Real wedding: Kelly + Seth

I hope you’re catching the theme today…monochromatic bridesmaids bouquets in a rainbow of colors, killer details, and seriously cool couples!

I’m loving the turquoise walls with the black and white floors…such a chic combo!

Kelly had her heart set on Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ, from day one. That’s where our wedding HAD to be, and it really did provided the perfect backdrop for our special day. Our goals were fairly modest: simple, chic, elegant, totally us. The idea was to have the venue speak for itself. Choose a location, pray for great whether, and the details will fall in place. And, as luck would have it, they did.

About a year prior to our wedding Kelly and I hosted a Memorial Day weekend get together at her parent’s summer home down in Sea Isle. It was during this truly amazing weekend of friends and fun that the seed was planted. “Let’s get married down here at the Jersey shore,” Kelly said. “Sure,” I thought. “Why not?” We had looked at other venues in Avalon as well as a few in Bucks County, PA (me being a country boy, I always imagined a country wedding in the woods.) No other place could out-impress the splendor and elegance of Congress Hall, not to mention the surroundings of a quaint Victorian town like Cape May. Kelly would describe it as being vintage with a modern edge – that mix of high/low she tends to gravitate towards at J. Crew. The lace skirt with the chambray shirt. Uncompromisingly chic with a down-to-earth coziness, Cape May seemed the perfect weekend destination for our families and friends. Travelers from New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Virginia, North Carolina, Eastern PA and beyond would all agree – it was worth it.

After having agreed on the location of our wedding, Kelly and I put ourselves to the task of finding the right photographer to document our big day. That’s where Diana of Di Bezi photography comes in. Kelly did an amazing amount of preparation researching a wedding photographer. She really wanted our wedding to be photographed by someone who had an eye for fashion and style. Kelly had found Diana through Brooklyn Bride and was immediately impressed with her work. Kelly presented Diana with a binder of fashion photography to show her the kind of shots she was looking for. Diana, having come from a background in the NY fashion world, was exactly the photographer we wanted. We were both thoroughly impressed with her work and, most importantly, her ‘eye’ and sense of style behind the camera’s lens: unpretentious, cool, fun, and classic.

Next it was on to one of Kelly’s passions – flowers. She had gone to the farmers market at Union Square a year prior to our wedding, and took photos of all the flowers that would be in season at the time of our wedding. It was here that she fell in love with the season’s floral bounty: Zinnias, Dahlias, Teddy Bear Sunflowers, Hydrangeas, Hanging Amaranthus – just to name a few. Using this inspiration, Kelly started a journal of photos, tear sheets, and color schemes all of which went into designing the look of a high summer, beach wedding.

Now it was on to the details. As Kelly and I began planning our wedding, we both felt that there should be a central theme; a design aesthetic that reflected who we are as individuals and as one union. Kelly’s love of fashion carries over into her professional life as a designer for J. Crew. My love of music is expressed through my guitar playing in my band, Les Savy Fav. So, in the earliest stage of planning we knew two things – our wedding was going to have to look good and sound good. We decided to plan and art direct our wedding ourselves. Our decision was to keep it simple, and not spend too much time on unnecessary fluff. We designed every aspects of our wedding – from the save-the-dates & invites (printed at Moontree Letterpress in Brooklyn – to our custom made pins (with a pair of fabric scissors and an electric guitar) and tote bags for our wedding party, full of dandy  accessories for the grooms men, and Kelly’s favorite personal items for the bride maids. We even set up a website with some help from our tech-savvy friends. All of these little details began to flesh out the bigger picture that would be our wedding day.

The Wedding went off without a hitch, and our bridal party rocked it. We’re so happy with how our wedding came out. We even sang a John Lennon song at the ceremony, a last minute addition that I thought up seeing is how most of my grooms men are in Les Savy Fav! Natural performers! Kelly danced the night away along with most of our guests thanks to our spectacular DJ. It was easily the best night of our lives. We planned every detail and I think it really showed. It wasn’t just anyone’s wedding – it was our wedding.

Photography: Di Bezi
Flowers: Blooms, Cape May
DJ: Neil O’Brien
Custom Printed Tote Bags: Pete’s Print Shop, Brooklyn
Custom Pins: PBMS, Hong Kong
Location: Congress Hall, Cape May NJ
Graphic Design: Seth Jabour
Letterpress: Moontree Letterpress, Brooklyn
Bride, MOB, & Bridesmaids Hair: Silvia Cincotta, New York
Bride, MOB, & MOH MakeUp: Eduardo Martinez, New York
Bridesmaids Makeup: Meredith Harper, Cape May, & Los Angeles
Brides Dress: Vera Wang
Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang
Bridemaids Jewelry: J. Crew
Grooms Suit: Isaiah
Groomsmen Suits and Accessories: J. Crew
Brides Shoes: Miu Miu
Brides Bracelet Cuff: Miriam Haskell

[images from DiBezi Photography]
DiBezi Photography is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Real wedding: Courtney + Brian

I’m really pumped to show off this wedding…you probably know Courtney from her lovely blog, head vs heart, and have definitely seen her invitations all over the place.  Their wedding was a plethora of colors, graphics, and quirky details, perfect for this modern couple.  I loved every piece of it!

