Real wedding: Christy + Michael

I love all the smart little details that went along with this wedding!  Bright bold colors and handmade touches are always my favorite things to see in a wedding.

Michael and Christy both work at Apple and met when Christy performed a health assessment on Michael (she works in the Wellness Center).   It was one assessment that went further than blood pressure:)

Their AMAZING wedding took place in Sonoma at Cornerstone Gardens.  Situated near vineyards, it serves as a place for local artists to display art installations and is one of the most fabulous and unique venues I have shot at.  The art installations alone are FABULOUS, however there is also a barn the couple used for their lounge and dancing, an enormous white tent they ate dinner under, and a gorgeous lawn area overlooking the vineyards for their ceremony.  Being wine country, the bride opted to include wine bottles in many of her details- from installing directions to the various locations on the property for the festivities on wine bottles, to the guest seating, and by creating their own unique wine to bottle during the ceremony.

Being total food lovers, Michael and Christy opted for food “Stations” for dinner that included all of their favorite meals- a seafood station, an heirloom tomato station, meat and potatoes station, and a veggies station.  The stations helped encourage guests to mingle and truly enjoy their dinner!  During cocktail hour the wine flowed and mini sliders with fries and mini grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup in the cups were served.  I just about ate my way out of there:)  Guests were encouraged to take their time and eat as the night set in and the full moon rose.  Christy is obsessed with the moon and specifically planned her wedding well over a year in advance to take advantage of the full moon on a weekend.  It was truly fabulous.  The night was capped off with dancing and lunging in the barn under gorgeous lanterns and moonlight…  It was an epic night to remember!

Vendors:

Photographer:  What Shanni Saw
Venue:  Cornerstone Gardens
Caterer:  Alex’s Catering
Florist:  Julie Stevens Design
Day-Of Coordinator: Kelly Cloney

[images from What Shanni Saw]

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    Real wedding: Miho + Heedae

    Wedding photographer Miho Aikawa and her husband Heedae had a beautifully simple Brooklyn wedding that was modern yet soft at the same time.  Its just gorgeous, dont you think?

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    Real wedding: Lindsay + Joey

    You all must remember Lindsay + Joey’s engagement photos from last year, so I’m so happy to be able to show off their wedding!

    Everyone told us it would be, and our wedding indeed turned out to be the best day of our lives.  The experience of having everyone important to us gathered in one place to celebrate our commitment to each other was surreal.

    We wanted our wedding to be rustic and chic at the same time–classy, but casual.  We also wanted to get married in my home town – Sacramento.  Not only did we have a personal friendship with the Wilson family, but we fell in love with Wilson Vineyards from the second we saw it.  Located in Clarksburg, just outside of Sacramento, it truly captures everything that is great about California’s Central Valley.  A beautiful old barn sits on the property overlooking the vineyards on one side and a creek on the other.  We held the ceremony just outside the barn on the lawn, and shaded everyone under parasols.

    Immediately following the ceremony we held a cocktail hour on the lawn, and our dear friend, soul singer Chris Pierce and his band performed for our first dance (his song, “Slow Life”), with an hour-long set to follow for us all to dance to.

    We held the rest of the dancing, as well as dinner, cake-cutting, and toasts inside the open-air barn, with only a brief and spontaneous migration out into the vineyards to witness the staggering sunset. The buffet-style feast was at once a raving success and our biggest regret of the night – we got so caught up talking and dancing that we didn’t eat a bite! Luckily, we knew from our tasting that the food was superb; our friends still talk about it. We danced the remaining hours until the party’s end, and left on an enduring high.

    Our memories are enhanced by photographer Brion Hopkins’ artful capturing of the faces, the energy, and the ambiance created by the hard work of everyone listed below. His knack for shooting in an original, yet timeless fashion was the reason we chose him and is the reason we’re thankful to have his photos as the lasting record of the best day of our lives.

