Real wedding: Emily + James

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Emily and James (10 of 29)

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Emily and James (17 of 29)

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Emily won the Blurb contest a few months ago and sent me her recent wedding, which totally blew me away!

We both knew from the very beginning we wanted our wedding look to be simple and modern but with some vintage touches that would coincide with the venues we had chosen. We decided to go with a color palette of grey, chartreuse and moss green, we felt this would be fun and springy but also clean and modern. Our wedding was no doubt a family affair, the invitations, signs and seating cards were made by the bride’s sister (with pouch production help from mom), the wine bottle stopper favors and ring bowl were made by the bride’s dad, bridesmaid tote bags and hours of traveling and hand holding by the bride’s mom, the guest book was designed by the bride and groom using Blurb. It was very important to us to personalize our day and we were successful! Throughout the night we heard several guests say “this is so you two.”

The planning process centered around our ceremony site. Being huge Frank Lloyd Wright fans the we knew Unity Temple would be the perfect place to be married, the architectural details are stunning. Sadly, it has now been placed on the most endangered buildings list, we hope this amazing piece of history can survive. From there we found Pleasant Home just about a mile away which is a historic mansion designed by George Maher, what a great compliment to Unity Temple and also showcased our love of architecture.

It was also important to us to make sure our wedding was loads of fun. Badminton in the lawn, mashed potato martinis, board games for the kid’s table, using our iPod as our DJ to play our favorite songs and the Polaroid guest book with props definitely accomplished this. It was clear everyone had a great time.

One of our favorite details were the vintage flower pins we found for all the groomsmen and the custom ties. We searched eBay for various flower pins and sprayed painted them all white, we loved this look and we also loved that they were more eco-friendly and cost effective than traditional bouts since they can be used again. We searched high and low for store bought ties for the groomsmen with no luck. We were thrilled to find Etsy seller Me & Matilda who could create custom ties for us. Fabric was from Premiere Prints.

Non-traditional bridesmaid dresses were found at Ann Taylor Loft for a steal ($75 each) and custom green belts were made in moss green.


Catering – J&L Catering – the food was delicious, we got so many compliments and they accommodated us on all our special needs (vegan, gluten free).

Photography – Chennergy – the groom being a novice photographer himself,, felt photography was one of the most important elements to splurge on and we are so glad we did, Dan Chen and David Lai did an amazing job and captured the great moments and emotions of the day.

Flowers – Blumgarten – At first we were hoping to save on flowers  but the bride’s mom felt otherwise being an avid gardner most of her life. Mom does know best because the flowers were breathtaking.

Invitations, signage, etc. – The bride’s sister, Her background is in packaging design, web design, corporate identity and logo design but clearly she has the talent for invitation design as well.

Transportation – Windy City Trolley

Hair & Makeup – Morgan Blaul

Rings – Groom,  Yoon Jung Yun inner message ring Bride, Cottage Jewelry

[images by Chennergy]

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Promo from Edyta Szyszlo


Edyta is moving to San Fran, so reap the benefits all you Bay brides!

San Francisco Bay Area residents, enjoy 10% my Standard or Complete Wedding Photography packages if booked by October 31st 2009!!!  That’s a $500-$700 savings on your budget!  Your wedding must be in the surrounding Bay Area.  *Some product substitutions will be considered.*  Applies to remaining dates of 2009 and on.  Email for wedding photography information and pricing.  Check more details on her blog.

[image by Edyta Szyszlo]

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Lucky breaks


I was checking out my latest issue of Lucky Magazine and saw some amazing deals that you brides should be taking advantage of!  Jennifer Behr is offering 30% off the site with code “LUCKY” and is offering 40% off with code “lucky5”.  The offers are valid from July 2 through September 1 so get shopping already!

[UPDATE: sorry, my bad, the discount for is only on the featured hairpiece #57]

[image from Lucky Magazine]

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Real wedding: Diana + Adam








It might sound silly but after being together 10+ years it turned out that our wedding was really worth waiting for.  We were married on May 30th at East Hampton Point.  We worked with a talented and fun group of people across the board and all the parts came together beautifully.

Sesame Letterpress in Dumbo designed and printed our invitations.  In sapphire and silver gray, they were sophisticated yet whimsical — the exact mood we wanted to set for the wedding.  Robyn Wylde, who is also based in Brooklyn, was our fantastic calligrapher.

I wore Rosa Clara.  I fell in love with the dress on the designer’s web site, serendipitously found it on a sample sale rack at my first dress appointment and brought it to Pinpoint Bridal for the alterations.  Adam wore Ralph Lauren Black Label.  Matthew Green did an amazing job with my hair based on my extremely unclear request for a perfectly imperfect style.  I found the lovely hair flower — handmade from antique ribbon — at Tinsel Trading the weekend before we were married.  Jennifer Nam is a true, true artist with makeup and gave me a perfectly natural and luminous look.

East Hampton Point had such romantic ambiance, absolutely delicious food and the sunset over the water was incredible!  Amagansett Flowers by Beth made the gorgeous arrangements and the unique chuppah where Rabbi Zimmerman from the Jewish Center of the Hamptons married us.  Jazz vocalist Tereasa Vinson’s singing graced the cocktails, which we did first (that was a wonderful way to start the evening) and Bud Maltin Music rocked the reception.

And the amazing Janet and Lisa of JL Photografia have given us the ultimate gift of capturing everything so sublimely.

[images from JL Photografia]

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Help this reader!

Brooklyn Bride reader Cara is having a total crisis with her reception…anyone have any ideas?

I’m sort of in crisis mode and wondering if you and/or the Brooklyn Bride community can   help. I’m getting married on October 10 in Park Slope.  The ceremony is at St. Saviour Catholic church (8th Ave/6th Street) and the reception was going to be at a local restaurant.  The restaurant said they didn’t need a deposit until we had finalized the menu – but we had worked out several other details and drafted a contract.  So after our recent tasting I emailed the owner with our finalized menu choices and asked when we should drop off the deposit. He responded with a short email that said they had changed their events policy and will no longer close the restaurant for events and that if we’d like to use a portion of the restaurant for an event no larger than 65 people he could work with us.  Our guest list 130 (according the previous arrangement we made) – we’ve already sent Save-the-Dates, our families have booked hotel rooms in Park Slope, we’re in the process of printing invitations with the name of the restaurant on them, and we’re less than 4 months away.  Needless to say we’re sort of freaking out.  As a back-up we might be able to hold the reception in the parish hall at the church, but we’ll need to very quickly figure out decorations and catering.  I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions on where to turn for venues in Brooklyn that might still have availability on short notice and can handle 130 guests or caterers that won’t break the bank and are easy to work with (as I’ll probably be more frazzled than anticipated) … since I hadn’t intended on using a caterer, I didn’t do any research about local options.  Help!!

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