Monday, March 18, 2013

My Wedding Invitations & More

Okay sorry to bombard you with wedding photos but I'm just so excited I can finally share some of my favorite details!

Our wedding was November 3, 2012 at The Green Building in Brooklyn.

My wedding invitation was a pure labor of love. Hand painted in watercolor and gouache, and fine printed by Skink Ink in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  I had a stamp created using my calligraphy for my parent's address at Casey's Rubber Stamps in the East Village - I highly recommend them for all your stamp needs.  The envelopes were all hand addresses by me.

The place cards were these amazing boxing ticket stubs we found at Kings County Salvage in Williamsburg. They are from the 50's and the most gorgeous shade of blue. I hand lettered each name, and taped them with washi tape to a large piece of plexi glass.

The menu also includes my calligraphy - and being the crazy DIY geek I am - I hand carved different motifs and stamped each menu card. The little pretzel notebook was also a DIY project created with Muji notebooks and a hand carved stamp.  The pretzel represents our old home, Philly and our new home, NYC.  I was so happy with the result, and now have a new hobby of stamp carving.

The bride and groom signs were hand painted to match the beautiful floral design from Sprout Floral (also in Williamsburg).

I also painted some calligraphy for the herbs we used in our delicious flatbreads.  Five Spice Catering (Mukti and Imelda) created the most amazing and epic food spread I have ever experienced. Not to mention, the wedding was during the craziness that was Hurricane Sandy! They had no access to or power in their apartment for the week prior.  Downtown Manhattan (where a caterer might procure all of their ingredients) had no power, yet Five Spice still managed to pull together a fantastic event and our guests are still raving about it.

The Bosco photo booth is always a huge hit, and our wedding was no exception. They have the best, classiest photo booths in all the land! Not only do the photos print out right before your eyes, but they live forever on the internet, at This is one of my favorite photos from the night starring my Oma and Aunt Ruth.

Jillian and her husband Tony Bisinger were our brilliant photographers.  They flew in from LA and almost didn't make it due to Sandy.  Not only are they an incredibly talented team, they are some of the nicest people I've ever met.  Jill in particular kept me sane during a VERY challenging week.

Speaking of challenging, Hurricane Sandy threatened to ruin the wedding we had been planning for almost two years.  While many of our guests were unable to make it, and not everything was as I had planned it - the day was perfection.  Just two days before the wedding, I felt defeated and almost called the whole thing off.  My family and friends teamed up and found a solution to every problem we had.  I am so grateful for their support and know it could not have happened without them.  Graham and I actually feel Hurricane Sandy made our wedding BETTER - because it really put everything into perspective.  It wasn't about boutonnieres or champagne, it was about the promise to be there for each other through all of life's challenges big and small. And really, all you need for a great wedding is the people you love surrounding you.

Well, if you made it to the end of this post - thank you! I promise to share more photos soon, specifically the beautiful hanging sculptures Graham custom made. They deserve a post all their own!


Baltimore Prep said...

The photo of you and Graham outside is amazing! Your photographers did an amazing job capturing the space and it was fun to see all of your beautiful details again!

Faye Fowler said...

I don't mind the long post. It is quite obvious that your invitation was made by labor of love; they are too beautiful for a DIY. I salute your effort for hand carving all those cards with different motifs. How long did it take you to finish all of those? Faye Fowler @