You heard I eloped, right? Pictures are still to come (my wonderful photographer friends are being picky about post-processing), but first, I wanted to share a wonderful experience I had beforehand.
The wedding preparation was very simple, being that we were eloping in Las Vegas. Pretty much the largest issue was my now-husband’s wedding ring; I already had a vintage ring from my parent’s for myself, albeit a bit tarnished and dull, but we had no idea what to do for Andrey. To compound the issue, we were also in a bit of a budget crisis: even though Vegas was going to be significantly cheaper than any typical wedding, it was still adding up quite a bit (hotels, flights, restaurants, etc.), not to mention a rather hefty tax bill this year on my end.
In the interest of keeping things simple, we opted to get a plain band for Andrey, which we’re planning on upgrading in the future, perhaps when we finally have our official “reception” in a year. We were also running out of time (holy moly does wedding planning, even elopements, consume your time), so finding something unique on Etsy was out of the picture. I still really wanted to keep our jewelry options local, so after some searching on Yelp, I found Vardy’s Jeweler’s in Cupertino with a solid 5 star rating with 147 reviews. You almost never see those kind of reviews — I was convinced we needed to stop by.
Today we have an amazing studio tour to share with you! U Me Us Studios is a San Francisco based, husband and wife photographer team and they’ve given us a virtual tour of their live/work loft. Enjoy:
When Darren and I decided to move back home to the San Francisco Bay Area last year while we were still living in Honolulu, we knew we wanted a loft space where we can both live and work as well as meet with clients for their pre- and post-wedding/portrait consultations. Last November when we came home for a “scouting trip”, we looked at over 20 loft spaces and we both fell in love with this loft that we are living in right now. We love this place because it offers 8 artist live/work lofts and a couple of our neighbors are also artists such as ourselves. It definitely has a creative vibe around here.
For those of you who haven’t visited us yet or live too far from us, I would like to give you a visual tour of our loft here. This is what our building looks like from the street. We always tell our guests that it’s the “mustard yellow” building at the corner. You can’t miss it!
See the studio tour after the cut!
Today we have a lovely studio tour, featuring Australian studio Akimbo! Alicia has been a long time supporter of WeddingLovely (thank you!) and we love the photos of her studio space — so airy and colorful. Check them out:
See more photos of Akimbo’s studio after the cut…
A rather delayed post (whoops) — back when I was in Toronto (in June!) I was able to go see Kid Icarus and their beautiful shop and workspace.
I just received this announcement yesterday:
If you haven’t already heard, we’ve taken our biggest step yet and are moving down the street from our cherished Nassau street location into a larger space that will help us pursue our dream of fostering a vibrant arts and crafts community in our city. Our new space will be part retail shop, part community hub, where we can provide space for other professional screen printers to create and host workshops and talks for the community at large. It’s really exciting!
Which reminded me that I hadn’t posted the pictures of their soon-to-be former space! Better late than never, right?
Additionally, Kid Icarus is running an IndieGoGo campaign to help them through this transition! Here’s their video:
Handmade products, hand built business, Kid Icarus needs help to take flight. from kidicarus on Vimeo.
Our campaign is to take what we have built, and bring it up to it’s true potential. A financial bridge is needed to help us:
- Move into a new space and retail shop where we can continue to expand and foster the arts and crafts community
- Heighten awareness of traditional print methods and the visual artists who work with these antiquated and time honoured traditions.
- Foster local and regional handcraft especially via workshops and talks
- Provide space for other professional screen printers to access our equipment and create.
So great! Donate to their campaign here, and check out the photos from the studio tour below:
Katie Fischer Design opened the doors of her studio for us for a tour! As featured in Glamour Magazine & DailyCandy, her work is truly one-of-a-kind. Watch the video and I’m pretty sure you’ll agree!
Katie Fischer Design specializes in custom invitation design and creative reception details, like her signature “Story of Us” (a couple’s love story, illustrated). With a background in studio art and graphic design, any paper product or custom illustrations that you need for your wedding, Katie can do!
Get the full tour after the jump – there’s a video!
Last week I got to head up to see The Aerialist Press‘s gorgeous studio (and to check up on a secret project bwahaha that we’ve been working on!) I am absolutely in awe of their amazing work/live loft, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
They have an amazing two story loft. From left: Craig and Alexandra, the owners of The Aerialist Press, and then yours truly.
The loft had such amazing light.
On my last trip to New York, I got to visit with the lovely Regas New York ladies, a letterpress invitation studio located in Midtown Manhattan. There are so many lovely quicks about their studio — they told me it was located in a church but I still thought I was lost when I arrived! Upstairs over a small Greek Orthodox church, their studio fits their small team and a gorgeous letterpress. But I’ll stop describing it now and let my pictures do the talking…
I’ve just returned from my trip to NYC which included a visit to the very lovely, very wonderful, Bryn from Paperfinger! You’ve definitely seen her gorgeous calligraphy by now (from Oh So Beautiful Paper’s logo to Bryn’s gorgeous invitations that pop up on every paper and design blog.) So you can imagine my glee when she invited me to come to her studio.
Located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, Bryn’s studio is shared with an architecture firm, and her “studio” consisted of a couple desks in a separated area (covered in inspiration), right next to windows with a gorgeous view. It’s pretty awesome, check the pictures out:
The lovely lady herself.
A few week’s ago, I had the opportunity to visit Sunny of Puddle Jumpin’ Cards and to get a tour of the Portland Wedding Lounge, a studio dedicated to showcasing Portland wedding vendors. Such a great idea, since it means that smaller vendors will get a place to display their work to couples and get more clients.
Here are my pictures of the visit and of Sunny, as she did a bit of work while I was there!
Thanks again to Sunny for the visit, and best of luck to all of the vendors at the Portland Wedding Lounge — thanks for letting me come by!
I had the honor to be invited to Flywheel Press‘s opening party this last weekend — wow, what a store! Amber has curated an amazing collection of cards, stamps, pins, and other stationery goods — not to mention her custom invitation work. If you’re ever in San Mateo (San Francisco peninsula area), I’d highly recommend stopping in the store to check it out! Not to mention she throws a rockin’ party… check these pictures out:
So delicious. The catering at the party was amazing.