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love – Layla & Josh Wedding: an intimate NYC city hall elopement

A morning conversation “Between the Sheets” led us to plan an impromptu NYC City Hall wedding over the holidays in under a week!

Layla & Josh Wedding – 12/31/2013

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets in an intimate NYC city hall elopement on New Year's Eve

7 little facts about Layla & Josh:

  • Met on OKcupid in December 2007  (thanks OK Cupid guys your “95% match” rating for us was pretty spot on!)
  • Had our first date at Chelsea Market’s Green Table (we have each been vegetarians for over two decades now, since long before we met)
  • In business & living together in Astoria for a little over 4 years
  • Together we’ve built Between the Sheets, at times jokingly called “our first baby” and raised two “furry babies”.
  • Josh thought he was allergic to cats, until he met Layla’s family’s 4 furry ones. Since then we adopted two, and he has spent countless hours “fluffling” his way into their hearts, Isabela aka “Izzy” and Steven Mars aka “booboo bear”
  • We’ve assembled quite a collection of espresso makers, coffee pots, and french presses in our years together, enough to rival a fine cafe. Josh thinks we may need a few more…
  • We aren’t changing our names – currently debating whether we’ll have little L’obatti-Verleuns or Verleun-L’obattis

So without further ado a little photo story of New Year’s Eve day Layla & Josh wedding /elopement at NYC City Hall.

Layla & Josh wedding – little details

Hannah Blount box & Pour La Victoire shoe box - details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement

A huge thanks to Hannah Blount who went out of her way to get us a ring in time for the special day, on such short notice it was still important for us that the ring be something special and Hannah’s pieces are both beautiful and handmade in Boston. Layla has been a fan for several years.

deco details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve city hall  winter wedding - scallop gold heels

deco details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve city hall wedding - jewelry and shoes

Vintage art deco costume jewelry and a monogrammed jewelry box left to Layla by her grandmother.

Deco details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement

Layla L'obatti of Between the Sheets NYC city hall elopement

Layla made the bouquet the morning of, with a mix of seasonal flowers, foliage, and white roses.

Deco details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement - Mac Red lipstick and liner, Tiffany's vase, deco detailed hand mirror

Layla L'obatti of Between the Sheets NYC city hall elopement

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets NYC city hall elopement

Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement - winter bridal bouquet & cab ride bride

Layla & Josh’s wedding – NYC City Hall Elopement

 

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets get married in NYC

DIY flower details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement - bouquet and boutonniere

DIY flower details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement - winter bridal bouquet

Layla & Josh Wedding - founders of Between the Sheets elope at NYC city hall

Yes, you totally get a number. It’s like the DMV only way prettier and nicer.

Layla L'obatti Between the Sheets bride holding bouquet at NYC city hall

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets get married in NYC

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets get married in NYC

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets get married in NYC

Layla & Josh wedding - an intimate NYC New Year's Eve city hall wedding

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets get married in NYC

Layla & Josh wedding - founders of Between the Sheets NYC city hall elopement

Layla & Josh – Newlyweds about town

Layla & Josh wedding - founders of Between the Sheets NYC brooklyn bridge wedding day

Layla & Josh wedding - founders of Between the Sheets in an intimate NYC city hall elopement on New Year's Eve

On the ride home, we were lucky enough to get a car that was partially empty – kismet!

an intimate NYC New Year's Eve elopement

Post-wedding brunch with friends in Astoria, followed later that day with an evening out in the NYC.

Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets NYC New Year's Eve elopment

Our officiant was super sweet – there is not much we can remember it felt so fast, but there was a hesitation with the kiss only bc the bride did not want to smear the groom’s face in red lipstick! (great for photo-ops, not for sealing vows)

To celebrate we took our friends out in the meatpacking district, and a brief photo (it was truly frigid out all day and particularly NYE when the temps were at or below freezing) in front of Chelsea Market where we met on our first date.

 Deco details of Layla & Josh's NYC New Year's Eve elopement
 Layla & Josh of Between the Sheets NYC New Year's Eve elopment

left: Isabela inspecting the flower arrangement, right: Mars eyeing some surprise gifts (he loves boxes in general)

Layla & Josh "Happily Ever After" spoons

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behind the scenes – Between the Sheets 2013 Holiday Pop up Shop

The month leading up to the holidays is always a whirlwind, and well ours lived up to that. We had a ton of merchandise restocked the week before and after thanksgiving (and we’re still working on more) Then we had a sample sale and this pop up start on the same day the week after Thanksgiving. The pop up lasted two weeks and was organized by alumni of Design Entrepreneurs NYC,a program for emerging designers funded by the NYCEDC, we were in the first class about a year ago! The pop-up boasted a whopping 30 designers in a ton of categories, and here’s a peek at our little Between the Sheets nook.

Pop up Shop – A look Behind the Scenes

Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

We went for a ski-chalet feel with faux sheepskin, warm browns,  faux everygreen/log printed fabric, and lots of little wood/snowy details – even electric tea lights to make a little faux fire!

Between the Sheets window display at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

Dressing up our window spot we played on the gold in our Leopard Play holiday collection with gold ornaments.

Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

It snowed both weekends we were at the pop-up, so the cozy decor definitely kept us feeling warm.

