Real wedding: Brooke + Josh


A $4000 wedding in New York City IS possible people!!  And for 50 people no less!

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Brooke did her own flowers…how gorgeous is her bouquet?

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From the photographer:

Brooke and Josh originally met in 2009, but after a few dates, a relationship failed to materialize and they lost contact. Two years later, the couple met again and it was love-at-second-sight. They’ve been inseparable ever since, even after Josh took off for grad school in DC, then to Iowa for political work.

After Brooke finished her PhD at Columbia in spring 2014, she was offered a position at UCSD, and the couple decided to get hitched on the East Coast before making the move to California. Of course, with school recently finished and their move upcoming, these Brooklynites wanted to keep expenses to a minimum and put together a DIY wedding in NYC for under $4000! The critics said it couldn’t be done, but Brooke and Josh don’t listen to critics. They managed to pull off the wedding under budget, and even composed their own kickass ceremony from scratch.

On August 9th, they held a 50 person ceremony and reception in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at Troost, a hip little cafe with a beautiful backyard garden. Flowers and place settings were prepared by Brooke.

[images from Bryan Sargent]

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Real wedding: Tiffany + Paul

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From the photographer:

Modern weddings in contemporary art museums don’t come along very often for me. As a photographer in Georgia, I see mostly more vintage, rustic weddings that are amazingly beautiful, but Tiffany and Paul’s wedding was an awesome breath of fresh air and new inspiration for me! The bride and groom live in Brooklyn but married in Atlanta at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Museum.

Endless white space and brightly colored flowers, a ceremony underneath the old steel beams from the museum’s former 1920s industrial warehouse days… and my favorite, the studio spaces in the back courtyard that looked like a color-blocked motel set from an old movie. And of course, the best part of all: Tiffany and Paul’s tenderness with each other. I’m honored to have been a part of everything.
Photographer:  Krista Turner Photography//Floral Designer: Adaptation Floral Design//Event Venue: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center//Caterer: Epic Events//Other: Lesley Ware//Cake Designer: Metrotainment Bakery//Event Planner: Southern Hospitality Event Group//

[images from Krista Turner Photography]

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Real wedding: Anthony + Rusty

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It’s not every day that the team at Martha Stewart Weddings gets to put on a Broadway inspired wedding in Brooklyn, but thanks to the wedding of their special projects editor, Anthony, to his partner of 16 years, it became a reality!  Everything was super chic from the customized decals to the personalized vodka-soda favors with labels designed by MSW editorial director, Darcy Miller.  These images are just a little taste of the day and since there are so many other great details, be sure to head over to Martha Stewart Weddings and see the rest!

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The backdrop was made of cut paper to mimic the pattern of the wallpaper…its a great way to tie-in decor elements.

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How delicious do these twin chocolate cakes by Sylvia Weinstock Cakes look??

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It’s not a wedding without an appearance by Martha Stewart!

And check out the video Switzerfilm did…they shot all throughout the day and live-edited it so it was ready to debut at the end of the evening for guests.

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Check out the rest of the images over at Martha Stewart Weddings!

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Real wedding: Jenny + Todd

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I absolutely love what this couple did for their location…who knew you could rent out a rooftop space on AirBnB for your wedding??

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From the bride:

When my husband and I wed, we knew we wanted more of a celebration than a wedding. We decided to plan everything ourselves on a small budget and focus the bulk of our money where it mattered. I ended up booking a large artist space with a rooftop in South Brooklyn through AirBnB that my family and friends helped set up. We saved a lot by DIYing decorations such as tissue paper pom poms, coasters for wedding favors, and spray painted bottles with flowers as the center piece.

With about 100 people, we knew catering would be expensive nightmare. We were so lucky that our friend offered to cater the wedding and another offered to do the desserts. We had our friend focus on entrees and some special hors d’oeuvres and we also ordered a few appetizers and sides from Whole Foods. Our other friend prepared vegan, gluten free and regular cupcakes for our guests. Plus, we got fruit and 60+ french macaroons from Trader Joes!

The biggest hit was the Doritos Bar (my husband’s idea) and the scotch and cigar bar (my idea). Our guests went crazy looking at all the different Doritios flavors we had. Big tip: I reached out to the people at Frito Lay and told a representative about our idea for a wedding Dortios Bar. She ended up sending me 15 coupon vouchers that pretty much paid for the whole thing.

Our friend who made the cupcakes, Kristin, surprised us with marshmallows, custom printed with Instagram photos from Boomf. The guests were wowed by them and loved taking bite out of our photos.

Obviously, when planning our wedding we had to include our dog Whoopi. She was definitely the mascot of the party that everyone wanted to take a picture with.

To round out the night, two of our friends DJ’ed the reception and tables ended up getting pushed out of the way to make a bigger dance floor. It ended up being the best wedding we never knew we wanted!


Photography: Priyanca Rao
Dress: Reformation
Bride’s Shoes: Converse
Suite: My Suit
Groom’s Shoes: ASOS
Flowers: Farmers Market + DIY paper flowers
Caterer: Carlos Vallera
Cupcakes: Kristin Ratcliffe
Videographer: Frank Cunha at Taking the Plunge Films
Engagement Rings: Collin and Jessica Stark
Instagram marshmallows: Boomf

[images from Priyanca Rao]

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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!


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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