Real wedding: Karolina + Scott

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Hello. My husband and I have just started blogging about our June 6th wedding (http://paperheartsandcranes.blogspot.com/) and thought we would share the lovely photos/ideas with the BklynBride Community! The wedding was a representation of us and our life from beginning to end. It started with the idea of wanting the wedding to be very DIY and home made. We are both quite crafty so it was (mostly) fun for us! With the help of our amazing family and friends everything came together in the end and turned out better than we imagined. We chose the Apple Barn Farm in Hudson, NY (http://rombers.tripod.com/) after finding it on another great blog (http://www.shelterrific.com/). The blog moderator, Angela, had her wedding there and after contacting her for advice, Scott and I visited the barn and knew this was our place!

In choosing Apple Barn Farm, you also get the amazing staff there and more specifically Mary Beth, the care taker of the barn. She runs a tight ship and makes sure both you and your vendors are on top of everything! We couldn’t have done it without her!!

Our amazing catering was done by a local husband and wife team called Renner’s Creative Celebrations. All the ingredients are local, and as part of our green theme, this was important to us. We created the local seasonal menu in the theme of a summer barbecue complete with pulled pork and mac and cheese!

I wore a Claire Pettibone dress, which I picked up in the LA flagship. While there in November I made an appointment and it was the first dress I tried on. Perfect dreamy summer wedding dress. I felt like I was floating in it and the fabric was perfect for a balmy June afternoon. I bought my veil on Etsy from and amazing woman who hand makes all of them. (http://Rohm.etsy.com Bridesmaids wore J. Crew. Scott wore Paul Smith and groomsmen wore Uniqlo suits. Flower girls were in UsAngels.

It was important for us that our wedding be as eco-minded as possible. The food was all local and seasonal. The plates, cups, napkins, and cutlery were all sustainable and compostable bamboo. We even asked guests to reuse the plates at the buffet in an effort to be more green! The invitations and all paper was printed locally on recycled paper with soy based inks. Favors for our guests were local organic honey and even our tables were covered in recycled kraft paper and the florist provided local flowers.

Our beautiful photos were shot by Chad Hunt (http://www.chadhuntphotography.com/). His amazing ability to understand our vision was one less thing to worry about on the wedding day. From our first meeting with him we knew we could trust him in getting all the perfect shots we wanted and more. His photojournalistic style was exactly what we were looking for and his calm nature and friendly attitude were so helpful as I was a nervous wreck before the ceremony!

Finally, all the invites and labels were original ideas my husband and I collaborated on and were all designed and created by Scott. Him being an amazing graphic designer and artist, we were lucky to be able to create exactly what we wanted without compromising.

The three days leading up to the wedding were filled with exhausting hours and sawing, building, cutting, bow tying, crane folding and last minute crafting with our friends. But without all of their love, Scott and I would never have been able to have the unforgettable wedding that we did.

[images from Chad Hunt Photography]

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Real wedding: Julie + Matthew

ABOUT US AND THE WEDDING

Matthew and I met at his sneaker and clothing shop, District, in our hometown of Alameda during the summer of 2005. As I browsed through his new store, his attempts at customer service and flirting came off rude and egotistical. Although it wasn’t a great first impression, I felt an immediate connection, but kept my distance after we learned that my cousin was a good friend of his. Two weeks later, Matt’s business partner and my cousin’s friend, invited me to join them as a buyer at a major Las Vegas Convention. My cousin had his reservations, but thought it would be a great opportunity for us to get to know each other. Who could pass up a free trip to Las Vegas, right? Matt asked me to lunch a few days before the trip so that we could get acquainted. We became instant friends and have been inseparable ever since.

After a couple years of dating and while on a winter vacation in New York City, we spent New Year’s Eve 2007 at a Chris Rock performance inside Madison Square Garden. At the stroke of midnight, Matt turned to me and said, “Babe, I’m not going anywhere,” a direct quote from the show. My reaction was, “What? That’s Chris Rock’s line!” He pulled out the box, opened it upside down and held a beautiful cushion cut solitaire in his trembling hands. While I burst into tears, Matt patiently said, “So, what’s your answer?” Although he didn’t officially ask, I cried out, “Yes!”

We were motivated to find a modern and clean venue that could represent our styles and personalities. After a month long search, we approached the new Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Restaurant in San Francisco with the idea of their first wedding and they were sold. The venue was made for our event: we held the ceremony in the jazz club, cocktail hour in the bar and lounge on the main floor and upstairs, moved into the dining room for dinner and back into the jazz club for cake, dessert and dancing!

After we booked Yoshi’s, we searched for local businesses that could provide us with the perfect service. Half way through my first day of wedding dress shopping, I tried on one dress that took everyone’s breath away. When I found out it was designed by Junko Yoshioka, it was the perfect sign and then, the perfect dress. Another light went off in my head when we realized that we could ask a family friend, Rev. Michael Yoshii, to officiate the ceremony. We were definitely on the right track with Yoshi’s, Yoshioka and Yoshii.

