Real wedding: Joanne + Ethan


Yesterday you all had a chance to check out the awesome engagement shoot of Joanne + Ethan…well today you get to see the wedding! So many beautiful moments captured by JL Photografia, it was hard to pick which pictures to show!  Joanne talks about the day below…

With an impending cross-country move, Ethan and I did not want to deal with the fuss and expense that comes with a big wedding. We considered eloping to an exotic locale, but over the course of our engagement we realized how important it was for us to share our wedding day with our friends and family.  Towards the end of June 2009, we started planning for an intimate and relaxed wedding in California to follow our move back to the San Francisco Bay Area. We chose Carmel-by-the-Sea primarily for the Basilica at the Carmel Mission, an active Roman Catholic parish church that also serves as a lovely and historic museum. Serendipitously, the next available date the Mission had available was October 31 – the day we had met six years ago, and our favorite holiday to boot! We booked the date immediately and started looking on the Internet for a reception venue.Wanting to keep the reception as uncomplicated as possible, we chose to hold a lunch reception at Katy’s Place, an adorable little restaurant that is widely hailed as Carmel’s best breakfast joint. The tiny restaurant only seats about 50, so we reserved the whole restaurant and let our guests choose from their extensive menu (which features sixteen kinds of Eggs Benedict! Eight kinds of waffles!) It was perfect, laid-back, and delicious.



Though we did away with anything we deemed unnecessary (décor for the Basilica was like bringing sand to the beach and driving our own cars was way simpler than booking limos) it was important for us to preserve our family and cultural traditions. In addition to the something old, something new, I walked down the aisle with a sixpence in my shoe as a nod to Ethan’s British heritage. Instead of changing into something short and flirty for the reception, Ethan and I both donned hanbok, traditional Korean attire that was a wedding gift from my parents. We worked in a little pyebaek ceremony on the deck of Katy’s Place. In the pyebaek, both sets of parents throw chestnuts and jujubes into the outstretched skirt of the hanbok to symbolize their wishes for grandchildren. We improvised with walnuts instead of jujubes, which our parents threw with an uncompromised gusto. As a finale to the reception, Ethan gave me a spirited piggyback ride through the restaurant. The piggyback ride is meant to symbolize the groom’s obligations to both his bride and the mothers, but both our moms declined the offer 😉


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Real wedding: Sharon + Chris


I always knew Shake Shack had exceptional burgers, but who knew you could fall in love there too?!  It sure made for some great pre-wedding photos for Sharon & Chris, thanks to Maggie Harkov!  Sharon gives all the details below…[make sure to check out the gorgeous lace on her dress!]

US: Chris and I met one fateful summer at LAX airport en route to a cultural exchange program in central China. We bonded over the joy of eating sheep stomach soup, yak yogurt and grilled lamb kabobs. We love to eat! Back in the US, we started five years of long-distance courtship (me in NYC, he in Maryland).  On Valentine’s Day 2009, Chris proposed in front of our favorite burger place, Shake Shack, at Madison Square Park.


THE WEDDING: On our wedding day, it only seemed natural for us to have our first embrace in front of Shake Shack. Not even a rainy October day prevented us from getting a burger to eat (and shake to drink!) on the biggest day of our lives. We even had a personalized wedding cake topper of us feeding each other a Shake Shack burger and shake…that’s how much we love the place.

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Real wedding: Alicia + Adam


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Let me start this all off by saying I LOVE Alicia!  She used to work at Seaport Flowers and helped put my wedding together with the team there so when I found out she was getting married, I knew it was going to be awesome.  And was I disappointed?  Not a bit!

Having met in Brooklyn even though both had southern roots, they decided to get married at the Boathouse in Prospect Park.  Their wedding was CHOCK full of DIY projects, from the pennants and escort cards, to Alicia making the bouquets and redesigning her wedding dress from JCrew!


Art as favors…the couple screenprinted and frames art from Adam of birds in the region.  Each was unique!


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A table runner of pompoms and vintage glass vases filled with flowers like ranunculus, hydrangea, lilac, sweet pea, dusty miller, peony, queen anne’s lace, spirea, garden roses, agapanthus, billy balls, football mums, baby’s breath, and yarrow, all in yellow and white.



For more details from this wedding, check it out in the latest issue of The Knot, on newsstands now.

[images from Maureen Davis Photography]

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Real wedding: Jen + Kevin

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Hey all!  I’m back from altsummit with a whole new view on the blogging world, its absolutely amazing!  To get together with all the people I read on a daily basis is just the best feeling, and I left with so many things I want to try.  Its a very exciting time for blogs!  If you have a chance to go to altsummit 2011, take it!  Believe me, its worth it.  So now, back to the wedding at hand…

Caroline Tran sent me this great travel inspired wedding that I had to share with you guys…there were lots of fun DIY projects involved, but I think the best details are the ones that really speak to their long distance relationship and his career as a pilot.

Throughout their relationship, Jen lived in LA & Kevin in NY.  They spent most of their relationship apart, so a travel themed wedding was fitting.  Since Kevin is a pilot and they spent most of their relationship on opposite sides of the country, they wanted to incorporate their travels & the different locations into their wedding.

They got married at J Lounge and Restaurant in downtown LA.  It’s a brick building in the middle of downtown LA.  Their ceremony took place in the outdoor courtyard and had a view of all the downtown buildings.  There were 200 guests.

In keeping with the travel theme, she lined her shoes with NY subway maps.  All her stationary had silhouettes of buildings from the different places they have lived.  Her friend DIY all their adorable flowers.

Kevin’s mom painted these amazing trees on canvas.  The trees had bare branches where guests would then leave their thumb print on as the leaves and signed their name next to the leaves.

They had a buffet dinner and then all the uneaten food was donated to the LA food bank.  They also had a fire pit and a smores station.

She hand folded hundreds of little paper airplanes and used them in her centerpieces.

Jen is still a student, so budget was an important factor.  She utilize help from friends and family and used each for their strengths.  Paper goods/stationary are good places to DIY because you can do them in advance.  She bought her dress from a Brides against Cancer event.  A buffet cut down the cost of food and the smores station is cheap to set up and fun!

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This little detail of sticking subway maps in your shoes is so perfect!  And so easy!



[images from Caroline Tran]

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Real elopement: Montse + James

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Montse and James came all the way from across the pond in London to elope in NYC over the holidays, and Stephanie Land was there to capture it all!  She was even their only witness!  Such sweet little moments captured.

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[images from Stephanie Land]

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