There are few things I look forward to as much as getting the newest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings in the mail – it’s a little like Christmas in my mailbox. The fall issue hits stands in just a few days, but in case you can’t wait that long, here’s a little sneak peek for you from our friends at Martha Stewart Weddings…
martha stewart weddings cover fall 2010
Cover photo credit: Ditte Isager/Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2010
This issue’s Perfect Palette story was inspired by Gustav Klimt meets Hollywood Regency, with fabulous metallic elements, in shades of copper, silver, and gold.
perfect palette metallic centerpieces
metallic bridal bouquet
sneak peek metallic dresses
Photo credits: Johnny Miller/Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2010
You can pick up your copy at newsstands in a couple days, and see the rest of what those talented folks at Martha Stewart Weddings have cooked up this time.
When I was in San Diego a couple of weeks ago (actually, was that a month ago? the summer is really flying by!), I stopped by the Film Is Not Dead workshop and got to meet a bunch of awesome photographers, including the talented guy behind today’s wedding, Braedon Flynn. And today I bring you some of Braedon’s lovely work: Dottie and Jordan’s beautifully rustic Tahoe wedding (with lots of DIY details, too!). Says Dottie, “Jordan and I chose Tahoe because we have spent winters and summers there together ever since high school, and we love it. We thought we could make a long weekend out of our wedding to spend with close family and friends.”
vintage postcard of tahoe lodge
Dottie created all of the stationery herself, including this RSVP postcard with a black and white photo of the wedding venue on it.
bridesmaid holding wildflower bouquet
Bridesmaids chose whatever dress they wanted, in any color (I love this bright yellow dress!).
prada leather shoes
How fabulous are Dottie’s accessories? Love the lace-up shoes by Prada, and especially love the vintage headband. “I found the 1920’s French paste headband at a vintage bridal shop in Santa Monica called Paris 1900,” says Dottie. She also wore a ring that belonged to her bridesmaid’s grandmother as her “something borrowed.” (The groom also had something borrowed, wearing a suit that belonged to his brother.)
wedding ceremony in front of lodge
As the bride walked down the aisle, her brother played the piano. Dottie and Jordan also wrote their own vows.
wedding ceremony kiss
scenic wedding portraits
cute pug dog wearing a tutu
Hello adorable pug dog in a little tutu!
window pane seating chart with calligraphy
Dottie found two divided light French doors on Craigslist, and her mom wrote guests names on the glass for seating assignments. Dottie says that she plans on using the doors for the pantry in her future kitchen – I love the idea of incorporating wedding details into everyday things at home.
Metal letters from Restoration Hardware – each one a different letter in Dottie and Jordan’s married name – took the place of table numbers. Rustic farm tables were decorated with flowers in mason jars, stacks of books tied with twine, old-fashioned oil lanterns, and burlap table runners. The overall look was country flea market meets French garden.
long banquet tables with rustic centerpieces
rustic centerpieces in mason jars
burlap wedding menus
Dottie purchased hem-stitch napkins at Napkins Online for the same price that it would have cost to rent them.
cupcakes with sugared lavender
Dottie’s mother made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, decorated with lavender sprigs.
bride and groom dancing at their wedding
bride and groom kissing
From the bride: Jordan and I remember looking up over all the tables while we were eating and just in awe of our day and how everything came together. It was very “us.”
The couple from today’s upcoming real wedding invited their guests to join them for the weekend, and the day before the wedding everyone floated down the Truckee River in inner tubes. How fun is that?!
wedding weekend river float
Truckee River float
Check back in just a bit to see their beautiful wedding!
When Brooke Fitts posted the photos of these awesome seersucker invitations, I could not wait to see the what kind of cool wedding they belonged to. And Hannah and Ian’s modern New York wedding was just as cool as you’d expect. Fabulous red and blue details, seersucker, stripes and hello donuts – love it! I also love hearing that a couple designed their wedding with the help of an inspiration board. Says Hannah:
We approached designing our wedding as we would approach designing an event based around a brand, the only difference being the brand was us. We are both visual people – Ian is an architect and I’m a retail display designer – so we were able to articulate a direction and visualize the look quickly. We started by making an inspiration board for the overall look & feel of the wedding. Our look was “poppy/preppy” and used a color story of pale sky blue and bright poppy red.
Once we nailed down the overall direction, we began with the paper goods. We started with the font selection (which reminded me of marquee letters with a touch of Wes Anderson), and from there we mocked up some layouts on the computer. Next, we combined that with a hand written font that Ian drew. We letterpressed the suite ourselves, and the invitation, RSVP card and directions slipped into a seersucker cozy. The wording of the invitation was a mix of formal and informal: the last line of our invitation said, “dinner, dancing and donuts immediately following.” We felt it set the tone of what our guests could expect.
In addition to the seersucker cozies, Ian’s mother also made table runners, yarmulkes, and waitstaff aprons for the wedding.
red and white wedding accessories
seersucker suit and red boutonniere
strapless mermaid dress and seersucker suit
queensboro bridge wedding photo
red and blue DIY wedding programs
modern wedding ceremony decorations
The ceremony décor was inspired by Rebecca Ward’s installation at the Kate Spade store – we used ribbons to create a ribbon canopy that was a giant extended chuppah, under which all of our guests sat.
modern Jewish wedding ceremony
red and blue striped paper straws
DIY wedding tables
Besides getting married, the décor was the most important element of the day to us. We spent countless hours doing site surveys of the Foundry, drawing floor plans and elevations, and mocking up different ideas. The tablescape included a seersucker runner, a custom lacquer tray with fabric flowers resting in the center, napkins folded like bows with a single fabric flower pinned to them, and a custom vinyl cut table number. Once we figured out what we wanted to do, my best friend stepped in and helped us execute the designs amazingly – she made over 300 fabric flowers. Ian’s mother made the runners and Ian’s family’s company made the custom trays.
mother of the bride dress
Don’t you love that one-shouldered seersucker dress?
donut holes wedding cake
Guests were invited to take donuts home (color-coordinated donuts at that!). Another fun detail was the custom decals on the bathroom mirrors, meant to look like a striped bow tie in the men’s room and a necklace in the ladies’ room. So fun!
Congratulations Hannah and Ian! Thank you for sharing your totally stylish wedding with us, and thank you to Brooke Fitts for sending over all these great pics. See tons more photos over on Brookelyn Photography’s blog.
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