Real Brooklyn wedding: Sarah + Sam

black and white wedding dress and invitation

If you haven’t been to BLDG 92 in the Brooklyn Navy Yards yet, you should definitely look it up as a potential wedding venue, because its pretty damn awesome (as these photos can attest).  Its got the rustic, its got the modern, and this couple really worked both in perfectly.

brooklyn grange

bridal party

brides hair

bldg92 wedding ceremony

black and white striped backdrop

striped ceremony backdrop

modern seating chart

bldg92 reception and signage

black and white runner at outdoor bldg92 reception

centerpiece and signage

centerpiece on black and white striped runner

black and white striped runner

bldg92 outdoor reception

bldg92 outdoor reception

bldg92 outdoor reception

catering and chocolate wedding cake

 VENDORS

Wedding Planner: Leah Cowper
Ceremony and Reception: the first ever wedding at BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Bridal Dress: Mikaella Bridal
Alterations: Luli’s Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Hair & Make-up: Daniela Rodriguez
Groom’s Suit: Jos. A Bank
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
Flowers: Friend of the Couple
Cake: Baked
Invitations: VistaPrint
Cake Topper: Maid of Honor (Bride’s sister)
Event Design: Groom’s Mom
Seating Chart, Place Cards, Table Numbers, and Signs: Sarah, Sam, Sarah’s sister and mother

[images from Isabelle Selby]

Isabelle Selby is a sponsor of Brooklyn Bride

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Real wedding: Meghan + Paul

wedding dress and chignon

drapey wedding dress

charm city cakes wedding cake

 

From the bride:

Paul and I met at a show where the band he was tour managing, and the band I was working with, were playing together. The meeting was brief but he struck me as warm and kind, making sure that our friends were taken care of with goodies from backstage while still running around looking after his band. Our second, proper meeting was after an Arcade Fire show that I went to with my friends, one of whom proposed meeting up with their friend Paul at a bar afterwards as he had a bit of a layover in town while on tour. This series of events kicked off our whole wonderful, exciting journey together, and three and a half years later, we were planning a wedding! Our ceremony was held at the beautiful Church of the Transfiguration, an amazing, historic church in Manhattan. We had a dinner primarily for the families and out-of-towners at Dos Caminos. We had a large number of family and friends flying in from far-away lands, especially with Paul’s immediate family all living in Ireland; what better way is there to thank the Irish than with Mexican food? It’s safe to say that we turned a great deal of people on to guacamole that night! After dinner, we packed friends and (adventurous) family into Bowery Electric for the cake cutting and some live music and dancing. We were so excited to have Charm City Cakes (of Ace of Cakes fame) create our most delicious dream wedding cake, complete with mini piñata cake topper. My 10 year old self would have been super stoked to know that I had a smores-flavored cake at my wedding. Mariachi El Bronx played an awesome set while the movie “Purple Rain” was projected on the wall next to them, and then Gogol Bordello jumped on stage to play a couple songs (one of which being a cover from one of Paul’s favorite bands, Clutch, who were also in attendance – Paul turned into a teenage fan-boy when the singer jumped onstage to finish the song with them). The wedding was what I always wanted it to be. Us.

Makeup & Hair Stylist: Jackie Schneider Beauty
Floral Designer: Floresta
Reception Venue: The Bowery Electric
Dress Store: Lovely Bridal Shop
Cake Designer: Charm City Cakes

[images from Brandon Chesbro]

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Real wedding: Summer + Adam

bright pink and yellow bouquet and ceremony decor

Its hard to not love this wedding, with its ultra bright colors and rainbow bridesmaids…every bit is perfection!

ace hotel palm springs modern wedding

blue bow shoes

bride and groom at the ace

bride and groom at the ace

colorful bridesmaids

pink bridesmaids and groomsmen

rainbow bridesmaids dresses

bright and colorful bouquets

ace hotel wedding

rainbow bridesmaids dresses

colorful pompom and streamer ceremony backdrop

colorful bridesmaids dresses

ace hotel wedding

colorful pompom and streamer ceremony backdrop

ace hotel wedding

peeking through the streamers

modern colorful centerpieces

modern colorful centerpieces

modern colorful centerpieces

rainbow party

ace hotel wedding

 From the bride:

It’s safe to say I am not the kind of girl who has been dreaming about her wedding since she was six.  So when we started planning, we didn’t really come into it with a vision, except that we wanted our wedding to be a great party.  I wanted it to be bright, beautiful, and full of color, music, love, and joy.  And we wanted to get to enjoy our friends and family for longer than just the 8 hours of the wedding.  We were so fortunate to come across the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, which made all of that possible, and also just happens to be the coolest hotel on the planet.  And every single one of our vendors was unbelievable.  “Vendor” doesn’t seem like the right word at all; Wonderful-People-Who-Made-Our-Wedding-Amazing is probably better.

