Real wedding: Regan + Anders

Chad and I had some of our pre-wedding pictures shot at powerHouse books in DUMBO so when I saw you could actually get married there, I totally jumped on this wedding!  I’m loving the urban 20’s feel to it!  More from Regan below…

Within a month of becoming engaged, Anders and I pledged to hold our wedding in the big beautiful borough of Brooklyn where we have lived together since 2002. Our wedding theme was loosely inspired by the 1920s, an era of progress, rebellion, glamour—a time for optimism and hope: a perfect way to begin a marriage. We designed the save the dates ourselves, Polaroid mug shots of us holding up boards that read: “Regan and Anders: For Life.”

We were married in the evening on August 15, 2009 at powerHouse Books, a huge loft-like space with amphitheater seating, in DUMBO. Anders’s second cousin, the Reverend Dr. John Michael (Jack) DiMatteo, presided over a ceremony that allowed us to literally be “surrounded” by our friends and family. Our close friend Jen Weiers sang “Marry Me” for the bridal processional, a sweet, playful song by Suburban Kids with Biblical Names and Ken Beasley accompanied on the guitar.

The cocktail hour and reception was held at powerHouse, too, and we hired as many Brooklyn vendors as possible. Our caterer was Naturally Delicious and Loren Michelle put together a delicious Mexican inspired menu (tamales, ceviche, tacos, and salsa bar) with margaritas, white sangria, and cava to round out the cocktail hour. Our friend Jessica Sagert made homemade chocolates for all the guests, and our chocolate and salted caramel wedding cake topper was customized by Goose Grease. Loren recommended a terrific DJ, Ray Jarrell, who didn’t miss a step all evening. Wedding guests stayed at the Nu Hotel on Smith Street.

Our good friend Gabrielle Cali styled the event with floral in white, blues, and light greens. In lieu of escort cards, two days before the wedding, I wrote out the seating assignments on a giant mirror. Karen Wong designed an awesome large-scale invitation inspired by a 20s movie poster and our wedding program that doubled as a fan.

Anders and I don’t believe in many wedding traditions – especially the one that says you can’t see your fiancée before the ceremony! Instead, we met up early at the New Museum on the Bowery where our fantastic photographer Elizabeth Bick shot portraits of us in the museum’s Sky Room and around SoHo. She also set up a terrific photo booth at the reception which our guests loved.

My dress was Jenny Packham and my sister, Jana, wore David’s Bridal. David Jones, from Salon de Quartier in DUMBO, styled our hair which held up surprisingly well through an epic night of dancing.

[images from kissmeido photography]

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Studio tour: Craig Paulson Photography


Name: Craig Paulson
Location: New York City
Company: Craig Paulson Photography

What is your aesthetic? People say my photos are honest, unstuffy and organic and yet still very modern.  I’m a very easy going person and I really make an effort to connect with the people I photograph and I think my images show that.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I like my studio be a social place and we encourage kids, friends and spouses to stop by and have a chat. It’s cozy like a living room and filled with photographs and artwork by my kids.

Favorite part of your studio? The view of Union Square.  Look out the window and you really feel like you are in the heart of the city.  Oh, and the endless supply of jellybeans.

Where do you go for inspiration? I have a yurt upstate where I spend time with friends and family.  We have a river running through our property and I do manual labor sorts of things like chopping wood and building things.  Spending time up there really stokes my creativity and helps me focus when I’m back in the city.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My studio manager.  She takes on all the nit-picky things that take time away from working on images and promoting the business.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Hm, maybe a larger bowl for the jellybeans.

Anything else we should know? When I come in to the office, I take off my shoes and put on my office slippers.  I really look forward to coming to work because it’s a warm, inviting place.  We have so much fun, it doesn’t even feel like work.





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