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July 09, 2008

Real Wedding, III

I have a few more pictures from Nole's absolutely beautiful wedding to share with you...

photography by Punam Bean Photography

I have to say, this is one of the prettiest weddings I have ever seen...with or without a budget. I love the sweet, understated details of the day and the intimate feeling of having just close friends and family as guests. You really get a sense of just how special this couple is.

And, I was totally floored by the incredible journal that Nole wrote both during the planning phase and after the big day. You can see her planning documented right here on her Knot includes inspiration boards, fun DIY projects and other really interesting tidbits. Her post wedding re-cap can be read right here and is filled with vendor reviews and ideas that are so helpful to any bride planning her wedding. Thank you so much, Nole, for sharing this with us!

Real Wedding, II

Here are a few more images and details from Nole's wonderful little wedding...


More details from Nole...

In order to stay in our budget, we kept our guest list to only our closest family and friends (around 50 people) and prioritized some wedding elements (such as food and photography) over others (such as floral arrangements). We also tried to do as many DIY projects as we could.

We made most of the big decisions pretty early on, including our color palette, flower choices (but not a florist, which came much later), caterer, bakery, and photographer. For the flowers, I knew that I wanted a bouquet of lilacs and sweet peas, ever since I'd seen a similar bouquet in Martha Stewart Weddings a couple of years ago. For the reception, I wanted a mix of spring flowers -- peonies, ranunculus, anemonies, etc. -- in shades of purple and white.

For our caterer, my husband and I are both big foodies, so having great food at our wedding was a big priority. We also knew that we wanted a global-inspired tapas meal service for the reception, and worked with our caterer to develop a menu that included Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Latin dishes with enough choices to satisfy all of our guests. For the cake, we used three 9" cakes from a famous DC bakery called CakeLove,  which makes just the most amazing cakes and cupcakes. Our families are big coffee and tea drinkers, so we also bought heart-shaped sugar cubes and sugar swizzle sticks from Sur La Table to use as sweeteners when the coffee and tea was served with dessert.

For photography, it was important to us that we have a photojournalist-style photographer that would document the entire day, particularly as we had some important family members (my grandmother) who were not able to travel for our wedding. We found our photographer, the amazing Punam Bean, via Weddingbee, and instantly fell in love with her work and documentary-style approach to wedding photography.

Throughout the planning, we looked for ways to save that wouldn't affect the overall look and feel of the day...we saved a lot by having a friend play the music for the ceremony and using our iPod to provide the music during the reception, both which probably saved us thousands of dollars. We only served wine (which we purchased directly) rather than having an open bar at the reception. And we find a lot of our decorations on ebay, including the mason jars used to hold the floral arrangements and moroccan lanterns which lined the entrance path to the venue.

We ultimately spent around $13,000 on the wedding, so we didn't do too bad - particularly since we live in one of the most expensive cities in the country!

We have MANY more pictures to come, so stay tuned!

Real Wedding

I have to say, my favorite posts are those where loyal SMP readers are featured. Whether it's an inspiration board or a color a palette, a real wedding or simply an Ask Abby question, I love the sense of community that we are building here on Style Me Pretty.

One of our readers, Nole, emailed me back in January with questions about her upcoming wedding. It turns out that Nole's wedding went off without a hitch and she has generously offered to share some pictures and details with us!

photography by Punam Bean Photography

Details from Nole...

My husband and I met in grad school while working on our M.A. degrees in international affairs (me) and security policy (him). Given our mutual background in international affairs, as well as my love of all things vintage and my husband's love of history (he was a history major in undergrad), we knew that we wanted a wedding that was inspired by both vintage and global elements. I've always wanted a Spring wedding just because of the flower choices in the spring, and we both knew that we wanted to have an outdoor wedding if at all possible. We also wanted a really informal and intimate wedding -- essentially a fun dinner party with all of our family and friends. We chose our venue, Woodlawn Manor, because it had the perfect historic feel (it was part of the underground railroad in the 1800s) as well as beautiful outdoor lawns for outdoor ceremony and reception.

And thus, we set out with the goal of pulling off our perfect wedding with an initial budget of $10,000....

We have so much more from Nole coming, so stay tuned!

July 08, 2008

Cinematography by Living Cinema

I have to say, we really do have some of the world's best cinematographers listed in our Little Black Book. The talent that these people are putting out is incredibly inspiring to me as both a designer and a wedding blogger. Curtis Heyne of Living Cinema is one of the best. And lucky for us, he is sharing two of his new clips with us today!

The first is so utterly romantic, in a laid-back and completely approachable way...

The second clip is just as lovely. The bride walking down the aisle with her father, the perfect smiles, the incredible all comes together so beautifully...

