Free engagement session by Michelle Hayes

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I am so excited to be back in my favorite city, Brooklyn, during my favorite time of the year, summer! I want to kick off my return to New York by offering one lucky engaged couple a hot engagement session in cool New York. Just send me a email {info@michellehayesphotos.com} letting me know why you should be picked for this special summer giveaway. Winner will be announced by July 27th.

Michelle’s style can be described as fresh and modern with a hint of fashion influence. After working in fashion design in New York she discovered her talent of creating beautiful and lasting images from her great eye for detail and ability to capture fleeting moments effortlessly. The combination of her two loves is something she likes to describe as wedding photojournalism with style. You can view more of her work at www.michellehayesphotos.com

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Sanford Burrows

How beautiful are these bedlinens?  I’d add these to my registry in a SECOND if I still had one.

[images from Sanford Burrows]

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Real wedding: Clover + Trae

Hey everyone!  I’m back from the west coast all nice and relaxed…it was MUCH needed!  I owe Audrey a huge thank you for taking over the blog last week!  I was definitely checking in on all the great stuff she was sharing, so thanks Audrey!!  Lets jump right in with this fabulous wedding from Jenny Ebert, shall we?

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When Jenny sent me this wedding, I truly fell in love with it.  Its just so fun and personal…I especially love the group shot…every wedding should try to get one of those if possible!  I’ll let the couple tell you the rest.

Though Trae and Clover had long ago rid themselves of careers in advertising, it was their roots on Madison Avenue in the late 90s that ultimately brought them together through mutual friends.  And perhaps a little irony.  Neither had ever planned on ad jobs.  Both had come to Manhattan in 1995 – Clover with a degrees in art and biology, Trae a life-long theater actor – and quickly got caught up in the economic boom of the end of the century in marketing.

By the time they met in 2005, Clover had reinvented herself as a biology teacher in the NYC school system while Trae busied himself working in regional theater and with his NYC ensemble.  A year later they bought a place together in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  A year later they were engaged in the Moroccan Sahara.  And the year after that, in 2008, they were married in the beautiful flower-filled gardens of Clover’s parent’s home in New Rochelle.

Their home was the perfect spot for a wedding.  Occupying the site of an old Huguenot homestead, her folks live in what used to be the stable on an acre lot.  Clover’s mother, Lake (a master gardener), has transformed the grounds to storybook beauty in a variety of different gardens.  And it is breathtaking in July.  Their vision for the wedding was down-home simplicity – an old-timey, Gatsby-esque garden party.   Tables draped in white linen and were topped with orchid & succulent filled bell jars created by Lake.  Small, individually potted succulents staked with the guests names served as seating cards and also take-home favors.  Horseshoes were thrown in the Zen garden while an old black and white polaroid booth was set up for the guests to photograph themselves for the guest book.  The theme was carried through with old wood type printed invitations created by a graphic artist friend of Clover’s.

Clover wore a beautiful Vera Wang dress with Faryl Robin shoes highlighted with flowers from the garden.  A fiddle player played  Appalachian gospel music as she walked down the aisle under a canopy of flowered branches held overhead by the members of the wedding party. Trae chose the classic summer simplicity of a Brooks Brothers Seersucker Suit with stripped bow tie, white saddle oxford shoes, and an Edwardian collared shirt from NY’s Lord Willies.   The guests, all asked to dress in white and supplied with white Chinatown parasols, danced under the light filled weeping willows while a 20’s style speakeasy band played old standards.

Food and drink were an exercise in eclecticism brilliantly executed by Good Food Good Things Catering of Darien, CT.  And they were challenged.  Clover’s favorite Brazilian Churrascaria meats were coupled with iced oysters on the lawn and Trae’s favorite Austrian white wines.  A simple red velvet wedding cake from Make My Cake in Harlem continued the old-timey garden party theme as did the antique ice cart filled with Mexican ice creams from La Flor de Michoacan in New Rochelle.

At once simple and theatrical, Clover and Trae’s wedding was an ode to each of their eclectically creative personalities.  A evening not to be forgotten.


[images by Jenny Ebert Photography]

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Parcel Post for Brooklyn Bride [no. 12]

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I had so much fun posting here all week! Thanks Vané for having me and to all of you for reading. As a farewell gesture I have a special treat for you! I am giving away 1 Russel and Hazel wedding binder equipt with everything you need to keep your wedding planning stylish and organized.

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The binder set includes:

1 signature binder with white spine • 12 section tabs with pocket • Planning notebook • Organized adhesive note set • Sheet protectors • 2 business card pages • 10 writing pages • 5 multi format pages

(I just grabbed this photo from the Russel and Hazel website and was so flattered to see that they clipped our Urbanic business card to the open page!! This totally makes this giveaway even more fun for me!)

To win, just click on Parcel Post and leave a comment on post No.190 with a wedding color combination you are considering. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Parcel Post July 24th so check back to see if you are the winner.

Thank you SOOOO much Audrey for taking over Brooklyn Bride this week!  Your posts were so inspiring, I loved every single one!

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Parcel Post for Brooklyn Bride [no. 11]

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post No.5 Maps

As many of you already know, a map enclosure is often a necessary part of your wedding invitation set. The best advice I give brides when we are at this point is “do not compromise”. There is nothing worse then being completely wow-ed by an amazing invitation and then having an ugly or technical map fall out. This breaks the flow of the whole look and feel you worked so hard to create. It is always great to order them with your invitation designer but if you are over budget, there are many ways to achieve this on your own. These days there are many online tools to assist you. Be careful to choose fonts and inks to compliment your invitations and be sure to get rid of all access information. The cleaner the better. If you feel intimidated by the process of D.I.Y, hit up a friend that is design savvy and ask them for the favor. You are after all, the bride! Your maps should tie in with the overall theme and appearance of your wedding invitation. Below are some of my favorite map designers…

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Megan from Mae Mae Paperie

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Kristine Lombardi

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Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Check back at 1pm for an extra special post from Audrey!

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