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An American Visionary Art Museum wedding: Alanna + Rob
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It was difficult to imagine what Alanna + Rob’s wedding might look like, based on Alanna’s description when we first met. She explained that their wedding would resemble a romantic, whimsical fairy tale forest with a dollop of anime, the Japanese style of animation often characterized by colorful graphics and vibrant characters. “When we first met, he taught me how to play a character in a video game,” she explained. “So this theme is credited to him.” Under the expert guidance of wedding planner Rachel Hoffberger of Plan It Perfect Events and Wicked Willow florist, the American Visionary Art Museum was transformed into just that. Towering arrangements of pink blooms were supported not by vases but by clusters of thick branches and vines that, indeed, made it look like the aisle was lined by a forest of flowering trees. The chuppah included the bride’s grandfather’s prayer shawl as well as 998 paper cranes that the couple made themselves in a nod to Rob’s heritage. (Using the origami paper on which they had written their vows, they folded the final two cranes during the ceremony to bring the total to a lucky 1,000.) Flower girls wore the wings of a favorite anime character — and bright yellow fabric with Kero’s likeness was sewn into their hair bows. Reception tables — and a tower of cupcakes! — featured clow cards, the magical cards used in a particular anime series. And the last hour of the party was designated the Japanime Power Hour, with a late-night snack of sushi and potstickers and the DJ playing the actual music from the couple’s favorite video games. The whole day could not have better captured their personalities. Here are many of my favorites from Alanna + Rob’s beautiful day:

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What’s not to love about a wedding gown that makes you feel so happy and beautiful that you physically jump up and down in it?008-McTavishYounger_00310bw-0054_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

The bride, looking absolutely lovely. 009-McTavishYounger_00369-0062_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

Alanna sees her father — and practices their dance.010-McTavishYounger_00409-0070_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 011-McTavishYounger_00444-0077_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 012-McTavishYounger_00464-0079_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 013-McTavishYounger_00506bw-0086_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 014-McTavishYounger_00153-0028_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

The couple chose to see each other before the ceremony for photos. Here, Alanna was chatting and chatting with her bridesmaids, unaware of the fact that Rob was coming down the staircase until he announced, “I can hear you, you know.” Their reaction to seeing each other for the first time that day was just lovely. 015-McTavishYounger_00567-0093_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 016-McTavishYounger_00600-0102_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 017-McTavishYounger_00636-0109_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 018-McTavishYounger_00687-0115_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

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Downtown traffic that day was just dreadful. Fearful that everyone would not make it to AVAM in time for pre-ceremony photos or even the ceremony itself, we scrambled the carefully plotted transportation schedule, piled as many people as would fit into the limo and dictated the specific route recommended by Rachel, the event planner, to the limo driver. Meanwhile, unable to get a taxi or even an Uber in the snarl of traffic, the groomsmen simply walked from the Hotel Monaco to AVAM.021-McTavishYounger_00794-0139_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 022-McTavishYounger_00829-0143_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

The amphitheater at AVAM can be magical. When the sun hits the mirrored egg just right, it sends reflected sparkly polka dots all over the area. So pretty. 023-McTavishYounger_00861-0149_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 024-McTavishYounger_00906bw-0158_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 025-McTavishYounger_00918-0161_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 026-McTavishYounger_01010-0177_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 027-McTavishYounger_00974-0167_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 028-McTavishYounger_01224-0203_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 029-McTavishYounger_01227-0205_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

Then, it was time to get married.030-McTavishYounger_01236-0206_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 031-McTavishYounger_01257-0210_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 032-McTavishYounger_01268-0213_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 033-McTavishYounger_01327-0228_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

The couple hired Patricia Bennett, a live event painter, to capture the wedding in art. It’s always so amazing to watch Patricia’s masterpieces come to life as the day goes on.034-McTavishYounger_01348-0232_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 035-McTavishYounger_01510-0256_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 036-McTavishYounger_01517-0260_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 037-McTavishYounger_01565-0271_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

