Real Brooklyn wedding: Nora + Clay

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I sometimes think I have a sixth sense when it comes to picking out weddings of architects….maybe its because I’m married to one?  They’re always my favorite when it comes to stylish detailing, and Nora & Clay’s may be my ultimate fav!  I just can’t get over that lush bouquet!!

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From the bride:

Clay and I met in architecture school, so we naturally leaned toward DIY when it came to planning our wedding. We were excited to put together a fun weekend to share our beloved Brooklyn with our family and friends. The various activities and events took us through some of favorite BK spots, including Frankies, Smorgasburg, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Smack Mellon, where we capped the weekend celebration.We designed all of the graphics and paper goods and planned out the space design over some late-night studio work sessions at home. It was a true collaborative design project to put all the pieces together!On the day of, we had a talented crew of friends and family who helped make all our design planning a reality. The team at Emily Thompson Flowers worked with us to create the most stunning personal flowers, in addition to supplying beautiful stems and pear branches which our friends cut and arranged. Our friends also took on setting up the outdoor Pebble Beach ceremony and the Smack Mellon reception to create spaces exactly as we envisioned! From filling each balloon, to tying the handmade table number tags, to setting up the candles, flowers, and totes…this was truly a labor of love.We were lucky enough to work with some truly incredible vendors who were all immensely kind, talented, and just all-around-wonderful people: Chef Rossi and The Raging Skillet helped us create a unique and delicious multi-ethnic menu to reflect our cultural backgrounds (Swedish, Korean, and Midwestern); Isabelle Selby captured the day beautifully; and DJ Rob Kelley with 74 Events created one of the best dance parties we have ever experienced! The best part of the whole weekend was bringing together our loved ones from all facets of our lives, seeing them meet one another and have a great time together celebrating and dancing the night away.

Photographer:  Isabelle Selby Photography//DJ: 74 Events//Fashion Designer: Brooklyn Tailors//Jewelry: Catbird//Floral Designer: Emily Thompson Flowers//Makeup & Hair Stylist: Jackie Schneider Beauty//Musicians: Katy Frame//Bakery: Momofuku Milk Bar//Dress Designer: Saja//Event Venue: Smack Mellon//Event Planner: The Handmade Event//Caterer: The Raging Skillet

[images from Isabelle Selby Photography]

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Real wedding: Britney + Lee

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I think chic hotel weddings are just the best.  They’re intimate, have lots of style, and sometimes, even have a special celebrity guest…see if you can spot him!

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From the photographer:

Lee is a successful booking agent for AM Only representing American musicians. He discovered the very popular DJ Skrillex and made “Billboard’s 40 under 40” last year. Britney is a fun loving girl who works in PR.  These Williamsburg Brooklyn residents got ready at the modern and glamorous Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue where they took portraits on the roof around the pool with a 1940s pinup tile mosaic.  Britney and Lee then cabbed it over to the Manhattan Penthouse where they had and intimate ceremony followed by a fun reception with views of the Manhattan skyline.


Photographer: Khaki Bedford
Second Shooter: Sarina
Getting Ready Venue: Gansevoort Park
Ceremony Venue: Manhattan Penthouse
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Shoes: Miu Miu
Bridesmaids Dresses, Groom and Groomsmens’ Suits: J.Crew
Rings: catbird and Greenwich Jewelers
Bride’s Clutch: Edie Parker
Hair: DreamDry
Make-up: Daniel Alvarez
Officiant: Marry Us Caroline
Band: Around Town Entertainment
Menus and print materials: Corie Verron
Flowers: Sprout Home
Cake: Empire Cake
Favors: Corie Verron

[images from Khaki Bedford]

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Real Brooklyn wedding: Cynthia + Eli

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I always know I’ve got a winning wedding combination in my inbox when I see great Brooklyn locations, a great couple, and of course, a French Bulldog as the ring bearer.  And you can’t miss the video by Love+Brain Films…its just the icing on the cake!

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From the bride:

We both moved to New York City at around the same time and after a few months our paths crossed through mutual friends at a picnic in Governor’s Island. We spent the next 4 years making New York City our new home. After we got engaged, we knew we wanted to get married in this city. When we came across 501 Union we stopped looking at other venues immediately and pretty much signed that same night.

