NELLE entries [1]

So many of you sent some amazing inspiration boards for the NELLE contest, so for today and tomorrow I thought I’d post some of my favorites.  On Wednesday, we’ll have the winner!

Kenya’s board:

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Bouquet: http://www.polkadotbride.com/wp/index.php/category/flowers/
Bridesmaid dress : http://www.jlmcouture.com/Lazaro/Bridesmaid/Additional/Style-3837
Shoes: http://www.projectwedding.com/photo/browse?photo_to_show=539079&tag=shoes&thumbs_page=8
Handbag/Clutch: http://shop.nellehandbags.com/product/garden-party-clutch
Perfume: http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=93140&CategoryID=30092 MY FAVORITE!!!
Bracelet: http://www.whiteaisle.com/filigree_bracelet.html
Centerpiece Flowers: http://www.projectwedding.com/photo/browse?photo_to_show=213121&tag=pink

Tyler’s board:

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Featured NELLE bag: Garden Party Clutch in Goldenrod
Bridesmaid Dress: JCrew (Silk-cotton Ellie Dress in Barely Peach)
Shoes: Amazon (Badgley Mischka Carlo Pump in Black)
Headband: Pegasusmaiden on Etsy (Mona in Black)
Dance Sign: OnceWed (Hannah + Kyle)
Centerpiece Element: A. Hana Design (featured on OnceWed)
Flowers: OnceWed (photograph by Braedon Weddings)
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MaeMae Paperie

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This latest addition to MaeMae’s 2010 wedding collection , Gilly, is a stunner…I like how the designer, Megan, comes up with a fictional story behind her designs.

“Gilly spotted Cian at an old fashioned candy shoppe where she was buying jelly peach rings before boarding a train home. She had the peach rings at the shoppe at the same everyday for five months before Cian finally took her on a date to an orchard where they were married the following year.”

[images from MaeMae Paperie]

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Real wedding: Sunray + Gene p.1

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Goodness, what a darling wedding this is!  Sunray’s mom did a lot of the adorable details, which makes it even more special!  Keep reading for details from the bride and groom, and check back at 1pm for more shots…

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In planning our wedding, what we looked forward to the most was seeing our families and friends. We knew that many of them will be coming from far away so we wanted to make this experience as fun and joyful for them as possible. Sure our wedding was about us but we wanted to make sure that they will have a good time as well.

Being from two different backgrounds, we decided to skip most of the traditional details from both sides and make the wedding our own. We designed and took care of most of the details ourselves to make sure that the wedding was a reflection of us and our personality – it also saved us a lot of money.

We couldn’t have asked be a more perfect day. The weather was nice, the food was delicious, music was great and everyone had fun.

Venue: Hakone Japanese Garden, Saratoga, CA – Hakone.com
We picked the Hakone Japanese Gardens because it felt intimate and private. While searching for a location, we came across many parks and gardens that felt too open. The Hakone garden was just the right size for us and it is closed to the public after 5pm. The venue was able to accommodate both the ceremony and reception which was a big plus since we didn’t want our guests to drive to a different location after the ceremony. We also liked that our guests can roam around the beautiful Japanese gardens while we do the formal photos with our families.

Photographer: Jesse Leake – JesseLeake.com
Sunray was a fan of Jesse’s work even before we were engaged so as soon as we were set on the date and location, we booked him. Jesse and his assistant, Emily, were fun and easy to work with. They seemed to be everywhere to capture the right moments without being intrusive.

Catering: Parsley Sage Rosemary Thyme – psrt.com
We opted for casual and fun hors d’oeuvres – mini burgers with sweet potato fries, mini tacos and mini pizzas. The dinner started with baby greens and strawberry salad then main dish options of beef filet with chimichuri sauce or steam snapper with Thai red curry sauce. The kids were served a fantastic macaroni and cheese with chicken nuggets, which were also popular with the adults. We still receive complements till this day on the great service and food.

Wedding Cake: Sprinkles Cupcakes – Sprinkles.com
Neither of us are big on cakes but we do love Sprinkles cupcakes so it was an obvious choice. We ordered extra for our guests to take home.

