Wedding DIY Workshops with Brooklyn Craft Company
Hey all you creative and crafty couples! Starting next month, I’m partnering with Brooklyn Craft Company to offer three Wedding DIY Workshops in their space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. These are in-person, super fun, classes that will teach you specific techniques and projects to make for your wedding. Forget about getting overwhelmed in Michael’s trying to figure out what kind of paint you need or starting a wedding project just to find out that it’s impossible to finish. These classes will give you the skills and know-how to make all of that rad decor you see all over pinterest for your own wedding.
There is a ton of wedding DIY information available on the web, although the majority of it doesn’t give you an idea of how long it will take, how messy it will be, or how much dough the supplies are going to cost you. Brooklyn Craft Company has a great reputation for holding fun, creative, affordable classes. I’m so excited to be teaching in their space this spring and summer to engaged couples who want to put a personal, handmade spin on their weddings.
Will you join us? The first class, on April 11th, is how to design and make this geometric table runner. You’ll learn tips and tricks on using painter’s tape and paints on fabric, how to budget your time when doing DIY wedding projects, and the skills to make a colorful runner for each of your tables.
Sounds fun right? Grab your friends or your fiance’ and join us on April 11th at Brooklyn Craft Company!
GUEST POST: JAINÉ KERSHNER OF BRKLYN VIEW PHOTOGRAPHY
After a brief “being a mommy” hiatus from one of my favorite blog topics, I have asked another one of my favorite NYC-based wedding pros to share their experience of working with a wedding designer like me! Today you will hear from Jainé Kershner, photographer/owner of Brklyn View Photography, whose romantic and timeless approach to photography results in the dreamiest, awe-worthy images.
Jainé’s sweet and kind personality puts her clients at ease, allowing her to capture those great in between moments where the best memories are made.
We asked Jainé,
Have you worked on a wedding that has also hired a wedding designer or stylist?
If yes, how did having the wedding designer to collaborate with on that wedding impact your work?
“Yes! I absolutely love love love when my couples hire a wedding designer/stylist to help bring their vision to life!
As a wedding photographer, we wear a lot of different hats over the course of a wedding day ranging from stylist, coordinator and of course photographer. Being able to multitask is a must but when I get a chance to work alongside a wedding stylist, who’s main job is to make my couples wedding look absolutely flawless, ensures that their wedding photos will be as lovely and gorgeous as possible. What couple wouldn’t want that?!
Creating detail photos, that are special for my couples, can take a lot of time but working with their stylist in advance can make all the difference. I’ll reach out and introduce myself a few weeks before the wedding and ask her/him to have all of the brides details including her dress, shoes, jewelry, rings, a fully addressed invitation suite and paper goods along with a few extra props for texture, all in one place and ready to be photographed before I arrive. This is a huge time saver and will make sure I photograph all of the brides beautiful details, that she has spent months and months putting together, as quickly and seamlessly as possible. (pro tip: don’t forget about the groom’s details too!)
For couples that have hired a wedding designer to style, decorate and personalize their wedding, they’ll usually request that their ceremony, reception and wedding day details be photographed uninterrupted and before any guests have arrived. I absolutely love this idea! By coordinating with the stylist and wedding planner, we’ll all work together to include the additional time needed to photograph these special elements into their wedding day timeline.
One of the biggest advantages to hiring a wedding designer/stylist for your big day is that it simply allows your photographer to focus on what you hired them to do; photograph your wedding. We aren’t running around pinning the boutonnieres on the groomsmen, waiting for the reception space to be completed or wondering what details to capture because it’s all be taken care of. What we ARE able to do is capture your day as it unfolds. Preserving your wedding memories for you, your husband and families to cherish for the rest of your lives.”
A BIG thank you to Jainé for sharing her experiences and her gorgeous work!
How to make a floral centerpiece
Five years ago I did my own personal flowers for my wedding. This business was a glimmer of hope on the horizon and my wedding flowers were the first bouquets I’ve ever made. I just kind of jumped in with my eyes closed. Kind of like how I eat ice cream sundaes. It’s all or nothing. All the toppings or none of the toppings. All of the bouquets and boutonnieres with no training and just a few youtube videos up my sleeve? SURE.
My wedding bouquet was beautiful. Looking back, it could have been fuller and larger, but I made it the night before my wedding and that’s what I loved about it. Now, I did not make our centerpieces. I had a florist do those. No way in hell was I going to try to make 12 centerpieces with no floral experience. Luckily….the internet has exploded since then with tutorials and classes and videos of llamas. With careful planning (do a dry run months before your wedding), a lot of helping hands (put Aunt Ida to work), a way to transport the centerpieces (the back of a van with all the seats down will do just fine), I think it’s totally doable for a couple to do their own wedding centerpieces….IF, this is a BIG IF, you are the type of couple who thrives on tight deadlines, loosing sleep over your flowers dying, teamwork, and creativity.
A Practical Wedding brought me on to produce a tutorial on making your own wedding centerpieces, for all you crazy, creative, amazing couples out there who want to try it out. The great thing about A Practical Wedding? We gave you the cost of how to make it. A big pet peeve of mine in the wedding industry are all of these tutorials and styled shoots that look perfect, but then never give any useful information. Like…how much is this going to cost me? How long is it going to take? Is this a fantasy land where unicorns jump over rainbows or actually doable in reality?