Modern museum wedding inspiration

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Museum weddings are some of my favorites because you've got a big white box to work with and lot of cool art so you can keep decorations to a minimum.   For this particular shoot, a very talented group of vendors came together to show how great it can all look!

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How amazing would it be to get married in front of this sculpture?

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Our real bride & groom models Jenny & Scott (recently married out of state) got to try their hand again at looking like the perfect couple. It was not hard for Jenny glowing in an Alvina Valenta dress fondly called “Glitter Tulle” provided by The White Flower with a beautiful hair piece by Rachel Larraine and Scott looking dapper in his own snappy Grey suit. Our “bridesmaids” also wore fun and flirty knee length gowns in different shades of grey provided by (the White Flower adjacent) The Bridemaids Boutique with handmade accessories by me! They each had the most adorable structured bow headband by Rachel Larraine and a sweet bunch of daffodils that Annette Gomez wrapped with colorful silk wraps. Our adorable Flower girl had her own little silk wrapped basket of daffodils to compliment her beautiful layered flower dress. Lovestruck Make-up Artistry did their magic to make the pretty girls even more beautiful!

The ceremony was held around the sculpture called “The Beast” a purple, blue and turquoise twisted metal piece reaching through the lower level like metal fire tongues ….Red Metal folding chairs lined up in rows waiting for guests. Annette Gomez then created as if by magic two eight foot myrtle hedges set in big sleek black wooden planters. Trios of huge glass cylinders full of water floated aluminum balls and Boxes of wheat grass lined the walkway. The existing stairway provided a dramatic entrance for the bride.

On the main floor we created a “feast table” with a strong base of pewter pin-tucked linens from A Perfect Table and Shiny Black Phantom Chairs from Lounge Appeal, They created a nice contrast to the whimsy and fun of the floral.  Annette sat over 60 vases of frosted glass in fun shapes on our mirrored runner.  The palette of greens, turquoise, chartreuse and aqua were the perfect vessels for the fun flowers she carefully hand picked. There were fat China Mums, fragrant Hyacinth, Spindly Dogwood, Swamp Lilies, and Daffodils standing at different levels and stuck with wire hanging paper signs of different geometric shapes from Brightly Designed…who also created  a custom signature pattern paper insert with the “bride and groom’s ” name which sat between a square mirror charger and a heavy square plate.   A Martini Glass from Raphael’s held a sugar lime concoction with a little flag ready for each guest and an accordion folded place card above each place setting.The paper products which tied in the perfect
randomness of the colorful vases with the turquoise shantung napkin.

The space upstairs is so cool you could do anything with it, but for us it made the most sense to lounge it out ….Lounge Appeal brought in plush charcoal grey couches set with their amazing glow vintage glow cubes and shiny jewel cube seats… We set them up as separate vignettes so people could cozy up and chat We finished the look with custom pillows bringing in all our colors.

The outdoor patio is fabulous and overlooks the gaslamp area…Fresh breeze flows in from the Bay as we set “belly bar” tables. A Perfect Table brought in pop royal blue shantung linens tied with a peacock colored sash. The existing chartreuse green Adirondack furniture from the Museum is so cool and made from recycled milk cartons we worked it into the design.

The New Children’s Museum has a permanent piece called “The Rain House” that provided the perfect spot for our “Smile Booth” check out the bridal party ….It was so fun and colorful they were literally  ..all smiles….

“The Art of Love” was a combination of modern and gorgeous. The layered look was perfect for the bride who is not afraid of color but still wants all the bells and whistles of a traditional wedding…with a modern twist.

Venue: The New Children’s Musem
Photography:  Suzanne Hansen
Design and Coordination: Jennifer Nesovic Jen Likes Weddings
Floral and Decor: Annette Gomez
Invitations and Paper Amazingness:  Courtney Bright
Furnishings: Lounge Appeal
Rentals: Raphaels
Linens: A Perfect Table
Chalk Art: Big Picture Solutions
Hair and Make-up: Lovestruck
Gown: The White Flower
Dresses: The Bridesmaid Boutique
Hair Accessories: Rachel Larraine
Music: Elite British DJ
Catering: Continetal Catering
Cake: CAKE
Bar: Best Beverage  Catering

Real wedding: Heather + Russ

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Cool can't even begin to describe this wedding that photographer Jennifer MacFarlane sent over last week…all tradition was thrown out the door for a totally unique event!  I'll let her tell you more…

The vendors were all friends and friends of the family. Russ is a photographer from Staten Island and Heather is a dancer from Queens. The ceremony and receptions took place at the NYC Fire Museum.

Another highlight, which you can see in the photos, is when Russ broke the glass and brought the whole chupah down on the officiant….which made for one of the funniest photos of my career!
The highlight of the night was Russ and Heathers 1st dance which started with a choreographed dance to “I had the time of my life” from Dirty Dancing, mid song the record scratched and to the reggae dancehall favorite “Lyrical Gangsta” then to Heavy D's “Now that we've found love”.  Each second the dance moves getting saucier and sillier…which set a precedent for the rest of the night!

