Engagement shoot: Laureen + Colum

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Brides, take note, this is an AWESOME idea for your engagement shoot…forget the balloons and go for a full on photoshoot!  Seriously, why not??  I asked Robert last summer during the Pop-up Chapel if he would be interested in raffling off something, and this amazing shoot is what he came up with!  I love the idea of having a stylist involved…it really adds something to the photos, don’t you think?

Laureen and Colum were the winners of our engagement shoot during the Brooklyn Pop-Up Wedding Series, and instead of just taking traditional portraits I thought it would be fun to invite Natalie and Indira from éventus Planning to work together with me and style the shoot. It took place around the West Village/Meatpacking District, which is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city for portraits because the cobblestone streets make a great NYC backdrop, and the Highline and the Hudson River are gorgeous at sunset. You rarely see flowers in engagement photos so Indira designed a casual bouquet for Laureen while we walked through the Highline. By far the most fun part of the shoot was the lovely picnic that the girls from éventus set up for us on the Westside Piers. Laureen and Colum love the water and it was the perfect way to end the afternoon.

Styling & Flowers: éventus

Accessories and table top: Anthropologie

Photography: Robert Sukrachand

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[images from Robert Sukrachand Photography]

Robert Sukrachand is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Studio tour: Llubav Co.

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I’m a huge fan of Llubav’s ring pillows, so I was super happy when she agreed to show where she creates them!

Name: Llubav Choy Duerr
Location: Brooklyn – NY
Company: Llubav co

What is your aesthetic? Fresh and vibrant with a touch of vintage. I love giving new purpose to old materials and finding new places to showcase found objects.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I work from home while I take care of my almost 2 year old.  My magic corner really reflects my aesthetic in that is colorful, sweet and fun my workspace, like my life, can at times become extremely busy and complicated, but everything has its place, and over time everything serves its purpose.

Favorite part of your studio? My cute orange desk that my old boss Susan Hable passed on to me — She has great taste for antiques. I enjoy sitting there and letting my creativity flow.

Where do you go for inspiration? NY library, Nature, Bloom magazines, or an unexpected fun trip (especially up along the Hudson) can each be a source of great inspiration for me.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Needles.  Can’t have enough of those to sew all those shimmery beads and sequins.  I make my piece from scratch, so not having a needle would be devastating.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes, a real studio detached from my home — a backyard barn studio would be a dream!

Anything else we should know? Yes, I’m working on an exclusive made-to-order collection that will be available next year.  I hope to add textiles to my product line this year along with other goodies.
I’m 6 months pregnant with my second child so the creative juices are becoming more intense!

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[images from Llubav]

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Best of the Best from Junebug Weddings

Junebug Weddings Best of the Best fashion report is out and totally fabulous!  Here are some great shots from the collection, but check out the rest over at Junebug…enjoy!


Amelia Lyon Photography


Angelica Glass Photography


Belathée Photography


Caroline Tran Photography


Dave Robbins Photography


Desi Baytan Photography


Garrett Nudd Photography


Jean-Pierre Uys


Laurel Mcconnell Photography


The Image Is Found

[images as credited]

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Behind the scenes


When I first started getting responses to the card swap, I had to think about what I could do this year that would be different and special from past years.  As the numbers rose well past 200, I had to think large scale since I send EVERYONE on the list a card!  I enlisted the help of the INSANELY talented Randi Brookman Harris [whose wedding and styling I have adored forever] and Jenny Ebert [a photographer I adore!] to help me set up a card shoot that could double as a gift.  Randi mixed in some stuff I owned with her own to create this gorgeous backdrop, and her dog Olive ended up getting into the holiday spirit as well!   I’ll leave you this holiday season with some outtakes from the shoot….thank you Randi and Jenny for helping me with this!  You’re both amazing amazing amazing!!

I’ll see you all back here in 2010…have a wonderful holiday filled with love and laughter!

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Olive getting some direction from Randi for her big moment.


[images from Jenny Ebert Photography, top photo by me]

Jenny Ebert is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Card swap goodies

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You guys really impressed me this year with your fabulous cards! Lots of great ideas for DIY projects that can be translated into wedding project…and these are only SOME of the cards I received!  My mailbox was packed for days!!  Stay tuned and I’ll be showing some behind the scenes behind MY holiday card!

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brooklyn bride card swap 2009

brooklyn bride card swap 2009

brooklyn bride card swap 2009

brooklyn bride card swap 2009

[images from my hubby Chad]

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