Joe & Cheryl’s Wedding

Being involved with Cheryl’s bridal shower was already awesome, so when Joe and Cheryl asked me to coordinate their wedding, I was thrilled because I knew it was going to be great. She’s the ultimate Jill of all trades, as she can make anything and everything herself. Joe and Cheryl were married last September at the beautiful Metropolitan Building in Long Island City, where they created the most tailored and romantic setting for a wedding. There was hardly a thing in the room that wasn’t made by Cheryl, Joe, or one of their friends.

It was the ultimate DIY wedding since Cheryl sewed her own dress. Being in fashion, she had such a specific dress in mind that making it herself was really the only option. It took her 3 months, but she had the dress of her dreams. She also made the gorgeous necklace she adorned, as well as the jewelry worn by all the bridesmaids. And the bridesmaid dresses? Yes, they were bought from J.Crew, but Cheryl customized the dresses according to each girl’s style. Cheryl’s coworker tailored Joe’s suit for a perfect fit, and menswear line 3sixteen helped design custom ties for the groomsmen.

Friends helped gather bottles over the months to contribute to the gathered look of the centerpieces. Cheryl purchased vintage wooden spools from eBay for the escort cards and spooled them with thread in their wedding colors. The favors, jars of button shaped chocolates, were lovingly made by Cheryl and friends. And on top of all this, Cheryl herself designed the entire suite of wedding stationery.

Not only did these guys have the eye for designing their entire wedding, but they had so many friends help pitch in to make the day happen as they dreamed. When asked what was the best part of the wedding, they said, “What made our wedding most meaningful was having so many people help out and share the day with us. We really couldn’t ask for better friends and family.”

All images by Minnow Park Photography.

Q&Y’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Q&Y stands for Quyen and Yedeh, two dentists who were married this past May in the beautiful Artists for Humanity Epicenter in South Boston.

As a college friend (to Yedeh) and fellow Texan (to Quyen, actually to both of them), I was honored to be one of the wedding helpers, especially since they had meticulously planned every single and last detail! Being an obsessive planner, I found all sorts of comfort in poring over the wedding spreadsheets and checklists they sent out. I know there are some of you that are like me too. We should probably form a support group.

One detail I absolutely loved was the table centerpieces. Mason jars were filled with lush peony blooms, table names (named after favorite restaurants in cities they’ve lived in) were written on chalkboard garden signs, and jars of homemade strawberry jam and oatmeal chocolate chip cookie mix were clustered around the flowers. It was such a thoughtful and personal touch to provide the take home goodies. For you brides out there, take notes from Quyen!

I brought the cookie mix home, and on one sunny day I baked with it. Some minor changes I made to the original recipe include leaving out the walnuts, softening the butter instead of completely melting the butter, and using small rounded teaspoons instead of an ice cream scoop. I like smaller cookies, and I was able to make slightly more than 2 dozen cookies from the mix. These were wonderful for sunny days or for rainy days, because any day is a good day for these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

All wedding photos were taken by Lisa Rigby Photography.

Q&Y’s Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
slightly adapted from original recipe

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flour
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Cream together butter with both sugars.
2. Blend in egg and vanilla to achieve a gelatinous consistency.
3. Fold in remaining dry ingredients and include chopped nuts as desired. If using melted butter, do not add chocolate chips when the butter mixture is still hot.
4. Use an ice-cream scooper (or rounded teaspoons for smaller cookies) to create balls of dough and place them 2 inches apart on a greased pan or cookie sheet.
5. Bake for 15 (12 for smaller cookies) minutes at 375 F degrees. Makes about 24 cookies.