Real wedding: Courtney + Brian

I’m really pumped to show off this wedding…you probably know Courtney from her lovely blog, head vs heart, and have definitely seen her invitations all over the place.  Their wedding was a plethora of colors, graphics, and quirky details, perfect for this modern couple.  I loved every piece of it!

As a pair of graphic designers, Brian and I knew that creating our wedding would be both the most exciting and most challenging project we’ve worked on yet. From the beginning our goals were to make sure that every detail reflected who we are as a couple, to make our guests feel welcome (many of them were traveling long distances) and, of course, to throw a fun party.

The look and feel evolved throughout the process, starting with our Save the DatesInvitations, but we were always going for a look that was type-driven, colorful and modern. And we carried that throughout the whole event from the groomsmen’s socks to the out-of-town gift bags to the cupcake flags. We also added some interactive elements to break the ice—each guest had a personalized button pointing them to their seating assignment, and each table had its own set of buttons as well (Brian painstakingly made 500 of them). This was a huge hit—our friends and family are still talking about it over two months later. and 

When all is said and done neither one of us has any idea how much time we spent on all of our wedding projects, but we both agree that it was all absolutely worth it. Though as great as everything turned out, in the end the details aren’t what mattered most. And as I said on head vs. heart, the mental snap shots that will really stick with me are every one get ting down on the dance floor, the Red Sox vs. Yankees cheering (Oh yeah, it happened. All in good fun though), the amazing speeches by our favorite people, and the experience of standing up there on that beautiful day making such huge, meaningful promises to each other.

Our amazing vendors:

Photography: Unusually Fine
Venue: Battery Gardens
Paper Goods: The Bride and Groom, Seamless Paperie
Flowers: Blossom and Branch
Cupcakes: Cupcake Stop
Make-up: Michelle Stern
Hair: Styles on B
Bridesmaids/Bride: Jenny Yoo

[images from Unusually Fine]

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Real elopement: Vanessa + Atiq

So here’s a new one for you…Vanessa & Atiq married themselves.  Thats right…you heard correctly.  Apparently in Colorado you can do that, and I’m loving it!  Who’s needs an officiant to tell you how much you love each other when you can just do it yourselves in a beyond personal ceremony for 2?

‘Atiq and I wanted everything to be simple and cozy. We wanted to enjoy our wedding day and not plan a day for other people.  I picked Cheeseman Park for its beautiful columns and picturesque settings. I wanted the balloons for a bouquet because ever since I was a kid I wanted to be carried away into the sky with balloons. I felt it would be a charming scene to be in a white dress stepping out of a yellow city taxicab with a bunch of balloons in tow. From the moment I stepped out of the taxi it was going to be about us sharing our love and exchanging our vows. Melissa’s pictures showed it all. I was so happy that this moment was here and I was able to enjoy all of it with my husband. All the details came from our hearts we wrote our vows, I made our cake, and even sculpted the wedding cake topper. We topped it off with the most romantic and unforgettable carriage ride to our favorite restaurant, Luca D’italia, where we had our wedding dinner. We planned it to be our romance day, and it was. ‘

[images from Fresh in Love Photography]

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Real wedding: Rachel + David

Every time I see this wedding, I keep thinking how quintessentially Brooklyn it is…

What a classic portrait!


Photographer: Heather O’Brien of Oak Street Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Ceremony Venue: Greenpoint Shul
Reception Venue: Polonaise Terrace in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Band: Slavic Soul Party
Formal Photographs location: Le Grenier Antiques and Houseware in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

[images from Oak Street Studio]

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Real wedding: Aubry + Colin

A couple after my own heart…Chad and I are transplants to Brooklyn and for our wedding wanted nothing but to have all our relatives love it as much as we did!

I’m from Florida and Colin is from Michigan, but Brooklyn is where we have “nested.” It was extremely important to us to bring our closest friends and family to the place we both call home for our wedding day. We stumbled upon MyMoon which was only 11 blocks from our home and it was everything we wanted in a venue – urban with a hint of romance, an outdoor space and plenty of room for dancing (including a specially choreographed line dance from mother of the bride, an avid line dancer)! Most of the elements were DIY and it brought a more personal touch to a wedding that focused on family, friends, love and overall good times! We can honestly say, as many couple before us, it was the best day of our lives!


DJ: Rob for DJ Gaza
Bridesmaids: JCrew
Bride Dress: Romona Keveza
Flowers: Gardenia Organic
Groom/Groomsmen: Express
Venue/Catering: MyMoon

[images from Robert Sukrachand Photography]

Robert Sukrachand is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Real wedding: Suzanne + Paul

cooper square hotel wedding by bonnie tsang

Suzanne & Paul did New York City up right with their wedding…ceremony up at a stylish hotel rooftop, and the reception at a stylish eatery!

We tied the knot with our current hometown and favorite city as backdrop at the Cooper Square Hotel. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. The penthouse space with its overwhelming views of downtown Manhattan was the perfect vessel for our moving ceremony officiated by a friend ordained for the wedding. Our intimate group of 98 then paraded three blocks to Butter restaurant for a family-style feast by the amazing chef Alex Guarnaschelli. Tiny birch logs I sanded by hand and stamped with guests’ names served as placecards, and tapered candles and vintage wine glasses culled from thrift stores worked as simple centerpieces. The evening unfolded with one beautiful memory after another as the laughter, heartfelt words and exuberant dancing went on late into the night. Highlights included a surprise groom’s cake shaped like our dog Milo jumping out a present, and a sweet ending when our party tumbled into the street where an ice cream truck provided by our friends at Heartsrevolution awaited.

cooper square hotel wedding by bonnie tsang

dog grooms cake

popsicle truck at wedding


Location:  Cooper Square Hotel
Reception:  Butter
Dress & Veil:  Vera Wang
Jewelry:  Kentshire @ Bergdorf Goodman
Hair and Makeup:  Sissi Chan
Groom’s Suit:  Isaia
Photographer:  Bonnie Tsang
Cake:  Pink Cake Box
Flowers:  Saipua
Ice Cream Truck:  Heartschallenger from Heartsrevolution

[images from Bonnie Tsang]

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