design: our wedding

This week, Rob and I are celebrating three years of marriage. Our wedding was everything we’d hoped for and more. Much as I enjoyed that day, I also relished the nine months of planning FAR more than I expected. We did a lot of DIY projects and got help with a lot of others. To commemorate that wonderful time and to close up De-sigh-n Month, I thought I’d share some of our wedding design elements…

The Engagement Ring

I said I wanted something “flat and polka dotted,” not knowing if something like that existed. Voila! We found the following at The Clay Pot in Brooklyn, NY. Designed by Anne Sportun, of Toronto:

ANNE-SPORTUN--Pave-DiscThe Place

The Metropolitan Building in Long Island City, Queens, was the first and only place we looked at. This is an old electrical parts factory turned into a beautiful event space and antiques warehouse. This space had me at “bookshelves” but the view of the 59th Street Bridge and the Buddha sealed the deal.

bookshelves Metropolitan BuildingMetropolitan Building viewMetropolitan Building Buddha
The Save the Dates

Thank you Kinkos, recycled paper, and some clipart that Rob tweaked. Hosting a wedding in NYC isn’t exactly…economical. This is one of the many areas where we tried to keep the cost down.

save the dates
The Invitations

So, we didn’t go the classical ivory route, nope: orange and green were our colors and we weren’t shy about using them. This process, which involved all different kinds of paper, some decorative stamps, and approximately 7 miles of double sided tape, took *just a bit* longer than expected. Let’s just say there were at least 1,000 trips made to a magical store called Paper Presentation on W. 18th Street in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. After all that, we somehow sent them out without enough postage even after having them weighed a few times at the P.O.. Some people received our invites just fine and others had to pay 17 cents to get them, oops!

invites 1invites 2
The Centerpieces and Seat Assignments

No surprise, we went with a bookish theme. Instead of numbers, we labeled the tables with punctuation marks. Below, the ellipses can be seen at home and the colon can be seen on the job (on a wire stand made by Rob). Bookmarks told the guests which table they’d be sitting at.

The Flowers

Elizabeth Emerson (who was a friend of a friend and is now…a friend), of Bloomsday Events, did our flowers. She’s an architect during the week and a fabulous florist on the weekends. We told her we wanted lots of round pompom type flowers in green, orange and yellow. We hoped the arrangements would look a bit quirky, a bit elegant and somewhat Dr. Suess-ian. We could not have been more pleased with how they turned out. Beth was so helpful: after she set up the flowers, she stuck around to direct affairs during the ceremony and reception.

flowers 1flowers-2
The Programs

Once again, a little funky paper and some stamping savvy go a long way:

The Cake

Chocolate cake with oreo filling, decorated with….OREOS. I told Rob in one of our early phone convos that I liked oreos. He showed up with a box of them on our second date. This cake was baked and decorated by the good folks at Soutine on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The custom-designed “cake people” as we came to affectionately call them, were purchased from Goose Grease on Etsy. We liked the Cake People so much that we invited them on our honeymoon. They enjoyed the view from the Maui hotel room as much as we did.

oreo cakecake people maui
The Piper

Rob and I are both a wee bit Scottish. We were lucky to have Jerry, The NYC Piper provide the pre-wedding entertainment, the wedding march, and the recessional.Β  This made us, and the Scots on both sides of our family, very very happy.

NYC Piper

The Ring Pillow (and Adorable Ring Bearer)

My nephew Brodi (who is now five and a half but was two and half years old at the time) did us the honor of serving as our ring bearer and did a fabulous job of making that long trek down the aisle. My mother made the round pillow out of her own wedding dress, which she wore in 1957. (Yes, I tried her dress on and it was beautiful. But she must have literally been half my size.)

