Real wedding: Alex + Alexis

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So you guys remember Alex and Alexis’s engagement shoot?  Well here they are all grownup and married, and I’m loving it!  They’re on their honeymoon as we speak so, we’re going to have to go on without them, but I think the pics speak volumes as to how cool this event was.  Congrats you two!

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Alexis’s sister Megan of Brown Parcel Press did these awesome 3D save the dates and also designed the invites, which I’ll post at 1pm.

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Real wedding: Christina + Jack

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As I mentioned last week, my dearest friend Christina and her hunny Jack got married up in New Hampshire in a gorgeous, homemade wedding at the Harris Center.  It truly was a labor of love, with friends pitching in with their various talents, and I swear to you, I have never heard more heartfelt vows than the ones these two shared.  Jack’s friend Nadine did the flowers, her boyfriend Scott was the DJ, I played wedding planner and assistant florist, their friend Doug got ordained to marry them, Christina’s sister did the invites, and another friend Andrew mixed some fabulous cocktails (honey lavender lemonade, yum!)  The food was all organic, and there was no wedding cake (egads!), but something WAY better….an ice cream bar with fresh local ice cream, berries and cream.  Jen Huang did an amazing job with the photos and has some more up on her blog, so enjoy!

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Real wedding: Karolina + Scott

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Hello. My husband and I have just started blogging about our June 6th wedding (http://paperheartsandcranes.blogspot.com/) and thought we would share the lovely photos/ideas with the BklynBride Community! The wedding was a representation of us and our life from beginning to end. It started with the idea of wanting the wedding to be very DIY and home made. We are both quite crafty so it was (mostly) fun for us! With the help of our amazing family and friends everything came together in the end and turned out better than we imagined. We chose the Apple Barn Farm in Hudson, NY (http://rombers.tripod.com/) after finding it on another great blog (http://www.shelterrific.com/). The blog moderator, Angela, had her wedding there and after contacting her for advice, Scott and I visited the barn and knew this was our place!

In choosing Apple Barn Farm, you also get the amazing staff there and more specifically Mary Beth, the care taker of the barn. She runs a tight ship and makes sure both you and your vendors are on top of everything! We couldn’t have done it without her!!

Our amazing catering was done by a local husband and wife team called Renner’s Creative Celebrations. All the ingredients are local, and as part of our green theme, this was important to us. We created the local seasonal menu in the theme of a summer barbecue complete with pulled pork and mac and cheese!

I wore a Claire Pettibone dress, which I picked up in the LA flagship. While there in November I made an appointment and it was the first dress I tried on. Perfect dreamy summer wedding dress. I felt like I was floating in it and the fabric was perfect for a balmy June afternoon. I bought my veil on Etsy from and amazing woman who hand makes all of them. (http://Rohm.etsy.com Bridesmaids wore J. Crew. Scott wore Paul Smith and groomsmen wore Uniqlo suits. Flower girls were in UsAngels.

It was important for us that our wedding be as eco-minded as possible. The food was all local and seasonal. The plates, cups, napkins, and cutlery were all sustainable and compostable bamboo. We even asked guests to reuse the plates at the buffet in an effort to be more green! The invitations and all paper was printed locally on recycled paper with soy based inks. Favors for our guests were local organic honey and even our tables were covered in recycled kraft paper and the florist provided local flowers.

Our beautiful photos were shot by Chad Hunt (http://www.chadhuntphotography.com/). His amazing ability to understand our vision was one less thing to worry about on the wedding day. From our first meeting with him we knew we could trust him in getting all the perfect shots we wanted and more. His photojournalistic style was exactly what we were looking for and his calm nature and friendly attitude were so helpful as I was a nervous wreck before the ceremony!

Finally, all the invites and labels were original ideas my husband and I collaborated on and were all designed and created by Scott. Him being an amazing graphic designer and artist, we were lucky to be able to create exactly what we wanted without compromising.

The three days leading up to the wedding were filled with exhausting hours and sawing, building, cutting, bow tying, crane folding and last minute crafting with our friends. But without all of their love, Scott and I would never have been able to have the unforgettable wedding that we did.

[images from Chad Hunt Photography]

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Real wedding: Josie + Adam p.1

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I love this wedding for 2 big reasons. 1) Its friggin adorable! How can you not love this quirky circus theme with all the personal touches? 2) Chad’s office, Deborah Berke & Partners Architects LLP, designed this hotel! I wish we had one of these in NYC, it would be a big hit. Keep reading below for the bride’s writeup of the day! Lots more pics coming up at 1pm, you don’t want to miss them…

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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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