Modern vineyard wedding: Nina + Paul

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Now this is my kinda wedding!  A modern take on the vineyard wedding that was relaxed and full of color…not a pastel in sight!  It doesn’t hurt when your sister-in-law is the fabulous Denise Fasanello and you’re super crafty…lots of inspiration in this one so scroll down for more.

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From the bride:

We wanted a fun, relaxed wedding where everyone could enjoy themselves, especially us. For decor, we wanted tons and tons of color, as we aren’t really pastel people. Luckily my sister-in-law just happens to be a flower designer. Her name is Denise Fasanello, and she is a flower genius. She knew exactly what I was talking about when I said lush and colorful, and was able to take my vague ideas and make them into gorgeous table arrangements and a bouquet to die for. We also had an incredible photographer, Sasithon Pooviriyakul, who was able to capture so many beautiful moments, and kept us relaxed and having fun the whole day.

I did a lot of crafts — it was a great way to relax and put my energy into something creative, fun and personal. I made large paper flowers, composition book name cards, a cork heart, map table numbers, and even learned how to emboss to make tags for the honey bear favors we gave everyone. My sister-in-law and my mom help me gather and/or paint all different kinds of turquoise vases for the tables.

We also decided not to hire a DJ and instead planned all the music ourselves (Paul is a musician so he was excited at the excuse to purchase the speakers and subwoofer!) It was a wonderful way to bond during the wedding planning process and it felt like we were creating a special mix tape for our guests. Also, that way we didn’t run the risk of hearing any songs we didn’t love.

It’s funny how things we didn’t plan for made the day so much better. For example, we were going to have a freestanding chuppah but it was so windy we had to have four of our friends hold it for us. It made our ceremony that much more personal and celebratory.
VENDORS

Venue: Laurel Lake Vineyards, Laurel, NY
Photography: Sasithon Photography
Flowers: Denise Fasanello Flowers
Caterer: Russ Moran Catering
Dress: Suzanne Neville, purchased at Wedding Atelier
Shoes: Seychelles
Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker London
Rings: Elleven Jewelry
Earrings: Kate Spade
Hair: Eileen Sheppard
Makeup: Stacie Ford
Invitations: Love vs. Design

[images from Sasithon Photography]

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Real wedding: Nami + Stephen

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Whats not to love about a modern wedding with fresh colorful florals & great location?  To top it off, the brides dress is simply stunning…its a winner all around!

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From the bride:

We got married at Andaz on Fifth Avenue on a beautiful spring day. Andaz is unique as it has these four distinct areas: a ceremony space with a library feel, an intimate bar, a dining room overlooking the public library and an integrated cocktail and kitchen area where guests can watch food being prepared. And it’s in the middle of Manhattan! I wore a silk dress with a feather in my hair. Sarah Brysk Cohen from Blossom and Branch made me an incredible spring flower bouquet – a bright, colorful and intricate design – as well as the arrangements on our tables: two very long tables covered in Moroccan lanterns, candles in antique gold votives and various silver and gold vases holding blue thistle, spray roses, anemones, ranunculus and other extraordinary flowers.

VENDORS

Flowers by Blossom & Branch
Photos by Maggie Marguerite Studios
Hair and make-up by Amanda Natov
Venue is Andaz (speak to wendy:wendy.amsterdam@andaz.com)

[images from Maggie Marguerite Studios ]

Blossom & Branch is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Real wedding: Valerie + Lukasz

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This wedding was truly a great marriage of modern & vintage, pairing a stark white space with industrial details to warm it up.  Very beautiful and chic all at the same time.

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The Armadillo

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This bride and groom had a very specific style that paired a modern, clean canvas with antique details like wire birdcages, edison bulbs, raw material edges, and mismatched silverware. Their industrial chic wedding at Park Studios featured dramatic curtains of bistro lights and bare bulbs, corrugated metal vases, mixed metal flatware, and airplant accents. We also helped to curate a quirky collection of curiosities that included a turn-of-the-century bicycle, salvaged ship pulleys, wire dress forms, sun-bleached antlers, and a stuffed armadillo. Yes, an armadillo.

All signage and paper goods featured hand-drawn illustrations and designs mounted on sheets of metal, which we painstakingly patina’d and sanded to get just the right degree of distress. Ceremony programs were bound using the same thin gun-metal wire used in the guests’ Save the Dates and Invitations. The bridal party and dinner table florals included hydrangeas, lavender thistles, dusty miller, juniper berries, berries, and ivory garden roses, all wrapped in metal wire to complement the paper goods.

VENDORS

Location: Park Studios in Manhattan
Photographer: Photo Pink
Photobooth: Oh Snap! Smile
DJ: DJ Gatsby
Planner: Sarah Pease at Brilliant Events
Catering: Marcey Brownstein
Event design & paper goods: Tinsel & Twine

[images from Photo Pink]

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Real City Hall wedding: Mira + Ricardo

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Such an adorable, intimate City Hall wedding with a celebration amongst friends in Brooklyn….kinda perfect, right?

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“Ricardo and I wanted to spend our wedding day celebrating with our close friends, and visiting places that were special and meaningful to us.  We also wanted to keep the celebration rolling after our early afternoon ceremony into the evening. We had an intimate, heartwarming ceremony with a handful of our friends at the iconic City Hall in Manhattan.

We live in Brooklyn, had our first few dates there, and wanted to celebrate half of the day at locations where our relationship began.  After the ceremony, we headed to Fort Greene and visited spots like where we had our first kiss and our favorite restaurants. Putnam’s Clinton Hill pub was a local haunt of mine and I had invited Ricardo there on our second date. It was a great place to relax with our friends before the party, eat a few bites and of course share some celebratory drinks.

Later in the evening, we hosted a small reception for 40 people in Williamsburg at the Nighthawk Cinema Café. The expert bartender poured specialty cocktails for our guests.  Everyone enjoyed great music and delicious appetizers. The intimate room allowed us to talk and laugh with our friends.

It was a slightly overcast cloudy day, but the lighting allowed our photographer, Miho to capture so many wonderful moments. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day.”

Venue: Nitehawk Cinema
Hotel: NU Hotel
Bar: Putnam’s Pub
Flower: Kat Flower
Makeup and Hair: Theo Kogan (Armour Beauty)
Cake: One Girl Cookies

[images from Miho Aikawa]

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Real elopement: Suzanna + Nick

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I love the idea of a guerrilla-style wedding at one of the most magical places in NYC: the Metropolitan Museum of Art!  Would have loved to have stumbled onto that quick ceremony.  More details below…

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Nick and Suzanna swiftly led us through the maze of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the location they’d selected a few weeks before. A ten-minute ceremony, a kiss, and a signature. Done. Married. No permission, no permits, no catering decisions.  Absent-mind museum-goers stopped in their tracks as they grasped what they’d stumbled upon. Many paused to watch from afar and applauded timidly as the newlyweds kissed. I waited for the security guard in the corner to interrupt, but as long as we didn’t try to walk off with the Lichtenstein, no one seemed to mind; sitting on the staircase appears to be a much bigger offense in The Met than a little guerrilla wedding ceremony!

Suzanna on Lichtenstein’s Stepping Out: “We wanted a contemporary piece that resonated with us. It does. It’s about love and the complexities therein without being too simple or too dark. There is a balance and truthfulness in the piece that, I think, struck a cord with both of us. Also, it just looks really cool and very much meets our aesthetic.”

Suzanna asked her mom to send her the bracelet and her dad for one of his handkerchiefs to complete her Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. Her father included an arrowhead and a silver dollar minted the year he and her mother were married, all of which she held during the ceremony. 

[images from Buena Lane Photography]

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