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]

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Real wedding: Christina + Seth

This photo above is so striking, right?  Who knew a staircase could be so sexy?  This wedding’s got lots of fun details, right down to the table numbers (photos of door numbers!).  Enjoy!

Seth and I knew we wanted a relatively small, daytime wedding. Something simple but still elegant, modern but with some soft touches. We wanted everything to feel youthful, fresh, and urban. We have lived in New York for the past 5 years and this city just felt like the obvious place to get married. It is a part of who we are now. Despite a couple bumps along the way, in the end, I think we accomplished everything we set out to do. The ceremony was intimate and personal. The decor was unfussy. The food was delicious. Everything just felt really easy and very us.
Vendors:
Photos: Katie Stoops
Ceremony Venue: Soho House New York
Reception Venue: Fig & Olive (Downtown)
Cake: Andrew LeStourgeon of Fig & Olive
Ceremony Music: Royal Strings
Bride’s Dress: J Crew
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Groom’s Suit: J Crew

[images from Katie Stoops Photography]

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Real wedding: Jamie + Brian

 

This wedding is just beyond!  The colors, the location, the photography!  All perfection!

so basically, the goal for our wedding was to have it be a celebration of everyone who was there. and, instead of having it just about the love between brian and myself, it was about celebrating the love that was shared between us, and between our families and friends.

the venet sculpture at art omi called arcs in disorder inspired the ceremony. we wanted it to be intimate and personal so we had the guest circle around us and there was moment of the ceremony where we passed the rings around the circles.

my favorite memory… it’s so difficult. the entire ceremony itself with all the moving readings from my mom and from friends and family as well as our vows — it was more beautiful than we ever could have imagined!

and then afterwards, the slight sun showers and the double rainbows that came out later in the evening were absolutely unreal!!!!  the only time brian and i had seen double rainbows was the day he proposed to me in panama… and the double rainbows were two circles in the sky! (the picture is attached).

diy projects: everything was diy! the colored picture frames (etsy), the flowers (my bridesmaids and family friends did the bouquets), the wedding dress! (it was bought then i embellished it), the shoe clips (etsy), the table cards, the table numbers, the dessert tray tags, all of it!

as for advice, i’d say this: don’t feel like you have to do your wedding in the traditional manner. the more you make it your own, the more you will be able to feel like yourself and the more you’ll be able to enjoy each and every second of it!

Vendors:

venue: art omi sculpture park  artomi.org
catering: tommy carlucci: foodcarlu@aol.com
i altered/embellished a dress from jcrew.com
earrings: sucrenyc.com
groom’s suit: hugo boss

[images from 3photographers]

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Real wedding: Melanie + Jesse

Here’ s a fun outdoor Brooklyn wedding for you…super simple but super sweet!

US
Jesse & I met in college, 13 years ago, nearly to the day, although it took us 11 years to finally get together. That said, everything with our relationship fell into place at the right time, including our wedding. We became engaged in July 2009, but only set our August 1 wedding date in late June 2010. 6 weeks in advance is barely standard for most couples to send out their invites, never mind to start planning their wedding! To say we put the wedding together quickly would be an understatement.

We debated a destination wedding for some time but in the end we realized it made sense to get married right here in NYC where we met, live and fell in love. Once we decided on the date we knew the wedding would be outdoors in Brooklyn Bridge Park. We moved quickly and got the location permits, locked in the venue and found all of our vendors were miraculously available. Our far-away friends and family bought plane tickets, probably before our invites were even mailed out! Luckily, I already had the perfect dress.

For us, the key element to getting married was that we have our favorite people in the world with us to witness our union. To that end, the ceremony was of the utmost importance. Beyond that, photos, food and music would follow. It’s funny how everything has a way of working out…

CEREMONY
We were married in front of our friends and family with the Brooklyn Bridge and all of New York City as a backdrop. It was magic hour- the sun was just beginning to set. We had to pause during our vows for a subway car to rumble by on the bridge, which made everyone laugh. It was very New York and absolutely perfect.

