Since I couldn’t make ALL the fabulous events at the Brooklyn Popup Wedding Series this past weekend (although I wish I could), the ladies at The Wedding Library were kind enough to fill me in on what I missed. Here’s the rundown:
We may have been in Williamsburg, but I have to give some love to our fabulous new printer friends in DUMBO: Dabney Lee and her amazing team! Both DL At Home and the stationery lines use the boldest mix of prints and patterns — printed front and back with attention grabbing envelope liners to boot. Who wouldn’t want a chevron printed recipe box or personalized serving tray? The Wedding Librarians agree: these invitations and accessories make you want to have a party just to send something so great to your friends. But, if you’re not up for hosting, they also have darling social stationery and don’t get me started on the desk pad: I could happily doodle through my day with this by my side. A special thanks to Courtney for spending Saturday with us!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream — well, Ice Cream Social stationery that is! This Sunday we were treated not only to viewing their freshest designs (including the invitation that will be used for our weddings at the chapel at the end of this month), but also to Drumsticks and Good Humour bars. The duo behind Ice Cream Social, Jenn and Mary, exude the hipster/urban scene that Brooklyn is known for! It was great to “pull back the curtain” in the creative process and learn about what inspires these designers. It’s hard to choose favorites from this line — we ended up giving them a whole table because all of their products are worth looking at! I am especially impressed with how they can “brand” a couple and use a custom motif on anything: stationery, tote bags, thank you notes…very very cool and very very sweet (no wonder they call themselves Ice Cream Social)!
Another special guest appearance was from a longtime Wedding Library friend, Lisa Hoffman, of Ceci New York. Lisa is the creative director at Ceci and she brought some of her favorite custom suites to illustrate what she does so wonderfully. Over panini and salad, Lisa also showed off her line of boxed sets — the “Landing” set with a motif of sparrows taking of and landing on telephone wires is particularly fetching. So even if you aren’t planning a wedding, now you can bring a little Ceci into your life! Personally, I’d like to thank Lisa for sharing photos from her recent wedding taken by Mel Barlow — if you are unfamiliar with Mel’s amazing work, then you definitely should stop by the pop-up next week when we feature our photographers to meet her.
If you were able to come this weekend, then you probably received a token of our affection. It makes me wish I had thought of it, but I have to give credit where credit is due: how clever is the team at Gifts for the Good Life?! If you missed the event, we handed out screen-printed burlap gift bags with three delicious subway tokens inside. Technically, they were subway tokens made out of vanilla wafer-esque cookies, dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles and they were accompanied by a wonderful story that you can actually read verbatim on an earlier post (it’s about falling in love, hipster-style, on the L-Train). I have fallen hard (hipster-style or otherwise) for Gifts for the Good Life and I am always amazed at what touch of personalization they’ll come up with next!
[image from the Wedding Library]
I was so impressed with Domestic Constructions window design for the shop! They made paper flower garlands and mixed in some scraps of fabric in shades of pink…such a simple concept but so effective! Its a nice take on all those garlands I’ve been seeing lately.
Bryn from Paperfinger was an absolute sweetheart! When I first met her on Saturday, she looked so familiar I had to ask where I knew her…apparently we both went to Skidmore College! Small world! She’s quite talented with her calligraphy, and is able to do lots of different types…but my favorite is where she fills in the letters.
Here’s whats coming up this week at the chapel:
June 11th-14th, 1pm-8pm Daily: Wedding Photography Exhibit curated by The Wedding Library. You’ll get to check out prints from some of the best in the wedding photography and videography world.
June 11th, 6-9pm – Opening Exhibit party with photographers/videographers
June 13th, 6-10pm – I’ll be hosting a party featuring The Flashdance and an amazing raffle. If you’re interested in popping by, please RSVP at brooklynchapelRSVP@gmail.com.
