Killer engagement ring

Yeah,  you read that right…

Designed by Tobias Wong, who passed away far before his time a few weeks ago, this ring is pure genius in my mind.  Forget the brass knuckles, this is far more stylish.

[image from Yanko Design]

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Real wedding: Emily + Adam

We chose Bedell Cellars in the North Fork because we wanted a venue that reflected our love for the outdoors and wine, of course. Adam’s parents have been vacationing in the North Fork for years and we thought that it would be fun to introduce our friends and family to the wine country of Long Island at what we called a “mini-destination wedding” with a weekend of events in Greenport and Cutchogue. The house we rented in Greenport was a gorgeous restored boathouse from the 1800s with huge doors at either end of the house and was a great gathering spot for the wedding party all weekend.

Fortunately, Mother Nature cooperated on the day of the wedding and it couldn’t be any more glorious! The day was perfect in every way… good food, wine, friends and The Stingers had the entire party dancing from the minute they started. I absolutely loved the “Audiobooth” — I’ve watched it over and over again! We also set up a pie bar for dessert with five of our favorite fresh fruit pies from Briermere Farms in Riverhead, which was a big hit.

A piece of advice for brides-to-be is that the bridesmaids, my mom and I were so glad we had Merrell, the make-up artist, on hand for touch-ups throughout the night. She was fabulous and I felt like a million bucks. All of our vendors were incredible. Brooklyn Bride was a great resource and inspiration during the planning.

Vendors:

Dress – Lela Rose
Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Necklace – Badgley Mischka
Make-Up – Merrell Smith from Space NK

Groom’s Suit – Michael Andrews Bespoke

Bridemaid Dresses – J. Crew

Flowers – Denise Fasanello
Catering – Brent Newsom Catering

Cake & Pie Bar – Butta’ Cakes, Greenport; Briemere Farms, Riverhead
Cake Topper – Fancie Fannie’s (the topper includes our dog and cat!)

Music – The Stingers Band

Calligraphy – Goodhue Designs

Invitations, programs, table numbers, menus – I designed them, but the “Emily & Adam” logo was by Emilie Friday calligraphy and letterpress (for invites) was by Ajalon Printing.

Venue – Bedell Cellars
Photographer – Tory Williams

[images from Tory Williams Photography]

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Studio tour: Inspired Goodness

Name: Kimberly Canale
Location: Brooklyn, New York (Park Slope)
Company: Inspired Goodness

What is your aesthetic?

I favor mixing vintage elements with modern materials and techniques for a chic and timeless look. Like calligraphy on bright colored envelopes or using a scraps of vintage ribbon to wrap a party favor, it’s about taking things that are beautifully made and finding new and interesting ways to use them – a modern interpretation of time-honored materials.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Since my studio is located in my home, much of the look of it comes from what I’m personally drawn to. We have vignettes of vintage treasures – industrial influences and family heirlooms are mixed with flea market finds. Inspired Goodness tends to have those same sensibilities but with a feminine twist; think subdued colors and delicate accents like flowers, ephemera and vintage jewelry.

Favorite part of your studio? My favorite area of my studio is the large window to the left of my desk. Seated, I can view the back garden of the apartments below and brick walls covered in decades of ivy. Birds and squirrels are constantly stopping on the fire escape to say hello. It reminds me what I love most – being outdoors in the city.

Where do you go for inspiration? After living in New York for almost 15 years, I’ve amassed a list of shops that not only inspire me but have become essential resources for fueling my creativity. Anthropologie is my go-to source for cute clothes and home accents. ABC Carpet + Home has amazing gifts and is full of hidden gems around every corner. For materials and supplies, you can usually find me at MJ TrimTinsel Trading or Paper Presentation. And Etsy is my weakness for anything vintage.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My computer is my essential tool – along with my calculator, a sharp xacto knife and self-healing cutting mat, I could pretty much work from anywhere. I could not function without mountains of blank paper and black Pentel EnerGel Pens.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I enjoy having clients over to my space – but sometimes I dream about having a small storefront so that I could interact more with the local neighborhood. I’d love the opportunity to create beautiful window displays for the people walking by. On the inside, the focus would be on providing an inviting environment to meet and entertain clients.

Anything else we should know? My first love is graphic design and along with the event design services, we also offer clients a full range of custom paper goods. From save the dates to invitations and day-of details, the stationery gives us a unique outlet to bring the story of each client to life in a more focused and creative medium.

[images from Jen Huang Photography]

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