The couple wanted to stress the importance of community and their individuality in their bespoke ceremony. So their semitraditional nuptials reflect their life philosophies and personal informal aesthetic.
Mimi and Harry chose Brookside Gardens, in Silver Spring, Maryland, for their outdoor ceremony. The natural beauty of flowers and trees make it the perfect hometown setting. Another bonus: The bride's sister had chosen the same open-sky location for her nuptials years earlier.
Mimi and Harry first see each other prior to the ceremony at their home.
Mimi wears J.Crew's "Lucinda" ball gown (her "something old," since it had been worn previously) and a custom fascinator by Unveiled Bridal Designs. The flower has a button sewn into the center with blue thread -- her "something new" and "something blue," respectively. Her "something borrowed"? A Swarovski necklace on loan from a cousin. Harry wears a custom dress shirt by Modern Tailor and a custom suit by Thick As Thieves LA.
For the nuptial blessing, everyone is to "touch" the bride and groom as the officiant reads a blessing. The parents first place their hands on the couple, and everyone behind them puts a hand on the shoulder of the person in front -- creating a chain with the couple in the center.
A lounge area in the shade is a picture-perfect backdrop for fun portraits with the newlyweds. Second photographer Julie Lim snaps a few shots of Mimi and Harry holding a pennant flag banner that nods to their favorite song, "The Luckiest," by Ben Folds (to which they also danced at their reception).
An 11-course dinner reception at China Garden Restaurant in Rosslyn, Virginia, includes fresh shrimp with jellyfish, crispy taro-stuffed duck, and Cantonese-style golden roasted chicken.
A dessert bar of the bride's favorite sweets boasts chocolate chip-cornflake-marshmallow cookies, brownie bites, and crisped rice treats. Hundreds of chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate truffles made by Mimi's godmother are also served. A small banana cake from Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City (the couple's favorite bakery) is finished with a custom topper by Paul Pape Designs based on the couple's avatars on Nintendo Wii.