Real wedding: Audrey + Kenny

getting ready

groomsmen drinking

bride & groom

green bridesmaids dresses



blue boutonniere

bridal party

bride & groom details

pink bouquet and green bridesmaids dress

green & white invitations

ceremony bunting

outdoor ceremony

ceremony under bunting

walking down the aisle


green & blue tassel garland

travel themed wedding decor

wedding guests

travel themed seating chart

green & white menus

blue reception

first dance

chevron wedding cake

bride feeding groom cake

kenny//audrey – padua hills theatre from 618 Studios on Vimeo.

Kenny and I love to travel so we definitely wanted to have a travel theme. We also both love oldies music and vintage, antique and mid-century architecture and décor, so wanted to infuse that style with our travel theme. That’s how we came up with a “Vintage Travel Theme.” Instead of table numbers, we had table destinations and named each table after a city we’ve been to. On each of the table destinations, we shared a short story of our trip at that destination. Many of our friends and family had also been present at some of the trips, so we also tried to make it personal by including them in the stories if they were at the particular trip. You will also see vintage maps, suitcases, and hot air balloons throughout the décor to tie in our style.


In 2003, I met Kenny at Cal Poly Pomona. He was a little too much of a party animal back then and although he asked me out on several dates I always denied him. Finally, in 2007, we re-connected and we both grew up a low. He was a Respiratory Therapist and I was a Marketing Director and this time I actually asked him out. The rest is history! On July 29, 2011 (4 years later) he proposed at the Diamond Center in Claremont. It was a 4 year anniversary and I thought we were just going to be “looking” at engagement rings, but turns out he had the ring months ago and proposed to me in the store and all our friends were hiding in the back and showed up as he got down on one knee.

On September 2, 2012, a little over a year after we got engaged, I married my best friend, Kenny. The day started with me and my bridesmaids getting beautified by my wonderful make-up artist and hairdresser friends. I was nervous all morning because Kenny and I decided to write our own vows, and I knew I was going to blubber like a baby. I calmed down with the help of my MOH’s and bridesmaids who loosened me up with champagne and as soon as they helped me slip into my beautiful wedding dress, the nerves started to go away. My whole life I dreamed of the perfect wedding dress, and my wish came true. The dress fit my personality perfectly. It was fun, unique and whimsical with the textured rosettes, a little glam with the beading on top, and chic with the sweetheart neck and A-Line/Trumpet Shape (originally an A-line but the seamstress took it in a bit to make it more of a trumpet shape). My birdcage veil and vintage brooch helped to tie my style in with my wedding décor, which was a vintage travel theme.

Kenny and I decided to do a first look at the hotel we were getting ready at. Tears welled in our eyes when we first saw each other. As corny as it sounds, it felt like a magical moment, like we were going on our first date again. We had never seen each other this way. By this way I mean not only our fabulous wedding outfits, but in a way that felt so sure, because we knew we were now soul mates and starting on a journey headed to forever. I knew he was the one when he proposed, but I guess I never felt how real it was until that moment.

After our first look, we took portrait pictures and pictures with our wedding party around Downtown Claremont, then with family at our wedding venue, Padua Hills Theater in Claremont. We got to take a peek at all the décor. Throughout our engagement, Kenny and I did a lot of DIY projects, creating most of our own wedding décor and paper goods and it was amazing seeing our vision come to life. The ceremony was short and sweet, but the best part was reading our own vows to each other. We both blubbered like a baby, although my husband tries to say he had “allergies.” Cocktail hour and the reception were held in the same venue and followed immediately.

When we were introduced we walked to the dance floor for our first dance, and I think everybody expected a romantic slow dance, but instead we did a fun dance to “The Way You Make me Feel” by Michael Jackson which mixed into “Dance Again” by Jennifer Lopez. The first part of our dance was like the famous MJ music video, where Kenny chased after me and I pretended to not be interested. We even had a fake slap as a joke. This was to mirror our relationship because Kenny had chased me for a long time before I decided to go on a date with him. The second part of the dance was “Dance Again” where we did a modern salsa so we could do a little ballroom too. Both Kenny and I joke around a lot and are very sarcastic, so it wouldn’t have been us to do a slow dance. This was a fun way to start the reception. We had a live band that played funk, soul, 70s, 80s, and today’s hits so all of our guests can enjoy the music and it looks like they did because so many people were on the dance floor all night.

