Menagerie Presents: Samantha Lauren Photographie

Meet: Samantha Ferraro, Founder of Samantha Lauren Photographie

I document love stories. I think love is the greatest story ever told. I am in the business of creating
tangible memories for many lifetimes to come. My imagery is nostalgic, emotional, and easily
passed down to the next generation.

I was born and raised in New York City and still live here today. I have been photographing weddings for about eight years. From the moment I graduated with my Bachelors in Communications and Media from Temple University, I worked in weddings.

What brought you to the wedding industry?

I started working for a wonderful wedding photographer who had her own business in Rochester, NY immediately following graduation. After one season with her and moving back to my home city I decided I wanted to continue taking photos and try to build my own portfolio.

What is your favorite moment at a wedding?

Hands down- vows and parent dances.

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What’s the best part about your job?

I love waking up every day excited about what I do. I love adventuring to new places. I love working in the same locations and getting different results. I love meeting couples who are so much in love. I love love love being a very small part in creating tangible products that bring my clients joy in their homes.

Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?

There isn’t one place or thing where inspiration comes from. Honestly I take a lot of cues from my clients themselves- from our time together during the Engagement Session, from talking to them, reading about their story together. I also take inspiration from the location where we are shooting. In that way it mostly comes from the light and the surroundings on the day we are together.

 

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Menagerie Presents: Joseph Edwards Films

Meet: Edward Neary

Edward Neary is a high-end wedding videographer and cinematographer who provides event and wedding videography in NY, Long Island and around the world. His unique, soulful filming style, passion for his work and mastery of the latest videography techniques have earned him widespread acclaim and continues to thrill his growing roster of clients – from weddings, to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, to anniversary and birthday parties and celebrity events.

What brought you to the wedding industry?

I got into the wedding industry in high school as a wedding photographer’s lighting assistant. I learned the trade, from production to sales, working for a photo and video company for 5 years while I attended college. I graduated and became the General Manager for a large photo and video studio on Long Island. After several years, I left that company and got into the video side of filming weddings. I learned my trade and honed my skills and eventually started my own company in 2001. We are still going strong today.

What is your favorite moment at a wedding?

There is not one moment that’s a favorite for me. I love the emotional interactions between bride and groom, the parents and their children as well as the connections amongst the friends of the couple. I love love, and authentic moments move me to my core. That’s why I love wedding so much.

What is the best part about your job?

Every wedding is unique and I love it! Every couple connects differently with each other as well as with their friends and families. Nothing is the same from one wedding to another. The styles, seasons, vendors and personalities always change from couple to couple. I never know what to expect when I film a weding and I enjoy it.

Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?

Weddings are a milestone event in a couples life. The film will become a family heirloom and passed down from generation to generation. That inspires me to create an unforgettable timepiece for my couples.

Ed Neary

Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.

Conveying the heart and soul of each wedding is what we live for. You see, without soul a film is empty and has nothing, no emotion and no life, it’s just fluff. Capturing emotions and conveying the essence of the day is what Joseph Edwards Films is all about. The films we create are authentic, evocative, soulful and always discreet.

 

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Menagerie Presents: Pink Bowtie Events

Meet: Rebecca Shenkman

I am a New Jersey Native who loves planning, organizing and romance! As Roald Dahl once said, “If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love and above all become passionate about it.”

I bring that passion into every aspect of my business. I have such joyful memories of my own wedding day, it was really so much fun! I want that same joy for my clients, a feeling that sticks with them for the rest of their lives. The culmination of months of planning, a perfectly choreographed event and the start of a new chapter in a couples love story, it’s really an amazing thing to be a part of!

I am a new mom to twins and one fluffy Australian Shepherd. I could drink a Rye Manhattan any time of year and I eat an unhealthy amount of ice cream. I can drool over pretty paper and vintage and antique jewelry for hours!

