Outside of mitigating the spread of COVID-19, there IS a silver lining to hosting an intimate ceremony and postponing a wedding celebration—you get to wear your gown and celebrate twice! Earlier this week, we shared Liesel and Harmin’s charming winter ceremony and dinner reception. Fast forward to May 2021 when these two threw a stunning, classic spring wedding at the Shoreby Club.
On the day of celebration, Mother Nature put on a gorgeous show—the wisteria was blooming, the grass verdant, the sun beaming. Liesel and Harmin were dressed to the nines, too! Our lovely bride slipped on her custom Lea-Ann Belter, chic elbow-length gloves, and cathedral veil (although she added a blusher for the reception) while Harmin donned his classic tuxedo, and together they stepped into a joyful day with friends and family that ended with a stunning sunset and fireworks display.
Liesel shares the details below:
Tell us about your day!
“With respect to the pandemic, in order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, The Old Stone Church Session restricted the numbers of guests to ten. Therefore, the ceremony was limited to immediate family and honor attendants. In addition, in light of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to postpone our reception to May 22, 2021. We were so excited when it finally arrived!
The theme/style of the wedding was elegant and light pink; somewhat charming, ethereal, and French provincial. Something sweet we did at both the intimate dinner and the reception was place several antique trinkets on each table. We tried to leave no detail untouched!
Finally, for something special, when I was very young, Nonie, my maternal grandmother, let me choose one figurine from her Dresden collection. I always admired one figurine in particular. She was a ballerina dressed in a big pink (my and my grandmother’s favorite color) poofy gown and had her own shelf at the top of the cabinet! It was any young girl’s dream. However, as I paused to think, I changed my mind and chose the figurine that was a couple – a Victorian couple dancing. My thought process was that this could serve as a cake topper for my wedding day, I could pass it along to future generations for that purpose, and it could be a way that Nonie was present that day, if she was not with us anymore. She passed away in 2015 at the age of 95; so, having the couple on top of the cake that day was definitely something special.”
What was your first dance song?
“We waltzed to Edelweiss, by Richard Rodgers from The Sound of Music.”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“In December, in light of COVID-19, we drove to The Greenbrier for a few days for a “mini-moon.” In May, after our reception, we went to Nantucket and Cape Cod for a few days for a second “mini-moon.” We hope to travel to Europe once it is safe to do so.”
Liesel + Harmin’s Shoreby Club Wedding Vendors
wedding dress: custom Lea-Ann Belter gown via Brides by the Falls | photographer: Genevieve Nisly Photography | reception venue: Shoreby Club | veil for photo session: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal | veil for reception: Tania Maras | bridal gloves, shoes, + bag: Wing & Weft Gloves, Emilia Wickstead, The Row | bride’s hair + makeup: Shelby Lieb of Beauty Bar | bridesmaid hair + makeup: REFeyeANCE | tuxedos: Vera Wang | bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung | florals: Roses for Weddings, Inc. | stationer: Reaves Engraving | cake: Hough Bakery | DJ: Cleveland Music Group | chair sashes: L’Nique | jeweler: William Stearns Designs