Real wedding: Darcy + Adam

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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!

gold triangle invitations

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gold rings

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turquoise bridesmaids

antler & gold hurricane decor

chuppah with bunting

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white wood gold centerpieces

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chocolate cakes

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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!

Vendors:

Dress: Sarah Seven
Necklace: Kate Spade
Bracelets:  Catbird
Bridesmaids:  ERIN by Erin Fetherston
Makeup:  Christina Wong for MAC
Groom: Custom Suit by LS Men’s Clothing
Groomsmen: Bonobos
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
Flowers:  Spina
Dessert / Cake: Baked NYC
Band + Ceremony Music: The Fades
Photography: Dutton & James

[images from Dutton & James]

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Real wedding: Toby + Ira

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These 2 New Yorkers had a rad wedding at an old brick factory in Toronto with the bride in a GORGEOUS Phillip Lim dress….I’m just loving the black and white on her (proof yet again that you don’t need a “wedding dress” to get married!)

yellow boutonnieres

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yellow bouquet

black and white wedding dress

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outdoor ceremony

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painted table numbers

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painted menu

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From the bride:

Though we live in New York, our guest list spanned the East and West Coast of US and Canada. My parents, who helped to plan the wedding from Toronto, stumbled upon a great venue that happened to be in their “backyard.” Evergreen Brickworks is an industrial oasis in downtown Toronto, a former brick factory that is now home to a farmer’s market, community garden, bicycle repair shop, etc. With the Evergreen Brickworks as the backdrop, we sought to personalize the setting and experience with non-traditional elements and a casual feel. The process began with color selection and logo design. We used gauche to paint the design featured in the invitations, menus, and seating assignments, all created by the bride. Our wedding coordinator shared our vision and used these themes as inspiration for the décor and flowers. She brought it to life beautifully. The place settings and furnishings were rectangular and simple to complement the lighting and ambiance of the setting. Consistent with the eco-groovy philosophy of Evergreen Brickworks, the food featured only local, seasonal ingredients, with an emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables and cheeses. After much internal debate, we decided to serve the popular Ontario pastry known as the butter tart, essentially a mini pecan pie without pecans, which was popular despite its reputation as an “acquired taste.” We served wine from Malivoire Vineyard in Beamsville, Ontario and beer from Granite Brewery in Toronto. In keeping with a casual feel, we didn’t have a traditional wedding party. The bride, the groom and the ceremony were all half-Jewish. The vows took the format of “I would love you even if….” statements, such as “I would love you even if you joined the tea party” which got many laughs from the audience. Our processional was “Cicadas & Gulls” by Feist and our recessional was “Here Comes Your Man” by the Pixies. The ceremony was followed by many hours of dancing, eating, drinking, and photo booth-ing. Instead of asking guests to clink a glass to get us to kiss, they had to stand up and perform a song. We got everything from The Little Mermaid’s “Kiss the Girl,” to barbershop quartets, to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”

As you can see, our photographer had a unique style, great usage of light and composition, and phenomenal attention to detail. We feel he not only captured the moment, he captured emotion and great beauty with his lens.

VENDORS

Photographer: JR Magat Photography
Wedding Planning/Floral Design: Love by Lynzie Weddings & Events
Hair: Nadine Smellie at Aphrodite’s Sanctuary
Gown: Phillip Lim
Venue: Evergreen Brick Works
Caterer: Carole Flemming
Graphic Design of Invites, Table Numbers, Menus: The Bride
Makeup: Tess Osgoode
[images from JR Magat Photography ]
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Real wedding: Tracy + Tom

city hall elopement

This San Francisco couple wanted a wedding that was simple & chic, and their nuptials at City Hall was both.

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white wedding cake

[images from Milou & Olin Photography]

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Real elopement: Erica + Tom

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This little elopement in Central Park really proves that sometimes, the only guests you need are your closest family.  So beautiful!

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plaid groom accessories

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bright bouquet

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little vows book

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Public menus

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From the bride:

Our wedding celebration was a hybrid of elopement and intimate family gathering. Nobody has been there to support and stand by us through the ups and downs in our lives like our parents and siblings, and that’s exactly who we wanted by our side when we made our vows as husband and wife. Being surrounded by the love of our families made the day even more beautiful than we had imagined. Our relationship has included countless adventures and romantic walks through Central Park. With our love for the park, my husband and I knew it was the only place for us to marry. Ladies Pavilion allowed our families to be gathered closely around us with just enough room for all of us underneath; it was dreamily intimate. The most important thing to us on our wedding day was that we could truly celebrate our marriage, but we still wanted a day filled with pretty details. Creating a beautiful day is easy when you’ve got so much love to work with. My talented sister, Kerry, graciously offered to make me a wedding dress. She thought of every detail, right down to including a button from my mother’s wedding dress and the surprise of my new initials sewn (in blue!) into the inside of the dress. My husband’s brother, Dan, did my makeup and our brothers Wayne and James also read two different works during our ceremony. My mom even learned how to use Pinterest and responded to me (via email) with her comments on every single item I posted to the secret board I shared with her and my sister. Etsy was a favorite for many of our details, and other friends and family contributed in the way of our flowers and paper designs. Perhaps the most special part of all of these contributions made by family and friends were the hours spent together enriching our relationships leading up to the day. I’m so grateful for the all of that extra time I was able to spend with my sister and brothers. In the busy lives we all lead, it’s hard to find that sometimes.

Reception Venue: Central Park Ladies’ Pavilion
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Public Restaurant

[images from Kate Neal]

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Real wedding: Lauren + Soubhik

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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…

boutonniere and mehndi

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hot pink invitation

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modern indian ceremony

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white centerpieces

ombre seating chart

dipped forks

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whoopie pies and favors

wedding cake with cute topper

cutting the cake

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!!

Photographer:  Moss + Isaac//Caterer: Crave//Event Venue: The Green Building//Bakery: Baked NYC LLC//Transportation: NY Trolley Co//Dress Designer: Selia Yang//

[images from Moss + Isaac]

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