Never met a cooler girl.

Jenna: I thought, “He seems nice, he’s easy to talk to, we’ve been talking nonstop. I have a lot to say to him. I guess this is a good sign.”

What was the easiest wedding planning decision you made?

Jenna: The band and Ira Lippke Studios – they shot a few of our friends’ weddings and we loved their editorial style.

Lance: Proposing to Jenna. Outside the Gramercy Park Hotel and having our families for dinner at Maialino after the proposal. She’s the girl of my dreams and that hotel and restaurant are near and dear to our hearts.

The most difficult?

Jenna: The venue, we fell in love with a different venue in Brooklyn but the logistics of it all were way too complicated – too many rules about vendors, we would have to rent or outsource almost everything and they had no on-site coordinator.

Lance: The invite list. We are so lucky to have so many friends in our lives, but we ultimately had to cut some out. Wish we could have included everyone.

What part of planning your wedding did you most enjoy?

Jenna: Working with the florist. She made it very easy for me and made me feel like she understood my vision quickly. I also really liked wax sealing all our invitations – I got really into the stationery.

Lance: Besides for when it was over…? In all seriousness, probably two things were the most enjoyable. First, picking out my tuxedo. For a while, I envisioned a custom hunter green tuxedo. I was referred to Sebastien Grey by a friend for my custom tux and the whole experience of picking it out was particularly enjoyable (partially because they give you delicious scotch while picking out every single detail on the tux). Second, since I’m certainly not equipped to plan a wedding, it was amazing to see my bride plan the entire thing and just quarterback every aspect, without being the stereotypical controlling “bridezilla.”

Where did you turn for ideas and inspiration?

Jenna: Past wedding experiences, specifically from my older sister.

Lance: We have both been to a ton of other weddings, so those weddings were probably our biggest inspiration. We admittedly stole bits and pieces from various weddings we’ve attended over the past couple of years.

What part of your day were you most looking forward to?

Jenna: When our wedding would tip and became a huge raging party.

Lance: That’s a tough one… It is probably cliché to say, when Jenna was walking down the aisle, but that is obviously something I have been looking forward to for at least a year – ever since she was the maid of honor at her sister’s wedding and looked breathtakingly beautiful. Partying with all my closest friends and family was also one of the most anticipated parts of the wedding… and it lived up to the anticipation.

What part of your day ended up being the most memorable?

Jenna: The First Look/creative photo shoot with Nate and team, the ketubah signing (surprisingly), standing under the chuappah during the ceremony.

Lance: The party. Jenna and I wanted to throw a real freaking party. Non-stop dancing, endless booze and fun. When we were both crowd-surfing with our friends tossing us in the air…mission accomplished.

Photos by Nathan Smith and Michelle Mosqueda


Catering: The Vine at the
Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore
Floral & Event Design: Verde Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Style on B and Annabelle LaGuardia
Lighting: Glen Forrest
Music: The Rhythm Shop
Stationery: Crane & Co. (Paper Source)
Venue: The Vine
Video: Tweed Video

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