Real wedding: Audrey + Jesse

Audrey and Jesse’s wedding just looks like fun, doesn’t it?  I could tell just by those bridesmaids dresses….

Theme

Green apples, birds, and twigs all in a chocolate brown/green apple/white color scheme. We had apples everywhere, from the apple colored invitations, apples in each centerpiece, and apple flavored candy. The birds were featured on the cake topper, the stamps on each program, and the candle holder near the guest book. My Mom constructed the tree that held our seating cards, and both my Mom and Dad worked hard punching out hundreds of dots on each individual card.

Location

We got married at The Common Man Inn in Plymouth, NH. I’m from northern NH and Jesse’s parents have a vacation home up there, although we both live in the Boston area now. All of our guests gave this place rave reviews! The Common Man is a chain of restaurants in NH, this inn/spa being their first. It had such a comfortable, rustic feel to it – everyone was so relaxed, it really felt like being at a luxury camp! We stayed in their signature suite called “Camp” complete with an antique canoe above the bed.

Photography

Jesse’s lovely cousin and my co-worker Gienna Shaw did all the photography. A photographist by hobby, I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results! We asked for a photo-journalism non-formal feel, and she definitely achieved that. I highly recommend getting to know your photographer beforehand, or better yet find a talented family member. I didn’t even realize she was there. Also, we have free reign to all 1,300+ photos!

Attire

I bought my wedding dress online from David’s Bridal about a month before the wedding. It was only $99! I didn’t really want something super traditional and definitely didn’t want to spend too much. Luckily Jesse’s mom is an excellent sewer/designer/seamstress and did all the alterations for me. The bolero is made of a nubby silk and made completely by her. I got my silver Rampage shoes from DSW for $11, and the jewelry was a gift from my mother. The girls wore fun green mod-inspired dresses from Nordstrom with brown shawls from Walmart (shh!) All the guys wore brown corderoy blazers from Old Navy, khakis, and white shirts from various places, and green ties from Etsy seller rabbitstop. My hair and makeup by me!

Music

Two of Jesse’s good friends from high school just happen to be dj’s. We went through the generations, starting with classical for the ceremony, 40’s and big band for the cocktail hour/dinner, 60’s and 70’s for dancing, and all our current music for later in the evening.

Favors

I couldn’t resist the candy buffet trend for the favors. My mom and I bought various glass jars from a variety of stores – Michael’s, Walmart, Christmas Tree Shops, etc. The candy also came from lots of different places, and was quite the labor of love! I picked through many many bags of M&Ms and Skittles to get just the right colors. We bought little plastic bags and had my Dad write our names on every tiny piece of paper that was attached to a silver twist tie. It was a big hit.

Flowers

I was so happy with all the flowers. We used huge spider mums for all the centerpieces as well as the bouquets. Scattered here and there were button mums, orchids, curly willow, and little green berries. The colors were so vibrant and the mums are just starting to wilt now. Flowers were done by Linda Hutchins, a family friend that owns Riff Flower Shop in Lancaster, NH.

Cake

The cake was done by Lori Shearer out of Lancaster, NH. It was beautiful, and boy did it taste good! All three layers were a spiced carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, with buttercream and fondant on the outside. Our cake topper is a handmade nest from Etsy seller Mosey. It really kicked off the whole theme of the wedding.

[images by Gienna Shaw]

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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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