Real wedding: Andrea + Jeff

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I can’t tell you how much I love weddings that really have fun with with the seriousness of everything!  Clearly, Andrea and Jeff had a totally awesome time putting their wedding together, and it absolutely shows in these pictures!  My favorite details has GOT to be the “just married” sign on her wheelchair…genius!  Andrea explains all the other details below…enjoy!

THEME

Us! We wanted the wedding to show our personalities fully – we wanted it to be fun, with bright colors, quirky touches, as well as eye catching details as my new hubby, Jeff, and I are both graphic designers and thus slaves to aesthetically pleasing everything!

The main color was granny smith apple green (which is my favourite) as well as black and white. We wanted it all to look great and contemporary but we also wanted a casual feel since me and Jeff are anything but fancy.

CEREMONY

We planned an outdoor ceremony, which, in Edmonton, AB can be precarious; however, the weather came through for us and the day turned out perfectly! We got married in a park under a big tree. We hung Martha Stewart white paper flowers from the main tree as well as the trees entering the secluded park area. We also had a lemonade stand with lemon squares and a big ‘LEMONADE $.10 FREE’ sign, t-shirts that our lovely (and arguably, slightly lazy) ushers made with our large mugs on the front and arrows pointing to which side was who’s, and my favourite detail, a super tacky ‘JUST MARRIED’ sign complete with plastic green flowers around two hearts and dangling cans for the back of my wheelchair.

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RECEPTION

We very nearly didn’t go see this venue, but luckily at the last minute decided ‘why not?’ and fell in love with it instantly. It was a blank slate with white walls which were perfect because I knew I wanted decals from What Is Blik as my wall decor – there are so many designs and so many custom color options, I’d recommend everyone look into them!

We also had fake mustachios I bought online at some children’s store waiting at the front table when people arrived. We figured we could save them for just the photobooth, but this way they were enjoyed all night -  a bunch of people just kept the mustaches on all night, some got creative and made eyebrows and beards out of them – they turned out great, broke the ice, and definitely made the wedding more casual and fun.

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MUSIC

My darling husband asked me to marry him with a stickman country music video called ‘Don’t Rollover My Heart‘ – how could I not say yes to that? We chose to walk into the reception with the song playing.  It was awesome because the majority of  our guests had seen the video and could hum along and it was a great start to the evening!

For the reception we went the iPod DJ route. We made a playlist with a bunch of songs we wanted to hear and asked our friend Joff to DJ and add whatever songs he felt would get the dance floor going. As a thank-you, we bought him an iPod DJ mixer which made things run smoother and apparently was lots of fun for him.

INVITATIONS/STATIONARY

As I mentioned above, I am a graphic designer at Paper Leaf Design and thought who better to sum up us and our wedding on paper than I? Rather than a monogram we decided on a ‘love birds’ logo for ourselves; this detail, as well as others from the invitations, were carried on throughout all of the stationary which tied everything together perfectly.

My two favourite stationary ideas were the table numbers on large glass water bottles – pretty and practical – as well as our seating chart. Instead of a bunch of different pieces of paper on aboard, we designed a big seating chart and printed it on poster board. It was a fun detail when people entered the reception.

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DECORATIONS

As I mentioned above, our main decorations were the decals on the wall from What Is Blik, they really brought a touch of fun and tied everything together.

For our centerpieces I knew very early on in the planning stages that I wanted tall vases filled with granny smith apples, then I found the glass bottles and knew I wanted to put table numbers on those, and that just didn’t balance well together so then came in the short vases with hydrangeas – a great accident!

The black table clothes were quite a bit more expensive than the free ones that came with the venue; however, we only had 105 people, so not many tables (this was my justification to Jeff) and they made the tables look so much richer – I stick by my decision!

Lastly, the green napkins! I was a stickler for everything being the right granny smith apple green – not so easy! Luckily my glorious bridesmaid Teira is a seamstress and was able to take the right color material and sew together 120 napkins, 4 table runners, and as a surprise, a few throw pillows to go on the black couches in the lounge!

FAVORS

We lucked out with many talented friends who were so helpful in so many aspects – one of those people was our friendly neighbour chocolatier! We’ve known Jacqui for years and knew that our favours would definitely have to be her Jacek Chocolate! We had green tea infused chocolates with a green jewel on top as well as a milk chocolate ganache in a dark shell with white chocolate drizzles on top. So tasty!

