Real wedding: Carly + Ari

Yay for Brooklyn weddings!


We chose the Brooklyn Bridge Park for our ceremony. We set up our chuppah and our wedding party on the pebble beach and our guests were seated on the steps leading down to the beach (complete with bottles of water – lovingly labeled by our friends – and mats to sit on). Ari’s best friend officiated; he and Ari wrote the ceremony together.


Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music musicians, led by guitarist Ron Jackson, played at the ceremony – “Your Hand in Mine,” by Explosions in the Sky while everyone in the wedding, including Ari and his parents, walked down the aisle, and The Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere,” when I walked down the aisle.


Our dear friend and wedding planner, Viva Max Kaley (who was full of great ideas and immensely helpful to us and without whom our wedding wouldn’t have been the same) recommended reBar in Dumbo, just a short walk from the park, and we were thrilled with it. It’s a great space with a lot of character, which is great because you don’t have to go crazy designing a look. We had an afternoon cocktail party reception as opposed to a formal sit-down dinner; the atmosphere was fun and relaxed and exactly what we were looking for. As people walked in we served lemonade in mason jars with flags stirrers in each one that said A <3 C, each flag handmade by one of my best friends.


Jonathan Sklute was our DJ and he was fabulous. We gave him a list of songs that we liked and he was super easy to work with. We were happy to see everyone on the dance floor.


We decided on cupcakes and a mini cake for us to cut – one of my friends made the cupcakes (frosted in rainbow colors) and her mom made the cake, both of which were amazing. We got our adorable owl topper from the talented and super nice Lauren Bradshaw. We also served ice cream sandwiches at the end of the party – we got them from One Girl Cookie in Brooklyn and they were a big hit.


We used local vendors wherever possible and were thrilled to discover Brooklyn Cookie on this very blog. Their Brooklyn Bridge Cookie was perfect and delicious.


Charlotte Jenks Lewis was our photographer and she and her videographer did an amazing job. They were so nice to work with and captured everything beautifully. We’ve gotten great feedback from everyone who has seen our photos and video and we love looking at them ourselves.


Viva Max Kaley recommended Hatch Creative Studio and they were amazing. They were so much fun to work with and came up with the most beautiful and unique designs. I wasn’t sure what I wanted but they listened to my thoughts and took it from there and their flowers were gorgeous. The groom and groomsmen wore buttons on their lapels as boutonnieres instead of flowers. Barb at Hatch came up with this idea and we loved it. The groomsmen wore buttons that said Carly <3 Ari Brooklyn, NY and the date, and Ari’s button said I Love Carly. They were perfect.


Our invitations were Kate Spade, ordered through Kate’s Paperie. They were kelly green on white and felt fresh and summery, which was exactly what we were looking for.


My dress (and veil) came from The White Gown in Brooklyn and my bridesmaids wore navy dresses with pink sashes from Coren Moore.


I wore the Kate Spade ‘Gilee’ slingback heel – they were a sort of metallic gold fabric. I decided to go with these instead of white because I know I’ll wear them again.


Dora Peterson of Roy Teeluck Salon did my hair and Keri Berman did my makeup – they are both a pleasure to work with and amazing at what they do.

[images by Charlotte Jenks Lewis]

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  1. chris

    Ohh this is lovely! I love the very handmade, intimate vibe it has. I was going to have my reception at rebar as well! Such a great space. : )

  2. Great to read this post.
    I’ll be photographing a reception at ReBar in May, so it was good to catch a glimpse of a wedding there.

  3. What a gorgeous event! I love the Brooklyn backdrop, looks like it made for a lovely affair

  4. April

    This wedding is so simple and sweet. I love the idea of homemade cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. We’re having our wedding on Halloween of this year, so we’re going to have a candy bar instead of a cake.

  5. I love your new site but I am seriously having trouble downloading all your pics… i need an upgrade for my broadband… 🙂 in dire need.

  6. those cupcakes look pretty darn good to me. almost good enough to make me a fan. i had long ago dismissed the idea all together.

  7. cevd

    those cupcakes are divine! i want them all … maybe right now.

  8. Hala

    I REALLY want to know what sort of tasty beverage is in that mason jar!

  9. kirsten

    hi ! how can i get in touch with Viva Max Kaley?

  10. Tanya


    We just signed a contract with reBar. We loved the space so much! But now we’re having second thoughts now. We’ll have 110-120 people and afraid that our guests won’t have a place to put their plates on while eating. Did you have a problem with that? Did you have room for dancing? Thanks!

  11. Arielle

    Where did you buy the bamboo beach mats?

  12. Krissy Brooklyn

    Also considering a reception at Rebar, about 75 ppl, how were there prices?? i’m a bride on a budget! 🙂 any advice/comments about an event at Rebar would be very very much appreciated, ty for sharing the post, what a beautiful day 🙂

  13. Alison Wolfley

    Did you guys use a microphone for your ceremony?

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