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!
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!
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
Paper décor: Devra Party
Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals
Food + dessert: Landhaus
[images from Jennifer Czyborra & Brian Park]
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.
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.
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]
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!
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!!
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]
How chic are these two?? I love how the florals are super simple, with lots of greenery for the bouquets and minimal white and gold for the reception. So modern and clean!
From the bride:
We loved our big day. We felt overwhelmed with gratitude for the (ridiculous) amount of love and support from our local community. It was so fun to throw a wedding where old and new friends left their mark on every detail of the day – everything from the custom-made bow tie for the groom to the magic photo location where restaurateur friends popped open their champagne to host our guests during photos.
The venue was very special to us as well (and a real labor of love). Justin spent the past year as a project manager, opening The Source, an artisan food market that occupies a former 1880’s brick foundry that houses a collective of food artisans and retailers offering everything from craft cocktails to freshly baked bread, street tacos to contemporary flower arrangements. Acorn hit the dinner and cocktails out of the park (we were told by more than half the guests it was the best wedding dinner they had ever had), one of the groomsmen DJed and got everyone on the dance floor (even Gram & Gramps!), and we made our get-away on Justin’s 1962, cherry red Vespa.
Photography: Our Love Is Loud
Floral: Beet & Yarrow
Caterer: Acorn at The Source
Day of Coordination: Hey! Party Collective
Video: Shot by Other Worldly Productions, Edited by Cate Croft
Portrait Photo Location: The Populist
Tux: The Black Tux
Grooms Bow Tie: Primary Ties
Hair: Clementine’s Boutique
Design: The Kin Collective
[images from Our Love Is Loud]