CAKE

We got the cupcakes from Fuss Cupcakes – super amazing and tasty local cupcake shop. We went with cupcakes, 1/3 chocolate with cream cheese icing, 1/3 chocolate with chocolate butter cream icing, and 1/3 vanilla with cream cheese icing. We had little signs coming out of the different kinds of cupcakes, and the different colors of icing and cake mirrored the colors of the wedding perfectly.

My very favourite part was the extra large cupcake on top of the cupcake tower. It was extra cute and I think made the cupcakes all the more special.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography was another area of talented friends and knowing who we’d be going with even before we got married! We went with Leah Rae Photography – I had know Leah for almost 10 years, she’s a super talented photographer and I knew she’d capture every moment perfectly. The other great thing about having Leah was that she knew me, so I could rest assured she wouldn’t be awkward to direct around my wheelchair as I’m sure some might be.

The other half of the photography was our friend Gravy – he was Leah’s second shooter, but he also did our photo booth shots. He did a grand job and made sure he got just about everyone in the photo booth over the course of the evening.

We were very fortunate to have these photographers! They made us look good :)

FLOWERS

The bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages for the bridal party and family were all done by Eden Lilly. They are amazing and awesome people… and they’re pretty good florists as well I suppose :) The bouquets were made with green hydrates and white freesia. My bouquet was wrapped with green ribbon and had a tiny picture frame which I bought from Etsy with a picture of my Aunt hanging from the top.

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BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS – My wedding dress and all of the bridesmaids dresses were all designed by a local designer Kelsey McIntyre. The bridesmaids all designed different dresses but had them made out the same material to keep a unified look and still having dresses they’ll wear again (the green on them is removable). The differences in the dresses but having the same material looked so sharp and all the girls looked amazing!

My hair piece was from the lovely Twigs & Honey on Etsy – it was exactly what I wanted!

GROOM & GROOMSMEN – Jeff and the groomsmen dressed fairly casual opting for no dress jackets and wearing checkered vans instead of dress shoes. The guys then had ties made out the same material as the green from the bridesmaids dresses and the white from my dress which looked great!

EXTRAS

Ceremony Venue: Forest Heights Park

Reception Venue: Shaw Conference Centre

Hair: Teira Highet from Sylvia & Co

Make-Up: Jenn Kowton

Bridesmaids Presents:

Jewlery – Polli

Lunchboxes – The Macbeth Collection

Day-of-Wedding Coordinator – Jacqueline at Events Unfolded

Rentals: Infinite Event Rentals

[images from Leah Rae Photography]

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Real wedding: Melissa + Howell

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Jeremy Lawson sure knows how to shoot weddings!  This Chicago affair with lots of personal touches is definitely one to check out….Melissa (the bride) gives all the details below…enjoy!

Melissa Mann + Howell Winters
November 14, 2009
Cafe Brauer
Chicago, Illinois

Venue: Growing up in Lincoln Park, Chicago, I used to jog by this Prairie style park building nearly every day.  After meeting Howell while we were both working in New Delhi, India and welcoming him to our world, he quickly became part of the neighborhood run.  It seemed only natural to get married there.

Flowers: We had no theme or colors or anything, just wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the venue.  But by the time I met with our florist, The Flower Firm, I knew I wanted to go for lush greens – bursts of ferns, succulents and calla lilies.  The room was accented with spot lights and votive candles.  I’m still blown away at how the room glowed and looked glamorous yet natural.

Caterer: Blue Plate Chicago.  Howell is from Nashville; we met in India – we were going for a for a low-country-Indian fusion fare – they totally delivered.  Yummy mini chicken biscuits, lentil soup shots, amazing naan and corn bread madeleines…the list goes on.

Wedding cake: This was a tough one.  We love cake and took this decision seriously.  Ultimately we went with Sarah’s Pastries and Candies.  To. Die. For.  We had a combo cake of carrot and almond with creme brulee filling along with an assortment of cookies and cupcakes – red velvet, ones with black-and-white cookie tops – the works.  Mom bought cupcake towers on Amazon.com to make the display look more bakery/sweet-table-esque. We thought we ordered too many but they were gone in minutes.

Invitations/Menus: I cannot recommend Andrea at Float Paperie more.  She helped us craft a modern and playful look for both.  Super fun and patient to work with; totally reasonably priced.

Dress: I loved my dress. Everyone loved my dress.  I felt uncomfortable in most salons – wanted something sexy, playful and modern.  It was all thanks to Carla at Vwidon.  Stylish, elegant, one of a kind.  Howell wore a tailored Theory suit.

