Monday, July 16, 2012

{Real Wedding} Marisa + Evan - A Multicultural Affair at Yale

Happy Monday Lovelies! Have I got the most beautiful multicultural wedding for you from the fabulous Shang Chen Photography. So excited to share this Scottish/Thai/American wedding with you!

Meet Marisa and Evan, college sweethearts who first met while singing in Yale's Schola Contaorum. After "rounds" of dating, they finally made it official back where it all began when they tied the knot at the Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School. Their wedding celebration was stylish, and modern, with tons of gorgeous cultural details and appropriately full of music, from the ceremony's choral ensemble at the ceremony to a rockin' live band at their New Haven Lawn Club reception. 

Marissa was simply stunning in her gorgeous lace Birnbaum and Billock gown while Evan and his groomsmen sported kilts and all in honor of Evan's Scottish heritage. The bridesmaids were decked out in short teal numbers with fun, full petticoats and her bridespeople (yes, she had two close male friends in her wedding party) were dashing in their tuxes with full on feather boutonnieres.

Interestingly, Marisa and Evan were married on the same wedding date as both their parents AND the minister. Like many other multicultural couples, they were also married in Thailand where Marisa's mother is from, after their initial honeymoon.

What an amazing back to this dress! I adore the see through lace at the top (similar to Art Deco Gal's dress predictions for 2013) and the buttons down her back add a vintage feel to this already gorgeous gown. She pulls it off with such elegance and class.

This bridesperson bout is simply to die for with its flowing feathers and beautiful colors. Vintage, handsome, it's quite a unique take on a traditional wedding must have.

It was the lovely details that made this wedding - the teal and brown color palette, deep hued floral pieces of roses, hydrangeas, calla lilies, thistles, and heather, a Scottish custom, and the traditional sgian-dubh knife worn by Evan. My favorite are the bridesmaid's gorgeous handmade hair fascinators and a matching one pinned on Marisa's mother's dress.

Evan and his men opted for the traditional Scottish wedding attire, adding a touch of class and splendor to the celebration. Highland dress, a staple of Scottish weddings for centuries, usually consists of jacket and waistcoat, kilt in traditional clan tartan, white hose, gillie brogue shoes, kilt pin, sgian dubh (knife), black belt with buckle, formal sporran with chain strap (waist bag), wing collar shirt, black or coloured bow tie, and a piece of lucky heather on the lapel. Yup, that seems about right!

A First Look can help calm wedding jitters and help couples relax into the moment! Plus you get sweet pictures like these!

Facebook update - Evan is now married to Marisa! Like, Like, Comment, Like, Comment!


Second shooter: Karman Lee Photography | Getting Ready: Omni New Haven Hotel (New Haven, CT) | Ceremony: Marquand Chapel, Yale University (New Haven, CT) | Venue and catering: New Haven Lawn Club, coordinator: Christine | Music: Bob Harwick Sound (New York City, NY) | Dress: “Gabrielle” by Birnbaum & Bullock, bridal shop Brides by the Falls (Chagrin Falls, OH) | Bridesmaid dresses: Jessica Audey, purchased at Lizzy & Jane (Chagrin Falls, OH) | Rings: Blue Nile, Leeds & Son (Palm Desert, CA) | Florist: Fleur de Lys Floral | Make-up and Hair: JoBella Salon at the Omni New Haven Hotel | Officiant: Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Marisa’s childhood pastor
Cake: The Cake Boutique (Wilton, CT)

Congratulations to Evan and Marisa - Thank you for letting us share your deLovely wedding story. Thank you to Shang Chen for sharing her always amazing work with us!

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Have a deLightful day,


  1. This is an absolutely gorgeous wedding. I love the colors, the dresses, the traditional Scottish menswear, and especially the bouquets. Thank you for sharing this beautiful event with us!

  2. Thanks for your comment! I couldn't agree is a gorgeous wedding with so many cultural touches. The colors just pop and all the handmade items are so unique.

    So glad to have you on board as a reader!

  3. Wow, thanks so much for covering this! It was a fun look back at a year ago (is that all??). Shang is a truly terrific artist and a delight to work with - I've been so impressed by all of her photography.

  4. Oh you are so welcome! What a gorgeous, fun wedding you had...thank you for letting us share it. Shang IS a gifted photographer and I am so thrilled to be able to showcase her work! Happy Anniversary!

  5. Gorgeous photos, I particularly like the dancing photos!


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