Nate + Jeremiah’s NYPL nuptials

Two weeks ago, the amazingly talented designer, Nate Berkus, married his parter, Jeremiah Brent at the New York Public Library and we were lucky enough to help with some of the day of elements! Their planner, Marcy Blum, pulled out all the stops when it came to their day of elements. My favorite piece we created for the guys was their dinner menu. The couple’s colors were black and white so we printed the menu on a thick black stock and had the copy foil printed in white. When it came to place cards, the couple used the top of the menu to indicate where guests should be seated. That is where my best gal, Love, Jenna calligraphy, came in! Jenna hand calligraphed each name in a gorgeoous, opaque white ink across the top and let the names flow into the white side bars- stunning. It was so fun being a part of such an inspiring wedding! Read more about the couples big day on People Magazine’s website here and here!

photos by Genevieve de Manio



1 year later :: MY WEDDING

Well… it’s hard to believe by my one year anniversary is coming up this Sunday. We were married last December 8, 2012 here in Brooklyn. Given that it’s been almost a year I figured it was time to share a few pictures from our wedding! Going through the whole wedding process really helped me to better understand where my bridal clients are coming from. It also made me realize just how fast the entire night goes by. I mean, everyone tells you this but until you experience it yourself, you secretly don’t believe it.

We were married at Rebar in the Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO. A few months back I shared our wedding invites that really illustrate the neighborhood and the overall theme we were going for. We really just wanted to have one big, blowout party. I kept saying the phrase “One Night Only” because I really loved the idea of saving it all up for this one night. My goal wasn’t to have a December wedding but when we saw Rebar, we fell in love and knew that was the place. In fact, it was the only venue we saw! In the end, I love that we had our wedding in December. It feels like our own special time.




Since our wedding started at 7:00pm, we met before for photos. December isn’t really known for it’s copious sunshine and long days so it was really a race against the clock to get some great outdoor shots. We got there just in time to catch the last bits of light. Anyone who knows me, knows that the first love of my life is pizza. I could literally eat pizza all day long. After our photo session down by the water, we took a detour into the local pizza shop to get some slices. Yes, I ate a slice of greasy Brooklyn pizza in my wedding dress, sue me.


Once we got to the venue, we met up with our friends and family and celebrated with some champagne. This is when it really started to feel real. The lovely Ara of Rock Paper Scissors helped style our wedding so it was all smooth sailing from that point!



Paul and I are big music people. We met at a concert in the most romantic way- in line for the porta potty. I walked down the aisle to Al Green’s version of “I want to hold your hand”. If you don’t know it, listen to it now and thank me later. It is fantastic! Everyone started clapping when we walked out and I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing, it is one of my favorite memories of that night. I walked down the aisle with both my Mom and Dad because, hell, they both raised me! The wildly talented Elizabeth London did all our flowers. That girl is an artist! I was blown away with all the details she worked in.


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Our first dance was to Otis Redding’s “That’s how strong my love is”. Of course, I cried like an infant. I also think we said all kinds of very sweet things to one another but I honestly don’t remember a single thing. Romantic, I know.

Now, onto the details! I created an assortment of tent cards with song quotes from different Motown songs we love and had them scattered throughout the venue.


I have an odd obsession with buttons and decided to make some fun ones for everyone to jazz up their attire with. I had ones for the BRIDE’s side, the GROOM’s side and then Switzerland if you wanted to play neutral. Everyone ended up looking like they worked at a fancy TGI Fridays and I have to say, I loved it.


Our wedding was very informal and we didn’t have programs. Instead, I created a Welcome Poster to give everyone a run-down of the evening.


Like any proper Brooklyn wedding, we had a photo booth. We used “We Love Photobooths” and they killed it. Everyone had a blast and they give you this great little book afterwards with all the pictures.



The favor. This is always a hot topic with couples getting married. Most people chalk it up to a waste of time and money. But me? I love a fun favor! Along with all my other quirky habits, I collect mugs. I buy one every time I go on vacation to help remember the trip. I thought it would be fun to have custom mugs for our favor so when people used it, they would remember our wedding. A bit of advice, 140 mugs turns out to be about 12 HUGE boxes so if storage is tight- this is NOT the way to go for you.


