Real wedding: Clover + Trae

Hey everyone!  I’m back from the west coast all nice and relaxed…it was MUCH needed!  I owe Audrey a huge thank you for taking over the blog last week!  I was definitely checking in on all the great stuff she was sharing, so thanks Audrey!!  Lets jump right in with this fabulous wedding from Jenny Ebert, shall we?

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When Jenny sent me this wedding, I truly fell in love with it.  Its just so fun and personal…I especially love the group shot…every wedding should try to get one of those if possible!  I’ll let the couple tell you the rest.

Though Trae and Clover had long ago rid themselves of careers in advertising, it was their roots on Madison Avenue in the late 90s that ultimately brought them together through mutual friends.  And perhaps a little irony.  Neither had ever planned on ad jobs.  Both had come to Manhattan in 1995 – Clover with a degrees in art and biology, Trae a life-long theater actor – and quickly got caught up in the economic boom of the end of the century in marketing.

By the time they met in 2005, Clover had reinvented herself as a biology teacher in the NYC school system while Trae busied himself working in regional theater and with his NYC ensemble.  A year later they bought a place together in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  A year later they were engaged in the Moroccan Sahara.  And the year after that, in 2008, they were married in the beautiful flower-filled gardens of Clover’s parent’s home in New Rochelle.

Their home was the perfect spot for a wedding.  Occupying the site of an old Huguenot homestead, her folks live in what used to be the stable on an acre lot.  Clover’s mother, Lake (a master gardener), has transformed the grounds to storybook beauty in a variety of different gardens.  And it is breathtaking in July.  Their vision for the wedding was down-home simplicity – an old-timey, Gatsby-esque garden party.   Tables draped in white linen and were topped with orchid & succulent filled bell jars created by Lake.  Small, individually potted succulents staked with the guests names served as seating cards and also take-home favors.  Horseshoes were thrown in the Zen garden while an old black and white polaroid booth was set up for the guests to photograph themselves for the guest book.  The theme was carried through with old wood type printed invitations created by a graphic artist friend of Clover’s.

Clover wore a beautiful Vera Wang dress with Faryl Robin shoes highlighted with flowers from the garden.  A fiddle player played  Appalachian gospel music as she walked down the aisle under a canopy of flowered branches held overhead by the members of the wedding party. Trae chose the classic summer simplicity of a Brooks Brothers Seersucker Suit with stripped bow tie, white saddle oxford shoes, and an Edwardian collared shirt from NY’s Lord Willies.   The guests, all asked to dress in white and supplied with white Chinatown parasols, danced under the light filled weeping willows while a 20′s style speakeasy band played old standards.

Food and drink were an exercise in eclecticism brilliantly executed by Good Food Good Things Catering of Darien, CT.  And they were challenged.  Clover’s favorite Brazilian Churrascaria meats were coupled with iced oysters on the lawn and Trae’s favorite Austrian white wines.  A simple red velvet wedding cake from Make My Cake in Harlem continued the old-timey garden party theme as did the antique ice cart filled with Mexican ice creams from La Flor de Michoacan in New Rochelle.

At once simple and theatrical, Clover and Trae’s wedding was an ode to each of their eclectically creative personalities.  A evening not to be forgotten.


[images by Jenny Ebert Photography]

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Parcel Post for Brooklyn Bride [no. 07]

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Hey everyone…I’m in Vegas this week livin it up poker style, so the fabulous Audrey from Parcel Post will be taking over with some fabulous inspirational posts!

Hello everyone at Brooklyn Bride! In case you haven’t read my guest posts here in the past, my name is Audrey and I have a blog called Parcel Post and a paper boutique in CA called Urbanic. At the shop, I work with many brides to help them find the perfect wedding invitations for their big day. One of the first things I go over with them in our initial meeting is identifying the look and feel of their wedding. Since your save the dates and wedding invitations are usually the first glimpse your guests have into the event, it’s important to get this figured out early on … and this is always the really fun part! I love helping couples conceptualize different looks and ideas based on their style and taste. Over the next couple days while our beloved Vané is out of town, I will share some fresh ideas with you and would love to hear yours as well. The inspiration is everywhere!

post No. 1 Vintage Glamour

• In this lineup, deep dusty pinks, bold swirly fonts, & touches of black for detail •

I have no idea where the adorable photo booth came from… but how cute is this bridesmaids dress?!! The makeup imprintables would make perfect invitations for a shower or bachelorette party. Flower options are many, but should definitely be a little dramatic and a tad sultry. I would love to see some antique golds mixed into this equation.

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bride’s maid dress by Ouma • letterpress RSVP set and hanging escort tags by Mika 78 • flower photo by Lori Hildebrandt • makeup imprintable by Snow and Graham • save the date postcard by Mae Mae Paperie

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Leah + Michael get married Martha style!

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Last night was the wedding of Leah and Michael at the Martha Stewart Weddings Popup Chapel, and I’ve got to say it was a beautiful affair!  I’ll be posting more in depth about it and the other weddings this weekend on Monday over at The Brides Guide blog, but  thought I’d give you a little sneak peak.  My pictures do no justice to how cute and creative the whole wedding was, so I’ll leave that to the expert (Mel Barlow!)

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

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Real wedding: Heather + David

David and I planned to have our wedding ceremony and reception in Costa Rica, for our love of the sun and surf, and invite our close friends and family to witness our union under the chuppah and celebrate with us. But as it turned out, our family had some exciting events that would prevent a few close family members from joining us. So, in an effort to include everyone closest to us in our celebration, we decided to have 2 wedding celebrations: a religious ceremony and reception in Costa Rica on May 12, 2009, and a legal ceremony and dinner on April 5, 2009, which would be a small gathering of just the immediate family, and my best childhood girlfriend, to be held in the garden of the private residence of David’s father and step-mother in Marin, CA. We were fortunate to have David’s 96 year-old grandfather, who is an internationally-known Rabbi, officiate our legal ceremony for us, and have our closest family members in attendance, totaling 16 people.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was warm, the sun was shining, and love and joy were all around us. I wore a spring-time white, halter dress from BCBG and fuscia colored, satin heels from Stuart Weitzman. David wore a custom button-down shirt by Ascot Chang, pants from Banana Republic, a belt from The Hound, and shoes by Auri Footwear.
The florals were arranged and presented by Main Street Florist, San Anselmo, CA, the Costa Rican inspired menu was prepared and served by Stacy Scott Fine Catering, San Rafael, CA, the wedding cake was designed and created by Shin Min Li of I Dream of Cake, San Francisco, CA, and our photography was shot by Janet and Lisa of JL Photografia, Monterey, CA.

Main Street Flora Gardens(415) 485-2996 

Stacey Scott Fine Catering – 415-455-8181

I Dream of Cake - 415-989-2253

JL Photografia – 760-494-5894 serving northern ca + available for travel

[images from JL Photografia]

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Save the Date: Christine + Rama

My husband Rama and I are both artists with a special fondness for children’s book illustration, so our wedding theme was vintage + children’s book + and just plain sweet. Our printed materials were inspired by The Little Prince, one of our favorite books. For the save-the-date, Rama drew a portrait of me as a girl and I drew a portrait of him as a boy, and the two versions were sent out to our respective families and friends. The story continues — and the two drawings coming together — with our invitations.

[images from Christine]

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