After cocktail hours, we wandered around the resort taking pictures. We took pictures for probably over two hours, so I’m breaking them up into two part. Part 1 is pics on land! I’m sorry there are so many. It was so, so hard to narrow them down.
I was excited to read all of your responses when I told you about using online floral services—it sounds like you are just about as excited as I was to learn that something like this exists! Before we signed on the bottom line, I had a consultation phone call with Amy from Flower Moxie to make sure she was able to bring my floral visions to life. Amy’s signature designs were what sucked me in—she was clearly a talented florist with a knack for many different styles. However, none of these styles were exactly what I had pictured, so we decided to go for a custom design.
My consultation started with forwarding some inspiration photos to Amy. She asked me to send along my Pinterest board or inspiration pics via email. I’m not sure if this made it harder or easier on her, but I only sent her these two photos.
Our photographer was a pretty easy choice, all things considered. During my pre-engagement wedding stalking, I learned that I really liked documentary-style photos, with natural colors and not too many effects. I just loved the emotion that shone through in those types of photographs. (When we did get engaged, Mr. Hammer mentioned something about liking lots of depth in black and white photos, which sounded like another language to me. But he did like the photographer we ended up picking, so that’s good enough for me!)
When we got engaged and I was paging through my brand new wedding magazines, I noticed one guy who showed up in a lot of them: Zev Fisher. I scurried over to his website, and, guys, his work was gorgeous. Observe:
It only seems appropriate that I should follow up my simplest wedding DIY with a post about what turned out to be our most complicated wedding project: our programs.
Wedding programs seem to be one of those projects that tend to get left to the last minute and often materialize as simple folded pieces of paper that 100% get the job done and, in many cases, look beautiful doing it. Case in point, remember these beauts from the Squid wedding:
Simple and elegant—I’m still verklempt over the gold streak. / Image Credit: Mrs. Squid
Pretty early in our engagement, I was struck by program inspiration that added some complexity to our wedding programs. There were two inspiration pictures, in particular, that I just couldn’t shake.
That flag banner was an impulse buy to get my Oriental Trading Company order high enough to qualify for free shipping. I gave it to Livia and was like “Here, do something with this!” (seriously, I gave her zero direction), and I love what she did with it. It was still hanging there a couple of days later, which made me secretly happy. Did anyone else notice it? Probably not.
My stripey straws with homemade flags, and cocktail napkins.
So we bloggers all do things a bit differently around here, but I for one enjoy seeing some of the reception details while we’re still “on location” in the story. So before we close out the rest of the night, let’s take a look at some of the lovely details that made up our reception. There’s lots to see and talk about today, but if you haven’t eaten lunch yet today, don’t worry—you won’t find any pictures of food here! We didn’t request any shots of food, so just trust me that there was food and drink present as well.
I’d like to start off with some of the gorgeous features that caused us to fall in love with the Board of Trade in the first place.
These Corinthian columns and archways were in the process of being renovated when we booked the venue. / Unless otherwise noted, photos by Eau Claire Photographics
When I booked a block of rooms at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott, I was sure that I had booked too many. (Not a problem since we wouldn’t be held liable for unused rooms.) Most of our guests live in the NYC/NJ area and I assumed that those who were traveling would make plans to stay with family in NJ to save on the hotel expense. Wrong. I ended up having to coordinate with the Marriott to add more rooms to our block twice! Family and friends who attended our rehearsal dinner decided that it was best to spend the extra night in Brooklyn to avoid having to drive back and forth two days in a row. And really, everyone just wanted to hang out together for as long as possible. Our wedding pretty much doubled as a mini family reunion.
After dinner, I bid farewell to Mr. S who was whisked away to the hotel bar by my dad, GM J, and a brigade of other family members ready to get their drink on. My bridesmaids and I retreated to the bridal suite for a girls only sleepover party. The plan was to get into our pajamas and watch Magic Mike, but we ended up girl talking and debating the next day’s accessories the entire night and before we knew it, it was 2:00 am.