I had this moment about a month before the wedding where I realized- we NEEDED custom tattoos. It became the only thing I could think about. I used the design from our envelope liner and created some awesome rub on tattoos. One of my favorite stories from that night was my sister applying a tattoo on my Uncle with champagne instead of water, very classy. I have to admit, the tattoos were the sleeper success of the night! Everyone wanted one. People went nuts for them and more than a dozen people were walking around with face tattoos. It was amazing.


Every cocktail needs a little love so we made fun swizzle sticks and paired them up with some classic paper straws. We also had custom cocktail napkins made {not photographed} which really helped add some personality to the bar.



When you have a wedding, people are coming to the event from all walks of your lives. Given that fact, we decided to create a fun poster that told our story and helped to fill in some of the blanks anyone might have had.


Everyone calls Paul “PVL” so we made fun pins with our initials on them for more flair. Yes, I did just refer to the buttons as flair.


It was truly a fantastic night filled with great music, lots of laughs and so many memories. I actually even managed to break my foot from dancing so much {true story!} No matter what the critics say, a wedding is one of the best experiences you can have as a couple. It brings you closer together and the best part is that it’s just the beginning of everything.






Ali + Sean :: Cape May Wedding

Sometimes the stars align and you just click with your clients and all is right in the little world of stationery. This reigns true for Ali and Sean who were one of my absolute favorite client’s from last years wedding season. The couple had a fantastic beach inspired wedding in their adopted home of Cape May, New Jersey with all the fixins. I worked closely with the ridiculously talented Ara {from Rock, Paper, Scissors} and it was a match made in wedding heaven. We crafted all the little details for their big day from their save the dates all the way down to a custom coaster set for each guest {inspired by Ali and Sean’s favorite locations in Cape May}. It was a total pleasure to work with such a wonderful couple and talented team who brought the entire event together.

Ali and Sean’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty today, click here to see more of their beautiful day and details from SCD!

{all photos below via Style Me Pretty; taken by the photo wonder, Trent Bailey}

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Classic Black and White: Day of Elements

Lauren and Jay are one of my favorite couple’s from this year. Their save the date was one of my favorite designs ever and their invites were a force to be reckoned with {will share those soon!}. They were married last month at The Green Building here in Brooklyn. Lauren left no stone unturned. She was the ultimate visionary bride and her wedding exuded class, details, personality and humor everywhere. I was so lucky to work with her on all her paper elements; soup to nuts. I have been on a black and white kick lately. For someone who loves color so much, I am incredibly drawn to the simplicity of a good black and white design, illustration or lettering. There is a crispness about it that you can’t achieve with color. I loved that Lauren kept it simple for her day of elements and went with this color story, it really enhances the designs.

Below are some snaps that I took of her day of elements but I’m very excited to see what her amazing photographer, Trent Bailey, captured as well. We’ll be sure to share those here soon. In the meantime, check out all the little details below!

Lone Star State of Mind

Everything is bigger and better in Texas- including weddings! One of our lovely clients from this year, Erica, sent us over some snaps from her big day. Her Austin wedding had all the fixin’s including some fun day of elements that we created. Erica was very inspired by Texas and air plants so we kept everything feeling very natural and open while still having a little flair. I mean, take a look at this Bride- a total knockout! Thanks for sharing Erica!

All photographs were taken by Erica’s talented photographers The Nicols

Happy Hour

I thought this would be a good post for a Friday, remember our Philly suite? Well the adorable couple behind those great invites sent over their wedding pictures last week, and man, was their wedding was amazing! The groom brews his own beer and had it on the ready for all their guests- how cool is that? I created some custom labels for the bottles to add a little extra Philly love to the affair.

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Totes + Logos

One of my awesome clients sent me this pic of some tote bags her friend screen printed with a custom logo we designed on it. They came out great! I love how clean and simple the logo is. I’m always inclined to go big but sometimes keeping it straight and simple is the way to go. Thanks Jamie!

Busy Body

With my wedding clients, summer usually means one thing: Day of Elements. We’ve been in factory mode these last few weeks doing escort cards, menus, maps, signage and all sorts of other creative things our brides and grooms have thought of! Below is a nice shot of my Grade A intern putting together some petite programs for one of our fav brides. Have a great weekend everyone!