Real wedding: Janice + Clinton

Who we are as a couple:

Our style is definitely modern and minimal, but with a pinch of stylish fun. We both work in the design industry, so we need things to look good while working well. We also have a keen sense of humor and always like to make sure those clean, modern spaces and visuals are balanced out with a playful wink.

How we went about planning the day:

We decided early on that we didn’t want a wedding planner since we’re both overly concerned with the details and would have inevitably driven them crazy with our micromanagement. We wanted this wedding to be exactly what we envisioned, as we only plan to get married once ūüôā

After endless searching for an event space that fit our style and our budget, we finally found Maritime Parc. The Aviary on the third floor was great, very modern and white, but still warm and inviting with exposed wood beams. It was also the perfect size for our headcount of just under 100 guests and the perfect location to host our “Friday Night Fete”.

In keeping with the modern and minimal theme, we decided black and white was the most appropriate color palette. The color scheme¬† was inspired by the black and white motif in the Montauk hotel rooms at the Sole East Beach, where we stayed the weekend Clinton proposed. So this color connection has a deeper meaning to us. Everything printed, online and in the event space was black and white (or gray). To help include our guests into our event, we invited them all to wear black and white and become part of the grand design. To add the “stylish fun” into the mix we created a suite of black and white graphics and patterns to adorn everything from our invites to the tiny 1″ buttons the guests happily wore at our reception. Every visual element was thought through and intentional. This includes the bold, simple and sometimes delicate typography. As well as the intricate patterns on the invites which symbolize the convergence of our ideas, ideals, beliefs, and lives becoming intertwined, and inseparable.

How we felt it all turned out:

We absolutely loved the outcome! All the elements worked harmoniously with each other and we couldn’t have asked for a smoother transition between events of the night.

Some stand out elements were:
– the texture in the bride’s dress jiving with the graphics and patterns on the invites
– the flowers, lighting and table settings looking magnificent in the space
– the great mix of classic R&B and Soul resonating with all our guests
– the tasty mix of hors d’oeuvres like Grilled Asparagus, Pulled BBQ Chicken Empanadas, and Duck Fat Fries
– our custom signature cocktail, the Ginger Breeze made with candied ginger
– the great naturally lit top floor event space turning into a perfect evening with the NYC skyline as a backdrop
Everything had the right amount of style and the right amount of comfort.

Some stand out moments were:

– the mother/son dance where the Groom did the running man with Mom
– the Aunt and Uncle of the Bride, who have been married for over 50 years professed their love for one another is still as strong now as on their wedding day

And of course we loved the work of our photographer Jenny J, who we felt captured both of our personalities perfectly while documenting the day from start to finish.


Janice’s Outfit:
Dress / Veil – Vera Wang
Shoes – Benjamin Adams
Jewelry – Swarovski
Wedding Band – Cartier

Clinton’s Outfit:
Suit – J. Crew
Shirt – Brooks Brothers
Cufflinks – Kenneth Cole
Shoes – Paul Smith
Belt and Tie – Agnes B.
Wedding band – Stuart Moore, NYC

Lead Photographer: Jenny Jimenez
Second Photographer (food & drink details): Aga Matuszewska

Event Space: Maritime Parc
Flowers: Jennifer Palacio for Laura Clare Design
Lighting: Infinity Studios Lighting
Music: illvibe Collective
Space Planning and Decor: Janice Simpson (Bride)
Furniture and Props: Taylor Creative Inc
Graphic Design: Clinton Clarke (Groom)
“Day-of” Printing: Cast of Characters
Invite Printing: Bella Figura Letterpress

[images from Jenny Jimenez]

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Real wedding: Carly + Matt

I love seeing a good PUBLIC wedding…its a great modern restaurant on the lower east side with even BETTER food!¬† And for a chic couple like Carly + Matt, it was the perfect place to celebrate their nuptials.

