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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Real wedding: Heather + David

David and I planned to have our wedding ceremony and reception in Costa Rica, for our love of the sun and surf, and invite our close friends and family to witness our union under the chuppah and celebrate with us. But as it turned out, our family had some exciting events that would prevent a few close family members from joining us. So, in an effort to include everyone closest to us in our celebration, we decided to have 2 wedding celebrations: a religious ceremony and reception in Costa Rica on May 12, 2009, and a legal ceremony and dinner on April 5, 2009, which would be a small gathering of just the immediate family, and my best childhood girlfriend, to be held in the garden of the private residence of David’s father and step-mother in Marin, CA. We were fortunate to have David’s 96 year-old grandfather, who is an internationally-known Rabbi, officiate our legal ceremony for us, and have our closest family members in attendance, totaling 16 people.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was warm, the sun was shining, and love and joy were all around us. I wore a spring-time white, halter dress from BCBG and fuscia colored, satin heels from Stuart Weitzman. David wore a custom button-down shirt by Ascot Chang, pants from Banana Republic, a belt from The Hound, and shoes by Auri Footwear.
The florals were arranged and presented by Main Street Florist, San Anselmo, CA, the Costa Rican inspired menu was prepared and served by Stacy Scott Fine Catering, San Rafael, CA, the wedding cake was designed and created by Shin Min Li of I Dream of Cake, San Francisco, CA, and our photography was shot by Janet and Lisa of JL Photografia, Monterey, CA.

Main Street Flora Gardens(415) 485-2996 

Stacey Scott Fine Catering – 415-455-8181

I Dream of Cake - 415-989-2253

JL Photografia – 760-494-5894 serving northern ca + available for travel

[images from JL Photografia]

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Real wedding: Brynna + Eric

Our wedding honored our faith and radiated the love of our families and friends, who so givingly devoted themselves to us throughout the process and the day itself.  My sisters were my maids of honor, and Eric’s twin brother was his best man.  One sister, a cosmetologist, got up at 5:30 to get ready so she could spend the whole morning doing my hair and makeup.  My brother was one of Eric’s groomsmen and Eric’s sister was one of my bridesmaids.  Both our dads gave amazing, tear-jerking speeches. My three adorable little cousins were the ring bearers and flower girl.  Our bridal party came from as far as San Antonio, Texas!  We felt so blessed to be surrounded by (almost) all the people who are important to us.

We were married in Portland, Oregon, at our church building, a large, transformed warehouse.  We worked with the feeling of the church’s décor, which mixes raw natural pieces with industrial-feeling elements, a combination we loved and that was perfect for our vision.  We are both artists, and wanted our wedding to be representative of us.  I was worried about filling such an enormous space – it seats 1,000 people and we had around 200 – but with the huge room dimmed and lighting left mostly to candles, the space became astonishingly intimate.  The dim lighting turned the focus to the stage and dramatic elements like long birch tree curtain panels hung from the very tall ceiling, candle-filled gutters along the sides of the aisle, and large arrangements of bare branches and bold, unusual looking flowers.  Our lone stage floral spray consisted mostly of tall black pussy willow and forsythia branches.  I was stunned to see how it all came together and filled the space so well.  Everything was basic and bold, making a dramatic, but not flashy, statement.

Because I was between undergraduate and graduate school, I was able to take on lots of DIY projects in preparation for the wedding.  I loved doing this, as it saved money and made everything more personal.  Eric and I designed all our paper products, including save the dates,  invitations, labels to put on bags of local coffee beans as favors, and 6-page square booklet programs that I sewed together with my machine.  I sewed the fabric flower in my hair using lace cut from the bottom of my wedding dress during alterations.  Instead of coffee beans for the kids, we assembled bags of jelly beans and included children’s names on the bags to avoid mix-ups and overindulgence. :]

Our standing reception felt like an art show, with people walking around conversing and drinking espresso from two catered carts.  We played instrumental, beat-driven songs by Eric’s favorite indie bands.  Yours Truly Caterers served an amazing bite-sized hors d’oeuvres spread, along with our special request, crepes with chocolate hazelnut butter and bananas.  YUM.  Our guest book consisted of two large pieces of canvas hung on a bare wall.  Guests wrote and drew on the canvas with multicolored paint pens.  There were lots of children in attendance, which we loved.  My mom, a former 2nd grade teacher, set up a craft table where kids could glue tissue paper blossoms to paper branches on card stock.  We showed a video in which my roommate and her fiancé interviewed Eric and I separately about each other; it was the first time either of us saw it, and it was a huge hit with everyone.  My two beautiful sisters both gave speeches and then surprised me by singing “Sisters,” from the old movie White Christmas.  I laughed and cried continually throughout the afternoon – it was perfect.

