Real wedding: Brooke + Jason

After 10 years of dating, Jason and I were engaged on Aug 19th 2009. He proposed on the corner on 79th and 3rd in rush hour traffic. It was very romantic and New York.

Our initial instinct was to get married on a vineyard with an antique feel, but neither the vineyard nor other options were doing it for us, until we found the Metropolitan Building. It WOWED me from the moment I walked in. The space, the details, the furniture, the overall feel made me feel right at home. I knew it was the perfect place for our wedding!!

Many different things were important to us. One of the most important was our vendors.

We fell in love with Kim Sozzi from Creation Music at a previous wedding- we booked her right away. She HAD to be there!!

I did a lot of research for my other vendors. Almost instantaneously, I felt a connection with Spencer from 5 West Studios, and even more importantly fell in love with his work.  His pictures seem to capture the moments in a way no others can! I also loved the videography from 5 West – I cried when I saw a sample video and I didn’t even know the couple!

Melanie from Melarosa did a fabulous job. She was sweet, real, and sincere from the start. Both Spencer and Melanie were able to ‘see’ my vision and understand exactly what I wanted!

We wanted to make sure our guests were happy, well-fed, and, of course, well hydrated! We choose Elegant Affairs and had rave reviews about the food and presentation.

With so many little details we didn’t want to worry about it, so we hired Roberta Shoten from Twist Fresh Events to handle the wedding coordination. We couldn’t have gotten through the wedding without her help!

Once the wedding day came, everything came together perfectly. It was exactly what I had hoped for!

Vendors
Dress: Pnina Tornai
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Veil: Eileen Villena
Band: Kim Sozzi from Creation Music
Flowers: Melarosa
Food and Decoration: Elegant Affairs
Photography and Videography: 5 West Studios
Planning: Robert Shoten

[images from 5 West Studios]
5 West Studios is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings.

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Real wedding: Sarah + Reed

This sweet Brooklyn wedding really has the colorful details down pat…congrats Sarah and Reed!

The wedding was completely planned and executed by ourselves and close friends. All the decorations were handmade out of paper that was hand silkscreened with 3 mantras: Love Each Other, Promise Each Other and Celebrate Each Other. We have long been designers and own a local screen printing collective so hand making our wedding was a wonderful project we worked on together. Our closest friend, Ashley Blanch, hand made 15 beautiful pies in place of a wedding cake. The ceremony was at Grand Ferry Park on the East River – so guests had views of the 3 Brooklyn bridges during our ceremony. The reception was at Enid’s – a wonderful space that allowed us to install our wedding in perfect harmony with the existing decor. The bridesmaids and groomsmen chose their dresses and ties based on the paper/print color palette for the decorations. All the guests managed to dress in color as well! We rode a tandem bicycle from the ceremony to the reception as we are both avid bicyclists.

Vendors:

Photography: Jeremy Harris and Sara Heidinger
Cinematography: Daniel Roland Tierney
Event & Floral Decor: Sarah Mead
Event Planning & Design: Sarah Mead
Ceremony: Grand Ferry Park
Reception: Enid’s
Invitations: Sarah Mead
Jewelry: Jené Despain
Shoes: Sechelles
Dress: JCrew
DJ: Paul Manley
Pies: Ashley Blanch

[images from Jeremy Harris + Sara Heidinger]

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Real wedding: Youngna + Jacob

Of course you remember Youngna + Jacob’s handkerchief wedding invitations right?  I mean, seriously, how could you forget!  They were stinkin adorable!  Well here’s the wedding for you, fresh off the camera, chock full of sweet little details I’m sure you’ll love….

Venue: We were married at the mountaintop home of a family friend in South Kent, Connecticut, who generously let us use the space. It’s a gorgeous modern farmhouse on a dozen acres that overlooks 70 miles of Catskills when facing West. Finding this great location helped us choose our date; we knew it’d be peak foliage.

Date: Our date was October 10, 2010 — 10/10/10! We chose this because it was the Sunday of a holiday weekend, so we knew we could invite guests to stay for brunch on Monday, but also cause we loved the symmetry of the date and wanted to integrate it into some of the design elements of the wedding. We had 125 guests.

Dress: My dress was the first I tried on and came from Saja in Soho. The designer personally walked me to the tailor to have the dress hemmed and was amazing about getting it to fit just right. My shoes were designed by Rachel Comey. Jacob’s (the groom’s) suit was Paul Smith (came from Barney’s) and his shirt + tie were from J.Crew. His shoes were Duckie Brown for Florsheim.

