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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sub-studio Windsor Collection

I’m so into these semi-custom invites from sub-studio…while the designs are readymade, you can customize the colors to fit your palette.

[images from sub-studio]

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