[images from Belathée Photography]
Annabel from Belathée Photography sent me this amazing wedding from down in Florida…Anna Melcon is an incredibly talented artist and put together a lot of wonderfully handmade and personal touches. Here’s what she had to say about the day! [ps...Anna found Annabel through Brooklyn Bride! Full circle baby! I love it!]
Nathan and I planned our wedding in 3 ½ months (why not?) and had nearly 200 guests. It was a hectic time but I had so much fun and wouldn’t have changed a thing. I’m a graphic designer and illustrator so I really enjoyed having the opportunity to make so much stuff for the wedding myself.
THEME: The first thing we decided was to have a traditional mariachi band play at the wedding and that ended up setting the theme and tone of the day. We had a mix of traditional Mexican elements with organic and folk styles (I had to fit in animals). Somehow it all fit together and it was both festive and unique to our styles and it lent itself well to the laid back, casual and fun atmosphere that we were going for.
INVITATIONS: I illustrated and designed the invitations. It was a fold out little poster with an illustration on one side and all of the wedding info on the other. I also created a website to complement it for the RSVP (which made it so easy) and other information for guests.
CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE: Both the ceremony and the reception were held outdoors at a beautiful little cottage set on a secluded 160 acres in Central Florida. The ceremony took place in front of the house in the brick courtyard and the reception immediately followed in back of the house overlooking the lake. The cottage, which was incredibly unique and built by hand, was the perfect size to hold the cake, guest book, and to serve food from.
PROGRAMS: Our wedding was outside in the middle of July in Florida so I decided to make the programs hand fans (it may have been cruel not to). On one side of the fan I illustrated the faces of the wedding party and our families and on the other I wrote out what was happening at the wedding. I printed out each side on my home printer and had a cutting and gluing party to attach them to popsicle sticks.
GOWN & ATTIRE: My dress was from J.Crew. I wanted something simple, understated yet unique, and comfortable. J.Crew was one of the first places I looked and I loved the dress I tried on immediately. My mom and I made the hairpiece I wore out of a re-worked silk flower and pieces of lace that we added beading to. The bridesmaids also wore dresses from J.Crew in a kelly green color and the guys wore shirts and vests from Urban Outfitters.
CENTERPIECES: The centerpieces were my favorite things to make. My idea was so make mini forests in the middle of each table using tissue paper, glass jars and branches. It ended up working out great and was so easy and cheap. I found the jars from uline.com (for only $3 a jar!), ordered the colored tissue paper, and hunted down branches from around the neighborhood. I made tissue paper flowers, affixed them to the branches and placed them in jars with paper grass at the bottom. I also painted a few animals and cut them out of paper and placed them at the bottom to finish the ‘scene.’
FLOWERS: The only fresh flowers I had were for the wedding party and myself and were mainly a mix of orchids, ferns, and dahlias. My bouquet used white orchids and mixed greens and it was based off of a photo I found. The bridesmaids had a bit more color with coral and yellow dahlias.
CAKE: I loved how the cake turned out so much. When I found out how much wedding cakes cost I was tempted to find an alternative but I’m really glad that I swallowed the shock and decided to go with one. The bakery I used, Bake Me a Cake, did a fantastic job. I brought them a few sketches of the ideas I had, gave them my wedding invitation, and photos of the centerpieces and this is what came out! It was perfect.
PINATAS: When we decided on the mariachi band and other Mexican touches I naturally had to incorporate piñatas. I knew that I wasn’t really into the idea of a formal cake cutting (and couldn’t bear to cut into such a pretty thing) so we decided to have a piñata hitting instead of the cake cutting. Nathan and I were blindfolded, spun around, and went at our respective piñatas as the mariachi band played and the guys who ran the place surprised us with mini fireworks. It was so much fun.
MUSIC: The mariachi band was all we needed. They were amazing and were the highlight of the wedding. They played for both the ceremony and the reception the 8 of them were dressed to perfection in their traditional attire.
FAVORS: We created a little fruit stand to give away fruit as our favors. I originally wanted to give away Florida oranges but since they were out of season we decided on the next best thing, Georgia peaches. We had a local vendor that drives them down from Georgia every week bring us extra crates the week of the wedding. Guests could pick their fruit and put them in brown paper ‘apple bags’ that I stamped with our names and wedding date.
[images from Belathée Photography]
Kelly at Weddings by Socialites let me know about their grand opening tonite of their new Planning Studio and Bridal Library! Congrats Kelly! Wish I could be there to celebrate with you!
Kathryn from Snippet and Ink is hosting a silent auction in honor of the Nielson family…she’s auctioning off a CUSTOM inspiration board! Head over there and start bidding…its for a wonderful cause. To read more about The Nielsons, click here.
Everyone came up with such great ideas for incorporating Moo into their weddings and lives! The winners of a set of free Moo mini cards or note cards are below, but don’t be fret if you’re not listed, anyone trying out Moo for the first time will get 20% off their 1st order! Just use the code brooklynmoo from now until November 13! Those of you who won, please drop me an email [brooklynbride [at] gmail [dot] com] and I’ll send you your free code. Congrats! And thanks to everyone who entered!
Im getting married in April 09 and would love to win the minicards! I think they would make the cutest key chains. I would add an eyelet to them and then a keychain loop. Im doing a DIY photo booth- key chains and crazy pics go perfect together!
I love the notecards! I’ve been looking for a card that would stand up. We want to use them as thank you’s for the valets to place in everyone’s car so people can see a thank you from us as soon as they leave the party. I love how they stand up, so they can be placed on the dashboard! Fantastic.
 Connie M.
would love to use these as LOVE NOTES for my honey…to tuck into his lunch, leave notes around the house.
I’m so happy to announce that my little endeavor, Bklynpillow, is finally official and has a space of its own, so hop on over to my new shop! You’ll notice that some don’t have ribbons…thats not a mistake…its for you to select your own color from my stock to match your wedding scheme. Let me know what you think!
And wow, I’m totally overwhelmed by the support of my blogging community! Thank you so much ladies for mentioning Bklynpillow in your own blogs! If you’ve mentioned BP, let me know so I can humbly list you below….
Snippet & Ink
Something Old, Something New
The Brides Cafe
Santa Barbara Wedding Chic
Blue Orchid Designs
The Bridal Wishlist
A Glimpse of the Girl Next Door
A Practical Wedding
We Met in a Bar
A Paper City
Weddings by Socialites
Wedding Gown Town
Earth Friendly Weddings
Elizabeth Anne Designs
Inside the D*LSH Studio
Weddings + Celebrations
Oh So RB
With This Ring I Thee Obsess
From I Will To I Do
Little White Book
Black White Bliss
What Junebug Loves
Paper and Stitch
HWTM Daily Blog
The Broke-Ass Bride
The Handcrafted Wedding
Simply Maritess B
PS I’ll be announcing the winners of the Moo contest at 1pm, so come on back!
[images by Brooklyn Bride]