I am not sure what it, but I am so weepy today and these clips have me completely choked up. Seeing these gorgeous weddings brought to life in such an artistic and beautiful way is just too much! Thank you so much to Curtis for sharing these clips with us!

Cinematography by Mason Jar Films

Now that you've had a chance to vote for your favorite color palette, I have some serious eye candy for you. The incredibly talented cinematographer, Jones, over at Mason Jar Films, recently sent me this absolutely gorgeous video clip of a wedding that he shot in New Orleans...


Is that not the most beautiful video you've ever seen? The dress, the veil, the everything. I must admit that I was actually brought to tears by this gorgeous film. Pairing the understated background music with the vintage charm of the 16mm and 8mm film, the end result just seemed so authentically beautiful. Lucky for us, Jones will be posting a series of clips from this incredible wedding on his blog for the next three weeks!

Here are some details of the event from Jones...

Thursday night, Trevor and Cece had a Crawfish at CeCe's brother's house. Family and friends gathered to reacquaint and eat crawfish, shrimp, sausage, corn, and new potatoes along with their favorite beverages. Local brew Abiza was generously served.

Trevor is Scottish, so along with his relatives and the bagpiper, he wore a kilt.  To show the joining of two families, the Father of the Bride (Pierre Villere) wore shoes designed with the groom's family crest on the toe.   

Before entering into the reception, guests were treated to cocktail hour at the mother of the bride's house (Mimi Bowen) before the Storyville Stompers led the 2nd line into the tent. (The 2nd line is a New Orleans tradition in which guests dance from the ceremony site to the reception site behind a jazz band)

Along with the amazing array of local fare, guests were given a little lagniappe by being treated to freshly rolled cigars from the Cigar Factory of New Orleans and freshly made taffy from local favorite The Roman Candy Man. 

The Jimmy Church band played until 2 a.m.


And guess what...the amazingly talented Stephen Karlisch photographed the affair, and has been sweet enough to share these stunning images with us...


Thank you so much to our Little Black Book members Mason Jar Films and Stephen Karlisch for sharing this incredible wedding with us. Don't forget to check out the clips that Jones will have on his blog for the next few weeks. And, stay tuned for more fabulous cinematography features!

Here are the sources for Cece and Trevor's amazing New Orleans wedding...

Event Design: Van Wyck & Van Wyck, Wedding Planners: Crescent City Consultants, Pat Denechaud, Ceremony: Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Bridesmaid's Luncheon: Galatoire's, Rehearsal Dinner: Arnaud's, Wedding Gown: Vera Wang  provided by Mimi's Boutique, Entertainment: Jimmy Church Band

Let the Voting Begin!

After five full days of gorgeous color palettes, it's time to start voting for our favorites. I know, this is going to be so hard as there were so many that jumped off the page, but...I know that we can do it! You will be voting on the following criteria:

1. How well does the board reflect the actual image that inspired it?
2. How cohesive is the palette in terms of color and style?
3. Are you instantly drawn to it?

Please only vote ONCE (it's so much easier for me to track if you only vote once), by simply writing the word "VOTE" in the comments section under the board that you like the best. All of the boards can be seen in the Contests section of our website. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate to the online store of their choice!

Voting will end at midnight on Thursday, July 10th. I will announce the winner at the end of the day on Friday, the 11th. Good luck to everyone whose entries were featured!

PS - For those of you that sent me boards, I am going to hold on to them for our next contest! They were all great, really great and I can't wait to show them off!

July 07, 2008

Color Palette Contest, Day 5

Our next entry is so fun and happy, inspired by the cute girls in yellow dresses...


Wedding Party - Chelsea Nicole Photography, Cake - Brides, Necklace - lotus jewelry on Etsy, Dress-wedding fresh, Menu - The Knot, Drinks - Art of Love blog, Aisle - The Bride's Cafe, Food - Justin and Mary blog

Remember you can see all of the entries on our Color Palette section or our Contest section!

Color Palette Contest, Day 5

Our next entry in our Color Palette Contest was inspired by the amazing fabric swatch in the top left corner...


Color Palette Contest, Day 5

Our next entry was inspired by the gorgeous green silk dress by Aria...


The DRESS by Aria, The RING by Fay Cullen found on Kaboodle,  The CHAIR from blog My Romantic Home, The INVITATION by einvite, The BOUTONNIER by The Knot, The WREATHS on The Knot.

This reader was an English major in college so along with the beautiful green dress, she was also inspired by this line of poetry...

"No white or red was ever seen, so amorous as this lovely green" by Andrew Marvell (in The Garden).

Color Palette Contest, Day 5

Our next entry is bold and exciting, inspired by the black and white umbrellas from Crate & Barrel...