Bride’s Dress:
Nicole Miller

Bridesmaid’s Dress:
BCBG

Groomsmen’s Vest: JCrew

Shoes: A $5 find from Thailand with handmade decorations by Sunray’s mom

Groom’s Suit:
Zara + JCrew

Invitations: Hand bounded by Sunray’s mom (toy@designbytoy.com) with supplies from Paper Source – Paper-Source.com

Escort Cards: Handmade by us.
Both of us love to travel so we named the tables for our favorite spots and used some photo booth pictures as table signs. We bought inexpensive number stands from a restaurant supplies store and spray painted them to match our color scheme. We organized the handmade escort cards in vintage library card drawers. The cards were made to look like mini scrapbook pages unique for each table. As guests look for their names they get to see the different photos and memories of us throughout the years. It’s like looking through a box of old pictures.

Photo Booth:
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Gene proposed in a vintage photo booth in San Francisco so we use photo booth pictures wherever we can. We also had a photo booth at the wedding for our guests to take pictures as favors. We brought props to encourage the silliness. Sunray’s stepdad made thought bubble notepads for guests to write notes on and use in the photos as a prop. At the end of the night, we got a copy of every picture taken and an album full of scrapbook pages made for us by our guests.

Boutonnieres:
Handmade by Sunray’s mom – toy@designbytoy.com. Inspired by Martha Stewart’s Button Blossoms – http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/button-blossoms?autonomy_kw=button&rsc=header_14

Ring Pillow Box:
Handmade by Sunray’s mom – toy@designbytoy.com. Inspired by a DIY project at OnceWed.com

Rings: Custom made by Anna Andersson – AnnaAnderssonJewelry.com

Necklace: Handmade by Sunray’s mom – toy@designbytoy.com

Flowers and Centerpieces: Angela & Corinda Wong – Friends of ours

Hair and Make Up:
Jade Jutara – Sunray’s sister – jadejutara@gmail.com

DJ: DJJeremyProductions.com
We asked Jeremy to play cover songs done by Vitamin String Quartet during dinner and top 40 mixes when the dance floor opened. Everyone danced the night away and the dance floor was packed until the last song.

Mini Cards: Moo.com
We set up a Flickr account for our guests to share pictures taken at the wedding. The login information was given to guests on Mini Moo cards with our baby pictures printed on the back.

Cupcake Stands
We made the cupcake stands ourselves out of plates, teacups, and candle stick holders found at thrift shops held together with epoxy.

[images by Jesse Leake Photography]

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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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Parcel Post for Brooklyn Bride [no. 07]

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Hey everyone…I’m in Vegas this week livin it up poker style, so the fabulous Audrey from Parcel Post will be taking over with some fabulous inspirational posts!

Hello everyone at Brooklyn Bride! In case you haven’t read my guest posts here in the past, my name is Audrey and I have a blog called Parcel Post and a paper boutique in CA called Urbanic. At the shop, I work with many brides to help them find the perfect wedding invitations for their big day. One of the first things I go over with them in our initial meeting is identifying the look and feel of their wedding. Since your save the dates and wedding invitations are usually the first glimpse your guests have into the event, it’s important to get this figured out early on … and this is always the really fun part! I love helping couples conceptualize different looks and ideas based on their style and taste. Over the next couple days while our beloved Vané is out of town, I will share some fresh ideas with you and would love to hear yours as well. The inspiration is everywhere!

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• In this lineup, deep dusty pinks, bold swirly fonts, & touches of black for detail •

I have no idea where the adorable photo booth came from… but how cute is this bridesmaids dress?!! The makeup imprintables would make perfect invitations for a shower or bachelorette party. Flower options are many, but should definitely be a little dramatic and a tad sultry. I would love to see some antique golds mixed into this equation.

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bride’s maid dress by Ouma • letterpress RSVP set and hanging escort tags by Mika 78 • flower photo by Lori Hildebrandt • makeup imprintable by Snow and Graham • save the date postcard by Mae Mae Paperie

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