Real Brooklyn wedding: Lauren + Shani

This super chic wedding in the park proves that with minimal decor and lots of heart, you’ve got a winning combination for the perfect wedding!

same sex brooklyn outdoor wedding

same sex brooklyn wedding

same sex brooklyn wedding

same sex brooklyn wedding

brides shoes

2 laidback brides in brooklyn

outdoor simple table setting

same sex wedding invitation

brooklyn outdoor wedding reception

cutting the wedding cake


From the photographer:

On a late summer day in Brooklyn, two people made a pact to love and respect one another for the rest of their lives. On September 1st, Shani & Lauren were legally joined in matrimony overlooking the Audubon center in Prospect Park, after having eloped in Paris earlier in the summer. After the ceremony, the pair perused the Brooklyn flea on the their way to 606 R&D to cool off with summertime spritzers. The newlyweds were received by an intimate reception where spontaneity ruled and the atmosphere was connected. Chatter and laughter could be heard as guests dined on delicious local, organic, gluten-free foods.  They were serenaded by one of their close friends, who sang a euphoric acappella rendition of A Thousand Years. As the sun set, the day was capped off with a stroll home through the streets of Brooklyn.


Catering/restaurant: 606 R&D
Cake: Tulu’s Gluten Free bakery
Dresses: (Lauren’s) hot pink dress-Saks, (Shani’s) brown/black geometric dress- O.N.A., Brooklyn
Ceremony Venue: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Jewelery: super minimal/our own, Shani’s bracelet is from Catbird in Brooklyn
Flowers: local grocery (:

[images from Erika Layne]

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Real Brooklyn Winery wedding: Laura + William

yellow and grey wedding invitations

Lots of color pops in this Brooklyn Winery wedding…check out all the details from the bride below.

colorful bride and bridesmaids bouquets

yellow boutonniere with seersucker suit and yellow flag seating chart

brooklyn winery wedding

brooklyn winery wedding ceremony

brooklyn winery reception flowers

pink ceremony bunting

bride & father at brooklyn winery wedding

bride & groom at brooklyn winery wedding

bride & groom at brooklyn winery wedding

bride & groom

table numbers & centerpieces

bride & groom in seersucker suit

bride and groom pink bunting

centerpieces at brooklyn winery wedding

brooklyn winery wedding reception

food truck at wedding

From the onset of planning our wedding our main goals were to throw an event that we would want to attend. The list of musts included great wine, food, music and some personal touches. As soon as we finished our first glass of wine at The Brooklyn Winery we knew that it was the place to host our celebration. They exceeded all of our expectations, including referring us to our photographer, Rima Campbell, who documented the night’s festivities along with vision and flare. Both Rima and The Brooklyn Winery recommended Magnolia  Photobooth Company to us, which I immediately knew we had to add to the mix, they provided a great form of entertainment as well as a personal keepsake for many of our guests.

Our ceremony started with a heart felt version of “Till There Was You” performed by Sarah King and The Smoke Rings, who went on to provide perfect sound track to our evening. Due to my love for ice cream, we skipped the cake and capped off the festivities with ice cream and coffee service from Van Leeuwen.

In my eyes our wedding was a complete success. We were married by my brother, who was ordained for the occasion, and my now husband wrote our ceremony and vows. All of the signage and invitations were personally designed by me to fit the feel and tone of our occasion. The day exceeded all of my expectations, from the amazing flowers my sister-in-law arranged to photobooth pictures with my newly official in-laws. The fears that I had during the planning process, mainly of finding myself a bride at a stiff, exceedingly expensive, stuffy and simply “not me” wedding, were completely unwarranted. The event was a light-hearted and genuine way to celebrate the love and commitment of our relationship. From start to finish our wedding was completed with the love and help of our friends and families, we truly could not have done it without them all.

