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The Happy Couple
He balances his checkbook; she delays paying bills. He prizes his alone time; she fancies going out. But Dominick and Sarah are more yin and yang than apples and oranges. Their wedding in the Catskills, three years after their online introduction, celebrated those similarities and differences during a fun-filled event that "wasn't too girly," says Sarah. "I needed Dominick to feel included in everything." And in the end, "he was as enthusiastic as I was."
The newlyweds' moods are as buoyant as the balloons; Sarah's oversize white floral headpiece was inspired by one worn by her mother, Marilyn Erwin, at her own wedding.
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A Special Valentine
Friends and family send a valentine to the bride and groom.
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The bride designed and printed the invitations for the wedding. The inspiration behind the stationery suite was silver age comic books. Dominick grew up liking a few characters, and Sarah loves "the exuberant art, simple newsprint paper, and their old-school printing style."
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Mingling at the Reception
To encourage mingling, guests received a button emblazoned with another wedding-goer's middle name or nickname and were then asked to find their own.
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Solitary dahlias and mums in minimalist modern vases made for elegant centerpieces, while silver Mylar heart balloons tied to chairs raised spirits.
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Sarah and Dominick
The happy couple pose for a quick portrait and a quick squeeze. The bride's bouquet is made from green spider mums, agapanthus, monkey tail, echinacea, striped zebra grass, and hosta leaves.
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Guests Rana Lee Araneta and Lachlan Scotland feel the love. They pose for a Polaroid picture which was mounted in a photographic guest book, signed by all of the guests. The bride's cousin Matthew and his wife Stefanie shot all of the pictures and assembled the book for the bride and groom.
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The Ring Pillow
Sarah's mother knit and felted their celestial ring pillows.
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Ring Bearer and Flower Girl
The bride's nephew, Braden, and niece, Olivia, hold the two custom-made ring pillows. Braden is also wearing a belt that matches Dominick's belt, both of which Sarah made.
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The bride and groom gave guests CDs, which doubled as place cards at the tables. Because the bride and groom love music so much, it was an obvious choice to pick a CD compilation as their favor. Each CD sleeve was made by hand by Sarah and Dominick from actual comic book pages, so each one was unique.
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Nieces Jessica and Emily DeGennaro and Olivia Ball hold up their favorite props for a guestbook Polaroid shot.
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The happy bride poses for a Polaroid with a rainbow prop.
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The "X" and "O" escort cards were also designed by the bride. The boards they were hung on were built by a friend from college and her two daughters. Here Dominick's niece Emily reaches for one so she can find her seat.
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On top of each table sat a trio of photo cubes (bought on eBay), one of which doubled as a table number; the cubes held wedding-theme graphics from vintage Avengers, Aquaman, and other comic books.
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Location & Catering: Full Moon Resort
Flowers: Elderberry Flowers
Officiant: Nancy McChesney
Balloons: Bargain Balloons
Ring Pillows: Maud Handmade Knitwear
Gown: Vintage Adele Simpson from Eons Fashion Antique
Headpiece: Handle & Spout
Menswear: Banana Republic (suit); Converse (shoes)
Buttons: Sarah Sims Erwin Design