Hair/makeup: I had my hair/makeup done by a wonderful woman named Frances Sorenson who came up from Brooklyn. This was a huge splurge for me! Originally I was going to have a friend do my hair and makeup (I don’t usually wear any), but knew I’d feel more confident having a professional do it. I loved the loosely, pulled back look she gave me and she was also a calming force as I nervously got ready.

Rings: Our rings were made by Caitlin Mociun, a talented Brooklyn-based textile and jewelry designer: http://www.mociun.com/

Invites/stationery: Our invitations (that you posted about!) were made by our amazingly talented friend, Kelli Anderson. Kelli has more photos and the story behind them here: http://www.kellianderson.com/projects/handkermap.html

Flowers Friends made my bridal bouquet and all the table arrangements. The boutonnieres came from Sprout, a great little floral shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My mom brought a huge bundle of bittersweet as well, from Lakeside Farm in upstate New York to add some color.

Photographer: All these photos were taken by our friend and the talented photographer, Todd France: http://www.toddfrancephoto.com/

Menu: For the wedding we went with a local BBQ spot called Woods Pit BBQ that completely won us over (yes, in Connecticut!) and had ribs, chopped brisket, roast chicken, mac n’ cheese, baked beans and cornbread and then Jacob’s (groom’s) mom made an enormous caesar salad (a family recipe) and I made an Asian slaw salad. Our beer was provided by Peak Organic, a brewery owned by our friend Mike Cadoux. We got wine from Bear Flag (great labels, great wine), which we ordered from Dandelion Wine in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. They were SO helpful with letting us taste bottles and were extraordinarily kind throughout the wine decision-making process.

Cake: We didn’t get a traditional wedding cake, but Jacob loves carrot cake, so as a surprise, I had a custom-designed 12″ carrot cake made by Amelia Halverson. She is based in Park Slope, Brooklyn and I’d heard rave reviews about her cakes by a few friends. The carrot cake was frosted with a white chocolate cream cheese icing, and she created the design based on my request for it to be a picture of the two of us in a polaroid on the cake (we are both photographers), and integrate autumnal colors around that. She did a fabulous job and the cake was so delicious! The rest of the dessert table was completely made of up sweets made by friends and relatives. We had: dulce de leche cheesecake bars, pumpkin cupcakes, salted peanut butter brownies, mexican wedding cookies, rocky road bars, Jacob’s grandmother’s recipes cheesecakes and apple pie.

Photobooth: Jacob runs a Brooklyn-based photobooth company called Shootbooth, which we naturally had at the wedding! It’s designed so you feel like you are getting photographed by this antique camera, but then you can get printouts on the spot to take home with you. They do all kinds of custom backgrounds — for ours, I wanted to use the fall colors and so I sewed a series of felt garlands to string up and bought the felt circles on Etsy. You can see a gallery of photos + the video they put together here: http://shootbooth.com/index.php?/galleries/jacob-and-youngna/

Some DIY projects we did:
1. Chuppah: Jacob’s dad went into the woods and found / cut the branches we used as chuppah poles. The fabric on the chuppah was embroidered by my mom and is a modern interpretation of a traditional Korean tapestry including the symbols of clouds, cranes, water and mountains. This was also used in a separate Korean ceremony called a Paebaek that we’d had the day before.

2. Signage: Our friend Dustin John laser-burnished signs saying CEREMONY, 10/TEN/10 –>, WC with arrows into wood, which we placed around the grounds and to help people find the location.

3. Table decor: Our tables were designated by etchings of leaves that my mom made (she is a printmaker) from leaves found at my family home. So, the table names were Oak, Pine, Cherry, Poplar, Maple, Tulip, etc. At each seat, there was also a hand-sewn napkin (all sewn by my mom). Silverware was rolled and tied inside with jute, and a nametag with an illustration to match the leaves was attached.

4. Pumpkins: Our friend Vicki Hendrix did an amazing pumpkin-carving job, carving the 10/TEN/10 logo to make a jack-o-lantern!

5. Pom-pom garlands: We made a canopy of pom poms to hang over the entry-way and also behind the dj booth with multi-colored (in bold fall colors) crepe paper.

6. Food: as mentioned, our friends provided all the desserts aside from the carrot cake. Family, friends and Jacob and myself made all the hors d’oeuvres as well.

7. Guest book: I typed up about 100 different prompts on index cards, which we clothes-pinned to some string and guests could choose one they liked and fill it out. They said things like “One thing I’ll always remember about 10/10/10 is… ” and “My advice for married life is:…” and so on.

