Minted Real Wedding: Brittany & Jesse in Tuscany

Following a romantic proposal during a family trip to Mexico, Brittany Sturrett and Jesse Olson decided to host their nuptials in the Tuscan countryside. In front of their 60 guests, the Brooklyn-based couple exchanged vows at Villa Medicea de Lilliano, a beautiful 13th-century villa that was once a hunting lodge used by the Medici family. Following the intimate ceremony, guests made their way to the alfresco garden-party reception amid groves of lemon and olive trees.

The couple: Brittany Sturrett and Jesse Olson
Occupations:
Fashion and wedding photographer (Brittany); Executive Chef at NoMo SoHo Hotel (Jesse)
Based in:
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Wedding date: 
June 9, 2017 (City Hall to make it legal); July 3, 2017 (our Big Italian Wedding)
Venue: 
Villa Medicea di Lilliano, Grassina Italy
Number of guests: 60
Invitation suite: “Al Fresco” by Haley Warner
Ceremony program: “Al Fresco” by Haley Warner
Place card: “Gold Bars” by Fig and Cotton
Favor tag: “Botanical Name Plate” by Shiny Penny Studio
Menu card: “Field” by Toast & Laurel
Wedding planner: Alise Taggart
Florist: Annalisa di Federico of Isa Events
Catering & Rentals: Guidi-Lenci
Cake: Tuscan Wedding Cakes
Makeup Artist: Sandra Lovisco from My Wedding Mirror
Bridesmaid dresses: Reformation
Groomsmen tuxedos: The Black Tux
Music: Slightly Out
Lighting/DJ: The Alma Project
Cinematographer: Cinematictide
Photographer: Paula O’Hara

How did you and Jesse meet?
We met at a restaurant that we both worked at—it was called A Voce and was located in Columbus Circle in Manhattan. He was a Sous Chef at the time and I was a front-of-house captain. 

Tell us about the proposal!
We had a family trip planned for Mexico. Jesse had the ring on him the whole day and was trying to find the perfect place to pop the question! The day was filled with swimming in cenotés, zip-lining, climbing pyramids; he ended up doing it after a family dinner. We all took a walk down the beach and I remember looking up and seeing the bright full moon; at the same time, I could sense my family slowly backing up. I turned and looked at Jesse, just as he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! There were a group of people around us clapping after I said “Yes!” and the rest is history.

How did you find your wedding venue?
Our amazing cake designer Melanie! We had a cake tasting and she asked us what we were envisioning, and when we told her she knew just the place for us to check out!

Why did you decide to host a destination wedding?
We wanted it to be a trip our closest friends and family could check off their bucket list. Just a big vacation and event to share all together.

What were some of your fondest memories from the day?
Our “first look.” Hearing and saying our vows to each other for the first time. Sitting down at the end of our long table amid the Tuscan sunset, seeing all of our friends and family enjoying themselves and smiling.

Who made your wedding dress?
Mark Zunino. 
We went to Kleinfields and it just worked out perfectly!

What did Jesse wear?
A tuxedo by Kooples.

Any advice for couples who are starting to plan their wedding?
Pinterest boards!! They saved my life and put everything into perspective.

How did you choose your wedding invitation (“Al Fresco” by Haley Warner)?
It was the perfect pick for our olive-branch wedding theme.

What was the process like working with Minted to make your stationery vision come to life?
Great! The colors and process was so easy, and I love the quality of paper.

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Mariam Naficy on NPR’s How I Built This with Guy Raz

Ever wonder how Minted got started? Our founder and CEO Mariam Naficy talks with NPR​’s How I Built This with Guy Raz on how she built Minted into one of the biggest crowdsourcing platforms and global artist communities in the world.

In the late 1990s, Mariam started, an online cosmetics store called Eve.com, and eventually sold it for $110 million. Several years later, she got the entrepreneurial itch once again and she founded Minted.com, an e-commerce site that sources designs from a community of independent artists around the world. Mariam went against the advice of critics who told her not to crowdsource, and not to sell holiday cards. Sometimes critics are wrong!

Today Minted is one of the biggest crowdsourcing platforms on the Internet.

Listen to the exclusive podcast HERE.

About How You Built That:

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

Illustration by: Phuong Nguyen for NPR

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Festive Holiday Fabric & Wrap Quickfire Challenge : Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners of our Festive Holiday Fabric & Wrap Quickfire Challenge! For this challenge, we were looking for winter, holiday, and Christmas themed patterns and placed images that could be used on a variety of products. We were so excited to see your fresh and festive designs. Congratulations winners!

 

Visionary Award
For the design that feels truly differentiated and new

Multi-Cultural Santas by Melanie Mikecz


Runners-up: 
Main Street by Julie Murray and Bonney Woods by Cindy Willingham



Santa’s Little Helper Award
For the best fun and festive pattern or placed image design that appeals to children

Gumdrop Buttons by Jackie Crawford

Runners-up: Nutcracker Suite by Peetie Design and Stacked Arctic Animals by Jennifer Wick

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Minted Artists in the Press June 2018

Congratulations to the dozens of Minted artists who are featured in Better Homes and Gardens, The Today Show, ArchitecturalDigest.com, Bridal Guide, InStyle’s Facebook, and on Carly Waddell’s Instagram. Join the fun of spotting Minted artists in the press by uploading PR clips on your social media with the hashtag #mintiespotting.


Better Homes and Gardens (May 2018)
“Quince Blossom” featuring “Red Fancy Fish” pillow by Paper Raven Co.


Instyle Facebook Live (May 21, 2018)
Minted Weddings Facebook Live featuring “Moody Marbling” wedding suite by Hooray Creative, “Palmetto” wedding suite by Kelli Hall, “Blue Tides” wedding suite by Erin Deegan, “Cool Cobalt” table runner by Kelli Hall, “Fantastic Florals” table runner by Simona Cavallaro, “Pointillism” table runner by Alethea and Ruth, “Southwest” napkin by Hooray Creative, “Bold Watercolor” napkin by Qing Ji, and “Gingko Floral” napkin by Monica Cheng

ArchitecturalDigest.com (April 12, 2018)
“11 Super-Typical Mother’s Day Gifts, Clever-ized” featuring “Commissioned Art” by Adelina Simeonova.
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Make a Statement Large Format Art Challenge : Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Make a Statement Large Format Art Challenge! Our customers are looking for large scale pieces to fill an empty space, and we are excited for this potential sales opportunity for our growing art business. Congratulations winners!

Figures & Form Award
For the most interesting and eye catching photograph or drawing that displays
a human figure large scale

Shes Blooming by Theresa Bear

Runners-up: Movement by Kaitie Bryant and Watching by Kelly Witmer

Bold Strokes Award
For the best large scale abstract statement piece emphasizing unique shape and form

Jazz on the Radio by Melissa McGill


Runners-up: 
Circular Movement by Roann Mathias and Indeed they are by Allison Filice

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