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.

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In addition to the seersucker cozies, Ian’s mother also made table runners, yarmulkes, and waitstaff aprons for the wedding.

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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.

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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.

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Don’t you love that one-shouldered seersucker dress?

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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!

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Photography: Brooke Fitts, Brookelyn Photography

Venue: The Foundry in Long Island City, New York

Event design / production: Jennifer Farris and Jonathan Janis, BMD Design (Banana Muffin Donut Design)

Bride’s mermaid dress / shoes: Vera Wang / Christian Dior

Groom’s seersucker suit / shoes: Thom Browne / Cole Haan

Bridal party seersucker dresses: Thread

Ring pillow: Arabelle Taggart

Donuts: Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, (718) 389-3676

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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.

If you liked this modern New York wedding, then you might also like these posts:

Ashley and Dusty’s DIY wedding in a sleek Atlanta studio.
Diana and Osman’s spring wedding at the Foundry.
This modern seersucker wedding inspiration board.

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Whoo – this week just flew by! And it sure was toasty here. Our little kitty was sprawled out on the bathroom tile trying to keep cool, and I was in shorts (which, let me tell you, happens never). We’ve been enjoying lots of farmers market goodies, eating dinner outside, and spending time with friends – all the best parts of summer. And just to round out the summer goodness, we’re going to a baseball game this weekend.

Some fun links for you today, starting with this awesome pic. Don’t you wish you knew the story that went along with it?

{by Sabino Aguad}


Not that I’m going for any major hair changes before the wedding, but these pics have me thinking about bangs…

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This wedding is a fashion fantasy.

Fab neckwear (and it’s totally customizable!), via {wit + delight}.

Simple and sweet invites with pretty little stars.

Adorable Idaho engagement shoot.

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Krank Press love.

Made a nectarine gingersnap tart this week – delicious!

So many gorgeous things all in one place.

A lovely and intimate wedding.

I don’t know a thing about cars, but I know that this one wants me to drive it.

And I would put the keys on this, via Mint.

Have a happy, happy weekend!

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Please tell me I’m not the only person out there who loves walking into Williams-Sonoma, planning out my dream kitchen. I did this even before I was engaged and setting up my registry there! If you’re anything like me, then you’re going to be really excited about today’s giveaway – you can enter to win a $150 gift card from Williams-Sonoma just by registering or adding a new item to your current registry.

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Some of the things from W-S that I love and use just about everyday are my flour sack dishtowels (I’m a firm believer that one cannot have enough of these in the house – they’ve totally replaced paper towels for me), my Silpat non-stick baking sheet liner (no longer leaving half the cookie on the cookie sheet), and my Picardie drinking glasses (they make me feel like I’m at a French cafe!).

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And then there’s my fantasy kitchen, with things like a waffle maker, a marble pastry board, copper mixing bowl and yes, a fancy garlic press (my sister has one of these and I want it).

Now, who wants that $150 gift card? To enter, you need to:

– Register with Williams-Sonoma, then leave a comment here letting us know you’ve registered, and what your favorite W-S item is and why.
– Or, if you’re already registered, add another item to your registry, and leave a comment here letting us know what you’ve added, as well as your favorite W-S item.

You have until next Wednesday, September 1st, to enter. I will announce the randomly selected winner on Friday, September 3rd. Oh, I should also mention that you can receive an extra entry if you include your public registry link in the comment. I can’t wait to hear all about what you’ve registered for!

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After a traditional Hindu ceremony in India, Chase and Vik wanted to host a wedding celebration for their friends and family in the United States. 100 guests joined them in the bride’s childhood home in Salt Lake City for a celebration full of bright and bold colors, from turquoise to tangerine, and a fusion of American and Indian elements. Chase was kind enough to stop by with some details about the backyard reception:

I wanted a robin’s egg blue and orange palette with accents of pink. From there, ideas started to form and I worked with my planner to create a colorful and romantic party that was also unique, playful and a little kitschy. We shared our wedding from India with everyone by hanging the photographs of us between two trees in the garden with clothespins, and we played the video of our wedding ceremony inside the house for people to watch.

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Friends of the bride designed and printed the letterpress invitations, as well as planned and coordinated the flowers and other details from the day.

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How cute are these bride and groom dishtowels?! You can find similar ones at Anthropologie. Chase’s friends, Cathy and Lauren Brady, designed the wedding decor using the bride’s suggestions, and supplying many of their own vintage pieces and furniture. (Keep an eye out for their website, Saucy & Kitsch, coming soon.)

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Our band, Red Rock Hot Club, plays Gypsy Jazz. Their music really set the perfect tone for the evening. A collection of Bollywood music followed the live music.

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We served a variety of Indian dishes including chicken curry, malai kofta, and samba, and had a hand selected wine and beer menu. We also served Izzy soda that matched our colors (pink and orange) accented with a blue and white striped paper straw. And of course what is a wedding without champagne! The top layer of our wedding cake was vanilla bean with rose filling covered in Italian honey-vanilla buttercream, and the bottom layer was hazelnut chocolate with hazelnut praline and dark chocolate ganache. The woman that made our cake was a friend of a friend who happened to be a fabulous baker. The cake toppers were these darling vintage Lefton bluebird salt and pepper shakers. In addition to cake, we served a traditional Indian wedding dessert called gulab jamun which is a delicious dough ball served with a syrup seasoned with cardamom, and rosewater or saffron.

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Photography: David Newkirk

Planning and design: Saucy & Kitsch

Bride’s dress / shoes: BCBG / Brass Plum

Groom’s suit / shoes: Joseph Abboud / Aldo

Catering: Ganesh Restaurant

See tons more fun details from Chase and Vik’s backyard wedding over on David Newkirk’s blog.

If you like this wedding, check out these other features:

Megan & Mihir’s orange and aqua Hindu wedding.
Jackie & Joby’s bright yellow Beatles-themed wedding.
Inspiration Board #255: Mendhi & Roses.

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