Save the date: Mary + Chris

Mary sent me her lovely save the date and I just had to share…heres what she had to say…

I just wanted to share our Save the Date with you.  We loved it and have received a lot of positive feedback from our friends and family.  It was folded into thirds and the addresses were printed directed on the back.  It opens up to look like a concert poster, which was the look we were going for.  I wanted to send it in case you do a showcase again of all different STD’s.  I LOVED looking at all the different ideas and drew inspiration from what I found on your site.
Our long time graphic-designer friend, Jillian Coron, designed and printed them for us for FREE!  She also is the designer for an amazing line of tee-shirts that “promote
a message of love and unity rooted from the female experience”.  They make amazing and affordable bridesmaids gifts! http://shopdelicioustees.com/
This seems like as good a time as any to start collecting for another Save the Date week…I had so much fun the first time around, it will be great to see what new ones you guys come up with, so send them over!  The cooler, the better!  Later today I have a very special save the date…so check back at 1pm!
[image from Mary]
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Real wedding: Brynna + Eric

Our wedding honored our faith and radiated the love of our families and friends, who so givingly devoted themselves to us throughout the process and the day itself.  My sisters were my maids of honor, and Eric’s twin brother was his best man.  One sister, a cosmetologist, got up at 5:30 to get ready so she could spend the whole morning doing my hair and makeup.  My brother was one of Eric’s groomsmen and Eric’s sister was one of my bridesmaids.  Both our dads gave amazing, tear-jerking speeches. My three adorable little cousins were the ring bearers and flower girl.  Our bridal party came from as far as San Antonio, Texas!  We felt so blessed to be surrounded by (almost) all the people who are important to us.

We were married in Portland, Oregon, at our church building, a large, transformed warehouse.  We worked with the feeling of the church’s décor, which mixes raw natural pieces with industrial-feeling elements, a combination we loved and that was perfect for our vision.  We are both artists, and wanted our wedding to be representative of us.  I was worried about filling such an enormous space – it seats 1,000 people and we had around 200 – but with the huge room dimmed and lighting left mostly to candles, the space became astonishingly intimate.  The dim lighting turned the focus to the stage and dramatic elements like long birch tree curtain panels hung from the very tall ceiling, candle-filled gutters along the sides of the aisle, and large arrangements of bare branches and bold, unusual looking flowers.  Our lone stage floral spray consisted mostly of tall black pussy willow and forsythia branches.  I was stunned to see how it all came together and filled the space so well.  Everything was basic and bold, making a dramatic, but not flashy, statement.

Because I was between undergraduate and graduate school, I was able to take on lots of DIY projects in preparation for the wedding.  I loved doing this, as it saved money and made everything more personal.  Eric and I designed all our paper products, including save the dates,  invitations, labels to put on bags of local coffee beans as favors, and 6-page square booklet programs that I sewed together with my machine.  I sewed the fabric flower in my hair using lace cut from the bottom of my wedding dress during alterations.  Instead of coffee beans for the kids, we assembled bags of jelly beans and included children’s names on the bags to avoid mix-ups and overindulgence. :]

Our standing reception felt like an art show, with people walking around conversing and drinking espresso from two catered carts.  We played instrumental, beat-driven songs by Eric’s favorite indie bands.  Yours Truly Caterers served an amazing bite-sized hors d’oeuvres spread, along with our special request, crepes with chocolate hazelnut butter and bananas.  YUM.  Our guest book consisted of two large pieces of canvas hung on a bare wall.  Guests wrote and drew on the canvas with multicolored paint pens.  There were lots of children in attendance, which we loved.  My mom, a former 2nd grade teacher, set up a craft table where kids could glue tissue paper blossoms to paper branches on card stock.  We showed a video in which my roommate and her fiancé interviewed Eric and I separately about each other; it was the first time either of us saw it, and it was a huge hit with everyone.  My two beautiful sisters both gave speeches and then surprised me by singing “Sisters,” from the old movie White Christmas.  I laughed and cried continually throughout the afternoon – it was perfect.

We completely treasure our antique rings (pictured).  They are one-of-a-kind, and we can rest knowing we didn’t bring new diamonds into the country.  Eric’s band has several different colors of gold inlaid in designs of roses and even a cherub, and it has initials and a wedding date from 1880 engraved inside.  My rings are from 1940 and 1960.

In addition to everything I’ve mentioned, one of my favorite memories of the day was catching my 4-year-old cousin, one of my ring bearers and probably the cutest little boy in the world, peeking into the room where the girls were doing hair and makeup (pictured).

Vendors:

Rings from Gilt Vintage and Artisan Jewelry, giltjewelry.com

Caterering by Yours Truly Caterers, yourstrulycaterers.com

Photography by Tyler Gould, tylergouldmedia.com

Dress by San Patrick, sanpatrick.com

Dress from Anna’s Bridal, annasbridal.com

Bride’s shoes by Jeffrey Campbell, jeffreycampbell.com (purchased at Nordstrom)

Tuxedos by Joseph Abboud, josephabboud.com

Tuxedos from A Formal Affair, http://www.aformalaffairtuxedo.com

Groom’s shoes by Aldo Shoes, aldoshoes.com

Coffee for favors by Stumptown Coffee Roasters, stumptowncoffee.com

Flowers designed by Lynda at City Flowers and Interiors, www.cityflowerspdx.com

Bride’s Hair and Makeup by Lauren Murray (email me for contact info)

Wedding held at Solid Rock church in Tigard, Oregon, ajesuschurch.org

[images from Tyler Gould]

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i heart brooklyn vendors: nunu chocolates

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nunu chocolates is a Brooklyn vendor I’ve only recently discovered, but I’m lucky enough to have them right down the street for quick chocolate fix!  The salted caramels are my favorite, but there are lots of other options, and are perfection for wedding favors or OOT gifts.

