Save the Date: Jenny + Jeff

We’re getting married at Aspen Hall in Bend, OR.  The place is surrounded by a huge Aspen grove so we thought the perfect save-the-date should include a hint about our wedding location.  We carved the tree in that grove so it could conceivably be there for decades!  We’re planning to go back on the wedding day and take some bride/groom shots with the tree and our carving.

[image from Fig Studio]

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Save the Date: Randi + Nate

My fiance Nate is a musican and growing up as a child of the ’80s, I absolutely loved mix tapes. I thought this would be the perfect way to get everyone excited for our wedding (and to realize that we’re aiming for fun, not total formality.) My friend Skott Johnson of InkHabit design (www.ragejohnson.com) put these together for us based on my idea and he designed our invitations as well. He’s a talented graffiti artist, so I wanted him to use his own handwriting for the label and the back side of the cards. We also made minor changes to the actual front of the tape: We changed the red box at the bottom to say NYC/09 and decided to write “continuous signal” rather than the “Normal Bias…” it said. I attached the original photo of the tape to show you the changes we made.

We got these printed online at VistaPrint (www.vistaprint.com) for a steal! They were $47.78 total with shipping and tax for 250 postcards. People absolutely loved them and everyone says they’re still hanging on the refrigerator because they’re so cute.
[image from Randi]

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Save the Date: Roopa + Matt

What we love about our save the date postcard is that it’s not necessarily obvious to everyone what it is, but everyone we sent it to loved it regardless.  Matt and I met in Baltimore (I’m from NY, he’s from FL, and we met in grad school) so we wanted to somehow incorporate into our wedding the city where we met and spent two years together and with which we fell in love (and in which we fell in love!).  The characters on the front are stylized versions of two Baltimore food and drink icons, Mr. Boh (the face of National Bohemian beer) and the Utz Girl (the face of Utz chips).  The two were prominently featured in a billboard in Baltimore in which he was proposing to her, and it was so well-loved by everyone in Baltimore that it stayed up for nearly two years.  Matt and I decided we wanted to use that billboard as our save the date, and my dear friend Amy, who is a graphic designer, reinterpreted the billboard into what you see here; we got them printed through VistaPrint for next to nothing.  On the back, we included the two characters in their original forms from the billboard and also a link to our website, on which we explained to our friends and family who are not familiar with Baltimore – which is most of them – who those characters are and why we used them on our save the dates.   I love when save the dates are fun and unrelated to the actual wedding invitation, so I had to go that route with ours!

[image from Roopa]

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Save the Date: Anna + Thomas

Our wedding’s theme is kind of vintage apothecary since we are both in medicine/science and are getting married at the MB (a glorified antiques warehouse, really).  Our STDs consisted of a postcard with a magnet attached to the back.  The magnet was designed to look like a champagne/apothecary label by a good friend of ours.  We printed everything through Vistaprint (which may or may not have been a good thing).  I designed the labels myself and printed them up at Kinko’s on sticker paper I bought during my last trip to NYC (Paper Presentation).

[images from Anna]

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Real wedding: Brynna + Eric

Our wedding honored our faith and radiated the love of our families and friends, who so givingly devoted themselves to us throughout the process and the day itself.  My sisters were my maids of honor, and Eric’s twin brother was his best man.  One sister, a cosmetologist, got up at 5:30 to get ready so she could spend the whole morning doing my hair and makeup.  My brother was one of Eric’s groomsmen and Eric’s sister was one of my bridesmaids.  Both our dads gave amazing, tear-jerking speeches. My three adorable little cousins were the ring bearers and flower girl.  Our bridal party came from as far as San Antonio, Texas!  We felt so blessed to be surrounded by (almost) all the people who are important to us.

We were married in Portland, Oregon, at our church building, a large, transformed warehouse.  We worked with the feeling of the church’s décor, which mixes raw natural pieces with industrial-feeling elements, a combination we loved and that was perfect for our vision.  We are both artists, and wanted our wedding to be representative of us.  I was worried about filling such an enormous space – it seats 1,000 people and we had around 200 – but with the huge room dimmed and lighting left mostly to candles, the space became astonishingly intimate.  The dim lighting turned the focus to the stage and dramatic elements like long birch tree curtain panels hung from the very tall ceiling, candle-filled gutters along the sides of the aisle, and large arrangements of bare branches and bold, unusual looking flowers.  Our lone stage floral spray consisted mostly of tall black pussy willow and forsythia branches.  I was stunned to see how it all came together and filled the space so well.  Everything was basic and bold, making a dramatic, but not flashy, statement.

Because I was between undergraduate and graduate school, I was able to take on lots of DIY projects in preparation for the wedding.  I loved doing this, as it saved money and made everything more personal.  Eric and I designed all our paper products, including save the dates,  invitations, labels to put on bags of local coffee beans as favors, and 6-page square booklet programs that I sewed together with my machine.  I sewed the fabric flower in my hair using lace cut from the bottom of my wedding dress during alterations.  Instead of coffee beans for the kids, we assembled bags of jelly beans and included children’s names on the bags to avoid mix-ups and overindulgence. :]

Our standing reception felt like an art show, with people walking around conversing and drinking espresso from two catered carts.  We played instrumental, beat-driven songs by Eric’s favorite indie bands.  Yours Truly Caterers served an amazing bite-sized hors d’oeuvres spread, along with our special request, crepes with chocolate hazelnut butter and bananas.  YUM.  Our guest book consisted of two large pieces of canvas hung on a bare wall.  Guests wrote and drew on the canvas with multicolored paint pens.  There were lots of children in attendance, which we loved.  My mom, a former 2nd grade teacher, set up a craft table where kids could glue tissue paper blossoms to paper branches on card stock.  We showed a video in which my roommate and her fiancé interviewed Eric and I separately about each other; it was the first time either of us saw it, and it was a huge hit with everyone.  My two beautiful sisters both gave speeches and then surprised me by singing “Sisters,” from the old movie White Christmas.  I laughed and cried continually throughout the afternoon – it was perfect.

We completely treasure our antique rings (pictured).  They are one-of-a-kind, and we can rest knowing we didn’t bring new diamonds into the country.  Eric’s band has several different colors of gold inlaid in designs of roses and even a cherub, and it has initials and a wedding date from 1880 engraved inside.  My rings are from 1940 and 1960.

In addition to everything I’ve mentioned, one of my favorite memories of the day was catching my 4-year-old cousin, one of my ring bearers and probably the cutest little boy in the world, peeking into the room where the girls were doing hair and makeup (pictured).

Vendors:

Rings from Gilt Vintage and Artisan Jewelry, giltjewelry.com

Caterering by Yours Truly Caterers, yourstrulycaterers.com

Photography by Tyler Gould, tylergouldmedia.com

Dress by San Patrick, sanpatrick.com

Dress from Anna’s Bridal, annasbridal.com

Bride’s shoes by Jeffrey Campbell, jeffreycampbell.com (purchased at Nordstrom)

Tuxedos by Joseph Abboud, josephabboud.com

Tuxedos from A Formal Affair, http://www.aformalaffairtuxedo.com

Groom’s shoes by Aldo Shoes, aldoshoes.com

Coffee for favors by Stumptown Coffee Roasters, stumptowncoffee.com

Flowers designed by Lynda at City Flowers and Interiors, www.cityflowerspdx.com

Bride’s Hair and Makeup by Lauren Murray (email me for contact info)

Wedding held at Solid Rock church in Tigard, Oregon, ajesuschurch.org

[images from Tyler Gould]

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