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: Anna + Sean









Anna and her husband Sean are one creative couple…I think their wedding speaks for itself!

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE: Sean and I got married in a field in front of a cabin outside of Seattle that has been in my family for generations. My great-great-great grandfather owned the land between the cabin and what is now Kayak Park. Over the years all the land was sold, but my great grandmother was eventually able to buy back a small portion of the property where the cabin now sits. I spent many childhood summers there picking apples, camping in the field with cousins, swimming and building elaborate sand/driftwood forts down at the beach, so it was a very meaningful spot for us to have our ceremony and reception. My parents and grandparents put so much love and time into the cabin – painting the trim, collecting driftwood to build the arbor we were married under, and landscaping the field with flowers that matched our wedding colors – yellow, orange, and red. We were married by the same pastor who married my parents – an old family friend whose daughter I grew up with.

INVITATIONS: Sean and I have our own design company, Sub-Studio (

http://store.sub-studio.com/custom/custom.html), where we design hand-screened paper goods. We knew we wanted to design as many elements as possible for the wedding. We set the tone for our outdoor, destination wedding (my family was local, but Sean’s family and most of our friends flew in from the New York area), with a playful suitcase motif save the date. The invitation that followed was more refined and elegant and was designed around a leaf motif to refer to the outdoor ceremony/reception. A red thread wrapped around the invite to imply a branch, which also became a way to tie all of the different pieces of the invitation together. The same red thread showed up again in the binding of our programs.

GOWN: I bought my wedding dress from the Bridal Garden in NYC (http://www.bridalgarden.org/), a not-for-profit bridal boutique that sells deeply discounted designer wedding gowns. All proceeds from the Bridal Garden go to the Sheltering Arms Children’s Service (an organization dedicated to the education of New York City children). My gown was by Melissa Sweet – I was instantly attracted to its simplicity and the delicate bead work. I wore a very simple veil that was made for me by one of the seamstresses at the Bridal Garden.

ACCESSORIES:

I kept my jewelry very minimal and wore a pair of earrings that I made from faceted citrine drops. I made matching earrings and necklaces for my bridesmaids. My shoes were classic, creme pumps by Bandolino that I got from DSW. They had a slight wooden heel which was great for walking around in the grass all evening, since you couldn’t see the dirt.

HAIR AND MAKEUP: The lovely Erin Skipley of Bellatrix Studio (http://www.bellatrixstudio.com/) did the hair and makeup of myself and my bridesmaids. I normally wear no makeup at all, and Erin was able to find just the right mix of natural and dramatic.

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: My bridesmaids wore dresses from Ann Taylor Loft. The dresses were creme, with a simple, dark navy (almost black) graphic of a plant running vertically along the mid section of the dress. It was hard to convince my ladies to wear white (they were afraid the white would call too much attention to themselves), but ultimately we (especially me!) loved how it turned out.

FORMAL WEAR: We didn’t ask the groomsmen to buy specific suits for the wedding, so long as they were black. They wore yellow pocket squares and ties to match my bridesmaids’ flowers and Sean had a red pocket square and tie that matched my bouquet. Sean had custom Converse slip-ons made for himself and for the groomsmen. All of the shoes were black – Sean’s shoes had red stitching and his groomsmen’s had yellow stitching.

CEREMONY PROGRAMS: We designed our programs around our invitations with a simplified leaf design. The program cover was printed with red that matched the detail of the invitations, and they were bound with the same red thread as the invitations.

FLOWERS: My mom found our florist, Amy (khryshaze@aol.com), who lived just a few minutes away from the cabin and had a sign for fresh flowers in front of her house. We described our vision to her and she made it happen. Because we were having an outdoor wedding we wanted the flowers to pop against the green backdrop, so we went with yellow, red, and orange arrangements, using a mix of dahlias, gladiolas, lilies, cosmos, and gerber daisies. For the most part, each arrangement was kept to shades of one of the three colors. We didn’t want the arrangements to obstruct the view of the guests, so we kept them small and had several centerpieces on each table. Amy provided simple, white vases for the arrangements.

CATERING: Chef Bertron (http://www.chefbert.com/) was our caterer.

The cabin is located about an hour north of Seattle, so before the ceremony we had a cocktail hour and served hors d’oeuvres, to give people time to arrive and relax. For dinner Chef Bert served grilled, fresh Alaskan salmon, spring mixed greens, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled baby corn with chili and Parmesan cheese and fresh sour dough bread. One bonus with Chef Bert – he will come to your home and cook your proposed wedding menu (for a party of six – it’s his version of a tasting). Because we were planning our wedding from across the country, we didn’t get to take advantage of this great service, but I was able to convince my cousin and his wife to sacrifice an evening to help us out.

