Real wedding: Sarah + Sean

Maya from Alimay Events sent over this super sleek, totally NYC wedding at Tribeca Rooftop, and its totally worth sharing with you guys….I love how the monogram was carried out throughout the day from the out of town bags and invitations right down to the ice sculpture!  Maya gives all the details below…

Sarah and Sean tied the knot on June 12, 2010 at NYC’s Tribeca Rooftop. Their modern elegant style drew them to this sleek venue with a gorgeous rooftop and AMAZING views.  The ceremony was filled with love, mixed traditions, and beautiful vows.   Sarah and Sean wanted a rockin’ party and that’s just what they got!  Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the rooftop during sunset followed by dancing and partying the night away. DeJuan Stroud, created the magnificent floral decor and Bentley Meeker Lighting created the ambiance in the room.  We created a custom logo for the newlyweds which was used on the entrance doors, dance floor, menus, programs and even their new thank you stationary!  Sarah & Sean fell in love with the idea of having a digital photo booth at their reception.  Guests took their own photos and the images were projected on a wall throughout the reception.  The images were put in frames and given to the guests as favors.  The party ran well into the next morning with an after-party filled with comfort food, dessert, and a DJ.   Their family and friends filled the wedding day with love, laughter and fun and the wedding was everything they wanted.  A quote from the bride, “The entire night was perfect; so beautiful and happy and fun I can barely believe it was real….an absolute dream.”  The enormously talented, Alison Mayfield of Christian Oth Studio captured the emotion and beauty of the day.

Vendors:

Photography: Alison Mayfield, Christian Oth Studio
Cinematography: Spring Street Films
Event & Floral Decor: DeJuan Stroud
Event Planning & Design: Alimay Events & Productions
Lighting: Bentley Meeker
Ceremony & Reception: Tribeca Rooftop, NYC
Invitations: Elum Designs, Della Carta Calligraphy
Papery: Ali B Designs for Alimay Events & Productions
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Dress: Badgley Mischka
Band and DJ: Faze 4 and DJ Cody
Cake: Lulu Bakery

[images from Christian Oth Studio]

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You + Me* DIY: Updated ribbon bouquet

What do you think of when you see a paper plate? If you’ve attended enough wedding showers, it’s possible that a bow-covered monstrosity pops in your head. We’re not knocking a longstanding tradition, but we thought maybe there was room for an update to this classic bridal shower activity.

Before we offer the DIY details, we should share the ground rules we set for ourselves. First, no crazy supplies. Considering it’s often difficult enough track down a paper plate once the present opening begins, we didn’t want to add chicken wire, knitting needles, and a hot glue gun to the mix. Second, the updated bouquet couldn’t be more time consuming to make than the traditional paper plate version. Wedding related activities tend to take approximately 3.4 times longer than regular activities (it’s a scientifically proven fact!). The last thing we want to do is relegate bridesmaids to some sort of bow tying sweatshop in service to the perfect ribbon bouquet. Finally, the bouquet couldn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a bouquet made out of ribbons for goodness sake—let’s keep it fun!

You will need:

– tape (Japanese masking tape like this makes it prettier, but isn’t necessary)

– scissors (tearing neatly also works in a pinch)

– wrapping paper (regular paper or construction paper also work)

– various ribbons and bows

Directions:

Have your tape and scissors ready when the gift opening begins. Once you have a piece of wrapping paper, cut a square with sides approximately 6- 8 inches long. (The squares don’t have to be the same size; in fact, it’s better if you get a little variety in their sizes.) Roll the square into a cone shape, making sure to leave enough space to string a ribbon through on the bottom, and secure with a piece of tape. Do the same with other pieces of wrapping paper until you have about 10-12 cones [hint:this can also be done in advance].

Begin feeding ribbons through the cones, so each one has a ribbon hanging from the bottom [hint: since you have multiple cones instead of just one plate, each person can even be responsible for making one out of their own wrapping]. If the ribbon isn’t long enough to make it through the top of the cone, tie a knot in it, so it doesn’t slip through the bottom. Add bows to the top of the cone, either by tying or taping them.

Arrange the ribbon cones as you would flowers in a bouquet. Once they are assembled, wrap tape around the “stems” from the bottom to about ¾ of the way up the cones. Now show off all your hard work to the bride to be, and with the time you saved, focus your attention on winning those shower games!

No weekly wrapup from me this week…with the move taking over my life, I haven’t even had a chance to check out my fav blogs!  Enjoy the weekend and happy halloween!

[image from Trent Bailey Photography]

Trent Bailey and YOU + Me* are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride

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Cozy Couple’s Shower

We hope you’ll like looking at this shower as much as we liked throwing it. The lovebirds you see here are Mike and Amber, two of our wonderful friends. They just got engaged (congrats, you crazy kids!), and we thought it would be fun to feature them in a few of our posts as they start their wedding planning.

For this shoot, we wanted to put autumn on par with summer as the go-to season for romantic soirees. When we were planning it, we kept coming back to the word “cozy,” but still wanted to maintain a celebratory feel that didn’t feel like a holiday display at Macy’s. We whipped up our inspiration board in plums and neutrals, and we knew we were on the right track. On the day of, joined by the astoundingly talented Trent Bailey, we shined up our prettiest cake plates, packed up our coziest sweaters, and and hightailed it out of the city for this cozy couples’ shower.

Vendors

Photography: Trent Bailey Photography
Desserts (fig cake, canele, leaf cookies, chocolate and caramel dipped pears): Cake Hero
Florals: Blossom and Branch
Couple series pillow: K Studio
Gray knit poncho: Wai
Knit scarves and bows (on packages): Emmadime
Burlap bags and other wrapping supplies: Olive Manna
Wreath and felt bows: ItzFitz

[images from Trent Bailey Photography]

Trent Bailey and YOU + Me* are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride
Blossom & Branch is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Cozy Couple’s shower inspiration

Hello, Brooklyn Bride readers!  We are so happy to be joining the crew here as guest contributors, and we’re absolutely flattered that Vané brought us on board. Since we are not expressly wedding folks, every month we’ll be cooking up a little inspiration for you for all of the other events and details that go with weddings–showers, parties, gift ideas, and other ways to make getting married more fun and less stressful (we hope). To learn more about us and what we do, you can visit our website and our blog. Let’s get to it!

Though both of us have pledged our eternal and undying love to summer, we have to admit that we’ve been caught making eyes at fall a few times. Fall has a wonderful masculinity about it. It smells like bonfires and tobacco, and is a time when we all want to adorn ourselves with argyle and tweed. In short, it’s the perfect season for a not-girly-at-all couples’ shower. Here’s our inspiration board; look for the full post tomorrow!

Image Credits:
1. Blossom and Branch 2. West Elm 3. Alyssa Ettinger 4. HappyHints 5. Elle Oh 6. Mulberry via Honestly WTF 7.Tiki Lounge 8. Bonnie Tsang via Elle Oh 9. Christmas Magazine 10. Tec Petaja

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