From Betty & Michele: We were originally featured on On a Bicycle Built for Two in January for our engagement shoot. We knew we wanted to share our wedding with the community as well.
Betty is a physician and Michele is a registered nurse studying to become a nurse practitioner. We met over four years ago when fate would place us together in a hospital cafeteria. While we didn’t strike up conversation that day, the universe gave us another encounter– Michele had the brightest and warmest smile Betty had ever seen. Two weeks after that day in the cafeteria, Betty was browsing the lady selection on OKCupid. She answered a bunch of compatibility questions only to find that girl from the cafeteria was her top compatibility match! She sent an email her way, and the rest is history. Very serendipitously, both of us planned surprise proposals for the same weekend in Philadelphia. We were engaged in June 2014.
The white dress bridal vibe was never in the picture for Michele or Betty. Michele wore a blush form fitting dress and Betty rocked a custom-fit navy tuxedo. Michele was blown away by Betty’s dapperness! The wedding was not held in a traditional wedding venue. It was held in a store that incorporated our love of culture, passion for lineage and customs, and our affinity for AMAZING food. Material Culture in Philadelphia, PA offered all this and beautiful and compassionate staff members that truly felt part of the day.
We are both are extremely family oriented. So much so, that Michele’s bridal party consisted of her 82 year old grandfather, her twin sister, her uncle, her brother and sister. Betty’s bridal party included strong women that have become her family throughout the years. Michele’s bouquet was a made using brooches collected from all her family and friends. Her sister made it and the stem was wrapped in her mother’s wedding gown fabric and her grandmother’s blue wedding garter! Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue! It was a complete honor to carry that all day and Michele feels privileged to have that for the rest of her life.
We opted for a gourmet donut tower instead of traditional wedding cake. Because who doesn’t love donuts? And we wrote our own vows and came together at the ceremony to say Buddhist “We Do” vows. Our dear friend was ordained just to marry us. We really wanted to connect with our family and friends on this day. They have influenced us as human beings and we wanted to share our relationship with them. With that idea in mind we opted to have our guests sit at tables that were named for special places or memories in our lives. For instance, Table 5 was a.k.a. “Green Eggs Cafe.” On the table there in a frame we displayed a description of that place and its significance to us. Green Eggs was where Betty proposed to Michele. Table 7 was Cherry Blossoms because cherry blossoms adorn Philadelphia in the spring time, and Betty first kissed Michele under a cherry blossom tree.
In the spirit of sharing ourselves with our family and friends, we had simple treats from every location we have lived. Betty is from the Bay Area in California and so we offered Ghirardelli chocolate to celebrate. Michele is from Philadelphia, PA so we offered Philadelphia soft pretzels! As we currently live in Boston, we had Boston baked beans to share with our friends and family. It was all a huge hit!
This day brought together people from all different walks of life, different ages, and experiences and the love was palpable in the entire space. It will truly go down as one of the best days of our lives.
Photos courtesy of Tara Beth Photography.