BOND Alternative Wedding Magazine


While perusing Barnes and Noble this weekend, I fell upon BOND Alternative Wedding magazine over in the wedding section. Seeing the 3 different covers featuring gay and straight couples, I immediately bought an issue, ran home, and tore in. I think this is the magazine we’ve been waiting for people!! How great it is to finally see a magazine and website that embraces ALL couples! Issue Zero features an organic, green, and ecological theme. Its a limited edition run of 5000 copies so get yours quick.

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE WEDDINGS
Bond features fashion for women and men from the catwalks of Milan, Paris, London and New York, interpreted in a modern wedding setting. Gone are the restrictive norms of traditional dress and the expectations of “something borrowed, something blue.” Bond offers a new look at everything from food and wine to flowers and decor to personalize your wedding to fit your lifestyle.

THE 21ST CENTURY COUPLE
At Bond we are dedicated to redefining the aesthetics of weddings for the new millenium. We do not seek to change the essence of what a union between two consenting adults means, but to offer a different light on how those ceremonies can be for the modern urban couple.

WE ARE OUR DEMOGRAPHIC
Bond’s international list of collaborators are gay, straight, metrosexual, black, brown, white, yellow, 25-45+ year-old urban dwellers in the fashion, design and wedding industries. We know our reader because we are our reader. Bond does not offer aesthetic advice that we would not take ourselves.

[images from Bondmag.net]

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Real wedding: Amy + Scott





Amy contacted me last week with some really fun images from her wedding, and was kind enough to describe a lot of details as to what went on with the planning. I’ll let her do the talking! [tomorrow I'll focus on her invitation suite...its pretty extensive!]
I am a floral and interior stylist. I do mostly home and event styling and styling for photo shoots. I am also an artist and designed our entire wardrobe of wedding stationary. The wedding was held at the St. Regis Hotel in Midtown. The venue called for Old New York style – our personality as a couple was far less stodgy. As a result I wanted to convey in the invitations be a party full of joy and celebration.
What is better than a burst of color and the joy of a wedding celebration to bring up spirits in the darkest gray stretch of winter?
The Guests:
Our guests were from all over the world, my husband works for a London based firm and a majority came in from Detroit, Michigan and Knoxville, Tennessee. We had a destination wedding of sorts as almost all of our guests came in from different places. I started the wedding suite with an invitation to NYC with Lady Liberty on it.
Inspiration and Decoration:
Inspired by the first signs of spring my inspiration started with bright yellow flowers of the forsythia branch. Orange and all shades into red became accent colors. Hurricane containers lined the aisle and a floral arch of forsythia was at the alter. The tables were all named after places Scott and I had traveled to in the time we were dating. Our sweetheart table was named Antigua after where we got engaged. The glass containers had sliced oranges lemons kumquats and cran-apples floating in them.
Another cool thing we did was frame a photo of our parents, grandparents and siblings on their wedding day. We displayed them near the entrance of the cocktail party. We also took Polaroid photos of our guests as they came in to the party. We had them sign in on individual sheets with their well wishes. Now we have a beautiful fabric box full of their kind words (that looks great on the cocktail table) as a memento!
Vendors:
I wore Monique Lhuillier, and Red Jimmy Choo shoes. The Cake was Sylvia Weinstock, the band was Hank Lane Orchestra (heavily laden with Motown sounds for my Detroit guests!), video by Milk and Honey, photos by Brian Dorsey Studios, and Magician J.B. Benn for entertainment. Cory Davenport did the floral work for me – I could not face doing it myself… way too stressful!
I did the design on all the paper goods sent throughout the engagement and wedding … the accolades came rolling in on our suite of wedding stationary. I am working on a new part of my design business called papercupp. (homage to my maiden name of Cupp) I hope to help other brides set the tone for their wedding day celebration with bespoke stationary.

[images from Amy, by Brian Dorsey Studios]

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October 1: Post Pink


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and today, October 1st, bloggers all over will be posting pink. So many people have been touched by this disease, and this is just our little way of supporting the cause.

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Marth Stewart Show!




This is the only non-pink post for today, but I just had to share!

Last week was so great, but Friday was a complete thrill for me! Why you ask? Because Darcy Miller, whom I had met at the BFF Bridal Event, invited me to a taping of the Martha Stewart Show and I was more than happy to go! She was doing a great segment of wedding trends that are all in the new MS Weddings issue [which is great by the way, pick it up ASAP] and I got introduced to Reem Acra during the commercial break! Check out her blog for some behind the scenes photos and closeups of the bling the brides were wearing…..Darcy, thanks again for the invite!

[images from Brooklyn Bride]

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photo favorites: Nancy Liu Chin





Nancy Liu Chin from Nancy Liu Chin Designs.

I’m a sucker for Pink Peonies…what can I say. As a floral designer, I’m suppose to love and appreciate all flowers, but secretly, Peonies with their beautiful and large blooms have a soft spot in my heart. It’s rare to do a wedding with so many peonies so this one at Auberge du Soleil really stands out. The chuppah was very special as it was adorned with strandes of woven pink cymbidium orchids. The peonies were clusters of pink peonies. The centerpieces were large arrangements in shades of pinks. The bride was like a princess in her fluffy gown. It’s a dream to me.

[images from Nancy Liu Chin]

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