I love, love, love this next series of photographs. 038-McTavishYounger_01585bw-0276_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 039-McTavishYounger_01603-0282_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 040-McTavishYounger_01600bw-0280_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 041-McTavishYounger_01636-0289_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 042-McTavishYounger_01679-0298_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 043-McTavishYounger_01671-0296_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 044-McTavishYounger_01728-0307_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 045-McTavishYounger_01714-0305_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 046-McTavishYounger_01742-0310_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 047-McTavishYounger_01986-0347_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 048-McTavishYounger_02054-0355_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 049-McTavishYounger_02190-0376_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 050-McTavishYounger_02215-0381_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 051-McTavishYounger_02233bw-0386_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 052-McTavishYounger_02253-0390_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 053-McTavishYounger_02340-0402_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 054-McTavishYounger_02270-0393_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 055-McTavishYounger_02307-0398_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 056-McTavishYounger_02326-0401_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 057-McTavishYounger_02348bw-0406_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 058-McTavishYounger_02359-0410_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 059-McTavishYounger_02424-0419_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 060-McTavishYounger_02442-0421_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

I love this next image that my assistant, Andrew, captured as Rob raised his leg to break the glass, a Jewish wedding custom. 061-McTavishYounger_02461-0427_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 062-McTavishYounger_02469-0430_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 063-McTavishYounger_02588-0443_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

After a few efficient family and wedding party photos, it was time for the reception.064-McTavishYounger_02811-0463_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 065-McTavishYounger_02885-0473_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 066-McTavishYounger_02983-0491_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 067-McTavishYounger_02987-0492_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 068-McTavishYounger_03009-0500_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 069-McTavishYounger_03122-0518_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 070-McTavishYounger_03139-0522_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 071-McTavishYounger_03153-0526_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 072-McTavishYounger_03198-0535_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 073-McTavishYounger_03246-0550_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 074-McTavishYounger_03170-0530_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 075-McTavishYounger_03264-0555_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 076-McTavishYounger_03282-0557_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 077-McTavishYounger_03339bw-0565_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 078-McTavishYounger_03359-0571_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

A first dance. 079-McTavishYounger_03411-0583_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 080-McTavishYounger_03414-0586_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

A marvelous toast from the father of the bride. 081-McTavishYounger_03459-0604_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 082-McTavishYounger_03563-0636_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

And lots and lots of fun and merriment. 083-McTavishYounger_03600-0647_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 084-McTavishYounger_03610-0650_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 085-McTavishYounger_03852-0733_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 086-McTavishYounger_03633-0658_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 087-McTavishYounger_03734-0695_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 088-McTavishYounger_03768bw-0709_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 089-McTavishYounger_03779-0715_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 090-McTavishYounger_03594bw-0645_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 091-McTavishYounger_03824-0726_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 092-McTavishYounger_03964-0754_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 093-McTavishYounger_04053-0778_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 094-McTavishYounger_04233-0815_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos 095-McTavishYounger_04389-0853_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-photos

Alanna + Rob, we could not have had more fun working with you, your friends and your families for your wedding. Many, many congratulations!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Event coordinator: Plan It Perfect Events

Ceremony & Reception: The American Visionary Art Museum

Officiant: Laura Cannon

Ceremony musician: John Thompson

Catering: The Pantry Fine Catering

Lighting & draping designers: Event Dynamics

Rentals: Select Event Group

Bridal attire: Monique Lhuillier from Kleinfeld

Make-up: Up Do’s for I Do’s

Hair: Salon at Mays Chapel

Bridesmaids’ attire: Alfred Angelo

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Wicked Willow

Cake: Charm City Cakes

Cupcakes: La Cakerie

Pastries: Patisserie Poupon

DJ: Absolute Entertainment

Videographer: Zinnia Films

Transportation: Thoroughbred

Live Event Painter: Patricia Bennett

Flower Re-Use: Repeat Roses

Comments

  1. Lynette Doty Hansen

    Absolutely gorgeous! Everything is perfect! The photography is awesome and I love how this is put together! What wonderful memories!

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