It was an amazing night, and I’m so lucky nothing major went wrong. Wish we could do it all over again, because like most people say, the day goes by way too fast.

• Photographer: Mark Brooke Photography
• Videographer: 618 Studios
• Hair: Oanh Truong
• Make-Up: Rachelle Llanes & J.R. Tuason
• Paper Goods: Tessa Tina
• Venue & Catering: Chantrelle’s Find Catering at Padua Hills Theater in Claremont, CA
• Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Performer: Denny White
• Reception Band: Upstart
• DJ, Lighting & MC: Entertainment Express
• Flowers: RG Creations by Gina Lopez
• Wedding Cake: Goldilocks
• Photo Booth: Edzel Fuertez Photography

[images from Mark Brooke Photography, video by 618 Studios ]

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Real Portland wedding: Kelsy + Demond

grey & white chevron invitations

wedding dress & green centerpiece

bride & groom reading each others notes

portland wedding

purple green and yellow bouquets

bride and bridesmaids in grey

heart sunglasses

groom and groomsmen in grey

bride and bridesmaids in grey

yellow shoes

grey and yellow program

green & yellow boutonnieres

mr & mrs banner

tented wedding ceremony

exchanging rings

displaying polaroids at wedding

button favors

yellow chevron table decor

succulent terrariums with billy balls

ice cream bar at wedding

green centerpiece

yellow wedding cake

cutting the yellow wedding cake

I knew our wedding was a success when the first thing Demond said the next morning was “can we do it all again?”.  I could not have agreed more.  The entire experience was more than we could have ever imagined, filled with so much love and happiness.  We truly could not have done it without the support of our amazing family and friends…fortunately we know some pretty talented people to boot!  We were on a major wedding budget so when it came time to start planning, we narrowed down to what we could actually afford then enlisted the help of several of our friends for everything else.  We really wanted to keep it modern and fun so we tossed the traditions and really focused on things we would appreciate (i.e. food and music).  One of my favorite memories from the evening is scarfing down a giant burrito in my wedding dress.

We didn’t spend a lot of time hunting for the perfect venue.  The Jupiter Hotel was the second place we visited, and after meeting with their event coordinator we both knew that was it.  They let us use the space however we saw fit and gave us the freedom to choose our own caterers.  We already had our heart set on using our favorite food truck, Koi Fusion, so this was a huge plus in our book.  We were fortunate enough to run across our florist and photographer through referrals, both of whom completely got the vibe we were going for.  Once we got the “big stuff” out of the way everything else slowly fell into place.  We tried to keep the planning process as stress free as possible with little celebrations when we crossed something off the list (this may or may not have been an excuse to crack a bottle of wine on a Tuesday).

I feel so fortunate to have had resources such as Pinterest and wedding blogs to search for inspiration (seriously, what did brides do before the internet?!) but there also came a time when I felt completely overwhelmed with all the ideas floating around.  My advice to brides who are planning is to pick a few things that are really important to you and your vision and stick with it.  You don’t need to do it all. When your day finally arrives, it’s so important to just let go and soak it all up, cause it goes by quick.  Some of the best memories are the ones that aren’t planned — a surprise serenade by grandma during speeches, the giggle of our ring bearer during our first kiss as bride and groom, the sound of dads voice during our father-daughter dance.  Embrace every moment because it’s really freaking awesome.


