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Family, Friends and Fabulous Fashion!

I have been dying to get the wedding up all day, and I am so excited that it is all now ready to go. Photographer Monika Broz of Project Mad Love sent me these gorgeous images alongside a fantastic overview of their day by the couple, Cori & Rollie. So without further ado…

We wanted to have a relaxed but stylish outdoor wedding with a casual feel in the Lambertville/New Hope area close to where are families are from but not too far from NYC where a lot of our friends are.  I always pictured the sun shining with fluffy clouds and blue skies and kids running around and everyone just kicking back and enjoying the good food and good company.  We chose the Mills for it’s beautiful location on the Delaware River and the charm and history of the buildings. 

We have a lot of family and friends with kids so instead of a bridal party we invited all 32 kids to be in the wedding and walk down the aisle…they all wore white and were rewarded with hand made goodie bags (made by my friend, Nicole and I) with their names on them.  The bags contained custom made aprons from Kimberly (a friend) at Chez Sucrechez and also had pirate eye patches and moustaches, candy necklaces and watches, wax lips, and other treats from Economy Candy in NYC.

My dress was designed by me with the help of my friend, Rose Baron who made the dress.  My vision for my dress was 70s inspired with long, soft sleeves and an empire waist.  I did not want to wear white so we found this great dove grey cotton voile swiss dot fabric at Mood that I loved.  I wanted some pleating detail on the center back and Rose really brought my vision to life!  My headpiece was designed by me and made by my friend, Jenny.  My blue shoes were Chloe.  Rollie’s suit was from Banana Republic and his tie I bought at a vintage store in Rome.

For the flowers, my bouquet was camomile and peonies, the girls carried daisies and camomile and the boys had daisy or camomile boutonnieres.  We had shepard’s hooks with buckets of daisies down the aisle for the ceremony and stood in front of strings of origami doves, symbols of peace and long life together.  The dove garland is handmade in Bangladesh by women in rural villages (www.tenthousandvillages.com) The flowers for the tables were in vintage milk glass vases and were all camomile.

My mom and I made all the table runners from a Denyse Schmidt floral fabric, I made the napkins that had Fortune Teller Fish tied around them, our paper wreath that hung on the mill door we bought on Etsy from a vendor called Haru.  The hand painted signs indicating cocktails, dinner, ceremony, and dancing, were made by my mom.

The 6 cakes and cupcakes were made by my cousin, Linnette Kelly and the clothespin cake topper was made by my mom.

Thanks so much to Monika, Cori & Rollie for contributing to this post!

Credit: Monika Broz of Project Mad Love
’3 kids photo’ taken by second shooter Tim Dinofa

1950′s Fare

Tara & Tom’s rock ‘n roll 1950′s styleee engagements are just awesome! The records, the old plane, the balloons… Photographer Sarah expressed concern to me that I’d featured some similar images recently, so I immediately pointed her in the direction of this post.

I have much love for these, thanks for sharing Sarah!

Credit: Labour Of Love Photography

Spooky & Dark

Filipino photographer Jeffroger Kho sent me these stunning engagements which perfectly reflect his wild, crazy, and downright addictive’  style.

These are kinda spooky and dark but I seriously love them (yes even the creepy doll) Check it out…

The client Mark and Johanna are photographers and very artistic individuals.  You can check out their site here as well Happy Garaje Graphic Design and Illustration.  Their style is really dark, desaturated, and textured.  And I am happy that I was able to capture that and also reflect the clients style.

The outfits are from the clients own wardrobe.  They pretty much have everything already.  They collect a lot of old stuff as well so it quite reflects much of their personality.  I believe that this set is very Rock n Roll because it’s different, downright crazy, non-conventional, and most importantly it reflects much of the personality of the client and not just a random theme just for the sake of having a theme.

Thanks Jeffroger!

ps be sure to vote for your favourites to win the Tinywater photo shoot contest, but pleeeease only one vote per person, lets keep it fair people! (plus I can see if you’re multiple voting so there really is no point.)

