[gifts] Modern housewares — from your Nora wedding registry to your kitchen

Have you done any shopping (window shopping or otherwise) at Nora? Nora is a housewares, home decor, and gift shop on Cass Avenue in Detroit. Among our Lafayette Park neighbors are one of the owners and the manager of this lovely shop, which features Scandinavian housewares, Japanese pottery, and more! I was so excited when Nora launched its wedding registry this spring. If you are engaged, want to have modern, high quality housewares on your wedding registry, Nora is a must-visit.

How will the registry work?

You are encouraged to set up an appointment at the store to select items for your wedding registry. I mean, you want to see these beautiful pieces in person, right? Alternatively, you can set up an online registry. Contact Nora to get the process started. Your guests will be able to make their purchases either in store or online. Gift-wrapping services are available at Nora! You as a couple can either pick up gifts from the store or make arrangements to have them shipped.

What kinds of pieces are available at Nora for a wedding registry?

Nora’s wedding registry items feature three fabulous lines of housewares. Hasami Porcelain, mud australia, and iitala. iitala actually is a combination of the company’s own line and a handselected crew of other Scandinavian brands. If you’re looking for flatware, plateware, glassware, tea sets… you are in luck. Check out the photos below of just some of the items that are available for wedding registries.

First up, mud australiaMy husband and I love tea so let’s start off with this gorgeous tea pot and colorful variety of tea cups.





Next up is the Hasami Porcelain collection of mug cups, plates, trays, bowls and tea pots. Everything is stackable!





And last but not least, iitala! The glassware is by Kaj Franck. The vase is by Alvar Aalto. The colored stripe bowls are by Alfredo Häberli. The turquoise, grey and white bowls and plates in the last photo are by Kaj Franck.





Readers: Which is your favorite piece from Nora’s wedding registry collection?

Vintage bridesmaids looks from the Peacock Room

Did you enjoy the vintage wedding inspired bridal photoshoot last week on LoveintheD? Check out more Peacock Room looks captured by bella moon Photography! These dresses would work wonderfully as bridesmaid dresses for spring or fall weddings. Make-up artistry was provided by Ethereal Beauty.

Marcia (left) and Lauren (right) are both wearing vintage dresses.
Kezia (center) is wearing a new but vintage-inspired dress.





Okay, okay. These dresses aren’t vintage but I love their simplicity and elegance.



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Consider checking out the Peacock Room’s fascinator collection!

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Readers: Are you thinking about purchasing vintage bridesmaid dresses? Or vintage wedding accessories?

[photography] Michelle & Tony’s downtown engagement photoshoot

Can’t get enough of the Detroit engagement photos? This time, check out Michelle & Tony’s adorable engagement shoot in Hart Plaza and other spots on the Detroit River! Ryan Southen is the talented photographer behind the camera in these shots.

If you missed the LoveintheD post on Ryan’s wedding photography earlier this year, check it out!

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Readers: Which one of the above is your favorite shot?

4 reasons to go vintage … and a bridal photoshoot!

Have you thought about “going vintage” with your wedding? From the decor to the photography and everywhere in between, there are so many options and there is no way I could fit everything about vintage weddings in one blog post. So I’ll focus on vintage wedding gowns!

Why buy a vintage dress?

1. Rachel, owner of the Peacock Room, alerted me to the environmental impact of purchasing new clothing. Did you know that by reusing one pound of clothing, you can save 10,000 pounds of water, a half pound of fertilizers, four ounces of pesticides, and six pounds of carbon emissions? All that water is used  for milling fabric. Gallons and gallons of chemicals are put in into the water supply and those pesticides are, of course, used on crops that are used to create fabric. [Source]

2. Chances are, you probably won’t see your wedding gown on another bride! Why not go for something unique and one-of-a-kind — something vintage? Vintage styles and vintage cuts will make you stand out.

3. Save some money. Buying a vintage wedding gown could save you some serious cash.

4. Quality. Multiple sources indicate that vintage wedding gowns often have high quality construction.

There are several places to find vintage apparel in Detroit, and the Peacock Room is one of them. LoveintheD recently brought some Detroit women of color into the shop to try on some of the vintage and vintage inspired pieces that would be perfect as wedding dresses and accessories. I am excited to share this fabulous vintage wedding inspired bridal photoshoot by bella moon PhotographyEthereal Beauty did an amazing job with the make-up!

Lauren in a vintage dress. What do you think of that lace?



