Real wedding: Helen + Eric

The Ceremony:
We got married a few Saturdays ago on what was the most incredibly beautiful day of the year yet! Somehow we completely lucked out and it was 80 degrees, sunny and just gorgeous. Our ceremony was held on Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park way uptown by the Cloisters Museum. Being a public park, the masses were out enjoying the beautiful weather so we had a slightly larger audience than we expected. But it just made the whole thing more special. Eric designed my engagement ring and we both designed our wedding bands at Fitzgerald Jewelry (formerly Studio 174) in Williamsburg. Owner Michael Fitzgerald brought our ideas to life and was so great to work with, so helpful and just a sweet guy.

The Reception/Venue:
The reception was just down the path at the New Leaf Cafe. It started it off with cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and our signature drink, an Italian strawberry liquor and sparkling wine cocktail. Then it was time to eat! Dinner was just amazing, we chose the New Leaf not only for it’s amazing location but because having great food was really important to us. If you’re looking for a wedding venue or if you’re up in the neighborhood, I highly recommend checking them out, they use seasonal ingredients so the menu is always changing and is always fresh and delicious. The restaurant did an incredible job setting up and the service was fantastic. Tiffany Hogan is the Event Coordinator for the New Leaf and she was just amazing. Throughout the whole planning process, she was very helpful and responsive to all my random questions and was a pleasure to work with.

Cupcakes:
For dessert we had mini cupcakes from Kumquat Cupcakery. We happened upon them at the Brooklyn Flea last year and I made a mental note, must get them for the wedding! Keavy is the owner/baker and she’s awesome. Her cupcakes are just too cute, bite size and the perfect balance of cake to frosting ratio. The cake is moist and delicious, the frosting is perfect, not too sweet, not too buttery, just right. By far the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. She set up all 300 cupcakes and the presentation was amazing. She has great flavor combinations, some seasonal ones, but will also create custom flavors for you on request.

Flowers:
As for the rest of the details, we had originally wanted to diy as much as we could and we did do a lot ourselves but we realized about a month or so before the wedding that there was no way we’d be able to do the flowers ourselves. So we went to Sprout which we’ve been to many times just shopping for plants and home stuff. They had done a wedding for some friends of ours so we went to talk to them about doing ours. Tassy and Lea were great, we had a basic idea of what we wanted and they really worked with us to come up with something special. We made the birch bark wrapped vases and dropped them off at Sprout the week before. I had also been making paper confetti from flower shaped craft punchers and they took care of setting that up on the tables for us as well. I kept looking around and couldn’t believe how great it all looked! The flowers were gorgeous, the bouquet, the centerpieces, the boutonnieres and corsages, everything was perfect. They have an amazing aesthetic, are so easy to work with and the store is fantastic.

Photography:
And last but certainly not least, our photographer Kimberly Hurst. Kimberly is fantastic, an amazing photographer and so sweet too! We loved her portfolio, her sense of lighting and composition and then we met her and just felt really comfortable with her and that sealed the deal. We’re pretty photophobic but she made it as painless as possible for us and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  She was great with capturing the candid moments and the more set up shots as well. She and her assistant Candice went above and beyond and were so helpful throughout the whole day. They were with me every step of the way before the ceremony, helped to keep me calm and they even helped me track down the rings when I realized they weren’t with our officiant! She’s such a talent, and I’m so thankful I found her, and thankful to the wedding blogs where I found her!  I  can’t thank everyone enough, we were both beyond happy with the way everything turned out and it was the most incredible day…

dress:
Nicole Miller
http://www.nicolemiller.com

rings:
Fitzgerald Jewelry
174 N 11th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
http://www.fitzgeraldjewelry.com/

hair/makeup:
Aki at Commune Salon
191 Grand Street Brooklyn NY 718.384.7412
http://www.communesalon.com/

location:
New Leaf Cafe
One Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 212.568.5323
http://www.nyrp.org/newleaf/

flowers:
Sprout Home
44 Grand Street Brooklyn NY 718.388.4440
http://sprouthome.stores.yahoo.net/fldese.html

cupcakes:
Kumquat Cupcakery
info@kumquatcupcakery.com

photographer:
Kimberly Hurst
kim@kimberlyhurst.com
http://www.kimberlyhurst.com/

[images by Kimberly Hurst]

