What They Did Right: Ella & Josh

Posted by on Oct 20, 2010 in Blog | 5 Comments

Last week I posted a bit about Ella & Josh. I meant to tell you all about their lovely wedding in my last post…but I got a bit carried away with the pre-ceremony shots. Today I wanted to share with you some awesome details about their wedding day!

Ella’s mother is an Episcopal minister, so obviously the ceremony was very important to them. We spent a lot of time thinking about ways to make it personal. The first decision? To have Ella’s mother officiate!


The ceremony, as you might expect, was very personalized. The bride had a friend sing their entrance songs. Now, sometimes I get a little afraid of this because sometimes the friend who is a singer is “karaoke good” and not “bride walking down aisle good” but this friend was AWESOME! I got the chills as she started to sing. Since Josh is a graphic designer, he was in charge of the program. Not only was this program lovely and totally in the couple’s style, but it also helped people follow along with the bilingual readings.


I love when wedding have elements that are special to the couple. You want the day to reflect you and your style as much as possible. I mean, otherwise all weddings would be the same right? Below are a few elements that made the day their own. The couple saved vintage postcards and used them as their escort cards. Chinese take-out containers held the favors, but also served as a Brunch reminder for all of the guests. A dessert bar displayed their favorite local sweets with descriptions written out by the couple (and their very neat handwriting!).


DessertssMy favorite thing was something that we never even planned on. The bride’s parents only had two wedding photos that survived the Nicaraguan civil war. To honor them, the groom sketched out one of those photos for them as a thank you present. The parent were overjoyed and wanted to have it displayed at the reception. It added a special element to the reception!

portraitThanks to Heather Waraksa for the fabulous photos!


  1. Rachel - theWeddingVine
    October 20, 2010

    I love that the minister is the brides mother! Makes this wedding even more special!

  2. Christa aka Never teh Bride
    October 20, 2010

    I love love love when brides and grooms have their loved ones officiate! I was lucky enough to be able to officiate my own mother’s recent wedding to her longtime partner because MA offers any layperson of good standing a chance to officially perform one wedding per year. It was a lot of fun, but stressful, too. Did I mention that I also planned the wedding?

  3. Wedding videos - shane
    October 21, 2010

    What a special present to the parents! They would have been so touched. Having the mother officiate makes the day so much more special. What a wonderful day.

  4. Gayle
    October 23, 2010

    Love the escort card display, so cute! And as everyone else said – how wonderful to be able to have your mother officiating. It would make all the vows seem even more sacred to have it that personalised.

  5. London Wedding Photographer RAMYAD
    October 30, 2010

    This is so special, quite rare, and very personal wedding. The mother as the minister, the sketch from the groom, wonderful!


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