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An Eye Deal Match

Avory & Corey had some pretty dramatic engagements to fit in with their pretty epic style. Photographer Tiffanie used a ‘light painting’ technique to achieve these stunning results. The couple are a crafty pair who make their own glass jewellery and so it’s obvious that such a creative couple deserve a pretty creative shoot right?
If you wanted to buy some pieces by Avory & Corey then check out their company Eye Deal Glass.

Credit: Tiffanie Weaver Photography

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

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.

One Big Party

Aly & Elroi’s wedding was described by the couple as ‘one of the most magical days of our lives’ A day filled with such a fun party vibe and one where all their friends and family pulled together to help them achieve the wedding of their dreams.

Just a few examples of their amazing friends who helped out include, both their outfit’s being made by a friend of theirs who lives in New York and another friend made and travelled with their amazing wedding cake all the way from Texas! They had another friend cater for them and some other friends who made the invitations.

Funny and persoanal anecdotes are what makes wedding like this great, and Aly spoke about their impromptu (and hilarious) bridal shower…
So, I went to the coffee shop to meet them, got my coffee, sat down and realized that everyone was being weirdly quiet as I babbled and babbled. So, I stopped and was like, “What’s going on? Why aren’t y’all so quiet?” And my friend Lindsey says, “Well, I’m just going to tell you. You’re kidnapped.”
“Huh?”

Danielle, my MOH, shouts “Get in the car. I’m not gonna tell you twice!” (She was trying to be tough-sounding in a hilarious way.)

So I was handed a clue that I had to decipher to tell them where we were going to. I was like, “Wait- you’re kidnapping me but I have to tell you where to take me?”

Danielle: “Don’t ask questions!” Ha!

So I figured out that the place the clue was talking about was the place Elroi proposed. So we went there and took pictures that would be left as a clue for Elroi, who has also unknowingly been kidnapped from our house by his side of the wedding party.

(Side note: Elroi was actually kidnapped right in the middle of washing our dogs. So, Danielle’s boyfriend who had been helping at the house took over dog-washing duties. As El’s friends were leaving with him, Macauley, our rascally cake-maker instructed Danielle’s boyfriend to just “wash as many dogs as you can.”

Every time I solved a clue, I got a present–so it was also like a surprise shower. I couldn’t believe I didn’t know anything about it and I felt so loved that all these people would plan something so elaborate and fun for us.

Thanks to Aly & Elroi for sharing their gorgeous wedding and story!

Credit: Our Labor Of Love

Genuine Vintage Style

I get super excited when I find weddings like this, and I get even more excited when the couple send me all the juicy details so I can share them with you all.

Sarah & Colin chose some really special details to make their vintage wedding just right. Sarah’s ridiculously beautiful dress was a genuine 1950′s vintage find from a small shop in Lambertville NJ, and her shoes, which perfectly match her dress, were from Anthropologie. Colin wore a J Crew suit with a pocket square that belonged to his Grandfather.

The couple also went DIY crazy, making the invites, the name cards, and the table numbers themselves, Colin said to me “We spent way to much time using one of those round corner cutters! It hurt my fingers” but I think it was definitely worth it, the result is just gorgeousness.  Finally the flowers were put together by generous friend and family helpers, gotta love them!

A huge thank you to Amanda and Carina of Love Me Do Photography for sending me the images, and to Newlyweds Sarah & Colin for sharing their wonderful day with us.

Credit: Love Me Do Photography

Thrifty Gorgeous

Faith & Joe didn’t have much time to plan their wedding, especially as they live in Portland but chose to have the event in California as lots of their friends and family lived here. They also decided to do the whole thing in a super thrifty way. This however, led them to have a truly unique, personal DIY wedding. Friends and family also helped them out wherever they could with her Mum making the cake, the dried flowers for the bouquets, boutonnieres and decorations being donated and Faith getting her gorgeous dress from a thrift store, adding the tulle and brown sash herself and even making her own veil.

This has got to be one of the sweetest and most stylish DIY weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing with you all. Thanks to photographer Shannon Moore for sharing!

ps People! You have until Monday to get your entries in for the Tinywater contest…do it do it!

Credit: Shannon Moore Photography