Mark Joseph Cakes

This Saturday I spent a crazy amount of time eating cake. Why you ask? Because I was invited to the DUMBO loft of husband and wife team Mark Joseph Cakes for a tasting! The tasting for my own wedding cake left a little to be desired, so I was excited to see how it was really done, and Mark and Leslie did not disappoint. Their cakes are amazingly moist, the fillings are absolutely delicious, and the designs are as custom as you want them to be. Everything is made from scratch by Mark himself, so you’re getting exceptional quality for a great price. I got to mix and match many of their flavors, like pound cake with strawberry mousseline and chocolate ganache, or the southern red velvet cake with cream cheese and citrus buttercream [my favorite!!] You’ll be seeing plenty of their designs in bridal magazines over the next few months, so keep an eye out for them!

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

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i heart brooklyn designers: Goose Grease

Its been a while since I’ve done one of these, but sure you’ll agree it was worth the wait. Michelle is the designer of Goose Grease, and creates these ADORABLE wooden figures that would be perfect as a cake topper, especially since she can customize them to look like you! All are priced so reasonably, I’m totally ordering a bunch for myself. [via Julie + Todd]

[images from Goose Grease]

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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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Real wedding: Bahareh + Jelsen part 2

Bahareh sent me some more pictures of her amazing wedding for all you guys to check out, along with her vendor info in case anyone was interested. Seeing these pictures makes me so jealous…I wish I could have been there! thanks Bahareh! You can see more at Bahareh’s blog….

Fleurs NYC :
Indira :
Stephanie Land :
New Leaf Cafe :
Special gift for Jelsen: performance by the James Gang! :
Letter press and metallic press by :
Envelopes handmade and letter pressed by : a.favorite,
DJ :

[photos by Stephanie Land and Katharina Skavoll]

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Moontree Letterpress

Moontree Letterpress has been coming out with some very cool Brooklyn themed cards and notebooks [you'll remember I bought a few at the Brooklyn Flea a few weeks ago]. Her wedding invitations are equally beautiful and understated….

[images from Moontree Letterpress]

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