Real wedding: Stephanie + Trev p.1

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When I saw this wedding a few weeks ago on Jenny Jiminez’s site, I just thought it was so happy and fun, and HAD to show it here on Brooklyn Bride.  I think a wedding is 10 times better when it has a sense of humor…I”ll let Steph tell you all about the great details and day overall…

Trev and I met when we were 10 years old.  My grandma and I were going for a walk in the neighborhood, when I saw him playing on a slip n’ slide.  It was “like” at first sight.  Days later he asked me if I would pick blackberries with him, and I declined claiming that I just wanted to be friends.  We grew up together and were kid version of boyfriend and girlfriend many times (each time ending with an awkward instant messenger chat.)  We started dating again for the last time in high school and 6 years later… he asked me to  marry him!  A little over a year after that, we were married!

We decided that we would get married in a little Bavarian town called Leavenworth about 100 miles east of Seattle where we live.  When I was 3 my grandparents bought a little vacation house there and growing up I spent almost every weekend there.  My grandparents now live in Leavenworth full time and their home was the perfect location for our wedding.

Our wedding was the most amazing week long celebration that started and ended with a leisurely inner tube float down the local river with about 20 of our family and friends.  I have never felt more loved.

Planning a destination at home wedding is no easy task, which is why I hired Michelle Engvall to help me sort out all of the details and organize everything on the day of.  Michelle was fantastic and I can’t imagine her not being a part of our wedding.  Trev and I adore her.

Our photographer Jenny Jimenez was the first person I hired.  As soon as I came accross her blog I new she was “the one.”  Jenny is such a fun, genuine, energetic person and it shows in her photos.  She is unbelievable!

The caterers, Ravenous Catering, served up a pre-ceremony cocktail hour of bite size hour d’oevres and signature drinks (raspberry lemon aid, sprite, and vodka in a mason jar), after the long drive guests were happy to have food and drinks waiting for them.  After the ceremony they arranged a delicious assortment of heavy appetizers such as bacon wrapped dates, sesame prawn skewers, and BBQ Baby Back ribs.  We also had Ravenous Catering bake our wedding cake and cup cakes.  Trev and I are both lover’s of the box funfetti cake, and when we asked them to make a small cake for us and cup cakes for the rest of the guests they looked at us like we were a little crazy.  Some time during the reception the head caterer pulled me aside and told me that she had doubted me on the funfetti cakes, but couldn’t believe how delicious they were and how much our guests loved them.  Needless to say they were completely gone the next day.  Another big hit with the guests was our late night hot dog surprise!  Hot dogs are by far my favorite food, and there was no way I was gunna have a wedding without them. Ravenous cooked the beer soaked dogs in their traeger and mmm… they were perfect!

Salmon Dave, Leavenworth’s local classic rock cover band skipped their family reunion to do our wedding.  They were awesome guys that totally rocked.  In fact at the end of the night after they played their last song, all of our friends and family started chanting “Salmon Dave,” and they were convinced into giving us an encore!  They also did something very special for us, they performed a song with my Papa Jim.  He sang and they backed him up.  Papa Jim also sang me down the aisle with “Love me tender” originally by Elvis Presley.

The Tent was rented from Dynamic Tents, white chairs came from Nancy’s Party Rentals, linens from BBJ Linen, portable restrooms (which were a big hit came from Royal Restrooms, Beer from Cashmere Brewery, Hair and Make up for me and the gals by Liz White, vintage milk glasses, mason jars, cake stands, votives, ribbon that we hung in the trees, and shepherds hooks came from Bella Rugosa.

My dress was actually the shell of a strappy Dessy bridesmaids dress (la belle elaines) that I brought to a seamstress Trish Jens.  She completely reconstructed the dress into my vision… adding the halter strap, adjusting the neckline, adding a bow/wrap, and a petticoat.  I found the most amazing corset at Zovo Lingerie.  The corset peeked out of the neckline of my dress, so Trish found matching lace to peek out of the hemline!  Trish also made my birdcage veil.  My pink shoes were Stuart Weitzman.