    Vendors:

    Location: Wilson Vineyards, Clarksburg, CA
    Wedding Coordinator – Sandy Wilson
    Caterer: All Seasons, All Reasons
    DJ: Tom Fretwell
    Cake: The Sweetest Things, Sacramento, CA
    Florist: Katie Edwards of Ambience Floral Design
    Hair/Makeup: Artisan Salon
    Dress: Miosa (Sacramento, CA)
    Shoes: JCrew
    Groom’s Suit: Theory
    Photographer: Brion Hopkins

    [images from Brion Hopkins Photography]

    Brion Hopkins is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s vendor listings.

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    Real wedding: Jeni + Pat

    Isn’t a gorgeous wedding the best way to start off the week?  I sure think so!  Jeni and Pat have amazing style and pulled off the coolest foodie wedding!

    Patrick and I had just returned from a three month European “sabbatical” when we were surprised by a little bun in the oven! We decided to wait to have a proper wedding so that our little guy could be there to share in the festivities too. However, having a baby and a wedding in one year would prove to be challenging (read: expensive), not to mention having them both in New York (read: SUPER, ridiculously expensive). So, we had to set our financial priorities straight – food, booze, photos and music, in that order.

    Luckily, my husband the chef has some wonderful friends at No.7 restaurant who generously hosted both the ceremony and the reception. One of my bridesmaids got herself ordained and gave the most intimate, beautiful reading that I could have ever imagined. I didn’t plan on a theme, but we went with lots of vintage accessories and homemade accouterments. The whole wedding felt like a prohibition era party – lots of dancing and wild abandon.  With the tireless help of my maid of honor and some great friends, Patrick and I had the most fun, stress-free wedding (even with an infant in tow).

    Vendors:
    Dress: Off the shelf from a shop in the LES
    Accessories: Veil from Etsy, Necklaces from Cog & Pearl and JCrew, Fur from the Brooklyn Flea, Cardigan from my Mom
    Hair and Makeup: Andrea Palumbos

    Groom: Suit from Ben Sherman
    Bridesmaids: Dresses from Anthropologie, Jewelry from Cog and Pearl
    Groomsmen: Shirts from JCrew, ties and suspenders from the Brooklyn Flea
    Baby Ring Bearer: H&M

    Flowers: Zuzu’s Petals in Park Slope
    Photography: Weddings by Two
    Band: Roosevelt Dime
    Food: Tyler Kord, No.7
    Invitations: Foil and Letter Press, Print Icon

    [images from Weddings by Two]
    Weddings by Two is a sponsor of Brooklyn Bride

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    Real wedding: Hannah + Brad

    I’ve seriously been dying to see this Vera Wang dress on a real bride, so I’m extra excited to share this wedding with you today! And shot beautifully by the fabulous Tory Williams of course!

    Our wedding was everything we imagined. We wanted it to be relaxed and fun and most of all a reflection of us.

    The ceremony was super short. We had a good friend officiate and during the part where he said, ‘ is there anyone present who knows of a reason why Hannah & Brad cannot be married’, our Dog, Bagel (flower dog), howled. We couldn’t have planned it better!

    We wanted to have a cocktail hour type feel to the whole evening, so we had drinks and passed appetizers on the roof terrace of the Foundry for the cocktail hour. Then we headed to the main space to party. We had tapas style service for the food including Kentucky style ribs and English bangers and mash, reflecting our backgrounds.

    Our guests ate, drank and danced the entire night away, which is exactly how we wanted it.

    Our wedding was not a traditional wedding but to us it was perfect.

    Vendors:

    Location: The Foundry
    Caterer: Tip of the Tongue
    Florist: Saipua
    Lights: Plant Specialist Inc.
    Hair/makeup: Once Upon a Bride
    Dress: Vera Wang
    Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
    Men’s suits: JCrew
    Dog’s accessories: Doggy Style NYC
    Bridesmaids dresses: Theory, Cynthia Vincent and Alice & Olivia
    Flower girl dress: Pegeen
    Photographer: Tory Williams

    [images from Tory Williams]

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