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Laura and Ben
Laura Normandin and Ben Tyszka chose the Picnic House in Brooklyn's Prospect Park as the setting for their wedding, complete with dancing, a barbecue lunch, and a bicycle-ride ending.
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The couple's leafy save-the-date arrived in a vellum envelope. Laura designed an invitation suite that incorporated her own type and phrasing with Gwen Frostic's block-printed cards. Invitations and response cards were tucked into envelopes that Laura calligraphed herself and adorned with vintage stamps.
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Bridesmaids Julia Schuette and Leigh Douglass Renshaw, who introduced Laura to Ben, wear silk dresses by Simple Silhouettes and carry bouquets made by Martha Stewart Living's crafts director Hannah Milman.
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Sisters Charlotte and Flannery Brown pose for a snapshot; their father, Rev. Matthew Brown, married Laura and Ben.
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Laura made Ben's boutonniere from vintage silk flowers; his colorful tie and pocket square coordinate perfectly with the bridesmaids' shawls.
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Laura embellished the ceremony programs with butterfly and bird cut-outs.
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The bride and groom pose for a photo with Martha.
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The newlyweds are flanked by family and friends.
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Favors are glass-topped specimen boxes holding pressed butterflies, leaves, and flowers.
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Guests receive paper bags in which to stow and tote their geraniums, each bag printed with a gracious thank-you note from the newlyweds.
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Seasonal vegetables, salad, and baby potatoes accompany savory barbecue, while custom-printed Gwen Frostic napkins echo the invitation motif.
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The sweet surprises kept on coming, like these fresh-baked heart-shaped biscuits and strawberries, which share space on a plate with a sugar-flower-topped cupcake and a fruit tart.
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A trio of friends nibble on refreshments in the airy, light-filled Picnic House overlooking the lawns of Prospect Park.
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Old-style country band the Dixons provide nostalgic music complete with an upright bass.
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The bride and groom coast away from their reception on white bicycles bearing Just Married flags. The bikes are a reflection of their love for cycling. As an adorable afterthought, Laura affixed a white basket to the front to hold her butterfly bouquet.
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