Real wedding: Sayumi + Boulos part 1

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Nicole from SOTA Dzine sent me this gorgeous wedding recently that I’m excited to share with you…this is just part 1!  Sayumi was nice enough to share some background into the day…more pics and details at 1pm.
Our lives intersected fatefully in Philadelphia on October 22, 2005 where we were both completing our Ph.D.s at UPenn: Boulos was studying Theoretical Computer Science and Sayumi was researching her dissertation in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory. May be it was the alphabetical proximity – Jordan is usually the country that is listed right after Japan, their flags flying next to each other in the wind at Rockefeller Center. Computer Science after Comparative Literature. Whatever the case, each of us in our own way were tracking down alphabets and languages, looking for something. Admittedly, we are an unlikely pairing, like the edamame-hummus sandwich we once ate at Mange Tout organic cafe in New London, the town in which Sayumi currently works as Assistant Professor of Asian Studies. But we have kindred souls linked through ESP foodie stomachs. Is it any surprise that we first met at a sushi-dinner party thrown by mutual friends, a gathering to which we were over-determined to attend? For our wedding, we selected a restaurant (http://www.icirestaurant.com/) that shared the same love of healthy, fresh, locally-grown, ecologically-sustainable seasonal food made with love. We knew that everything they cooked up would be absolutely divine, and with rare wines hand-selected by the owner to go with the meal, how could one go wrong?

What links us beyond the food we share are our core values, molded from the experience of growing up deracinated (Sayumi as a Buddhist Japanese girl living in the Bible Belt of Alabama; Boulos as a Christian-Palestinian in Muslim Jordan, and then in post 9/11 USA). Despite having been raised in different religious traditions (Sayumi eventually converted to the Orthodox Church in 2008) and despite the difficulty of enduring a long-distance relationship for the bulk of our courtship (our jobs had separated us over nine hundred miles for two years) we knew we just couldn’t let each other go. We wanted our wedding to reflect our multi-cultural mix as well as our overcoming of distances, and guests travelled from Jordan, Japan, Switzerland and Australia to celebrate with us. We chose cranes as our leitmotif – according to Japanese tradition, cranes are migratory birds that symbolize longevity and are said to fly with their mates for life. We were married on a drizzly Sunday on February 22, 2009 at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in downtown Brooklyn, and celebrated with a reception dinner at Ici Restaurant near Fort Greene Park. We had been planning to hold a large 300-person wedding at the Dead Sea in Jordan in May, but unforeseen family circumstances spurred us to switch gears and opt for an intimate 40-person pre-Lenten affair right here in Brooklyn where we have been living the last couple of years, and where we got engaged. We had to pull off a wedding in NYC in less than six weeks! We owe it to our friends, each of whom chipped in in some way, for making the day what it was.

[images by SOTA Dzine]

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Real wedding: Anne + Abe

Anne Le Guerne, a super talented illustrator here in Brooklyn (she designed the invites), recently got married to her hunny Abe, and Jen Causey was nice enough to send me some pics!  Looks like a fun affair!

abe is a jewish-american real estate developer and i am a french, atheist stylist and illustrator (minifrenchie@blogspot.com).  what has been the common link for the 14 years we’ve known each other? our dedication to our family and friends.  From the flowers, done by my dear friend djamila moore, to my skirt that my grandmother and i reworked from my mother’s 30 year old wedding dress, to the huppa i hand-stitched from our families’ lace collections, we were surrounded by love everywhere!

after debating numerous and complicated wedding scenarios, we decided to have an all brooklyn affair.  we started the day with a portrait session with friend and wonderful photographer jennifer causey (http://simplyphoto.blogspot.com/).  then headed to the back stable of frankies (http://www.frankiesspuntino.com/) in carroll gardens, for the family-only ceremony and dinner.  after a delicious meal, we walked over to the bellhouse (http://www.thebellhouseny.com/home.php) where 100 of our friends and family were waiting for us with confetti.  the dreamy dreamland orchestra (www.dreamlandorchestra.com) music was a perfect soundtrack to the night while we danced and feasted on the delicious  treats of baked (http://bakednyc.com/) in redhook.

we ended the night blissfully happy and exhausted just as it should be.  now, we are planning part deux with my family in france this summer.  think, family farm in the alps: can’t wait!

[images by Jennifer Causey]

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Real wedding: Sara + Matt

This wedding sent from Jenny Jimenez is not only fabulously stylish, but hilarious as well!  I wish I had a smoking lobster at my wedding!

