Real wedding: Rose + Michael

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This DC wedding is definitely making me wish for slightly warmer weather.  Loving her dress (doesn’t she look so comfortable??) and all the details to follow.

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From the photographer:

Michael and Rose met through mutual friends at church, and hit it off immediately. Though different in personality and backgrounds, their shared love of good food, engaging conversation, entertaining friends, and adventure made it easy for love to quickly flourish.

Michael’s Christmas gift to Rose that year was a series of original artwork, each piece showing a place around DC that held significance to them as a couple. Rose was so excited to such lovely artwork, and since the gift was followed by a casual dinner, she didn’t suspect anything more. But during a walk, Michael said he had one more piece of artwork for her, and handed her a sketch of the piece still to be made— the gazebo on the water where they were currently standing. He then dropped to one knee, pulled out a ring, and asked her to marry him.

Michael and Rose planned their wedding at one of those significant locations— The Yard’s Park, along the waterfront in Washington, DC. They wanted to give their guests an authentic DC experience, while still reflecting their own style. Michael was in the process of renovating their house, so they brought in some industrial elements to reflect that important interest of his, and Rose loves modern DIY projects that reflect her California upbringing, so much of their wedding had these elements. And being self-proclaimed Foodies, they had DC food trucks cater their wedding to provide an authentic DC experience to their out-of-town guests. So many people collaborated to make the day perfect, and Michael & Rose did much of the decor themselves (including dip-dying all of the silverware, crafting the table numbers, and creating the perfect invitation suite). And since Rose loves deserts and popcorn, they had a color-coordinated sweets bar for the guests to enjoy.

They ended the night by dancing under café lights and stars, surrounded by those who love them most.

VENDORS

Photographer:  Sarah Bradshaw Photography
Event Planner: Type A Society
Makeup Artist: Behind The Veil LLC
Caterer: CapMac, Feelin Crabby and Far East Taco
Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals of VA
Bakery: Dangerously Delicious Pies, Fluffy Thoughts Bakery, The Sweet Lobby
Cake Designer: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: j crew
Bridesmaid Dresses: j crew
Dress Store: Nordstrom
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Nordstrom
Specialty Foods: Popped! Republic
Hair Stylist: Sadielike
Design and Decor: Type A Society

[images from Sarah Bradshaw Photography]

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Real wedding: Dana + Danny

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This wedding has tons of DIY details, gorgeous golden bridesmaids, and a unicorn mask.  What more could you ask for??

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From the bride:
The most important thing to us was that our wedding day to be true to our personal style, intimate for our guests, and fun as hell. We chose Brooklyn Winery because of the beautifully urban/rustic feel, the warmth of the small intimate rooms, and the incredible food – served family style to make our guests feel at home.

We wanted the ceremony to set the tone for the rest of the wedding, so we had our dear friend Kate perform it, with family members doing select readings. There was laughter, tears, an incredible amount of love… and ribbon wands waving like crazy.

I’m a DIY nerd when it comes to paper, and I wanted every piece of paper at the wedding to be DIY and make a statement – from the invitations to the place cards to the signs around the reception (my favorite was the bathroom sign, “You look oh so pretty… now get out there and dance!”). So I found a graphic print that was to die for and I went to town with it.

The day was everything we hoped it would be – romantic, full of personal touches, full of our closest family and friends – and most importantly, full of love.

VENDORS

Ceremony and reception: Brooklyn Winery
Photographer: Amber Gress
Florist: Violet and Verde
DJ: Scratch Weddings
Cakes: Baked
Makeup: Jonny Polizzi Make Up Art
Hair: Soon Beauty Lab
Bride’s dress: BHLDN
Earrings and bracelet: Kate Spade
Groom’s tux: Hardy Amies (via Bloomingdales)
Rings: Elleven Jewelry
Graphic print paper: Hammerpress

[images from Amber Gress]

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Real wedding: Lynn-Kai + Clare

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Its not every day I see a wedding held at a food park, but this one in San Francisco definitely caught my eye.  These two may not have been into dancing, but they sure know how to eat and have fun, turning their wedding into a veritable carnival with games, photobooths, and food trucks galore.

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[images from Jerry Yoon Photographers]

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Real wedding: Ellen + Harold

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This wedding truly was a modern yet elegant affair with details to perfection.  I especially loved the whiskey favors, a nod to the groom’s bar in Williamsburg.  The best favors in my opinion are the ones that have some sort of relation back to the couple!

