Real wedding: Cristin + Conor

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As a second marriage for both Cristin and Conor, it was important that the day be filled with close friends, family, and 15 KIDS(!) in a laid-back setting.  Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk ended up being the perfect place to celebrate!

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From the bride:

This was a second marriage for both of us and so we wanted to really do things right. When we thought about planning, we knew we wanted to get married in a beautiful, laidback place surrounded by our close family and friends for a whole weekend. We’ve both spent summers in Montauk, so it was the first place to come to mind as the perfect background for our “summer-camp-by-the-sea.”

We’ve seen a lot of changes over the years in Montauk, but one really great addition has been Ruschmeyer’s. Its sophisticated style and chilled out charm suited us perfectly. Ruschmeyer’s courtyard was the ideal magic-hour backdrop for our vows and photos. And it made a perfect playground for our 15 guests under 15 to run around while their parents danced to Braincloud, the honky-tonkin’est swing band this side of the Rio Grande.

And yes, you read that right – 15 kids were at our wedding. We wanted to make sure that the weekend was as much fun for Conor’s daughter, Clancy, and his son, Finnegan as it was for us. They both played huge roles in the wedding; Finnegan took his job of walking me down the aisle very seriously and Clancy led the way down the aisle with rose petals and happiness – you can see her beaming throughout all our photos.

Dinner, prepared by Roy Wahlers and his magical team of chefs, was nothing short of heaven. Oh and forget a wedding cake. Pies! Lots and lots of Pies!

VENDORS

Venue: Ruschmeyers
Flowers: Flowers by Beth
Photo: Brookelyn Photography
Bride’s Dress: Delphine Manivet
Groom’s Suit: JCrew
Hair: Erin Taylor
Make-up: Kelli Bartlett

[images from Brookelyn Photography]

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Real wedding: Jennifer + Daniel

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Since its still feeling a bit summery here in Brooklyn, it makes sense to show off this beautiful wedding with a super chic couple, stylish bridal party, and an amazing ceremony location of the waterfront.

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From the bride:

From the start, Dan and I knew we wanted a wedding that captured us, no matter how many classic traditions we had to break to achieve it.  We wanted to keep it an intimate affair with a relaxed, romantic and fun vibe. We envisioned a big party that just happened to be celebrating our love for one another.
Dan and I went to high school together, but this isn’t a high school sweetheart love story.  We went through four years of school with mutual friends but never really met or spoke.  It wasn’t until we came home from college for a friend’s party that we reconnected and I knew I was going to marry this man.  It took seven years, but once he finally got down on one knee and popped the question I didn’t have to think twice before saying yes.
Almost immediately after saying yes, I had appointments to look at venues. We looked at a few “banquet hall” type of venues and quickly decided that those didn’t really represent us.  In came Galapagos Art Space, a cultural arts venue located in Dumbo, Brooklyn which features island seating on a 1,600 square foot lake. The venue has a romantic yet industrial and relaxed vibe and from the second we stepped in we knew this was the place.  Not to mention Dumbo is, in my opinion, one of the most romantic neighborhoods in New York with its cobble stone streets, views of the Manhattan skyline and the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park (which we decided to hold our ceremony in).  We couldn’t have made up a more perfect setting to celebrate our love!
Silver Arrow Band did an amazing job capturing us through music (we are a big music couple) and I don’t think there was a second that the stage was empty!  Danielle from Danielle Robinson Photography and Chris from Mint Cinematography captured every second so perfectly that I have been looking at the photos and videos on repeat since the wedding.
It was a day we will never forget and we are so impressed with everyone involved for making the day as perfect as we could have ever imagined that we wanted to submit the wedding to different blogs to make sure every vendor could get the credit they deserved! Not to mention, we have an incredible group of family and friends that just reinforced how lucky we were to be marrying into such great company.
It was truly a magical day that I don’t think we will ever be able to top (but we certainly will try!)

VENDORS

Photographer:  Danielle Robinson Photography//Caterer: Bassett Caterers//Makeup Artist: Beauty With Grace//Shoes: Bobbie’s Paris//Ceremony Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park//Headpiece Designer: Doloris Petunia//Reception Venue: Galapagos Art Space//Officiant:Matt Loter//Cinema and Video: Mint Wedding Cinematography//Bakery: Momofuku Milk Bar//Dress Designer: Reem Acra//Band: Silver Arrow Band//Shoes: Steve Madden//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Topman//Veils and headpieces: Veiled Beauty//Bakery: Whole Foods Market Floral//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: ZARA//

[images from Danielle Robinson Photography]

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Real wedding: Anna + Daniel

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This wedding was not only super chic with amazing views, but took the traditional idea of a seated reception and flipped it on its head by turning it into a fabulous cocktail party!