Music: Music played a central part of our wedding – we put a lot of thought on how we could most reflect us as a couple through songs we love:  Friends gave us blessings using lyrics from Queen to My Morning Jacket.  Dustin at Toast and Jam made it happen and even edited our REM/Bloc Party processional/recessional music.

Wedding Planner: At first we were skeptical but I have to say that we couldn’t have done it without Rachel at Blush and Bashful.  They’re not your typical wedding planners – very hip, perfect for the not-so-bridey-bride, yet uber professional and totally organized.  Rachel kept us calm when we needed it most.  B&B was one of the best investments we made.

Hair/Makeup: I actually found Morgan Blaul right here on Brooklyn Bride.  Had never met her but loved her site and professional work – sexy, playful, natural – and pretty much booked her on-site.

Photography: Jeremy Lawson took our breath away.  I hate my picture being taken and was freaked out by the whole wedding photography process.  But taking photos around town with Jeremy was one of the highlights of our day.  He’s so fun to work with and his photos are to die for.  If you like the ones here book him now.

Other stuff: We really wanted our friends and family to have a blast – It was a last minute decision but the folks at 312photobooth were amazing.  Its a great idea in lieu of a formal guest book and everyone LOVED it.

Personal touches: My grandmothers are no longer here but I wanted to find a way to have them with me down the aisle.   I took one of their antique shoe clips, took it to Left Bank in Lincoln Park, and they transformed it into an amazing hair piece.

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[images from Jeremy Lawson Photography]

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Real wedding: Amber + Joe

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Its not every day you see a wedding with practically no flowers used…but thats just the case with Amber + Joe’s wedding!  They had some pretty talented family and friends helping them out, but Amber can explain it better…

us: We met in our first class in the graduate program in anthropology at The New School for Social Research.  We were casually disinterested friends for two and a half years before we were in a study group together and realized we were in love.  We decided to get married because we love each other so much, and a wedding seemed like a really good way to celebrate that with the people in our lives.  We both love books (ok, we’re nerds), our friends, and don’t care for impersonal wedding traditions, so we decided from the start that we could make our wedding whatever we wanted it to be.  When things got stressful we would just say to each other, “At the end of this we get to get married!”  Most of all, we wanted everyone to have fun.

Our parents helped us so much, but as struggling anthropologists, we still had a very small budget to work with, so we and our friends constructed, created, wrote, and made every part of our wedding.  It was truly collaborative, and truly us.

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Real wedding: Stephanie + Trev p.2

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More from Steph + Trev’s wedding…its all about the cool details!

It would be considered a sin as a graphic designer not to do my own invitations.  I created all of the paper accessories for our wedding, with major help from my friends and family with the assembly.

We created a save the date that embraced the Bavarian spirit of Leavenworth by taking a photo of ourselves in rented authentic Bavarian costumes that really showed off Trevor’s sexy long legs.  haha!

For the invitation I did a simple illustration of two people in Bavarian attire holding hands with the mountains in the background.

Our programs, which doubled as fans were cut outs of either Trev’s or my face on one side and program information on the other.  These led to many great photo ops, including a group shot of everyone at the wedding holding them up to their faces after the ceremony.

Trevor being a sexy bald man wanted to name our tables after bald celebrities, so I created table signs and escort cards that had coordinating bald heads on them. Don’t worry I didn’t forget that Britney Spears was once a bald celeb. :)

For the long road trip home Trev and I made our guests cds to take with them.

A few of my other favorite wedding details were our roadside story and our rubber chicken boutonnière. Instead of spending money on traditional flower boutonnières which I new the guys wouldn’t appreciate we bought miniature rubber chickens and glued them to pins.  It was way more fun and the yellow went great with the ladies’ accessories.

My grandparents house is about 5 miles in on a windy country road with no cell service, so we came up with a way for people to know that they hadn’t gone too far and that they were almost there, a roadside story.  Trev and I bought about 20 pieces of poster board and wrote out a nursery rhyme style story of how we met and fell in love.  The signs were perfectly spaced and lead guests right to the ceremony.  Here is what they said,

This is a story that begins at age 10,
Boy falls for girl. Girl “just wants 2 b friends.”
Boy builds a go cart, she thinks it’s cheesy
However in reality it was off the heezy (for sheezy)
The girl moves on with her life, The boy does the same…
but in the back of their minds…
is the rear section of their brains.
Then their Jr year of high school…
he decided to ask her out…
she obliged with plenty of (crossed out with no next to it) doubt
Their relationship progressed through high times and low…
nearly six years had passed…
and they were ready to give it a go!
The dude got down on one knee…
and pulled out a ring…
which brings you here today…
to Steph & Trev’s wedding.

