Real wedding: Andrea + Matt


Andrea and Matt’s wedding was as sophisticated as they come, with a sleek palette of black and gold and keeping everything clean and minimal.

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From the bride:

It is often said that one’s wedding day is the best day of their life; our wedding was no exception. The design, planning, and preparation of our big day culminated in the perfect apogee of our love for one another. The ceremony was held in a local Catholic Church- which was very important to us. The gothic style exterior, cathedral ceilings and stained glass windows added a timeless feeling to our big day. The architectural feel carried over to our photo stop at Syracuse University. We feel the stone columns, ivy wall, and brick buildings clearly defined our style. Our receptions venue, Sky Armory, helped make our vision of a contemporary, downtown loft style reception a reality. From creating the custom, chef-inspired menu to designing the cigar bar, it was truly the creativity and inspiration of the staff at the venue that helped us achieve our vision. One of the most important parts of the day for us was the ability to be surrounded by our closest friends and family. Sharing such a indescribable day with our loved ones truly made our wedding day unforgettable.

Make Up : Kerry Boyle
Hair: Suzanne Dishaw
Ceremony Venue : St Matthew’s Church
Reception Venue : Sky Armory
Caterer : Sky Armory
Invitations : Minted
Florist : Wegmans
Band or DJ : Black Tie Entertainment
Videographer : Cullen Studio/ Gabrielle Frawley
Bridal Dress Shop : Silk Bridal

[images from Mary Dougherty]


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Real wedding: Tina + Jimmy

This wedding & couple have some serious style….check it out if you don’t believe me!
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“Jimmy and Tina were definitely not your typical engaged couple, they were living in Hawaii, yet planning their wedding back home in NYC. Engaged for almost two years, this couple was definitely on island time, but with the help of Jessica Arden Events, they planned their dream wedding in Brooklyn. Tina was set on a casual, kick your shoes off type wedding in a raw space  they could create their own using local, green-friendly vendors. They had a lot of outrageous ideas that basically everyone doubted they could pull off, but they remained confident in fulfilling their dream day. They focused on having only three things- soulful funky music, farm to table dinner, and a decent outdoor view. They absolutely nailed it. They wed in the stunning Most Holy Trinity Parish, exchanged simple gold bands, which they inherited from their parents and grandparents. Upon leaving the church the couple was surprised with a horse drawn Cinderella carriage that cruised around BKNY with crowds cheering all over. 
The reception was the largest event to ever be at the North Brooklyn Farms on the Williamsburg waterfront, with to die for skyline views of their favorite city in the world, Manhattan. The menu was so delicately curated to their palates by the fabulous Hearth and Table, a local brooklynite with a very worldly taste. And for music- the couple had local band, High and Mighty Brass Band come jam out, and had their good friend, Dustin (DNA Muzik Group LLC), on the ones and twos in between sets. 
From the moment cocktail hour began you couldn’t get people off the dance floor. “It was insane, we had so much fun dancing with all of our friends and family all night long. We couldn’t get people to sit down even if we tried!” It was supposed to hail that day (yes, mid-June), so thanks to an amazing family friend, Megan, they were able to get a last minute tent up, through the Atwell Brothers. “It turned out to be the most gorgeous spring day, but because it was so sunny we were so happy we got the tent to prevent any heat casualties. When you walked under the tent, it was like you were in a hidden jungle oasis in the heart of the greatest, yet busiest city in the world!” Rustic farm tables, palm leaf table runners, custom signs and design elements, and a perfect cozy lounge thanks to Dovetail Vintage and Jessica Arden’s amazing team. 
The bride collaborated with dress designer, Joelle Perry Hawaii to recreate Tina’s mothers original wedding dress. It was unique, had a fun mermaid flare, with a sexy slip and open back using the original pearl buttons and all. “It was so incredibly special to be able to wear my moms dress, I knew she was definitely with me.” She accessorized with gorgeous diamond earrings and a bangle from Kravitz Jewelers.  The bridesmaids wore fun dark floral dresses, and Tina’s sister, the maid of honor, wore a light blue version, all by Planet Blue. The day before the wedding they had a couple margaritas and made their own bouquets from flowers picked out by Tina and her sister in law, Mary, at the wholesale floral markets in Chelsea, where all of the flowers came from for the wedding.  “It was so easy, cost effective, and fun to make our own bouquets and design our own tables. I wanted mostly greens, messy, beautiful greens and Hawaiian flowers everywhere.” And that is exactly how it turned out. 
The groom wore a classic royal blue suit by Ted Baker, accessorized with Ray Ban club masters and a gold Nixon watch. The groomsmen wore a simple suit variety consisting of greys, browns, blues in pinstripe, solid, tweeds, and more, with or without ties/bow ties. They all had one thing in common- rainbow Stance socks, to rep the aloha spirit, obviously. 
 After a few speeches, dance offs, JETS & USA chants, the reception was concluded with some Mr. Softee. But this couple isn’t one to leave a party early, so an after party was definitely in order. They headed to the best mans apartment rooftop, just down the street in Williamsburg, accompanied with the DJ and all, where everyone got even more turnt up. 
“It was the best day of our lives! The love and energy felt was so electric, we couldn’t have envisioned our wedding day any differently. SO many mahalos to all!” 
Photography Team – Betsi Ewing Studio
Church- Most Holy Trinity Parish, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Venue- North Brooklyn Farms
Flowers- US evergreens, international garden inc.
Videographer- Visualize Media
Wedding Planner & Design – Jessica Arden Events

Rentals- Broadway Party Rentals
Brides dress- Joelle Perry Hawaii
Bridesmaids dresses- Planet Blue
Bridal Makeup- Natasha Abe
Grooms suit- Ted Baker
Tent- Atwell Brothers
Jewelry- Kravitz Jewelers
Stationary- bride designed from
Music- High and Mighty Brass Band
DJ rentals- Soundhouse NY

[images from Betsi Ewing]




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Real wedding: Tanya + Andrew


Here’s a little bit of Summer wedding inspiration for you before the weather starts dropping…its full of lush florals and some of my favorite Brooklyn venues.

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Photographer:  Levi Stolove Photography//Bakery: Momofuku Milk Bar//Musicians: 45 Riots//Floral Designer: Denise Fasanello Flowers//Event Planner: Exquisite Affairs Productions Inc.//Makeup Artist: Janessa Paré//Shoes: Jimmy Choo//Invitation Designer: Venue: My Moon//Dress Designer: Saja Wedding//

[images from Levi Stolove Photography]

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Real wedding: Elyse + Travis


My favorite part of this wedding?  The cool minty hues of those gorgeous bridesmaids dresses!  They complement the romantic look of this affair so well!


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From the bride:

We didn’t really have a theme for the wedding! We liked the quirkiness of the space—all the furniture, lamps and decoration like a giant white bough—so we sort of just went with it. We didn’t want anything fussy or super curated, so we let our great vendors sort of take the lead for inspiration, and it turned out great. Travis and I met at NYU where we were part of the same college Christian fellowship Intervarsity. We are so thankful for family and friends who supported and loved and encouraged us along the way; now we’re almost at our 2-year anniversary!


Venue: Metropolitan Building

Photographer: Albert Cheung Photography

Videographer: Sunnyville Films

Catering: Maia Pearl Catering

Dress: Panache Bridal

Alterations: Sew Elegant

Accessories: The Yellow Peony

Shoes: Vince Camuto

Suits: Bar III

DJ: 74 Events, Duane Herriot

Invitations/signage: The Crooked Twig

Flowers: Design by Ahn

Makeup and hair: Ai Sakai

Photo booth: Party Booth NYC

[images from Albert Cheung]



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