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Describing her wedding to Danny, Bride Laura explains that the couple “wanted to have our wedding in the city where we met, fell in love and still live, and we wanted to share as much of it as we could with our friends and family.” The couple did just that with fun details and a colorful urban vibe designed by planner Tinsel & Twine.   From the city tour bus, to the traditional Chinese lion dancers to their sprinkle-covered wedding cake by Baked , the couple threw an awesome party while incorporating aspects of both their cultures. The traditional church ceremony was followed by a reception at Houston Hall— an industrial-chic beer hall venue with the perfect urban flair. Chaz Cruz was a perfect choice for the vibe of the day and captured all the details in his editorial style as seen is these fun photos. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We wanted to have our wedding in the city where we met, fell in love and still live, and we wanted to share as much of it as we could with our friends and family. From the city tour bus that shuttled our guests from Brooklyn to Manhattan, to the traditional Chinese lion dancers to our sprinkle-covered wedding cake, we did our best to throw an awesome party while incorporating aspects of both of our cultures and making sure that it reflected who we are as a couple.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

First, let me admit that I was such a procrastinator with respect to the wedding dress. We got engaged in August 2014 and booked our venue in February 2015, but I didn’t start trying on dresses until six months later! I went to four or five places and tried on about a dozen gowns but didn’t find anything that resonated with me, so I decided to put the search on hold until I was in a better state of mind. Fast forward to January 2016 (five months before the wedding!), and I knew I needed to find a dress pronto. I went to RK Bridal and gravitated toward Eddy K. because I thought their dresses were a great balance between romantic and modern. The one that I fell in love with was sparkly and perfect for me, with a really flattering shape and the most amazing back. It was part of Eddy K.’s Spring 2016 collection and there was no way it would have shipped in time for the wedding, but luckily the sample fit perfectly! See, procrastination works out sometimes!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Above all, we wanted our family and friends to have a great time and we also wanted to incorporate aspects of both of our cultures. At the reception, we had a traditional Polish bread ceremony with our mothers, and then Laura changed into a traditional qipao and we had Chinese lion dancers to help us celebrate. Laura surprised Danny by arranging for a signature cocktail called “Death of a Ladies’ Man” borrowed from Ramona, one of our favorite bars in Greenpoint. Finally, our wedding cake was smothered in rainbow sprinkles because every cake deserves sprinkles.

Oh, and the truck. That truck in the photos is Danny’s – correction, our – 1937 Ford pickup truck. Since it fit with the overall feel of our wedding, we figured why not try to work it in? Thanks to an enormous amount of good luck we were able to park it right in front of Houston Hall.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We chose not to do a first look so the most memorable part of the day was probably seeing each other for the first time as Laura was walking down the aisle. And then at one point during the ceremony our priest told us to turn around to face the crowd, and it was just amazing to see all the people we love who came to celebrate with us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met during a coed volleyball game for a league sponsored by Danny’s company. The team was always short on women who wanted to play, so Laura got recruited by her coworker’s sister who worked at Danny’s company. After a few months of flirting back and forth via text and email, we finally had our first “date” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As an art history major, Laura was horrified to discover that Danny had never been to The Met, even though at the time he lived a few blocks away. (Side note: one of us (Danny) maintains that he had no idea this was a date, and this has been both a source of contention and a running joke between us for years.) In any case, in August 2014, there was a Garry Winogrand exhibition at The Met that Laura wanted to see. We both invited a few friends to come with us after work, thinking that we could see the show and get a drink on the roof with its incredible views of the city. To Laura’s great and expletive-filled surprise, Danny proposed on the roof of The Met in front of a few of our close friends and some unwitting Irish tourists.

Event Design + Florals + Calligraphy: Tinsel & Twine // Photographer: Chaz Cruz // Event Coordinator: Michelle Paul Events // Venue + Catering: Houston Hall // Music:  DJ E-Phlat // Cake: Baked // Bride’s Dress: Eddy K. / RK Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s Suit: J. Crew // Hair and makeup: Ai Saikai // Lion Dancers: Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute // Reception Lighting: Universal Light & Sound // Bridesmaid Dresses: Union Station

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The team at 3 Leaf Floral created this stunning desert inspiration centered around their take on a moody spring palette. Filled with dusty pastels in the form of pale blue, whimsical whites and terra cottas the hues are both intriguing and soft. The drama of a high collar Allure gown from Annelise Bridal Boutique accentuate the wild florals, many of which were locally sourced from Western Colorado farms. Cosmos, garden roses and delphinium were held together by a smoky hued Silk and Willow  ribbon while dark candles were used to add contrast to the pastel landscape. K Robinson Photography was behind the lens working film magic to capture all the stunning details.