Because District and shoes played such a fun symbol in our relationship, we found it to be the perfect theme to tie us and our wedding celebration together. I was first inspired to create a cake unlike any other. Why not stack some shoeboxes on top of each other and top the cake off with replicas of our actual wedding shoes? Matt’s new white patent leather croc Vans and my silver sedaraby’s by Manolo Blahnik did the trick. After finding a local cake artist, Debbie Does Cakes, to help us embellish our dream cake, the theme took off. I soon reached out to a friend with a local design business, Passing Notes. Abbie helped us create shoe print invitations embedded with our initials, programs tied with a custom made shoelace, personalized shoehorns that guided our 200 guests to their table cities and our shoelace logo, which we projected onto the walls of Yoshi’s jazz club. Matt and I also displayed the logo alongside our photo on Yoshi’s outdoor marquee and even hand painted our logo on our aisle runner. The logo also added a personal touch to our out of town and wedding party gift bags.

Our purple theme was vibrant throughout the event with strapless Ralph Lauren bridesmaid dresses, purple bowties and argyle socks for the groomsmen. Purple orchids were submersed in tall vases filled with white stones and purple water. Different shades of purple and white orchids were also chosen for the boutonnières and bouquets provided by our local florist, Mints.

Our Uncle blessed the ceremony with his solo guitar, which included six Beatles songs, and a friend personalized our cocktail hour with his DJ beats. Yoshi’s provided the ambiance with jazz hits as we seated our guests at communal tables to serve the Japanese family style menu:

1st course: sendai miso soup, edamame, kakiage

2nd course: spicy geisha roll, sarusa roll, japanese roll

3rd course: gindara black cod, creekstone farm black angus ribeye

4th course: chocolate mousse bon bons and wedding cake

Debbie Does Cakes Shoe Cake: lemon cake with raspberry and vanilla filling

Sugar Danny’s Sheet cake: double layered devils food cake and almond cake

The night went off with a bang as we performed our self choreographed first dance to Estelle’s, American Boy. We cut the shoe cake, served the bon bons and danced the night away to top hits by the band, D’Groove.

Two days after the best day of our lives, we honeymooned in Nadi, Fiji and explored parts of

New Zealand that involved the Franz Josef glacier, bungy jumping, white water rafting and a helicopter ride over Milford Sound.

We’re still enjoying the coverage of our big day and get to relive it through our photographers, Joel Flory and Jon Encarncacion, and videographers, Travis and Curtis from Curtis Nemetz Productions.

Check out more images on Joel’s blog

[images from Joel Flory]

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Real wedding: Audrey + Jesse

Audrey and Jesse’s wedding just looks like fun, doesn’t it?  I could tell just by those bridesmaids dresses….

Theme

Green apples, birds, and twigs all in a chocolate brown/green apple/white color scheme. We had apples everywhere, from the apple colored invitations, apples in each centerpiece, and apple flavored candy. The birds were featured on the cake topper, the stamps on each program, and the candle holder near the guest book. My Mom constructed the tree that held our seating cards, and both my Mom and Dad worked hard punching out hundreds of dots on each individual card.

Location

We got married at The Common Man Inn in Plymouth, NH. I’m from northern NH and Jesse’s parents have a vacation home up there, although we both live in the Boston area now. All of our guests gave this place rave reviews! The Common Man is a chain of restaurants in NH, this inn/spa being their first. It had such a comfortable, rustic feel to it – everyone was so relaxed, it really felt like being at a luxury camp! We stayed in their signature suite called “Camp” complete with an antique canoe above the bed.

Photography

Jesse’s lovely cousin and my co-worker Gienna Shaw did all the photography. A photographist by hobby, I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results! We asked for a photo-journalism non-formal feel, and she definitely achieved that. I highly recommend getting to know your photographer beforehand, or better yet find a talented family member. I didn’t even realize she was there. Also, we have free reign to all 1,300+ photos!

Attire

I bought my wedding dress online from David’s Bridal about a month before the wedding. It was only $99! I didn’t really want something super traditional and definitely didn’t want to spend too much. Luckily Jesse’s mom is an excellent sewer/designer/seamstress and did all the alterations for me. The bolero is made of a nubby silk and made completely by her. I got my silver Rampage shoes from DSW for $11, and the jewelry was a gift from my mother. The girls wore fun green mod-inspired dresses from Nordstrom with brown shawls from Walmart (shh!) All the guys wore brown corderoy blazers from Old Navy, khakis, and white shirts from various places, and green ties from Etsy seller rabbitstop. My hair and makeup by me!

Music

Two of Jesse’s good friends from high school just happen to be dj’s. We went through the generations, starting with classical for the ceremony, 40′s and big band for the cocktail hour/dinner, 60′s and 70′s for dancing, and all our current music for later in the evening.

Favors

I couldn’t resist the candy buffet trend for the favors. My mom and I bought various glass jars from a variety of stores – Michael’s, Walmart, Christmas Tree Shops, etc. The candy also came from lots of different places, and was quite the labor of love! I picked through many many bags of M&Ms and Skittles to get just the right colors. We bought little plastic bags and had my Dad write our names on every tiny piece of paper that was attached to a silver twist tie. It was a big hit.

Flowers

I was so happy with all the flowers. We used huge spider mums for all the centerpieces as well as the bouquets. Scattered here and there were button mums, orchids, curly willow, and little green berries. The colors were so vibrant and the mums are just starting to wilt now. Flowers were done by Linda Hutchins, a family friend that owns Riff Flower Shop in Lancaster, NH.

Cake

The cake was done by Lori Shearer out of Lancaster, NH. It was beautiful, and boy did it taste good! All three layers were a spiced carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, with buttercream and fondant on the outside. Our cake topper is a handmade nest from Etsy seller Mosey. It really kicked off the whole theme of the wedding.

[images by Gienna Shaw]

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