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From the bride:

We wanted a modern, elegant, and comfortable New York wedding. Our wedding took place at the Wythe Hotel, which was the perfect venue for our modern and stylish look. We loved the industrial high ceilings and exposed brick in the main event hall. The venue has a lot of really unique artwork and details. Flower designer, Denise Fasanello, created gorgeous flower arrangements using lots of white and green flowers with pops of purple which went along with the modern décor. We had a fantastic DJ, Jay McElfresh, who was able to get all of our guests dancing. Sasithon Pooviriyakul was our amazing photographer for the wedding weekend. She was not only a positive addition to the day, but also her photographs showed that she understood the look, mood, and aesthetic that we had for our wedding.

Since the groom is one of the owners of Noorman’s Kil, a whisky bar in Williamsburg, we hand selected and bottled a single barrel of bourbon from Kings County Distillery for our wedding favors.

VENDORS

Venue: Wythe Hotel
Photography: Sasithon Photography
Flowers: Denise Fasanello Flowers
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers
Rings: Hirtz and Traubner
Earrings: Dannijo
Hair: Sally from Styles on B
Makeup: Anni Bruno
Invitations: Fourteen-Forty
DJ: Jay McElfresh
Wedding Favors: Kings County Distillery

[images from Sasithon Photography ]

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Real wedding: Jess + Adrian

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What a great Brooklyn affair this was, from the marquee signs to ribbon altar & decor…just wait til you scroll down to the reception!

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From the bride:

Adrian and I met in graduate school. He found my email from a classmate and sent me a message to compliment my home-made cassette tape necklace and big eye frames. I liked his glasses too. From the get-go, we’ve been tied together by our love for music, design, culture and eyewear. And so our wedding theme, That Perfect Pair was born.

For starters, we’re just not barn people. We wanted the wedding to be very “us”, which meant holding it in Brooklyn; the quirky, creative, and industrial borough that we’re proud to call home. The Greenpoint Loft was perfect: big windows, old wooden beams, and totally raw.  Our goals for this space were to incorporate the extraordinary talents of our amazing friends and family, to be budget-conscious in one of the most expensive cities in the world to have a wedding, AND — to make it one hell of a party.

We really wanted to include our friends without making them buy expensive bridal party attire. We called upon their artistic skills and expertise to do everything from installing our colorful decor and lights, to making our signature cocktail, photographing the wedding, and performing the ceremony. We even had a group of friends set up an animation station for those who needed a little break from the dance floor.

Since we live in the old Italian neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, we were able to ask one of our neighbors to let us borrow his yellow Cadillac for pictures. We were so honored to incorporate elements of our neighborhood and community.

I run my own small branding agency and decided to make all of the invitations and programs. Adrian and I ‘paired up’ on each of the other tasks; from purchasing the tableware, to folding every napkin, to painting each of our centerpieces. We created a lounge using our own furniture (with the exception of a beautiful Patina Rentals loveseat) and even drove the U-Haul with our tables and chairs. It was a lot of work, but ultimately such a personal experience that we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The best moment for us was when Uncle Stanley and friends performed a Stevie Wonder medley. Adrian and I couldn’t decide on which song we wanted, and thankfully, these pros were able to work with our DJ to bust out one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long time. Music is such an integral part of our lives, and to have our friends and family put together such a moment was something we’ll never forget.

VENDORS

Hair: Persons of Interest
Shoes: Top Man
Tie: The Tie Bar
Suit: ASOS
Hair & Makeup: Hello, Beautiful Salon
Blusher Veil: Kerin Rose
Wing Shoes: Melissa Shoes
Dress: Aidan Mattox
Big Balloons: Vintage Party Store
Invitations & Print: Mighty Oak
Chairs & Tables: A & S
Lighting: Colin Colfer
Ribbon Installation: Michelle Bablo
Vintage Couch: Patina Rentals
Centerpieces: Jamali Gardens
Silverware: Smarty Had a Party
Bouquet & Boutonnierre: Brooklyn Plant Studio
Plants: The Sill
DJ & Sound: Natasha Diggs
Animation Station: The Good School
Day Of Coordinator: Kara Durret, The Green Building
Food Truck Catering & Bar: Tacombi
Photography: We Are For Each Other
Hotel Stay: The Box House
Warehouse Space: Greenpoint Loft

[images from We Are For Each Other]

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