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April Keomorokot and Dan Riess

By Janelle Diamond | Photographs by Kate Ann Photography

Wedding Date: November 26, 2016

April and Dan love vintage shopping, collecting Criterion films, listening to records, and each other. They both attended the same high school but didn’t meet until a year after college, when April joined Dan’s indie folk band, Boxelders. She was a backup singer, he a guitarist and songwriter. There were no fireworks or love-at-first-sight stories. The two were at different places in their lives and both were in relationships. But later, when both were single, he asked her out and they went to see Wes Anderson’s movie Moonrise Kingdom. They became smitten with Anderson’s films and with each other.

April eventually moved into Dan’s place in Baltimore, and then they bought their own home near the Maryland Institute College of Art. Six months later, Dan bought a ring. But it took nine more months for him to propose. “I was waiting for the right time to pop the question,” he says. That turned out to be learning of a possible move with his company overseas.

Suddenly, they were planning a wedding and getting ready to move to London in just five months. (The two were officially married at the courthouse, with their moms in tow, six weeks after they got engaged for immigration purposes, so April could move with Dan.) As for the other wedding, the more they planned, the more they realized it was as much a wedding as a big farewell party to their families and also to Baltimore.

Their wedding—like their early relationship—was music-heavy. “Dan and I are big into music with slightly different styles,” says April. “It was fun, nonetheless, to find songs that suit us.”

After saying their vows, they exited to “Ceremony” by New Order, their first dance was Kurt Vile’s “Baby’s Arms,” and, of course, the bride walked down the aisle to “April Come She Will,” by Simon & Garfunkel.

BRIDESMAIDS
Lulus, David's Bridal, and Vera Wang

CAKE and DESSERT TABLE
Hvmble Vegan Kitchen

CATERER
Clementine

DAY OF PLANNER
Carolyn Danaher, friend of couple

FLORAL DESIGNER
Steelcut Flower Co.

GROOM and GROOMSMEN
ASOS

HAIR
Caitlin Helle, Smoke + Mirrors

INVITATIONS
Hello It’s Matilda

LOCATION
Church & Company

MUSIC
Daniel Biltmore, Integral DJs

OFFICIANT
Sean Danaher, friend and band mate

PHOTOGRAPHER
Kate Ann Photography

RINGS
Catbird

SHOES
Luella, Sole Society

TRANSPORTATION
Apollo Transportation

VIDEOGRAPHER
Louis Vieira. See their wedding video here.

WEDDING DRESS
Cathy Telle, Etsy

   
   

April Keomorokot and Dan Riess

By Janelle Diamond | Photographs by Kate Ann Photography

Wedding Date: November 26, 2016

April and Dan love vintage shopping, collecting Criterion films, listening to records, and each other. They both attended the same high school but didn’t meet until a year after college, when April joined Dan’s indie folk band, Boxelders. She was a backup singer, he a guitarist and songwriter. There were no fireworks or love-at-first-sight stories. The two were at different places in their lives and both were in relationships. But later, when both were single, he asked her out and they went to see Wes Anderson’s movie Moonrise Kingdom. They became smitten with Anderson’s films and with each other.

April eventually moved into Dan’s place in Baltimore, and then they bought their own home near the Maryland Institute College of Art. Six months later, Dan bought a ring. But it took nine more months for him to propose. “I was waiting for the right time to pop the question,” he says. That turned out to be learning of a possible move with his company overseas.

Suddenly, they were planning a wedding and getting ready to move to London in just five months. (The two were officially married at the courthouse, with their moms in tow, six weeks after they got engaged for immigration purposes, so April could move with Dan.) As for the other wedding, the more they planned, the more they realized it was as much a wedding as a big farewell party to their families and also to Baltimore.

Their wedding—like their early relationship—was music-heavy. “Dan and I are big into music with slightly different styles,” says April. “It was fun, nonetheless, to find songs that suit us.”

After saying their vows, they exited to “Ceremony” by New Order, their first dance was Kurt Vile’s “Baby’s Arms,” and, of course, the bride walked down the aisle to “April Come She Will,” by Simon & Garfunkel.

BRIDESMAIDS
Lulus, David's Bridal, and Vera Wang

CAKE and DESSERT TABLE
Hvmble Vegan Kitchen

CATERER
Clementine

DAY OF PLANNER
Carolyn Danaher, friend of couple

FLORAL DESIGNER
Steelcut Flower Co.

GROOM and GROOMSMEN
ASOS

HAIR
Caitlin Helle, Smoke + Mirrors

INVITATIONS
Hello It’s Matilda

LOCATION
Church & Company

MUSIC
Daniel Biltmore, Integral DJs

OFFICIANT
Sean Danaher, friend and band mate

PHOTOGRAPHER
Kate Ann Photography

RINGS
Catbird

SHOES
Luella, Sole Society

TRANSPORTATION
Apollo Transportation

VIDEOGRAPHER
Louis Vieira. See their wedding video here.

WEDDING DRESS
Cathy Telle, Etsy