Real wedding: Emily + James

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Emily won the Blurb contest a few months ago and sent me her recent wedding, which totally blew me away!

We both knew from the very beginning we wanted our wedding look to be simple and modern but with some vintage touches that would coincide with the venues we had chosen. We decided to go with a color palette of grey, chartreuse and moss green, we felt this would be fun and springy but also clean and modern. Our wedding was no doubt a family affair, the invitations, signs and seating cards were made by the bride’s sister (with pouch production help from mom), the wine bottle stopper favors and ring bowl were made by the bride’s dad, bridesmaid tote bags and hours of traveling and hand holding by the bride’s mom, the guest book was designed by the bride and groom using Blurb. It was very important to us to personalize our day and we were successful! Throughout the night we heard several guests say “this is so you two.”

The planning process centered around our ceremony site. Being huge Frank Lloyd Wright fans the we knew Unity Temple would be the perfect place to be married, the architectural details are stunning. Sadly, it has now been placed on the most endangered buildings list, we hope this amazing piece of history can survive. From there we found Pleasant Home just about a mile away which is a historic mansion designed by George Maher, what a great compliment to Unity Temple and also showcased our love of architecture.

It was also important to us to make sure our wedding was loads of fun. Badminton in the lawn, mashed potato martinis, board games for the kid’s table, using our iPod as our DJ to play our favorite songs and the Polaroid guest book with props definitely accomplished this. It was clear everyone had a great time.

One of our favorite details were the vintage flower pins we found for all the groomsmen and the custom ties. We searched eBay for various flower pins and sprayed painted them all white, we loved this look and we also loved that they were more eco-friendly and cost effective than traditional bouts since they can be used again. We searched high and low for store bought ties for the groomsmen with no luck. We were thrilled to find Etsy seller Me & Matilda who could create custom ties for us. Fabric was from Premiere Prints.

Non-traditional bridesmaid dresses were found at Ann Taylor Loft for a steal ($75 each) and custom green belts were made in moss green.

AMAZING VENDORS:

Catering – J&L Catering – the food was delicious, we got so many compliments and they accommodated us on all our special needs (vegan, gluten free).

Photography – Chennergy – the groom being a novice photographer himself, www.flickr.com/jpanegasser, felt photography was one of the most important elements to splurge on and we are so glad we did, Dan Chen and David Lai did an amazing job and captured the great moments and emotions of the day.

Flowers – Blumgarten – At first we were hoping to save on flowers  but the bride’s mom felt otherwise being an avid gardner most of her life. Mom does know best because the flowers were breathtaking.

Invitations, signage, etc. – The bride’s sister, lauramwilliams.com. Her background is in packaging design, web design, corporate identity and logo design but clearly she has the talent for invitation design as well.

Transportation – Windy City Trolley

Hair & Makeup – Morgan Blaul

Rings – Groom,  Yoon Jung Yun inner message ring Bride, Cottage Jewelry

[images by Chennergy]

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Real wedding: Diana + Adam

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It might sound silly but after being together 10+ years it turned out that our wedding was really worth waiting for.  We were married on May 30th at East Hampton Point.  We worked with a talented and fun group of people across the board and all the parts came together beautifully.

Sesame Letterpress in Dumbo designed and printed our invitations.  In sapphire and silver gray, they were sophisticated yet whimsical — the exact mood we wanted to set for the wedding.  Robyn Wylde, who is also based in Brooklyn, was our fantastic calligrapher.

I wore Rosa Clara.  I fell in love with the dress on the designer’s web site, serendipitously found it on a sample sale rack at my first dress appointment and brought it to Pinpoint Bridal for the alterations.  Adam wore Ralph Lauren Black Label.  Matthew Green did an amazing job with my hair based on my extremely unclear request for a perfectly imperfect style.  I found the lovely hair flower — handmade from antique ribbon — at Tinsel Trading the weekend before we were married.  Jennifer Nam is a true, true artist with makeup and gave me a perfectly natural and luminous look.

