More wedding stuff. Sorry. This was one of my favorite parts of the wedding. Because I knew that so many beloved DC and Danish friends and family wouldn’t be able to come to the wedding in Southern California, I thought of how I could involve them. I was enchanted with the narrow streets of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and their quirky signage like so…
I decided to replicate it in a newer way after seeing the latest Anthropologie catalog:
I sent out a color palette and inspiration images to my friends and family along with a blank canvas banner with the instruction to go wild.
The results were phenomenal. My sister Caitlin made this one for us:
while a few friends made these below. April collaged flowers from magazines (on left), Meredith (second from left) painted the Danish flag with a flower from each place we have lived: The Canadian maple leaf (Paul’s birthplace), California poppy (my home), Danish daisy (Paul’s home and now our home) DC cherry blossoms (my home for the last four years); cousin Bryson Gill (middle) painted a lovely bridal couple on an awesome spray painted background; Cramer (second from right) painted hers while in Copenhagen and got the Scandinavian details down; Paul’s Dad (right) created a floral masterpiece which we have dubbed Jepsen Pollack. There are so many more to show but I don’t have the pictures back quite yet. I can’t wait to tell their stories.
Caitlin also made this one to lead the way to the reception site.
Speaking of not talking about the wedding (ahem)… so I think I’m gonna go ahead and describe in greater detail some of the wedding tidbits in no particular order. One of the highlights of the whole event, leading up to and the night of, was the chance to work with our friend Kimi Encarnacion. Kimi and her husband Jay Jay had a band called Moonpools and Caterpillars and remain the ultimate rockstars. Kimi was kind enough to say yes to 1) redoing my mom’s wedding dress 2) playing at our reception. I had a not so pleasant time deciding on a dress but it came much easier when mom suggested that I used hers. Thankfully, Kimi could make a paper bag look fantastic. She turned the dress around so that the back buttons now lined the front, took off the high neckline and created a v-neck, removed the bell sleeves and left the puff. Much like my mom’s dress, I made a sash with green and then made fabric flowers in whites/off whites/blush pinks to accent. I painted a false curtain on canvas for the band on the stage with our bright Scandinavian florals and hung a dainty chandelier to give light to the musicians. Kimi and JJ perfectly entertained their guest with a fantastic playlist that included a quirky selection of songs like Hey Ya and Home is Wherever I’m With you (LOVE that song!).
More later like the ring, how to make the flowers, etc. Stay tuned!
I envisioned so many themes for my reception, but alas, you can only choose one direction. I would have LOVED globs and globs of balloons, think “Up”. However, a part of me thought “too overdone” and another part thought “too birthday party.” SO, one of these days, I’ll be holding a balloon glob fest. Watch out!
Amusement of the day: Have you seen the blog They Draw and Cook? I completely devoured it for breakfast this morning. It’s a wiki illustrated cookbook and they are accepting submissions for their published book until the 10th of October, so get your illustrations on!
This here on the right is my mother. My mother is “the full package” according to my dad (and I highly concur.) Mom had her wedding dress made by a friend who did costume design for theater in LA. I had never considered adapting the dress for my own until I realized how glum wedding dress shopping is. Enter mom’s great idea to use hers. Genius. Also enter Kimi of Moonpools and Caterpillars fame. Among many things, Kimi is an amazing seamstress and expressed enthusiasm and courage at the notion of transforming this original 80’s wonder to 2010 glory. Kimi, you are a miracle worker even though it was more of a headache than any of us predicted. She took off the high neck, turned the dress around so the row of buttons are in the front, cut out the masses of liners, slimmed it down, deleted the lower bell sleeves, created a v-neck and voilá. I added a braided green belt with white/off white/blush pink flowers much in the same spirit of my mom’s purple sash. I couldn’t have been more pleased!
…but ever just right. I’m not sure I’d ever have the courage to do a room so dark like this but if you pair this teal with the right colors like tomato red, plum, mustard and a rich brown, it hits the spot. I’ve been collecting images for this post for some time so let’s see if I saved the resources…