Engagement shoot: Jen + Steve

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Sigh…e-sessions like these make me want to get tattoos, look cool, and jump on a bed.

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[images from lunaphoto]

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Real wedding: Jen + Hooper

I just love this wedding Amanda at Love Me Do Photography sent over…that cape and those tattoos totally sold me!

Our first wedding of this season was definitely a great one to start off with.  We were introduced to Jen and Hooper through co-worker friends of Amanda from the Philadelphia  Museum of Art.  Jen is a photographer (www.jenbandini.com) and blogger (www.escapetonewyork.net), and Hooper is a painter/drawer (www.hooperturner.com).  Since they were on a pretty tight budget, (and because we love their artwork!) we arranged to do a trade of services.  We photographed the wedding in exchange for a painting and photograph from each Jen and Hooper, which we both adore!

Their wedding took place on the Ladies Pavilion in Central Park in NYC on the edge of the pond, officiated by Kim Kirkley (ourelegantceremony.com).  Kim offered to perform the cermony in exchange for a donation to the Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a twenty year-old group that provides transportation and EMT service for a much under-servered area of Brooklyn.  It was a grey, windy New York day, but the sky matched Jen’s dress wonderfully and the photos in Central Park are some of our favorites we’ve taken.  Music during the ceremony was performed by friends, Austin Hughes and Glendon Jones of M. Shanghai String Band that brought guests to tears.  A reception followed at Rue 57 (http://www.rue57.com), hip French Bistro in Midtown, where their guests enjoyed a delicious dinner and celebrated the remainder of the evening with the newly wed couple.

Jen and Hooper designed their own invitations and save the date(http://escape-to-new-york.blogspot.com/2009/04/04202009-our-invitation-i-love.html) which were then letterpress printed by a good friend, Maggie Portis (http://gamewellpress.typepad.com/) as a wedding gift. Jen designed centerpieces, favors, and flowers herself.  Handmade masks, personalized bookmarks, and favors were made from clipart downloaded from clipart.com and printed at Kinkos. The paper dolls favors, which were a joint effort between Hooper and Jen – he did the drawings and she designed the layout and packaging.  Jen actually ended up printing a lot of stuff on her inkjet printer at home.   Jen’s hand-tied bouquet of ranunculus, scabiosa, and lisianthus came from freshroses.com.  Jen wore a silk chiffon evening gown was from Bergdorf Goodman, adorned with a custom capelet by Kate Towers, katetowers.com, and gloves by Carolina Amato.  Wedding rings were from weddingbands.com.  Hooper’s cufflinks were custom-made from typewriter keys by Joy’s Jewels.  The cake was made by Cake Alchemy (http://www.cakealchemy.com).   And of course, photography by Carina Romano and Amanda Jaffe of Love Me Do Photography.

[images by Love Me Do Photography]

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Real wedding: Sara + Matt

This wedding sent from Jenny Jimenez is not only fabulously stylish, but hilarious as well!  I wish I had a smoking lobster at my wedding!

Sara & Matt were married on Naragansett Bay in Rhode Island during Hurricane Hanna. The day started out innocently, with the eye of the storm keeping us half dry for the ceremony, cocktail hour and through the start of their lobster bake dinner (lobster!!) from McGrath Clambakes in Newport.  By the time the wind and rain resumed we were dancing too hard to care.  If you weren’t soaked by the rain, you were soaked with sweat. These are my kind of people!

Both Sara & Matt had their wedding attire custom made for them, with Sara in a tea stained Mary Adams creation and Matt in a gray Addison & Steele suit with purple lining.  The guys wore white Nikes with purple swooshes.  They donated to Save the Bay in lieu of favors.

Yes, that is one of their guests trying to eat the bridal bouquet.

[images by Jenny Jimenez]

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Real wedding: Mandy + Brian

How gorgeous is Mandy and this wedding??  I love all the details and ESPECIALLY the photography!

Theme-  Black and ivory, vintage and lots of branches.  Branches were in all our centerpieces, flowers and on our invitations.  We kept all the decorations black and ivory as well as requested all our guests to
keep with the theme with their wardrobe.  The vintage feel of the wedding was seen a lot in my wedding dress and veil.  We wanted something simple yet unique so we used my wedding ring for inspirations since it held much of a vintage feel and included black onyx.

Invitations-  Since we could not find a lot of invitations that reflected our theme I had my brother Chad at beneaththesky.com design them.  We gave him some ideas and he really made them come to life.  I
had them printed, cut, and put them together on my own. Every part was ordered separately so everything went together.  We used cardsandpocketstore.com, paperandmore.com, and overnightprints.com to
make our own invitations in our own style.

Venue-  Right away when we got engaged we knew we wanted to get married in Santa Cruz where Brian is from.  It is so beautiful and holds great memories for us both.  Since is was more of a destination
wedding we took some time finding a venue.  When we first saw Kennolyn we knew it was where we wanted to be married.  It is an old hacienda building on a hill that over looks the city.  On a clear day you can
see the ocean and its set on 300 acres of forest.  Many of our guests loved our venue.  Also Carrie, the day wedding coordinator is amazing!

Decorations and Flowers-  The majority of all the flowers and decorations were done by myself and my family.  My mom and I spent a few trips to downtown L.A.’s flower mart coming up with ideas.  All of
our centerpieces and the flowers at the ceremony site were all done by us.  The branches were bought is downtown L.A. and brought up to Santa Cruz 2 days before the wedding so we could get them all put together. We glued little white flowers on a few of the branches to add a hint of color. Also we used artichokes in our centerpieces from nearby Monterey to give a feel from the area.  The bouquet and boutonnieres for our wedding were all done by Boulder Creek flowers in Santa Cruz. They did such a great job staying with our black and white theme, and having fun being creative!

Dress and Veil- I found my dress at Marry me bridal in Orange.  It definitely went with our vintage them.  To add the flair of the black we added a black sash to my dress.  The veil and flower were made by
Stephanie James couture in Huntington Beach.  She did a great job of adding a hint of black to the ivory flower.  All of her flowers, veils, and dresses she designs are inspired by the 40s and 50s.

Photography-  Not too long after we got engaged my brother let me know our friend Carson at James Carson photography had been shooting weddings.  We took a look at his website and instantly knew we wanted him to shoot our wedding.  He has a great eye for what looks good and we love the way our photos came out.  We also did a day after session on the beach to get some different photos.  We had such a great time with Carson!

Cake-  Our cake was made by Black China Bakery in Santa Cruz.  I’ve been vegan for nearly 12 years and we wanted to have cake everyone would enjoy.  All of our cakes were vegan but they also do regular cakes.  We had one small cake that was decorated with black and ivory.  We also had two other flavor of cupcakes.  We went with chocolate on one and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on the other.  Everyone loved it!

Extras-  As our sign in book we had a few friends take Polaroid photos of our guests as they arrived.  We had them sign a guest book with their photos right above.  It turned out great!

[images by James Carson Photography]

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