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Styling & Florals: 3 Leaf Floral // Photography: K Robinson Photography // Gown: Allure Bridals​ // Dress Shop: Annelise Bridal Boutique // Vintage Rental: Stonewood Vintage // Ribbon: Silk and Willow 

 

We’re loving the blend of bright and modern in Sydney and Avi’s urban Denver wedding at Mile High Station. Planner Tangerine Room Events incorporated plenty of inspiring playful details throughout the day. The punchy palette stands outs in the vibrant florals by Yonder House Floral and Decor—the chuppah is gorgeous and the citrus-hued bridal bouquet totally sets the tone for the day. Avi proposed to Sydney with chalk art at the site of their first date, so subtle chalk references throughout the event design were a must! Individual muslin bags full of chalk hung from a giant escort board, allowing wedding guests to draw on personalized black chalkboard table runners throughout dinner. So cute! Check out all the bright and happy details is these lovely images from Becky Schwartz Photography.

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from the planner: Sydney and Avi’s urban Denver wedding held the perfect mix of classic and modern style. From the traditional Jewish ceremony under the copper, floral draped chuppah fromYonder House Floral and Decor  and handmade paper head table backdrop, to the traditional ketubah signing ceremony, modern aesthetics and classic style were flawlessly paired. Guests and family were seated in the round, honoring the bride and groom’s rich family relationships.

Avi proposed to Sydney with chalk art at the site of their first date, so subtle chalk references throughout the event design were a must! Individual muslin bags full of chalk hung from a giant escort board, allowing wedding guests to draw on personalized black chalkboard table runners throughout dinner. Chalk lettered slate platters passed the yummiest of hors d’oeuvres. Tabletop details of wood grain flatware and copper geometric orbs highlighted the rustic, industrial venue space while lush and vibrant florals from Yonder House added bright and celebratory texture.

A custom invitation suite from Wedding Paper Divas was wrapped in copper wire, perfectly suiting their modern yet romantic and classic style with hand-lettered envelopes and details throughout the event from event designer Tangerine Room Events.

Guests danced the night away to live music from Tunisia, took photos inside a VW bus photo booth and enjoyed ice cream cones from Denver staple, Little Man Ice Cream.

From the Bride: “When I think about my wedding day, I most remember the feeling of being surrounded by love. The ceremony was literally done in-the-round, with the elegant chuppah in the middle of our family and friends. This circle of love surrounding us was even more special because of the amazing relationships we developed with all of the vendors. The planning process was so special and allowed us to become friends with all of the people who worked so hard to make our wedding unique and beautiful.”

Photographer: Becky Schwartz Photography // Event Design and Coordination: Tangerine Room Events // Floral, Copper Chuppah, Specialty Tabletop Rentals: Yonder House Floral and Decor  //Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas // Venue: Mile High Station //Caterer: Footers //Bakery: Shamane Bake Shop //Dessert Cart: Little Man Ice Cream //Videography: Film Monkey //Photo Booth: Shutterbus //Band: Tunisia //Custom Chalk Bag Escort Tags: Anthologie Press //Dress: Matthew Christopher from Little White Dress Shop //Groom’s Attire: Custom Suit from Tom James //Groomsmen Attire: Menguin //Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

 

Victoria and Evan currently reside in California but their roots and hearts are in Texas. Their wedding day at Camp Lucy, a sprawling 275 acre ranch hosts several stunning ceremony sites, but the couple chose to exchange vows under the canopy of ancient live oaks, aptly named Sacred Oaks. These trees, which are native to Texas, had a wide spreading canopy with limbs reaching all the way to the ground. The dense greenery was the perfect backdrop for Victoria’s deep red color scheme. Planner Tara Blackwell played up the stunning palette beautifully adding pinks and crimson in the show-stopping floral creations by Floral Affairs Unlimited. The arbor is a a sight to behold with so many roses we literally CAN NOT get over it! Lucky for us, Jenny McCann worked her photo-genius behind the lens capturing every stunning detail. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The ceremony under the beautiful oak trees. Evan’s cousin put together a special touching ceremony serving as officiant!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I had looked on Pinterest at dresses and knew what I liked, but the dresses I was pinning ended up being way over my budget. I thought I wasn’t going to get the dress of my dreams, but then I found it! The designer is Alon Livne. I bought it at Mia Bridal in Houston. It was my second trip to try on wedding dresses and I knew it was the one right away!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We displayed bridal portraits and our engagement photos around the reception area. Our guest favors were Texas and Canada themed cookies cutters because Victoria is from Texas and Evan is from Canada/Texas. The maid of honor’s mother, who has known Victoria since she was 3, put extra effort in all the floral arrangement and the results blew everyone away. Also having Evan’s cousin officiate the ceremony made the ceremony so special.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in college. We were both studying chemical engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. We didn’t date in college, even though we caught each other’s eye. After a brief year apart, we reconnected in Houston, where our earlier friendship turned into more. Then followed the two best years of our life, which saw our family grow four strong (us, plus our cat Dumbledore and dog Gandalf). Our engagement was such a surprise for Victoria, as Evan leveraged Victoria’s friends to plan a fake night out, only to be surprised with an engagement at Houston’s Hermann park. Photo evidence proved Victoria was completely caught off guard.