Photographer: Hazelwood Photo
Venue: The Jupiter Hotel
Catering: Koi Fusion
Cake: made by family member
Gelato: Bonta Natural Artison Gelato
Bridal dress: Maggie Sottero purchased at Bella Brides
Bouquet and boutonnieres: Solabee Flowers
Terrarium Centerpieces: DIY (all materials purchased at Solabee)
Chevron Table Runners rentals: Ultrapom
Groom Suit: Men’s Wherehouse
Ties/Bowties: Speak Louder (Etsy)
Guys shoes/pants: Nike Shoes & JCrew
Groomsmen ties from Etsy seller: Speak Louder
Gals shoes: Urban Outfitters
Invitations and programs: designed by Jessica Steiert (friend of bride) / printed through Zazzle
DJ: Street Dream Mobile DJ’s
Wedding Day Coordinator: Amy Davidson (friend of the bride and groom)
Officiant: Andrew Swalko (friend of groom)

[images from Hazelwood Photo]

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Real Wythe Hotel wedding: Alexis + Chris

centerpiece by michelle edgemont

What started out as an “engagement party” turned into the actual wedding, to the surprise of Alexis & Chris’s guests!  The Wythe Hotel acted as the perfect backdrop, with a stunning suspended floral display by non-other than BB contributor Michelle Edgemont!

wythe hotel wedding
wythe hotel wedding
couples initials in lights

confetti to toss

wythe hotel wedding
florals by michelle edgemont
wythe hotel wedding
wythe hotel wedding
wythe hotel wedding
hanging floral display
hanging floral display
centerpiece by michelle edgemont
wythe hotel wedding
instax photos of guests

instax photos of guests

wythe hotel wedding

From Michelle
The guests of this awesome wedding at The Wythe hotel were under the impression that they were arriving for Alexis and Chris’s engagement party. Surprise! An hour into the party, their loved ones were let in on the secret – they were really there for a wedding. The faces on their guests were the best I’ve ever seen at a wedding. Surprised and full of love! A sweet and loving ceremony under a cascade of globe lights was followed by a shower of metallic star confetti, jello shots, ice cream sandwiches, a beat boxer, and a lot of Instax photos.

Inspired by the roaring parties of the 1920s, candle light in metallic glasses lit the room. Vintage couches, coffee tables, rugs, side tables, and lamps gave the industrial room at The Wythe Hotel a homey, lounge feeling. Wild flowers of purple thistle, burgundy peonies, fiddle head ferm, and magenta carnations were accented by green succulents and custom made ikat table runners. The showstopper of the room was a hanging floral installation above the bar constructed out of hundreds of magenta carnations. Throughout the night, a photographer dedicated to only Instax photos captured the speakeasy party turned wedding.

Venue: The Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, NY
Designer/Flowers: Michelle Edgemont
Photographer: Stacey Simpson for Levi Stolove Photography
Videographer: Kiss the Bride Films
Photos of Floral Installation: Jacquelyne Mae Photography
Vintage Furniture Rentals: Patina Rentals

[images from Stacey Simpson for Levi Stolove Photography]

Levi Stolove & Kiss the Bride Films are members of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Real McKittrick Hotel wedding: Robin + Carly

shoes & puppy

OK, I’m REALLY excited for this one guys….I’m so happy to show off a very special wedding!  Wanna know why?  Because Robin and I went to elementary school together (or was it middle school?  Who can remember anymore??!?!)  Its been such a pleasure to see her rise in the ranks as a wedding photographer in her own right, so I wish Robin and Carly all the best!

vintage wedding dress with red shoes

cartoon invitation & outdoor ceremony decor

wedding bands

outdoor wedding ceremony

outdoor wedding ceremony

mckittrick hotel wedding

From Robin:

Carly and I weren’t originally planning on having a formal wedding.  We couldn’t resist the gorgeous rooftop garden and the 1930’s speakeasy-style bar at the McKittrick Hotel, site of Sleep No More, an off-broadway interactive theatre experience.  Since I also frequently photograph weddings, I had lots of ideas on how to keep my ceremony and party simple and cut out unnecessary stresses and expenses.  I didn’t want a huge wedding dress, I wanted something simple, elegant, and timeless, so I chose an Alice and Olivia maxi dress in a bone color.  I bought $24 red with gold detail vintage shoes and a leather clutch from Etsy to go with the leather detail in my dress.  Carly bought a deep red GANT jacket and paired it with gray pants and Ben Sherman shoes.  We tried to stick to a color scheme of reds, off-whites, gold and navy, which felt very fall to us.

