Parcel Post for Brooklyn Bride [no. 09]

pp_headerpost No. 3 Beachy Mod

• in this lineup, bold graphics and bright colors of citrus, sunshine and ocean •

If you are having a wedding on the beach, a new direction would be to go modern with it! We have all seen the shells, seahorses and palm tress, but why not mix it up with some sunsets, seagulls, and ocean waves? I am really excited about the first picture below. We are working with a bride right now at Urbanic who is doing a Venice Beach themed wedding. The picture is the back of her RSVP postcard. One of our amazing designers Emily, put together a collage of actual photos taken in Venice to capture the look and feel of the location. She nailed it! You can brighten up any venue with garlands, place mats and favors. Instead of candy you could give guests something they can keep or use during their stay, like a beach journal. Below are two of my favorite invitations currently in the shop. As you can see, you can really go stylish and modern but still capture the essence of a coastal destination.

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venice beach collage RSVP card by Emily at Urbanic • “just married” banner and seagull journal by Earmark • placemat by Lotta JansdotterMelanie and Sky’s invitations by Alee and Press • waves stiched invitation by Tiny Pine Press • sunshine card by Red Bird Ink

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Real wedding: Emily + James

Emily and James (8 of 29) copy

Emily and James (10 of 29)

Emily and James (13 of 29)

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Emily and James (17 of 29)

Emily and James (20 of 29)

Emily and James (23 of 29)

Emily and James (25 of 29)

Emily and James (26 of 29)

Emily and James (29 of 29)

Emily won the Blurb contest a few months ago and sent me her recent wedding, which totally blew me away!

We both knew from the very beginning we wanted our wedding look to be simple and modern but with some vintage touches that would coincide with the venues we had chosen. We decided to go with a color palette of grey, chartreuse and moss green, we felt this would be fun and springy but also clean and modern. Our wedding was no doubt a family affair, the invitations, signs and seating cards were made by the bride’s sister (with pouch production help from mom), the wine bottle stopper favors and ring bowl were made by the bride’s dad, bridesmaid tote bags and hours of traveling and hand holding by the bride’s mom, the guest book was designed by the bride and groom using Blurb. It was very important to us to personalize our day and we were successful! Throughout the night we heard several guests say “this is so you two.”

The planning process centered around our ceremony site. Being huge Frank Lloyd Wright fans the we knew Unity Temple would be the perfect place to be married, the architectural details are stunning. Sadly, it has now been placed on the most endangered buildings list, we hope this amazing piece of history can survive. From there we found Pleasant Home just about a mile away which is a historic mansion designed by George Maher, what a great compliment to Unity Temple and also showcased our love of architecture.

It was also important to us to make sure our wedding was loads of fun. Badminton in the lawn, mashed potato martinis, board games for the kid’s table, using our iPod as our DJ to play our favorite songs and the Polaroid guest book with props definitely accomplished this. It was clear everyone had a great time.

One of our favorite details were the vintage flower pins we found for all the groomsmen and the custom ties. We searched eBay for various flower pins and sprayed painted them all white, we loved this look and we also loved that they were more eco-friendly and cost effective than traditional bouts since they can be used again. We searched high and low for store bought ties for the groomsmen with no luck. We were thrilled to find Etsy seller Me & Matilda who could create custom ties for us. Fabric was from Premiere Prints.

Non-traditional bridesmaid dresses were found at Ann Taylor Loft for a steal ($75 each) and custom green belts were made in moss green.

AMAZING VENDORS:

Catering – J&L Catering – the food was delicious, we got so many compliments and they accommodated us on all our special needs (vegan, gluten free).

Photography – Chennergy – the groom being a novice photographer himself, www.flickr.com/jpanegasser, felt photography was one of the most important elements to splurge on and we are so glad we did, Dan Chen and David Lai did an amazing job and captured the great moments and emotions of the day.

Flowers – Blumgarten – At first we were hoping to save on flowers  but the bride’s mom felt otherwise being an avid gardner most of her life. Mom does know best because the flowers were breathtaking.

Invitations, signage, etc. – The bride’s sister, lauramwilliams.com. Her background is in packaging design, web design, corporate identity and logo design but clearly she has the talent for invitation design as well.

Transportation – Windy City Trolley

Hair & Makeup – Morgan Blaul

Rings – Groom,  Yoon Jung Yun inner message ring Bride, Cottage Jewelry

[images by Chennergy]

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All about cake

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How gorgeous is this cake from Vanilla Bakeshop??  Such a modern version of the cascading butterflies.  And speaking of cake, check out my post over at the Bridal Buzz blog, and DEFINITELY check out their Cake Maker where you can design your own cake!

[image from Vanilla Bakeshop]

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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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Save the Date: Elise

We’ve been together for over seven years and have always loving taking photobooth pictures. We have a book of over 45 different strips, both color and b+w, which have been taken all over the country. Because of this, we decided to incorporate some of our favorites into the design. Of course we will be having a digital photobooth at our wedding ala Our Labor of Love.

[image from Elise]

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