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Chloe and Will / Wedding at Weylin

Chloe and Will were married in the early spring at Weylin’s in Williamsburg Brooklyn. It was one of those odd spring days that was unseasonable warm and mild outside. We took advantage of the time of the year by using the most beautiful blooms available in March. I bet you didn’t know that March has the best flowers? Yep. It does.

Bright magenta anemones, jasmine vine, intricate ranunculus, and even super dark scabiosa brought their jewel-toned color palette to life. We worked with Polka Dot Events to create an intimate, luxurious, celebration at Weylins. This venue is pretty amazing by itself. It was converted from the Williamsburg Savings Bank and holds most of it’s original details. From the insane domed ceiling to the wall paper to even the toilet paper roll holders in the bathroom – no detail was left untouched during it’s renovation.

We used the venue as design inspiration for this wedding. Sequin tablecloths from Nuage linens, oversized candelabras, elevated grand centerpieces, and metallic decor details throughout complimented the antique marble space.

The most grand piece of decor was the four sided chuppah completely covered in saturated florals and greens. The round rooms of Weylin’s were perfect for a ceremony in the round. We placed the chairs all around the chuppah that sat up on a clean white stage.

Enjoy scrolling through these images by Levi Stolove Photography.

 

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A day with Dean

freshly-picked-baby-shoesWhen I decided to start a business and work for myself it was partly because I knew that I would want a flexible schedule when I had a kid. A work schedule that allows me to make a full time income on part-time office hours. A schedule that lets me take him to the swings on a Monday afternoon as he gets excited at the sight of city buses and smiles at the other kids.

freshly-picked-leather-shoes freshly-picked-moccasins-2I’m proud to say that I’ve been working this magical unicorn of a work schedule for the past year with only a very small dip in sales (but actually the same income) compared to 2015. I can spend Mondays and Fridays with this cute little guy around our Brooklyn neighborhood. These days are usually filled with Dean crawling around the crossfit gym while I back squat what feels like a million pounds, a stop of the local coffee shop, and the swings. Always the swings.

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There is constantly a lot of chatter in the part of the internet where all of the entrepreneur moms hang out about the struggle to put down our phones when we are with our kids. To stop trying to multi-task, to be present, to be at work when we are at work and with family when we are at family.

I have an idea: stop putting so much pressure on ourselves. Who cares if you respond to an email every now and then? Just because you became a mom doesn’t mean you have to stare at your kid every second of the day.

For a good fifteen minutes that he’s on the swings I’m responding to emails and posting to instagram. I don’t feel guilty about it. He’s having a blast pointing at trucks and could care less at what I’m doing. He’s constrained in the swing – can’t fall down the stairs, eat an acorn, or slap the other kids at the park – it’s a rare thirty minutes on Mondays and Fridays that my eyes and ears don’t have to be glued to him.

He smiles in the swing and I check in on my clients.

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Moccasins c/o Freshly Picked.

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Why Wedding Decor Details Matter: the story of a baby quilt

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If you read the introduction to the Michelle Edgemont Shop blog post, you might remember a little story I told about scrounging up interesting textiles to use as table linens at my wedding. For anyone who didn’t read that post, 1) how dare you, and 2) a little back story…

I planned, designed, and decorated my own wedding in 2009. We threw a seated dinner reception for 100 guests on a budget that, basically, was, how to I put this, as tight as the slightly inappropriate shorts I wear to Crossfit. No more room to squeeze in anything not absolutely necessary. Since I love a challenge, love designing, love textile design, and love searching for treasures – off to flea markets, random side of the road barns, and fabric stores to find some fun color to jazz up our plain reception space.

I found vintage bed sheets (the pink and blue floral), retro curtains (the green and teal geometric), and modern cotton twill (the navy and pink fabric) that would all soon decorate the tables at my wedding reception full of our closest loved ones. The vintage, shabby chic look was all the rage for weddings back in 2009.

Our best people dined and laughed and cried over these linens. People who have since passed away, like my grandfather and my dad, ate a meal over these beautiful fabrics that I spend hours searching for.

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Since our reception, the fabrics spent five years in our wedding memory box buried in a closet. I had always wanted to make something out of them, but never really got around to it or had much inspiration. Then I got pregnant. The weeks leading up to my due date were spent eating spicy food, bouncing on a yoga ball, and sewing this baby quilt out of the fabrics that I used as table linens at my wedding. Eight days past my due date, I was still hand stitching the binding over a gigantic belly full of baby.

This quilt now has a bigger story. It has a legacy that can be passed down. I can say to Dean when he’s at an age when he’ll care, let’s say 25, “your dad and I were married around these fabrics and you used this quilt when you were a baby.” Then, in my biggest dreams, my grandkids will use the quilt too.

This is why wedding decor details matter. sewing-quilt-binding

The details matter in the long run. They matter when you can fetch a keepsake out of a dusty box in a closet to show your kids something from your wedding. I couldn’t have made this quilt from the basic white linens provided by my caterer. You can’t display a cake topper in your home if you didn’t purchase one. That incredible custom welcome sign? Yep, it won’t be hung in the foyer of your first home if you didn’t have one welcoming your guests at your ceremony.

baby-on-aquilt-3monthsbaby-on-a-quilt-9monthsFor me, I finished the quilt the day before I gave birth at over a week past my due date. Since then, I took Dean’s monthly photos on it (month 3 and month 9 above), played on it, napped with it, and all around treasured it as a memento from all of my favorite people (two of which are no longer here) being all in the same room in 2009.

The details aren’t about throwing a “blog-worthy” wedding. They aren’t about impressing your friends or living up to your pinterest board. And for goodness sake, please do not go into debt over some party decor. The decor details are about creating an aesthetic space at your reception that makes you feel relaxed, rejuvenated, loved, cared for – however you want your wedding to feel. Keepsakes, mementos, that little, physical piece of your wedding that you can decorate your home with – that’s what the decor details are for.

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