I caught glimpses of Amanda’s wedding on Facebook, so when she sent me the pictures to post, I jumped at the chance! Its so sweet and simple, and I love that she did all her own florals, and thought about the personality of each bridesmaid for their bouquets.
What is special about a wedding is that it allows every detail and choice to reflect your personality. When Jeremy and I began the planning process we knew right away that we wanted to keep our guest list small and have a relaxed and informal wedding. We call Brooklyn home and we wanted our out-of-town family and friends to experience the best of Brooklyn as they celebrated with us.
A neighborhood garden on Bergen Street served as the perfect location for our ceremony and a pre-ceremony cocktail hour. We served fresh fruit and cold drinks and Jeremy and I were able to greet each person as they arrived. After everyone arrived we invited them to stand near us for the short ceremony. Afterwards everyone walked over to the Flatbush Farm for an amazing meal.
As a florist, I love so many different flowers and it was tough to decide what I wanted to use for the bouquets and centerpieces. My personal style tends to be very clean and simple, and I don’t like too many flowers mixed together. My bridesmaids carried bouquets of all one type of flower that I thought fit their personality. Jeremy wanted his boutonniere to be a dark flower– so I used a great summer flower called scabiosa. My bouquet was a bunch of white astilbe. For the centerpieces I filled mason jars with hosta leaves, fern, chamomile and millet grass.
It’s not often I get shots of the rehearsal dinner included with a wedding submission, but when its a cool lobster bake out in the Hamptons, its a total treat! And seriously, check out the gorgeous bridesmaids dresses…I’m in love with the texture!
For our wedding, we wanted a relaxed and casual atmosphere and as our friends and family flew in from all around the world, we hosted a few events throughout the weekend so my California friends and family could meet my husband’s British-based friends and family. For the rehearsal dinner, we invited everyone to a private beach in Southampton for a Lobster Bake. Our friends and family had the opportunity to relax on the beach in the summer sun and later in the evening we all roasted marshmallows under the stars. It was wonderful to work with Kelly Guenther throughout the weekend – she captured the entire weekend so beautifully – the photos really reflect the emotion and intimacy of the weekend. Our wedding ceremony and reception was hosted at Wolffer Estates in Sagaponack. Sag Harbour florists designed a beautiful chuppa for our ceremony, my highschool friend Amy Claire designed my bridesmaid dresses and my dear friend Alexa Rodulfo did my hair and makeup. Fresh Flavours served us local Long Island Duck and The Engagements played great music so we all danced the night away.
Its kinda fun that the whole jumping off point for this wedding was the groom’s love of biking! Jenny can tell you the rest…
The two things Patrick and I knew we wanted for our wedding was a photo booth and macaroni and cheese. Beyond that, our inspiration came from fun, down-to-earth wedding blogs and our own person style — which is something along the lines of a mid-century mash-up with contemporary flair. Ha! We wanted it to feel vintage inspired, without being overdone. Like a big family meal, with simple decorations and flowers. What we ended up with was beyond our imagination. The evening was beautiful.
Katherine + Johnny in my mind had the quintessential Brooklyn wedding…a gorgeous ceremony under the Brooklyn Bride, reception at a fabulous eatery, and lots of wonderfully handmade details! I am DYING over her gorgeous dress and veil, made by her talented friend Bobby!
Johnny and I were married on June 12 in our beloved Brooklyn. We wanted to have a low-key wedding and a great party to celebrate with our family and friends. We planned everything ourselves, using internet resources like this one for inspiration. It took a lot of work and some networking skills (thanks friends and family!) but we think we achieved our goal of an intimate, personal wedding with fun details that did not totally break the bank.
We had such a wonderful time at our wedding. We felt lucky that we were able to plan an event that felt right for us. It truly is one of the most amazing days of your life. To all the future brides out there good luck and have fun!