Real wedding: Amanda + Max

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Guys, I’ve officially found my new favorite wedding!  Of course they’ve gone with my color palette of choice – green, black and white – and worked in neon, watercolor, and greenery.  Absolute perfection!

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FROM THE BRIDE:

We set out planning our wedding with one thought in mind, let’s have fun with this. From start to finish, we wanted the guests to have fun, we wanted our vendor partners to have fun, and above all, we wanted to have fun.

Max grew up in Chicago, and Chicago is where we call home together, so a rooftop overlooking the city on a bright August day seemed like the perfect spot to get hitched. Plus there’s not much better than a summer day in Chicago with family and friends.

Max and I planned the wedding ourselves and designed most of it – from monogram, invitations and website, to table cards, tablescape, and even our neon sign. We are both designers and loved collaborating on all aspects of it.

One of the first things we chatted about once we got engaged was who we wanted to cater our wedding. Food is one of the most important things in our relationship. We eat out pretty much every night, so having food that reflected us and our lifestyle was a must. We met with chef Jason of Lula Café early on and it was clear this was the perfect fit. He served the meal family style in servingware made by my parents. My parents are potters and were so generous in making over 90 serving pieces in the months preceding the wedding. Max and I worked with them to develop the styles and custom glaze patterns of every piece. And our guests got to enjoy an amazingly special meal with us.

Our ceremony and cocktail hour, with music accompaniment by a Jazz trio (playing pop songs) was held on the rooftop. The wedding party walked down the aisle to the trio’s rendition of Another One Bites the Dust. And I was accompanied by Wild Horses. After the ceremony and cocktail hour, guests were invited downstairs for dinner, dancing and toasts. The entire reception area faced an open private courtyard where guests could catch some fresh air and chat under bistro lights. The indoor/outdoor setup where guests could flow freely between the two was perfect for our summer evening.

When the wedding wrapped, which I have to say was far too soon, guests were shuttled back to the hotel in a double decker tour bus. As we rode on the top of the bus, with a summer breeze, through the skyline of our city, we couldn’t help but think, what a wonderfully fun night indeed.

Photography: Jonathan Ong
Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller
Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Hair & Makeup (Bride + Bridesmaids): Sine Qua Non
Catering & cake: Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Maje
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Halston
DJ: DJ Intel from Style Matters
Bride’s Bouquet: Fleur
Custom Pottery Servingware: Winegar Pottery (Bride’s parents)
Invitations + Design: Max Mearsheimer (groom) and Amanda Mearsheimer (bride)
Table Styling: the Bride and Groom (Amanda and Max)
Event Design + Neon Signage: the Bride and Groom (Amanda and Max)
Day-Of Coordination: Big Day Easy
Photobooth: Fotio

[images from Jonathan Ong]

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Real wedding: Sarah + Nick

brooklyn elopement

This couple traveled all the way from Australia to get married in Brooklyn…just proving my point once again its the best place to get hitched!

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[images from Stylish & Hip Weddings]

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Real wedding: Jayne + Steve

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Now that Spring is almost upon us, this wedding is making me SUPER excited for warmer weather, and 501 Union was the perfect place to hold it!

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[images from Jacquelyne Pierson]

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Real wedding: Amy + James

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From the bride:
James and I met at a mutual friend`s wedding in Osaka, Japan.  We both noticed each other but I was the first to approached him and we really hit it off.  We connected on so much from the beginning–our deep connection with Japan, our curiosity, our passion for a good challenge, and a priority of always having a good time. At the time, I had just moved from Oregon to start a new job in California and James was living in Korea, so after we had this amazing meeting we both had to go back to our respective lives.  James was very good about keeping in touch and a couple months later, he moved to California.  I had never done anything like this, and I thought at times, “Is this nuts?“  But we felt so sure about it.  We were (and still are!) so in love. A year after we met, James proposed to me on the bathroom floor (that’s a whole other story!), and it totally caught me by surprise and I was elated!  Soon after, we decided to move to Osaka together, where it all started, and also where we currently live.
Although we currently live in Japan, we were set on having our wedding in Oregon, where I grew up.  We have many loved ones there and Oregon is so beautiful, we couldn’t imagine having it anywhere else.  This made planning a bit interesting at times, but thanks to my awesome friends, it worked out beautifully.
Our wedding day was like a dream. A really amazing dream that we didn’t want to end! We kept it small and celebrated with our closest friends and family. Our ceremony was held outside at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island, and 20 minute drive outside the city.  The park used to be a private residence, along a dougfir grove, apple orchard, and farmhouse.  It feels very natural, personal, and earthy. James’ brother played the guitar while leading the wedding party, and grandma accompanied James down the aisle which moved James to tears. My dad walked me down the aisle, it was all so meaningful and emotional. The whole thing was so memorable especially because for only the duration of our vow exchange, it poured rain. A downpour! It was unexpected and we had to move into the trees and everyone was soaking wet. But it was so magical–to be standing in a grove of dougfirs with all of our loved ones and only the sound of rain and the smell of the forest surrounding us. We loved it!
We headed back downtown for our reception, that was held at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel. A very beautiful venue that has an industrial and vintage feel to it, and a clean palette perfect for making our vision come to life. James and I put a lot of personal touches into it–we had old family photos, we sewed and shibori-dyed the table runners (with big help from my dad!)–a special homage to my cultural background, we picked out the wine ourselves, and we also had our instant camera that we use a lot that doubled as our guestbook sign in.  We wanted to carry on the feeling of our outdoor ceremony to the indoors, so we had lots of greenery in addition to the beautiful flowers.  Our dinner was made with local and seasonal ingredients, we had delicious carrot cake, everything was amazing. We had so many loved ones give toasts that were so moving, we probably dried up our eyeballs of tears for about a year to come! I accidentally shoved the cake up James’ nose which confused him and made him choke–and while I was feeling a bit bad about that, he got me back good. James’ friend who is a DJ made us a mix that got us all dancing, even grandma. The entire evening was lots of laughing, goofiness and fun.  It was such a personal, heart-warming day.

Planner: Social Hour Events
Florals: Selva Floral Design
Venue: Ace Hotel / The Cleaners
Cake: Le Cookie Monkey
Rentals: Something Borrowed
MUA/HAir: Studio Luxe

[images from Hazelwood Photography]

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Real wedding: Skylar + Murty

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Getting Ready Location: Box House Hotel in Greenpoint
Photographer: Jacquelyne Pierson
Dress: ceremonyJ Crew  reception-Jenny Packham
Hair Accessories:  I re-worked my mom’s veil and hand-sewed it on a veil comb
Hair: Martha Ellen at Head Chop
Henna: Mehndi NYC
Flowers:  bride’s bouquet, corsages and boutineers  from Rose Red and Lavender
marigold garland (altar) and mango leaf garland from Fancy Florist
Green Garland (altar) from Everleaf Decorative Greens, LLC
centerpieces and other flowers– Flowers from Chelsea flower district and arranged by the bride’s mom and sister
Cake: friend of the bride and groom’s  Pies: Petee’s Pie Company
Catering:  Sips and Bites
RingsBride- Anna Sheffield
          Groom- Bario Neal
Groom’s Attire: J Crew
Stationery: Designed by Sara Gossett
DJ: Carl Hamm of Richmond, VA

[images from Jacquelyne Pierson]

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