Congratulations, Abbie & Todd!

13 09 2010

What a whirlwind weekend we had! We hit the road early Saturday morning and were back home late Sunday night.

I photographed Abbie and Todd’s wedding at the Sayen House and Gardens in Hamilton, New Jersey. Michael and I left Virginia on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., checked out the gardens in the late afternoon (scouting for shooting locations), then joined the rehearsal dinner at 5:00 p.m. We were up early Sunday morning to photograph the makeup/hair preparations, then on to the Sayen House by 10:30ish. The ceremony was to take place outdoors at 12:30 p.m. at the Temple Garden under a stone and wrought iron gazebo, but the weather wasn’t cooperating—it had been drizzling since about 7:30 a.m. that morning. The ceremony was moved inside the Sayen House. It was a beautiful ceremony nonetheless. When Abbie and Todd recited their wedding vows (spoken and in sign language)—they were sweet, heartfelt and very funny. Abbie looked lovely (as expected) and Todd was beaming continuously!

There were lots of very personal touches throughout the wedding: Abbie’s stunning handmade bejeweled wedding bouquet (photos to come), Todd’s handiwork with the tree-shaped wood cupcake stand and wooden signs, silkscreened shopping tote bags for the wedding party, and illustrated coffee mugs for the wedding party and family members, just to name a few (photos to come).

We’re fortunate that the rain stopped shortly after and we were able to get our dreamy garden shots outdoors with the couple and the wedding party. I was so relieved that I was able to shoot outdoors in such a beautiful space! I have a ton of photos to sort through, culling them down to the “best of the best.” I’ll share photos as I go along and within a few weeks, I’ll have a complete gallery to share when the images are all done. I wanted to share this particular image first because I think it encapsulates what the whole day was about: a happy, multi-talented, fun-loving couple—clearly crazy about each other—embarking on a new life together!

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Craft project: Bird nest necklace

6 04 2010

I made these bird nest pendants for the gals in my wedding. They were made just like the cooper wire ones I made for Michael and his groomsmen here. My friend Kathy models one I made for her in the photo at right.

Silver wire and dyed freshwater pearls were woven to form a bird’s nest. Special thanks to blogger Cathe Holden for posting her great tutorial on how to make these sweet little bird nests.

Once I make the loops to hang them on chains, I’ll be distributing them to all the gals in the wedding party—Karen B, Debbie, Kelley, Lauren, Deanna, Nancy, Carmen, Norma, Karen W and Macie. Unfortunately, I didn’t have them finished to give to them out that weekend. Hence our wedding theme—“better late than never!”

You can see the latest photos I’ve posted from the wedding on our wedding blog here. Many more photos to come!





Craft Project: Boutonniere

25 12 2009

Michael models the boutonniere I made for him to wear at our wedding in October. The groomsmen wore them as well.

Craft notes:
Seafoam blue velvet ribbon hot glued onto brown grosgrain ribbon (all from Michael’s)

Velvet craft leaves applied at top of ribbons (from a great embellishments online store):

http://www.vintagevogue.com/onlinestore/item6846.htm

Copper wire and dyed freshwater pearls woven to form a bird’s nest and hot-glued on top of leaves—special thanks to blogger Cathe Holden for posting her great tutorial on how to make these sweet little bird nests:

http://justsomethingimade.blogspot.com/2009/03/little-wire-bird-nests.html

Fiddlehead fern-shaped swirl created out of thin gauge copper wire and tiny seafoam blue seed beeds, then hot-glued into place around the bird nest.

I made bird nests out of silver wire with seafoam blue pearls for the ladies in the wedding party. I didn’t have the loops made for the chains in time to distribute at the wedding. Check out more photos on our wedding blog. Many more photos to come!

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.