MUSIC: We hired the Pacific Brass Quintet (http://www.pacificbrassquintet.com/) to play for 2 1/2 hours which covered the cocktail hour, the ceremony, and most of dinner. They played a great selection of jazz music. Afterwards, we had an iPod, curated by Sean, that provided the music to dance to. On our RSVP, we had asked each guest to request a song, and included all of the requests in the iPod mix. Our first dance was to Etta James’ “Sunday Kind of Love”, the song that Sean had asked me to dance to by the reflection pool at Lincoln Center before proposing. I love that song.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Between our photographer, Summerhouse Photography (

kmgiordano@gmail.com), and our artistic friends (the photos shown here are a mix from all of these people), I was so pleased with the photos of our wedding. Kristin was great – she has a candid style that we loved and she was a pleasure to work with. We also had two Polaroid cameras that our guests used to sign our guest book with and also to take photos with throughout the evening. As you can imagine, the photos got more and more funny as the night progressed!

CAKE: Sean and I are both cupcake people, so we opted not to have a traditional wedding cake but to have cupcakes made instead by Haggen (http://www.haggen.com/), iced in our wedding colors. My mom had a larger cupcake made up for us to cut and feed to each other. Our cake toppers were a little Lego bride and groom that I found on Ebay.

FAVORS: We made prints for each guest as the favor, and designed a print that incorporated the cabin and the location of the stars on our wedding night. We screenprinted it with metallic dark navy ink onto a pale blue paper. We strung the favors on a makeshift clothes line, along with each guest’s table card.

The evening ended with a big bonfire and s’mores. It was the perfect way to finish celebrating.

[images from Summerhouse Photography]

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Erica + Patrick



Have you guys been checking out Thoughtful Day lately? Erica just got back from her fabulous wedding in Jamaica (can you say jealous?) and has been posting some fun images….she’s way more on the ball than I am…

[images from Thoughtful Day]

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Real wedding: Sarah + Nick





Sarah from Truly Smitten emailed me these amazing photos from her recent wedding, and I had to get her to do a write-up of all the details.

Theme / Color / Decor: (Modern with Charm)
My taste in design style has always been described as simple yet sophisticated, modern and charming by friends and family…so naturally, coming up with our wedding theme and decor was very easy. We wanted to go for something simple and elegant and incorporate nice contrasting hues of yellows, marigolds paired up with black. I also designed clustered pattern of ginkgo leafs on all my printed materials such as programs, invitations, signage, etc… it’s a personal favorite tree of my dad’s and I knew he would find this charming.
Ceremony & Reception: (Westin Hotel – Lakeside Pavillion Tent, Itasca IL)
We got lucky and were able to snag our tent at the hotel to have our ceremony and reception in. We utilized the same room to do both and just flipped the room during our cocktail hour (which was in the lobby). Our florist lined the aisle with clusters of lemony yellow and white floral arrangements and tall stemmed votives on both sides. It was very important for me to have both my mom and dad give me away to my husband, so also decided to go with a extra wide aisle runner so that BOTH my parents were able to walk me down the aisle. We chose to go with gold chivari chairs and had my coordinators place programs on each seat and also I designed these “Bride” side and “Groom” side signages to be tied to the very last row of both sides of the aisle so that the guests would know which side to sit at. It was very efficient method and there was no need for ushers either. We had our string quartet play Handel “Water Suites” for the bridal party procession and I picked Vivaldi’s “Winter Largo” for my walk down the aisle. The cocktail hour was when we incorporated both our Thailand and Korean heritage by having thai appetizers and me changing into my traditional korean dress. The highlight of the night was our photobooth! We had a photobooth station with a technician and I also had a photobook/message table set up where guests could paste their photo and leave a message in this book. (www.partyphotobooths.com)
Floral Design: (Grace Ha-Kim from www.vale-of-enna.com)
I have a friend who’s a fantastic floral designer. Grace, Vale of Enna. We worked together to come up with low and lush centerpieces for the ceremony and reception. I told her that I wanted a “spring garden” look to our wedding and she chose lush, wide blooms in hues of yellows and whites and lined each vase with sliced lemons. Our tent ended up smelling so lemony! Grace also used tall dogwood branches and tulips for our ceremony altar piece arrangements and place card table. My bouquet consisted of beautiful creamy white ranunculus and rice flowers with black sash and my bridal party had this gorgeous eye popping green centered yellow-orange ranunculus.
Invitation & Printed Materials: (Myself, Truly Smitten – www.trulysmitten.com)
I designed all the invitations and paper materials with the gingko leaf patterns. We have a ginkgo tree growing in my parent’s back yard so I took a leaf and just digitally illustrated it and voila! I had a pattern for my letterpressed invitation, programs, signages, menus etc… Designing my invitations was my favorite part about this wedding =)
Photographer: (David Turner Photo – www.davidturnerphoto.com)
We had a fantastic photographer and assistant that captured everything so well! I highly recommend him! They were truly a joy to work with.
Bridal Attire:
My dress is actually a generic no-name brand. I had my aunt alter the design of it and I attached the black sash to it. To compliment my dress and sash, I wore a black satin d’orsay heels, a simple silk and feather vintage floral hair piece and a waist length veil. My bridesmaids dresses were from Vera Wang and I had all of them wear bright yellow flats during the reception and cocktail hour and wear their formal black heels for ceremony only. Groom and groomsmen wore classic black and white tux with black ties.
Weather:
It was HORRID! Raining, storming AND snowing.
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