An acquaintance was married last month and sent the link to her wedding pics. I was captivated by the photographers' site, which provides a window into dozens of stylish weddings.
Most weddings they shot were classics: graceful brides in frothy dresses, matching bridesmaids, dapper grooms in formal wear.
Amid radiant newlyweds, one couple, Jenny and Lee, stood out. From his peacock-feather boutonniere to their noisemakers, these two were quirky.
I've cringed at some "creative" weddings (everyone in swimsuits on a beach, for example); this couple's seemed respectful of the occasion, yet whimsical.
I admired Jenny's '40s ecru silk peplumed dress and veiled pillbox, an alternative to the extravagant bridal costume.
Her softly waved hair looked so easy and elegant. All brides are beautiful; Jenny has style as well.
And the groom! Pale grey suit, softest blue bow tie, a lighthearted retro effect for an afternoon ceremony.
The father of the bride rarely pays for the wedding these days; only 17% foot the bill, compared to 44% a decade ago, according to a Wedding Inbox study. Since so many brides and grooms fund their own celebration (or their families share the cost), couples are rejecting one-wear wedding attire.
I wish Jenny and Lee a joyous future. A couple whose wedding features a reading from "Gift from the Sea" and "The Velveteen Rabbit", hula centerpieces and noisemakers seem to have a head start.
Photos: Joseph+Jaime Weddings