Sara & Matt were married on Naragansett Bay in Rhode Island during Hurricane Hanna. The day started out innocently, with the eye of the storm keeping us half dry for the ceremony, cocktail hour and through the start of their lobster bake dinner (lobster!!) from McGrath Clambakes in Newport.  By the time the wind and rain resumed we were dancing too hard to care.  If you weren’t soaked by the rain, you were soaked with sweat. These are my kind of people!

Both Sara & Matt had their wedding attire custom made for them, with Sara in a tea stained Mary Adams creation and Matt in a gray Addison & Steele suit with purple lining.  The guys wore white Nikes with purple swooshes.  They donated to Save the Bay in lieu of favors.

Yes, that is one of their guests trying to eat the bridal bouquet.

[images by Jenny Jimenez]

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Real wedding: Andy + Ivan

It was so nice to get this wedding in my mailbox from a lovely lady by the name of Tory Williams that I went to college with…we were in the same photography class and she was plenty talented then, just as she is now! The details from this wedding are just the sweetest…cookies matching the dress? Love it!

DRESS: Ralph Lauren Collection, “Fillippa Dress”. I modified the collar into a ruffle, added bustles underneath to tie the front up after the ceremony, and added the satin black ribbon.

SHOES: Kate Spade

FLOWERS: Daiva Jeanne Florals, Contact: Daiva Deupree, Daivajeanne@gmail.com

CATERER: Relish Caterers, Contact: Courtney Maggart 212-228-1672

HAIR/MAKE-UP: JoAnn Robertson, www.joannrobertson.com

CAKE: Cupcake Cafe, 212-465-1530.

CAKE TOPPERS: Goose Grease in Williamsburg, Brooklyn goosegrease.etsy.com

BAND (pictured): The Cangelosi Cards, Contact: Jake 718-744-7391. (from brooklyn)

LOCATION: Sun West Studios, www.sunnyc.com, Contact: Mezz, 212-330-9900

WEDDING COORDINATOR: Paulette Robinson Weddings and Events. www.pauletterobinson.com

INVITATIONS: Dauphine Press, www.dauphinepress.com

COOKIES: Flour Patch Bakery in Montclair, NJ. www.flourpatchbakery.com

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Real wedding: Kate + Michael

Kate sent me her wedding a few weeks ago, and I’m happy to finally get to post it!  It looks like one of those weddings that you’d be so psyched that you just got invited!

I’ve been meaning to send you a few photos of our wedding, held last summer (July 5, 2008) at our house in Vermont, for ages. Michael and I live in Brooklyn and are fiercely devoted to our borough (he owns a company called Neighborhoodies, and I work at Brooklyn Botanic Garden), but our 1823 home in Vermont– Fern Hill– is where our hearts live. We built our wedding from the ground up with friends and family: making the food, putting together the flowers, designing and printing the paper goods, making playlists, and more. The wedding wasn’t only a carnival of love, but a proud productive moment for me, Michael, and our loved ones!

There are so many stories to share. I’ll try to structure some around the photos attached: we had the ceremony on a small hill overlooking a brook, the same spot where Michael proposed in June of 2007. Our officiant was my best friend (and maid of honor’s) mother, who led a Jewish-inflected ceremony that became very emotional for many of our guests, particularly when Michael read an excerpt he chose from Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road.” The end of the ceremony– when he smashed the glass– was pure joy,  and we took off running down the hill in a totally strange & unplanned & and wonderful expression of delight!

We worked with a dear friend on creating the dinner menu, which used ingredients almost exclusively from Vermont purveyors. Another friend brought a quart of his famous salad dressing, and yet another drove up our favorite vegan whoopie pies from a bakery in Bethlehem, PA! My ivory lace dress was vintage in perfect condition (and I traded hundreds of dollars in alterations with a wonderful woman I met on Indiebride), and so was Michael’s three-piece navy suit, which came from Rue St. Denis in the East Village. The peony season in Vermont is only about three weeks, but luckily we fell right in the middle of it and bought 125 peonies from a nearby farm in shades of pink and white to arrange alongside soy votives in mason jars and simple glass vases over some old cotton lace I picked up at tag sales around town. My MOH hand-wrote all the place cards and table names, which were the names of New York Times sections (which Michael and I can’t function during the day without reading).

Our photographer, Heather Waraksa, and her second shooter Mike blew us away with their ease, skill, creativity, friendliness and, of course, the quality of the shots. I already have sent too many (and they’re out of order!), but we shot this amazingly cool series at night with sparklers (it was the day after July 4, after all), and some of the portraits they did were mindblowingly gorgeous.

[images by Heather Waraksa]

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