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[images from Jenny Jimenez]

Jenny Jimenez is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Real wedding: Stephanie + Trev p.1

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When I saw this wedding a few weeks ago on Jenny Jiminez’s site, I just thought it was so happy and fun, and HAD to show it here on Brooklyn Bride.  I think a wedding is 10 times better when it has a sense of humor…I”ll let Steph tell you all about the great details and day overall…

Trev and I met when we were 10 years old.  My grandma and I were going for a walk in the neighborhood, when I saw him playing on a slip n’ slide.  It was “like” at first sight.  Days later he asked me if I would pick blackberries with him, and I declined claiming that I just wanted to be friends.  We grew up together and were kid version of boyfriend and girlfriend many times (each time ending with an awkward instant messenger chat.)  We started dating again for the last time in high school and 6 years later… he asked me to  marry him!  A little over a year after that, we were married!

We decided that we would get married in a little Bavarian town called Leavenworth about 100 miles east of Seattle where we live.  When I was 3 my grandparents bought a little vacation house there and growing up I spent almost every weekend there.  My grandparents now live in Leavenworth full time and their home was the perfect location for our wedding.

Our wedding was the most amazing week long celebration that started and ended with a leisurely inner tube float down the local river with about 20 of our family and friends.  I have never felt more loved.

Planning a destination at home wedding is no easy task, which is why I hired Michelle Engvall to help me sort out all of the details and organize everything on the day of.  Michelle was fantastic and I can’t imagine her not being a part of our wedding.  Trev and I adore her.

Our photographer Jenny Jimenez was the first person I hired.  As soon as I came accross her blog I new she was “the one.”  Jenny is such a fun, genuine, energetic person and it shows in her photos.  She is unbelievable!

The caterers, Ravenous Catering, served up a pre-ceremony cocktail hour of bite size hour d’oevres and signature drinks (raspberry lemon aid, sprite, and vodka in a mason jar), after the long drive guests were happy to have food and drinks waiting for them.  After the ceremony they arranged a delicious assortment of heavy appetizers such as bacon wrapped dates, sesame prawn skewers, and BBQ Baby Back ribs.  We also had Ravenous Catering bake our wedding cake and cup cakes.  Trev and I are both lover’s of the box funfetti cake, and when we asked them to make a small cake for us and cup cakes for the rest of the guests they looked at us like we were a little crazy.  Some time during the reception the head caterer pulled me aside and told me that she had doubted me on the funfetti cakes, but couldn’t believe how delicious they were and how much our guests loved them.  Needless to say they were completely gone the next day.  Another big hit with the guests was our late night hot dog surprise!  Hot dogs are by far my favorite food, and there was no way I was gunna have a wedding without them. Ravenous cooked the beer soaked dogs in their traeger and mmm… they were perfect!

Salmon Dave, Leavenworth’s local classic rock cover band skipped their family reunion to do our wedding.  They were awesome guys that totally rocked.  In fact at the end of the night after they played their last song, all of our friends and family started chanting “Salmon Dave,” and they were convinced into giving us an encore!  They also did something very special for us, they performed a song with my Papa Jim.  He sang and they backed him up.  Papa Jim also sang me down the aisle with “Love me tender” originally by Elvis Presley.

The Tent was rented from Dynamic Tents, white chairs came from Nancy’s Party Rentals, linens from BBJ Linen, portable restrooms (which were a big hit came from Royal Restrooms, Beer from Cashmere Brewery, Hair and Make up for me and the gals by Liz White, vintage milk glasses, mason jars, cake stands, votives, ribbon that we hung in the trees, and shepherds hooks came from Bella Rugosa.

My dress was actually the shell of a strappy Dessy bridesmaids dress (la belle elaines) that I brought to a seamstress Trish Jens.  She completely reconstructed the dress into my vision… adding the halter strap, adjusting the neckline, adding a bow/wrap, and a petticoat.  I found the most amazing corset at Zovo Lingerie.  The corset peeked out of the neckline of my dress, so Trish found matching lace to peek out of the hemline!  Trish also made my birdcage veil.  My pink shoes were Stuart Weitzman.

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[images from Jenny Jimenez]

Jenny Jimenez is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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