Real wedding: Anna + Daniel

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This wedding was not only super chic with amazing views, but took the traditional idea of a seated reception and flipped it on its head by turning it into a fabulous cocktail party!

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From the bride:

We knew we wanted a simple wedding, so we decided to strip it down to its essence and just throw a fun cocktail party with our closest family and friends. Our venue was a really unique photography studio in midtown Manhattan called Gary’s Loft, which is furnished with all kinds of vintage furniture and props used for shoots (including a fake bathroom set that we ended up using as our bar!). That meant we didn’t need to add flower arrangements, elaborate decorations, or even extra tables or chairs. With just a few candles, the loft was beautiful on its own, and our guests could explore and mingle in the space in a way that fit the relaxed vibe we were going for.

Our ceremony took place on the roof deck of the loft, with the nearby Empire State Building acting as the most stunning backdrop we could have imagined. We decided to make our entrance together and walk down the “aisle” as a couple. We also chose to speak our vows to each other without using a microphone. Although most of our guests couldn’t hear us, many people told us afterwards that watching our faces during that moment felt more intensely personal than hearing our words.

For the cocktail portion of the evening, we hired Landhaus, a caterer that runs the kitchen at the popular Brooklyn bar The Woods. They put together an awesome, informal “floating supper” of passed bites, which included Landhaus’ famous maple bacon sticks, miniature pastrami sandwiches and lobster rolls, clam chowder, fluke ceviche, and crab (the seafood was all fresh from the caterer’s family business in Maine). We asked a couple of talented friends to DJ and let the rest of the night take its course. Luckily, the venue staff was very understanding and didn’t make us stop dancing on the roof until 2am. It really was the best party we’d ever been to!

VENDORS

Bride’s dress: J. Mendel
Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s suit: J. Crew
Hair stylist: Laura Mitchell
Makeup artist (friend of the couple): Anne Kohlhagen
Venue: Gary’s Loft
Planner: Big Juicy Events
Photographers (friends of the couple): Jennifer Czyborra & Brian Park
Invitations: Minted
Paper décor: Devra Party
Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals
Food + dessert: Landhaus

[images from Jennifer Czyborra & Brian Park]

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Real wedding: Emily + Jamie

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Emily & Jamie met in high school, so this was a wedding a long time in the making, filled with friends, family and love!  Making it less formal by hosting it at their favorite restaurant definitely gave it a more party feel.

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How do you sum up the best day of your life?
-good food, good wine, good friends, good family, good music, lots of love (and a good photographer)

We decided to have our wedding in one of our favorite places to eat and drink and keep it small so it would feel more like a dinner party. We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better venue and the staff was amazing.  A lot of our friends and family donated their artistic abilities to us and helped create the look and feel that day which made it even more special.

My wife and I met in high school and reconnected years later in Los Angeles so a lot of our guests were from back home which was great. Watching so many people who hadn’t met before the wedding become friends that night was one of our favorite things to see.

VENDORS

Photographer – Jennifer Emerling
Cake – The Fancy Boyz
Photo Booth – Flipbooth
Venue and catering – Barbrix
DJ – Shelby Chestnut
Coordinator – Chelsea Oliver
Florist – Linda Van Bergen and Chelsea Oliver
Hair/Makeup – Lindsey Burwell
Live Music – Dameon Lee
Invitations – Katie Mantle
Jewelry – Natalie Scott
Wedding Dress – Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Wedding Suit – Stella McCartney
Bride’s Shoes – Willie’s Shoe Service
Bouquets and Boutonierres – Clementine Floral Works
Hotel for wedding party and out of towners – Ace Hotel

[images from Jennifer Emerling]

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Real wedding: Erin + Brad

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I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of a good 501 Union wedding in Brooklyn…this one is super chic, stylish and minimal, just the way I like it!

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From the bride:

Erin and Brad wanted to find a space that reflected their personality and style and would allow for the wedding and reception to be held in the same location. 501 Union was the perfect venue; it was only a few miles from their apartment and it had an industrial but polished, chic aesthetic. The space was quintessentially “Brooklyn” and with its location, it gave them the opportunity to show their friends and out of town guests the vibe of their neighborhood and lives in NYC.

The couple began their day in the bridal and groom suites at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge. They headed over to Brooklyn Bridge Park for first reveal and photos their families and the wedding party. The ceremony was held at dusk in the venue’s garden area which provided an airy outdoor ambiance. For the cocktail hour, the guests moved into the lounge for drinks and stepped outside to enjoy tasty bites from Tribeca Tacos food truck. Brad and Erin took photos  on the Union Street bridge over the Gowanus Canal and then headed back to enjoy food and drinks with the guests. Following cocktail hour, dinner was held in the gallery space. Once the wedding formalities were over, the party really kicked off. With awesome music, an instant photo booth and lively guests, the wedding became a celebration to remember.

Thanks to their wedding team, friends and families, Erin and Brad had the awesome day that they hoped for!!

VENDORS

Venue – 501 Union
Planner – Hollis Scarborough with Silvercreek Events and Design
DJ – MD music and Entertainment (Matty Stuart)
Photography –  Golden Hour Studios
Photo Booth – The Booth photo and video
Catering – Govinda’s Vegetarian Brooklyn (Satya Hadra)
Officiant – John Furste (The River NYC)
Cocktail Hour – TriBeCa Taco Truck

[images from Golden Hour Studios]

 

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Real wedding: Cate + Justin

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How chic are these two??  I love how the florals are super simple, with lots of greenery for the bouquets and minimal white and gold for the reception.  So modern and clean!

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From the bride:

We loved our big day. We felt overwhelmed with gratitude for the (ridiculous) amount of love and support from our local community. It was so fun to throw a wedding where old and new friends left their mark on every detail of the day – everything from the custom-made bow tie for the groom to the magic photo location where restaurateur friends popped open their champagne to host our guests during photos.

