Urban Wed event recap no.1

So you’ve probably seen some pictures floating around from Urban Wed already, but I just HAD to give you the full story here with lots more!  We had a great 2 nights with tons of brides and industry members!

Urban Wed was the first time I had seen 57Grand bridesmaids dresses in person, and I was not disappointed!  They have so many colors and the fabric is such great quality…your bridesmaids would be happy to don one of these lovely dresses!

Cobblestone Catering took care of all the yummies being passed to our guests…delicious and good looking too!

Music was provided by NYC danceband specialist Elan Artists.  Lapis Luna performed Tuesday and The Hudson Project performed Wednesday…at the end of Wednesday we even had a makeshift dancefloor appear out of the blue!  Videography was provided by Open Eye Media and the talented Anna!

Lots of brides ended up sitting in the chair of Brooklyn local Face Time Beauty Concierge for makeup trials…thanks to POP Beauty for providing the makeup!

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Behind the scenes

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When I first started getting responses to the card swap, I had to think about what I could do this year that would be different and special from past years.  As the numbers rose well past 200, I had to think large scale since I send EVERYONE on the list a card!  I enlisted the help of the INSANELY talented Randi Brookman Harris [whose wedding and styling I have adored forever] and Jenny Ebert [a photographer I adore!] to help me set up a card shoot that could double as a gift.  Randi mixed in some stuff I owned with her own to create this gorgeous backdrop, and her dog Olive ended up getting into the holiday spirit as well!   I’ll leave you this holiday season with some outtakes from the shoot….thank you Randi and Jenny for helping me with this!  You’re both amazing amazing amazing!!

I’ll see you all back here in 2010…have a wonderful holiday filled with love and laughter!

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Olive getting some direction from Randi for her big moment.

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[images from Jenny Ebert Photography, top photo by me]

Jenny Ebert is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Real wedding: Clover + Trae

Hey everyone!  I’m back from the west coast all nice and relaxed…it was MUCH needed!  I owe Audrey a huge thank you for taking over the blog last week!  I was definitely checking in on all the great stuff she was sharing, so thanks Audrey!!  Lets jump right in with this fabulous wedding from Jenny Ebert, shall we?

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When Jenny sent me this wedding, I truly fell in love with it.  Its just so fun and personal…I especially love the group shot…every wedding should try to get one of those if possible!  I’ll let the couple tell you the rest.

Though Trae and Clover had long ago rid themselves of careers in advertising, it was their roots on Madison Avenue in the late 90s that ultimately brought them together through mutual friends.  And perhaps a little irony.  Neither had ever planned on ad jobs.  Both had come to Manhattan in 1995 – Clover with a degrees in art and biology, Trae a life-long theater actor – and quickly got caught up in the economic boom of the end of the century in marketing.

By the time they met in 2005, Clover had reinvented herself as a biology teacher in the NYC school system while Trae busied himself working in regional theater and with his NYC ensemble.  A year later they bought a place together in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  A year later they were engaged in the Moroccan Sahara.  And the year after that, in 2008, they were married in the beautiful flower-filled gardens of Clover’s parent’s home in New Rochelle.

Their home was the perfect spot for a wedding.  Occupying the site of an old Huguenot homestead, her folks live in what used to be the stable on an acre lot.  Clover’s mother, Lake (a master gardener), has transformed the grounds to storybook beauty in a variety of different gardens.  And it is breathtaking in July.  Their vision for the wedding was down-home simplicity – an old-timey, Gatsby-esque garden party.   Tables draped in white linen and were topped with orchid & succulent filled bell jars created by Lake.  Small, individually potted succulents staked with the guests names served as seating cards and also take-home favors.  Horseshoes were thrown in the Zen garden while an old black and white polaroid booth was set up for the guests to photograph themselves for the guest book.  The theme was carried through with old wood type printed invitations created by a graphic artist friend of Clover’s.

Clover wore a beautiful Vera Wang dress with Faryl Robin shoes highlighted with flowers from the garden.  A fiddle player played  Appalachian gospel music as she walked down the aisle under a canopy of flowered branches held overhead by the members of the wedding party. Trae chose the classic summer simplicity of a Brooks Brothers Seersucker Suit with stripped bow tie, white saddle oxford shoes, and an Edwardian collared shirt from NY’s Lord Willies.   The guests, all asked to dress in white and supplied with white Chinatown parasols, danced under the light filled weeping willows while a 20′s style speakeasy band played old standards.

Food and drink were an exercise in eclecticism brilliantly executed by Good Food Good Things Catering of Darien, CT.  And they were challenged.  Clover’s favorite Brazilian Churrascaria meats were coupled with iced oysters on the lawn and Trae’s favorite Austrian white wines.  A simple red velvet wedding cake from Make My Cake in Harlem continued the old-timey garden party theme as did the antique ice cart filled with Mexican ice creams from La Flor de Michoacan in New Rochelle.

At once simple and theatrical, Clover and Trae’s wedding was an ode to each of their eclectically creative personalities.  A evening not to be forgotten.


[images by Jenny Ebert Photography]

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Introducing The B-List

This past weekend, Anne of From I Will to I Do and I co-hosted a bridal blogger event here in Brooklyn…to explain a little bit, it was a small get together meant to really introduce ourselves in person to our favorite bloggers, talk about blogging and weddings, share tips and ideas that have helped our blogs, and provide overall support.  Afterwards, we held a vendor meet and greet, since many of us had written about these people but had never met them in person.  The event was a smashing success, and hopefully, the B-List can grow into an event we host all over the US, and maybe spark some offshoot events in lots of cities so we can get to know more people in the industry.  We’re so incredibly grateful for all the bloggers who traveled as far out as the west coast to attend, and of course, to our sponsors who made this all possible.  I’ll cover some stuff here, and the rest will be on the B List blog (pictures will be up shortly).

[The B-List logo was designed by Erica from Thoughtful Day, and group photo by Jenny Ebert]

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NY Mag Wedding recap

This year was my third round of the NY Magazine Wedding Event, and it could possibly be the best one yet!  More vendors, BETTER vendors, but space to walk around…all add up to a successful event.  Here are some of my favorites from last night….

Yummy truffles from Taste Caterers….I loved the way they presented them.

Lots of gorgeous gowns as you walked in…

Mel Barlow talking to a bride on the left, Crave Catering display on the right.  Veggies never looked so good!

Yummy mini milkshakes from Mary Giuliani Catering….

Karen Cunningham‘s completely coordinated table!  That church shot is one of my favorites.

Happiness abounds at Jenny Ebert‘s table, designed by Barb at Hatch Creative.  Those flowers were crazy cool.

Beautiful arrangement from the geniuses over at Takashimaya…so good to reconnect with my old middle school buddy Peter who is now their Creative Director!

[images by Brookyn Bride]

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