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A Fabulous New York Public Library Reception

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Decor & Details, Recent Work | 2 Comments

Earlier this week I posted some of Dave Robbins amazing pics of Craig and Jessie’s fabulous ceremony. We had a TON of fun designing and planning this celebration with such an awesome, fun couple and their reception was almost as awesome and fun as the ceremony. To recap, the venue was the NYPL:
NYPL by Dave Robbins Photography
And here is our awesome couple, Craig and Jessie:
Wedding at the NYPL by AaB Creates/ Dave Robbins Photography
And, of course, our lovely Librarians!
Dave Robbins Photography
And now, onto the reception! If our inspiration for ceremony and cocktails was old school Library, we turned to Mid-Century modern for our reception inspiration. Melanie and her team used wild greens, lotus pods and succulents to surround a mix of ice blocks, ice cubes and ice vases all filled with graphic calla lilies. We used these awesome futuristic, linens and clean line Bellini chairs and of course the team at Regas produced the most awesome library menu cards and book table numbers. We had the idea of painting the numbers on books and The groom- committed guy that he is- hunted out books whose number was in the title. Easy for Table 5 (Slaughter House Five)… harder as the numbers went up (Note the 18 Acres). And of course the team at Luminous just killed it with the lighting!
NYPL by AaB Creates/ Dave Robbins Photography
Regas Menu Card/ AaB Creates
Exotic Blooms around Ice/ AaB Creates
Book table numbers/ AaB Creates
ice Sculpture Vases
Wedding at the NYPL/ AaB Creates
I love this shot of the couple entering the room (and we’re of course creepily lurking in the background)
Entering the room at NYPL/ AaB Creates
Library First Dance/ AaB Creates
There is nothing like having the New York Public Library all to yourself at night!
NYPL Wedding/ photo by Dave Robbins

WPW: What We Can Learn from Hair Stylists (Price Negotiations)

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Industry Advice | 2 Comments

Last week I paid a visit to Sharon Dorram Sally Hershberger Salon for a cut and color. I hadn’t had a hair cut in (I can’t believe I’m publicly admitting this) An Entire Year. I hadn’t had a color in even longer, having been scarred over the fact that I had kept the same blond streaks in my hair for nearly a decade before I finally had to have several rounds of color correction done about 3 years ago. ANYWAY, all this is to say that I decided this needed to be remedied and that I wasn’t going to be cheap about it.

I know that there is a difference between levels of experience and quality of cut and color at different salons and I did my research and prepared myself mentally for the investment. Both my hair stylist and colorist had apprenticed for 3 years before they started taking their own clients, enabling them to charge even more for their services and learning all the tricks of the trade.

When my bill came, while I didn’t know exactly what it was going to cost, I wasn’t totally surprised. What I didn’t even entertain was asking them if they could possibly reduce their price, or consider giving me a discount because I looked so great and would tell everyone about it.

Most people get more than one haircut a year, and certainly many, many, many cuts and colors over the course of a lifetime.

Weddings, on the other hand, most people only do once.

An Amazing Ceremony at the NYPL

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Recent Work | 6 Comments

We had such a delightful Saturday this past weekend getting brunch and checking out the art at The Armory Show. It was made better because we spent it with one of our former couples, Craig and Jessie who were married at the NYPL this past October and who were literally two of the most fun people we’ve ever gotten to work with.  Maybe it’s because they were super creative and we all bounced a lot of ideas off of one another, or maybe it’s because we all enjoy a good cocktail: who knows?  But, we made a fun bit of magic together and it was a blast.

For Craig and Jessie’s ceremony, we took inspiration from our venue:  The Grandest Library of them all AND, of course, from an iconic bar- the lightbulb room at the Gramercy Park Hotel.  We designed this amazing Non-Denominational Book Canopy as the centerpiece of an otherwise stark ceremony setting: no flowers, just lucite chairs and a lot of amazing lights from our friends at Luminous Lighting.  (Photo by the one of a kind Dave Robbins)

NYPL by AaB Creates/ Dave Robbins PhotographyNYPL by AaB Creates/ Photo by Dave Robbins
It was so amazingly dramatic when Jessie made her way down the aisle! How stunning is her Reem Acra Glamour Pearls gown from Gabriella?
NYPL by AaB Creates/ Dave Robbins Photography
NYPL by AaB Creates/ Dave Robbins Photography
After the ceremony, guests filed into the other side of Astor Hall for cocktails, and we parted those fabulous red velvet curtains so the structure could serve as the backdrop for our bar. During cocktails we invited guests over to visit our “Librarians” to get their seating cards (crafted by Regas Studio)
NYPL by AaB Creates/ Dave Robbins Photography
NYPL by AaB Creates/ Photos by Dave Robbins
NYPL by AaB Creates/ Dave Robbins Photography
NYPL by AaB Creates/ Dave Robbins Photography
This is just the tip of the iceburg with this gorgeous wedding! A million degrees of thanks to the team at Creative Edge and Luminous Lighting and Regas Studio! They literally worked around the clock to make this magic come to life. And of course thanks to Craig and Jessie for being generally awesome.

