Monthly Archives: September 2009

Okay, before moving on to the inspiration board, I have to remind everyone that you have until midnight on Friday to enter the NYC engagement shoot giveaway! Don’t miss out!

My goal with today’s inspiration board was to demonstrate how yellow can be used in an autumn wedding, though I think this would work equally well for a late summer event. Slightly golden yellow, the brown of that warm, worn wood that you find on gorgeous old farm tables, and warm cream… perfectly cheery for a sunny autumn day.

Mood: sunny, warm
Palette: golden yellow, oak, cream

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Top row from left: church in a field of yellow flowers photo by Allyson Magda, small golden butterfly paintings by Koelle Art via Poppytalk, yellow church bell invitation by Two Trick Pony, wood block table number photo by Jose Villa
Row 2: yellow pom-pom place setting via Lillyella, bouquet with roses, billy buttons and feathers by Saipua, various yellow ribbon photo by Stephanie Williams, bride with yellow ballet flats from Wedding Style Guide
Row 3: birdcage veil photo by Jennifery Dery, cake with yellow ranunculus and gold ribbon trim photo by Rachel McGinn, yellow dahlia boutonnieres by Small Stump & Studio Choo via {frolic!}, letterpress monogram card by Austin Press

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Robert Sukrachand is one of those photographers whose work made me do a little dance when I first came across it – there is something simultaneously classic and fresh about his style, and I love the way he captures those little details. Pair his talent with a stylish bride and groom and an incredible New York City venue – what more could you ask for in the way of inspiration!? Thank you so much to Shira and Geoff who were kind enough to share their beautiful day with us…

For their save-the-dates, Shira purchased vintage New York City postcards on eBay and stamped the backs with a custom stamp set and red ink. Shira and Geoff’s invitation suite incorporated whimsical fonts, Victorian flourishes, and vintage images. The background pattern on the invites came from an old French postcard that Shira had kept on her bulletin board, the envelopes were lined with soft gray paper, and everything was tied together with bakers twine.

Shira wore a vintage-inspired dress by Vera Wang that she purchased at a Saks Fifth Avenue sample sale. Because she knew she would be dancing and moving around, Shira wanted to make sure she was comfortable – the chantilly lace dress with “wispy cap sleeves and a spray of sequins along the bodice that reminded [the bride] of fireflies” was perfect. After much difficulty finding the right pair of shoes, Shira ultimately settled on a pair of satin peep toes from Nine West. Shira shares a tip: After work I would slip into them and walk around my apartment until they were fairly broken in. They were super comfortable on my wedding day – no blisters!

 Yellow is Shira’s favorite color, so it played a starring role in her bouquet of peonies, garden roses, chamomile, fresh herbs, and feathers. All of the flowers were done by Naomi DeMañana, floral designer for Martha Stewart Weddings. The rest of the wedding day color scheme drew its inspiration from the St. Germain packaging: dusty navy blue, jadeite, rose gold, with hints of 1940s red. Appropriately, the couple’s signature cocktail included this elderflower liqueur.

 The June wedding took place at the utterly unique 632 on Hudson, a townhouse that gave the wedding the feel of a house party. 

Some details about the day:

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted our celebration to feel homespun. I loved the idea of receptions from the 1920’s and 30’s that took place in the bride’s home. My real childhood home in Oklahoma would have been a hike for our mostly NYC and French guests, so when we discovered 632 Hudson, we found our imaginary, long-lost eccentric relative’s home in the West Village.

What inspired you when you were planning?  Our inspiration for the wedding was based largely on our love of movies. At the time of our engagement, Geoff and I were in a deep Fellini phase. We wanted our celebration to have the intensity and joy and fanfare of his films. Our DJ played lively Nino Rota scores during the cocktail hour!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  I originally planned to make black-and-white cookies (a New York favorite), but just didn’t have enough time. In a pinch, I ended up buying my favorite chocolate chip cookies by Tate’s Bake Shop, and packaging them in cello bags tied with bakers twine for favors.

Do you have any advice for other brides?  Especially for people getting married in their home city – book a great hotel room for the night before and the night of the wedding. I stayed in the room by myself the night before, and it was really calming – beautiful bathtub, comfy robe, huge bed, loads of space (and no cat hair!) And then the morning after the wedding, Geoff went out and grabbed us two lattes and a croissant to enjoy before we headed over to our post-wedding brunch with family. We had such a fun time that morning talking about the wedding and the party and everything. It was great to have that intimate, private break from all of the family and cameras.

Photographer: Robert Sukrachand / Venue: 632 on Hudson in New York City / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Flowers: Naomi de Mañana / Stationery: Peter Kruty Editions / Catering Marcey Brownstein
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Mood: intimate, rustic
Palette: autumn green, bittersweet orange, tweed brown

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It’s easy for orange to get out of control, which is part of why I like this inspiration board so much – there’s enough orange to feel like fall, but nothing overwhelming. For today’s wedding board I imagined an intimate outdoor dinner, with sweet and simple details – ribbons in the trees, mismatched chairs, a woodland-inspired dessert buffet, and a tweed suit for the groom, of course!

Row 1:  fall table setting under the trees by Matthew Mead Style / rustic orange ranunculus bouquet from Brides / fall wedding ceremony under the trees via Oh Happy Day  //  Row 2:  short vintage-inspired wedding dress by Stephanie James Couture / Bari Zaki envelope with vintage stamps  //
Row 3:  faux bois cake and woodland dessert buffet from Martha Stewart Weddings / centerpiece with roses and grape leaves from Napa Valley Celebrations / flower girls with bittersweet wreaths from Martha Stewart Weddings  //  Row 4:  tweed suit via The Sartorialist / rustic piano photo by Leigh Miller / fruit crate floral arrangements from Custom Event Group
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Now that my honey is working crazy hours, I have a whole new appreciation for my weekends with him. Even if they don’t include much more than trying a new taco place and watching episodes of Arrested Development in our jammies. How do you like to spend your lazy weekends? Maybe browsing some of these awesome links (this list seems to get longer every week)…

Let the wild rumpus start!

Reminded of Mississippi.

I heart kraft paper, and I heart vintage clip art.

Something old, via Moodboard

and something new, via Junebug.

And borrowed and blue, too.

It’s autumn, and you know what that means: velvet pumpkins!

Confession: I love Hanky Pankies. Now I want a pair with my name on it.

In a fight of pirates versus ninjas, who’s your money on? via i am a greedy girl

A new map of Paris.

Cake stand or modern art? via Thoughtful Day

Cookies make me smile.

Red-lipped brides are gorgeous!

How cool is this chalkboard speech bubble?

Sweet porcupine love, via Innove.

My kindergarten class never did anything this cool with cardboard tubes.

Wedding budget? Who needs spreadsheets.

The shy girl’s guide to boudoir pics.

Happy weekend lovelies! And make sure you stop by on Monday when I’ll be announcing an AMAZING contest that you won’t want to miss!

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