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The Makers Project, a wonderful project by photographer Jennifer Causey, chronicles the work and process of independent artisans—”makers” such as florists, jewelry designers, chocolatier, distillers, who are truly passionate about their craft and push the boundries in their fields. Causey spent time with each artisan in their studio, took photographs, and interviewed everyone about their work.

I love craft and love when people have perfected their craft through materials and methods, so I find this project particularly compelling. Many of the craftsmen are Brooklyn based and I am familiar with a few of them such as Mast Brothers Chocolate (yummy chocolate, beautiful packaging), Saipua and Amy Merrick (both turn flowers into works of art), Best Made Company (you might know them for their awesome hipster-esque axes and badges), and Sunday Suppers (I’m still waiting to throw down on a ticket to one of these dinners…it shall happen soon). Through this project, I discovered a bunch of other insanely talented artisans I hope to become more familiar with, shop from, and visit.

Causey has a book called “Brooklyn Makers” that features some of the best craftsmen from Brooklyn, but I would love to see this series expand to include makers from San Francisco, Austin, Portland and other cities in the country with strong creative communities. It’s truly inspiring stuff.

 

All photography by Jen Causey

I recently got to work on a beautiful fall wedding at Sleepy Hollow Country Club designed and styled by Sierra and Juliet of Poppies and Posies. Besides being incredibly talented floral designers and stylists, Sierra and Juliet are great ladies and wonderful to work with.

The wedding was in the town of Sleepy Hollow from the famous Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The town is adorable, slightly eerie, and exactly the type of place I’d expect the legend to take place. Even their high school’s mascot is the Headless Horseman—so cool.

Sleepy Hollow Country Club is a stunning manor with tons of ornate details and New England charm. The bride loves pumpkins, so there were tons of pumpkins incorporated into the decor. I wasn’t sure how a wedding filled with pumpkins was going to turn out, but the use of white, green, and gold pumpkins, in addition to the sparse use of orange pumpkins, created a great atmosphere for a fall wedding. The flowers were unfussy, lush, and fantastic, as they usually are with Sierra and Juliet, and there were lots of details that brought the wedding together. My favorite was the escort card table that had a long eucalyptus garland draped down the middle of a huge mahogany table with the escort cards pinned onto little gold pumpkins. Celebrity sighting: Katie Couric was invited to the wedding and she looked pretty great in her blue dress. Fancy and fun times.

P.S. I took these photos very quickly with my iPhone—excuse the quality!