[images from nunu chocolates]

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Wedding Podcast Network interview

In case you were at all interested, I did an interview over at the Wedding Podcast Network…its a lot about the planning process and how we selected vendors.  It was nice to reflect on the whole wedding now that we’ve made it past the year mark!

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Real wedding: Helen + Eric

The Ceremony:
We got married a few Saturdays ago on what was the most incredibly beautiful day of the year yet! Somehow we completely lucked out and it was 80 degrees, sunny and just gorgeous. Our ceremony was held on Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park way uptown by the Cloisters Museum. Being a public park, the masses were out enjoying the beautiful weather so we had a slightly larger audience than we expected. But it just made the whole thing more special. Eric designed my engagement ring and we both designed our wedding bands at Fitzgerald Jewelry (formerly Studio 174) in Williamsburg. Owner Michael Fitzgerald brought our ideas to life and was so great to work with, so helpful and just a sweet guy.

The Reception/Venue:
The reception was just down the path at the New Leaf Cafe. It started it off with cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and our signature drink, an Italian strawberry liquor and sparkling wine cocktail. Then it was time to eat! Dinner was just amazing, we chose the New Leaf not only for it’s amazing location but because having great food was really important to us. If you’re looking for a wedding venue or if you’re up in the neighborhood, I highly recommend checking them out, they use seasonal ingredients so the menu is always changing and is always fresh and delicious. The restaurant did an incredible job setting up and the service was fantastic. Tiffany Hogan is the Event Coordinator for the New Leaf and she was just amazing. Throughout the whole planning process, she was very helpful and responsive to all my random questions and was a pleasure to work with.

Cupcakes:
For dessert we had mini cupcakes from Kumquat Cupcakery. We happened upon them at the Brooklyn Flea last year and I made a mental note, must get them for the wedding! Keavy is the owner/baker and she’s awesome. Her cupcakes are just too cute, bite size and the perfect balance of cake to frosting ratio. The cake is moist and delicious, the frosting is perfect, not too sweet, not too buttery, just right. By far the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. She set up all 300 cupcakes and the presentation was amazing. She has great flavor combinations, some seasonal ones, but will also create custom flavors for you on request.

Flowers:
As for the rest of the details, we had originally wanted to diy as much as we could and we did do a lot ourselves but we realized about a month or so before the wedding that there was no way we’d be able to do the flowers ourselves. So we went to Sprout which we’ve been to many times just shopping for plants and home stuff. They had done a wedding for some friends of ours so we went to talk to them about doing ours. Tassy and Lea were great, we had a basic idea of what we wanted and they really worked with us to come up with something special. We made the birch bark wrapped vases and dropped them off at Sprout the week before. I had also been making paper confetti from flower shaped craft punchers and they took care of setting that up on the tables for us as well. I kept looking around and couldn’t believe how great it all looked! The flowers were gorgeous, the bouquet, the centerpieces, the boutonnieres and corsages, everything was perfect. They have an amazing aesthetic, are so easy to work with and the store is fantastic.

Photography:
And last but certainly not least, our photographer Kimberly Hurst. Kimberly is fantastic, an amazing photographer and so sweet too! We loved her portfolio, her sense of lighting and composition and then we met her and just felt really comfortable with her and that sealed the deal. We’re pretty photophobic but she made it as painless as possible for us and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  She was great with capturing the candid moments and the more set up shots as well. She and her assistant Candice went above and beyond and were so helpful throughout the whole day. They were with me every step of the way before the ceremony, helped to keep me calm and they even helped me track down the rings when I realized they weren’t with our officiant! She’s such a talent, and I’m so thankful I found her, and thankful to the wedding blogs where I found her!  I  can’t thank everyone enough, we were both beyond happy with the way everything turned out and it was the most incredible day…

dress:
Nicole Miller
http://www.nicolemiller.com

rings:
Fitzgerald Jewelry
174 N 11th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
http://www.fitzgeraldjewelry.com/

hair/makeup:
Aki at Commune Salon
191 Grand Street Brooklyn NY 718.384.7412
http://www.communesalon.com/

location:
New Leaf Cafe
One Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 212.568.5323
http://www.nyrp.org/newleaf/

flowers:
Sprout Home
44 Grand Street Brooklyn NY 718.388.4440
http://sprouthome.stores.yahoo.net/fldese.html

cupcakes:
Kumquat Cupcakery
info@kumquatcupcakery.com

photographer:
Kimberly Hurst
kim@kimberlyhurst.com
http://www.kimberlyhurst.com/

[images by Kimberly Hurst]

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