Pink Bowtie Events is a boutique luxury wedding and event planning company based in New York City. We believe that events, whatever the occasion, should be seamless, elegant, chic and most of all unique! Every couple, every occasion, every reason to celebrate is different, which is why we strive to provide impeccable service to cater to the unique needs of each client. Our services help clients find and realize their vision, bringing it to reality by connecting them to the very best vendors. Our attention to detail and our love of logistics work in harmony to tie everything together.

What brought you to the wedding industry?

I’ve always been a planner but it was planning my own wedding that gave me the push to take a leap, leave the cubicle world behind and join this amazing industry! It might seem like quite a change going from investment banking to event planning, but there are actually lots of commonalities! I have loved every minute and have truly enjoyed working with my clients, meeting so many amazing people and having the chance to explore new spots amongst NYC and the surrounding areas as I work with clients and vendors in planning their events.

What is your favorite moment at a wedding?

The ceremony. Between the walk down the aisle and the vows – I always tear up!

What is the best part about your job?

Working with amazing and diverse clients – each event is always something different, new, beautiful and fun!

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Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?

I always look to my clients first! How or where they met, their favorite trip, an inside joke they share, favorite foods, their favorite artist, or the place where they had their first kiss! It can all provide so much inspiration to craft an event that is personal and truly reflects their love story.

Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.

I love taking all the wonderful ideas a client brings me and helping them realize there is a way to tie them all together to create a cohesive event that is uniquely theirs!

 

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A better way to pay & plan your wedding

Menagerie is excited to announce our partnership with Promise Financial to offer wedding financing to couples. Starting today, you’re able to request a wedding loan through Menagerie and receive funds deposited directly into your bank account in less than 2-3 days. Learn more in our interview with Promise Financial below!

Who is Promise Financial?

Promise Financial is the only financial technology platform focused on wedding financing.  The company’s leading-edge technology platform provides financing offers in seconds and utilizes big data and next-generation credit models that go beyond FICO scores to better address the needs of customers who are often underserved by the traditional financial system.

What is wedding financing?

Payment plans are available for nearly every large purchase we make, from cars, to home renovations, to medical procedures, to electronics, so why have payment options always been so limited for weddings, which have a $30,000 average cost?  Wedding financing provides a sensible payment solution by giving couples the option to pay over time, with low rates and a convenient online process.

Promise Financial offers financing ranging from $3,000 to $35,000, with repayment over 36 months, transparent pricing, and no prepayment penalties.

Is wedding financing better than paying for a wedding with credit cards?

We hear that question a lot!  The answer depends on your situation – we believe that wedding financing is the right choice for many couples, and in other cases credit cards (or paying in cash up front) makes the most sense.

More specifically, we suggest wedding financing for couples looking to pay over time for more than $3,000 of expenses. Wedding financing through Promise Financial often has lower rates and faster repayment schedules than credit cards, which can translate into significant savings. In comparison, credit cards may be a better option for couples planning on financing a small amount of expenses with a plan to repay the entire balance prior to the due date.

How do I apply for financing and how long does it take to be approved and funded?

It’s easy! The application process is online and it takes just a few minutes to receive a response with your personalized financing offers. You’re able to accept a loan offer online and electronically sign the required documents, following which we verify your information prior to funding.  The financing is then deposited directly to your bank account in 2 to 3 business days.

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How much financing has Promise Financial provided to date?

We have experienced a terrific customer response since launching in 2015, and we’re happy to say that we’ve done over $5 million in originations to date.  We currently arrange more than $1 million of financing each month.

Who is eligible for wedding financing?

We have certain basic requirements, such as being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and being at least 18 years old. We also have certain minimum credit requirements, including a FICO Score of at least 620.

What else should a couple know about wedding financing?

Every wedding and personal situation is different, and wedding financing is here to provide a convenient and sensible option for couples.

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Menagerie Presents: Justine Bursoni

Meet: Justine Bursoni

I am a candid, fresh, and natural light wedding photographer in Chicago, Illinois and Brooklyn, New York. Being creative keeps me alive and excited for life.

In addition to taking pictures, I am: the owner of The Made Fest, a handmade + vintage festival; a co-founder of Smile Politely, a Champaign-Urbana local culture magazine and The Pygmalion Festival with my husband, Seth; a co-owner of The Accord, a live music venue; a master gardener; an epicurean; and a mother.

