You + Me*: Keepin’ it neutral party inspiration

So often wedding events are geared toward women; it’s easy to forget that the opposite sex will likely be in attendance at all but the girliest of occasions. Our inspiration stemmed from the idea that a soiree can be gender neutral, but still feel chic, beautiful, and of course, festive. With a bright, happy color palette, unexpected floral arrangements, custom paper goods featuring graphic elements, beautifully wrapped favors, and modern table décor, this tapas party is a fete that both genders will love.

Stay tuned for DIY instructions on how to wrap favors using fabric. The final product is gorgeous, but here's the best part: instead of tossing packaging, your guests end up with a pretty handkerchief that will remind them of you. – Miya & Elisabeth


Photography- Angela Gaspar
Floral Design- Kat Flower
Styling- YOU + ME*
Blockprinted napkins and tapas- Mary Ellen Amato

Angela Gaspar and You + Me* Lifestylists are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride.

You + Me*: You’ve Got Mail! V-day party

Valentine’s day is lurking just around the corner, but we like to think we shower our sweethearts with affection more than just once a year. That means they don’t mind when we take a cue from our favorite third graders, and spread the love to the whole class (well, the grown-up version of the whole class anyway). We gathered our favorite people in one place to make and exchange valentines.

With handmade cards instead of the Snoopy variety pack, a vintage mailbox in lieu of a paper bag delivery system, and shot glasses of teeny tiny cookies rather than boxes of stale conversation hearts, this valentine exchange was a definite upgrade from elementary school. The best part is that this friendly gathering reminded us that love notes should be exchanged far more frequently than once a year. If you’re looking for an excuse, engagement parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, or weddings are all good ones.

Oh, and we know we’ve already mentioned the teeny tiny cookies, but we’re not sure words can actually convey what a big hit these little glasses of cookie confetti proved to be. The cookies are just SO TEENY TINY. – Miya & Elisabeth

Styling: YOU + ME* Lifestylists
Floral Design: Traci Terrick
Photography: Sean Dagan Photography

Cozy Couple’s Shower

We hope you'll like looking at this shower as much as we liked throwing it. The lovebirds you see here are Mike and Amber, two of our wonderful friends. They just got engaged (congrats, you crazy kids!), and we thought it would be fun to feature them in a few of our posts as they start their wedding planning.

For this shoot, we wanted to put autumn on par with summer as the go-to season for romantic soirees. When we were planning it, we kept coming back to the word “cozy,” but still wanted to maintain a celebratory feel that didn't feel like a holiday display at Macy's. We whipped up our inspiration board in plums and neutrals, and we knew we were on the right track. On the day of, joined by the astoundingly talented Trent Bailey, we shined up our prettiest cake plates, packed up our coziest sweaters, and and hightailed it out of the city for this cozy couples' shower.


Photography: Trent Bailey Photography
Desserts (fig cake, canele, leaf cookies, chocolate and caramel dipped pears): Cake Hero
Florals: Blossom and Branch
Couple series pillow: K Studio
Gray knit poncho: Wai
Knit scarves and bows (on packages): Emmadime
Burlap bags and other wrapping supplies: Olive Manna
Wreath and felt bows: ItzFitz

[images from Trent Bailey Photography]

Trent Bailey and YOU + Me* are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride
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