We completely treasure our antique rings (pictured).  They are one-of-a-kind, and we can rest knowing we didn’t bring new diamonds into the country.  Eric’s band has several different colors of gold inlaid in designs of roses and even a cherub, and it has initials and a wedding date from 1880 engraved inside.  My rings are from 1940 and 1960.

In addition to everything I’ve mentioned, one of my favorite memories of the day was catching my 4-year-old cousin, one of my ring bearers and probably the cutest little boy in the world, peeking into the room where the girls were doing hair and makeup (pictured).

Vendors:

Rings from Gilt Vintage and Artisan Jewelry, giltjewelry.com

Caterering by Yours Truly Caterers, yourstrulycaterers.com

Photography by Tyler Gould, tylergouldmedia.com

Dress by San Patrick, sanpatrick.com

Dress from Anna’s Bridal, annasbridal.com

Bride’s shoes by Jeffrey Campbell, jeffreycampbell.com (purchased at Nordstrom)

Tuxedos by Joseph Abboud, josephabboud.com

Tuxedos from A Formal Affair, http://www.aformalaffairtuxedo.com

Groom’s shoes by Aldo Shoes, aldoshoes.com

Coffee for favors by Stumptown Coffee Roasters, stumptowncoffee.com

Flowers designed by Lynda at City Flowers and Interiors, www.cityflowerspdx.com

Bride’s Hair and Makeup by Lauren Murray (email me for contact info)

Wedding held at Solid Rock church in Tigard, Oregon, ajesuschurch.org

[images from Tyler Gould]

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Real wedding: Helen + Eric

The Ceremony:
We got married a few Saturdays ago on what was the most incredibly beautiful day of the year yet! Somehow we completely lucked out and it was 80 degrees, sunny and just gorgeous. Our ceremony was held on Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park way uptown by the Cloisters Museum. Being a public park, the masses were out enjoying the beautiful weather so we had a slightly larger audience than we expected. But it just made the whole thing more special. Eric designed my engagement ring and we both designed our wedding bands at Fitzgerald Jewelry (formerly Studio 174) in Williamsburg. Owner Michael Fitzgerald brought our ideas to life and was so great to work with, so helpful and just a sweet guy.

The Reception/Venue:
The reception was just down the path at the New Leaf Cafe. It started it off with cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and our signature drink, an Italian strawberry liquor and sparkling wine cocktail. Then it was time to eat! Dinner was just amazing, we chose the New Leaf not only for it’s amazing location but because having great food was really important to us. If you’re looking for a wedding venue or if you’re up in the neighborhood, I highly recommend checking them out, they use seasonal ingredients so the menu is always changing and is always fresh and delicious. The restaurant did an incredible job setting up and the service was fantastic. Tiffany Hogan is the Event Coordinator for the New Leaf and she was just amazing. Throughout the whole planning process, she was very helpful and responsive to all my random questions and was a pleasure to work with.

Cupcakes:
For dessert we had mini cupcakes from Kumquat Cupcakery. We happened upon them at the Brooklyn Flea last year and I made a mental note, must get them for the wedding! Keavy is the owner/baker and she’s awesome. Her cupcakes are just too cute, bite size and the perfect balance of cake to frosting ratio. The cake is moist and delicious, the frosting is perfect, not too sweet, not too buttery, just right. By far the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. She set up all 300 cupcakes and the presentation was amazing. She has great flavor combinations, some seasonal ones, but will also create custom flavors for you on request.

Flowers:
As for the rest of the details, we had originally wanted to diy as much as we could and we did do a lot ourselves but we realized about a month or so before the wedding that there was no way we’d be able to do the flowers ourselves. So we went to Sprout which we’ve been to many times just shopping for plants and home stuff. They had done a wedding for some friends of ours so we went to talk to them about doing ours. Tassy and Lea were great, we had a basic idea of what we wanted and they really worked with us to come up with something special. We made the birch bark wrapped vases and dropped them off at Sprout the week before. I had also been making paper confetti from flower shaped craft punchers and they took care of setting that up on the tables for us as well. I kept looking around and couldn’t believe how great it all looked! The flowers were gorgeous, the bouquet, the centerpieces, the boutonnieres and corsages, everything was perfect. They have an amazing aesthetic, are so easy to work with and the store is fantastic.

