Something blue...


Love this idea for “something blue” from planner Lisa Gorjestani….

[image from InStyle Weddings Fall 2007]

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photo favorites: {frolic!}

This is the last of the photo favorites series….now I want to open it up to everyone else…if you have a favorite photo from your wedding or one you have worked on, send it over with a short description of why!


Chelsea of {frolic!}:

Here is a photo from a wedding I created flowers for about three years ago. It has always been one of my favorites. The shot is very representative of the close bond the families had. I, of course, also love the close-up of the little ribbon wrist corsage made from a small Vanda orchid blossom. I love making these and I think it turned out really sweet for this little niece of the bride. Isn’t she a doll?

[image by Patrick Prothe]

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Wedding invitations: Amy + Scott






Here’s Amy’s invitation suite….I’m amazed at all the different aspects and how personal each and every one is!

The espresso cup with a heart in it actually happened to me just
after Scott and I started dating. He and I were at my 30th birthday
dinner. I told him that if he were an old Turkish Lady he could read
my fortune from the grinds. He swirled the cup around and a heart
appeared. I used this image for our rehearsal dinner.

I also caught the bouquet in my best girlfriends wedding… just days
before Scott and I were engaged. I used the snapshots in the
invitation to the bridal shower that my mother threw.

The image on the front of our program and one set of thank yous
(Hearts/Crown) is inspired by the Scottish Luckenbooth. It is a
symbol that represents Love Loyalty and Luck. I used it in honor of
my sweet grandmother who lived with us when I was a child. I replaced
the Royal crown with Lady Libertys and added two fat and happy birds
(as my grandmother was an avid bird-watcher and care taker) She passed
12 years ago and I felt it would be a nice way to remember her. I
added our initials and made it our seal.

[images from Amy]

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BOND Alternative Wedding Magazine


While perusing Barnes and Noble this weekend, I fell upon BOND Alternative Wedding magazine over in the wedding section. Seeing the 3 different covers featuring gay and straight couples, I immediately bought an issue, ran home, and tore in. I think this is the magazine we’ve been waiting for people!! How great it is to finally see a magazine and website that embraces ALL couples! Issue Zero features an organic, green, and ecological theme. Its a limited edition run of 5000 copies so get yours quick.

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE WEDDINGS
Bond features fashion for women and men from the catwalks of Milan, Paris, London and New York, interpreted in a modern wedding setting. Gone are the restrictive norms of traditional dress and the expectations of “something borrowed, something blue.” Bond offers a new look at everything from food and wine to flowers and decor to personalize your wedding to fit your lifestyle.

THE 21ST CENTURY COUPLE
At Bond we are dedicated to redefining the aesthetics of weddings for the new millenium. We do not seek to change the essence of what a union between two consenting adults means, but to offer a different light on how those ceremonies can be for the modern urban couple.

WE ARE OUR DEMOGRAPHIC
Bond’s international list of collaborators are gay, straight, metrosexual, black, brown, white, yellow, 25-45+ year-old urban dwellers in the fashion, design and wedding industries. We know our reader because we are our reader. Bond does not offer aesthetic advice that we would not take ourselves.

[images from Bondmag.net]

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Real wedding: Amy + Scott





Amy contacted me last week with some really fun images from her wedding, and was kind enough to describe a lot of details as to what went on with the planning. I’ll let her do the talking! [tomorrow I'll focus on her invitation suite...its pretty extensive!]
I am a floral and interior stylist. I do mostly home and event styling and styling for photo shoots. I am also an artist and designed our entire wardrobe of wedding stationary. The wedding was held at the St. Regis Hotel in Midtown. The venue called for Old New York style – our personality as a couple was far less stodgy. As a result I wanted to convey in the invitations be a party full of joy and celebration.
What is better than a burst of color and the joy of a wedding celebration to bring up spirits in the darkest gray stretch of winter?
The Guests:
Our guests were from all over the world, my husband works for a London based firm and a majority came in from Detroit, Michigan and Knoxville, Tennessee. We had a destination wedding of sorts as almost all of our guests came in from different places. I started the wedding suite with an invitation to NYC with Lady Liberty on it.
Inspiration and Decoration:
Inspired by the first signs of spring my inspiration started with bright yellow flowers of the forsythia branch. Orange and all shades into red became accent colors. Hurricane containers lined the aisle and a floral arch of forsythia was at the alter. The tables were all named after places Scott and I had traveled to in the time we were dating. Our sweetheart table was named Antigua after where we got engaged. The glass containers had sliced oranges lemons kumquats and cran-apples floating in them.
Another cool thing we did was frame a photo of our parents, grandparents and siblings on their wedding day. We displayed them near the entrance of the cocktail party. We also took Polaroid photos of our guests as they came in to the party. We had them sign in on individual sheets with their well wishes. Now we have a beautiful fabric box full of their kind words (that looks great on the cocktail table) as a memento!
Vendors:
I wore Monique Lhuillier, and Red Jimmy Choo shoes. The Cake was Sylvia Weinstock, the band was Hank Lane Orchestra (heavily laden with Motown sounds for my Detroit guests!), video by Milk and Honey, photos by Brian Dorsey Studios, and Magician J.B. Benn for entertainment. Cory Davenport did the floral work for me – I could not face doing it myself… way too stressful!
I did the design on all the paper goods sent throughout the engagement and wedding … the accolades came rolling in on our suite of wedding stationary. I am working on a new part of my design business called papercupp. (homage to my maiden name of Cupp) I hope to help other brides set the tone for their wedding day celebration with bespoke stationary.

[images from Amy, by Brian Dorsey Studios]

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