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V175: CECI INSPIRATIONS – EXQUISITELY OLD WORLD

EXQUISITELY OLD WORLD

It’s always a treat when I get to design an invitation for a bride who also happens to be a close personal friend. That was certainly the case with ultra-talented wedding photographer Corbin Gurkin. You may remember her sweet, bespoke style from this issue of CeciStyle, which showcases the complete brand we created for her photography business. Corbin is very special to me, so I’m thrilled to take you along with me this week on a journey to the Irish countryside to see her and Thatcher’s magical affair.

The theme of the weekend was decidedly old world, and I loved spotting all the historical touches – from crumbling stone ruins to children dancing around a maypole. It was like stepping back in time. Luckily for everyone, the day was captured in all its charm by Elizabeth Messina in the photos below. (Be sure not to miss the amazing video produced by Curtis Heyne of Living Cinema.)

Corbin is such a thoughtful and artistic person, I knew designing her invites would be a major thrill. Check out Ceci Creative Tips for a few of the standout details that made it so special, including one very sweet little elephant! Plus, I’m showing you the elegant watercolor painting that I created, which was printed on the back of each invitation – a wonderful, personal touch.

We weren’t the only ones who thought the wedding was spectacular: Martha Stewart Weddings also highlighted Corbin’s magical day in its special Real Weddings issue. Needless to say, the creative talent for this event was top-notch, so I wanted to take a minute in Expert Style Tips to introduce you to some of the key players. I’ve asked them to share their favorite detail of Corbin and Thatcher’s wedding – just wait till you see them.

May you fall in love with this special affair as much as we all did. Congratulations, Corbin and Thatcher!

Ceci

Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York - PORTRAIT OF A LADY (AND HER SON): Ceci Johnson shares a happy moment with her son, Mason, at Corbin and Thatcher's destination wedding in the Irish countryside. Photo: Elizabeth Messina. Dress: Marchesa. Stole: Vintage. Necklace: Swarovski.

Photography by Elizabeth Messina.

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Photography: Elizabeth Messina Dress: Marchesa Stole: Vintage Necklace: Swarovski

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V175: GET THE LOOK – EXQUISITELY OLD WORLD

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  1. ROMANTIC PERIOD: Turn your invitation into a true work of art by commissioning a custom Ceci New York watercolor for your set, just like Corbin and Thatcher did for their Irish wedding (various prices, cecinewyork.com).

  2. TO A TEA: Add color and whimsy to dessert time with this Collage Cup & Saucer Set by Lenox ($14.95, lenox.com).

  3. EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: Looking for the modern ease of a digital camera with the old-fashioned charm of a vintage model? Look no further than the Fujifilm XF1 ($379, amazon.com).

  4. SOFT SOAP: Give the gift that never fails to delight: a set of pretty soaps like this Bluebell trio from Penhaligon’s ($45, penhaligons.com).

  5. IT’S A SMALL WORLD: Know a world traveler like Ceci Johnson’s shutterbug friend Corbin? Get them in the Christmas spirit with Eliot Raffit’s SFA Vintage Globe/Snowflake ($56, saksfifthavenue.com) and Grande Vintage Globe ($65, saksfifthavenue.com) ornaments.

  6. OUT OF THE BLUE: Channel a modern princess in this airy, glittering gown from Jenny Packham (jennypackham.com).

  7. STRING THEORY: Play up your traditional side – and dress up a simple collar while you’re at it – with J. Crew’s Pearl twisted hammock necklace ($98, jcrew.com).

  8. GET THE BOOT: Combine chic edge with granny style wearing these Julianne Hough for Sole Society Glenna booties ($69.95, nordstrom.com).

  9. PRETTY PALETTE: Have the tools for a flawless eye at your fingertips with Stila’s Portrait of a Perfect Eye ($16, stilacosmetics.com).

  10. FLAME KEEPER: Light this Volcano candle from Capri Blue and fill your space with the inviting scent of tropical fruit, sugared oranges, lemons and lime, and exotic mountain greens ($14, anthropologie.com).

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V175: OUR MUSE – OLD WORLD INSPIRED WEDDING: CORBIN & THATCHER, PART 1

Our Muse

Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher’s romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland

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Invitations by Ceci New York. Photography by Elizabeth Messina.

