Real wedding: Crystal + Andrew

I got this wedding yesterday from Crystal and loved every single detail! Don’t worry, many more pictures to come later today….

Madrilejos – Towne Wedding
06.14.08
Medina, Ohio

Invitations: Being a graphic designer by trade, I couldn’t help but take on this challenge. The invitations have a grass theme that was kind of a foreshadowing of the actual event. The invitations were printed by a local printer in Medina.

Ceremony: Andrew’s parent’s house sits on 50 acres of land just outside the Medina city limits. Finding the perfect spot for the ceremony wasn’t hard because the location is so beautiful. We decided to have the ceremony in an area just within the forest line with the trees towering over us. Up until we decided to exchange our vows in this spot, it was just a lot of grass and weeds that Andrew’s parents let grow wild. So we, and Andrew’s parents, mowed the ceremony spot and an aisle for a whole year before the wedding date as the rest of the vegetation around it grew tall.

Reception: The reception was at the same place as the ceremony, in Andrew’s parent’s yard. We had three large tents to seat about 250 guests (we both have large extended families) and the food and drinks were catered by a local restaurant, Medina Steakhouse & Saloon.

Decorations and Flowers: We didn’t want to have traditional flowers so we decided to go with just greenery (other than my bouquet which were peonies cut from bushes in our yard). Each centerpiece was unique and consisted of 3-4 individual planters in either green, white or clear vintage glass. Ohio being the mecca of thrift stores, we were able to buy all these containers for around $100. Me and my sisters put together every one of the planters, which were a mix of everything from moss to succulents. While we were planting, the guys went in search of fallen trees in the woods to cut into slices that were used to raise the planters to different levels. Underneath the centerpieces we had different patterned squares of vintage fabric. The table numbers were xerox transfers on balsa wood that we set into Y-shaped tree branches that we gathered. We also made lanterns from old jars and hung them from the big sycamore tree that is the focal point of the backyard.

Dress + Shoes: My dress was made by a Brooklyn-based fashion designer, Laura Budde. She is a great friend and an amazing designer. The dress turned out perfect. I wanted something very simple and feminine with color incorporated into it. And flowing! The shoes were Anna Sui from Anthropologie. They were leather, almost like running shoes, with leather flower accents all over them. Weird sounding, i know, but they were so cool.

Photography: Lauren Crew (www.crewscontrl.com) took our photos. Lauren was my Photo Editor at a magazine that I was Art Director for in NYC so I already knew that she was an amazing photographer. She isn’t a traditional wedding photographer, which is exactly what we were looking for. She shot both film and digital and we are extremely happy with how they turned out.
Desserts: I am a huge dessert person with the biggest sweet tooth! I wanted an elaborate spread with cakes and candy and cookies as far as the eye could see. And that’s pretty much what we got! A good friend of the family, Amy Ash, made the majority of the baked good. Her family is known for their magic touch in the kitchen and they did not disappoint with their Red Velvet Cupcakes, Carrot Cake, Lemon Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes, Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes, Classic White Cupcakes, Italian Creme Cupcakes!

Favors: One of the very first decisions that we made was to get a photo booth (a “real” black and white, film kind). We used Photobooth Scrapbooks (www.photoboothscrapbooks.com) and were very happy with them.

Extra Touches: For a guest book we used a vintage typewriter that we got from Andrew’s grandparents with a long roll of paper. The best thing about it were the drunk messages people left for us by the end of the night. The most popular message: Don’t go to bed angry. Thanks, we’ll remember that.

[images by Lauren Crew Photography]

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Awesome pixel wedding







I saw this pixel-inspired wedding over at Mocoloco and was instantly enamored! From the invitations, to the cake, even down to the ring, everything was wonderfully pixelated…read more about it here.

[images from Cabel.name]

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Jinsoojung wedding

Ever since discovering the blog jinsoojung…I’ve been waiting in anticipation for her wedding photos to be posted! I know you’re going to understand why once you see these pictures…

my husband and i met in high school when we were just 16 years old and we’ve been together ever since.  after having been together for so long, our idea of the “perfect” weddind shifted to an event where we could just enjoy ourselves.

the wedding was held at the mills gallery, in boston’s south end. we included a mix of traditional, non-traditional, korean and american elements, and even a trolley tour of the city. in general, if something didn’t feel like “us”, we didn’t incorporate it into the wedding. in the end, we had a fun day surrounded by our family members.

in the 6 months leading up to the wedding, not only were chris and i planning the wedding, but we were also applying to law and graduate schools, apartment hunting, and maintaining full-time jobs. it was a chaotic blur in our lives. and we often look back and wonder how we were able to do everything at once.

You can see more photos at jinsoojung…unfortunately Christine has stopped blogging, but you can catch up with all her past inspirations.

[images from Liz Linder]

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Real wedding: Kait + Robin














budget=$10,000 spent=$13,000
10.25.2008
ceremony: robin & I knew we wanted to get married in a natural space with an industrial edge & some solid history. it immediately occured to us that the east river state park, a preserved 19th century shipping dock just blocks from our apartment, would work perfectly. the cobblestone & station building were just so picturesque, not to mention the view of the manhattan skyline!

our officiant, interfaith reverend jesse hendrich (jessehendrich.com) was so great. robin & I are really quite laid back & I felt like he was really able to tailor our ceremony to our particular taste & temperament. it was just lovely!
reception: the greenpoint coffee house is such a charming little spot. their vintage aesthetic was exactly what we were after. initially they told us that they didn’t generally do things like this, but I can’t express how thankful I am that they decided to make an exception. they did such a great job!
invitations: linea carta (linea-carta.com) screen printed our custom design with a hint of whimsy & tied them all up perfectly in a bit of bird’s nest twine. she also hand calligraphied our place cards & guest poster. loved, LOVED these. they turned out absolutely perfect!
dress & suit: I found my dream dress at the bridal garden (bridalgarden.org). I walked in, spotted it immediately, tried it on & bought it right then & there. it was just so stunning & by my favorite designer to boot! reem acra in champagne silk with antique lace overlay & intricate emboidery.
robin’s suit & skinny black tie was a punky little number by theory.
accessories: kept it simple but different with the most perfect pair of pussy willow earrings crafted by stephanie simek (stephaniesimek.com).
hair & makeup: karla over at the downtown bumble & bumble salon did an amazing job on my hair (for not a ton of $). she does mostly runway so if you’re looking for something a little less traditional, she’s you’re gal.
joy fennell (joyfennell.com) was knowledgeable, professional, & altogether really sweet. she knew exactly what look was required got straight to work. she even gave me a stick of lipcolor for touching up throughout the evening!
flowers: I knew when I found sarah at saipua that we were in good hands. she really helped pull the whole thing together & I can’t thank her enough. I specified originally that I was a fan of more wild looking arrangements, which she was thrilled to hear. a refreshing take on the same old; her flowers are so lovely & the arrangements were picture perfect.
cake: sweet & salty w/ beading at the base. simple, but so good! from baked (red hook, bklyn).
favors: coffee mint soaps from saipua.
photography: the lovely kella macphee! she did such a great job with the aesthetic, not to mention the conditions she braved in order to photograph us. we were hoping to find someone who could capture both the atmosphere we’d worked so hard to create & of course the love we share & we did! she was such a sweet & talented person to work with & the pictures came out so great… I really can’t say enough about them, luckily they speak for themselves!

[images by Kella MacPhee]

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