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Justin Chapple and
Jason Sarnoff

"There was a storm. I freaked out. I was like, ‘This is horrible!’ But we had to make a decision, and $5,000 later we had a tent—one we had ordered, literally, the day before. It stopped raining as our ceremony began, so we put the sides up." Photo: Dave Robbins

"Jason and I are avid wine drinkers. A year before the wedding, we started to save the corks from bottles of wine we enjoyed. And then it just turned into, we’re saving all the corks. When our caterer told us we needed place cards, we got the idea to use the corks as card holders. I sat home one night watching TV and cutting corks in half." Photo: Dave Robbins

"Up until the last minute we were talking about doing just candles. But it looked too spare. A lot of florists were already booked, so we were stressing. Our caterer recommended this woman from Long Island; she said, 'She doesn’t have a Fifth Avenue showroom and passes the savings onto the customer.' Melanie was amazing—we got green, masculine lotus pods and hydrangea." Photo: Dave Robbins

"We’re totally into food; Justin’s a culinary student. We looked at a lot of caterers, but Leslie Russel [of Marcey Brownstein] blew us away. She doubled as our party planner—even if it wasn’t about food, she helped. She’s expensive, but worth every penny." Photo: Dave Robbins

"Jason’s Jewish; I’m not. We had Hebrew in the ceremony to honor his mom, but our rabbi kept the tone more spiritual than religious. She was funny, quirky, and had experience with same-sex ceremonies." Photo: Dave Robbins

"We had a joint mother-and-son dance to the Beatles’ ‘In My Life,’ and then the D.J. had the crowd hoist us up in chairs. It opened up the dance floor. He played a lot of awesome eighties, early-nineties dance music, and classic jazz. It was Dance Party USA." Photo: Dave Robbins

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