Real wedding: Lindsay + Joey

You all must remember Lindsay + Joey’s engagement photos from last year, so I’m so happy to be able to show off their wedding!

Everyone told us it would be, and our wedding indeed turned out to be the best day of our lives.  The experience of having everyone important to us gathered in one place to celebrate our commitment to each other was surreal.

We wanted our wedding to be rustic and chic at the same time–classy, but casual.  We also wanted to get married in my home town – Sacramento.  Not only did we have a personal friendship with the Wilson family, but we fell in love with Wilson Vineyards from the second we saw it.  Located in Clarksburg, just outside of Sacramento, it truly captures everything that is great about California’s Central Valley.  A beautiful old barn sits on the property overlooking the vineyards on one side and a creek on the other.  We held the ceremony just outside the barn on the lawn, and shaded everyone under parasols.

Immediately following the ceremony we held a cocktail hour on the lawn, and our dear friend, soul singer Chris Pierce and his band performed for our first dance (his song, “Slow Life”), with an hour-long set to follow for us all to dance to.

We held the rest of the dancing, as well as dinner, cake-cutting, and toasts inside the open-air barn, with only a brief and spontaneous migration out into the vineyards to witness the staggering sunset. The buffet-style feast was at once a raving success and our biggest regret of the night – we got so caught up talking and dancing that we didn’t eat a bite! Luckily, we knew from our tasting that the food was superb; our friends still talk about it. We danced the remaining hours until the party’s end, and left on an enduring high.

Our memories are enhanced by photographer Brion Hopkins’ artful capturing of the faces, the energy, and the ambiance created by the hard work of everyone listed below. His knack for shooting in an original, yet timeless fashion was the reason we chose him and is the reason we’re thankful to have his photos as the lasting record of the best day of our lives.


Location: Wilson Vineyards, Clarksburg, CA
Wedding Coordinator – Sandy Wilson
Caterer: All Seasons, All Reasons
DJ: Tom Fretwell
Cake: The Sweetest Things, Sacramento, CA
Florist: Katie Edwards of Ambience Floral Design
Hair/Makeup: Artisan Salon
Dress: Miosa (Sacramento, CA)
Shoes: JCrew
Groom’s Suit: Theory
Photographer: Brion Hopkins

[images from Brion Hopkins Photography]

Brion Hopkins is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s vendor listings.

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Real wedding: Jeni + Pat

Isn’t a gorgeous wedding the best way to start off the week?  I sure think so!  Jeni and Pat have amazing style and pulled off the coolest foodie wedding!

Patrick and I had just returned from a three month European “sabbatical” when we were surprised by a little bun in the oven! We decided to wait to have a proper wedding so that our little guy could be there to share in the festivities too. However, having a baby and a wedding in one year would prove to be challenging (read: expensive), not to mention having them both in New York (read: SUPER, ridiculously expensive). So, we had to set our financial priorities straight – food, booze, photos and music, in that order.

Luckily, my husband the chef has some wonderful friends at No.7 restaurant who generously hosted both the ceremony and the reception. One of my bridesmaids got herself ordained and gave the most intimate, beautiful reading that I could have ever imagined. I didn’t plan on a theme, but we went with lots of vintage accessories and homemade accouterments. The whole wedding felt like a prohibition era party – lots of dancing and wild abandon.  With the tireless help of my maid of honor and some great friends, Patrick and I had the most fun, stress-free wedding (even with an infant in tow).

Dress: Off the shelf from a shop in the LES
Accessories: Veil from Etsy, Necklaces from Cog & Pearl and JCrew, Fur from the Brooklyn Flea, Cardigan from my Mom
Hair and Makeup: Andrea Palumbos

Groom: Suit from Ben Sherman
Bridesmaids: Dresses from Anthropologie, Jewelry from Cog and Pearl
Groomsmen: Shirts from JCrew, ties and suspenders from the Brooklyn Flea
Baby Ring Bearer: H&M

Flowers: Zuzu’s Petals in Park Slope
Photography: Weddings by Two
Band: Roosevelt Dime
Food: Tyler Kord, No.7
Invitations: Foil and Letter Press, Print Icon

[images from Weddings by Two]
Weddings by Two is a sponsor of Brooklyn Bride

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Real wedding: Hannah + Brad

I’ve seriously been dying to see this Vera Wang dress on a real bride, so I’m extra excited to share this wedding with you today! And shot beautifully by the fabulous Tory Williams of course!

Our wedding was everything we imagined. We wanted it to be relaxed and fun and most of all a reflection of us.

The ceremony was super short. We had a good friend officiate and during the part where he said, ‘ is there anyone present who knows of a reason why Hannah & Brad cannot be married’, our Dog, Bagel (flower dog), howled. We couldn’t have planned it better!

We wanted to have a cocktail hour type feel to the whole evening, so we had drinks and passed appetizers on the roof terrace of the Foundry for the cocktail hour. Then we headed to the main space to party. We had tapas style service for the food including Kentucky style ribs and English bangers and mash, reflecting our backgrounds.

Our guests ate, drank and danced the entire night away, which is exactly how we wanted it.

Our wedding was not a traditional wedding but to us it was perfect.


Location: The Foundry
Caterer: Tip of the Tongue
Florist: Saipua
Lights: Plant Specialist Inc.
Hair/makeup: Once Upon a Bride
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Men’s suits: JCrew
Dog’s accessories: Doggy Style NYC
Bridesmaids dresses: Theory, Cynthia Vincent and Alice & Olivia
Flower girl dress: Pegeen
Photographer: Tory Williams

[images from Tory Williams]

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Real wedding: Rachel + Giovanni

Here’s a lovely outdoor wedding to warm you up in this frigid weather!  Its positively dreamy, and I love the fact that the bride and her bridesmaids did all the flowers themselves!  Such pros!

Special congrats to their photographer, Scott Clark, who became a daddy yesterday!


Venue: Cole Hill Farm Estate, Kingston NY
Catering: Fresh Company, Garrison NY
Rentals: Events Unlimited, Saugerties NY
Music: Bride and Groom created playlist
Flowers: Purchased at River Garden (Union Square Market) and Chelsea Flower Market and assembled by bride and friends
Cakes: The Alternative Baker, Rosendale, NY
Boutonnières and corsages: Bonbon Oiseau
Bridal Gown: JCrew
Shoes: Coach
Grooms Tux: Jcrew
Stationary: Printed by Sesame Letterpress, designed by bride
Photography: Scott Clark Photo

[images from Scott Clark Photography]

Fresh Company is a sponsor of Brooklyn Bride

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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!

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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