When we tell you Simone’s always had great taste (not just in those fabulous Christopher Louboutin shoes), we mean it! When Simone was just 14 years old she was diagnosed with cancer. A year later she was granted a wish from the Make A Wish Foundation. (Editor’s note, I worked for the MAW chapter here in Central Texas for a few years. So when I tell you this wish is unique–I know of what I speak!)
MAW said this at the time of her wish, “With her love of drawing and her love of Dooney & Bourke handbags, she hoped she could sketch a handbag and have it made by the handbag company. As her mother pointed out, ‘Her first designer handbag was a Dooney & Bourke; one that she saved her money to purchase.’ Simone’s treatment will be coming to an end in April, after which she will have monthly check-ups for one year. ‘This wish signifies something important to her – that she has made it through her diagnosis and treatment,’ her mother said. “It is something positive for her to reflect upon, and something she can apply to everyday life.'”
You can see all the pictures from her Wish Day, including Simone seeing her bag for the first time.
Fast forward a year when Simone met Mark who would become her husband in November of 2013. She writes, “I met Mark in high school on a Jewish retreat. He was friends with some of my friends, and they told me I would love him. At only 17, I wasn’t looking for love yet especially since I recently finished Leukemia treatment (now I am 7 years off treatment!). Well, we met, and I fell in love. I hear all the time how “brave” I was or what an “inspiration” I am; that is really sweet, but I had no choice but to battle this cancer. When I met Mark, I was worried he’d think that I was untouchable and weak, but he shook my hand firmly and gave me the strongest smile. We flirted; he had no idea what that meant for me. It meant that I was doing something “normal.” My husband helped me learn what “normal” is. That is the greatest gift a cancer survivor could ever hope for.
Our wedding is based off of this fairytale. In our relationship, there is no glitz, glam, and sparkle. Our fairytale is raw and real. I respect time and the life that is to be lived. I wanted to share this with our friends and family. Therefore, the theme for our wedding was Grimm’s Fairytales. I have read every Grimm Fairytale and there is rarely a happy ending. But, the Grimm brothers portrayed life’s important lessons through these tales. There were little objects (each table represented a tale) and old copies of the books themselves as part of the decor.
Mark and I are so happy with how the wedding turned out. The space was filled with love and happiness. We are so excited for the future.”
Aside from Simone’s great taste and their wedding theme? We’re pretty much in love with all the small touches! The black and gold kippot are so elegant looking. The “guest book” where everyone wrote a wish for the couple and hung it on the wishing tree is another favorite.
Although, we’re slightly prejudiced towards white chocolate and the wedding bling pic.
PS We think the photographic touches of black and white, true color and instagram filters should be a trend of wedding photography that everyone should embrace.
Vendor Resources: Photographer: Deborah Coleman Photography//Planner: Chantal Events//Event Venue: SF Conservatory of Flowers//Caterer: Ladies Who Lunch//Cake: Crixa Cakes//Florist: Flora Grubb Gardens//Photo Booth Equipment: The Magnolia Photobooth//Equipment Rentals: Zephyr Tents//Lights: Got Light