Real wedding: Amber + Joe

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Its not every day you see a wedding with practically no flowers used…but thats just the case with Amber + Joe’s wedding!  They had some pretty talented family and friends helping them out, but Amber can explain it better…

us: We met in our first class in the graduate program in anthropology at The New School for Social Research.  We were casually disinterested friends for two and a half years before we were in a study group together and realized we were in love.  We decided to get married because we love each other so much, and a wedding seemed like a really good way to celebrate that with the people in our lives.  We both love books (ok, we’re nerds), our friends, and don’t care for impersonal wedding traditions, so we decided from the start that we could make our wedding whatever we wanted it to be.  When things got stressful we would just say to each other, “At the end of this we get to get married!”  Most of all, we wanted everyone to have fun.

Our parents helped us so much, but as struggling anthropologists, we still had a very small budget to work with, so we and our friends constructed, created, wrote, and made every part of our wedding.  It was truly collaborative, and truly us.

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Thomas Marlow custom photobooths

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Thomas Marlow is a photographer out in Chicago who does these pretty awesome custom photo backdrops for weddings and events.  He works directly with artists to develop the bride and grooms ideas for the photobooth, and then works to make them a reality.  Guests get to take their own pictures and get as crazy as they want!

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[images from Thomas Marlow]

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Engagement shoot: Laureen + Colum

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Brides, take note, this is an AWESOME idea for your engagement shoot…forget the balloons and go for a full on photoshoot!  Seriously, why not??  I asked Robert last summer during the Pop-up Chapel if he would be interested in raffling off something, and this amazing shoot is what he came up with!  I love the idea of having a stylist involved…it really adds something to the photos, don’t you think?

Laureen and Colum were the winners of our engagement shoot during the Brooklyn Pop-Up Wedding Series, and instead of just taking traditional portraits I thought it would be fun to invite Natalie and Indira from éventus Planning to work together with me and style the shoot. It took place around the West Village/Meatpacking District, which is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city for portraits because the cobblestone streets make a great NYC backdrop, and the Highline and the Hudson River are gorgeous at sunset. You rarely see flowers in engagement photos so Indira designed a casual bouquet for Laureen while we walked through the Highline. By far the most fun part of the shoot was the lovely picnic that the girls from éventus set up for us on the Westside Piers. Laureen and Colum love the water and it was the perfect way to end the afternoon.

Styling & Flowers: éventus

Accessories and table top: Anthropologie

Photography: Robert Sukrachand

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[images from Robert Sukrachand Photography]

Robert Sukrachand is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Studio tour: Llubav Co.

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I’m a huge fan of Llubav’s ring pillows, so I was super happy when she agreed to show where she creates them!

Name: Llubav Choy Duerr
Location: Brooklyn – NY
Company: Llubav co

What is your aesthetic? Fresh and vibrant with a touch of vintage. I love giving new purpose to old materials and finding new places to showcase found objects.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I work from home while I take care of my almost 2 year old.  My magic corner really reflects my aesthetic in that is colorful, sweet and fun my workspace, like my life, can at times become extremely busy and complicated, but everything has its place, and over time everything serves its purpose.

Favorite part of your studio? My cute orange desk that my old boss Susan Hable passed on to me — She has great taste for antiques. I enjoy sitting there and letting my creativity flow.

Where do you go for inspiration? NY library, Nature, Bloom magazines, or an unexpected fun trip (especially up along the Hudson) can each be a source of great inspiration for me.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Needles.  Can’t have enough of those to sew all those shimmery beads and sequins.  I make my piece from scratch, so not having a needle would be devastating.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes, a real studio detached from my home — a backyard barn studio would be a dream!

Anything else we should know? Yes, I’m working on an exclusive made-to-order collection that will be available next year.  I hope to add textiles to my product line this year along with other goodies.
I’m 6 months pregnant with my second child so the creative juices are becoming more intense!

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[images from Llubav]

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