As a pair that enjoys having and entertaining guests at home, it was important to Jennifer that she and Matt worked together to find a balance between Jennifer’s imaginative ideas and Matt’s realistic ones. At the end, they created a celebration that included a seated dinner and ceremony followed by a dance party for the ages, a festive ending to a day that they worked hard on to make a reality and one they will never forget.
Tell us a bit about how you met, what drew you together and the day she or he said YES
We met at work because a few people around the office tried setting us up. The first time we hung out was at the company holiday party. I remember exactly what Matt was wearing and when he walked away from the conversation to get a drink, I remember telling a friend, “I’m going to marry that guy.” After two and a half years of continuing to say that I was going to marry him, Matt proposed at home with our dogs before a weekend surrounded by our families.
What were the most important things for you in the wedding planning process and why?
The most important part of our wedding planning was to make sure everything felt like us. As soon as we stepped foot inside Haven’s Kitchen, our first thought was, “Can we live here?” and our second—most obvious thought—was, “We have to get married here.” The rest of the details just fell into place as we sat at the bar on the second floor wondering yet again, “Can we live here?”
What were some of the highlights of your wedding planning process?
The biggest highlight of the entire wedding planning process was planning the wedding with the team at Haven’s Kitchen. They made us feel like they were our friends. It was fun, personal, calm, and they blew away all of our wildest dreams when we saw the pieces put together on our wedding day. They helped us embrace our crazy ideas and find alternate solutions for the ones that were too crazy. It’s great to work with a team that has the experience and know-how of what is important, what is doable and what they’ve never seen but CAN still be done.
How did you plan the menu?
The menu planning was beyond one of the best parts of the process. We love to cook and entertain at home so we wanted to make the evening feel like an intimate dinner party, followed by an epic dance party. We wanted the food to be an experience for our friends and family, but it was also important to feel cozy and enjoyed by all, even the pickiest of eaters! Halle (Haven’s Kitchen events director) and David (Haven’s Kitchen culinary director) went through a few rounds of menu revisions with us until we found the perfect three-course meal, while Bryn (Haven’s Kitchen service director) was able to take some of our favorite cocktails and keep them classic with really unique and delicious twists.
Please describe some of the details you were more excited to execute and see come to life as part of your wedding
It can be difficult to imagine how the timeline, tables, decor, food and service will all come together. Then to show up before your ceremony and see that the reality was even greater than any vision you ever had is every bride and groom’s dream. And then there was the end of the night when everything settled down, the guests have pretty much all left, and we looked at each other and said, “I wouldn’t have changed a single thing.” It was perfect.
What have you learned about yourselves and each other in the last year as you’ve put together your wedding?
During the entire wedding process we learned that it was important to plan all of the details together. We found each other’s strengths and weaknesses and were able to rely on each other. Everyone always says that wedding planning is stressful but making all of the decisions together made it so enjoyable that I would want to do it all over again! We learned that I am definitely the organized planner as well as the idea dreamer-upper of the two of us and Matt is a great curator of all of the ideas and is the rock when there are difficult conversations that need to be had.
Event Management and Menu: Haven’s Kitchen
Her Dress: Victor & Rolf (Kleinfelds)
His Tux: J. Crew
Décor/Flowers: Designs by Ahn
Photographer: Susie Sefcik
DJ: The Big PA & Spins
Hair: Chris Lospallutto
Makeup: Jason Ascher
Save the Dates and Invitations: Traci Page