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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Real wedding: Marketa + Andrew

Marketa and Andrew’s wedding is the perfect mix of classy and modern, and seriously, how perfect is the Foundry??

Andrew and I were married on August 14th, 2010. We wanted a small, intimate New York City  wedding but still wanted it to feel like a Big party. We are both very busy, so we immediately decided we needed to keep everything local in our beloved Long Island City. The venue we chose was the Foundry, which set the stage for the whole feel of the wedding.  We kept decor simple and rustic, and only used flowers and candles to decorate, leaving  the rest up to the beautiful Venue. The grand finale was a surprise, and sealed it as a true New York City wedding, a checker cab ride over the Queensboro Bridge.


Catering and Cake:  Susan Laurance Catering
Flowers: Verde Flowers
Dress: JCrew
Suit: YSL
Photography: Stephanie Reinish

[images from Stephanie Reinish]

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Real wedding: Amanda + Jeremy

I caught glimpses of Amanda’s wedding on Facebook, so when she sent me the pictures to post, I jumped at the chance!  Its so sweet and simple, and I love that she did all her own florals, and thought about the personality of each bridesmaid for their bouquets.

What is special about a wedding is that it allows every detail and choice to reflect your personality. When Jeremy and I began the planning process we knew right away that we wanted to keep our guest list small and have a relaxed and informal wedding. We call Brooklyn home and we wanted our out-of-town family and friends to experience the best of Brooklyn as they celebrated with us.

A neighborhood garden on Bergen Street served as the perfect location for our ceremony and a pre-ceremony cocktail hour. We served fresh fruit and cold drinks and Jeremy and I were able to greet each person as they arrived. After everyone arrived we invited them to stand near us for the short ceremony. Afterwards everyone walked over to the Flatbush Farm for an amazing meal.

As a florist, I love so many different flowers and it was tough to decide what I wanted to use for the bouquets and centerpieces. My personal style tends to be very clean and simple, and I don’t like too many flowers mixed together. My bridesmaids carried bouquets of all one type of flower that I thought fit their personality. Jeremy wanted his boutonniere to be a dark flower– so I used a great summer flower called scabiosa. My bouquet was a bunch of white astilbe. For the centerpieces I filled mason jars with hosta leaves, fern, chamomile and millet grass.


Brides’ ring: St. Kilda
Grooms’ ring: Fly Rite Tattoo
Favors: black & white cookies from Mazzola Bakery
Officiant: Rev. Charles Gilmore
Photographer: Marisela Vargas
Flowers: QuatreCoeur
Reception dinner: Flatbush Farm

[iages from Marisela Vargas]

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Real wedding: Jenny + Patrick

Its kinda fun that the whole jumping off point for this wedding was the groom’s love of biking!  Jenny can tell you the rest…

The two things Patrick and I knew we wanted for our wedding was a photo booth and macaroni and cheese.  Beyond that, our inspiration came from fun, down-to-earth wedding blogs and our own person style — which is  something along the lines of a mid-century mash-up with contemporary flair. Ha! We wanted it to feel vintage  inspired, without being overdone. Like a big family meal, with simple decorations and flowers. What we ended  up with was beyond our imagination. The evening was beautiful.

Patrick & Jenny: In Motion from Aaron Hawes on Vimeo.


Venue: Les Bourgeois Vineyards
Cake: Cakes with a Personal Touch
Wedding dress: Nicole Miller
Bridesmaids dresses: JCrew
Groom’s tie: Cyberoptix Tie Lab
Flowers: Kent’s Floral Gallery
Photobooth: Photobooth StL
DJ: Aaron Rose
Hair: The Marc

[images from Hawes Photography]

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Real wedding: Katherine + Johnny

Katherine + Johnny in my mind had the quintessential Brooklyn wedding…a gorgeous ceremony under the Brooklyn Bride, reception at a fabulous eatery, and lots of wonderfully handmade details!  I am DYING over her gorgeous dress and veil, made by her talented friend Bobby!

Johnny and I were married on June 12 in our beloved Brooklyn. We wanted to have a low-key wedding and a great party to celebrate with our family and friends. We planned everything ourselves, using internet resources like this one for inspiration. It took a lot of work and some networking skills (thanks friends and family!) but we think we achieved our goal of an intimate, personal wedding with fun details that did not totally break the bank.

We had such a wonderful time at our wedding. We felt lucky that we were able to plan an event that felt right for us. It truly is one of the most amazing days of your life. To all the future brides out there good luck and have fun!


Officiant: Hilda Gieco
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park
Reception: Frankie’s Sputino 457
Music: Annalisa Ewald
Mustaches: Whisker Works
Guestbook: The Handmade Boutique
Dress & veil: Bobby Frederick Tilley II
Hankerchief: Hank & Tillie
Photographer: Daniel Krieger
Cakes: Nine Cakes
Flowers: Opalia Flowers
Hair and Makeup: Fresh Face Forward
Jewelry: Romancing the Bling
Rings: made by a family friend
Vintage key favors: Sugar Letter
Invitations: We Heart Paper Letterpress
Day of Coordinator: Melissa McNeeley

[images from Daniel Krieger]

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