Make Marry: 4 Bits of Wedding-Planning Wisdom from 3 Way-Savvy Designers

As we get deep into the heart of wedding season, it feels like the right time to dive into a trio of the so-gorge ones we’ve featured on this site—which, by the way, all have one thing in common: The designers who tied the knot were all down to do things their own way. Get into it. —erica

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Don’t feel like you have to do the wedding-dress salon thing.
Julianne Ahn of the line Object & Totem went off-the-rack with this Suno awesomeness.
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Look beyond peonies and poppies.
Erica Weiner’s flower arrangements included beets, carrots, and kale. And! She highlighted all of the veggie action happening by using clear glass containers.
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Let an unexpected backdrop set the tone of the pics.
Um, how crazy-amazing is this shot?! Lauren Wolf and her husband got married in Death Valley and did photos at Zabriskie Point (where part of Star Wars was filmed).
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Get creative with seating.
Want to avoid renting 100 chairs—or, in Erica Weiner’s case, hauling said chairs a quarter mile to a lake? These hay bales were happy to stand-in.
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Want to fall down a bridal rabbit hole? Here’s the way…

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Raw Double Diamond Necklace by Erica Weiner for Of a Kind

BUY / 100 of a kind / $208

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Track Star: Bat For Lashes

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The Vibe: Natasha Kahn is known for angelic vocals and atmospheric beats, but she also stands out for her style—she’s just as at-home in dramatic concert attire and uptown-girl getups.

The One-Song Intro: “All Your Gold”

The Look, Recreated: A pleated maxidress by Tamarziv, a black-and-copper Rag & Bone headband, a gold gingko necklace by Erica Weiner, and a faux fur Acne coat. —julie alvin

Fall down the “Track Star” rabbit hole here.

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Baby Crystals Necklace by Erica Weiner for Of a Kind

BUY / 100 of a kind / $85

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Diasy Necklace by Erica Weiner for Of a Kind 

BUY / 100 of a kind / $80

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The Insider: Jen Rubio

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Jen Rubio spends her days as Warby Parker's social media guru, but when she’s out of the office, she’s probably out of town. The supremely stylish frequent flier globetrots so often that her Delta status is one we’ve never even heard of. Don’t worry, though: You can always find her @jennifer in the Twitterverse—yah, check-out that first-name-handle radness. —carlye wisel

Q: When you’re on a trip, do you always find yourself buying a certain thing as a souvenir?
A: I am actually old-school, and I write postcards every single place I go. One of my friends has postcards from, like, 30 different countries from me on her fridge. My thing: Whatever the picture is on the postcard, I write it there.

Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing on your bookshelf?
A: The most embarrassing is probably that I don’t even have a bookshelf right now because I move so much. The actual only bookshelf I have in my apartment is a print of “The Ideal Bookshelf” hanging up. It’s the fashion one. I do read! Books are hard to pack!

Q: If you could have access to anyone’s wardrobe, whose would you pillage?
A: Miroslava Duma. She’s amazing. We’re also both 5-feet-tall, so everything would already be hemmed! I mean, I could say Taylor Tomasi-Hill, but then I’d have to fuck around with a tailor. So, nope! I could just put on Miroslava’s pants and be fine. She’s one of those people who gets a bob, and then I’m like “OH, I’m gonna get a bob!”

Q: Does the bob work out?
A: No! Never! No one ever sees a bob on a celebrity and gets one and has it work out. It just doesn’t work. This is probably my most embarrassing beauty-related story: I have a very round face, and I saw some celebrity with a bob. I got it, and it looked so bad—so atrocious that the next day I sat in a chair for 11 hours and got a weave.

Q: What?!
A: My deepest, darkest secret is that I had a weave! It’s really expensive because it’s real hair. I know a lot about weaves. I literally walked into this place and was like, “I need long hair.” It takes a long time—they put hundreds of strands in your hair. I guess you could do those Jessica Simpson clip-ins, but…no. If I’m getting a weave, I’m going all-out!

Q: You own a slew of Of a Kind editions.
A: Yeah! In the beginning, I had maybe seven out of their first ten editions. I have all of the Claire Vivier ones, and I have all the Erica Weiner stuff—I’m very loyal to my Of a Kind designers. I actually have a crazy Of a Kind story. I bought the very first hat Annie Larson did, and I was so excited. I worked at this agency and told everyone, “Guys! Only 25 people have this hat, it’s amazing!” And a week later, my co-worker Kyle’s like, “Oh, I saw someone with your hat on the train.” And I was like, “No you didn’t! I’m telling you, only 25 people have it.” And he goes, “No, I swear! I took a picture for you, since I know you’re obsessed with that hat!” And he shows me this picture of this girl, and I lost it. I was like “Oh my god, you’re my hat twin!”—of course not even thinking that Of a Kind’s early customers all lived in New York. I had a blog at that point, and I posted this girl’s picture on my blog and blocked out her face. And a girl comments on my blog, “Oh my god, that’s my sister!” and e-mail introduces me to her sister. We never actually met up, but this girl lived in Brooklyn, she had the same hat, and we’re like, hat soulmates.

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Weather Vain: Bogotá, Colombia - 77 and Clear

People are making us all kinds of jealous with their warm-weather travels right now. And while we’re personally very upset with anyone lucky enough to head to the Colombian capital, we’re willing to offer you our professional support—and a packing list. —erica

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Clockwise from top left:

+ A Lemlem dress that doubles as a cover-up when you head to the beaches at Tayrona National Park.

+ This bracelet by K/LLER: jazzy enough for dinner at Mi Viejo, overlooking La Candelaria’s so-stunning square. 

+ To keep your CCs and pesos in order, a mini Clare Vivier wallet. 

+ The sort of Erica Weiner necklace that could go with basically every outfit in your suitcase.

+ Loeffler Randall shoes that are most definitely made for walking (and exploring Macarena—the ‘hood, not the dance). 

+ Super sunglasses to deal with such annoyingly bright and clear weather. 

+ The perfect pared-down travel bag from Eayrslee. Bonus: It can be worn around your waist (as long as you don’t call it a fanny pack).

Head this way for more “Weather Vain!” Hot (and cold) stuff.

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Recommended Reading: Erica Weiner Shares Her Faves on Design*Sponge

You know who has ka-razy good taste? Erica Weiner. And if you (DARE) don’t believe us, well, get your rear over to Design*Sponge and read about allll the things she’s feeling right now. Let’s face it: You’re kinda dying to know about the best stapler around. —erica

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Erica Weiner’s lariat necklaces would be a signature track on the Of a Kind greatest hits album. What makes this one so special? Oh, those speckled stones are leopardskin jasper. We know: We had you at leopard. Gift it up, guys. —erica

BUY / 100 of a kind / $98

Read more about the designer behind the line:

+ On getting her start at craft fairs.

+ On her pre-jewelry-design gigs…like doing costumes for Fosse.

+ On the (weird) history behind some of her rad pieces.

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Alumni Sunday: Confetti Squares Bracelet by Erica Weiner

Are you already dreading Monday? We feel you. But how much better would the week’s worst day be if you had this burst of excitement on your wrist? We venture to say that, with its mess of gold-plated squares, Erica Weiner’s latest creation could make it FUN, even. Yah, big expectations for this one. —erica

BUY / 100 of a kind / $95

Read more about the designer:

+ On starting off at the craft fairs.

+ On her 8 favorite places in Maine.

+ On her killer, three-story Red Hook house.

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