Real wedding: Ashley + Andrew

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A sparkly dress and chic venue high above Toronto make this wedding at perfect 10 in my book!

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Ashley and Andrew were married in an intimate ceremony at Toronto’s Spoke Club on King Street West. Both Ashley and Andrew are the effortlessly cool kind of people we all hope to be, and their wedding reflected just that. They walked each other down the aisle and kept things simple with no wedding party, and only their closest friends and family in attendance. Neither Ashley nor Andrew opted to wear traditional wedding garb, instead both dressing as themselves for a day that was about how they valued each other as two strong individuals choosing to spend their lives together. The roof top ceremony was followed by plenty of fun, food, and drinks with their friends and family well into the night, including a song from the couple themselves performed just for their guests. Their wedding happened to coincide with the end of the Pan-Am games which were hosted in Toronto this year, resulting in a spectacular firework show from the CN Tower to only add an extra element of wonderful to the wedding!

Venue: The Spoke Club
Hair: Nicole Graftner
Flowers: The Rose Mint
Stationary: Part and Parcel Press
Cakes and Cupcakes: The Pursuit of Frosting

[images from Isos Photography]

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Elopement: Lisa + Nick

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Is this couple stylish or what?  Lisa & Nick traveled all the way to NYC from London to elope in Central Park with their closest family and friends this past June for a stunning outdoor affair.

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Getting Ready: Wythe Hotel
Dress: Sass & Bide
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

[images from Monika Photography]

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Real Brooklyn wedding: Bailey + James


Seriously guys, I don’t think I could love this wedding any more than I already do!  Its minimal, sophisticated, and has pops of my favorite color green all mixed in to the perfect Brooklyn venue!

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From the bride:

From the beginning, we knew we wanted to celebrate with our families and closest friends in an intimate, laid-back environment. We were lucky to have friends and family members volunteer to help us with various aspects of the wedding–my sister Molly designed the save the dates and invitations, and my friend Ryan did the flowers and performed the ceremony–so it felt very much like a group effort between us and our favorite people. We tried to keep things simple, opting for minimal decorations (except for the gorgeous flowers!) and a short ceremony that captured and demonstrated our love for each other, and instead focused on throwing a great party for our friends. We were honored that so many friends and family members traveled from far and wide to be there, and we felt like we owed them a great time! We worked with Purslane, our caterers, to develop a menu of flavors that we loved and that we knew would be appreciated by our guests, and we gave our DJ a list of our favorite bands and told him to go wild. Both went above and beyond, as did our other vendors, and the night was perfect. It was important to us not to get swept up in wedding madness and lose sight of the reason for the day, and I think, with our small, simple wedding, the focus remained on the love that we have for each other and for our friends and families.


Venue: Sky Gallery​
Rings: Catbird
Dress: Watters (found at Lovely Bride)
Groom Attire: Billy Reid
Catering: Purslane Catering
Floral: Ryan Chassee
Cake: Milk Bar
Shoes: Casadei
Hair/ Make-up: Daiana Vargas at Aveda West Broadway

[images from Red Anchor Photo]

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Real wedding: Monica + David

You guys remember the disaster that was the whole reBar debacle a while back? Well Monica & David were set to marry there and managed to turn a crappy situation into a gorgeous wedding outdoors at Jane’s Carousel!

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The vision had been clear. We would wed at Jane’s Carousel and then march parade-style with a brass band across the cobblestone streets of DUMBO. The destination: reBar, an understatedly hip gastropub in DUMBO. Our guests would delight in the exposed brick, wrought-iron gated, graffiti-splashed space and experience a most elegant yet unstructured of parties.

But that wedding vision never materialized. Six weeks before the wedding, I was catching the train when I heard the crushing news from a friend. reBar had abruptly closed for good, leaving several employees and betrothed couples in limbo. Our reBar wedding package included floral, DJ, catering and wedding cake among other essentials. All gone in a heartbeat. Suddenly our wedding vision because a mere figment of our once-happy nuptial dreams. (note to editor: we later found out that the owner was a complete fraud who stole 100+ couples’ wedding deposits and eventually went to jail…this is a longer story that I’m sure doesn’t need rehashing in any BK-based publications!)

What happened next was truly astonishing. The other couples affected by reBar’s vacancy banded together, helping each other find venues and even creating a process to share wedding decorations. Several Brooklyn-based businesses stepped forward to offer steep discounts, and we quickly replaced our reception venue with ease. Most touching, many dear friends jumped right in to replace the remaining gaps with their own talents, collaboration and creativity.

Amidst the setbacks, I remained grateful that the truly essential things were never threatened.  A giddy bride and groom and our 75+ guests came together that perfect June day and relished in the confetti of personal touches that made our celebration so unique. As I made my way to Brooklyn Bridge Park, a friend handed me a beautiful bouquet that he made at the flower market that morning with zero instruction. Lavender calla lilies, pink hydrangeas, lavender roses and pink tulips wrapped in ivory silk ribbon. It was perfect.
Moments later, I arrived at Jane’s Carousel to find a gorgeous spread of champagne and snacks, all prepared by my friends. There were cocktail napkins with our initials spelled in gold and many more unexpected details that surprised and delighted us to no end. In addition to our guests, one hundred or so park visitors and tourists spontaneously settled into the outer perimeter of Jane’s Carousel. Lucky Chops, our bangin’ brass band blew the roof off with their rendition of Dr. Dre’s Next Episode as David made his entrance down the aisle. The extended crowd erupted in cheers and literal high fives(!). The sun shined bright over the lower Manhattan skyline backdrop. A light breeze circulated the magic in the air for the rest of the day. It was a “New York moment” I will never forget.


Groom’s photo lapel carrying a photo of David’s mother who passed away just months before the wedding: Etsy
Monica’s Dress: Claire LaFaye from Lovely Bride in Tribeca
David’s Suit: John Varvatos
Earrings: J.Crew Vintage
Matron of Honor and Best Woman gowns: BHLDN
Brass band at ceremony: Lucky Chops
Bossa Nova Trio at cocktail hour: Carlota & Jose Gurascier
Ceremony venue: Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Rachel Alluli, manager)
Reception venue: Bacchus Brooklyn (Meryl Reyal)
Coordinator: Tyler Lindsay, former reBar coordinator who stuck with us til the end
Hair: Patrice Levine, Stylist extraordinaire at SOON Beauty Lab
Makeup: Brittany Malenczuk
Guest Accommodations: NU Hotel
Photographer: Jacqueline at Readyluck Photography

Our generous friends and acquaintances provided the following:

Florist: Will Nguyen, Monica’s college friend and SoCal bestie
Officiant: Jessica Mishra, Monica’s childhood friend and NorCal bestie
DJ at reception: Bobby Vasquez, coworker, friend and fellow Brooklynite
Reception decorations: Will Nguyen
Cake & cupcake tower: Ana Sarmiento, friend and neighbor
Cocktail reception at carousel: Rachel and Chris Chism, friends and neighbors

[images from Jacqueline Schlossman of Readyluck]

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