From the photographer:

There are several ceremony sites on this sprawling 275 acre Ranch but Victoria and Evan chose to exchange vows under the canopy of ancient live oaks, aptly named Sacred Oaks. These trees, which are native to Texas, had a wide spreading canopy with limbs reaching all the way to the ground. The dense greenery was the perfect backdrop for Victoria’s deep red color scheme.

Victoria and Evan currently reside in California but their roots and hearts are in Texas. For Victoria especially, it was really about these special trees and I tried to incorporate them in as many details and portraits as possible. They could not have chosen a more perfect setting to represent their love of nature and the Texas Hill country.

Victoria and Evan Mini Movie from David Rabalais, Randy Diddly on Vimeo.

Photography: Jenny McCann // Wedding Planning: Tara Blackwell // Floral: Floral Affairs Unlimited // Venue: Camp Lucy// Wedding Dress: Alon Livne // Bridal Salon: Mia Bridal Couture // Video: Randy Diddly // Cake: Coco Paloma// Hair/Makeup Artist: Lola Beauty // Catering: Whim Hospitality // Film Processing: Indie Film Lab // Groom Attire: Hugo Boss// Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

photography @jennymccann // wedding planning @camplucyoncreek // venue @camplucyoncreek

video @rabalaisdavid // wedding dress @alonlivnewhite // cake @cocopalomadesserts // hair/makeup artist @lolabeautyatx // catering @whimhospitality // film processing @indiefilmlab // groom attire @hugoboss // bride’s shoes @manoloblahnikhq

 

Happy Arbor day everyone! This whimsy, chic and sustainable vow renewal is a celebration of the holiday which, on a spiritual level, is about holding tight to your roots.  Set at the Anew Rooftop, the look is fresh with a downtown-cool vibe and infused with pastel colors of shale blue, blush and green. Kate & Company designers carefully curated a mix of modern and vintage tabletop elements to reflect the old becoming “anew.”  On the locally sourced, reclaimed barnwood table, the team chose an assortment of live plants—in lieu of florals—to repurpose and donate after their stylish debut for the shoot.Watercolor china plates were truly a work of art reflecting images of birds and blooms alike. We’re LOVING this look which could also translate beautifully at a shower or rehearsal dinner. The visuals are completed with a stunning bouquet and installation by Flowers and Weeds and soft calligraphy invitations by On three Designs and all the details are captured beautifully by Untamed Heart Photography.

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form the team: Arbor Day is a landmark for renewal and regrowth and this styled shoot was centered on just that vision. Partnering with Anew event space seemed like an obvious choice given their foundation rooted in Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America. Anew is owned and operated by this organization whose mission statement speaks to trusting, enduring relationships that create new memories.

Arbor Day, on a spiritual level is about holding tight to your roots. Anew has its roots planted in history, and is a tribute to those who have sought to bring us all together. The Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri building once held the St. Louis Woolworth store. It was the site of sit-ins in the 1950’s, and protests in the 1960’s. Today, it is proud that it is a place where anyone is welcome. Anew was constructed facing the sunrise to remind us that everyday is Anew with possibilities.

This whimsy, chic and sustainable vow renewal was infused with pastel colors of shale blue, blush and green. Kate & Company designers carefully curated a mix of modern and vintage tabletop elements to reflect the old becoming “anew”.  The wooden table was locally sourced and salvaged from old barn doors. We chose an assortment of live plants, in lieu of florals, to repurpose and donate after their stylish debut for the shoot. Watercolor china plates were truly a work of art reflecting images of birds and blooms alike.

Advice from a tree served as the backbone of the feature, reminding us to:

Stand tall and proud

Go out on a limb

remember your roots

Drink plenty of water

be content with your natural beauty

enjoy the view

Photography: Untamed Heart Photography // Styling/Design: Kate and Company // Paper Goods: On three Designs // Florist: Flowers and Weeds // Venue: Anew Rooftop // Bride’s Dress: Free People // Jewelry: J Crew // Grooms Attire: Jacket Topman USA  / Bowtie: Nordstrom  / Pants: Express Men // Tabletop/Planters: West Elm and Anthropologie // Models: Adam Scholz / Anna Bryant // Desserts: Bailey’s Restaurants // Makeup: Jordan Haller Fitzsimmons // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box