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theme time: city slickers

by Grace Bonney

I thought it would be fun to dedicate today (and next Thursday) to theme ideas. Not only is this a fun collaborative process, but it’s also a great way to tell a story about who you are to your family and friends.

Today I’m going to focus on two couples who went this route, but chose very different directions. This morning we’ll start with Allisyn Levy and Jason Culler.

The ultimate urban couple, Allisyn and Jason actually met on the New York City subway system when they were both riding the F-train to Coney Island to catch a Bjork concert. Allisyn is a public school teacher here in new york, and the venue they chose for their downtown wedding is called Public. So this theme of “public places and things” really fell into place from the start.

Allisyn’s best friend works in the music business and had concert posters made & plastered over the entire wall across from Public. Illegal? Mmmm…perhaps, but an unmistakable part of the typical nyc landscape.

They had these great ticketmaster concert tickets printed as save-the-dates for their upcoming nuptials.

And, as we saw on Monday, they based their invitation design on public library cards.

And a few more great handmade touches to share…

Instead of having guests sign a book for well-wishes, Allisyn and Jason made a “guest tree/mobile” out of contorted willow. After the wedding they hung their tree in their living room so they could enjoy it long after the wedding day had passed.

And Allisyn embroidered their chuppah with their favorite Bjork lyrics. Like I said, the ultimate city kids!

Thanks K+A for sharing these great ideas. I’ll be back this afternoon with a country wedding that will knock your socks off. And if you had, or are planning, a theme wedding I’d love to hear from you!

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  • this is pure genius. I love when couples really bring themselves into the planning, look & theme of their wedding. I think a lot of couples today lose site of the whole purpose of a wedding celebration. It’s not about what everything else will think is ‘appropriate’ or ‘traditional’ – it’s about celebrating you and how you met, why you fell in love, why you want to stay together forever… congrats to the happy couple on both finding each other and having what looks like a kick-ass wedding!

  • Allison has style to spare and that Jason is a lucky man. Loved these pictures and their overall wedding theme – made me miss NY! –BG

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