What brought you to the wedding industry?

I came to the wedding industry through working in concert photography. They are quite similar actually. The liveliness and the camaraderie between those in attendance is like nothing else.

What is your favorite moment at a wedding?

I love the huge burst of energy that happens during at the end of the ceremony with their kiss. Everyone is exhilarated and ready to celebrate. So, selfishly, when I get to finally celebrate with my clients is my second favorite moment. It means I can put down my equipment, go in for a big, sweaty hug, and hit the dance floor with them both.

Justine Bursoni - 501 Union Wedding with Allison and Beth Anne by Justine Bursoni Photography-6

What is the best part about your job?

Meeting new people with whom I might not have crossed paths. Celebrating (and dancing!) with my couple on the day of their wedding is absolutely the best.

Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?

I draw inspiration from the connection with my clients. Each couple I collaborate with brings a new dynamic to my proverbial table.

Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.

I have no pretenses. I am who I am + you are who you are. I bet we have things in common that make us both laugh so hard, it hurts. And I lurve to laugh. (If you know the “lurve” reference, you’re tops in my book.)

 

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Menagerie Presents: Jackie Travers

Meet: Jackie Travers

By way of background, I studied business and economics at Fordham University and then studied law at New York Law School. After graduating, I practiced law for three years in Manhattan helping clients plan their wills, trusts and estates — so, basically I was helping people plan for the end of their life rather then the best day of their life!

After I got engaged and started focusing on my own wedding –I realized I had an obsession for a different type of planning – wedding planning. When I returned home from my honeymoon, I made the very scary decision to leave a stable career in law to start my own company — and I’ve been planning weddings ever since.

What is your favorite moment at a wedding?

One of my favorite moments of a wedding is the morning preparations. The bride is surrounded by the love of her closest friends and family. She is anxious but excited. It is going to be the most magical day of her life (and I can’t wait for her to experience it!)

Photography by Diane Hu

What is the best part about your job?

I love knowing that I’ve played a part in creating the best day of my client’s lives and just seeing the clients completely wrapped up in the joy of their celebration after months of planning and hard work – makes it all worth it for me. I really enjoy creating the most value I can for my couples.

Photography by Tonhya Kae
Photography by Tonhya Kae

Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?

I am inspired by my couples. I draw inspiration from their excitement for the day ahead.

Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.

As an attorney, I utilize my legal skills every day with my business (drafting my own contracts, reviewing venues and vendor contracts, negotiating prices to benefit my clients and so much more!).

 

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Menagerie Presents: Alexis June Weddings

Alexis June Weddings is a husband and wife photography team based in NYC specializing in romantic, adventurous and authentic wedding photography that is full of heart and for ALL couples in Love.

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Meet: Brandi + Ryan

Meet Brandi: I was born and raised in a small farming community in Illinois. I got my start in photography as a journalist in the United States Air Force where I learned to shoot film. After moving all around the world the original contact sheets from my days at the Defense Information School are some of my most treasured pieces. I’m still obsessed with 35mm film photography and I carry it everywhere I go. I’m sensitive. A hopeless romantic. Fall in NYC is my favorite. My girls are my world. I love to travel and dream about living in Europe again. Pink is my favorite color, I love a good laugh and meeting new people.

Meet Ryan: I was born and raised in a Salt Lake City, Utah and have a completely different path to photography than Brandi. Opposites attract right? I got my undergrad at the University of Utah and my MBA from Notre Dame. I’m a sports guy – I watched the game with my dad growing up and needless to say, I can name 52,948,930 random facts about college football. Not really, but close. My favorite thing to photograph at weddings are the candid moments. Those moments when people don’t even realize the camera is around. The raw emotion on a wedding day gets me every time.

