day-of details: Elizabeth + Fabien

Happy 2nd anniversary to Elizabeth + Fabien!

 photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

I've started writing about Elizabeth + Fabien's wedding several times, but I really don't know where to begin.  I could start with the thoughtfulness, care, and love they put into everything that they do... but even those words don't seem sufficient.

Elizabeth + Fabien reached out to me months before their July wedding, and we met via Skype.  They shared bits of their love story and their wedding plans - and I was blown away.   

She's a communications and branding specialist, and he's a landscape designer.  They compliment each other perfectly - and I love that she's literally an American in Paris.  

With plans to celebrate both stateside and later in Paris, one of my favorite things about working with Elizabeth + Fabien was their main approach to their wedding.  It's a beautiful celebration of love and their relationship.  Everything should be thoughtful + reflect them, otherwise it was off the table and out of the picture.  Their day was all about keeping it very simple,  with plenty of special meanings-- SO full of heart.  Their love was at the core of every single decision, and I completely admire that. 

 hand-dyed welcome banner by hello, bird. // photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

hand-dyed welcome banner by hello, bird. // photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

Elizabeth + Fabien chose to keep everything very natural - with lots of greens + peaches.  Westtown School, where Elizabeth went to high school, served as the venue for their Quaker ceremony.  To complement the gorgeous natural setting, I created a hand-dyed and painted welcome banner. I love that we chose a fabric sign to keep things a little softer and organic feeling, and the eucalyptus by Kate from Devon + Pinkett was the perfect complement.

 table numbers by hello, bird. // florals by devon + pinkett // photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

table numbers by hello, bird. // florals by devon + pinkett // photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

The reception was close by, at Terrain at Styer's -- where the couple had their first meal when Fabien came to visit Elizabeth stateside.. (a perfect choice- since Fabien is a landscape designer!)   Some of the details I created were made to work with details created by Elizabeth and Fabien while they were engaged -- another thoughtful approach!  Fabien fabricated the stands and loops for the table numbers (so cool!) 

 banner by hello, bird. // florals by Devon + Pinkett // cake by Carley's Cakes// photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

banner by hello, bird. // florals by Devon + Pinkett // cake by Carley's Cakes// photo courtesy of Siousca Photography

Elizabeth + Fabien's wedding vendor dream team: ceremony venue:  Westtown School // reception venue: Terrain at Styer's // cake: Carley's Cakes // calligraphy + signage: hello, bird. // florals: Devon + Pinkett // hair + makeup:  True Beauty Marks // music/DJ: Marc Foster // photographer:  Siousca Photography // rentals: Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals // wedding dress: Lihi Hod via Gabriela Bridal NYC // 

All photos in this post courtesy of Siousca Photography.

Elizabeth and Fabien's wedding was featured on Snippet & Ink.

day-of details: Susan + Tom

Happy first anniversary to Susan + Tom!

Susan + Tom combined elements of Chinese tradition with a bohemian feel for their summer wedding.  Pops of red for good luck were seen throughout their day - Susan's nail polish, small pom-poms and tassels crafted by the couple, and some of their signage.  

I love that they also chose to keep things very cool and boho with a really unique color palette.  The pops of red were perfectly contrasted with lots of cool blues, and a shock of chartreuse.  

(The chartreuse was a great nod to their invitations.  When I did their outer envelope calligraphy, I hand-painted each envelope with a wash of chartreuse before addressing each envelope with gray ink..  So cool to see a detail like this come full circle for escort cards on their wedding day!)

  hello, bird. white brush calligraphy on hand-dyed fabric ceremony program // poms crafted by the couple  // photo courtesy of Emily Wren Photography
  hello, bird. gray ink calligraphy on chartreuse wash moravian stars escort cards // photo courtesy of Emily Wren Photography
 hand-dyed fabric ceremony program by hello, bird. // pom-pom tassels handcrafted by the bride + groom // photo by emily wren photography
 hello, bird. gray ink calligraphy on chartreuse wash moravian stars escort cards // photo courtesy of Emily Wren Photography
  hello, bird. red ink calligraphy on geometric glass card box // photo courtesy of Emily Wren Photography

  

venue: POMME // photos: Emily Wren Photography // florals: Sullivan Owen // catering: Peachtree & Ward // rentals: Maggpie Rentals // signage + calligraphy: hello, bird. // invitations + menus: Minted //  officiant: Alisa Tongg // planning: confetti & co. // cake: The Cake Studio of Ocean City

 All photos in this post courtesy of Emily Wren Photography. 

 Susan and Tom's wedding was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

 

 

behind the scenes: hand-dyed tea towels

Things that are tactile, soft to the touch, amazingly textured and/or beautifully colored.  These kind of things make me ooh and ahh over them.  They're my happy place.  Lots of stitches, a fine weave..  Honestly, guys, I swoon over fabric just as much as paper. 

I love being able to dye fabric - either by mixing dyes or using natural materials - because the process is it's own kind of magic.

One of my goals with hello, bird. is to make beautiful details - for special events and for the every day.  I love being a part of celebrating people's life moments, and love when those pieces are able to live after the moment- to stretch into your every day.   Being able to combine that idea with doing things that I love-- that's another special kind of magic.  So, with all that out there- it's an understatement that I was pretty thrilled when Maggie had a really fun idea for favors for her bridal shower. 

 hand dyed fabric from hello, bird.  

Maggie is one of the most amazing people I know.  She's incredibly creative, kind-hearted + has a great sense of humor.  She also has really great style.  When I think of Maggie, I think of warmth- and neutrals, and fringe.. (Ok, I could keep going, but.. let's not get too crazy with this compliment-fest.. haha!)  

Anyway, Maggie loves textiles + neutrals as much as I do.  She was thinking of some kind of tea towel with hand-painted names.  How to make something like that be more Maggie's style?  Neutral colored dyes.  Something soft and muted, minimal and uneven dye patterns, and a really cool weave.  Brush calligraphy in white for soft edges and a small contrast.  

 hand-dyed fabric in progress from hello, bird.  
 hand-dyed fabric from hello, bird.  

I loved dying these towels in a few small batches.  The weave structure is slightly open, and the cotton is incredibly delicate- giving the tea towels an almost sheer quality.  Another fun fact?  These are HUGE- slightly over 24" square.  They're a statement piece- but a really quiet statement piece.  (We did skip a fringe trim..)  

 hand-dyed fabric from  hello, bird.   // hand-made flower pot by  heypace ceramics  // photo courtesy of  Maggie Farrell

hand-dyed fabric from hello, bird.  // hand-made flower pot by heypace ceramics // photo courtesy of Maggie Farrell

(And did I mention Maggie's great style?)  I'm obsessed with how Maggie set up place settings for her shower with those gorgeous plates + that swoon-worthy mother-of-pearl flatware.  I'm pretty sure she made the fringe chargers herself.  Each guest received their own hand-dyed tea-towel and handmade ceramic planter with a succulent.  Yes, please.  Thanks again for letting me be a tiny part of your day, Maggie!