Real wedding: Jen + Chris

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This celebration was a true reflection of the couples love of Brooklyn, and when you get hitched on July 4th, you’ve got the fireworks finale to boot!

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From the bride:

We spent pretty much all of our engagement planning since it was a short one. We got back from our trip to Asia and told the news to our families and they quickly started to ask when is the big day. My family is in California and can only take off in summer which started our thoughts about a summer wedding. We decided we didn’t want to wait until next year so we started looking for summer 2015. We came across TBD Brooklyn when we were looking for a casual backyard location and found out they had a couple weekends available in July. We quickly went back to the parents and see what they thought about a July 4th holiday wedding! We found out from Chris’s mom that his grandmother who had passed away in October was married to his grandfather on the 4th of July. That was that! July 4th was the perfect day to share with his grandma and live on her anniversary. We did all the planning ourselves and all the details came together effortlessly. It made it easy for me to find my vendors being a part of the wedding vendor community in Greenpoint working at The Karcher salon. I wanted to celebrate the neighborhood I love and it’s talented people. I chose a neighborhood florist, bakery, photographer and hair salon. We have a great group of friends that helped us pull it off day of.

We picked TBD Brooklyn because we met in Greenpoint Brooklyn, I work there and had lived there most of my time in Brooklyn. My family had never been to Brooklyn and it was a great way to show them where I work and give them a better idea why I love my home. The vibe was right for us and it’s a perfect location for the fireworks!

I had two gowns by the same designer Sarah Seven. I always wanted a strapless short length wedding dress but as soon as I tried on the long white gown I quickly changed my mind. The dresses were both corset style. The ceremony gown was called Brighton and my second dress for the reception is the Golden Lights dress. Gold sequins was quite fitting for the fireworks.

I had 6 bridesmaids. They all wore a short navy dress of their choice with gold or silver shoes. We got the dresses from online stores such as Modcloth, Gather & Gown and Forever 21. I left it open for them to wear whatever jewelry they’d like. The simpler the better. I wanted them to have a fun sixties inspired style but not too over the top. I wanted them to look comfortable and not too over dressed for the casual wedding vibe. Fun sunglasses were encouraged.

VENDORS

Rentals – Broadway Rentals
Groom’s suit – Topman
Hair – The Karcher
Bride’s dress – Sarah Seven
Rings – Anna Sheffield
Catering – Pies N’ Thighs
Cake – Ovenly
Photobooth – Oh Snap Smile
Photography – Edward Winter / Readyluck
Venue – T.B.D.

[images from Eddie Winter / READYLUCK]

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Real wedding: Amanda + Max

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Guys, I’ve officially found my new favorite wedding!  Of course they’ve gone with my color palette of choice – green, black and white – and worked in neon, watercolor, and greenery.  Absolute perfection!

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FROM THE BRIDE:

We set out planning our wedding with one thought in mind, let’s have fun with this. From start to finish, we wanted the guests to have fun, we wanted our vendor partners to have fun, and above all, we wanted to have fun.

Max grew up in Chicago, and Chicago is where we call home together, so a rooftop overlooking the city on a bright August day seemed like the perfect spot to get hitched. Plus there’s not much better than a summer day in Chicago with family and friends.

Max and I planned the wedding ourselves and designed most of it – from monogram, invitations and website, to table cards, tablescape, and even our neon sign. We are both designers and loved collaborating on all aspects of it.

One of the first things we chatted about once we got engaged was who we wanted to cater our wedding. Food is one of the most important things in our relationship. We eat out pretty much every night, so having food that reflected us and our lifestyle was a must. We met with chef Jason of Lula Café early on and it was clear this was the perfect fit. He served the meal family style in servingware made by my parents. My parents are potters and were so generous in making over 90 serving pieces in the months preceding the wedding. Max and I worked with them to develop the styles and custom glaze patterns of every piece. And our guests got to enjoy an amazingly special meal with us.

Our ceremony and cocktail hour, with music accompaniment by a Jazz trio (playing pop songs) was held on the rooftop. The wedding party walked down the aisle to the trio’s rendition of Another One Bites the Dust. And I was accompanied by Wild Horses. After the ceremony and cocktail hour, guests were invited downstairs for dinner, dancing and toasts. The entire reception area faced an open private courtyard where guests could catch some fresh air and chat under bistro lights. The indoor/outdoor setup where guests could flow freely between the two was perfect for our summer evening.

When the wedding wrapped, which I have to say was far too soon, guests were shuttled back to the hotel in a double decker tour bus. As we rode on the top of the bus, with a summer breeze, through the skyline of our city, we couldn’t help but think, what a wonderfully fun night indeed.

Photography: Jonathan Ong
Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller
Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Hair & Makeup (Bride + Bridesmaids): Sine Qua Non
Catering & cake: Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Maje
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Halston
DJ: DJ Intel from Style Matters
Bride’s Bouquet: Fleur
Custom Pottery Servingware: Winegar Pottery (Bride’s parents)
Invitations + Design: Max Mearsheimer (groom) and Amanda Mearsheimer (bride)
Table Styling: the Bride and Groom (Amanda and Max)
Event Design + Neon Signage: the Bride and Groom (Amanda and Max)
Day-Of Coordination: Big Day Easy
Photobooth: Fotio

[images from Jonathan Ong]

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