About us: We’re Brandi + Ryan, the husband-wife photographers behind Alexis June Weddings. So who is Alexis June? They are the two loves of our life, our daughters, Kierstyn {whose middle name is Alexis} and Kaija {who was born in June}. Two years ago we sold everything we own to pursue our dreams and move across the country to NYC. We’ve been married for ten years and still crazy in love. Ryan speaks Norwegian. Brandi loves everything about Norway. Ryan has his MBA from Notre Dame, but loves to cook. Brandi was a journalist in the United States Air Force and eats everything Ryan cooks. Together with our girls we live in Queens, NY and cherish every day together.

Being wedding photographers is an honor and a privilege, to be a part of one of the most important moments in a someone’s life is deeply personal. Capturing a couple’s love story together makes what we do even more special. We have laughed, we have cried and we have experienced those joyous moments when its more about two individuals joining as one and less about the details. It’s about the marriage. It’s about the future. Love is a gorgeous thing and we are truly passionate about what we do. We believe everyone has a story and it should be told.

This is our story, what is Yours?

What is your favorite moment at a wedding?

Brandi: My favorite moment is when a couple is pronounced married and they walk down the aisle together for the first time. The look, the excitement, the love. It gets me every single time!

What is the best part about your job?

Brandi: The best part of the job is getting to know the couples. I spent 15 years in Advertising and Marketing and pride myself on creating personal relationships. For us, it’s not about showing up on a couple’s wedding day and meeting them for the first time. We’re there well beyond that, from the maternity session to birth and even first birthdays. This is really the best job EVER!!!

Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?

We draw inspiration from movies, fashion, travel. To be able to just sit and observe the light, the sounds, the smells makes us better photographers and documentarians.

Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.

We’re a husband and wife team and have been married for ten years.

 

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Menagerie Presents: Amber Gress

Meet: Amber Gress

I picked up a camera in high school after a stint in portrait painting, but soon got caught up in the magic of the dark room. I learned to process and print film in both black and white and color, which means I used to spend days working on a single print, trying to color balance the image to get the skin tones just right. All of those years, brought me to care a lot about the tones, color balance, and the overall feel of the image, which is why my photos have a certain quality about them that feels like film. I shoot all digital now, and I love it. It gives me a lot of freedom, and the ability to work quickly on a day that things happen so fast.

What brought you to the wedding industry?

Since my first love is portrait photography, weddings were a natural segue in terms of enjoying shooting real people, and telling their story. I chose photography, because I am inherently curious, and am constantly fascinated by people and the world around us. If I could do a million other things I would, but there is only so much time, so my camera gives me a backstage pass into a lot of different worlds, and I feel honored that people invite me to document their lives, projects, and stories.

What is your favorite moment at a wedding?

My favorite part is always shooting the portraits. I love creating images that I know are going to last a lifetime to share with generations to come.

What is the best part about your job?

Getting a look into so many different lives, and being a part of documenting their personal story.

Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?

I love watching films for inspiration, as much as looking at old portrait photography, fashion images, and even just going to art museums. I am constantly looking to stay fresh so that my work can continue to draw people in.

Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.

I laugh a lot, and I want to laugh with you!

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Menagerie Partner: Leslie Vega

Leslie Vega is the founder and owner of a design studio specializing in brand design for wedding professionals and small inspiring businesses.

Her background in graphic design and wedding planning led her to work closely with creatives in the wedding industry to perfect their brands and bring their visions to life. With over a decade of design experience, Leslie truly enjoys offering countless direction to small businesses and creative vendors all over the world. She pays careful attention to providing an enjoyable and stress free journey towards a perfect brand. When Leslie is not designing, you’ll find her cuddled up with her two beautiful children or enjoying a cup of coffee with a good book in hand.

Why do you believe design is becoming increasingly important for businesses?

It used to be that capturing your target market consisted of showing them the work you can do at an in-person meeting and making a personal connection. But with the growth of social media and visual inspiration, most target clients are skipping the in-person meeting and scoping out your work and style through hours of social media and web site browsing.

Oftentimes, a new client already knows whether you are a great fit before they make contact with you. How they come to this conclusion? They have tapped into your brand and evaluated the presentation you have shared. Your careful attention to a consistent brand whether through the design of your logo, your web site, your social media language, your visual portfolio and so much more is what draws in the clients you seek. Today’s market is visual. The more clearly and consistently you portray your brand, the more apt you are to attract your target audience.