I like to think of myself as non-traditional, but I came to see that the process of planning a wedding shows you which traditions do matter to you, and which don’t.  We didn’t do a cake or a bouquet toss, but the ceremony was really important to us.  We asked a dear friend to marry us, which was the best idea ever, and the three of us basically wrote the ceremony together, which made it feel completely ours.  By far the most important and memorable moment of the wedding was when we read the vows that we had written for each other.  In the end I felt like we had taken this ritual and made it a very personal expression of who we are as individuals and as a couple, and it could not have been more perfect.

My number one piece of advice is to get a coordinator.  We hired Courtney as a month-of coordinator, but she was available to answer our questions via email from the moment we hired her and there is NO question that we could not have done it without her.  She was 100% on top of everything, and it just gave me complete peace of mind and let me actually enjoy the day.  Although there were definitely moments of stress throughout the planning process, I ended up being completely relaxed once it all began.  I really had no idea how incredibly joyful an experience it would be, and having someone there to handle all of the logistics left us free to enjoy the moment.  My other advice is not to scrimp on your photographers.  As you can see from these pictures, ours were INCREDIBLE, and looking at their pictures is like reliving the whole experience all over again.  You honestly can’t put a price on that, so whatever you pay for a great photographer will be a bargain in the long run.  And finally (and everyone will tell you this but it’s worth repeating), just enjoy!  Focus on what matters, which is the two of you.  Stick together, enjoy every second, and it will be perfect in all the ways that matter.

VENDORS
Photographer: Jesse, Whitney, & Jenn from Our Labor of Love
DJ: Smiles Davis via The Flashdance
Planner: Courtney Tibbets, After the Engagement
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs, CA
Florist: Primary Petals
Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Desserts by Ace Hotel (King’s Highway
Restaurant
)
Caterer: Ace Hotel (King’s Highway Restaurant)
Linens: Provided by the Ace Hotel
Lighting: Classic Party Rentals
Paper Products:
• Invitations & menus: Wedding Paper Divas
• Place cards & table numbers: e.m. papers
• Programs: Wide Eyes Design
Bride’s Gown: Garbo by Elizabeth Fillmore (via Kleinfeld Bridal)
Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry:
• Hair accessory: LoBoheme
• Earrings: BHLDN
Hair Stylist: Christine Choi
Makeup Artist: Flor Hunt (bridesmaid J)
Bride’s Shoes: Miss Albright (from Anthropologie)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth and BHLDN
Groom’s Attire: Suit: Jones New York; Tie: Nordstrom; Custom cufflinks
(his wedding gift – they were both maps, one of the spot where we met, and
one of the spot where we were getting married): Uncommon Goods
Groomsmen Attire: Suits: their own; Ties: Nordstrom

[images from Our Labor of Love]

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Real loft wedding: Raisa + Jeff

bride and groom rooftop portrait

bridal party in navy on rooftop

throwing the rice

bride and groom

bride and groom shoes

brides bouquet

table number and menu with triangle design

centerpiece and pink hors d'oeuvres

modern white reception

white hydrangea centerpiece

modern white and gold reception table

cute purple monster card box

From the bride:

We knew that most of our guests would be coming in from out of town, so when we walked into Studio 450, we knew we found our reception space.  With expansive views of NYC, it was the perfect venue to show off the city we call home to our guests, many of whom had never been to NYC before.  We chose all white flowers — giant calla lilies (which have always been my favorite since I was a little girl), orchids and hydrangeas — for a clean, modern look to play off the all white space of Studio 450, but used soft uplighting and tons of candlelight to keep the feel warm and inviting.  We continued the clean, modern look with our invitations, which served as the inspiration for our programs, menu cards, seating board, table cards and other printed materials.

Where possible, our own personalities and preferences drove our decisions.  Our table names were the clubs from Rushmore, one of our favorite movies.  Our menu was full of Asian flavors — both as a nod to my Filipino culture and the fact that we order in Vietnamese and Thai once a week!  My mom even made her homemade empanadas as a late night snack.  Our wedding cake was from our favorite bakery, Lady M.  Some friends drove in beer from Bell’s Brewery, a brewery from Jeff’s college town.  And if you know my personality, the card monster makes perfect sense!

But our overarching goal was to throw an amazing party for our guests that we would remember for the rest of our lives.  We focused on great music, food and cocktails, but with friends and family as wonderful as ours (who all love a good dance party), it wasn’t hard to create a memorable night!

VENDORS
Dress — Rivini
Shoes — Valentino
Veil — Gorgeous Complements  (the owner, Silvia, used the lace from my mom’s wedding veil to create my veil)
Tux — Ralph Lauren Black Label
Bridesmaids Dresses — Amsale
Caterer — Real Food Catering
Cake — Lady M.
Florist — Blade
Makeup — Sally Duvall
Hair — Stacy Pitt, Styles on B
Reception Venue — Studio 450
Ceremony Venue — Church of the Guardian Angel
Photo Display — Printstagram
Music — Colleen Crumbcake, Sugartown Industries
Bride’s Jewelry, Engagement Ring and Wedding Rings — J. West Jewelry Designs

[images from Weddings by Two]

Weddings by Two is a sponsor of Brooklyn Bride

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