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Lan tried on (and purchased!) this vintage-inspired dress. Also, check out the awesome necklace!




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Okay. I will admit that I was skeptical about this blue vintage dress as a wedding dress but, as Tim Gunn would say, Marcia totally makes it work!



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Lastly,  how amazing is this vintage bridal headpiece?

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Come back next week to check out the vintage bridesmaids looks, also courtesy of the Peacock Room, bella moon Photography, and Ethereal Beauty.

[photography] Ashley & Scotty’s engagement photo shoot in Palmer Park

I’m excited that you get to see these engagement photos today! Tracy & Riva have graciously shared Ashley & Scotty’s Palmer Park shoot with LoveintheD. In case you missed it a few months ago, check out some of the bests of Tracy & Riva’s wedding photography.

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[real wedding] Ana and Joel’s sustainable Belle Isle wedding

When I first started LoveintheD, a friend said I absolutely must talk with Ana and Joel about their socially conscious wedding! After interviewing them, it was absolutely clear why! Ana and Joel had three themes for their July 4, 2009 wedding: community, sustainability, and health.

Sean and I may have had our first date on the same day that Ana and Joel met! Ana and Joel were both at the Detroit Festival of the Arts. Ana had just come back to the Detroit area, and hadn’t seen many bike commuters. She saw Joel on his bike and knew that he was a fellow bike commuter! He noticed her too. They began talking and found a million things in common.

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Tell me about your love for Detroit.

Joel: We are passionate about spending our money in Detroit. A wedding is a major capital investment, so we made a commitment that we wanted to get married in Detroit and use Detroit vendors as much as we could. I work in sustainability and am excited about Detroit being a hotbed for a more sustainable, greener society.

Ana: My dad had a big presence in Detroit as an advertising photographer who was really involved in his community. My father was known by many people in the city and had a very deep love and commitment to the city. After coming back from the west coast, I knew this is the place where I want to spend the rest of my life.

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The details:

Venue: Belle Isle
Photographer: Lance Havelka
Flowers: Mother’s friend (bamboo stalks)
DJ: Brian Gillespie
Videography: Rand Shackleton
Officiants: Richard Andres and Deb Lentz
Food: Prepared by Canape Cart 
Chairs and tables: C&N Rentals

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How did you incorporate Detroit into your wedding?

We chose Belle Isle because it is the nature area of the city. We go to Belle Isle to swim in the summer, to cross-country ski in the winter, to bike, and to participate in the Motor City Triathlon. Our out of town guests stayed at the Double Tree Hotel. We created tour maps, which included cool places like Lafayette Coney Island, the Heidelberg Project, Mexicantown, iconic downtown buildings, and community gardens. We gave out Detroit goodie bags. We wanted to make sure people left with a good impression of the city.

Tell us about the bike ride!

We go on a 1000-mile bike tour every summer. You read that right. After the ceremony, we held a bike processional! We rode a tandem and about fifty of our guests followed us around the fountain on Belle Isle!

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Sustainability is a big part of your lives. How did that translate into your wedding meal?

All our food at the wedding was grown within 100 miles of Detroit. Most of the food was grown much closer. The meat was purchased from an Eastern Market farmer. Brother Nature provided the greens. The Canapé Cart was excited about preparing our meal using local food! Instead of a wedding cake, our baker friends brought fruit pies.

What was your favorite moment of the wedding?

Joel: Our vows were special — we wrote them ourselves. We asked the community to support us.

Ana: My dad had a stroke and was paralyzed on one side. Yet he actually walked me down the aisle. That took everyone’s breath away. The moment when he got up out of his wheelchair was pretty awesome. The bike processional was also very cool. We did a salsa number for our first dance. That was fun! The food was incredible! Food is a big part of our lives and that was important. I had a lot of favorite moments!

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What words of advice do you have for those planning their own Detroit weddings?

Joel: Determine your highest priority and put a lot of energy and effort into making that element really good. Recognize what you can let go of a little bit. You can’t control everything! If food quality is important to you, find a venue that doesn’t require you to use their kitchen. If you have to use the in-house kitchen, you can’t really tell the venue to use a certain caterer.

Ana: You can make an impact on your local economy because you’re probably spending so much money! One thing that was really hard was narrowing down the guest list. You don’t want to hurt people’s feelings. Have you shared a meal with them in the last year? Do you want them in your life in the next ten years? Use those questions to help you decide.

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