What design trends do you see becoming popular in the next few years? Which ones are your most excited about?

I have explored so many design trends in my years of brand design and have seen so many come and go, but the strongest approach to design that I think is here to stay is the embracing of simplicity. Sometimes we get caught up in the intricate, “trendy” styles, whether it be the chevron patterns of the early 2000’s or the watercolors and stunning calligraphy of today, nothing transcends time like the simplicity of white space and classic elements. Some of the strongest brands I have played a role in are the ones where “trendy” was thrown out the window and the idea of a carefully thought out simple approach stands the test of time. I think businesses are embracing this concept and will continue to explore it in the next few years to come.

Where do you draw inspiration from when working with each of your clients?

My inspiration comes from a lot places. It’s funny, sometimes you will see me discretely photographing my surroundings in a store where the decor and presentation are just too inspiring not to capture. (Anthropologie iPhone-ography adventures are at the top of the list!) From interior design to fashion, textiles, and signage, my creative mind is always going no matter where I am and I often have a client’s brand in mind when I have those light bulb ideas in the most unexpected places.

Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.

I truly love what I do and the most rewarding aspect is being able to offer a pleasant experience to my clients in a project that can otherwise be pretty daunting. Some of my closest business relationships have come from a close bond built between the client and I as we journey through the ins and outs of their brand. Many of my clients come via word of mouth from all over the world and I owe it all to the bond I’ve shared with each client.

What advice would you give small businesses and independent professionals?

Building your brand can be a daunting task. And sometimes, you can veer off course of what your brand truly is unless you are willing to follow the guidance of a specialist. Hiring a brand designer is probably once of the best investments you can make to ensure your brand takes the right direction to draw in your perfect market. Study your options. Hire a designer who’s abilities vary to ensure your unique brand comes to life and is set apart from so many others. Choose a designer you connect with. Remember that your working relationship is just as important as their talents and abilities. And most importantly, trust your designer. Some of the strongest brands come from a deep level of trust in the designer, knowing that they can successfully and professionally bring your vision to life.

 

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Menagerie Presents: Rima Brindamour

Meet: Rima Brindamour

I started photographing weddings in 2009 when all of my college friends started getting married. It started out as a side job and went full time in 2010 when I moved to NYC. Now I offer both photography and videography services and I launched my photo booth company (Brindamour Booth) earlier this year!

I seek the quiet, the simple, the soft.

Something I always try to do with my clients is give them a good 15 minutes where I’m not directing or interfering—but rather just allowing them to enjoy and appreciate each other on such a busy and hectic day. I want them to have some peace and quiet, a moment together where they can just breath and relax and think about what’s going on before it’s passed and they’ve missed it.

All that to say that I describe my style as intimate, calm, romantic, sensual, feminine, and most importantly, timeless. I love natural light, but I know how to use flash when the occasion calls for it. I like simple, non-distracting backgrounds that don’t take away from my clients. I am drawn to rustic, funky, crumbling spaces because I think they make my clients look shiny when photographed in front of them. My style is also very dependent on my clients—I like to learn as much about them as I can before and on their wedding day so as to ensure that their final images really reflect who they are as a couple.

What is your favorite moment at a wedding?

My favorite part of the wedding day is while the couple is getting ready. I love the anticipation and emotion in the room, and it’s an honor to be able to capture each little quiet moment.

What is the best part about your job?

Getting to be around people on one of the happiest days of their lives. I know we all say that, but it’s still true.

Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?

I like to get up early and find a spot near the venue where I can people watch and clear my mind of all the Pinterest-inspired poses. This helps to keep my portraits looking natural and authentic. I’ll then grab a coffee and walk around the area to familiarize myself with the way the light is hitting each tree, wall, or pathway so I’m prepared and know where the best spots are.

Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.

