In a world where everyone is trying to come up with the next best trend, there’s still something so sweepingly elegant about a classic white wedding (Exhibit A). Especially when it comes with a hint of European flair! This international couple had family fly in from all over the world to attend their Boston rooftop nuptials. Though their guests probably felt more like they were in the French countryside at this timeless affair.
Renee Hollingshead Photography beautifully captured all the intimate details of Victoria and Giray Ant’s special day.
The incredibly talented bride, Victoria, not only designed this event, but she also did all her own stationary through her company Vie de Vic.
From the Bride: When I started planning my wedding, I envisioned it being an elegant intimate event with a cozy flare. Because my husband is from Turkey and I am from Brazil, we also wanted cultural elements from both sides to be included throughout the celebration. Because most of our guests flew from all over the world to attend this special moment in our lives, my idea was to incorporate family pieces and décor elements from my own house into the wedding. It was our way of saying, “welcome to our home”.
The choker I wore during my ceremony entrance was a custom-made piece made out of my late grandmother’s pearl necklace and brooch. It was my “something old” turned into “something new”.
9OFS had the perfect rooftop setting for this couple to say “I do”.
Our color palette included whites and light greys with gold accents and lots of natural greenery. Among the pieces I brought myself were large family rugs, Bergere chairs, accent tables, a huge gold-framed mirror, crystal hurricanes, and many silver trays. We even brought a couple of antique silver chafing dishes filled with succulents and lavender greenery to decorate the outside lounges.
My wedding gown was clean and simple with a bow on the back, just the way I wanted it to be. It was custom made by Brazilian designer Juliana Pereira. After a consultation with her during one of my trips to Brazil, I came to NYC to buy the fabric we had in mind for the dress model I wanted.
Juliana made the custom-building process so very easy and delightful. Knowing that flying to Porto Alegre too often was not an option for me, she ensured that the dress was ready to go after three trips and around 8 fitting sessions.
I have my own custom wedding stationery business, Vie de Vic, so I took care of the wedding monogram design, invitations, maps, menu cards, place cards, signage and even photo strip designs for the photo booth. It was a lot of DIY for one bride!
This tent from PEAK Event Services was decked out to the nines. We especially love the romantic lighting done by CJC Lighting.
We love the touch of shabby chic style that these chairs from Kadeema Rentals bring to this sophisticated event.
Our all-white coconut cake was baked and designed by Jackie from The Cake Studio. It included all the details I asked for – from delicate cameos to our wedding monogram.
What advice would you give to brides-to-be?
1. Hire a videographer. At first, I didn’t plan or budget for a wedding video, but after the wedding, I came to conclude it was the best investment.
2. If your budget allows, ensure your contract with your photographer includes a second shooter at least for the ceremony portion of the event. You want the most beautiful pictures of yourself and your husband saying “I do”, but photos of your parents and friends’ reaction when you do so are very touching.
3. Be as clear and as specific as you can when you communicate with your vendors. To avoid interpretation misunderstandings, send them pictures of what you envision for your big day.
4. I cannot stress this enough: do not accept oral/in-person agreements. Have every single detail you and you vendors agreed on included in a contract, or at least written down. That protects both of you from future disappointments.
5. Start the DIY early in the game. I’m a wedding stationer myself and I prioritized my clients’ orders and other duties over my own invitation suite until the very last minute. “I got this” was my thought the entire time. I was wrong. I spent my wedding eve cutting menus and seating charts instead of getting some rest.
Photography: Renee Hollingshead Photography
Videography: Brandon Rice Films
Event Design + Stationery: Vie de Vic
Makeup Artist: Claudia Moriel Makeup
Hair Stylist: Nazila Riahi
Catering: Capers Catering
Furniture Rentals: Kadeema Rentals
Event & Tent Rentals: PEAK Event Services
Lighting: CJC Lighting
Music: Adam Rice Music