1 Evan's grandmother's house on a sunny Florida day. These are the stairs Evan descended to meet her groom-to-be.
2 Evan and Mark also chose these stairs as a spot to pose for their engagement photos, with Lexia Frank of Sugar Leaf Photography.
3 Evan designed the save the dates, which were book marks.
4 Lexia and Dustin, from Sugar Leaf Photography--the duo behind the engagement photos and the wedding's Super 8 video.
5 Evan filled jars with dirt, sewed little envelopes with different seeds inside (depending on what each girl liked to eat), attached everything with twine, and clipped on a clothespin that said “will you stand by our side . . . [and then on the back read] on October 24th 2009?”
6 Keeping with Mark's MIT cigar tradition, he purchased a full box of cigars and mailed one to each of the groomsmen, ushers, and readers. We actually used Martha Stewart adhesive labels as “faux” cigar labels and wrote everyone’s nickname on the front.
7 The invitation and outer envelope.
8 A close-up of Betsy Dunlap's beautiful calligraphy.
9 A beautiful edge on the invitation--designed by Hello!Lucky and Betsy Dunlap.
10 Here, the invite shown with the sheer fabric that wrapped around it.
11 And here, shown with the fabric pulled aside to reveal the calligraphed invitation, designed by Hello!Lucky.
12 A recycled box greeted guests at their hotel rooms. A label greeted guests ("It was so SWEET of you to come") hinted at the key-lime cupcake inside.
13 Groomsmen were gifted bow ties--paying homage to Evan's maternal grandfather who always wore bow ties to work.
14 Evan's father swung by before the ceremony for a quick hello and toast.
15 Evan peeked out the windows to see the guests as they arrived.
16 Evan's great great grandmother's wedding gown and shoes were on display inside the house.
17 A calligraphed sign helped guests realize the gown's history.
18 A precious moment at the ceremony.
19 Another precious moment at the ceremony.
20 Mark and the groomsmen, out by the water, pose for a portrait (with photographer Missy McLamb). The furniture vignette offered a great setting for the group photo.
21 The bridesmaids, in their gray dresses and birdcage veils. Here, they hold the clutches they carried down the aisle (in lieu of bouquets).
22 The newlyweds.
23 The cards that Evan designed (using Betsy Dunlap's calligraphy) for guests to sign and put in the wishing well.
24 Evan and Mark at the wishing well.
25 Another special moment captured by Missy McLamb.
26 The drink tags, designed by Hello!Lucky, were filled out by guests as they put their drinks down to wander the galleries during cocktail hour. This guaranteed that they wouldn't be cleared away before the guest returned.
27 The drink tags and pencils were included in the reception program.
28 Some scientific glassware floral arrangements at the reception.
29 Two egg specimens, crafted by the bride.
30 More specimens and unique glassware.
31 Evan's father bought a cornhead to wear when giving a toast to Mark's family--as a nod to his Nebraska roots. When he put it on the crowd went wild. Definitely a memorable moment.
32 An amazing detail shot of the cake.
33 The guys enjoying the freshly-rolled cigars.
34 Though plans to rent a photo-booth didn't ultimately pan out, props had been purchased already and guests took advantage of them for some additional fun on the dance floor following the cake-cutting.
35 More guests wearing fun props.
36 Evan's grandfather's Rolls Royce, complete with cans on a string.
37 The happy couple look out the back as they leave their ceremony--married.
38 A sweet kiss in the getaway car.
39 Evan and Mark used one of their favorite photos (and Betsy Dunlaps calligraphy) for the holiday cards they sent out a few months later.