OK, I’m REALLY excited for this one guys….I’m so happy to show off a very special wedding! Wanna know why? Because Robin and I went to elementary school together (or was it middle school? Who can remember anymore??!?!) Its been such a pleasure to see her rise in the ranks as a wedding photographer in her own right, so I wish Robin and Carly all the best!
Carly and I weren’t originally planning on having a formal wedding. We couldn’t resist the gorgeous rooftop garden and the 1930’s speakeasy-style bar at the McKittrick Hotel, site of Sleep No More, an off-broadway interactive theatre experience. Since I also frequently photograph weddings, I had lots of ideas on how to keep my ceremony and party simple and cut out unnecessary stresses and expenses. I didn’t want a huge wedding dress, I wanted something simple, elegant, and timeless, so I chose an Alice and Olivia maxi dress in a bone color. I bought $24 red with gold detail vintage shoes and a leather clutch from Etsy to go with the leather detail in my dress. Carly bought a deep red GANT jacket and paired it with gray pants and Ben Sherman shoes. We tried to stick to a color scheme of reds, off-whites, gold and navy, which felt very fall to us.
We’ve been together for five years and have lots of mutual friends and family in the area. Since our plan was to move to Los Angeles this winter, we wanted to have a big New York party with our friends and family and get legally married in the amazing city where we met and fell in love.
We hired the wonderful Jessie Blum to help us construct our personal ceremony complete with our own meaningful vows and chosen quotes. I also made sure we had Kelly Kollar, a friend and colleague, there to flawlessly photograph the day.
The space is so beautiful, we didn’t need to add much in the way of decorations. Our friends made the flags for our ceremony and added colorful mason jars. I also had an illustrator, Rosa Middleton, do the drawing of myself and Carly for display at the wedding. We served mulled wine at the outdoor ceremony and provided wool blankets for anyone who was feeling chilly. We had a violin player there as guests arrived. After the noon ceremony we continued inside where we had an amazing band perform. We decided to have a buffet style lunch and a candy bar with jars filled with our immediate family members candy along with stamped bags.
We chose not to do anything formally at the reception. Our best friends gave short toasts, we danced spontaneously with our family and with each other and the last hour of the reception, after the band was done, we put on an ipod full of dance music. After our lunch reception, we continued on to our karaoke after-party. For me, it was the perfect wedding and a day neither of us will ever forget.
[images from Kelly Kollar]
If you haven’t been to BLDG 92 in the Brooklyn Navy Yards yet, you should definitely look it up as a potential wedding venue, because its pretty damn awesome (as these photos can attest). Its got the rustic, its got the modern, and this couple really worked both in perfectly.
Wedding Planner: Leah Cowper
Ceremony and Reception: the first ever wedding at BLDG 92
at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Alterations: Luli’s Bridal
Flowers: Friend of the Couple
Cake Topper: Maid of Honor (Bride’s sister)
Event Design: Groom’s Mom
Seating Chart, Place Cards, Table Numbers, and Signs: Sarah, Sam, Sarah’s sister and mother
[images from Isabelle Selby]
Isabelle Selby is a sponsor of Brooklyn Bride
From the bride:
Paul and I met at a show where the band he was tour managing, and the band I was working with, were playing together. The meeting was brief but he struck me as warm and kind, making sure that our friends were taken care of with goodies from backstage while still running around looking after his band. Our second, proper meeting was after an Arcade Fire show that I went to with my friends, one of whom proposed meeting up with their friend Paul at a bar afterwards as he had a bit of a layover in town while on tour. This series of events kicked off our whole wonderful, exciting journey together, and three and a half years later, we were planning a wedding! Our ceremony was held at the beautiful Church of the Transfiguration, an amazing, historic church in Manhattan. We had a dinner primarily for the families and out-of-towners at Dos Caminos. We had a large number of family and friends flying in from far-away lands, especially with Paul’s immediate family all living in Ireland; what better way is there to thank the Irish than with Mexican food? It’s safe to say that we turned a great deal of people on to guacamole that night! After dinner, we packed friends and (adventurous) family into Bowery Electric for the cake cutting and some live music and dancing. We were so excited to have Charm City Cakes (of Ace of Cakes fame) create our most delicious dream wedding cake, complete with mini piñata cake topper. My 10 year old self would have been super stoked to know that I had a smores-flavored cake at my wedding. Mariachi El Bronx played an awesome set while the movie “Purple Rain” was projected on the wall next to them, and then Gogol Bordello jumped on stage to play a couple songs (one of which being a cover from one of Paul’s favorite bands, Clutch, who were also in attendance – Paul turned into a teenage fan-boy when the singer jumped onstage to finish the song with them). The wedding was what I always wanted it to be. Us.
