This is the story of how we got married. Again. If you want to know a little more about why we decided to renew our vows on our first anniversary, you can check out this article on DNAinfo. Here's what the article doesn't say...
As many of you know, Wil and I got married on my 29th birthday. Of course that meant that we'd be celebrating my 30th birthday and our first wedding anniversary on the same day (dubbed annibirthary because I'm incredibly clever), but Wil wanted to make the focus on MY milestone, not ours (smartest husband). When he asked what I wanted for my birthday, I said I wanted a party. So with my teeny tiny budget of $250, I planned one at our favorite South Bronx spot, The Clock Bar.
I knew that I wanted an 80s theme for the party with LOTS of neon. I first turned to my buddy Jackie at Sincerely, Jackie to design the invitations to the party. Once those were done, I took a look at the guest list and realized most of the people invited were at our wedding the year before. It was then that I told Wil that I wanted the birthday party to be a vow renewal party with everyone dressed up - a real annibirthary party. And that's when the planning started getting a little chaotic.
I hit up every thrift store in New York City looking for the rest of the decorations for our vow renewal. Did you know that you can buy used cassette tapes for $0.25 these days? Lace curtains for $1? Party dresses that can pass as wedding dresses for $5?! I had no idea! Buying everything in pieces meant that we had to put everything together ourselves, but husband and I are a good team and together, we made everything happen. In the two weeks leading up to the party, we hand-cut streamers, built a photo booth curtain, burned and packaged the ultimate 80s "mix tape" for favors, made masks featuring some of our favorite 80s TV stars, met with The Clock Bar staff to customize a drink and food menu, order 80s candy and Spin Art from Amazon and so much more. And this was all done in secret - for the most part.
A gigantic thank you to the few people who did know about the party and committed themselves and their talents to making sure we had the best time. To Dese'Rae of We Are For Each Other who took all of the annibirthary photos (except our getting ready photos) - I cannot thank you enough for the gift you gave to Wil and me. These photos are a treasure to us and as far as we're concerned, they're our true wedding photos. I will never in my entire life be able to repay you for your generosity in gifting these to us. To The Natolis and Louise Cazley who helped set up the party space and filmed our highlight video - We are so grateful to have such wonderful and thoughtful friends. Thank you again for every streamer you hung and every guest you had wave at your camera for our video. To Twah who surprised us with our Spin Art cake - Without cake, there is no party. Thank you for making sure we had a proper celebration.
And for those of you who managed to miss the highlight video...
Photographer: We Are For Each Other + Danfredo Photography | Videographer: Natoli Photography | Photo + Video Editing: Danfredo Photography | Venue: The Clock Bar | Stationary: Sincerely, Jackie | Makeup: Makeup By Nydia | Photo Booth: Danfredo Photography