Real wedding: Des + Fel

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What a care-free, fun looking wedding in front of the Dream wall in Brooklyn!!  These gals certainly looked like they enjoyed themselves, and so did their guests!

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[VENDOR LOVE]
photos + video | danfredo photos + films
venue + dinner | cubana social
venue + reception | knitting factory
floral design | kate farley design
stationery | bethany robertson
fel’s dress | ralph lauren
fel’s shoes | chinese laundry
des’s outfit | pants – levi’s / shirt – farah / shoes – clark
fel’s ring | digby and iona
des’s ring | one stone shop

[images from Danfredo]

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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 Brooklyn wedding: Gabriella + Sam

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Getting married at Juliette in Brooklyn is like getting married on a little rooftop in Paris…such a lovely spot and a great venue for smaller, intimate weddings.

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From the bride:

We had a warm, intimate 80-person wedding in a cute little French restaurant in Brooklyn called Juliette. We wanted a place that felt special but also felt like us, and that we could return to in the future. Juliette has such an inviting, whimsical atmosphere that felt festive and elegant, but also relaxed and unpretentious, and it really set the tone for our wedding–more of a dressed-up dinner party with dancing than a very formal occasion. Merriment was the order of the day. Because Juliette has so much decor already (thankfully, because we’re not very DIY-savvy) we added very little of our own beyond our colorful flowers and a few personal touches–framed photos of our parents and grandparents taken when they were young couples; old postcards from around the world that served as a guest book; table numbers hand-painted by a friend; and Brooklyn soaps and candles as souvenirs. We tried to be unfussy in our planning of the day, and to focus on the things that would be most enjoyable and memorable for us and for our guests: fun music, good food (and pie and ice cream!), and a joyful atmosphere. We also were lucky to have a wise, funny officiant as a friend, and to have some lovely, sweet speeches from our friends and family. I think these are the sorts of things that people remember the most. We also made a point of choosing vendors that we felt were doing great work in our local area; after all, this was an excuse to introduce our friends and family to some of the wonders of NYC! Despite the cost of weddings in the city, we were really glad that New York was a place many of our guests wanted to visit and that has public transportation everywhere–no concerns about how people would get home after drinking and dancing well into the night. And we were also really happy that we organized a drinks event the night before the wedding and a picnic in Washington Square Park the day after since it gave us the opportunity to show our guests a few more of! our favorite neighborhood spots and we had more of a chance to talk with everyone who came.

My biggest advice for brides and grooms planning their wedding is to let go of the idea that your wedding has to be an encapsulation of everything about who you are as a couple, flawlessly executed in every way. It can just be an exciting, fun day to celebrate the two of you and the community of people you’ve built around you who love and support you. There is so much information about weddings out there these days, especially for brides, that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by every choice you have to make, and each one feels weighed down with so much significance. My advice is, when you’ve looked into something and you’re happy with it (a florist, a dress, a husband!), just go with it. You don’t need to explore every option, which can sap the fun out of everything. Keep things light and focus on how the occasion will feel and on really being present, grateful, and at ease on the day itself. Think about it with the distance of years ahead–what will matter to you to remember?! Spend your energy–and money–there. Looking back, my favorite memories from the day are everyone laughing and having fun, and these funny, unexpected pairings of people who met and became friends at our wedding.

Also! Give yourself enough time to plan. We had more than a year, and we were so happy to be able to occasionally say, “we’re not going to think about the wedding this week.” It’s also really useful to have a confidante (my mother, in my case) who doesn’t have an agenda and is just there to be helpful and supportive, and to look after things on the day itself. A few stable people in the mix can make a huge difference since weddings bring out a lot of craziness!

Hotel: Wythe Hotel
Venue: Juliette Restaurant
Makeup/hair: New York Bridal Hair
Florist: Molly Oliver Flowers
Dress: Lovely Bride (designer:Rosa Clara)
Invitations: Minted
DJ: Joel Davis/All City Sound
Pies: Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Second Photographer: Karli Cadel

[images from Miho Aikawa]

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Real wedding: Erin + Jon

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From the bride:
Jon and I started dating long distance, but our relationship flourished when we decided to be together in Brooklyn, New York. While we shared friends in Chicago and I had familial ties to Richmond, VA, New York had to be the place we said, “I do.” Our goal was to create a day with our close family and friends that allowed us to be present of mind, remembering each moment and why we’re taking this step in our relationship. What better way to connote that intention then by sharing one of our favorite meals overlooking the city that brought us together. The Wythe captured our aesthetic and energy as a couple and the boozy brunch added to the moody weather day, making it altogether perfect. When it comes to my bridal style, I didn’t want to feel artificial and calculated. Rather, I wanted to feel classic, relaxed and elegant with a little bit of sass and cheekiness. A blush dress with flowing lines allowed me to experiment with different accessories and create a look all my own.
Dress: Used from Urban Set Bride in Richmond, VA and beautifully altered to my liking by Sandra Usherov in Brooklyn.
Flowers: Park Delicatessen in Brooklyn, NY
Headpiece: Percy Handmade
Hair by: Christina Crosthwaite of Fringe Salon in Chicago
Location + food: Wythe Hotel // Food and Booze from Wythe
Donut Tower: Dough Donuts

[images from Our Love Is Loud]

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Real wedding: Nina + Gerrett

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Low key was the way to be for this Brooklyn couple…I just love how easy restaurant weddings are!

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From the bride:
Gerrett and I met in the most New York way possible (at the bar where he worked, of course), that it was only fitting we honor that with a low key Brooklyn wedding. As a professional event producer, I’ve always been of the opinion that creating the right feeling makes for the most memorable experiences. We opted to keep it simple with beautiful details. Gobs of candles, soft lighting, warm colors, rustic textures, gorgeous flowers, nothing too fussy. In foregoing many of the traditional wedding things we stayed really true to our own personal style. Getting to walk around our Red Hook neighborhood for pictures to jump over to Gowanus for the ceremony and party made it all feel totally authentic to our life together. It was the best day because we got to focus on just being in the moment together, rather then being held to tradition that didn’t suit us. Plus an insane dance party created by a rockin’ DJ.

Venue: The Pines, BK
Rings: Erica Weiner
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Shoes: Pierre Hardy
Jewelry: Vintage
Groom’s Attire: JCrew
Floral: Alyssa Leanne Hoppe
Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar
DJ: DJ MOS

[images from Our Love is Loud]

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