My good friend Brittin Asbury became Mrs. Karaffa July 17, 2010 when she wed the tall, handsome sweet-natured Tommy Karaffa. Brittin’s experience in fashion, she owned the boutique Loft 22 on Larimer Square, and impeccable design sense, she is a graphics designer and now freelances for companies like Twist and Pout, were on full display at her Steamboat nuptials. We started off the wedding weekend with a ladies Garden Party, hosted by good family friends Barbie and Sharon, where Britt gave all of the bridesmaids hand written, heart-felt thank you notes and straw bags stuffed with goodies, (earrings and a wrist full of pearls and beads to wear to the wedding, bright green flip flops to wear to the reception at her parents’ gorgeous Steamboat home, and a matching pashmina in the Spider Mum shade for the summer evening chill in the resort town, and a perfect Twist and Pout that could clip onto our clutches). Britt looked classy in a sleeveless fuschia blouse with rose appliques and black, wide legged slacks.
We all rushed back to our respective hotels to freshen up for the rehearsal at the church, conveniently located in downtown Steamboat, and a unique juxtaposition of what we all labeled “rustic-modern.” Britt practiced walking down the aisle and went over last minute details in a floor length, halter neck, maxi dress with colorful splashes of Monet shades in turquoise and lavender. After working up quite an appetite, the bride and groom treated the bridal party and close family members to an amazing dinner at Mambo Italiano, where we dined on appetizers and sipped wine on the outdoor patio before entering the restaurant for a full, sit down meal with Tiramasu to boot! Britt brought in her theme of silver and green by gifting us with clear celophane bags with Hershey Kisses and pale green candy covered sunflower seeds, tied with ribbon and a little “thank you” charm, which sat at every place setting. Tommy introduced all of his groomsmen and Tommy’s sisters created a special video that combined childhood photos of Brittin and Tommy up to their engagement. There was a centerpiece on each table with their photos as well. We polished off the evening by heading to Sweetwater Grill for a night cap.
The day of the wedding, Britt had all of her bridesmaids over to her parent’s house where we got ready, and sipped champagne and nibbled on fruit and pasta salad. Britt created all of her amazing centerpieces with the help of her mother. All of the bouquets, ring pillows and unity candles were done by the brider herself with the help of her family. Her sister Kelly was a great help too, playing DJ that evening and also recreating our bridesmaid baubles. Kelly also contacted us all early on and had us submit relationship or marriage advice, cute stories about love, or any messages we wanted to give Britt and Tommy. Kelly typed all of the well wishes and scrap booked an entire book, including pictures and momentos of all the parties, events and memories leading up to Britt’s big day. The book was such a hit at the Garden party, and I’m sure Britt will have plenty of anecdotes to laugh and cry over on her plane ride home from her honeymoon in Curaco.
The evening of the wedding couldn’t be more perfect. The wedding went off without a hitch, well, except for one hilarious moment when the ring bearer, Tommy’s nephew Anthony, who looks like a spitting image of Tommy when he was a boy, began to walk down the aisle and decided after three feet that he didn’t want to do it and threw the pillow on the floor and ran away in the opposit direction! The church roared with laughter! Adorable! Britt looked gorgeous and glamourous in her form fitting gown. She had a chic pony tail and clipped art deco era rhinestone shoe clips in her hair. She used to play with them when she was a little girl and provided her “something old.”
After the “I do’s” the wedding party all got a ride to the reception in a van. Once we arrived at the residence, we were announced as we entered the crowd. Britt and Tommy had green matchbooks printed with their names and their special day on them and they were tied around silver sparklers that we lit for their first dance. The music was the perfect playlist of MGMT, Michael Jackson, and country and hip hop pepperd in. With an open bar flowing and nibbles of crab cakes, shrimp and mozarella and tomatoe kabobs to snack on, the guets danced and partied into the next day.
Congratulations again to Brittin and Tommy Karraffa! Many blessings and good fortunes for your future together!