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V175: CECI CREATIVE TIPS – HOW CECI JOHNSON CREATED A SYMBOLIC, SENTIMENTAL WEDDING INVITATION

Ceci Creative Tips

HOW TO CREATE A SYMBOLIC, SENTIMENTAL WEDDING INVITATION

I absolutely loved taking Corbin and Thatcher’s love story and turning it into an invitation suite that told their tale. Here are four of my favorite details that made their antique-inspired invitations uniquely (and artistically) their own.

Ceci

How to Create a Symbolic, Sentimental Wedding Invitation by Ceci Johnson

  1. Hand-drawn profiles: In a nod to old-timey postage, we hand-drew the bride and groom’s profiles and turned them into stamps.

  2. Elephant emblem: The bride and groom met while photographing elephants in Kenya, so we incorporated the majestic animal into the couple’s personal emblem, which appeared on the wedding invitation and throughout their stationery for the weekend.

  3. Color palette: The bride wanted the perfect shade of sweet blue – right between Wedgwood and the moody color of an Irish sky. We paired it with blush pink and gray to complete the antique feeling.

  4. Custom watercolor: Inspired by a 19th-century drawing that the bride liked, Ceci Johnson added her personal touch by painting a custom watercolor, which was then printed on the back of each invitation.

Hidden Gems - Four sweet, symbolic details of a custom, vintage-style Ceci New York invitation

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V175: OUR MUSE – OLD WORLD INSPIRED WEDDING: CORBIN & THATCHER, PART 2

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Our Muse - Old World Inspired Wedding - Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher's romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland - wedding
Our Muse - Old World Inspired Wedding - Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher's romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland - wedding
Our Muse - Old World Inspired Wedding - Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher's romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland - wedding
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Our Muse - Old World Inspired Wedding - Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher's romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland - wedding

Photography by Elizabeth Messina. View the creative talent behind this event.

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V175: EXPERT STYLE TIPS – IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS: THE CREATIVE TEAM’S FAVORITES, PART 1

Expert Style Tips
Making Magic - Corbin & Thatcher's creative team share their favorite wedding details
We hand-dyed everything and created from scratch. There is nothing like taking a boring bolt of gauze linen or silk ribbon and transforming it into that perfect shade of moody, Irish-sky blue. Such fun! - Rebecca Stone, Duet Weddings
It's not every day I get to create a film amongst the ruins of an old Irish castle. You couldn't ask for a better setting. - Curtis Heyne, Living Cinema
It was a truly honor to photograph a wedding full of so much tangible love and beauty. Plus, the details were absolutely magnificent. - Elizabeth Messina, Elizabeth Messina Photographs
I squealed when the couple chose an unconventional Wedgwood-blue Wedding cake that was elegant, pure and simple - with 'A Touch of Magic!' - Patricia O'Flaherty, A Touch of Magic
When I met Corbin, I instantly knew that she needed an unforgettable gown.  Her romantic sense of style led me straight to the blush-colored Hayley by Vera Wang. - Lindsey Nowak, Lindsey Nowak Bridal Style

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V175: SAVVY STYLE ADVICE – CORBIN, REAL BRIDE

Savvy Style Advice
Ceci New York Bride - Corbin

CORBIN
Decide on a cohesive style or color throughout your event. We were inspired by a Jane Austen, old-world European look with moody blue tones. Keeping the various design elements – paper, florals, linens, wardrobe – within this aesthetic really made our vision cohesive and came across beautifully in the photographs.

What It’s Like to Be a Ceci New York Bride:
What I love about Ceci Johnson is that anything is possible. “No” isn’t in her vocabulary. Even when coming up with an idea or design plan for some of my more complex requests, the Ceci New York team is ready to do the research, craft a truly unique custom design, and work with you to make your paper dreams come true. I felt like Ceci created a suite that was totally Corbin and not an out-of-the-book, formulaic design that I would see repeated elsewhere. My husband and I especially cherish our hand-painted watercolor invitations – truly a work of art!

View Corbin & Thatcher’s wedding invitations and photos in Our Muse
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V175: OUR MUSE – OLD WORLD INSPIRED WEDDING: CORBIN & THATCHER, PART 3

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Photography by Elizabeth Messina. View the creative talent behind this event.

