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Sarah + Megan August 22 August 30, 2009


“I could not be happier with Janay’s work. The dress she made for me was beyond what I could have hoped for and was an incredible value for such a high quality product. I would recommend her work to anyone and everyone.”

sarah and megan wedding dress by janay a

sarah and megan wedding dress by janay a

I actually never met Sarah in person, since she lives far away and ordered her dress online from my etsy shop.  

She wore the lace-up back corset and box pleated skirt in ivory satin-backed shantung.

sarah and megan wedding dress by janay a

Isn’t their chemistry amazing?

This is my first introduction to Film Noir Photography,  by Kelly Prizel, who also runs So You’re EnGAYged– and I love her work!

Brides on the East Coast definitely need to look into her!

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Carly and Brady August 27, 2009

Carly and Brady- dress, veil and vest by Janay A

Carly and Brady had a super fun modern wedding at the Hobbs Building.  Vests, Dress, Veil by Janay A.

Carly and Brady- dress, veil and vest by Janay A

Carly and Brady- dress, veil and vest by Janay A

Carly and Brady- dress, veil and vest by Janay A


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Megan and Ajay August 26, 2009

Megan and Ajay photo bluewindow

Megan and Ajay had a trans-cultural Indian-American Wedding at the Hobbs building.  Megan wore an heirloom  Janay A re-designed dress that belonged to her mother.  Look at her beautiful henna!

Megan and Ajay photo bluewindow at Hobbs w/ custom hair clip

Megan and Ajay photo bluewindow dress and hairclip Janay A

Megan’s hair fascinator was created using petals, vintage pearls, and feathers mixed with scrap fabric from her heirloom wedding dress.

Megan and Ajay photo bluewindow
Such great style!!! Contributions by Wedding Hive members:

Flowers by Ornamental Petal

Photos by Blue Window Creative

Dress and Hair Fascinator Janay A

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Day 2 – NYC – Battery Park, China Town, Little Italy, Nolita August 20, 2009

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Hi from NYC!

Day two was a blast= we crammed so much into one day that it’s hard to believe in retrospect.  We begun by visiting Battery Park, then went to Chinatown.  Street vendors were selling dragon fruit, which was a yummy snack.  We found an amazing green cleaning, remodeling, and home store called Green Depot.

We shopped the Nolita area, which had shop after shop of super unique and handmade clothing.  Our favorite was Label, they had a $5 and $10 rack of beautiful handmade clothing that we went after like wild rabbits.

Lunch was Spring Street  Natural, we spent only $24 total on two plates of organic, local food, and their roasted red pepper/rosemary bread to start was melty yummy good.


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1ST Day – NYC – Time Square, Garment District & Little Korea! August 19, 2009

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Anna’s Heirloom Wedding Gown Design August 17, 2009


Anna Zimmerman's custom dress redesign
Anna Zimmern and Zak Meek

Anna Zimmerman wore her mother’s wedding dress that we totally redesigned.  I added hand-braided trim, reset the straps and back, added godet inserts for additional skirt fulness (using fabric from the original matching jacket), and added fun lace to the front and back for movement.  So special!

Anna works with the Sculpture Garden at the Nelson- Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City

…don’t these images pay amazing homage to their modern sensibility and interests?

Anna Zimmerman re-design 1

Anna and Zak's Wedding- Dress Redesign by Janay AAnna and Zak, dress by Janay A

Anna and Zak's Ceremony- great flowers!

I’ve seen allot of weddings and I’ve never seen upside down hanging flowers like this! So creative and unexpected!

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Laura and Jori August 15, 2009

Laura and Jori

Laura and Jori had a unique  indie wedding in their backyard, which was dripping potted flowers planted by Laura (a gardner) for the occasion.

After an estimated 17 musician procession of Laura’s Bandmates from Hearts of Darkness AfroBeat down the burlap isle, the Groom Jori entered.  It was dramatic!

Soon after the band proceeded the the baby blue porch where the ceremony took place, and Laura entered.
She wore a dress that was redesigned for her by Janay A that had belonged to Jori’s grandmother.

To keep the skirt intack, the fabric was tucked with subtle peekaboo fabric roses (that used to line the waist of the dress) under each tuck.   The back of the dress was completely open, which added a fun modern twist to this classic design!

The couple sang a self written song to each other for their ceremony, which was playful and completely them.

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