We selected The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” as our recessional song. The first few beats started playing as we had our first kiss as husband and wife: it was cinematic- just as I’d always pictured it!

Many people told us after our ceremony that they don’t usually cry at weddings, but ours got them. There was not a dry eye in the park! I think it was very honest and real and it had been a long time coming. We were wed by a dear friend from school who was there when we met. He led the most touching ceremony, which we collaborated on. Of course, we wrote our own vows- we didn’t feel there any other way to express how we truly felt.

Following what was a decidedly moving and emotional ceremony, Jesse surprised me by hiring a 1962 Checker taxicab to take us on a private ride across the bridge. He even made us a mixtape to enjoy during the journey- a hallmark of our relationship! This served as a way for us to have a modern-day yichud, an old Jewish tradition where the bride and groom have some alone time after their wedding ceremony. After that, we were dropped off at our reception venue where the fabulous Prewar Ponies enlivened our cocktail hour with a set that took an unhurried journey through the Jazz Age. They ended their show with a surprise request that we had made weeks earlier in a flurry of excitement but quickly dismissed as being too difficult to nail: “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” re-imagined as a swingin’ standard from the Roaring 20s.

DRESS
Shortly after we got engaged, I needed to shop for an unrelated special occasion dress. Jesse actually spied a lovely short white number in a little shop in NoHo and when I went for a closer look, I noticed the “wedding” label on the hanger. The salesgirl asked if I was getting married and I nearly surprised myself when I said, “Why, yes!” I agreed to try on the dress even through I didn’t think I was looking for THE dress yet. As soon as I saw myself in the mirror, I gasped (!) and knew it was the one. I bought it on the spot, no alterations needed. Even though it sat in my closet for several months, it was gorgeous, unique and very me.

FLOWERS
The day before our wedding, my friend Jamie and her husband took me to the wholesale flower district where I bought 3-dozen mango calla lilies as well as a few dozen orange orchid-like flowers for our Mason jar centerpieces. She and I handcrafted the bouquets and boutonnieres ourselves, which made them all the more special.

INVITATIONS
The fabulous 1960s-inspired invites were a design that Jesse & I conceived of and wrote together. We worked with a super-talented designer that I know to bring them to life. Anyone who saw them knew right away that they were very us, and they got a laugh and a smile from everyone who took them out of their sparkly gold envelopes.

CUPCAKES
We knew that we wanted to serve up some delicious cupcakes with one giant cupcake as the topper. It was a tough job, but we scoured the city looking for the perfect marriage of cake and frosting. In the end, Chikalicious won out, but in the journey to find the best cupcakes New York City had to offer, we were all winners. We had about a dozen flavors at the wedding, each more amazing than the next.

PHOTOS
Jesse & I are both photo geeks so selecting our photography vendor was a serious consideration. We wanted to make sure we’d have someone who was able to capture emotion and would give us photographs that would amount to more than your typical photo album.

Before the wedding, we took a trip out to Coney Island for an engagement shoot with our wonderful photogs, Dustin & Whitney from Oh Darling! Photography. We thought it would be a good idea to spend some time with the laid-back duo in advance of the wedding to become more comfortable as first-time photographic subjects. We had a great time posing for pictures and laughing as the sun went down on New York’s oldest theme park.

Our photographers set up a Smilebooth at our reception so that everyone could take self-portraits and it quickly became the biggest hit of the evening. The party was filled with a bunch of film directors and very willing hams who did not shy away from letting their silly side show (also – thanks open bar!) Mostly, though, it was a casual and perfect way to capture all the love and happiness that defined our wedding day.

Vendors:

Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Suit: John Varvatos
Veil: Bridal Veil Falls
Invites: Cassandra Berger
Photography: Oh! Darling
Photobooth: Smilebooth
Ceremony: BK Bridge Park
Venue: ReBar
Cupcakes: Chikalicious
Flowers: We did them ourselves with flowers from the wholesale district!
Band: Prewar Ponies
DJ: Seth Johnson

[images from Oh! Darling Photography]

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