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Our Wedding

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Wedding season is upon us! This weekend we'll be at the nuptials of our beautiful friends Kira (remember her?) and Tyler and more of those cute wedding invites are popping through the letterbox everyday. So exciting. Anyway, I figured it was time to share some photos of our wedding, which happened on August 17th of last year. Apologies in advance for my inability to keep this post short. Choosing photos was torture! All of them were taken by the charming, sensitive, lovely and so handsome he makes all the girls smile Gary Ashley.

  I got ready at the (at that point) newly opened Ludlow Hotel in the Lower East Side, a ten minute walk from where we were living in Chinatown at the time. The rooms are beautiful, with incredible views, giant bathtubs and comfy chairs. I am blessed with a celebrity hairstylist for a sister-in-law so she ran over in the morning and did my hair, and then the wonderful Julio Sandino of Pucker painted me a soft natural face while telling me naughty secrets about celebs and trying not to coat me in mascara because my friend Lucy was making him laugh so much.

 

I got ready at the (at that point) newly opened Ludlow Hotel in the Lower East Side, a ten minute walk from where we were living in Chinatown at the time. The rooms are beautiful, with incredible views, giant bathtubs and comfy chairs. I am blessed with a celebrity hairstylist for a sister-in-law so she ran over in the morning and did my hair, and then the wonderful Julio Sandino of Pucker painted me a soft natural face while telling me naughty secrets about celebs and trying not to coat me in mascara because my friend Lucy was making him laugh so much.

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Freshly crowned! My flower crown and bouquet were both by the beautiful Rawan Rihani of Aurora Botanica

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My dress was from Stone Fox Bride. My shoes were Valentino. I'm nervous here. Lu had to do up my shoes for me.

  I love this photo! Sweet Chick! (actually a very yummy fried chicken restaurant that you should probably go to).

 

I love this photo! Sweet Chick! (actually a very yummy fried chicken restaurant that you should probably go to).

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  I don't remember anything about this moment! It was a delicious blur. My dad was super sweet and nervous and though I had been freaking out a little on the drive over (there was a huge traffic jam on the Manhattan Bridge- I was 20 minutes late! Sorry Isaac!) I suddenly felt very brave. Look at that grin. I don't think I stopped grinning like a maniac the entire time actually, totally uncool and not serene. I walked down the aisle to 'Baby I Love You' by The Ramones.

 

I don't remember anything about this moment! It was a delicious blur. My dad was super sweet and nervous and though I had been freaking out a little on the drive over (there was a huge traffic jam on the Manhattan Bridge- I was 20 minutes late! Sorry Isaac!) I suddenly felt very brave. Look at that grin. I don't think I stopped grinning like a maniac the entire time actually, totally uncool and not serene. I walked down the aisle to 'Baby I Love You' by The Ramones.

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Our ceremony wasn't religious. Our friends and family gave readings (everything from Sid Vicious to Fernando Pessoa to Frank O'Hara) we exchanged rings and that was it. Short and so sweet. 

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  We were married by our darling friend Brandon Walker, a TV news reporter in Texas who knows how to work a crowd and crack a few jokes. He was amazing. We love you Brando.

 

We were married by our darling friend Brandon Walker, a TV news reporter in Texas who knows how to work a crowd and crack a few jokes. He was amazing. We love you Brando.

  Lurve

 

Lurve

  Our venue was an old pipe factory in DUMBO, Brooklyn. It sits snug in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge and right next to the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park and its breath taking views.

 

Our venue was an old pipe factory in DUMBO, Brooklyn. It sits snug in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge and right next to the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park and its breath taking views.

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  The table flowers were done by Sprout Home in Brooklyn, and I made the wreathes myself in the days before with the help of my extraordinary girl team.

 

The table flowers were done by Sprout Home in Brooklyn, and I made the wreathes myself in the days before with the help of my extraordinary girl team.

    The hydrangeas as aisle flowers were a completely last minute decision. We had some left over, and i thought it looked pretty.

 

 

The hydrangeas as aisle flowers were a completely last minute decision. We had some left over, and i thought it looked pretty.

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We didn't have wedding 'favours' but I made these super easy and inexpensive temporary tattoos which were the biggest hit ever. Our friend Adrienne (who is an incredible artists) drew the design for us. As the night went on the tattoos made it to stranger and stranger places. In the interest of public decency I will not share the photos here but I have proof. I love my friends.

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We wanted super easy yummy non 'wedding' food (when has filet mignon for 120 ever tasted good?) so we had one of our favourite restaurants, Pies & Thighs, cater. We served fried chicken, brisket, mac and cheese and kale and watermelon salad. We didn't have a wedding cake and served delicious homemade pies with paper hearts (it's amazing what you can do with a YouTube tutorial, origami paper and a bottle or 5 of wine) stuck in them instead.

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Blue steel...

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I'm not a fan of matchy matchy so my darling bridesmaids all wore their own dresses, of their choice, which ranged from Carven to Prada to Theory to vintage. I provided the flowers (from Sprout Home). They all looked beautiful and most crucially, like themselves.

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Isaac's best men also wore their own suits and looked wonderfully dapper. Isaac's suit was from The Kooples.

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Isaac and I took 30 minutes after the ceremony to stroll around and take some more "official" shots. This was a moment I had been dreading a little (I wanted to stay with the parddddy) but it was actually so wonderful and calming. A little while for just the two of us to take it all in. While our photographer Gary took this photo, we were standing right in the light, holding hands, with the sun shining so hard on our faces that we had to close our eyes. I remember thinking, "yeah, this is a moment". And it was.

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At this point about 20 Japanese tourists had turned the corner and were snapping away. Isaac worked the camera like a total ham while I stared at the ground awkwardly.

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My dad's speech brought the house down and made everyone cry happy tears.

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Our friends and family gave amazing speeches that were in turn totally embarassing/hilarious/beautiful/brilliant.

  Our first dance was to Sea Of Love by Phil Phillips. A proper slow dance. So good!

 

Our first dance was to Sea Of Love by Phil Phillips. A proper slow dance. So good!

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Then we danced the night away. Through friends we found a super cool local DJ who busted out an amazing mix of old school rock n roll, hip hop dirty dance classics and 90s power anthems. The night ended at 1:30am with us all piling into cabs for an after party back at The Ludlow. It was dreamy.

Wait, can we do it again?