Save the Date + invites: Katie + Ben

Yay for Save the Date week!  I thought we’d kickstart it with a bang….I’m pretty obsessed with these amazing Save the Date and invitation from Katie!  Those custom made tubes are so beyond cool!

Ben and I met at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and dated for about 7 years before we got married. He was a design major, and I was a photographer. Ben was in charge of making a lot of the event posters while we were at school and when we would talk about getting married, we often said, wouldn’t it be cool if we did a show poster? So, fast forward a few years, Ben proposed after a Mark Kozelek show, and we began our 4 months of planning (engaged in June, married in October). When I thought about our stationery (I am a designer at Chellé Paperie) I thought about all the things that made us who we are, and I thought about pushing the envelope in print, since it is rare that I have clients who let me do such crazy things. I knew I wanted to do a mailing tube, and a book. Ben knew he wanted to do a poster – those work well together, so we set to work. In designing the suite, we made a list of important things in our lives, and we made them into silohuettes to create a graphic pattern that wrapped the guest addressed mailing tube, and lined the end pages of our invitation book (http://chellepaperie.com/custom/wedding/clear-eyes-full-hearts/) We joked about sending an invite that says we like to party – but then we decided wait, we do like to party, and we’d like to party with you. It was kind of awesome, and it still makes me smile! We did a custom map for my hometown, we wrote silly copy, and we fought over typefaces. We’re both designers and though it was a little frustrating at the time, I think we challenged each other and ultimately ended up with a perfect design that reflects our personalities, the tone of the event, and the light-hearted feel of our wedding. We did the whole wedding for under $5000 in a matter of 4 months. It was awesome, and I would do it again every year if I could. My favorite thing about the wedding (aside from marrying the man of my dreams of course) was that we got to create an experience, for ourselves and for our guests, that was different from any other wedding that any of us had been to. We wanted it to be as much of a celebration of all the guests, as it was about our marriage, and it really turned out that way. It was perfect, and full of love.

here are the details for the DIYer
Tubes, ordered from Uline
guest addressed and custom printed wrapper on newsprint – afixed with acid free double-sided tape
9×14 poster printed on some awesome German textured grey paper I had a stash of
we designed everything ourselves, and we printed them at the paperie (http://chellepaperie.com)

[images from Katie]

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Real wedding: Sayumi + Boulos part 2

CAKE: Sayumi’s college roommate Anna-Marie Farrier designed and made the multi-tiered origami-crane wedding cake.

PHOTOS: Nicole and Brad Wolf of SOTA DZINE. We first came across Brad and Nicole’s work on Brooklyn Bride. Smitten by their breath-taking editorial-style shots that bring the wedding photograph genre into the realm of art, we called them as soon as we were engaged. We found ourselves having the time of our lives working with them to tell a little story about love through these photographs. Their creative energy is absolutely infectious, and their sense of humor keeps everything real, even when we are trying to create something surreal together.

VIDEO: friend of the bride, Nam Nguyen (http://www.elevenland.com/)

DRESS: Kenneth Poole, tailored to fit by Vanessa Nirode of Brooklyn

MAKE-UP: Tamaki Arayama gave Sayumi marathon-length eyelash extensions, and hooked her up with a bling-errific gemstone French manicure

HAIR: Takashi of YUI Salon (323 West 11th Street in Manhattan)

MUSIC: Boulos’s brother, guitarist Tariq Harb (http://www.myspace.com/tariqharb), provided the reception music; avant-garde jazz pianist and producer Tonino Miano (http://www.toninomiano.com/), set the tone with music at the church

FLOWERS: InBetween Greens (www.inbetweengreens.com)

CATERING & RECEPTION VENUE: The incredible staff at Ici Restaurant provided seamless service and even managed to make a leaky roof situation disappear within minutes

ARABIC SWEETS: Oriental Pastry on Atlantic Ave. provided the Arabic kunafeh dessert

CONVERSATION STARTERS: Sayumi’s friend, writer and French Literature Professor Thangam Ravindranathan at Brown University selected and printed quirky quotes on love and marriage by writers such as Balzac and Khalil Gibran

FAVORS: We made our own personalized wedding favors – they were sake “masu” cups made of cedarwood and stuffed with Jordan almonds. On one side was an antiquated Japanese character for “One,” and on the other side we branded our logo which spells “Boulos” and “Sayumi” in Arabic calligraphy intertwined with
each other. The boxes were manufactured by a company from the same town in Hiroshima where Sayumi’s grandfather once worked in the sake business. Available for sale on e-bogu.com

DÉCOR: Countless friends and family endured crash-courses in origami-folding to produce the crane decorations made with paper & ribbons from Kinokuniya bookstore and Kate’s Paperie.