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V175: EXPERT STYLE TIPS – IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS: THE CREATIVE TEAM’S FAVORITES, PART 2

Expert Style Tips
I loved every second of our 18-month wedding-planning adventure. My favorite part was becoming lifelong friends with this extraordinary couple! - Lucy Swift Weber Youdovin, Lucy Swift Events
Collaborating and designing custom jewelry for the bride was pure magic. Our styles and personalities complement each other perfectly. - Kristin Hayes, Kristin Hayes Jewelry
As the bride's Makeup Artist and Hairstylist my favorite part was being there with her to get her ready her most important day. We carried the natural romance of the location into her look throughout the weekend. - Ashley Brook Perryman, ABP Makeup
Our absolute highlight was creating the draped coach house archways for the ceremony backdrop. With two days of hard work and over 1,300 feet of fabric. The effect was spectacular. - Pearl Collins & Sheena McDonald Murray, Pearl & Godiva
When it came to dressing the wedding party, I loved combining elements of modern fashion with the rich, classic textures of traditional European dress. - Alexandra Munzel, Alexandra Styles
I loved creating a custom elephant logo that was meaningful to the couple and became part of their personal brand beyond just the wedding! - Ceci Johnson, Ceci New York

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V175: OUR MUSE – OLD WORLD INSPIRED WEDDING: CORBIN & THATCHER, PART 4

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Our Muse - Old World Inspired Wedding - Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher's romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland - wedding
Our Muse - Old World Inspired Wedding - Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher's romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland - wedding
Our Muse - Old World Inspired Wedding - Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher's romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland - wedding
Our Muse - Old World Inspired Wedding - Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher's romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland - wedding
Our Muse - Old World Inspired Wedding - Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher's romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland - wedding
Our Muse - Old World Inspired Wedding - Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher's romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland - wedding
Our Muse - Old World Inspired Wedding - Be inspired by Corbin and Thatcher's romantic, vintage-influenced destination wedding in Ireland - wedding


CORBIN & THATCHER’S DREAM TEAM: Invitations: Ceci New York Photography: Elizabeth Messina Cinematography: Living Cinema Wedding Dress & Veil: Vera Wang Gown Stylist: Lindsey Nowak Bridal Style Shoes: Loeffler Randall Lace Shawl: Antique Irish lace from The Sheelin Antique Lace and Vintage Fashions Bride’s Custom Velvet Bolero: Calvin James Bryant Hair & Makeup: Ashley Brook Perryman Bridesmaid Dresses: Marchesa & BHLDN Custom Jewelry: Kristin Hayes Jewelry Wedding Party Wardrobe Stylist: Alexandra Styles Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren, Barbour Children’s Clothing: Custom made by Tia Adams Venue: Longueville House Ireland Event Planner: Lucy Swift Events Florist: Flowerwild Calligraphy and Painted Elements: Love Jenna Cake: A Touch of Magic Cake Topper: Concarta Ceremony Music: Will Taylor, Sean Whelan Reception Band: Soul Purpose Rentals, Set Construction, Maypole, & Lighting: Pearl & Godiva Event Design: {Duet} Weddings

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V175: CECI COLOR STORIES – SKY BLUE AND CREAM 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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V175: GREAT ESCAPES – LONGUEVILLE HOUSE, IRELAND

Great Escapes

Longueville House, Ireland

North County Cork is a glorious blend of lush green valleys, salmon-stocked rivers, and gentle hills. At its heart lies Longueville House Hotel, a 17th-century, 20-bedroom Irish country house hotel steeped in history and character, offering a very warm welcome, with open log fires and comfortable bedrooms. It’s a place of history, yet Longueville has moved with the times. Maintaining and modernising the house has been a labour of love for third-generation owners William O’Callaghan and his wife Aisling, your hosts.

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Longueville House, Ireland

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V175: DON’T MISS – MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS FEATURES CECI NEW YORK INVITATIONS

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MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS FEATURES CECI NEW YORK INVITATIONS

Old-World Wedding Invitations - Martha Stewart Weddings features Ceci New York

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V175: NEXT WEEK’S ISSUE – A DAZZLING HOLIDAY

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