Blurb contest!

I’m so excited to be doing a contest for you guys with! I was recently approached by them to try out their services to see how I liked it, and I gotta say, its pretty damn good! I ended up making a wedding album AND an album of my favorites images from the blog. For the wedding album I used their new wraparound hardcovers….its great because you don’t have to deal with loose covers that inevitably get wrinkled or ripped….and for the blog book, I tried out the soft cover, which is equally as great. The layouts were easy to use and to mix and match, and all looked very professional. You can also put your books up for sale if family members want to get their own copy!

So here’s the contest….because you can create amazingly cool photo albums with their program, email me [brooklynbride (at)] a photo that you would use for your own album cover and what you’d use the book for, and 4 winners will receive $54.95 worth of credits towards a book of your choice! Winners will be announced on Monday! Good luck!

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

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This cakestand by Lisbeth Dahl would be PERFECT for showcasing your wedding cupcakes….

[image from Elle Decoration UK]

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Junebug photo ideas

Christy from What Junebug Loves did a post on creative photobooths at weddings and was nice enough to include ours! Take a look!

[images by Belathée Photography, arranged by Christy]

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Real wedding: Erin + Lauren

Photographer Daniel Krieger sent me these photos of Erin and Lauren’s commitment ceremony, and I just loved them…there’s such a light and happiness captured in their faces…all weddings should be so lovely. Erin wrote a little bit about the day….

Lauren and I are a lesbian couple who live and love in Brooklyn. We talked about having a commitment ceremony/party/wedding for several years, but we could never figure out what to call it, how to plan it or what to wear. But we knew one thing – we wanted our event to take place in Brooklyn. Beyond that our priorities were good food, great friends, and an open bar; flowers and formality were of little importance.

Our planning came together in an event for 100 guests at iCi restaurant in Brooklyn. We had an intimate ceremony for 40 friends and immediate family under a durable tent and an intense rain storm. Lauren’s good friend emceed, our Mothers read poems, our Fathers handed us our rings, each of our best friends shared kind words, and we exchanged a shared vow as well as our own set of dedicated words. After the ceremony, guests signed a Quaker-style wedding contract promising to help us uphold our vows. Although we were surrounded by a heavy downpour, thunder and lightning, it was beautifully intimate and just what we wanted.

After the ceremony we hosted an additional 60 guests for a celebration with passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. We had so much fun! In all of our planning, we tried to balance things we loved about traditional weddings with things that were unique to us. We think Daniel did a beautiful job capturing the celebration–from the intimate moments to the raucous good times.

[images from Daniel Krieger]

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