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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Once again, a little funky paper and some stamping savvy go a long way:
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.
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. This made us, and the Scots on both sides of our family, very very happy.
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.)
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:
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:
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!