A Perfect Picnic

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Recent Work | No Comments

This weekend the weather in NY was insane, as it can only be in March: it snowed and sleeted all day long on Friday only to have Saturday be one of the most beautiful days of the year.   It got me thinking about the approach of Spring and Spring got me thinking about picnics and then I thought I would share these dreamy images with you of a fabulous picnic we planned for Teresa and Jonny last year.  The picnic was one of several events around their destination wedding in New York and we held it on the grounds of the Morris Jumel Mansion here in New York. It’s hard to believe that anything this idyllic exists within the madness of Manhattan, but lo, there it is.  It was an elegant and delectable picnic with vintage picnic baskets packed with delectable lunches from A Perfect Picnic.  Wendy there was amazing.  Each basket was for 2, and so we lined them all up on the walkway when guests entered and attached tags with guests’ names so that it forced people to chat with another guest they may not know as well.   We spread out beautiful Pendleton blankets and umbrellas around the lawn and guests played croquet and ring toss and lawn bowling on antique sets we found on Ebay.  Waiters kept guests form getting thirsty with endless rounds of  picnic drink ranging from Ashy (Miller High Life) to Classy (a fabulous Cava!).  All in all, a perfect day.  Enjoy these gorgeous photos by Jonas Peterson.

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Ocean House Weddings

Last week we had the pleasure of being hosted for an amazing overnight at the Ocean House Resort in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.  Sarah True of True Event put together the most lovely group of ladies including Mayra and myself, Caitlin from True Event, the Abby and Emily from PaperMoss, Annie Lee of Daughter of Design and Jackie from Merci New York.  We had an amazing time in the hands of Toni from Ocean House, including a delicious and fun dinner for which Abby B. of Style Me Pretty.   Abby was the perfect addition to our merry band because she not only had been a client of True Event and Paper Moss, but her wedding was one of the first weddings after Ocean House completed a massive renovation/restoration.

The 5 Star resort is nothing short of amazing, with ocean views from nearly every angle, unbelievable service, outstanding food and gorgeous decor throughout the property. I could go on and on, and if you want to see some of my favorite moments of our trip, by all means visit my instagram page. BUT, because I could only dream of how dreamy a wedding at Ocean House would be, I stalked Abby’s photos on Style Me Pretty (have you seen the re-design yet? looks fab!) and I’m posting BUT a FEW of my favorites here.  Design and Planning by True Event, Stationery by PaperMoss and photography by Leila Brewster

Lelia Brewster Photography

The Gorgeous Bride (Leila Brewseter Photo)Dress and Shoes at The Ocean House. Photo by Leila Brewster.Church ceremony across the street from the property! Photo by Leila Brewster. Cocktail hour at The Ocean House. Photo by Leila Brewster. Cocktail Hour at The Ocean House. Photo by Leila Brewster.Stationary by Paper Moss. Photo by Leila Brewster Photography.A Rhode Island classic...Del's Lemonade. Photo by Leila BrewsterThe Brown Derbies! Photo by Leila Brewster.Couple at the Ocean House. Photo by Leila Brewster.Couple walking back to Ocean House. Photo by Leila Brewster.I am so in love with their wedding because a) it was beautiful b) it involved Del’s frozen lemonade, which after 4 years of college in RI, we are obsessed with as a summer RI tradition and c) Abby’s husband is ALSO a Brown Alum, making him awesome for additional, personal alumni related reasons. Anyway, they had the Brown Derbies (the historic Brown Acappela group) perfrom at the cocktail hour.  For more images of this stunning wedding, visit SMP.

Reception Location: Ocean House
Ceremony Location: Watch Hill Chapel
Photography: Leila Brewster Photography
Event Design & Planning: TRUE Event
Invitations: Paper Moss
Cinematography:  Elysium Production
Flowers: Sayles Livingston Flowers
Cocktail Entertainment: The Brown Derbies