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Modern tea party inspiration

Julianne wrote to me last week after I was having a pretty crappy day, and totally changed it around with her note.  Apparently, she’s been trying to come up with a theme for a party she’s hosting, and after seeing the Esther Coombs cakestand post, came up with a modern tea party theme!  She put together this inspiration that day and I just had to show it off here, it would make a great bridal shower!  Thanks Julianne!

photo credits for launch party inspiration board:
(from left to right, starting at top)

1:  julianne smith (www.juliannesmith.com)
2:  martha stewart (http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/bridal-shower-tea?lnc=&rsc=lpg&lpgStart=1&currentslide=14&currentChapter=2#ms-global-breadcrumbs)
3:  golden star tea (http://goldenstartea.com/) divx wall e
4:  La Tartine Gourmande  (http://www.laduree.fr/public_fr/produits/macarons_accueil.htm via southern weddings  http://www.swsmag.net/blog/2008/5/7/la-tartine-gourmande.html)
5:  paul lowe (http://sweetpaul.typepad.com/ via southern weddings http://www.swsmag.net/blog/category/inspirations?currentPage=13)
6:  hello cupcake (http://www.hellocupcakeonline.com/)
7:  southern weddings (http://www.swsmag.net/blog/2009/1/16/special-friday-post-oh-sugar.html)
8:  julianne smith (www.juliannesmith.com)
9:  jen fariello (http://www.jenfariello.com/ via snippet & ink http://snippetandink.blogspot.com/2009/04/real-wedding-saturday-kristin-dan.html)
10:  martha stewart (http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/bridal-shower-tea?lnc=&rsc=lpg&lpgStart=1&currentslide=2&currentChapter=1#ms-global-breadcrumbs)

11:  paul lowe (http://sweetpaul.typepad.com/

u d o – solid mp3 download

via southern weddings http://www.swsmag.net/blog/category/inspirations?currentPage=13)

12:  martha stewart (http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/bridal-shower-tea?lnc=&rsc=lpg&lpgStart=1&currentslide=27&currentChapter=2#ms-global-breadcrumbs
13: esther coombs (http://www.esthercoombs.com/ via brooklyn bride http://bklynbride.com/?p=3885)

By the time you read this, Chad and I will be on a plane to Atlanta for the weekend!  See you back here on Tuesday and have a great Memorial Day!

[inspiration board by Julianne Smith]

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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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Real wedding: Anne + Abe

Anne Le Guerne, a super talented illustrator here in Brooklyn (she designed the invites), recently got married to her hunny Abe, and Jen Causey was nice enough to send me some pics!  Looks like a fun affair!

abe is a jewish-american real estate developer and i am a french, atheist stylist and illustrator (minifrenchie@blogspot.com).  what has been the common link for the 14 years we’ve known each other? our dedication to our family and friends.  From the flowers, done by my dear friend djamila moore, to my skirt that my grandmother and i reworked from my mother’s 30 year old wedding dress, to the huppa i hand-stitched from our families’ lace collections, we were surrounded by love everywhere!

after debating numerous and complicated wedding scenarios, we decided to have an all brooklyn affair.  we started the day with a portrait session with friend and wonderful photographer jennifer causey (http://simplyphoto.blogspot.com/).  then headed to the back stable of frankies (http://www.frankiesspuntino.com/) in carroll gardens, for the family-only ceremony and dinner.  after a delicious meal, we walked over to the bellhouse (http://www.thebellhouseny.com/home.php) where 100 of our friends and family were waiting for us with confetti.  the dreamy dreamland orchestra (www.dreamlandorchestra.com) music was a perfect soundtrack to the night while we danced and feasted on the delicious  treats of baked (http://bakednyc.com/) in redhook.

we ended the night blissfully happy and exhausted just as it should be.  now, we are planning part deux with my family in france this summer.  think, family farm in the alps: can’t wait!

[images by Jennifer Causey]

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