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Engagement and wedding rings were custom made by Little King Jewelry

Cake was by Jasmine Bojic, the pastry chef at Tavern on the Green

Our cake topper was custom designed by my cousin's girlfriend, Crystal Hanehan

Heather's ceremony dress, pink/gold, is by Phillip Lim and the reception dress, teal leopard, is Nanette Lepore.

Heather had a custom hairpiece by Etsy artist Myra Callan of Twigs&Honey

Catering and decorations including flowers were by Chez Vous. The proprietor and chef of Chez Vous is a close family friend, Ettore Mazzei.

And although she is currently based in London, our friend Siobhan Benson flew in to do our hair.

[images from Jennifer MacFarlane]

Real Atlanta wedding: Theresa + Jay

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Welcome back everyone!  Thought we could kick off 2013 with a fab wedding featuring horsey masks, a chic short dress, and a contemporary museum setting!

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From the couple!

All in all, we wanted a simple, relaxed wedding – outdoors, minimalistic, modern but warm and laid-back. We really wanted to focus on having fun and enjoying our close friends and family, most of whom came in from out of town (South Africa, Netherlands, Germany, CA, lots from NY, & Mississippi). We picked the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center for its open and post-industrial-esque space outside, with our fingers crossed for good weather and no trains (success on the weather!). Alice Reynolds helped us with the succulent-inspired arrangements and lots of the design details – including impromptu chalk drawings on the walkway that were a big hit with the guests.

We wrote our vows together with the help of our friend and officiant Jessica Chilton using crayons, construction paper and a toy-covered sand box (her day job is a creative arts therapist). Some of the highlights were the unexpected toasts, seeing props from the photo booth make their way to the dance floor and lavender smores (from our creative caterer SIMB) cooked over a flaming fire-pit. For the end of the night we had big plans for everyone to let off paper sky laterns, inspired by a trip to Thailand earlier in the year. Some alarmed guests, a few singed hairs, and a flaming tree later, we realized sky lanterns are a lot more graceful on the beach. Good thing the Georgia Brown Ale was flowing to calm the nerves!


Location: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
DJ: A-Dot
Invitations: Hello Tenfold
Floral: Alice Reynolds
Catering: Sun in My Belly
Day-of Coordination: Emily Gomez
Photographer: Kendrick and David – Our Labor of Love
Officiant: Jess Chilton

[images from David & Kendrick of Our Labor of Love]

Real wedding: Hayley + Jeff


We really wanted a wedding that would feel vintage and romantic but with little pops of quirkiness. Jeff and I now live in Philadelphia, but since I’m from Florida, and we met there our freshmen year of college, we thought it would be an appropriate place to tie the knot. South Florida, even in January, can be pretty warm so the weather really threw us for a loop when it was suddenly 40 degrees and rainy. Everyone made-do though, and I was able to borrow my maid of honor’s grandmother’s vintage fur to keep the chill off.

My Grandfather married us at the Royal Poinciana Chapel, which is a very charming little church in Palm Beach. The church has a very quaint, almost cottage-like feel to it. The reception was held at the Flagler Museum, a perfectly preserved mansion built in 1902 by Henry Flagler. Guests had free reign of the museum during the cocktail hour, where we served a couple of our favorite cocktails and listened to a gypsy jazz duo. Flagler is known for building the railroad from the northeast, all the way down to the Florida Keys. His personal train car is held in the room where we had the reception making it feel as though you were actually in a beautiful old train station.

My dress was by Vera Wang and the bridesmaids wore Simple Silhouettes. In my hair I wore pieces by Twigs and Honey and Maria Elena. I designed the wedding stationary and had it printed by Studio on Fire. We really love good food, and our caterer, Chez Gourmet, did a great job of giving us all our favorites, from fried risotto balls and crab cakes to a gelato bar. One of my fabulously talented bridesmaids Lauren Alane, did us the honor of making our adorable cake topper. The amazing Annabel from Belathée was our photographer. I’ve admired Belathée’s work for a long time, so it was a dream to have Annabel capture the day.





[images from Belathée Photography]

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Studio tour: Always a Bridesmaid

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Name: Xochitl Gonzalez

Location: Downtown Manhattan

Company: Always a Bridesmaid

What is your aesthetic? City Chic

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? It's colorful, warm and a bit eclectic, which I think is definitely what we try and bring to our clients.

Favorite part of your studio? I love that we took the time to line our shelves with the toile print. It makes me happy on a daily basis.  More practically, I love that we have the space to meet with our clients, show sample vases and still have some of our team able to do some work.

Where do you go for inspiration? Fabric stores and linen shops really do a lot to get my juices flowing. But, a trip to the Met museum is a sure-fire way to come up with some ideas. There is just so much there.

What tool do you use in your business that you can't live without? If they stopped manufacturing safety pins, we'd be out of business.   That, and a scanner!

Is there anything you'd upgrade to? The only thing we'd change is our location. We're on a VERY busy street and it is a comedy routine when we are loading up gift bags or getting deliveries.

Anything else we should know? For some bizarre reason, despite having a decent amount of space, Mayra (my business partner) and I keep our desks about 1 foot apart. It's strange.

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Are you in the wedding industry and have a cool studio space?  Send some pics over!

[images from Always a Bridesmaid]