As a pair of graphic designers, Brian and I knew that creating our wedding would be both the most exciting and most challenging project we’ve worked on yet. From the beginning our goals were to make sure that every detail reflected who we are as a couple, to make our guests feel welcome (many of them were traveling long distances) and, of course, to throw a fun party.

The look and feel evolved throughout the process, starting with our Save the DatesInvitations, but we were always going for a look that was type-driven, colorful and modern. And we carried that throughout the whole event from the groomsmen’s socks to the out-of-town gift bags to the cupcake flags. We also added some interactive elements to break the ice—each guest had a personalized button pointing them to their seating assignment, and each table had its own set of buttons as well (Brian painstakingly made 500 of them). This was a huge hit—our friends and family are still talking about it over two months later. and 

When all is said and done neither one of us has any idea how much time we spent on all of our wedding projects, but we both agree that it was all absolutely worth it. Though as great as everything turned out, in the end the details aren’t what mattered most. And as I said on head vs. heart, the mental snap shots that will really stick with me are every one get ting down on the dance floor, the Red Sox vs. Yankees cheering (Oh yeah, it happened. All in good fun though), the amazing speeches by our favorite people, and the experience of standing up there on that beautiful day making such huge, meaningful promises to each other.

Our amazing vendors:

Photography: Unusually Fine
Venue: Battery Gardens
Paper Goods: The Bride and Groom, Seamless Paperie
Flowers: Blossom and Branch
Cupcakes: Cupcake Stop
Make-up: Michelle Stern
Hair: Styles on B
Bridesmaids/Bride: Jenny Yoo

[images from Unusually Fine]

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Real elopement: Vanessa + Atiq

So here’s a new one for you…Vanessa & Atiq married themselves.  Thats right…you heard correctly.  Apparently in Colorado you can do that, and I’m loving it!  Who’s needs an officiant to tell you how much you love each other when you can just do it yourselves in a beyond personal ceremony for 2?

‘Atiq and I wanted everything to be simple and cozy. We wanted to enjoy our wedding day and not plan a day for other people.  I picked Cheeseman Park for its beautiful columns and picturesque settings. I wanted the balloons for a bouquet because ever since I was a kid I wanted to be carried away into the sky with balloons. I felt it would be a charming scene to be in a white dress stepping out of a yellow city taxicab with a bunch of balloons in tow. From the moment I stepped out of the taxi it was going to be about us sharing our love and exchanging our vows. Melissa’s pictures showed it all. I was so happy that this moment was here and I was able to enjoy all of it with my husband. All the details came from our hearts we wrote our vows, I made our cake, and even sculpted the wedding cake topper. We topped it off with the most romantic and unforgettable carriage ride to our favorite restaurant, Luca D’italia, where we had our wedding dinner. We planned it to be our romance day, and it was. ‘

[images from Fresh in Love Photography]

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Real wedding: Rachel + David

Every time I see this wedding, I keep thinking how quintessentially Brooklyn it is…

What a classic portrait!


Photographer: Heather O’Brien of Oak Street Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Ceremony Venue: Greenpoint Shul
Reception Venue: Polonaise Terrace in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Band: Slavic Soul Party
Formal Photographs location: Le Grenier Antiques and Houseware in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

[images from Oak Street Studio]

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Real wedding: Aubry + Colin

A couple after my own heart…Chad and I are transplants to Brooklyn and for our wedding wanted nothing but to have all our relatives love it as much as we did!

I’m from Florida and Colin is from Michigan, but Brooklyn is where we have “nested.” It was extremely important to us to bring our closest friends and family to the place we both call home for our wedding day. We stumbled upon MyMoon which was only 11 blocks from our home and it was everything we wanted in a venue – urban with a hint of romance, an outdoor space and plenty of room for dancing (including a specially choreographed line dance from mother of the bride, an avid line dancer)! Most of the elements were DIY and it brought a more personal touch to a wedding that focused on family, friends, love and overall good times! We can honestly say, as many couple before us, it was the best day of our lives!


DJ: Rob for DJ Gaza
Bridesmaids: JCrew
Bride Dress: Romona Keveza
Flowers: Gardenia Organic
Groom/Groomsmen: Express
Venue/Catering: MyMoon

[images from Robert Sukrachand Photography]

Robert Sukrachand is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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