I think my style is unique because I don’t follow trends and I choose to keep my work as timeless as possible. While some trends are tempting, I know in the end it’s going to make my work look dated in a few years and I prefer to offer my clients images that they will still be able to look at without cringing in five years.

 

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Menagerie Presents: Vessel Brooklyn

Menagerie has teamed up with Vessel Brooklyn for the #CreateLove campaign and we’re giving away the Ultimate Engagement Gift – Learn More! We’re excited to introduce the creative entrepreneur behind Vessel Brooklyn, Julia Burns-Alexander.


Vessel Brooklyn creates one-of-a-kind experiences and gifts that are curated to be both classic and sophisticated, yet unique & always on the cutting edge. Founder Julia Burns-Alexander brings over a decade of professional experience in planning, managing, and directing activities for public and private events to Vessel Brooklyn.

Meet: Julia Burns-Alexander

Julia Burns-Alexander brings over a decade of professional experience in planning, managing, and directing activities for public and private events to Vessel Brooklyn. She holds a BA in Theater Performance from The College of Charleston and then went on to hone her skills in NYC at venues such as The Bowery Hotel, The Park, and The Maritime Hotel, running functions for up to 1,400 guests. In addition to events, Julia’s inspiration for Vessel Brooklyn comes from a wide array of experience in production and the arts, through years of stage and costume design, theater direction, acting, visual artistry, and music video production. This multi-faceted background informs Vessel Brooklyn’s unique point of view, ensuring that all Vessels, Celebrations and Moments are thoughtfully curated with the highest attention to detail, yielding singular creations that are crafted with love and care. Each experience reflects her passion for the arts, and her expertise in marrying entertainment and the avant garde with true hospitality.

Julia

How did you get into your business? What inspired you to start your business?

When I was much younger, I was terrified of speaking in public. So, my parents forced me to take an acting class. It changed the trajectory of my life. Much to everyones surprise, my own included, I ultimately ended up falling in love with all aspects of theatre and the arts. I went on to study Theatre Performance at The College of Charleston, where I realized that not only did I love performance, but that production and design elements could be magical. I went on to direct shows, design costumes and sets, built props, and set lighting grids. Knowing that I wanted to pursue a life in the arts professionally, I picked up and moved to NYC with two suitcases and a dream.

Like many other young artists trying to build their careers, I always worked jobs in hospitality, quickly rising through the ranks of management and getting involved more and more in the events departments. Weddings and Special Events were the perfect fit for my varied skill set. Events started to feel like the greatest productions on earth, and when done well, created such a tremendous sense of joy for the participants that I couldn’t help but feel it myself. Weddings in particular really spoke to me and I loved being an instrument in helping a couple create some of their happiest moments.

As I became more heavily involved in events directorship, and working one on one with couples, I noticed that the items that they were looking for in terms of decor, styling, favors, and gifts, didn’t exist. They had to be imagined, designed, and built, based on what was important and meaningful to that particular couple. Once I started sourcing and producing these custom pieces, I came to feel that I could bring something truly unique and special to the table, by combining the various threads of my background experience with my own aesthetic point of view and Vessel Brooklyn was born.

What is your wedding must-have?

Authenticity. There is no one else out there like you, you are beautifully, wonderfully, exquisitely unique, so let’s celebrate that. My favorite weddings are weddings where the bride and groom have allowed their personalities and love for each other to shine throughout their day, leaving a lasting impression with their guests for years to come.

What recent or upcoming wedding trend are your most excited about and why?

A return to customization for sure! I see couples moving away from trying to recreate their version of a royal wedding or a picture perfect Pinterest page. I see more and more couples wanting a wedding that showcases who they are, while providing a fun experience for their guests that won’t look or feel dated. You see this in the evolving tablescapes. I’ve seen a real increase in the use of artisan ceramics and decor, with their raw, organic feel and textured surfaces, they work well in both modern and more industrial settings.

Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.

I work with local artisans and craftspeople, sourcing small batch products as much as possible. By combining a keen eye for design with a genuine love of love, I strives to create gifts and experiences that are more than the sum of their parts. The vessels, and their contents, are treasures in themselves, meant to be reused or repurposed, always thoughtful, elegant, and full of whimsy.