Matt and I were engaged in June and we couldn’t pick a date fast enough, February 26th 2011. We live in and love Brooklyn but met in Manhattan, so at first it was hard to choose where to get married. After seeing PUBLIC and tasting the food it was an easy choice. Even though most people only traveled from Long Island or New Jersey, we wanted our wedding to be a destination for our guests; we wanted people to feel like they were going somewhere special. With no real expectations our day was absolutely perfect. It was simple and elegant and more than we could have hoped for. We were lucky enough to celebrate with our family and closest friends, and were truly able to enjoy everyone’s company. Matt and I wanted to the day to reflect who we are and what we love. We love to eat and drink and laugh.

Photographer: Jenny Jimenez
Location: Public Restaurant
Hotel: Cooper Square Hotel
Makeup: Lindsey Jones
Hair: Naeemah Carre from Under Her Veil
Dress: Nicole Miller
Grooms Suit: Michael Andrews Bespoke
Flowers: Denise Fasanello
Officiant: Rev. Jesse Hendrich, M. Div.
Invitations: Bella Figura

[images from Jenny Jimenez]


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Real wedding: Stephanie + Trev p.2

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More from Steph + Trev’s wedding…its all about the cool details!

It would be considered a sin as a graphic designer not to do my own invitations.  I created all of the paper accessories for our wedding, with major help from my friends and family with the assembly.

We created a save the date that embraced the Bavarian spirit of Leavenworth by taking a photo of ourselves in rented authentic Bavarian costumes that really showed off Trevor’s sexy long legs. ¬†haha!

For the invitation I did a simple illustration of two people in Bavarian attire holding hands with the mountains in the background.

Our programs, which doubled as fans were cut outs of either Trev’s or my face on one side and program information on the other. ¬†These led to many great photo ops, including a group shot of everyone at the wedding holding them up to their faces after the ceremony.

Trevor being a sexy bald man wanted to name our tables after bald celebrities, so I created table signs and escort cards that had coordinating bald heads on them. Don’t worry I didn’t forget that Britney Spears was once a bald celeb. ūüôā

For the long road trip home Trev and I made our guests cds to take with them.

A few of my other favorite wedding details were our roadside story and our rubber chicken¬†boutonni√®re. Instead of spending money on traditional flower¬†boutonni√®res¬†which I new the guys wouldn’t appreciate we bought miniature rubber chickens and glued them to pins. ¬†It was way more fun and the yellow went great with the ladies’ accessories.

My grandparents house is about 5 miles in on a windy country road with no cell service, so we came up with a way for people to know that they hadn’t gone too far and that they were almost there, a roadside story. ¬†Trev and I bought about 20 pieces of poster board and wrote out a nursery rhyme style story of how we met and fell in love. ¬†The signs were perfectly spaced and lead guests right to the ceremony. ¬†Here is what they said,

This is a story that begins at age 10,
Boy falls for girl. Girl “just wants 2 b friends.”
Boy builds¬†a go cart, she thinks it’s cheesy
However in reality it was off the heezy (for sheezy)
The girl moves on with her life, The boy does the same…
but in the back of their minds…
is the rear section of their brains.
Then their Jr year of high school…
he decided to ask her out…
she obliged with plenty of (crossed out with no next to it) doubt
Their relationship progressed through high times and low…
nearly six years had passed…
and they were ready to give it a go!
The dude got down on one knee…
and pulled out a¬†ring…
which brings you here today…
to Steph & Trev’s wedding.

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[images from Jenny Jimenez]

Jenny Jimenez is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Real wedding: Stephanie + Trev p.1

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When I saw this wedding a few weeks ago on Jenny Jiminez’s site, I just thought it was so happy and fun, and HAD to show it here on Brooklyn Bride.¬† I think a wedding is 10 times better when it has a sense of humor…I”ll let Steph tell you all about the great details and day overall…

Trev and I met when we were 10 years old. ¬†My grandma and I were going for a walk in the neighborhood, when I saw him playing on a slip n’ slide. ¬†It was “like” at first sight. ¬†Days later he asked me if I would pick blackberries with him, and I declined claiming that I just wanted to be friends. ¬†We grew up together and were kid version of boyfriend and girlfriend many times (each time ending with an¬†awkward¬†instant¬†messenger chat.) ¬†We started dating again for the last time in high school and 6 years later… he asked me to¬† marry him! ¬†A little over a year after that, we were married!