Makeup & Hair Stylist: Jackie Schneider Beauty
Floral Designer: Floresta
Reception Venue: The Bowery Electric
Dress Store: Lovely Bridal Shop
Cake Designer: Charm City Cakes
[images from Brandon Chesbro]
Its hard to not love this wedding, with its ultra bright colors and rainbow bridesmaids…every bit is perfection!
From the bride:
It’s safe to say I am not the kind of girl who has been dreaming about her wedding since she was six. So when we started planning, we didn’t really come into it with a vision, except that we wanted our wedding to be a great party. I wanted it to be bright, beautiful, and full of color, music, love, and joy. And we wanted to get to enjoy our friends and family for longer than just the 8 hours of the wedding. We were so fortunate to come across the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, which made all of that possible, and also just happens to be the coolest hotel on the planet. And every single one of our vendors was unbelievable. “Vendor” doesn’t seem like the right word at all; Wonderful-People-Who-Made-Our-Wedding-Amazing is probably better.
I like to think of myself as non-traditional, but I came to see that the process of planning a wedding shows you which traditions do matter to you, and which don’t. We didn’t do a cake or a bouquet toss, but the ceremony was really important to us. We asked a dear friend to marry us, which was the best idea ever, and the three of us basically wrote the ceremony together, which made it feel completely ours. By far the most important and memorable moment of the wedding was when we read the vows that we had written for each other. In the end I felt like we had taken this ritual and made it a very personal expression of who we are as individuals and as a couple, and it could not have been more perfect.
My number one piece of advice is to get a coordinator. We hired Courtney as a month-of coordinator, but she was available to answer our questions via email from the moment we hired her and there is NO question that we could not have done it without her. She was 100% on top of everything, and it just gave me complete peace of mind and let me actually enjoy the day. Although there were definitely moments of stress throughout the planning process, I ended up being completely relaxed once it all began. I really had no idea how incredibly joyful an experience it would be, and having someone there to handle all of the logistics left us free to enjoy the moment. My other advice is not to scrimp on your photographers. As you can see from these pictures, ours were INCREDIBLE, and looking at their pictures is like reliving the whole experience all over again. You honestly can’t put a price on that, so whatever you pay for a great photographer will be a bargain in the long run. And finally (and everyone will tell you this but it’s worth repeating), just enjoy! Focus on what matters, which is the two of you. Stick together, enjoy every second, and it will be perfect in all the ways that matter.
Photographer: Jesse, Whitney, & Jenn from Our Labor of Love
DJ: Smiles Davis via The Flashdance
Planner: Courtney Tibbets, After the Engagement
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs, CA
Florist: Primary Petals
Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Desserts by Ace Hotel (King’s Highway
Caterer: Ace Hotel (King’s Highway Restaurant)
Linens: Provided by the Ace Hotel
Lighting: Classic Party Rentals
• Invitations & menus: Wedding Paper Divas
• Place cards & table numbers: e.m. papers
• Programs: Wide Eyes Design
Bride’s Gown: Garbo by Elizabeth Fillmore (via Kleinfeld Bridal)
Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry:
• Hair accessory: LoBoheme
• Earrings: BHLDN
Hair Stylist: Christine Choi
Makeup Artist: Flor Hunt (bridesmaid J)
Bride’s Shoes: Miss Albright (from Anthropologie)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth and BHLDN
Groom’s Attire: Suit: Jones New York; Tie: Nordstrom; Custom cufflinks
(his wedding gift – they were both maps, one of the spot where we met, and
one of the spot where we were getting married): Uncommon Goods
Groomsmen Attire: Suits: their own; Ties: Nordstrom
[images from Our Labor of Love]