[images from Rima Campbell]

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Real wedding: Meredith + Aaron

 ellothere invitations with heart

Perfect little details with this wedding in St. Louis…loving the pops of mint green!

mint earrings & heart shoes

bride & groom

wedding party

bride with pastel bridesmaids

boutonnieres in green and orange

pastel bouquets

bride & groom chair bunting

colorful modern seating chart

centerpieces & table numbers

heart escort cards & centerpieces

modern mint guest book

simple white wedding cake with dinosaur cake toppers

Even though we were living in New York, we wanted to have our wedding in St. Louis.  Since we both grew up in the Midwest, it was important to us to have our wedding there so our families could easily get to the wedding.  We also love music!  Especially since I work in music, we wanted to have some musical elements in our decorations without it being cheesy.  When I found the invitations that we ended up using from ElloThere, I knew they were perfect and exactly the look I was going for.  From those, we designed the table numbers and place cards to have that same look.  We also took a lot of time figuring out the songs we wanted to play during our cocktail hour and reception.

The day of the wedding was super relaxing for all of us, and I attribute that mostly to Ashley our wedding planner.  She was amazing and super organized, which made everyone’s lives so much easier.  The whole morning we were worried that it was going to keep raining and ruin the photo spot we had planned.  But about 10 minutes before we were supposed to do our first look the sun came out and the pictures turned out beautiful (probably because we had such a ridiculously amazing photographer)!  The whole day was exactly what we wanted it to be, a super fun party and a day to celebrate with all of our family and friends.


Photographer: Michelle Huesgen of Untamed Heart Photography
Wedding Planner: Ashley Rath of Dishy Event Planning
Ceremony: Shrine of St. Joseph
Reception: Windows on Washington 
Bridal Dress: Ivy & Aster
Bridal Shoes: Melissa for Vivienne Westwood
Jewelry: Kendra Scott Earrings
Hairpiece: vintage pin made into a birdcage veil by one of my best friends the morning of the wedding
Purse: vintage – my grandma’s
Hair & Make-up: Salon C’est Moi
Groom’s Suit: Halls
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Flowers: Les Bouquets
Cake and Pies: Sugaree Bakery
Photobooth: Photobooth StL
DJ: Rockstar DJs
Invitations: ElloThere
Cake Topper: Kenz Creations
Poster Guest Book: Modern Keepsake
Table Runners and Cake Stand Rentals: Ultrapom
Seating Chart, Place Cards, Table Numbers, Bride and Groom Seat Labels, Programs: made by the bride, groom & friends

[images from Untamed Heart Photography  ]

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Real Beirut wedding: Taline + Raffi

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

This past July Chad and I traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to attend the wedding of my dear friend Taline.  Having never been before (though my mom grew up there), I wasn’t sure what to expect, but whatever it was, it exceeded anything I could have imagined.  The reception was held at Domaine de Zekrit, a converted monastery that dates back to earlier than the 6th century AD, and nestled between the hills.  Juxtaposed with the modern white and lucite furniture that was brought in , it was the perfect location for a wonderful evening spent outdoors.  The photos can’t do it justice, but it was pretty spectacular in person!

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

This is what awaited us for the cocktail hour…

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

veggies at cocktail hour

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

The layout of the dinner portion of the evening was pretty great….flanking the dancefloor were 2 long rectangular tables which had round tables on either side.  Check out that view!

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

pyrotecnics at beirut wedding reception

Not a bad entrance when you’ve got pyrotecnics!

white and green tall centerpiece

Normally I’m not a fan of tall centerpieces, but these really worked because there no limit to how high they could go!  It really filled the space nicely.  These were found on all the round tables.

long tables at beirut wedding reception

The long tables had lower centerpieces that cascaded down.

candle decor at outdoor wedding reception

buffet at outdoor beirut wedding reception

This had to be one of the more elaborate buffet spreads I’ve ever seen….all different stations for Lebanese, American, Asian, salads, BBQ and more, ripe for the picking!

buffet at outdoor beirut wedding reception

dance floor at outdoor wedding reception

Beirut’s known for its nightlife, and for this wedding, they really got the club atmosphere down…

dessert buffet at outdoor wedding reception

Insane dessert buffet…

cake cutting with fireworks

Cutting the wedding cake with a sword leading into a fireworks show!

The happy couple!  Congrats Taline & Raffi!

[images by me & Chad]

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