 

Credit: Jeffroger Kho Photography

Been Done? Who Cares?

You know this about me already but I’m a huge activist for being yourself on your wedding day, however crazy, out there or even mundane (oh yes) that may be. As all the veteran readers will know, I ran a contest for free wedding photography a while back, and have now gotten to know our winners pretty well. I was chatting to the Bride to be, Vana, on the phone the other day for no joke, literally an hour about all things wedding (jeez that gal can talk he he!) and I’m sure she won’t mind me telling you this. She was running a few of her newest wedding ideas by me to ask my opinion as to whether I thought they had ‘been done’ (for some reason she thinks I must be some kind of expert on such things…)

I said this to her, and on her recommendation I am now going to say this to all of you…do not worry about tack, about being over the top or if something you really want seems to be springing up everywhere in blog-land and has therefore, in your eyes, ‘been done’. Just remember this teeny tiny pearl of wisdom…Your wedding guests won’t have been scoring the internet looking for wedding ideas for the last year so will have no idea if something has ‘been done’ or not!

To me, our wedding was not completely nuts. We kept it quite simple with a black and white theme and a few personal touches, but we had so many people saying to us it was the most stylish and cool wedding they had ever been too…they hadn’t spent the last year looking at other people’s weddings and comparing themselves after all!

So don’t doubt yourself… Are you lusting after that cute Stephanie James Couture dress but are worried that in 10 years time the adorability will look as dated as the poofy sleeved meringues of the 80’s? Pah, if I got married in the 80’s I would have wanted to remember the 80’s…2008 was the greatest year of my life and I want to remember that year through my wedding pictures.
Have you have been dying to have cupcakes as your wedding cake ever since you started planning your wedding, but are worried because now everybody seems to be doing it? Well a lot of people that are getting married may be yes, but everybody in the entire world?…erm no.
Are you worried that your wedding isn’t cool enough because you spend all day looking at weddings that seen so much crazier/chicer than yours? (You are not alone by the way, I felt the exact same thing) Let me tell you this – you are more likely to regret planning a wedding in a style that wasn’t really ‘you’ than one that perfectly matches you and your fiancé’s tastes.

So quit stressing about what other people will think and just do it already…and then send me the photographs afterwards!

Now for a couple of trends I love and therefore don’t care if they’ve ‘been done’. Let me know if I’ve missed any of your favourites!

1. Moustaches – Daley Hake 2. Bicycles – Fuller Edge Photography
3. Slideshows – Jonas Peterson 4. Photo Booths – Josh Goleman
5. Short Dresses – Melissa Brown 6. Vintage – Katherine O’Brien
7. Converse Trainers – The Nichols 8. Balloons – Kate Headley
9. Cupcakes – Tec Pejata 10. Mis-matched Bridesmaids – Flint Photography
11. Silly Sunglasses – Cameron Ingalls 12. Martha Stewart Pom Poms – Lillian & Leonard 13. Red Dresses – Rosie Parsons 14. Umbrellas – One Love Photo
15. Coloured Paper Lanterns – Tiffany Aicklen 16. Non Floral Bouquets – Crissy Farah  17. Felt Bouquets – Austin & Cassandra Photography 18. Bird Cage Veils – Victor Sizemore

Traditional Korean

Jennifer & Matthew had a gorgeous traditional Korean wedding, which took place at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. Jennifer’s beautiful dressis a traditional Korean dress called a hanbok, but with a modern twist.  It was designed by Kim Mehee, who designed Sandra Oh’s dress for the SAG awards….
The couple went DIY’ed all the flowers! I love their peacock boutonnieres  the most but I am also pretty crazy about her homemade bouquet, she used flake flowers to keep it looking perfect throughout the day.

Credit: Caroline Tran

Edit: I had to add their gorgeous video to this post too! Thanks to the Bride, Jennifer for sharing it.

Jenn + Matthew’s Wedding Highlights from Alumiq Productions on Vimeo.