We decided that we would get married in a little Bavarian town called Leavenworth about 100 miles east of Seattle where we live.  When I was 3 my grandparents bought a little vacation house there and growing up I spent almost every weekend there.  My grandparents now live in Leavenworth full time and their home was the perfect location for our wedding.

Our wedding was the most amazing week long celebration that started and ended with a leisurely inner tube float down the local river with about 20 of our family and friends.  I have never felt more loved.

Planning a destination at home wedding is no easy task, which is why I hired Michelle Engvall to help me sort out all of the details and organize everything on the day of. ¬†Michelle was fantastic and I can’t imagine her not being a part of our wedding. ¬†Trev and I adore her.

Our photographer Jenny Jimenez was the first person I hired. ¬†As soon as I came accross her blog I new she was “the one.” ¬†Jenny is such a fun, genuine, energetic person and it shows in her photos. ¬†She is unbelievable!

The caterers, Ravenous Catering, served up a pre-ceremony cocktail hour of bite size hour d’oevres and signature drinks (raspberry¬†lemon aid, sprite, and vodka in a mason jar), after the long drive guests were happy to have food and drinks waiting for them. ¬†After the ceremony they arranged a delicious¬†assortment¬†of heavy appetizers such as bacon wrapped dates, sesame prawn skewers, and BBQ Baby Back ribs. ¬†We also had Ravenous Catering bake our wedding cake and cup cakes. ¬†Trev and I are both lover’s of the box funfetti cake, and when we asked them to make a small cake for us and cup cakes for the rest of the guests they looked at us like we were a little crazy. ¬†Some time during the reception the head caterer pulled me aside and told me that she had doubted me on the funfetti cakes, but couldn’t believe how delicious they were and how much our guests loved them. ¬†Needless to say they were completely gone the next day. ¬†Another big hit with the guests was our late night hot dog surprise! ¬†Hot dogs are by far my favorite food, and there was no way I was gunna have a wedding without them. Ravenous cooked the beer soaked dogs in their traeger and mmm… they were perfect!

Salmon Dave,¬†Leavenworth’s¬†local classic rock cover band skipped their family reunion to do our wedding. ¬†They were awesome guys that totally rocked. ¬†In fact at the end of the night after they played their last song, all of our friends and family started chanting “Salmon Dave,” and they were convinced into giving us an encore! ¬†They also did something very special for us, they performed a song with my Papa Jim. ¬†He sang and they backed him up. ¬†Papa Jim also sang me down the aisle with “Love me tender” originally by Elvis Presley.

The Tent was rented from Dynamic Tents, white chairs came from Nancy’s Party Rentals, linens from BBJ Linen, portable restrooms (which were a big hit came from Royal Restrooms, Beer from Cashmere Brewery, Hair and Make up for me and the gals by Liz White, vintage milk glasses, mason jars, cake stands, votives, ribbon that we hung in the trees, and shepherds hooks came from Bella Rugosa.

My dress was actually the shell of a strappy Dessy bridesmaids dress (la belle elaines)¬†that I brought to a seamstress Trish Jens.¬† She completely reconstructed the dress into my vision… adding the halter strap, adjusting the neckline, adding a bow/wrap, and a petticoat.¬† I found the most amazing corset at¬†Zovo Lingerie.¬† The corset peeked out of the neckline of my dress, so Trish found matching lace to peek out of the hemline! ¬†Trish also made my birdcage veil. ¬†My pink shoes were Stuart Weitzman.

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[images from Jenny Jimenez]

Jenny Jimenez is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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