Ink & Button and Happy Weekend!

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I thought I’d leave you this weekend with these adorable pins and fascinators from Etsy seller Ink and Button.  They’d make such lovely gifts for your bridesmaids or flower girls.  Lisa does custom pieces too, so catch her before she gets too popular!

Coming up next week:

The announcement of our THIRD annual Holiday Card Swap!  Can you believe this is the 3rd year??  There’s going to be a fun twist involved, and I’ve got some super talented people helping me with my card this year, so get ready to start crafting!

Martha Stewart Weddings has their online Luxury Wedding Expo starting tomorrow, November 14, so if you haven’t signed up for it already, get to it!

Edyta Szyszlo has 4 sets of tickets to Indie Wed out in Chicago, so check her blog for details.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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[images from Ink and Button]

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Grey necklace

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How beyond gorgeous is this necklace? Pair it with a simple strapless dress, carry some yellow flowers, and its perfection…

[image from Banana Republic]

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Real wedding: Heather + Russ

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Cool can’t even begin to describe this wedding that photographer Jennifer MacFarlane sent over last week…all tradition was thrown out the door for a totally unique event!  I’ll let her tell you more…

The vendors were all friends and friends of the family. Russ is a photographer from Staten Island and Heather is a dancer from Queens. The ceremony and receptions took place at the NYC Fire Museum.

Another highlight, which you can see in the photos, is when Russ broke the glass and brought the whole chupah down on the officiant….which made for one of the funniest photos of my career!
The highlight of the night was Russ and Heathers 1st dance which started with a choreographed dance to “I had the time of my life” from Dirty Dancing, mid song the record scratched and to the reggae dancehall favorite “Lyrical Gangsta” then to Heavy D’s “Now that we’ve found love”.  Each second the dance moves getting saucier and sillier…which set a precedent for the rest of the night!

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Engagement and wedding rings were custom made by Little King Jewelry

Cake was by Jasmine Bojic, the pastry chef at Tavern on the Green

Our cake topper was custom designed by my cousin’s girlfriend, Crystal Hanehan

Heather’s ceremony dress, pink/gold, is by Phillip Lim and the reception dress, teal leopard, is Nanette Lepore.

Heather had a custom hairpiece by Etsy artist Myra Callan of Twigs&Honey

Catering and decorations including flowers were by Chez Vous. The proprietor and chef of Chez Vous is a close family friend, Ettore Mazzei.

And although she is currently based in London, our friend Siobhan Benson flew in to do our hair.

[images from Jennifer MacFarlane]

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Studio tour: Always a Bridesmaid

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Name: Xochitl Gonzalez

Location: Downtown Manhattan

Company: Always a Bridesmaid

What is your aesthetic? City Chic

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? It’s colorful, warm and a bit eclectic, which I think is definitely what we try and bring to our clients.

Favorite part of your studio? I love that we took the time to line our shelves with the toile print. It makes me happy on a daily basis.  More practically, I love that we have the space to meet with our clients, show sample vases and still have some of our team able to do some work.

Where do you go for inspiration? Fabric stores and linen shops really do a lot to get my juices flowing. But, a trip to the Met museum is a sure-fire way to come up with some ideas. There is just so much there.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? If they stopped manufacturing safety pins, we’d be out of business.   That, and a scanner!

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? The only thing we’d change is our location. We’re on a VERY busy street and it is a comedy routine when we are loading up gift bags or getting deliveries.

Anything else we should know? For some bizarre reason, despite having a decent amount of space, Mayra (my business partner) and I keep our desks about 1 foot apart. It’s strange.

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Are you in the wedding industry and have a cool studio space?  Send some pics over!

[images from Always a Bridesmaid]

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