We wanted our wedding to be very personal, simple and fun and since the space was already so beautiful it was easy for us to come up with little details around the space that reflected us. I love doing DIY projects. I styled the details: everything from hanging our motto on the bar (BEST NIGHT EVER) to punching out all the confetti found on the wedding program. It was important to us that our French Bulldog, Riley, got to be a part of the night. He had the very important role of Ring Bearer and our little Exotic Shorthair kitty, Izzy, was also represented at the Photo booth. I also made all the photo booth props including a watermelon slice and a New York pretzel. And one last personal touch was our favors which gave our guests the option of either the bride’s favorite candy, Haribo Coca-cola gummies or the groom’s favorite source of energy, coffee beans.

We had an intimate guest count of 110 and a lot of people were traveling from far away to come celebrate with us in Brooklyn. Being surrounded by all our family and friends is the best feeling ever. Most importantly we had an amazing wedding team helping us make the night feel perfect. Our caterer Naturally Delicious was incredible, our photographer Chaz and videographer Courtney are the coolest people ever. Morgan, our makeup artist and Russell our hair stylist made me and my bridesmaids all feel so beautiful on the big day. Our florist, Rhonda, made our vision of our wedding come to life! I was in love with my flower crown, bouquet, all the beautiful floral garlands on our huge farm style tables that made the industrial space look soft, rustic and romantic.

We had big smiles on our faces the whole night and it was truly our #BESTNIGHTEVER.


Photographer: Chaz Cruz / Videographer: Love + Brain Films / Venue: 501 Union / Catering: Naturally Delicious / Florist: August Sage & Violet / Makeup:Morgan Gates / Hair: Styles on B / DJ: Because The Night / Bride’s Dress: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier / Reception Dress: DV by Dolce Vita / Shoes: Saint Laurent / Earrings: Fallon Jewelry / Rings: Tiffany & Co. / Groom’s Suit: Rag & Bone / Bow tie: Lanvin / Shoes: Common Projects / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: JCrew / 2nd Photographer: Silvia Foz

[images from Chaz Cruz]

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Real wedding: Kate + David

501 union wedding

Um, HELLO amazing dress and balloon arch!  Its all glitter and gold for this wedding, and you can be sure I’ll be saving some of these decor ideas for New Year’s Eve this year!

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Photographer: Khaki Bedford Photography
Wedding Coordinator: Emily Synder
Venue: 501 Union
Dress: Nicole Miller
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom (suit, shoes, etc): Ralph Lauren
Bridesmaid dress: Rent the Runway
Hair: Regina Balagul of Danka Panka
Makeup: Holly & Justine (Holly Corsano)
Cake & Cupcakes: Ovenly
DJ: 74 events/Gary Hoffman
Late night snack: Sigmunds pretzels
Catering: Real Foods, Yen Ngo
Invitations: Marie Chang Designs
Save the Date: Love Vs. Design

[images from Khaki Bedford Photography]

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City Hall wedding: Kelsey + Eddie

city hall elopement

What a fun weekend!  Kelsey & Eddie split up their nuptials into 2 days…getting married at City Hall with just their closest family on a Friday, then having a a party the next day with extended family and friends at Rockwood Music Hall.  I love when couples do things at their own pace, in their own way!

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From the photographer:
Over and over again I am impressed with couples doing their wedding the way they want to. It is such an important day and so often we get bogged down by expectations as opposed to knowing ourselves and building our day around just that. Kelsey and Eddie split their wedding up into two lovely days in December. They invited just their immediate family and myself to the civil clerk’s office on Friday to have their civil ceremony. There we all experienced the cultural phenomenon that is the Manhattan Civil Clerk’s Office. There were brides everywhere you looked, tons of photographers, pregnant bellies, flowers, and so much celebration. It was awesome.  Kelsey and Eddie got married in a bright pink room with only their closest family members present. Afterward we ventured around the area and to the Brooklyn Bridge where everyone who walked by shouted something. We got “Congrats!” “You look beautiful!” and our mutual favorite “Is this real, is this a real wedding, or are you models?!” I know every couple wants to hear that they look like models on their wedding day, which these two totally did.  Afterward the couple made time for an In Bed Session, which is a series I have been working on in the last few months. We went to The Ludlow Hotel and they jumped on the bed in excitement of being able to now call each other husband and wife. They cuddled, kissed, and then we said farewell for the night.  On Saturday we all got dressed up again to celebrate with their extended family and friends at Rockwood Music Hall, where Eddie works. They had live music, amazing food, tons of dancing, and Eddie even played a song he wrote for Kelsey. It was a perfect weekend celebration for K & E and NYC gave the perfect backdrop.

[images from Manzanita]

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