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V239: CECI INSPIRATIONS – DOWNTOWN ANGEL

DOWNTOWN ANGEL

As a designer working in one of the greatest cities in the world, I’m constantly inspired. Whether it’s new street art downtown or a magical garden uptown, I remain in awe of the beauty all around me. I’m especially taken with New York’s bold, majestic architecture. Icons like the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, and the historic Dakota on the Upper West Side have a hold on my heart. And is there anything more magical than the skyline sparkling at night? Well, this week we’re going beyond the famous structures and exploring one of the city’s hidden gems.

The Angel Orensanz Foundation, built to resemble Notre-Dame and the Sistine Chapel, is a designer’s dream with its Gothic Revival style featuring 50-foot-high cathedral ceilings. And when our Ceci Bride Kate wanted to up the uniqueness of her wedding invitation designs, inspiration immediately struck, and I knew we had to look to her magical venue. While still keeping her calligraphic suite formal and classic, we based the hand-drawn envelope liner on the ornate wrought-iron doors – the perfect note to add balance and intrigue.

Now because I’m always asked where and how I find inspiration, I’m giving a glimpse into my creative process and what makes me tick artistically (see more below!). And my dear friend Matthew Robbins, a top wedding design guru who styled Kate’s stunning wedding, is also one to watch to get your creative juices flowing. Be sure to follow him on Instagram for a daily peek into his world – his images and color palettes are simply dreamy!

Hopefully, this issue ignites some sparks in you and inspires you to see the treasures right under your nose. So get out there, open your eyes and beautify your world!

Ceci

P.S. Special thanks to Christian Oth Studio for the breathtaking images.

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Photography: Harley Hall Photography Hair and Makeup: MG Hair & Makeup Jewelry: Kristin Hayes Jewelry Fashion: Burberry and Milly at Bloomingdale’s

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V239: GET THE LOOK – DOWNTOWN ANGEL

CeciStyle Magazine v239: Get The Look - Downtown Angel - Take your cue from a favorite historical building and go ornate - Luxury Wedding Invitations by Ceci New York - ceci new york, luxury invitations, custom invitations, angel orensanz foundation, inspiration, burnt sienta, liz palacios, pier 1, burberry, downtown style, manolo blahnik, sferra, z gallerie, milly, fashion, style, home goods

  1. AHEAD OF THE CURVE:Want an invitation that stands out from the crowd? Do like Kate and Dominic did and use details from your venue – in their case, the Angel Orensanz Foundation – to inspire your custom Ceci New York design.

  2. IN THE FRAME:Add visual interest to a favorite corner of your home with this charmingly ornamental Burnt Siena Picture Frame.

  3. FULL CIRCLE:Make a romantic statement wearing these White Caboche and Large Gold Filigree Disc Earrings from Liz Palacios.

  4. MIRROR, MIRROR:Bring drama to your entryway with this scrolled metal Golden Laser-Cut Mirror from Pier 1.

  5. VEE DAY:Go for easy glamour in Burberry’s Embellished Neckline Mohair Blend Sweater.

  6. PUT A RING ON IT:For an instant dose of dressed-up sparkle, slip on this Liz Palacios White Caboche and Aqua Crystal Ring.

  7. FLAT OUT:Your new favorite spring shoe? This Tittomi Laser-Cut Patent Flat from Manolo Blahnik, which will take you from desk to dinner and beyond.

  8. PILLOW TALK:Update – and enliven – your bedroom style with Sferra’s Filigree European Sham.

  9. LIGHT FANTASTIC:At your next soiree, switch out your everyday white pillar candles for this Mimosa style from Z Gallerie.

  10. WHITE HOT:Be the epitome of modern chic in Milly’s Hayden Pintuck Trousers.

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V239: OUR MUSE – STYLISH DOWNTOWN NYC WEDDING: KATE & DOMINIC, PART 1

Our Muse

Be inspired by Kate & Dominic’s chic downtown New York City wedding

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V239: CECI CREATIVE TIPS – CECI NEW YORK CUSTOM INVITATION INSPIRED BY NYC ARCHITECTURE

Ceci Creative Tips
ARCHITECTURAL INSPIRATION - See how Ceci Johnson echoes the beauty of a historic building in these Ceci New York invitations 1. Envelope: A wrought-iron-inspired gold liner hints at the wedding venue’s architectural details 2. Monogram: Joint initials create a timeless personalized touch to the reply envelope 3. Borders: A gold beveled edge adds sophistication 4. Bellyband: Secure additional cards with a laser-cut band that reinforces the wrought iron detailing 5. Hand Calligraphy: Treat yourself and your guests to a piece of art with custom calligraphy on your invitations and envelope addresses

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V239: OUR MUSE – STYLISH DOWNTOWN NYC WEDDING: KATE & DOMINIC, PART 2

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V239: SAVVY STYLE ADVICE – KATE, REAL BRIDE

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Ceci New York Bride - Kate

KATE
If you are having a big wedding, be prepared to run into problems with your guest list. If you have a limit, use your invitations wisely and invite the people whom you truly love. Especially if your guests are receiving a Ceci New York invitation, they should be honored by getting that invitation in the mail.

What It’s Like to Be a Ceci New York Bride:
We obviously wanted everything in our wedding to be unique to us as a couple and also to our theme. Ceci Johnson took all the pressure off of having to come up with original ideas on our own by incorporating a level of creativity and originality to all printed materials that actually helped inspire the rest of our wedding.