East Hampton Point had such romantic ambiance, absolutely delicious food and the sunset over the water was incredible!  Amagansett Flowers by Beth made the gorgeous arrangements and the unique chuppah where Rabbi Zimmerman from the Jewish Center of the Hamptons married us.  Jazz vocalist Tereasa Vinson’s singing graced the cocktails, which we did first (that was a wonderful way to start the evening) and Bud Maltin Music rocked the reception.

And the amazing Janet and Lisa of JL Photografia have given us the ultimate gift of capturing everything so sublimely.

[images from JL Photografia]

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Leah + Michael get married Martha style!

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Last night was the wedding of Leah and Michael at the Martha Stewart Weddings Popup Chapel, and I’ve got to say it was a beautiful affair!  I’ll be posting more in depth about it and the other weddings this weekend on Monday over at The Brides Guide blog, but  thought I’d give you a little sneak peak.  My pictures do no justice to how cute and creative the whole wedding was, so I’ll leave that to the expert (Mel Barlow!)

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

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Real wedding: Jen + Hooper

I just love this wedding Amanda at Love Me Do Photography sent over…that cape and those tattoos totally sold me!

Our first wedding of this season was definitely a great one to start off with.  We were introduced to Jen and Hooper through co-worker friends of Amanda from the Philadelphia  Museum of Art.  Jen is a photographer (www.jenbandini.com) and blogger (www.escapetonewyork.net), and Hooper is a painter/drawer (www.hooperturner.com).  Since they were on a pretty tight budget, (and because we love their artwork!) we arranged to do a trade of services.  We photographed the wedding in exchange for a painting and photograph from each Jen and Hooper, which we both adore!

Their wedding took place on the Ladies Pavilion in Central Park in NYC on the edge of the pond, officiated by Kim Kirkley (ourelegantceremony.com).  Kim offered to perform the cermony in exchange for a donation to the Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a twenty year-old group that provides transportation and EMT service for a much under-servered area of Brooklyn.  It was a grey, windy New York day, but the sky matched Jen’s dress wonderfully and the photos in Central Park are some of our favorites we’ve taken.  Music during the ceremony was performed by friends, Austin Hughes and Glendon Jones of M. Shanghai String Band that brought guests to tears.  A reception followed at Rue 57 (http://www.rue57.com), hip French Bistro in Midtown, where their guests enjoyed a delicious dinner and celebrated the remainder of the evening with the newly wed couple.

Jen and Hooper designed their own invitations and save the date(http://escape-to-new-york.blogspot.com/2009/04/04202009-our-invitation-i-love.html) which were then letterpress printed by a good friend, Maggie Portis (http://gamewellpress.typepad.com/) as a wedding gift. Jen designed centerpieces, favors, and flowers herself.  Handmade masks, personalized bookmarks, and favors were made from clipart downloaded from clipart.com and printed at Kinkos. The paper dolls favors, which were a joint effort between Hooper and Jen – he did the drawings and she designed the layout and packaging.  Jen actually ended up printing a lot of stuff on her inkjet printer at home.   Jen’s hand-tied bouquet of ranunculus, scabiosa, and lisianthus came from freshroses.com.  Jen wore a silk chiffon evening gown was from Bergdorf Goodman, adorned with a custom capelet by Kate Towers, katetowers.com, and gloves by Carolina Amato.  Wedding rings were from weddingbands.com.  Hooper’s cufflinks were custom-made from typewriter keys by Joy’s Jewels.  The cake was made by Cake Alchemy (http://www.cakealchemy.com).   And of course, photography by Carina Romano and Amanda Jaffe of Love Me Do Photography.

[images by Love Me Do Photography]

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Real wedding: Kathy + Rob

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License to Wed from Bobcat Productions on Vimeo.

