Dana and Nick’s Giant Pop Wedding was held at Provision on 14th street — an wonderful venue for a wedding. But what was maybe even cooler? Nick and Dana’s fantastic wedding style!
Photos by Lauren Louise Photography <3
And, their backwards first look was amazing <3
How did you two meet?
We met in Bethesda at an Irish bar. I was out with some friends celebrating a birthday and Nick, who is normally a homebody, decided on a whim to walk around the corner from his apartment to the same bar for “one beer and one shot” that night. We struck up a conversation and by the next day Nick was quoting “The Princess Bride” to me in text messages. It was kismet.
How did you decide to get married?
We fell hard for each other quickly and talked about our future and getting married fairly early in our relationship. A little after a year together and shortly after Nick moved in with me I was diagnosed with cancer. It turned out to be relatively minor, but it did require a surgery and it really put the fragility of life into sharper focus. We were married 7 weeks after my surgery and just shy of 5 months from my diagnosis.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Nick is an uncle 7 times over and the kids all handmade wedding cards for us. I don’t have nieces or nephews of my own and it honestly had not crossed my mind that I was going to inherit the title of aunt on my wedding day. The moment they presented us with their cards and called me “Aunt Dana” I was really overwhelmed with emotion. It truly was the icing on the cake that day.
Why a tiny wedding?
The incredible sizes of our extended families made it impossible to invite everyone and have a wedding within a reasonable budget. A first cousin of mine and her husband used Pop!Wed.co at the end of 2014, which was how I first heard of the pop up, elopement-style wedding. After we became engaged we started knocking around the idea of going to the courthouse one afternoon, just us — but it didn’t feel right to do something so significant without our parents. We had a “Giant” wedding by Pop!Wed standards — 29 people, including us —but we limited our guest list to our immediate families to keep it fair and simple. (Honestly, from talking with friends about the politics and “obligations” of wedding guest lists I’m so glad we went this route.) We sent out announcements to the rest of our family and friends to say that we were getting married, and basically that they weren’t invited, but that Happily Ever After parties would be planned to help us celebrate at later dates in Maryland and Ohio.
And finally, what did you wear? Your outfits are amazing!
I knew I wanted something that felt vintage, 1950s-ish, but was also fun and had color. I skeptically went to David’s Bridal with my mom, my sister, and a few of my aunts who helped me try on dresses the week of my surgery — I couldn’t believe I found something there that fit the image in my head! Next was finding my pop of color and once I bought my shoes (on sale at DSW) I searched for a bolero to match. My hair accessories and earring were all purchased on Etsy (I love supporting artists!). Nick found his Marc Darcy tweed suit online and had it tailored to fit. While he didn’t see my dress he did know that I was wearing pops of red so we brought my shoes as color reference with us to Jos. A. Banks when we went looking for his shirt, tie, and pocket square combination. The night before our wedding he stayed up modifying the shirt we bought him so he could wear the cufflinks I gifted him. Miraculously, it all came together perfectly — and it honestly felt so us.
Last question — who did your gorgeous hair and makeup?
Kara and Melissa at Alison Harper & Co. did my hair and makeup respectively.
Flowers by Kate Moran of Three Notched Florals and Elizabeth Carder-Thompson (Dana’s stepsister and step-mother).