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Carrie and James’s wedding is such a clear representation of their fun-loving personalities, starting with the custom “Honey Badger Don’t Care” postage stamp used on their invitation suite…

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James wore a custom Kente bow tie.

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The best part of the day? “Our favorite part of the day was the first look before the wedding events began. We were able to share a very personal and touching moment for just the two of us.”

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Tables were decorated with candles and dramatic black calla lilies.

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From a cigar roller to a caricature artist to a stand-up comic to a photo booth, Carrie and James kept their guests entertained all night.

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Guests enjoyed late night snacks, including miniature versions of chocolate chip cookies, nutella cookies, ice cream cones, and Coke floats.

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We liked the modern, edgy feel of the space and the floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted everyone to walk away with a sense of who we were as a couple by the time they left the reception through the elements we planned for our wedding day. We also wanted to celebrate our guests as well by providing them with plenty of entertainment and personal gifts to take with them.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  After being pronounced husband and wife we incorporated a Ghanaian tradition where the bride and grooms hands are tied together with traditional Kente Cloth signifying two becoming one. During the reception we incorporated the traditional money dance where we were showered with money, signifying prosperity for our future. The day before the wedding we did the traditional Ghanaian Knocking Ceremony where the groom’s family comes to ask the elders (the bride’s family) for the hand of the bride.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Make sure you eat before the ceremony! By the time you get to the reception many hours have gone by. If you haven’t eaten beforehand you might be in danger of fainting. Also, make sure you tell yourself in your head what is coming next (such as “I’m about to walk down the aisle to meet my husband.”). That way when you think back to that moment you’ll be able to remember it and how you felt.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Make sure to create the day that you and your future husband want. It’s okay to listen to advice or tips, but stay true to the vision the two of you created together.

 

See all of Carrie and James’s super fun wedding in the gallery.

Photographer: Akil Bennett / Event Planner: Resha Zazueta with Something to Celebrate / Venue: Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas / Officiant: Pastor Remus E. Wright / Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfelds / Shoes: Jimmy Choos / Earrings: Zales / Suit: Vera Wang / Stationery: Tangerine Paperspace / Music: Tiana HallDJ Lewis GrellHard Proof Afrobeat / Comedian: Godfrey / Cigar Rollers: Houston Cigar Rollers / Caricature Sketch Artist: Keith Amador / Photobooth: Cupics Photobooth
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We just shared a few beautiful pics from Jen Huang‘s latest workshop, so if you’re a photographer and loved what you saw, you’ll be super excited to hear this… In addition to offering professional wedding photography workshops, Jen has created something totally unique: a Workshop-in-a-Box!

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The box is like a DIY workshop full of goodies. Each one includes a copy of Jen’s new Guide to Fine Art Photography book, plus a DVD audio interview with Jen and Richard Photo Lab, medium format film, sample papers for fine art prints, InDesign album templates, a Dear Jendo correspondence kit with a rubber stamp, and handmade cards for clients.

Here’s a little sneak peek inside the book…

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“… When shooting digital, I choose a jpeg format. Constraining myself to shooting jpeg, in manual mode, with prime lenses, is one of the best things I did for myself in my first year of work. It made me a stronger, more confident shooter, and it allowed me to understand my equipment much better than most photographers who have been shooting on program or auto mode for years. It also gave me the type of control that I needed to create a seamless transition between my digital and film work…”

 

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“…If branding is the first impression that clients receive, presentation would be the lasting impression. In my work, presentation plays a huge part in how my images are viewed and perceived, not only from the moment my clients see their images, but years later. It also plays a vital role in helping me price myself as a high end photographer. To me, presentation doesn’t mean bows and ribbons or wrapping paper, but craftsmanship – whether it is the type of paper that I print my images on, or the binder who puts together my album…”

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If you’re a photographer who’s interested in learning more from Jen’s experience and skill, the Workshop-in-a-Box is a great place to start. Head over to Grey Likes Weddings for the chance to win one, or to 100 Layer Cake for a discount code on the book!

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Jen Huang hosts beautiful workshops, and today she’s giving us a little peek at a shoot from one of her latest gatherings…

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From Jen: “We are always inspired by art, and this fun bridal shoot is utter romance – evoking the long lashed beauties of the Victorian era. We were lucky to have gorgeous sunlight all afternoon, and the backdrop of the ladies pavilion in Central Park was absolutely perfect.”

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“Juliet [the model] wore a crown of flowers by Poppies & Posies, and carried an overflowing bouquet of peonies, apple blossoms, sweet pea, ranunculus and ferns, also by Poppies & Posies. With romance, there’s no such thing as over-the-top!”

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Nearly Newlywed‘s ruffled gown offered the perfect amount of texture, echoed in the bride’s tastefully crimped updo.”

 

Thanks to Jen Huang for the sneak peek! Interested in attending a Jen Huang Workshop? Check back in a bit for details on her latest offering!

Photography: Jen Huang / Location: Ladies Pavilion in Central Park, New York City / Dress: Nearly Newlywed / Hair: Styles on B / Makeup: Kerry Makeup / Floral Styling, Rentals, Floral Crown: Poppies & Posies / Cake: Nine Cakes
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With my due date just around the corner, Ryan and I are trying to really take advantage of the time we have left with just the two of us. Nothing particularly fancy, just spending as much time together as we can before baby arrives. That and figuring out how to install the carseat.

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I want to live inside Manyara Home’s Instagram feed.

The Designer Says

I would love to visit the Rain Room.

Adorable little oven boxes for cupcakes, via Inspire Co.

Abercrombie & Fitch gets a brand readjustment.

Up and away in these flying houses!

Birthday box of chocolate.

How sweet is this proposal story?!

Wedding invitation timeline from Crafty Pie Press.

And flavored marshmallows – yum!

Such a pretty DIY rehearsal dinner invitation suite.

Have you had your rhubarb fix yet this year?

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

 

Crafty Pie Press is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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