What I consider to be the most unique aspect of my business was developed in the early stages of building Vessel. I created a series of simple questionnaires, based on the specified occasion, to give to my clients after they have placed an order for a custom gift or service. This is the absolute favorite part of my job. I find it fascinating. I can ask the same series of questions to 20 different people and get 20 different answers. No two questionnaires have ever been the same. The vessel that is curated is based 100% on the answers that are given to help me get a feel for the recipients likes and dislikes, possibly their favorite band, what they do for a living, or what their passions are.

I also love to integrate song lyrics, art work, or excerpts from a book or novel into these vessels . I want every vessel to tell it’s own story, in turn, ensuring that each custom vessel is just that, truly unique and one of kind, perfectly tailored to it’s recipient.

 

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#CREATELOVE GIVEAWAY

Menagerie and Vessel Brooklyn have teamed up for the #CREATELOVE campaign and we’re giving away the Ultimate Engagement Gift – see below for details! To all our newly engaged couples, Congratulations and we hope you win!!

ENTER TO WIN:

#CREATELOVE Engagement Package Includes:

1. Goorin Brothers Handmade Round Black Leather Hat Box
Notes from Vessel BK: I love to reinterpret wedding traditions by using hat boxes to serve as a modern “bridal trousseau”. Trousseau by definition means the possessions, such as clothing and linens, that a bride assembles for her marriage. Throughout history, single young women all over the world have prepared for their change in marital status by accumulating a trousseau. A traditional trousseau — stored in a hope chest — included bridal accessories, jewelry, lingerie, toiletries and makeup, plus bed linens and bath towels for her new home.

From Victorian times till today, the trousseau also has consisted of brand-new outfits to see a woman through her wedding, honeymoon, and newlywed days. Oftentimes the garments in a trousseau were hand-sewn by a a mother, aunt, grandmother, or the girl herself, if skilled with a needle. This is the perfect first piece for any bride to receive during her engagement. It can be packed with all of the special items she receives, including any special pieces of jewelry, heirlooms, or accessories she would like to wear and/or have styled and photographed on her wedding day.

2. One Pair of Waterford Crystal Champagne Coupes
Notes from Vessel BK: Champagne Coupes are a gorgeous addition to any celebratory vessel. They also take on a similar tone to the hat box in terms of tradition, luxury, and a golden age of sorts. They are very Gatsby-esque and I want to keep them for myself 🙂

3. A beautiful bottle of Champagne to go with the coupes of course!

4. “A Practical Wedding Planner” by Meg Keene, January 2016 Edition
Notes from Vessel BK: “A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Wedding You Want with the Budget You’ve Got ( Without Losing Your Mind in the Process)” -Meg Keene

5. One set of celebratory “CHEERS” coasters

6. Tops Malibu Sparklers – These can turn any engagement shoot into playtime by creating fabulous photos!

7. Happily Ever Borrowed $25 Gift Card
Notes from Vessel BK: Happily Ever Borrowed has an amazing luxury Bridal accessories rental program. Do you have your heart set on those Christian Louboutins, but can’t afford the price tag? Brittany from HBE has you covered from head to toe! She can even help you style your bridal party.

8. One Small Floral Arrangement

View the #CREATELOVE Giveaway Official Rules here

About Vessel Brroklyn
Vessel Brooklyn creates one-of-a-kind experiences and gifts that are curated to be both classic and sophisticated, yet unique & always on the cutting edge. Founder Julia Burns-Alexander brings over a decade of professional experience in planning, managing, and directing activities for public and private events to Vessel Brooklyn. Julia’s inspiration for Vessel Brooklyn comes from a wide array of experience in production and the arts, through years of stage and costume design, theater direction, acting, visual artistry, and music video production. This multi-faceted background informs Vessel Brooklyn’s unique point of view, ensuring that all Vessels, Celebrations and Moments are thoughtfully curated with the highest attention to detail, yielding singular creations that are crafted with love and care.