Manhattan Wedding by Tie That Binds + Erica Berger
May 30, 2011
Tri State

Happy Memorial Day! I'm popping in quickly to make sure everyone gets their daily dose of pretty and this Manhattan wedding by Erica Berger is just what the doctor ordered. It's a little bit vintage, a little bit quirky and a whole lot of darling topped off with an invitation suite from Tie That Binds that ties and binds the whole party together. How can you not love that?  Click here for even more!

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From the Bride... Jason and I had a specific vision for our wedding from the start. We knew right away that Public, a Manhattan restaurant with both a chic and vintage setting, would be the perfect place for our quirky style. After a few persuasive conversations and begging, we even convinced them to lets us bring Foxy, our beloved dog, to the ceremony!

We then approached Mekala of Tie That Binds with the task of creating the invitation I was imagining. Together we shaped the paper materials to fit exactly what I dreamed of. The custom matchboxes were a charming detail at the dinner reception, along with the city-chic place cards and table numbers. She also produced a custom New York skyline stamp and we used it throughout the wedding, and stamped every menu at each place setting.

When it came to coordinating the rest, I was surprised to find that I could do it myself! We didn't have a huge budget, but I knew it would be important to find someone to run the show... wrangle parents, deal with flowers, and all of the complications that come with the wedding day. Keri Clavin from Clavin|Kelly Events is truly a gem, and I wouldn't have been able to do it without her. As our day-of coordinator, she really got her hands dirty and made sure everything was in place that day. Not only was she highly organized, but she took the bumps of the wedding day in stride and her wedding and event expertise put our entirely family at ease.

Of course our photographer, Erica Berger, was one of the best choices we made. Her photography style was exactly what we needed for our venue and personality. She did a fantastic job capturing the moments that ended up being the most memorable. I really wanted a photo booth at the wedding, we created a space that turned out to be a HUGE guest hit! My mom and I simply hit the party stores, and found the bells and props used to add flair to the booth. It resulted in TONS of images chuck FULL of personality. We still laugh out loud when we look through them!

In the end, Jason and I got what we wanted- to be happily married to each other. But the journey of creating our wedding was wonderful, and we couldn't be more thankful for the family and friends that came to support us. You really can keep costs down by doing things yourself, and I hope brides out there believe they can do it, too!

Wedding Invitations & Paper Products: Tie That Binds / Wedding Photography: Erica Berger & David Dooley for Erica Berger / Wedding Venue & Catering: Public / Wedding Cake: Public / Day of Coordination: Keri Clavin of Clavin Kelly Events / DJ: DJ Duane Harriot with 74 Events / Floral Design: Color of Magic / Hair & Makeup: The Bride + Simone St. Laurent of Laicale Salon / Wedding Dress: Palazzo via Veka Bridal Couture / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair Pin: Jennifer Behr / Groom's Suit: Paul Stuart / Groom's & Best Man's Shirt & Tie: Custom by Lord Willy's / Ring Bearer's Suit: Little Marc Jacobs / Ring Bearer's Shirt: Ralph Lauren Kids / Ring Bearer's Sneakers: Converse / Ring Bearer Bowl: Paloma's Nest