We are excited, thrilled, and, frankly, giddy to share Tanya + Max's wedding details with you. Before we dive in, can we all just take a minute to admire their beauty? I mean, are you kidding me? GORGEOUS PEOPLE.
Oh, Tanya and Max, where to begin with this amazing couple? We're going to get real with you, when they reached out to us all the way from NYC, we were nervous. We were intimidated by these incredibly intelligent, accomplished people and worried about delivering the wedding of their dreams while planning from a distance and accommodating many guests from different cultures who were traveling internationally.
While that may sound complicated, the truth is, Tanya and Max will probably be the most easy to work with couple we'll ever have. What we love most about them is their caring and generosity toward others. (How many couples do you know that have THREE wedding cakes so their vegan and gluten free friends can enjoy a piece?!)
Throughout the entire planning process it was clear that the priority was taking care of their friends and family. This guided us every step of the way and when it came to the aesthetic details, decisions were easily made because energy was focused on taking care of their guests—plenty of food, a nice place to stay, and a fun, love-filled evening together.
If you've been following along on the Noir blog for a while, you'll know that we are huge fans of couples who add personal touches to their wedding. For Tanya and Max, these thoughtful details were woven into every aspect of the day.
Personal details included plenty of Russian + Chinese music, an incredible photo slideshow, and a couple of good friends serving as their officiants. Traditional table numbers were replaced with animal cards featuring a family pet photo and sweet story. Max's lovely sister, Annie, sang "A Thousand Years" for their first dance. For the ceremony, Max and the bridal party walked in to "Kakariko Village" from Legend of Zelda atop a moss aisle runner.
Gorgeous, locally grown flowers from Wood Violet added a brightness to the space and a pop of color to compliment Tanya's INCREDIBLE dress.
Fun chalkboard signs directed guests outside to River Club's beautiful deck for the ceremony. Colette and I really battled the elements (lots of towels, mops, and brooms were needed) and had, not one, but two back-up plans depending on the severity of the weather. While the sky was quite finnicky all day, thankfully, the rain held off during the ceremony and it was able to take place on the covered area of the deck.
And listen, we're biased, we are SO biased, but this wedding had the best dancing we've ever seen. Max's moves blew our minds as Kidron Music played everything from "Buttons" by the Pussycat Dolls (Max's Song...and mine! I get you, Max.) to "Mundian to Bach Ke" (a punjabi song). Tanya looked like a glowy dream as she spun around the dance floor and appeased her sweet family from a chair in the air during Hava Nagila.
I'm not ashamed to admit, I teared up during their ceremony and beamed as they headed back down the aisle surrounded by bubbles and loved ones. Their day was sweet, personal, and uniquely them. Colette and I are still non-stop shocked that these two extraordinarily wonderful people allowed us to be part of their special day and that Tanya continues to grace us with her friendship. Speaking of, look out later this week for a blog post she wrote for us. It's truly awesome.
Congratulations Tanya and Max! We know you'll have a beautiful life together.
the vendor list
the photog: Front Room Photography
the place + the food: River Club of Mequon
the flowers: Wood Violet Floral Design
the aisle runner + flower basket: GreenMossProducts on Etsy
the videography: Aerodef Productions
the music: Kidron Music
the rentals: Arena Americas
the hair + the makeup: Scottfree Salon
the dress: Miss Ruby
the hair comb: EllaWinston on Etsy
the paper: CharmingEndeavours on Etsy (printed at Office Depot)
the cake: Whole Foods