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I’ve known Darcy ever since she was an intern at our office, so its great seeing her talent come through in the design of her own recent wedding. So many adorable details to be seen, and I’m kinda obsessed with her bouquet! Congrats Darcy & Adam!
Adam and I had a lovely, intimate wedding in Dumbo and Williamsburg. We combined many things that we love about Brooklyn with touches of my Portland roots and some modern takes on a typical Jewish wedding.
The girls and I started the day at the Wythe Hotel, which was the perfect setting. The beautiful and spacious suite gave us room to get ready together; that is hard to find in New York. Also, the photos were able to capture our room’s sweeping Brooklyn views. My dress is very special to me because it connects me to some of the most important ladies in my life. I first found it in California with my best friend Becky, the maid of honor But I was delighted to hear that the designer is based in Portland! A week later, I tried on the same dress in the designer’s shop, with my mother.
Adam and I got married at Main Street Pebble Beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park, just down the street from our apartment. As an interior designer, I had to put my little touch on many things! I built wooden steps for the guests, painted tons of hurricane vases to hold candles, and a sewed a chuppah by hand with Adam’s mom. And I bought many accent pieces at flea markets in Brooklyn and Portland. Even as a local, I am always impressed by the park’s amazing views. So guests were really in for a treat, with the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline in the background as we said our vows! My four year old step-niece was a last minute addition to the bridal party. But with her matching dress, and hand-picked flowers, how could I say no?
After Adam broke the glass, we took the traditional Jewish yichud (a moment of seclusion) the best way we knew how — over a beer at Dumbo Atrium. Yellow school buses soon arrived to to take us all to the reception at Isa, one of our favorite restaurants in Williamsburg. We love Isa’s wildly creative rustic decor and super seasonal food. Guests said it was the best wedding meal they’d ever had. It sure was a great dinner, including cod fritters, butternut squash soup and an indulgent white pizza. Restaurant management and staff was amazingly helpful from the moment we approached them — really above and beyond. I again put my personal touch on a lot of the décor, as well as incorporating some more of those flea market finds!
We couldn’t have been happier to have a small intimate wedding, in part due to the space constraints of our sites. But there was plenty of room for more friends at our after-party at Isa. We tore down the tables to make room for our friends’ band – The Fades. They played their signature 80’s covers, as well as Hava Nagilah and some of Adam’s favorite 90’s grunge. It was absolutely the best way to end the night!
Dress: Sarah Seven
Necklace: Kate Spade
Bridesmaids: ERIN by Erin Fetherston
Makeup: Christina Wong for MAC
Groom: Custom Suit by LS Men’s Clothing
Ties / Overalls / Hats: Etsy
Ceremony Site: Pebble Beach @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
Reception Site: Isa
Boxes: Portland Flea (hand painted)
Antlers: Brooklyn Flea: LilyQ
Bronze Animals: Portland Flea & Dwell Studio
Faceted Vases: Dwell Studio
Dessert / Cake: Baked NYC
Band + Ceremony Music: The Fades
Photography: Dutton & James
[images from Dutton & James]
These days, the guest “book” idea has become a little less book and a lot more creative–even a chance to show off how clever you are! Though I kept mine simple for my wedding with an actual book, I would have loved to have created a piece that I could have hung up for everyone to see. Here are some of my favorite ideas.
- Balloon print. Each guest adds their thumb print in for a cute grouping of balloons.
- Each guest signed a blank piece of fabric that was then turned into a quilt.
- Sign a vintage globe. From here.
- Everyone signs a feather on this art print. From here.
- Leave out a collection of ceramic plates for everyone to sign. From here.
- Have each guest leave a note and put it in an envelope. From here.
What unique ideas have you seen around?
by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
This wedding was a great combination of Hindu & Western ceremonies, with a perfectly poppy palette that’s modern and warm at the same time. Some great details from the bride below…
There were so many things that we were happy with including the look and feel. But ultimately, it was the ceremony that we loved the most. We combined a Hindu ceremony and a western ceremony and personalized both parts. The Hindu ceremony is such a beautiful one. We modernized the script a little to make it our own but the essence is about friendship and involves all these wonderful traditions that incorporate our families. We wrote our own vows and had a good friend marry us and all of those personal touches helped to make that moment — that I think initially we didn’t think much about — so warm and memorable.
We knew we wanted our wedding in Brooklyn, NY, because thats where we fell in love with each other and the city. We looked at only a few other places beyond the Green Building, but once we saw it, tucked into our old neighborhood, it was a no-brainer.
Once we found the Green Building, the rest of the design fell into place because the space is so spectacular. It’s like urban rustic, so you don’t need much more. But we knew we wanted to incorporate some Indian touches, including some bright colors and imagery, which we managed to do in the decoration. Other than that, I wanted the space to feel warm and inviting like you never wanted to leave. That was done with candles littered on every surface and the big sheet of hanging lights, which was delightful. I went a little wild with the DIY stuff, but in the end I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I absolutely loved the way the space and the decorations looked. Especially the spray-painted silverware (really, a ridiculous project that thankfully turned out just awesome), the table seating chart, and the little snow globes filled with elephant figurines that Ronnie’s mom got in India. Oh and we did a surprise Bollywood dance, which was so much fun! Ronnie might not agree, I think he blacked out, but it was a blast, a fun touch for Ronnie’s family, and such a riot for our friends.
The photography was perfect because it captured the warm, happy, vibrant mood of the evening. Leigh Anna just blended right in with our guests and got these great intimate shots. Looking through them, it’s like we’re reliving it all over again.
