The strains of the traditional Tarantella dance began to float down the stairs at Alayna’s wedding reception and like magic gathered and beckoned the entire wedding party to join in what was an epic Italian wedding at Bridgestreet Gallery. A month before the wedding Will and Alayna had warned me that it could be a bit rowdy but I found it to be an exuberant and joy-filled expression of what their wedding was about, a marriage.
As the guests surrounded the couple and danced closer and closer to them, raising their hands as they sang and laughed, it was a visual reminder of their support for a legacy filled marriage with strong roots that would shore them up in the years to come.
The Italian wedding dance was just one of the many nods that Alayna and Will incorporated into their day to reflect not only their roots but their excitement for their future together. They decided to have a first look at Bridgestreet before heading to St X, the church that Alayna grew up in.
It isn’t often that I find myself laughing during a wedding ceremony but the priest gave one of the best homilies????? I have heard at a wedding ever. It was the prefect mixture of sage wedding advice and insights into marriage mixed with good humor.
From the wedding ceremony, the couple headed back to Bridgestreet for their reception. Alayna had given me a heads up that while they were doing the traditional first dances, she and her father had planned a coreagraphed father daughter dance. It started out as any other first dance with the clutch and sway but then to the guests surprise, the music broke out into some of the most popular dance songs, complete with cute bridal sunglasses.
I loved Will and Alayna’s commitment to not only honor their roots but also to having fun at their wedding. From cowbells and streamers at their exit to the Italian ice truck that had their college colors incorporated into the treat, it was truly an epic Italian wedding at Bridgestreet Gallery and Loft. Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Jackson.
Ceremony: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Catholic
Reception: Bridgestreet Gallery and Loft
Floral Designer: Hothouse Design Studio
Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Abby B
Invitations: Fine Paperwork
Brides Dress: Lows Bridal
Bridesmaids Dress: Bella Bridesmaids
Grooms Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear
Catering: Majestic Catering
Cake: Magnificent Cakes
Live Band: Act III