“We are both crafty, artistic and creative,” the pink haired bride told me. “We wanted a mix of romantic gothic, neo-Victorian, vintage and steampunk for our wedding. We really wanted to make it our own and original with still trying to keep a little tradition for our families. We decided we just wanted hints of each. That’s why we decided to DIY as much as we could.”
After an 11 year relationship, Jasmine & George were married in The Greenhouse at The Foundry, NY by groom’s cousin, John Russo. “We got our wedding rings from Gemvara,” Jasmine continued. “My ring has black and white diamonds and his had black diamonds added to it. The inscription says ‘True Love Waits’ after a Radiohead song because we waited 11 years before we got married.”
The reception was held in the main hall at The Foundry. “Our centerpieces were made by us,” the bride explained. “We collected wine bottle corks and dried out lots of red roses upside down on a laundry line at home at least 3 weeks before putting them all together. The tops of the apothecary jars had a black ribbon tied around with a different steampunk and vintage-themed trinkets attached.”
“The cake toppers were from blimpcat on etsy. They were wooden cameos of us that we used on our Save the Dates. All the paper goods were handmade by my maid of Honor including the programs, menus, table cards, our table banner and the wedding entrance sign. She also made the signs that the entire wedding party and parents held up for the photos. We got our wedding invitations made by Royal Steamline.”
The couple also made a huge effort with their outfits, DIYing and accessorising with vintage and steampunk details. “George and his groomsmen had time piece lapels were made by us using mini metal gears, chains, a mini key & a watch face. We had the florist attach the black calla lillies to the pieces we made.”
“The hats that my bridesmaids wore were made by us as well. We bought simple tear shaped hats and added black & red striped feathers, dark red birdcage tulle, time pieces and mini vintage keys. I made my veil/mask with white birdcage tulle and Swarovski crystals. The feather was from Claire’s Accessories that I just clipped on the side. For the reception, I changed my headpiece to a headband which I also made myself. I bought the sequin trimming and a brooch from etsy which I simply put together.”
After a beautifully simple Brooklyn engagement shoot, I would have expected nothing less of Rebecca & Ben than the effortlessly elegant backyard wedding that they had. Married in Ben’s parents Rhode Island back garden, the wedding was a DIY affair.
“I made bouquets with my friends from flowers that grew down the street at Young’s family farm,” Rebecca told me. “I made the flower garlands that hung up around the pink boxer bar. I made all the napkins from Amy Butler fabric. I collected vases and jars at garage sales and streetwise junkyard shops near Brooksville, Maine.”
The bride wore a J Crew dress with nineteenth century jewellery bought from Gray and White, NYC.
Kristy & Patrick were married at Scottadito, a traditional Tuscan restaurant in Brooklyn. After lunch together, the whole wedding party paraded down the street to their reception venue, The Rock Shop, where they partied into the night. They planned their wedding in just two months and were adamant that they would have their day their way.
“On one level, we are just a little bit quirky and I definitely did not want the standard wedding affair,” Kristy told me. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but we just figured that plenty of other people do it, so it might be fun to shake things up a little! On another level, my Dad is deceased and I didn’t want to feel any sort of absence on the day of my wedding, so we cut out the aisle so I didn’t have to walk down one by myself (instead I ran in the restaurant shaking a tambourine – so fun!) and forgot the parent dances.”
“Our wedding was fun and filled with love (and parades!) Our idea of a wedding was definitely different than most peoples’ and we got the sense that people either loved it or thought it was a bit strange. But we pushed forward and figured that we’re only getting married once and wanted to be totally happy with it. In the end, our wedding was exactly what we wanted and more than we could have imagined. It was perfect.”
Faith & Chris were married at Camp Brockway in Pratt’s Falls, NY. The theme of the day revolved around birds, but more than that it revolved around the love and the fact that the two of them were committing their lives to each other. After a touching outdoor ceremony, the couple enjoyed some time having their photos taken by Love Me Do Photography.
“My favorite part of the day was probably when we were taking pictures with Love Me Do,” wrote Faith. “It was such a nice way to spend those last betrothed moments away from all the matrimonial madness just posing for portraits in the woods with each other. It felt so natural and I think the photos really show that.”
“I guess I’d just like to add that I’ve always wished for Prince Charming to come sweep me off my feet and give me the wedding of my dreams. Some things really are worth the wait and after our incredibly long courtship and year and a half engagement, the pay off couldn’t be sweeter. Chris and I both feel like the luckiest people on earth and are so excited to be starting our family with the love and support of all of our friends and family. August 20th was the most special day we’ve ever shared and are so grateful to everyone who helped us make it so memorable, especially Momma and Poppa Tyler.”
Has it really been ten years?!
I guess there really isn’t anything I want to say that hasn’t been said or thought before so I’ll just say this – today my love and thoughts are with the world we live in because of what happened here a decade ago.
Photography Credit: Katie Weisberger via Yahoo News
The idea behind Rebecca & Ben’s engagement shoot was a simple one – to capture them in some of their favourite places in their own neighbourhood in Brooklyn.
“We went to their local bookstore, record store, and a fantastic hand crafted furniture shop (in the beginning of the set with the horse and cool stuff) called From The Source,” photographer Evangeline Lane told me. “ Some of my favorite shots are those in the elevator…which was a spontaneous spur of the moment decision.”
Rebecca’s beautiful hand-stitched dress came from her favourite boutique, Meg.