[images from Todd France Photography]

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Real wedding: Sarah + Sean

Maya from Alimay Events sent over this super sleek, totally NYC wedding at Tribeca Rooftop, and its totally worth sharing with you guys….I love how the monogram was carried out throughout the day from the out of town bags and invitations right down to the ice sculpture!  Maya gives all the details below…

Sarah and Sean tied the knot on June 12, 2010 at NYC’s Tribeca Rooftop. Their modern elegant style drew them to this sleek venue with a gorgeous rooftop and AMAZING views.  The ceremony was filled with love, mixed traditions, and beautiful vows.   Sarah and Sean wanted a rockin’ party and that’s just what they got!  Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the rooftop during sunset followed by dancing and partying the night away. DeJuan Stroud, created the magnificent floral decor and Bentley Meeker Lighting created the ambiance in the room.  We created a custom logo for the newlyweds which was used on the entrance doors, dance floor, menus, programs and even their new thank you stationary!  Sarah & Sean fell in love with the idea of having a digital photo booth at their reception.  Guests took their own photos and the images were projected on a wall throughout the reception.  The images were put in frames and given to the guests as favors.  The party ran well into the next morning with an after-party filled with comfort food, dessert, and a DJ.   Their family and friends filled the wedding day with love, laughter and fun and the wedding was everything they wanted.  A quote from the bride, “The entire night was perfect; so beautiful and happy and fun I can barely believe it was real….an absolute dream.”  The enormously talented, Alison Mayfield of Christian Oth Studio captured the emotion and beauty of the day.

Vendors:

Photography: Alison Mayfield, Christian Oth Studio
Cinematography: Spring Street Films
Event & Floral Decor: DeJuan Stroud
Event Planning & Design: Alimay Events & Productions
Lighting: Bentley Meeker
Ceremony & Reception: Tribeca Rooftop, NYC
Invitations: Elum Designs, Della Carta Calligraphy
Papery: Ali B Designs for Alimay Events & Productions
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Dress: Badgley Mischka
Band and DJ: Faze 4 and DJ Cody
Cake: Lulu Bakery

[images from Christian Oth Studio]

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Real wedding: Brin + Nathan

This wedding had me the minute I saw the cake!  This Hella Jongerius fabric is one of my absolute favs, and I was so excited to see it translated into a cake!  For it to be the inspiration for a whole wedding is the perfect melding of my 2 loves….interior design and weddings!

Nathan and I both work in the design/furniture industry, and wanted a simple, modern, design-focused Brooklyn wedding. We wanted our day to be a celebration filled with some of our favorite local neighborhood places and things, and to be very intimate and budget friendly. We chose to emphasize graphic simplicity (as seen in our choice of flowers, invites, favors, wedding cake, etc.).

We had a pre-ceremony photo shoot at the Noguchi Museum (we both find to be one of the most inspirational spaces in NY, hands down, and Noguchi is one of our favorite designers), followed by an intimate ceremony and reception with 40 of our closest family and friends at Frankie’s Spuntino, where we are regulars (and I do mean regulars). We chose all Brooklyn vendors who understood our vision for simplicity and elegance. Our wedding cake was inspired by a Hella Jongerius textile by Maharam, where I used to work (the fabric draped underneath the cake, and the pattern continued up the cake’s tiers). Our favors were Mast Brothers chocolate bars…we had custom wrappers designed for them, which repeated the graphics from our wedding invites. They went in the blink of an eye! Our concept for flowers was to actually not have flowers at all, but rather to use unusual foliage with interesting textures in mostly greens (with the exception of some gorgeous red eucalyptus). Our table settings were sprinkled with miniature ceramic hands (glove molds) which held everyone’s place cards, repeated in larger colorful vintage hand molds that supported our dinner and cake menus. A night cap was enjoyed by all at the Brooklyn Social nearby. The overall feel of the day was quirky and elegant at the same time, and was completely us!

Vendors:

venue/reception: Frankies Spuntino
day of wedding photography site: Noguchi Museum
photographer: Jen Causey
flowers: Sprout Home
officiant: Jesse Hendrich
dress: Caroline Seikaly
headpiece: vintage, restored by Bridal Veil Falls
shoes: Costume National
rogom’s attire: Paul Smith (all but trousers, from Hans Ubbink, Amsterdam)
makeup: Stephanie Syat
hair: Andre Rodman, Rita Hazan Salon
brides ring: vintage, from Erie Basin
grooms ring: Rosa Maria Jewelry, from Eva Gentry
cake: Nine Cakes
cake inspiration/tablecloth: Hella Jongerius for Maharam
cake topper: Melabo via Etsy
calligraphy: Love, Jenna
letterpress invites: Uschi Weissmueller, A4 Studio
favors: Mast Brothers

[images from Jen Causey]

Jen Causey is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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