Photography:
And last but certainly not least, our photographer Kimberly Hurst. Kimberly is fantastic, an amazing photographer and so sweet too! We loved her portfolio, her sense of lighting and composition and then we met her and just felt really comfortable with her and that sealed the deal. We’re pretty photophobic but she made it as painless as possible for us and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  She was great with capturing the candid moments and the more set up shots as well. She and her assistant Candice went above and beyond and were so helpful throughout the whole day. They were with me every step of the way before the ceremony, helped to keep me calm and they even helped me track down the rings when I realized they weren’t with our officiant! She’s such a talent, and I’m so thankful I found her, and thankful to the wedding blogs where I found her!  I  can’t thank everyone enough, we were both beyond happy with the way everything turned out and it was the most incredible day…

dress:
Nicole Miller
http://www.nicolemiller.com

rings:
Fitzgerald Jewelry
174 N 11th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
http://www.fitzgeraldjewelry.com/

hair/makeup:
Aki at Commune Salon
191 Grand Street Brooklyn NY 718.384.7412
http://www.communesalon.com/

location:
New Leaf Cafe
One Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 212.568.5323
http://www.nyrp.org/newleaf/

flowers:
Sprout Home
44 Grand Street Brooklyn NY 718.388.4440
http://sprouthome.stores.yahoo.net/fldese.html

cupcakes:
Kumquat Cupcakery
info@kumquatcupcakery.com

photographer:
Kimberly Hurst
kim@kimberlyhurst.com
http://www.kimberlyhurst.com/

[images by Kimberly Hurst]

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Real wedding: Sayumi + Boulos part 2

CAKE: Sayumi’s college roommate Anna-Marie Farrier designed and made the multi-tiered origami-crane wedding cake.

PHOTOS: Nicole and Brad Wolf of SOTA DZINE. We first came across Brad and Nicole’s work on Brooklyn Bride. Smitten by their breath-taking editorial-style shots that bring the wedding photograph genre into the realm of art, we called them as soon as we were engaged. We found ourselves having the time of our lives working with them to tell a little story about love through these photographs. Their creative energy is absolutely infectious, and their sense of humor keeps everything real, even when we are trying to create something surreal together.

VIDEO: friend of the bride, Nam Nguyen (http://www.elevenland.com/)

DRESS: Kenneth Poole, tailored to fit by Vanessa Nirode of Brooklyn

MAKE-UP: Tamaki Arayama gave Sayumi marathon-length eyelash extensions, and hooked her up with a bling-errific gemstone French manicure

HAIR: Takashi of YUI Salon (323 West 11th Street in Manhattan)

MUSIC: Boulos’s brother, guitarist Tariq Harb (http://www.myspace.com/tariqharb), provided the reception music; avant-garde jazz pianist and producer Tonino Miano (http://www.toninomiano.com/), set the tone with music at the church

FLOWERS: InBetween Greens (www.inbetweengreens.com)

CATERING & RECEPTION VENUE: The incredible staff at Ici Restaurant provided seamless service and even managed to make a leaky roof situation disappear within minutes

ARABIC SWEETS: Oriental Pastry on Atlantic Ave. provided the Arabic kunafeh dessert

CONVERSATION STARTERS: Sayumi’s friend, writer and French Literature Professor Thangam Ravindranathan at Brown University selected and printed quirky quotes on love and marriage by writers such as Balzac and Khalil Gibran

FAVORS: We made our own personalized wedding favors – they were sake “masu” cups made of cedarwood and stuffed with Jordan almonds. On one side was an antiquated Japanese character for “One,” and on the other side we branded our logo which spells “Boulos” and “Sayumi” in Arabic calligraphy intertwined with
each other. The boxes were manufactured by a company from the same town in Hiroshima where Sayumi’s grandfather once worked in the sake business. Available for sale on e-bogu.com

DÉCOR: Countless friends and family endured crash-courses in origami-folding to produce the crane decorations made with paper & ribbons from Kinokuniya bookstore and Kate’s Paperie.

[images by SOTA Dzine]

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