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V239: OUR MUSE – STYLISH DOWNTOWN NYC WEDDING: KATE & DOMINIC, PART 3

Our Muse - Stylish Downtown NYC Wedding - Be inspired by Kate & Dominic's chic downtown New York City wedding - angel orensanz foundation, ceci new york, wedding program, ceremony, new york city, manhattan, wedding, wedding inspiration, vera wang, christian oth studio, downtown style, wrought iron, bride, bouquet
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V239: CECI COLOR STORIES – BLUSH PINK & BURGUNDY WEDDING COLORS

Ceci Color Stories

Use this palette as a stepping stone toward creating your own dream event. Click on the color swatches to see how the colors come to life at a real event or discover more inspiring color stories now.

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V239: OUR MUSE – STYLISH DOWNTOWN NYC WEDDING: KATE & DOMINIC, PART 4

Our Muse - Stylish Downtown NYC Wedding - Be inspired by Kate & Dominic's chic downtown New York City wedding - ceci new york, escort cards, table signs, chair sign, bride, groom, angel orensanz foundation, wedding, reception, laser-cut table signs, laser-cut votives, just married, new york city, ohio, menu, wedding cake, husband, wife, manhattan, christian oth studio, wedding inspiration
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KATE & DOMINIC’S DREAM TEAM: Invitations: Ceci New York Photographer: Christian Oth Studio Florist: Matthew Robbins Planner: Lauren Sozmen of Loli Events Videographer: Tweed Weddings Dress: Skirt – Vera Wang with corset & detailing by Colette Komm Shoes: Jimmy Choo Hair: Paul at Face Time Beauty Makeup: Maysoon at Face Time Beauty Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale and Swoon Jewelry: Bride’s Earrings – Tiffany & Co., Bride’s Rings – Jewelry by Tommy Groom’s Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co. Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation Music: Vali Entertainment Caterer: Abigail Kirsch Stylist: Jackie Weppner at Merci New York

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V239: GREAT ESCAPES – ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION, LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Great Escapes

Angel Orensanz Foundation, Lower East Side, New York, New York

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts was established in 1992 as an artistic and cultural resource open to artists, writers, thinkers and leaders from all over the world, and to the community around us. Over the years we have welcomed and been inspired by Philip Glass and Spike Lee; Arthur Miller, Alexander McQueen, Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou and Alexander Borovsky; Elie Wiesel and Chuck Close.

We cooperate with PS1/MoMA; The Goethe Institute and the Whitney Museum, New York; The Italian Cultural Institute, New York University; Columbia University and Princeton University; the National Russian Museum of St. Petersburg and the Royal Shakespeare Co. of London; The World Council of Peoples for the UN, the United Jewish Council and the American Academy in Rome, between others. We work with independent artists from all over the world to develop here educational and artistic projects.

The Foundation has just opened a digital department of cultural and artistic projects with a strong educational basis in the community. We publish a quarterly magazine, Artscape; a weekly TV program on MNN, and maintain an archive of 50,000 pictures of the work of Angel Orensanz. We run a library of social and cultural history as well as a collection of thousands of digital files and video of Angel Orensanz.

The Foundation prides itself in maintaining the building at 172 Norfolk St., the former Ansche Chesed Synagogue (1849), in its architectural integrity and in the tradition of the German Reform Movement of the mid 19th century.

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V239: DON’T MISS – TASTEMAKER CECI JOHNSON IS FEATURED IN LOVE INC. MAGAZINE

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TASTEMAKER CECI JOHNSON IS FEATURED IN LOVE INC. MAGAZINE

For the couple with no clue about where to start, what’s your number one piece of advice?
Honestly, it’s completely okay to not know! That’s our job to help you define it and help set the proper tone. Best to start with a talented and reputable invitation designer — that is the first step to making your process easy, fun, creative and in line with your tastes. Then, my main tip is to be true to your own style and the tone that you want to set. When you turn yourself over to the talented hands of a professional, amazing things can happen.

What are some ways you see couples changing up tradition and adding their own twist to wedding stationery?
Think bigger! Paper is just the tip of the iceberg — we can create so much more, from custom wallpaper and decals to hand-sewn pillows for your brunch. It’s all about creating that complete branded wedding statement.

What’s the stationery timeline look like?
You should plan for long lead times with design, printing, calligraphy and mailing, which typically take a couple of months after you have approved your design. Get started with your save-the-dates right after you book your wedding date and then aim to mail out six to eight months before your wedding. Invitations are mailed out one to two months before your wedding.

What’s your take on traditional invitation language?
While I’ll always be a fan of following proper etiquette and love transitional phrases, anything goes these days! I say if tradition is important to you, then stick to the expert’s [language] recommendations, but if not, have fun and craft up your own wording to make a personalized statement!

What are some of your favorite stationery trends that we’re currently seeing?
One of my favorite trends is mixed metals. Think glamorous golds, silvers, pewters, rose golds and coppers mixed together with ivories and even black for a sleek color palette. Florals are also a big trend that’s here to stay.

Read this story and more in Love Inc. magazine

Expert Advice -Tastemaker Ceci Johnson answers questions on tips, traditions and trends in Love Inc. magazine

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V239: NEXT WEEK’S ISSUE – HAVE WE MET?

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