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[images from Jenny Jimenez]

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

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Blossom & Branch





Who knew such loveliness was coming from the Brooklyn Navy Yards?  Check out the rest of Blossom & Branch‘s work on their newly revamped website…

And don’t forget, for those of you doing the card swap, cards need to be mailed by Tuesday, Dec. 15.  If you haven’t included a recipe with your card, you can email me with it and I’ll be putting together a pdf to send to all participants with the recipes!

[images from Blossom & Branch]

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Free download from Inspired Bride


Maddy from Inspired Bride just sent me the loveliest gift…in honor of her upcoming 1 year blogaversary, she’s sending out some custom postcard files to bloggers for the holidays.  Since this time of year is all about sharing, feel free to download the file and send it out to your own friends!  Thanks Maddy, and congrats on 1 year!

Brooklyn Bride download

[image from Inspired Bride]

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Engagement shoot: Dahnya + Fran


I thought these engagement pics were such a change from the usual “pretty” pictures…why NOT get a little colorful and messy with your soon-to-be-groom?  They really show the fun nature of this couple.

The paint pictures came completely out of the blue. Francis, was adamantly opposed to the idea of taking engagement pictures. One day, in an attempt to make the idea sound more appealing I proposed the paint fight (not really thinking he’d take me seriously) but he took the idea and ran with it. The more we talked about it, the more excited we got. From there it was a matter of finding a photographer willing to expose his camera to such chaos. The instant we met Clint, we knew he was the photographer for us; easygoing and creative.

The day of the session we headed over to pick up the paint (our wedding colors) and believed ourselves completely ready to go! It wasn’t until the last drop of paint had been flung that Francis & I realized we had not thought to bring a change of clothes for after the fight. The blankets we’d brought were completely futile in protecting the interior of our car so, we hopped onto the back of Clint’s truck and headed to a nearby car wash to hose each other off. Clint was such a trooper; I fear we may have left lasting hand and foot prints in his truck bed. Instead of berating us, he kept his camera going & spurred us on.
It was a day filled with browsing a bookstore, swinging in the park, dodging paint and being blasted with water- all accompanied by my future husband. And to think, I was lucky enough that such an amazing day was documented for us to look back upon for years to come! Thank you, Clint.







[images from Clint Shuttlesworth]

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Studio tour: Southern Weddings Magazine


Name: Lara Casey
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Company: Southern Weddings Magazine

What is your aesthetic? Clean, warm, and personal.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? We have a very open, warm, fun office dynamic, so the space reflects that feel.  Each person’s desk space conveys their personality.  We like everyone to feel like they can kick off their shoes and get comfortable.  The couch gets a lot of use and we tend to all move around a lot during the day.  Inevitably, one or two people end up working there.  It’s important to that everyone is ultra-comfortable because we’ve found that it increases productivity and long-term happiness.  Whether that means bringing in family photos, a favorite pillow, or posting inspirational quotes on our white board, there are no rules.

Favorite part of your studio?
Lara:  My personal bulletin boards.  They are a collection of things that make me happy and make me feel refreshed when works gets crazy.
Emily:  Our office manager, Abby Kitty Pants, and the bow on Katharine’s bulletin board.  It makes me happy.
Katharine:  the couch.
Whitney: my bulletin board.
Apparently, we love our bulletin boards.  They really reflect who we are and make us feel at home.

Where do you go for inspiration?

As a group, we tend to get inspiration from bouncing ideas off of each other during our morning huddles.  We are also inspired by the creativity of the brides we feature, art, music, nature (living in Chapel Hill, the leaves are gorgeous right now!), relationships, popular culture, and exploring museums and non-wedding magazines like Architectural Digest, Wired and Veranda.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without?
Our Mac’s and iPhones.  We’re all all-Mac office now and things are moving at lightning speed compared to our archaic PC days.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes, we need more space!  We’re taking on another full-time employee starting in January, and we’re out of room.  I’ve been dreaming of getting Emily and Katharine huge white table-top desks from Pottery Barn.  And Katharine wants a TV.  Don’t ask— she says she works better while watching Lifetime movies, so we’re gonna make that happen.


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[images from Nancy Ray Photography]

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