Rob Price and Kathy Park were married at Ici in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on May 16, 2009 at 6 pm.

We officially got engaged on February 1.  It was, coincidentally, Super Bowl Sunday, so I will forever think of that day as romantic and meaningful.  What Rob and I decided right away, from the practical perspective, was that we wanted an intimate wedding that conveyed our personalities down to the details.  We also promised each other that with every decision we faced, we’d remember what getting married really means, and we’d have fun with the process.  Neither of us could comprehend the idea of becoming crazed over something that was supposed to be joyous, so, we were on the same page from the emotional perspective, too.

Planning our wedding was incredible because it was such an all-encompassing experience that asked us to work individually and together, emotionally and physically, creatively and logistically, and short-term and long-term.  Rob and I had worked together before on projects, but this was like the marathon.  There were highs and lows, but in the end, I treasure our planning period as much as I do our actual wedding day.  We paced things pretty well, so that the last weekend before our wedding, when we had done all the work, we just relaxed…took our first rowboat ride in Central Park, went to P.S. 1, had a leisurely brunch and just enjoyed each other and had time to sort of meditate on the vows we were going to make the following weekend.

What anchored our wedding as an event was the color scheme (gray, green and white), the oval as a motif, a sense of fun, and a classic-with-a-twist vibe.  Using those general ideas as a foundation, we found the right venue and created the details.  For a living, I do PR, which includes planning lots of events, and Rob is an industrial designer, so we saw the wedding as the ultimate collaboration. Creativity and productivity are two tenets of our relationship, and we wanted our wedding to represent that.

Highlights include:

Our logo: We created a logo with our initials in an oval that appeared on the invitations and then again at the ceremony on some of the mirrors and windows.  Rob and I then appeared “in” an oval, which was a backdrop during the ceremony, echoing the logo.

Invitation: Rob and I designed the invitation ourselves.  It conveyed both classic and modern through the colors and fonts used.  Because dark gray cardstock is extremely hard to find, Print Icon created a custom paper for us, essentially gluing three layers of card stock together.  We had the cards engraved with white text.  Then we made our own green envelope liners and had a simple green grosgrain band that went around the gray and white invitation and vellum reply cards.  I hand-addressed each of the 40+ invitations using calligraphy.

Decor: An oval served as a backdrop for me and Rob during the ceremony, creating a portrait and anchoring the all-white minimalist space.  We really like the oval shape for many reasons.  I like it because I love pictures and the shape reminds me of portraits.  Rob likes it because the oval feels classic and modern at the same time.  We extended the oval shape throughout the wedding, down to Rob’s green oval cuff links. Something that brought guests into the oval motif were these green oval frames Rob designed, which served as photo backdrops for portraits during the reception.

Often in subtle ways, we put our stamp on every area of the venue that our guests would encounter.  For instance, when guests walked up to the wrought-iron gates of Ici, they were met with our logo seemingly etched on the window, and a small painted sign on an oval canvas pointing them upstairs to the wedding space.  Also, on each step we placed a pair of green ceramic Korean wedding ducks (symbolic of marriage because they mate for life).  And for the bathroom, I had made a gray sink skirt and bought some green hand soap.  It was fun making the space ours for the night.

Video: About a month before the wedding, we filmed and edited a music video about the adventure of getting our marriage license.  Called License to Wed, the film is about our experience of getting our marriage license.  http://www.vimeo.com/4699684 It was a lot of fun screening it at the wedding.

Favors: Rob and I both like to throw pottery, so we made bud vases that served as centerpieces as well as wedding favors.  Each piece had our oval logo stamped onto and our wedding date etched onto the bottoms.  Each bud vase was unique, reflecting the individuality of each guest.

Neither of us did all the work on any given piece because with each step of the process (throwing, trimming, decorating, stamping, glazing, firing), we shared the experience.  Therefore, each gift was really from both of us.  Making the favors was a metaphor for the whole wedding process.

