They were seated at the reception. Facing the dance floor. Not at a head table or sweetheart table — but at a family table. With the people they love most in this world. Their parents. Their brother. Their sisters. His father stood next to his mother. Holding the microphone in his hand. Looking around at the hundreds of faces that’d made the trip from the Northeast to the desert to celebrate his son… and new daughter.

it starts with humility

That’s when he started saying it. Things Marissa and Jeff had never told us. Things they’d (apparently) told very few people. That they’d graduated from an Ivy League school. That they were some of the highest performing professionals in their field. That they volunteered in disaster relief zones in their free time. In their free time. Word after word, sentence after sentence, we (and everyone else) grew even more in love with two people
who had some of the kindest hearts we’d ever encountered. They have as much class and humility as they have accomplishments. That’s why we didn’t know. That’s why everyone didn’t know. Just how successful — and special — they really are. Now, we don’t claim to know everything about how to have a successful marriage and significant life, but we do know one thing: it starts with humility. And, by that measure, these two are off to a fast and exciting start.

Marissa and Jeff, it seems like years ago that we first Skyped with you from Phoenix to your New York apartment. Then we blinked, and it was your wedding day, and oh, what a day it was. Thank you, from the bottom of our heart, for your caring, kindness and thoughtfulness throughout the process, but especially on the wedding day. You two are every bit as good as Jeff’s dad described… and more. We love you. Here are some of our favorite highlights this weekend. We hope you get to enjoy them by the pool on your mini-moon.

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the creative team

event coordinator: Karen Podrasky

event venue: Royal Palms 

band: the walkens • bride’s gown: the reformation • bride’s shoes: anthropologie • bride and groom’s ring: Megan thorne • bridesmaids’ dresses: mod cloth & ted baker • catering & dessert: royal palms • floral design: petal pusher • furniture rentals: desert aisles • groom’s tuxedo/suit: hugo boss • groomsmens’ tuxedos/suits: j crew • Hair Stylist: Fannie Wollman • invitations & paper products: minted • linens: royal palms • makeup: corrina cooke • Officiant: Joyce Arnowitz • rentals: classic party rentals • Transportation: Ollie the Trolley

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