We’ve been together for five years and have lots of mutual friends and family in the area. Since our plan was to move to Los Angeles this winter, we wanted to have a big New York party with our friends and family and get legally married in the amazing city where we met and fell in love.

We hired the wonderful Jessie Blum to help us construct our personal ceremony complete with our own meaningful vows and chosen quotes.  I also made sure we had Kelly Kollar, a friend and colleague, there to flawlessly photograph the day.

The space is so beautiful, we didn’t need to add much in the way of decorations.  Our friends made the flags for our ceremony and added colorful mason jars.  I also had an illustrator, Rosa Middleton, do the drawing of myself and Carly for display at the wedding.  We served mulled wine at the outdoor ceremony and provided wool blankets for anyone who was feeling chilly.  We had a violin player there as guests arrived.  After the noon ceremony we continued inside where we had an amazing band perform.  We decided to have a buffet style lunch and a candy bar with jars filled with our immediate family members candy along with stamped bags.

We chose not to do anything formally at the reception.  Our best friends gave short toasts, we danced spontaneously with our family and with each other and the last hour of the reception, after the band was done, we put on an ipod full of dance music.  After our lunch reception, we continued on to our karaoke after-party.  For me, it was the perfect wedding and a day neither of us will ever forget.

Photographer: Kelly Kollar
Ceremony & reception venue: McKittrick Hotel
Added decorations: Designed by friends
Officiant: Jessie BlumIllustration: Rosa Middleton
Robin’s dress: Alice and Olivia
Carly’s jacket: GANT Rugger
Hair Stylist: Kristin Jones from The Parlour Brooklyn
Makeup Artist: Christina Natale
Robin shoes, clutch, earrings: Vintage
Robin’s gold hair piece: Eddera
Carly’s shoes: Ben Sherman

[images from Kelly Kollar]

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Real Brooklyn wedding: Michelle + Jonathan

first reveal with bride and groom

bride and groom closeup

wedding dress and groom

bride and groom

bridesmaids with balloons

bridesmaids with balloons

groomsmen in grey


red and green boutonnieres

groom and pink bouquet

invitations with wedding rings

green building wedding ceremony

bridesmaids in grey with pink bouquets

first kiss

green building ceremony

pink centerpieces

pink centerpieces

karate chopping the cake

cake cutting

cake tasting

dancing at reception in short dress

green building wedding reception with sparklers

green building wedding reception with sparklers

 To us, our wedding was like a fun day with a bunch family and good friends. The only difference was that we got to dress up! We did most of the planning ourselves and had the help of family and friends. We chose the green building because it was in such a beautiful open space and we loved the fact that it was right in the neighborhood we lived.

We were on a bit of a budget so we put together most of the decor ourselves even though the green building is pretty enough by itself. The top three priorities for our wedding were photography, music, and food. We are so blessed to have found LES LOUPS because they are rock star team of photographer and DJ. We were overjoyed at how beautifully she captured the day. Kenan did an awesome job spinning the songs we love as well as pleasing the crowd. We couldn’t have picked a better DJ. Jonathan and I has so much fun dancing we probably forgot we were at our own wedding! The best part was having a photo booth set up because that’s where we got to see the guests have fun.
We are so happy with how our wedding turned out especially because we actually got to enjoy it. The best part was when my husband surprised me with a song while playing the ukele. His friend harmonized with him and it was so sweet I was speechless. The guests loved it!
My advice for couples on their wedding day is to try to relax, eat, and really spend time hanging out with all our family and friends. Oh yes , and sparklers add a really nice touch for pictures.
Photography and DJ: les loups pictures and songs
Flowers: Sprout Home
Hair And makeup : SEI Tomoko east, Tomoko Omae
Wedding dress: Watters, style Mimi
Cake: Friend, LP Cheung
Shoes: BHLDN
Flower fascinator: Tessa Kim
Invitations, table numbers, escort cards, menu: Jonathan Lo,

[images from Les Loups]

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