The New Modern: Chic Picnic Wedding

I thought it fitting to end summer with a modern take on a picnic inspired wedding. I originally wanted to use flowering plants for the centerpieces.  I still think geraniums would look super cute. But then I spied theses snappy zinnias and couldn’t resist. You could even use sunflowers, which also signal late summer. The key is to use one variety of flower and pack them together for visual impact. I felt it was import to add some black to the table to make it pop and not come off as overly sweet. Adrienne at Bespoke Affairs had the brilliant idea of using the red folding chair. Often couples think to choose a colored napkin to bring interest to the table but now I’ve become a bit obsessed with doing a colored chair as well. It would look amazing in white airy tent or loft space.

The treasure trove of goodness that is Etsy provided the lovely paper goods. I’ve always loved the look of white lettering on black paper. The fun and whimsical designs by Ello There completely fit the bill. I actually first became aware of Bambirdy’s work on Brooklyn Bride. Instantly I knew their irresistible mini banners would make a perfect detail. And of course no picnic would be complete without pie. I remember years ago I was a guest at a wedding where instead of serving a wedding cake they had a gorgeous table of homemade pies. Brooklyn Pie shop, Five and Twenty Black Birds provided the most scrumptious pies for our photo shoot. I can personally attest to their supreme deliciousness.

Have a great end of summer. I’m looking forward to sharing fall and winter inspirations! – Denise


Concept and floral design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design
Coordination and planning: Bespoke Affairs
Photography: Tory Williams
Pies: Four and Twenty Black Birds
Invitation: Ello There
Banner: Baumbirdy
Rentals including chairs and napkins: Party Rentals Ltd.


White pots: Ikea
Oil cloth runner: Brooklyn General
Mini pails: Jamali Garden

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Phi-Style: Half-Up Hair

Thinking having all of your hair down on your big day is a little too casual?  But putting it all up seems a little bit too scary?  Half-up dos are a great compromise.  You can take it from sleek and elegant, to loose and whimsical.  Try it! – Tram @

[images from Sunday in Bed, Rangoli Jewelry, Become Gorgeous, Hairstyle Talks, Jenna Carver, The Knot, Bridal Guide, and  Hair Romance]

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Neon wedding inspiration: Decor

For the table inspiration we did this 2 ways….more of a monochromatic scheme (above), and then punching it up with a little more color (below).  This really could be any color, but since fluorescent yellow seems to be in relatively big supply, it was easy to focus on this first.  In my mind, I wanted to dip lots of stuff in yellow paint…the vases, the silverware, maybe even the plates!  This proved slightly disastrous, and only the forks held the paint sufficiently, but in the end I liked this better….who really wants to dip a full set of silverware for a wedding with 150 guests anyway?

Dipping vs spraypainting: I chose to dip for 2 reasons….#1, I live in an apartment where I couldn’t control where the spray paint would go (believe me, it gets EVERYWHERE), and #2, I prefer the look of dipping.  It gives a cleaner edge  and you dont have to deal with that pesky taping like you would with spray paint.

Since I couldn’t dip the vases as originally planned, I made yellow wraps for them with ripstop fabric I ordered online, which I also used to sew a table runner.  The napkins did get dipped in fluorescent yellow fabric dye (by the way, its the quickest process ever!)

Artist tape played a big roll in jazzing up a normally monochromatic scheme, and creating a fun backdrop for pictures or just to give life to a normally white wall.  While there are lots of tapes that come in neon colors, stick with the artists kind because its safer on walls. Never use duct tape!

These invitations were printed by Paper+Cup without the design on it…instead, Minhee made me a stamp with the heart design and I made my own stamp pad (directions here) so I could use the neon paints I had found to get my pop of color in there.   I kept it really clean for the invitation but let it get a little messier on the escort cards for some contrast.

Neon can play apart in desserts and flowers too…here Betsy from Nine Cakes replicated the faceted heart motif from the invitations, and Sarah from Blossom & Branch sprayed leaves and eucalyptus pods yellow to intersperse amongst the textural white blooms.  Read the directions on the can, sometimes the color comes out better if you’re painting on a white base.

Here’s that artists tape again!  I loved the idea of taking traditional molding found in lots of interior architecture and punching it up with tape to outline its shape.  It really made an otherwise traditional element into something modern and a great backdrop!

So how about it?  Are you daring enough to bring a little neon into your wedding?


Photography: 1. art beauty life (assisted by Michael Troy)
Concept: Vané Broussard
Styling: Jacqueline Weppner (assisted by Stephanie & Amélie)
Florals: Blossom & Branch
Cake: Nine Cakes
Makeup & hair: Face Time Beauty
Invitation: Paper+Cup
Model: Thomi from DBG Model Management
Flatware: Forks from Fish’s Eddy, rest by Jasper Morrison
Plates: Moon by Rosenthal
Napkins: purchased at CB2, dyed with iDye fluorescent yellow
Napkin rings: Alissia MT rings
Table runner fabric: Beacon Fabric
Branch: Confetti System
Location: iCi in Fort Greene

1. art beauty life, Merci New York, Paper+Cup and Blossom & Branch are vendors of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings.

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Phi-Style: Engagement Shoot Outfits

1. See by Chloe brocade mini skirt, $320 | 2. Erdem Adele printed stretch-cotton skirt, $670 | 3. 3.1 Phillip Lim wool-crepe shift dress, $625 | 4. MIH JEANS vintage belted denim tunic, $225 | 5. 3.1 Phillip Lim stretch-silk top, $250 | 6. J.Crew plaid stretch-cotton shirt, $78

What do I wear to my engagement shoot?  Here are a couple of hints and tricks to get optimal professional photos.  – Tram @

1.  Bold colors – While black may be the most flattering and slimming on you in real life, black does not always photograph well.  Ever tried to edit a photo of someone wearing black and it just looks like their shirt is a solid block of black?  Exactly – it’s difficult to capture details, highlights, and shadows when wearing black.  The same goes with white clothing.  You can stick to a dark color, but try wearing bolder shades that will pop in photographs.

2.  Patterns – You don’t have to be afraid of patterns, but keep in mind that certain patterns can look dated.  Stick to classic patterns that don’t overpower your entire outfit.  Try choosing just one piece of patterned clothing and layer it with some solids.

3.  Fit – Wear something fitted, but not too tight.  Avoid overly loose clothing, as it can add weight in photographs.  You want to be able to see your shape, not a pile of fabric!

4.  Comfort – Wear something that you’re comfortable in and are able to move around while wearing.  The look of discomfort definitely is picked up in photographs!

5.  Be yourself - Wear something that is close to what you would normally wear.  You want to look back at these photos in 20 years and recognize yourself!  Avoid anything too trendy or styles that don’t reflect the true you.

[images from Net-A-Porter]

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DIY wedding

I’m completely smitten with this DIY wedding over at Weekday Carnival…what started out as a housewarming party turned into a surprise wedding!  So simple and beautiful…

[images from Riikka Kantinkoski]

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