Friends: When we could make something, we did, and when we couldn’t, we looked to our friends first.  We decided against having a wedding party in order to keep things simple, but we incorporated friends into our wedding in many ways and they became integral participants. This added to the intimate feel of the wedding because everything was made or done with love.  Pastry chef Vivian Kamen made our passion fruit and chocolate cake, Photographer Steph Goralnick shot us, Eric Whipple of Crown Signs made vinyls of our logo and Claudia Urquiola was our day-of coordinator.

Venue: We had originally hoped to have our wedding in the stables at Frankie’s 457, but working with them wasn’t pleasant.  And then we found Ici, where we really felt we were meant to have our wedding.  From the aesthetics of the space to the warmth of the staff to the awesomeness of the food, Ici exceeded our expectations and complemented the feel of our wedding.

The cocktail hat: We had never DIY’d so many things in such a short period of time.  No matter how much we had going on, a we’ll-make-it-ourself attitude was constant.  I had seen a fancy hat that I liked but it only came in a black and violet fabric combination.  When I found out it’d cost around $450 to custom make the hat in shades of ivory, I decided to give it a try myself.  Rob helped me design it, too, and I loved the final product.  We even sewed in a little antique blue button as my “something blue.”  Certainly, seeing so many brides DIY aspects of their weddings on sites like this one, had inspired me.

Table markers: Each of the four tables was a representation of a medium we have used to be creative:  Painting, Sketching, Photography, and Sculpture.  This conveyed our dedication to living creative lives.

Hidden details: Rob embroidered I (heart) U and his initials on the handkerchief that I carried down the aisle.
Participants, Vendors, and Venues:
Officiant:  Jesse Hendrich (www.jessehendrich.com)
Photographer:  Steph Goralnick (www.sgoralnick.com)
Pastry chef:  Vivian Kamen
Ceremony and reception location:  Ici restaurant’s second floor private space  http://www.icirestaurant.com/
Cellist:  Jennifer Girone  http://jennifergirone.homestead.com/
Printer that produced the invitation that Rob and I designed:  Print Icon http://www.printicon.com/
Dance instructor:  Jessi Patz at Sandra Cameron Dance Center  http://www.sandracameron.com/
Ceramics studio where we made budvase wedding favors and centerpieces:  http://www.clayspace1205.com/
Makeup instruction:  Makeup by Tiffany via YouTube (Glamorous Bronze:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeYMO8GT5vo&feature=channel_page )
Hair instruction:  Also Professor YouTube (Loose beachy waves:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNbxHToXz0M&feature=channel_page )
Fabrics for the table runners, sink skirt, etc:  B&J Fabrics  http://www.bandjfabrics.com/servlet/StoreFront
Lily of the Valley flowers for bouquet and table settings:  Star Valley Flowers http://www.starvalleyflowers.com/gallery2.html
Flowers for the ceremony and reception:  Surroundings, Posies, Takashimaya and about five bodegas on the Upper West Side
Ostrich feathers:  Ostrich.com  http://www.ostrich.com/

Outfits:
Dress:  J. Crew
Bride’s shoes:  J. Crew via eBay bidding war
Earrings:  Alexis Bittar (Kathy was inspired by similar earrings that Vane wore on her wedding day)
Engagement ring:  Doyle and Doyle http://www.doyledoyle.com
Other jewelry:  Antique tourmaline and platinum brooch from Ellis Antiques
Stole:  Kathy had it made using silk from B&J Fabrics
Cocktail hat:  Made by Kathy (Kathy’s first and last try at millinery)
Suit:  Banana Republic
Tie:  BCBG
Groom’s Shoes:  Bottega Veneta
Cufflinks:  Dunhill
Groom’s watch:  Rolex (wedding gift from Kathy’s father)

OK, that video sold me on this being one of the coolest weddings I’ve ever seen!  Thanks for sharing Kathy!

[images by Steph Goralnick]

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