The venue was very special to us as well (and a real labor of love). Justin spent the past year as a project manager, opening The Source, an artisan food market that occupies a former 1880’s brick foundry that houses a collective of food artisans and retailers offering everything from craft cocktails to freshly baked bread, street tacos to contemporary flower arrangements. Acorn hit the dinner and cocktails out of the park (we were told by more than half the guests it was the best wedding dinner they had ever had), one of the groomsmen DJed and got everyone on the dance floor (even Gram & Gramps!), and we made our get-away on Justin’s 1962, cherry red Vespa.

VENDOR LIST:

Photography: Our Love Is Loud
Floral: Beet & Yarrow
Caterer: Acorn at The Source
Day of Coordination: Hey! Party Collective
Video: Shot by Other Worldly Productions, Edited by Cate Croft
Portrait Photo Location: The Populist
Tux: The Black Tux
Grooms Bow Tie: Primary Ties
Hair: Clementine’s Boutique
Design: The Kin Collective

[images from Our Love Is Loud]

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Real wedding: Jillian + Joe

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What an amazing venue 501 Union is, with the perfect lighting for indoor weddings, and the utterly chic, minimal styling for this couple.  Its so lush, it makes me wish we had Spring back!!

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From the bride:

When we first started wedding planning, we immediately agreed on two things – that our wedding should feel like a big party, and that it should feel like us. It’s why we spun every wedding tradition into something that felt fun, relaxed and personal. We also knew that we wanted to get married in New York. It’s where most of our family and friends live so it just made sense.

We found 501 Union after taking a tour of the Green Building, their sister venue across the street. The Green Building was lovely, but 501 Union had more of the glamorous, yet fun atmosphere we wanted. The space was perfect for our 120 guests, but can definitely accommodate a lot more.

We chose to do a first look and all of our family photos before the wedding – something I really recommend doing, so that you can enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests. I was hesitant at first, because I didn’t know if I wanted to ruin the surprise of Joe seeing me for the first time coming down the aisle, but I’m actually very  glad we did it this way. The day goes by quickly, and this gave us an extra moment together before the madness of the wedding began. And really,if anything, it made us both a lot more relaxed for the ceremony – which can be an intense thing, if you’re not used to being the center of 100+ people’s attention.

We chose not to have a bridal party, because we wanted all of our guests to feel special, and to reduce costs for us and our friends.

Instead of cake, we had donuts from Peter Pan – a shop in Greenpoint we visit way too often, or not often enough depending on how you look at it. :)

With the help of our awesome officiant, Hope Mirlis, we invented our own unity ceremony – the making of the Manhattan – instead of the traditional mixing of the wines. Despite reservations about mixing a cocktail during your wedding ceremony, this was a huge hit. It felt very personal to us, because we enjoy a cocktails, and it was a refreshing surprise for guests to see something different for a unity ceremony. It also helped lighten up our ceremony and keep it fun.

I have to give a shout out to our caterer, Butcher Bar, from Astoria. Hands down the best BBQ in New York, and they were a fantastic caterer that customized our menu, and really went above and beyond to make our day special.
Our DJ did a great job considering we wanted a lot of different types of music. For our cocktail hour, he played all of our favorite classic rock – music we love, but can’t really dance to. We hence dubbed it “Rocktail Hour.” For dinner he played a mix of our favorite classics from Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Ottis Redding and more. The dance party really got started when he moved through some 70’s disco, 80’s dance hits, and then a smattering of 90’s hip hop and R&B. Did we play Space Jam at our wedding? Yes.
One of my favorite moments from our wedding was when our good friend read a poem she wrote for us. When we first met with her to go through the first draft of the poem, we were both in tears. It never needed another draft. It was already perfect.

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably here because you’re planning your own wedding and want some inspiration and advice. My best advice is to throw all of the wedding “must dos” out the window from day one, and just plan an event that celebrates the two of you and the people you love in any way you want. Don’t feel like you have to do something because you saw it on Pinterest, and don’t feel like you can’t do something because someone else already did it at their wedding. We didn’t have a photo booth. We didn’t have a 6 course meal with monogrammed napkins. We didn’t have a marching band or a design your own mint julep bar. Not that there are anything wrong with those things. Those things are awesome. We just did what we wanted, tried not to compare our wedding to anyone elses, and everyone had an amazing time! Because that’s the thing. Your guests are there to celebrate with you, eat, drink, dance, and be happyKeep that in mind as you plan.

Speaking of planning, try not to get stuck in decision-making limbo. Planning goes so much more smoothly if you just lock down decisions efficiently and early. If it feels right, lock it down! If it doesn’t, move on. The more things you get in place, the easier it is to envision the day, and the less you have to wonder about as it draws closer and closer. We had a year to plan, and in hindsight, it probably could have taken less time if we were more confident in our decision making.

Also, hire a day-of coordinator. This will make everything so much easier. You don’t want to be looking at the clock on the dance floor, wondering if it’s cake cutting time. That’s what a day-of coordinator is for.

Lastly, and not many people tell you this, but now that we’re on the other side of the planning, it feels really really good! Our wedding was one of the best days of our lives, but now that it’s over, we’re free to start focusing on what’s next. And knowing that we can do that with each other is the best feeling.

VENDORS
Venue: 501 Union
Caterer: Butcher Bar
Photographer: Sandy Soohoo
Donuts: Peter Pan
Day-Of Coordinator: Alexandra Townsend
Officiant: Hope Mirlis
Dress: Theia, from Lovely Bride NYC
Suit: JCrew
Makeup – Kaori Soda

[images from  Jacob Arthur Studio]

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