Come out and Play bikinis by Between the Sheets at DENYC pop up shop

Come out & Play bikinis, super soft and one of our best-sellers laid out on one of our faux sheepskins.

Basic play bralette and bikini by Between the Sheets at DENYC pop up shop

Basic Play bralette and bikini in front of that faux-realistic log backdrop which with an instagram filter looks even more realistic!

Between the Sheets window display at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

A view of our window display from the outside.

Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

Our core collection on the mannequin – Matchplay robe in heather grey and Basic Play underwear in Shade grey, a cozy combination.

Between the Sheets window display at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

We even brought a couple of holiday style pieces from our  Layla L’obatti for BTS Black Label collection, Arabesque in ruby pictured here.

Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

 

Designers & Friends

Layla L'obatti, lingerie designer & partner Josh Verleun

BTS founders – Layla & Josh getting cozy in our ski-lodge inspired booth and Layla rocking some new headgear from fellow DENYC Pop up designer Sunghee Bang, you can shop her collection here.

Layla L'obatti & Andrea Diodati  designers at DENYC pop up shop

Layla L’obatti, BTS girl and Andrea Diodati – our booths were right across from each other! You can find her collections here.

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Some cozy snowshoes were a must – it snowed twice during our pop-up!

Come out and Play bikinis by Between the Sheets at DENYC pop up shop

Layla L'obatti at DENYC pop up shop

Our other little friend from across the aisle, Solali, sweet baby of Melinda from Mirame swimwear, you can find her collection here.

Layla L'obatti of Between the Sheets at DENYC pop up shop

On the last day it was a little hard to say goodbye to the beautiful little nook, but we packed it up in a record 15 mins!

Decorating our Pop up Shop

Our booth didn’t come together overnight, with a sample sale overlapping the first weekend we had to split our energy so it wasn’t until the week that we got around to making our space feel like home, here’s a look at what a little window dressing can do for bare concrete!

Before/After - Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

BTS DIY Wooden Signs – logo and social media

I’m a big fan of pinterest as a resource – I use it more often for crafty projects so a quick search yielded a great DIY sign via: Christina’s Adventures

Here for your reference, supplies total around $10 and can be found at a hardware store, You’ll need:

  • liquid nails
  • wooden shims (we used 2 packs of 12″ wooden shims for our larger sign, 1 pack for the smaller)
  • wood stain & white or light colored paint

DIY wood painted sign for Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

As Christina suggested, I used cans as an easy way to hold down the shims as the liquid nails was drying. Notice the fashionable WWD news is our dropcloth!

DIY wood painted sign for Between the Sheets lingerie booth at DENYC pop up shop Holiday 2013

From top left clockwise: Liquid nails and can weights, dried and hardened shims with stain applied, stencil printout laid over dried/stained wood for tracing, painting in between the lines.

DIY wood painted sign for Between the Sheets lingerie booth

sign number one: our logo. As I was painting I laid out the stencil in front as a reference just in case my tracing wasn’t crystal clear I could see what it was supposed to look like. Note: I broke off jagged edges on the the thinner end of the shims to give this sign a more weathered look.

 

DIY wood painted sign for Between the Sheets lingerie booth

sign number two: our social handle and icons

DIY wood painted sign for Between the Sheets lingerie booth

Our DIY wooden sign in action at our Pop up Shop booth!

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event – Between the Sheets Pop Up Shop in NYC

Between the Sheets Pop up Shop

 

Design Entrepreneurs & Stonehenge Present BESTOW
a holiday pop-up shop benefitting New York Cares

Between the Sheets pop up shop

Between the Sheets Pop up Shop in NYC – Dec 6th-15th!

We’re super thrilled to be working alongside 30 other emerging designers to raise money for New York Cares and to be selling our Made in NYC wares this holiday. We can’t wait to meet some of our New York fans in person and will be offering little perks like free gift wrapping and 15% discounts to those who subscribe to our email list (if you’re already a subscriber just show us an email on your phone or print out!)

Not in NYC? Don’t be blue! You can still follow all of the excitedment on twitter, instagram, and facebook with the #DENYCpopup! And don’t forget we ship free internationally*!

ps. Fun fact – We were part of the first class to graduate from the City & FIT [Fashion Institute of Technology] sponsored program.

For more details on other designers participating and the organizations involved click the flyer below to go to event’s page:

 

*free international shipping excludes clearance items 50% or more

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Between the Sheets – NYC lingerie sample sale

Showroom NY - Between the Sheets sample sale

 

We’re having our second NYC lingerie sample sale EVER and it’s gonna be a big one – we’ve launched a ton of new collections this year and so our “classics” from the last 3 years are now discontinued – we’ve also got a lot of bits and bobs that didn’t make it into inventory that we gathered up for this blowout 2 day only sale!

Come visit us and 5 other designers later this week for some sweet deals!

Showroom NY

262 W 38th st Suite #506 (btwn 7th & 8th ave)

11am-7pm Dec 5th-6th

 

ps. If you can’t make it to NYC keep an eye out for a spring cleaning sale early next year – since we offer free shipping and our back end doesn’t allow for exceptions we can’t afford to do the same offers online just yet but we’re looking into perhaps an Etsy hosted sample sale with a flat rate shipping for domestic & international – if you’re interested let us know what you think in the comments!

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