Real wedding: Brooke + Josh


A $4000 wedding in New York City IS possible people!!  And for 50 people no less!

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Brooke did her own flowers…how gorgeous is her bouquet?

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From the photographer:

Brooke and Josh originally met in 2009, but after a few dates, a relationship failed to materialize and they lost contact. Two years later, the couple met again and it was love-at-second-sight. They’ve been inseparable ever since, even after Josh took off for grad school in DC, then to Iowa for political work.

After Brooke finished her PhD at Columbia in spring 2014, she was offered a position at UCSD, and the couple decided to get hitched on the East Coast before making the move to California. Of course, with school recently finished and their move upcoming, these Brooklynites wanted to keep expenses to a minimum and put together a DIY wedding in NYC for under $4000! The critics said it couldn’t be done, but Brooke and Josh don’t listen to critics. They managed to pull off the wedding under budget, and even composed their own kickass ceremony from scratch.

On August 9th, they held a 50 person ceremony and reception in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at Troost, a hip little cafe with a beautiful backyard garden. Flowers and place settings were prepared by Brooke.

[images from Bryan Sargent]

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eBay guides & collections

ebay guides and collections

I think its safe to say that all of us have scoured eBay at some point in our lives looking for the perfect thing, whether it be for our wedding, a baby shower, a gift, or that obscure collectable you can’t find anywhere else.  I was just pleased as punch to be invited by eBay to create a bunch of collections and guides on their site, and even better is that I can write about whatever I want!  So in an effect to expand my topical horizons, I’ve got a few guides and collections up already on essentials I like to keep on hand for different aspects of my life.  Because hey, I’m not “all wedding” all the time!  I’ve started this week off with a few of my craftier hobbies, like sewing and crafting essentials, and guides that correspond with them for further detail.  Don’t worry, I’ll pop in a few wedding themed ones over the next few weeks, but it was definitely nice to take a break and find some things outside the wedding sphere.

Here they are if you want to check them out!  I’ll be adding to them as the weeks go by and I find more goodies to source.  If there are any topics you’d like to see me cover over there, feel free to let me know!

Guides: Sewing essentials | Crafting essentials
Collections: Sewing essentials | Crafting essentials

[In partnership with Ebay, but all comments are my own]

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8 Subtle Halloween Inspired Wedding Ideas


If you have an October wedding, why not include some of these rad subtle “halloween-ish” ideas for your big day? These could be awesome picture ops or simple decor that won’t take over the theme of your wedding– unless of course you’re inviting Tim Burton as a guest.

  1. Pumpkin Name Tag
  2. Jack-O-Latern Bride and Groom
  3. Metallic Geometric Pumpkin
  4. Pumpkin Family
  5. Skull Cake
  6. Metallic Geometric Pumpkin
  7. Pumpkin Setting 
  8. Subtle Pumpkin Centerpieces
  9. Pumpkin Walkway

by Brittany from The House that Lars Built

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