Planning a wedding really is so much more work than you think, especially if you go the route where you do a lot of it yourself. (I don’t even mean decoration projects. if you aren’t doing an all-in venue that takes care of catering, there’s a lot of logistics to work out.) The thing is, it’s not bad work, it can be really fun, but everything will take a million more decisions and a lot more time than you think. So in regards to that, try to start early as much as you can. If you are making some of your own decorations, start early and ask for help. My mother-in-law came through in such a huge way, sewing these beautiful table runners that were above and beyond what I could have imagined. I would also recommend chatting with friends who have recently gotten married in your city. I got great vendor recommendations (ah hem: my photographer!) from recently married buddies. And it’s worth doing some research, checking out wedding and design blogs to see what people are doing to borrow some ideas, because otherwise it’s a great big wedding world out there. And have fun!!
[images from Moss + Isaac]
Flowers are always lovely, but it’s hard to make a real statement with the bouquet you choose for your big day. Here are a few bouquets that are a bit different and will leave a lasting impression.
by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
PS….Our very own Brittany is teaching a paper flower class on Skillshare next week…if you’ve been itching to make some paper flowers ever since seeing the giant ones she made for her wedding, this is the class for you! Sign up here.
VENUE: Once we got engaged in Scotland, the next challenge was figuring out where to get married. While London offered us a lot of opportunities, we decided to go for New York, my home town. We love going to concerts and saw that the Music Hall of Williamsburg was available for private events. We had a look around the space when it was empty and saw how much potential the venue offered us. We could have the ceremony and reception in the same place and still have enough room for a cocktail hour. It was perfect! We wanted the wedding to be an extension of us, an opportunity to share the music, food and place we love, and the Music Hall let us do all this. We were lucky to have an amazing space to start with and the flexibility to give it the look we wanted with our own chuppah (made by James and friends), string lights and bunting/flags. Little did we know, we had a vision for the space but didn’t fully appreciate it until the day. I was almost crying when I walked into the space on the wedding day and saw how beautifully James and his groomsmen transformed the space. Glen Miller was being played on the loud speaker and I truly felt like I had stepped into a Music Hall from another era.
INVITATIONS: James knew about them as he use to live around the corner from their workshop in London, which is tall and slender and chock full of printing presses. We loved the typography work they did with initials and quickly were able to design a simple but bold invitation for our wedding. The green we used in the invite would reappear throughout our wedding.
FOOD: Elizabeth, owner of Betty Brooklyn, was recommended to us by our DJs and we instantly liked her and her approach to food. She sources locally and cooks seasonally. We didn’t know what the weather would be like but thought comfort food, that lines your belly, was the way to go. She was also incredibly accommodating to make our menu accessible to the various family member’s food allergies including a mini gluten free, dairy free red velvet cake! The drinks were provided by the venue and they were kind to have cocktails of our choice, Blacks Russians and White Ladies, ready for guests after the ceremony.
DRESS: I did not have any vision in my mind as to what my dream wedding dress would look like. I found my wedding dress on my first day of looking. The girls at The White Gown take such good care of you. They understand your response/taste and find dresses to match this. They also have a great selection of dresses. The were also incredibly accommodating to fit my fittings in/around my dates in NYC and did some last minute alterations.
SHOES: I wanted to have pretty shoes that I could dance in. Couldn’t look much further than Repetto! Althought I was greatful to have some white sparkly Tom’s to change into at the end of the night.
HEADPIECE: I knew I didn’t want to wear a veil but wanted something to complete my outfit for the day. I thought I would wear my headpiece for the ceremony and then lose it but I ended wearing it the whole night!
BRIDESMAID: The had dresses in the exact green we used in our invitations so it felt like the right place to go for the dresses. The variety was great and could accommodate everyone’s style.
SUIT: While James didn’t wear a traditional morning suit, he did kit himself out like a proper English gentleman and got his suit, shoes and waistcoat all on Jermyn Street
RINGS: There’s an amazing antiques market near Bond Street in London called Grey’s Antiques Market. Both James and I found our wedding rings there in the same day.
MUSIC: Have a dance party with our friends and family was a number one priority. The enthusiasm from Abby and Tom for our space and vision was exactly what we wanted for the night.
FLOWERS: Saw Taylor’s designs in NY Magazine and found her arrangements playful but delicate at the same time, with an amazing eye for detail. She was great at sourcing the quirky flowers we were after and worked with the layout of the tables to fill the long ones with apothecary glass vases. The brown glass really played off the metal and industrial feel of the space.
FAVORS: We kept trying to find ways of combining the UK and NYC together and our favors offered a great opportunity. Found the ‘We are Happy to Serve You’ Greek coffee cups online (so NYC!) and then filled it with our favorite candy and tea from the UK. We used the favors to double as table cards using initial badges on shipping tags.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sas was recommended to us and we could quickly see from her portfolio that she could capture truly amazing moments in time. We were keen to have a photographer who would capture everything but without us knowing they were there. She was exactly what we wanted. We look back at our photos from the night and feel like we are able to relive all the fun and happiness through her work. She also did an amazing job of tracking down some great spaces for our photos – mere minutes from the venue. I can’t speaking highly enough of her work, from portraits to action shots. She makes every photo unique and special.
Venue: Music Hall of Williamsburg
Invitations: Harrington and Squires
Food: Betty Brooklyn
Dress: The White Gown
Hairpiece: Colette Malouf
Bridesmaids: J Crew
Suit: Jermyn Street
Rings: Grey’s Antiques Market
Flowers: Fox Fodder Farm
Photography: Sasithon Photography
Portrait location: The Jungle
[images from Sasithon Photography]
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