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From the bride:

We knew we wanted a simple wedding, so we decided to strip it down to its essence and just throw a fun cocktail party with our closest family and friends. Our venue was a really unique photography studio in midtown Manhattan called Gary’s Loft, which is furnished with all kinds of vintage furniture and props used for shoots (including a fake bathroom set that we ended up using as our bar!). That meant we didn’t need to add flower arrangements, elaborate decorations, or even extra tables or chairs. With just a few candles, the loft was beautiful on its own, and our guests could explore and mingle in the space in a way that fit the relaxed vibe we were going for.

Our ceremony took place on the roof deck of the loft, with the nearby Empire State Building acting as the most stunning backdrop we could have imagined. We decided to make our entrance together and walk down the “aisle” as a couple. We also chose to speak our vows to each other without using a microphone. Although most of our guests couldn’t hear us, many people told us afterwards that watching our faces during that moment felt more intensely personal than hearing our words.

For the cocktail portion of the evening, we hired Landhaus, a caterer that runs the kitchen at the popular Brooklyn bar The Woods. They put together an awesome, informal “floating supper” of passed bites, which included Landhaus’ famous maple bacon sticks, miniature pastrami sandwiches and lobster rolls, clam chowder, fluke ceviche, and crab (the seafood was all fresh from the caterer’s family business in Maine). We asked a couple of talented friends to DJ and let the rest of the night take its course. Luckily, the venue staff was very understanding and didn’t make us stop dancing on the roof until 2am. It really was the best party we’d ever been to!

VENDORS

Bride’s dress: J. Mendel
Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s suit: J. Crew
Hair stylist: Laura Mitchell
Makeup artist (friend of the couple): Anne Kohlhagen
Venue: Gary’s Loft
Planner: Big Juicy Events
Photographers (friends of the couple): Jennifer Czyborra & Brian Park
Invitations: Minted
Paper décor: Devra Party
Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals
Food + dessert: Landhaus

[images from Jennifer Czyborra & Brian Park]

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Real wedding: Emily + Jamie

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Emily & Jamie met in high school, so this was a wedding a long time in the making, filled with friends, family and love!  Making it less formal by hosting it at their favorite restaurant definitely gave it a more party feel.

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How do you sum up the best day of your life?
-good food, good wine, good friends, good family, good music, lots of love (and a good photographer)

We decided to have our wedding in one of our favorite places to eat and drink and keep it small so it would feel more like a dinner party. We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better venue and the staff was amazing.  A lot of our friends and family donated their artistic abilities to us and helped create the look and feel that day which made it even more special.

My wife and I met in high school and reconnected years later in Los Angeles so a lot of our guests were from back home which was great. Watching so many people who hadn’t met before the wedding become friends that night was one of our favorite things to see.

VENDORS

Photographer – Jennifer Emerling
Cake – The Fancy Boyz
Photo Booth – Flipbooth
Venue and catering – Barbrix
DJ – Shelby Chestnut
Coordinator – Chelsea Oliver
Florist – Linda Van Bergen and Chelsea Oliver
Hair/Makeup – Lindsey Burwell
Live Music – Dameon Lee
Invitations – Katie Mantle
Jewelry – Natalie Scott
Wedding Dress – Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Wedding Suit – Stella McCartney
Bride’s Shoes – Willie’s Shoe Service
Bouquets and Boutonierres – Clementine Floral Works
Hotel for wedding party and out of towners – Ace Hotel

[images from Jennifer Emerling]

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Real wedding: Erin + Brad

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I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of a good 501 Union wedding in Brooklyn…this one is super chic, stylish and minimal, just the way I like it!

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From the bride:

Erin and Brad wanted to find a space that reflected their personality and style and would allow for the wedding and reception to be held in the same location. 501 Union was the perfect venue; it was only a few miles from their apartment and it had an industrial but polished, chic aesthetic. The space was quintessentially “Brooklyn” and with its location, it gave them the opportunity to show their friends and out of town guests the vibe of their neighborhood and lives in NYC.

The couple began their day in the bridal and groom suites at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge. They headed over to Brooklyn Bridge Park for first reveal and photos their families and the wedding party. The ceremony was held at dusk in the venue’s garden area which provided an airy outdoor ambiance. For the cocktail hour, the guests moved into the lounge for drinks and stepped outside to enjoy tasty bites from Tribeca Tacos food truck. Brad and Erin took photos  on the Union Street bridge over the Gowanus Canal and then headed back to enjoy food and drinks with the guests. Following cocktail hour, dinner was held in the gallery space. Once the wedding formalities were over, the party really kicked off. With awesome music, an instant photo booth and lively guests, the wedding became a celebration to remember.

Thanks to their wedding team, friends and families, Erin and Brad had the awesome day that they hoped for!!

VENDORS

Venue – 501 Union
Planner – Hollis Scarborough with Silvercreek Events and Design
DJ – MD music and Entertainment (Matty Stuart)
Photography –  Golden Hour Studios
Photo Booth – The Booth photo and video
Catering – Govinda’s Vegetarian Brooklyn (Satya Hadra)
Officiant – John Furste (The River NYC)
Cocktail Hour – TriBeCa Taco Truck

[images from Golden Hour Studios]

 

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