[images by SOTA Dzine]

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Nelle entries [6]

Christine W did 2 boards, and I loved them so much they’re BOTH here!

I actually have two boards — the inspiration for my own wedding (they gray one) and then since I’ve been pinning over all of the Valentine loveliness, I couldn’t help myself, I created a board for Valentine’s Day as well. So I’m submitting both, if it’s allowed!

Grey board

Row One: Bridesmaid Photo via Perfect Bound , Gray Dress by Elizabeth Dye , Handbag by Nelle Handbags

Row Two: Flower by Oh My Deer , Purple Shoes Unknown, Confetti Photo by Meg Smith , Chandelier via Brides , Hair Comb by Peikko via La, Cupcakes from Cannelle et Vanille , Bouquet from The Knot

Row Three: Ring Pillow via Martha Stewart , Necklace from Subversive Jewelry , Feather Boxes by Laurie via Once Wed , Tablescape via The Brides Cafe

Red board

Row One: Red Dress via Rosie Parsons Flickr , Photostrip via Smitten
Row Two: Tablescape via Martha Stewart , Handbag, by Nelle Handbags
Row Three: Flower by Oh My Deer , Invites via Hello Lucky
Row Four: Bouquet via Snippet and Ink , Black Shoes via Krisatomic Flickr , Kissing Booth Print by Roll and Tumble Press

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Real wedding: Mandy + Brian

How gorgeous is Mandy and this wedding??  I love all the details and ESPECIALLY the photography!

Theme-  Black and ivory, vintage and lots of branches.  Branches were in all our centerpieces, flowers and on our invitations.  We kept all the decorations black and ivory as well as requested all our guests to
keep with the theme with their wardrobe.  The vintage feel of the wedding was seen a lot in my wedding dress and veil.  We wanted something simple yet unique so we used my wedding ring for inspirations since it held much of a vintage feel and included black onyx.

Invitations-  Since we could not find a lot of invitations that reflected our theme I had my brother Chad at beneaththesky.com design them.  We gave him some ideas and he really made them come to life.  I
had them printed, cut, and put them together on my own. Every part was ordered separately so everything went together.  We used cardsandpocketstore.com, paperandmore.com, and overnightprints.com to
make our own invitations in our own style.

Venue-  Right away when we got engaged we knew we wanted to get married in Santa Cruz where Brian is from.  It is so beautiful and holds great memories for us both.  Since is was more of a destination
wedding we took some time finding a venue.  When we first saw Kennolyn we knew it was where we wanted to be married.  It is an old hacienda building on a hill that over looks the city.  On a clear day you can
see the ocean and its set on 300 acres of forest.  Many of our guests loved our venue.  Also Carrie, the day wedding coordinator is amazing!

Decorations and Flowers-  The majority of all the flowers and decorations were done by myself and my family.  My mom and I spent a few trips to downtown L.A.’s flower mart coming up with ideas.  All of
our centerpieces and the flowers at the ceremony site were all done by us.  The branches were bought is downtown L.A. and brought up to Santa Cruz 2 days before the wedding so we could get them all put together. We glued little white flowers on a few of the branches to add a hint of color. Also we used artichokes in our centerpieces from nearby Monterey to give a feel from the area.  The bouquet and boutonnieres for our wedding were all done by Boulder Creek flowers in Santa Cruz. They did such a great job staying with our black and white theme, and having fun being creative!

Dress and Veil- I found my dress at Marry me bridal in Orange.  It definitely went with our vintage them.  To add the flair of the black we added a black sash to my dress.  The veil and flower were made by
Stephanie James couture in Huntington Beach.  She did a great job of adding a hint of black to the ivory flower.  All of her flowers, veils, and dresses she designs are inspired by the 40s and 50s.

Photography-  Not too long after we got engaged my brother let me know our friend Carson at James Carson photography had been shooting weddings.  We took a look at his website and instantly knew we wanted him to shoot our wedding.  He has a great eye for what looks good and we love the way our photos came out.  We also did a day after session on the beach to get some different photos.  We had such a great time with Carson!

Cake-  Our cake was made by Black China Bakery in Santa Cruz.  I’ve been vegan for nearly 12 years and we wanted to have cake everyone would enjoy.  All of our cakes were vegan but they also do regular cakes.  We had one small cake that was decorated with black and ivory.  We also had two other flavor of cupcakes.  We went with chocolate on one and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on the other.  Everyone loved it!

Extras-  As our sign in book we had a few friends take Polaroid photos of our guests as they arrived.  We had them sign a guest book with their photos right above.  It turned out great!

[images by James Carson Photography]

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