Ring Pillow

The Dress

I became strangely obsessed with the concept of the “crumb catcher” neckline. Before researching wedding dresses, I hadn’t even heard of this design. In case you’re not familiar with this phenomenon, crumb catchers have a kind of a foldy accordian effect and…if everything goes as planned, the fabric will indeed catch any errant crumbs that drop from your delicious cake. I didn’t want to spend a zillion dollars on a dress – this one stayed nicely within budget and I felt dreamy in it. Designed by Wtoo and purchased at RK Bridal in Manhattan’s Garment District:

Crumb Catcher

The Ceremony

The wonderful Bettina Yiannakourou served as our officiant and helped us create a very personal ceremony. Our friend Michael was also kind enough to contribute:

ceremony with michael

The Photography

And last, but certainly not least, our photographer was Sonja Lashua Fagan of Lashua Photos. We love the details she saw and the moments she captured: we will be enjoying these images for the rest of our lives. Most of the photos in this post (the ones from the event) are hers. Thank you so much to Sonja and to everyone who made our day so special!

Sonja Lashua Photography

29 replies

    • Thanks Vintage Karen – Oh, the cake peops had a grand ol’ time in Hawaii…they even had their own leis at one point! Now they sit in a vitrine overlooking our dining room πŸ™‚

  1. what a STUNNING wedding. i love everything about it. your ring is amazing and i love all your photos. must have been a beautiful day for everyone. thanks for sharing with us and HAPPY ANNI!!!!!!

    • Thanks so much S&S! Very kind of you – couldn’t believe it when we found that ring. We had a very nice local din last night topped off with some insane Banana Cream Pie. In other words, life is good. πŸ™‚

  2. What a gorgeous and meaningful day! I especially love that Oreo cake! Although, I’m crazy for cake…any cake….mm…cake…. But Happy Anniversary!!

    • Yup. Cake. Good.
      Crazily, in all the hustle and bustle, I think I only got a bite or two and, while we managed to get the cake people, we didn’t remember to get any of the cake at the end of the night. What an oversight. I guess we’ll just have to eat an overabundance of oreos for the rest of our lives to make up for it πŸ™‚

  3. Happy Anniversary! This is exactly what I imagined your wedding to be like. Something so unique, unexpected, fun, graphically HIP, totally cool… and most of all, beautiful. Love the Oreos and the bride and groom!
    You look amazing in that dress! I’m sure it was so fun to put this together and remember it all over again.
    Enjoy your evening!

    • Thank you Stacey – you are right, it was crazy fun to put this together. Thank heaven for photos: I think we will try to go through them every year on the Anni. Before we went to dinner, we also tried to recreate the super-dorky self-choreographed dance that we did to Louis Prima’s Buona Sera – let’s just say it wasn’t a masterpiece the first time around and hasn’t exactly improved in three years! πŸ™‚

      The cake place was very happy with the Oreo request: they were like, this is one of the easiest wedding cake designs we’ve done yet! πŸ™‚

  4. I love wedding posts… Gorgeous dress and venue!! That last photograph is so beautiful. Happy anniversary! Looks like everything was wonderful.

    I got married before I there was a huge online wedding community. Or? I just wasn’t aware of it. I didn’t read any blogs or anything. In retrospect I think it’s a good thing, or else my planning would have escalated into a rabid frenzy. If such an escalation were possible.

    • Thank you!!

      And I hear you: it was really hard to not let planning a wedding get out of control and take over my life. And the internet CAN be a dangerous place. I will say that the internet was critical in finding our space – rather than traipsing around to a bunch of venues we could get a pretty good idea from online pix and a few reviews.

  5. Everything about this was just perfect! I love your colors, your hair, ring and dress, the cake! Oh, the cake toppers! My favorite were the cake toppers. All so beautiful. Happy anniversary!

    • Thanks so much Angie Z! Oh, I miss planning that event…while it was happening I toyed with the idea of jumping into the wedding biz – but I bet a lot of brides do! πŸ™‚

      I first spied those cake toppers in New York Magazine – and it was cool bc you could choose their hair color (and length) and the tie color. If you really wanted to get them personalized more you can send a pic of your dress and they try to replicate it a bit!

      • I sort of want to get them made now for me and my husband. For no all. Maybe I can just set them on our car’s dashboard or something. That would seem sane, wouldn’t it?

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