New editor at MS Weddings

MS Weddings just announced that Vanessa Holden will be taking over as the new editor in chief and VP… Darcy Miller will be staying on as Editorial Director. Whoa! Vanessa has some great experience, responsible for the gorgeousness that is Real Simple AND Donna Hay Magazine, so I’m confident she’ll bring a great eye to MS Weddings. Can’t wait to see the new issue, thats for sure!

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Brides New York feature – finally revealed!




I’ve been waiting for so long to share this all with you, but had to wait til the magazine was almost out (August 19)…..a few month ago, we did a photoshoot at our apartment for Brides New York Magazine for their “Find Our Wedding Style” feature. It’s where they take an engaged couples apartment and use it as the inspiration for their wedding. We had so much fun during the shoot, and I think they came up with some great ideas…I especially love that they worked in a lot of handmade touches, and gee whiz, my favorite color green!

Are you interested in being the NEXT couple for this feature? Leigh’s looking, so here’s all the info you need:

Brides Local Magazines is looking for an engaged couple in the New York/New Jersey area to appear in the magazine’s Spring/Summer issue as the featured couple in our “Find My Wedding Style” story. In a nutshell, here’s how it works:

We photograph an engaged couple’s apartment and based on style elements from their home (pictures, furniture, clothes, etc.) create ideas for their wedding. The couple is not required to use any of our ideas, and it’s okay if they already have elements of their wedding in place. The purpose of the story is to show our readers how items from their day to day life can inspire great ideas, and how their interior design aesthetic can be translated into wedding details. No fancy digs needed—what I’m looking for is a distinct style we’ll have fun working with. All that’s required from the couple is an afternoon for our team to come over and take photos.

Interested couples should email the following to me at leigh_crandall@condenast.com:
-names
-wedding date
-wedding location
-any thoughts they already have about the formality or vibe of their wedding
-a brief description of their personal styles
-five to seven photos of their home (a few wide shots and close ups of any details they feel are particularly “them”) and one picture of themselves so we can get a sense of who they are and what their living space is like.

[images from Brides New York]

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Blurb discount for readers

I gotta hand it to Blurb, they’re really making my job a whole lot easier….since there were so many amazing entries I asked if we could give EVERYONE a discount on making a book, and they agreed! From now until September 2, 2008, type in brookbrides at checkout for a 10% discount on any book you make! Thanks Blurb, and thanks to everyone who entered!

If you end up making one, definitely send me photos of the final result….I’ll post a few on the blog!

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Brooklyn Bride elsewhere…

Check out the blog for Paper+Cup where Minhee interviewed me for a new series shes starting about people doing what they love and what its takes to accomplish it! Thanks Minhee!

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Blurb winners

I’ve been so amazed at what cool images you guys have sent me for the Blurb contest! I feel like I’ve gotten a sneak peak into your lives! Here are the winners, in no particular order. I’ll be emailing your discount codes this evening so you can start working on your books [i hope you’ll send me pics of the final result]….congrats!


[1] Nicole Young

Vane,
I was so excited when I read your post this morning about this contest. I plan to use Blurb to do a couple of books for my wedding as gifts to various people.
The main book I am trying to create is one for my mother and uncle (who is walking me down the aisle). I am the family genealogist and I have spent the past two years (on and off again) researching my family history. I have traveled across the country to various relatives collecting family photos and stories. And my gift to my mother and uncle would be a book highlighting all of the research, photos, and stories I have collected. The cover I would choose is a montage of photos of various relatives. This is so important to all of our family especially since my grandparents, the two most special people to all of us, will not be able to attend. My grandfather passed from cancer 17 years ago and my grandmother though still alive will not be able to attend my wedding since she is in a nursing home and is not able to walk or sit up in a wheelchair. They were our main link to the past and I want to make sure our story is captured and documented.
By doing this I feel like it ties us together and is a great way for us to have a memorial to all of our ancestors .

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[2] Jeff + Ashley Rose

Hi BB
I wish i could enter in 2 pictures, but i think i narrowed it down
to one! We had a “photo booth” at our wedding, which wasn’t the typical kind. We had some awesome photographers set up an area at our reception with a backdrop and props and * poof * instant fun!
I def. want to make a Blurb book of just our photo booth pictures. :) they captured sooo much fun on our day!
This one attached would be our cover.  Photo by Gabriel Ryan Photographers

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[3] Elaine Chan

Hi Vane,
We recently took an engagement session in NYC and this specific picture was taken in Greenwich. This picture reflects our personality the most and we’ll put this as our cover, the engagement pictures photobook will be displayed at the reception of the wedding, coming up in December.
Thanks!
Elaine
Photo by Irene Chui

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[4] Emily Moran

Hey Vane,
I have wanted to make a Blurb book for so long! Here is the image we would use for the cover our Polaroid guest book, inspired by none other than – your blog!
Thanks!
Emily

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