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National Museum of Dance Wedding: Lauren and Liz

Thompson Photography

July 25, 2016

The first time that Lauren and Liz saw the National Museum of Dance, they fell in love. Each and every time that they drove up to the venue, there was not a single cloud in the sky. They took this as a sign that the museum was a perfect fit – or that it would absolutely pour on their wedding day; but that’s supposed to be good luck, right?  

They chose the museum based on the intimate setting it provided as well as the ability they had to customize the day. In wanting to portray a “rustic romantic” setting, they chose their florist and boutique ceremony designer to help bring out the antique aspect of the venue.

The lantern and wooden wine box centerpieces, specially-made for their wedding, with the neutral/blush flowers were absolutely gorgeous! With over 200 candles scattered throughout the ball room, it was hard not to be overcome by the romance.

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Outside in the courtyard, during the ceremony, the wine barrels and rustic doorway/arches were filled with the beautiful floral arrangements and carried the intimate feeling throughout the entirety of the venue.

Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography

Liz and Lauren created their own personalized ceremony programs (with the help of Lauren’s graphic designer sister/Maid of Honor,  plus a few design ideas from Pinterest!) that doubled as fans for our guests outside. They printed black and white photos of their friends and families to hang on a wooden frame strung with clothesline and pins.

Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography

Lauren’s mother handmade truffles with their initials and wedding date to send home with guests as favors and a way to remember how sweet true love really is. The brides also hand-wrote on every chalkboard sign throughout the venue – from the note regarding the bubble send-off after they said ‘I do’, to their love for those who were watching from above, to the message in a bottle they requested that their guests leave for them, rolled up inside rustic wine bottles, all the way to Lauren’s personal favorite, their ceremony seating chart which read “Choose a seat, not a side, either way you’re for a bride” – personalized from their hearts to their guests!

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Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography

The wedding was made so meaningful by Liz’s Uncle (the Honorable) who married them, and Lauren’s second cousin, Eoin, who played his acoustic guitar during the ceremony. They incorporated a reading from the Supreme Court ruling as observed by Supreme Justice Anthony Kennedy, declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states just one year prior to their wedding date.

Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography

Their first dance song, “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles, was played beautifully by Eoin – one of Lauren and Liz’s favorite (and very emotional) parts of the day. Once they were officially married, they requested that the DJ convert the beautiful ballroom into a serious dance floor for the remainder of the evening.

Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography

The food, music and company made for an absolutely perfect day and night; and they are so thankful to have had their amazing photographers there with them to capture every special moment throughout. Liz and Lauren consider themselves incredibly lucky that each and every vendor they worked with helped to make their dream wedding a rustic, romantic reality.

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Photographer: Thompson Photography Group //Makeup Artist: Lipstick N Lashes Beauty Bar and Boutique // Cake Designer: Make Me A Cake Next Door // Reception Venue:  National Museum of Dance // Caterer:  old daley catering // Equipment Rentals:  Rustic Robin Boutique Rentals // Floral Designer:  Samantha Nass Floral Design // Dress Store: Something Blue Bridal

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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