[images by Brooklyn Bride]
Special one-stop shop evening and chance to buy new bridal gowns by Vera Wang, Marchesa, Gucci and more for thrift shop prices
Housing Works doesn’t let the recession keep bridal dreams from coming true. Housing Works Thrift Shops present Bride on a Buck—an exclusive shopping event recession-conscious brides can delve into veils first. Brides will get:
First dibs at drastically reduced NEW designer dresses in sizes 4-8 (retail at $3000-$9000, will be sold at 75% off) from bridal couturiers such as:
Vera Wang, Giovanni Ravello Bridal Couture, Monique Lhullier, Marchesa
Vintage wedding dresses and formal dresses also available! Don’t need a dress? Brand new shoes from Yoriko Powell (also priced at 75% off retail!) and vintage veils and accessories also will be up for sale.
* Complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Housing Works’ own catering company, The Works
* Free raffle of floral arrangements donated by Tantawan Bloom
* Gift bags filled with goodies (for the first 50 brides)
* Free makeup application
Can’t make it on Wednesday evening? The Gramercy Shop will continue the bridal sale on Thursday, June 11th, 2009.
WHAT: Housing Works Gramercy Thrift Shop Bride on a Buck
WHEN: Late night shopping and party, June 10th from 7 to 9pm; sale continues June 11th from 11am to 7pm (Cost: FREE)
WHERE: 157 East 23rd St. between 3rd and Lexington Aves.
All profits from Housing Works Thrift Shops go to Housing Works’ lifesaving services for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. Those services include housing, medical care, meals, job training and drug treatment programs. Like Housing Works’ other locations, the Soho store will provide jobs for participants in Housing Works job training program for people living with HIV and AIDS.
ABOUT HOUSING WORKS: Housing Works is the largest community-based AIDS service organization in the United States, as well as the nation’s largest minority-controlled AIDS service organization. Since 1990, we have provided lifesaving services to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. For more information visit www.housingworks.org
Tonite, The Brooklyn Pop-up Wedding Chapel has its first public special event! From 6pm-8pm, The Wedding Co. all the way from Toronto will be there with their Crane Chandelier on display and everyone can come in to learn how to make an origami Crane from the expert ladies themselves, Catherine & Stephanie! They came all the way from Canada for this so it’s not to be missed!
The Wedding Co. is building a chandelier from origami cranes signed by brides and grooms from around the globe. It’s their goal to collect 10,000 of these peaceful tokens of love: For each one they receive, they’ll donate 50¢ to cancer research. How cool is that?? As an engaged bride or groom, this is your opportunity to contribute to a community and an art installation piece. Not engaged? Then participate by coming by and folding a crane or just by spreading the word!
I’m hoping to pop up so I can learn how to finally make a paper crane! Here’s what else is happening this weekend:
FRIDAY JUNE 5
6-8pm Wedding Co.’s Cranes Chandelier Project, Origami Crane demonstration
SATURDAY JUNE 6
12-2pm Lunch with Lisa Hoffman, Ceci NY, “How to Create a Creative Invitation Suite”
6pm Share a drink with us to celebrate the opening of the Brooklyn Pop-Up Wedding Series
SUNDAY JUNE 7
12-1pm Kimberly Canale of Inspired Goodness demonstrates developing a set of printed goods for your wedding
1-2pm The ladies at Ice Cream Social discusses their motif design process AND host an actual ice cream social
2-3pm Inspired Goodness gives good ideas on out-of-towner packages with Brooklyn style
3pm Anna Beckman demonstrates her fun and unique calligraphy style
[images from Ruth]
OK, so I’m totally psyched to be hosting a get together at the Brooklyn Popup Wedding Series! on Saturday 6/13 from 6-10pm. Michael from The Flashdance is flying out all the way from California just to DJ, how cool is that??
And oh yeah, and a raffle…I’ve asked some of my favorite vendors to donate some wicked cool items, from free wedding invitations to free engagement sessions, ring pillows and hair pieces. There’s something for everyone! Tickets to take part in the raffle are $5, and proceeds will be going to the I Do Foundation, so please come on by! Very cool giftbags to the first 25 brides too!
RSVP to brooklynchapelRSVP [at] gmail.com by 6/10 so we can get an idea of how many people will be coming.
[invite by Ice Cream Social]
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