A fashion designer + musician = awesome City Hall wedding! Check out that dress and fringed shoes!
[images from Sarah Tew Photography]
I always love seeing weddings of fellow interior designers….you can always see how what they design influences how they go about their wedding! This low-key affair is brimming with color and the graphic black and white really gives everything a pop!
“Our nontraditional wedding took place in a friend’s backyard with sky high hedges with stung lights and lanterns. I’m an interior designer (and my husband is a drummer) so we wanted something a little bold and edgy. We opted for black and white and natural linen table cloths, hem stitched linen napkins, smoked glass cigar ashtrays, hammered silver bowls to hold bottles of wine, bamboo chairs and high top stools. A trip to the downtown L.A. Flower market filled the silver mint julep cups with peonies, tulips, and some type of small green hydrangea. Not even sure what it was. And white hydrangeas which are a favorite. With the amazing catering and aesthetic help of Lulu Powers, bestselling author of “Lulu Powers food to flowers,” we were able to pull the wedding together in no time. Probably less than four weeks and totally stress free. She was absolutely instrumental in this event and completely understood our vibe from the beginning. All yummy food was passed and hor d’ourve size for easy grabbing but hardy enough to be in place of a seated meal. We stocked our own bar to cut down on costs but splurged on Lulu’s signature arugula mojito. Our invites were sent out via email for the sake of time and the environment. The landscape provided a bright backdrop for the great photography. Diana was a calm and artistic presence throughout the evening. She captured the cool essence of the night without it being contrived or posed. She surprised us with snap shots of special moments and funny expressions and little details we were pleased to discover. In retrospect, having a small wedding with the guest list topping out at 60, it was a perfect choice for us. It provided us the intimate setting we wanted, and outside of our own, there was a lot of love in the air that night.”
[images from Diana Rush Photography]
Is there anywhere more beautiful than The Foundry to get married in NYC? I almost think not based on these pictures!
[images from Our Labor of Love]
In 2005, Chris and Eric went on one of their first trips to Napa Valley, California and stayed at a private residence. Eric works for an importing and distributing company, so a wine tasting trip was very appropriate. The property features a very romantic setting. At the time, they both though of how amazing it would be for a wedding, not realizing that six years later, it would be their venue. The property features lots of fruit trees and a vineyard that overlooks the valley. In keeping with the natural beauty of their surroundings, they chose to do a simple yet rustic theme, choosing summery pale hues of yellow, green, and cream for their colors.
One of the first wedding planning tasks they had completed was finding a florist. After meeting Leah and Rafael, owners of Spiral Hand Floral and Event Design, they realized they shared a love for nature. It was a perfect match. Since Chris attended culinary school, a great caterer was extremely important. Andrea from The Girl and the Fig Caterers was wonderful at capturing exactly what Chris and Eric envisioned; amazing crostinis, an oyster bar with 500 oysters, and finally a dessert bar that included delicious pastries. Another vendor they could not have done without was their event planners, Amy and Janice, from Amy Nichols Events. Planning a wedding from NYC to California was not an easy task, but Amy and Janice made it seamless and effortless. Amy and Janice helped with every little detail, from representing their mini dachshunds, Gus and Tucker, to the honorary table that held pictures of their beloved ones who had passed on. Overall, their day was magical in its simplicity and truly reflected Chris and Eric as a couple. Together they shared a beautiful day with their friends, family, and each other.
Planner: Janice Javier for Amy Nichols Special Events
Photographer:Carolyn Quilici for Lisa Lefkowitz Fine Art Photography
Flowers: Spiral Hand Florist
Catering: The Girl and the Fig
Cake: Buttercream Bakery
Photobooth: Denon and Doyle
Hair & Makeup: Sherrie Long
[images from Carolyn Quilici for Lisa Lefkowitz Fine Art Photography]
The dress and shoes make this wedding for me…love the sparkle with tiny detailed petals fluttering all over the dress!
Venue: W Union Square
Catering: Todd English’s Olives
The W was the second place I looked at with my mother and our search ended there. The staff would have sold us if the space weren’t beautiful enough. Between the excellent onsite coordinator and quality of the food service, we felt like we were in great hands! And Nick and I are foodies, so guest expectations were pretty high.
Cake: LuLu Bakery
Cake Topper: www.fancyflours.com
I have been told this was the most delicious cake some people ever ate. I was not surprised.
Photography: Tory Williams
Before anyone even saw our photos, we got rave reviews about our photographer. She was always in the thick of things, but never in anyone’s way. She’s a photo ninja.
Florist: Denise Fasanello
Denise is a joy to work with. I wanted the wedding to be full or rich jewel tones and didn’t want to have to stick with a boring palette of two or three colors. Then I asked for food in my flowers. None of this threw her for a loop. She put together rich, lush arrangements dotted with rosemary, artichokes, pomegranates, sprays of olive branch, and berries.
Chuppah: my mom
Denise was wonderful in working with my mom on the chuppah. She kept the structure very simple and modern so that it didn’t complete with the beautiful tree of life design my mom created.
Ketubah: Rachel Deitsch
We decided to echo the tree of life theme in our interfaith egalitarian ketubah. Rachel is an amazing artist and so easy to work with on customization.
Invitations: Umi from Village Invites
I adore letterpress stationery, but found that invitations suites in letterpress were way out of budget. So I was thrilled when the incredible Linda at Village Invites told me that Elum Letterpress also makes a line of flatprinted cards!
Conversation starter guest books: Kate’s Paperie + DIY (inspiration from Martha Stewart!)
[images from Tory Williams]
Tory Williams & Denise Fasanello are members of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listing.