Real wedding: Tova + Jeremy

This wedding is dreamy and modern, all at once!  A difficult task for most, but pulled off beautifully by Tova & Jeremy!  Congrats you 2!

If a wedding is about love, then Jeremy and I knew we wanted our wedding to be fun and a true reflection of us. Living in Brooklyn we felt if we didn’t venture outside of the city we would have to keep our guest list small and we couldn’t have that. We took day trips to Hudson Valley and New Jersey, and the moment we walked onto the grounds of Crossed Keys Inn our search was over. We walked down the shady path of tall hundred-year old trees, saw the lush garden setting of the ceremony, the old stone barn, and the honeymoon cottage. This was us.

The feel we wanted for our wedding was playful, romantic, and effortless. The inn has 13 acres for guests to wander, a tent for the party, and a fire pit for cigar smoking and making s’mores. We are inclined toward the old-timey feel and knew the Jug Addicts, an amazing Brooklyn Jug Band we’ve seen play before would set the stage at our ceremony and cocktail hour and DJ Bert got our guests dancing with 70’s R&B.

Katherine Rodriquez, owner of the Crossed Keys Inn, coordinated our event and her husband is the caterer, Celsos Catering. Jeremy and I are foodies, and the food was really spectacular. Also a lovely flower designer at Event Designs By Katherine, Katherine created all of the flowers. We wanted flowers that were soft, in differing shades of blues and greens, and looked hand-picked from the garden. Peonies, hydrangeas, and lady’s mantle kept the bouquets supple. I searched flea markets and ebay for the colored bottles and had much help from my sister-in-law’s scavenging all the way from Wisconsin.

The planning process was really fun for us because we were able to hand pick and design lovely elements and details for our guests (and us!) to savor. Jeremy designed the paper goods – programs, seating cards, table numbers, drink menus – and they came out exactly like we visioned. Etsy was an amazing stop for me to work with creative designers and PrimandPosies created the flowers for my hair, LittleWeeShop made the ring pillow, and JessicasDesignShop designed the lovely honey stickers. The honey is special to us because it comes from a beekeeper in Wisconsin, where Jeremy is from, (and where we met) and they were hand delivered by his mother. We had other vintage elements – the antique champagne glasses from a friend, my purse, and our wedding cake topper.

Choosing Kimberly Hurst as our photographer was one of the first big decisions we made and also the easiest. She captures beautiful moments and adds a dreamy and almost vintage feel to the photos. When she and her father arrived the day of our wedding they were so easy to work with and we couldn’t be more delighted with how they came out.

I’ve never worn white before so I knew I had to have a splash of color somewhere. Finding emerald green shoes was a challenge and I ended up getting my shoes dyed. I was fortunate enough to find my dress at a Kleinfeld sample sale. When I put this Amarildine dress on I just felt like myself and it was light and flowy. The wedding day was breezy when we took the photos and I love how my dress moved so organically. Jeremy, a lover of bow ties, didn’t disappoint. His suit was a steal from Uniqlo, the tie from J. Press Madison Avenue, shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt, and shoes from Allen Edmonds. Our family wore different shades of blues, greens, and grays and there are great pops of color everywhere.

[images from Kimberly Hurst]

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Real wedding: Helen + Eric

The Ceremony:
We got married a few Saturdays ago on what was the most incredibly beautiful day of the year yet! Somehow we completely lucked out and it was 80 degrees, sunny and just gorgeous. Our ceremony was held on Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park way uptown by the Cloisters Museum. Being a public park, the masses were out enjoying the beautiful weather so we had a slightly larger audience than we expected. But it just made the whole thing more special. Eric designed my engagement ring and we both designed our wedding bands at Fitzgerald Jewelry (formerly Studio 174) in Williamsburg. Owner Michael Fitzgerald brought our ideas to life and was so great to work with, so helpful and just a sweet guy.

The Reception/Venue:
The reception was just down the path at the New Leaf Cafe. It started it off with cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and our signature drink, an Italian strawberry liquor and sparkling wine cocktail. Then it was time to eat! Dinner was just amazing, we chose the New Leaf not only for it’s amazing location but because having great food was really important to us. If you’re looking for a wedding venue or if you’re up in the neighborhood, I highly recommend checking them out, they use seasonal ingredients so the menu is always changing and is always fresh and delicious. The restaurant did an incredible job setting up and the service was fantastic. Tiffany Hogan is the Event Coordinator for the New Leaf and she was just amazing. Throughout the whole planning process, she was very helpful and responsive to all my random questions and was a pleasure to work with.

For dessert we had mini cupcakes from Kumquat Cupcakery. We happened upon them at the Brooklyn Flea last year and I made a mental note, must get them for the wedding! Keavy is the owner/baker and she’s awesome. Her cupcakes are just too cute, bite size and the perfect balance of cake to frosting ratio. The cake is moist and delicious, the frosting is perfect, not too sweet, not too buttery, just right. By far the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. She set up all 300 cupcakes and the presentation was amazing. She has great flavor combinations, some seasonal ones, but will also create custom flavors for you on request.

As for the rest of the details, we had originally wanted to diy as much as we could and we did do a lot ourselves but we realized about a month or so before the wedding that there was no way we’d be able to do the flowers ourselves. So we went to Sprout which we’ve been to many times just shopping for plants and home stuff. They had done a wedding for some friends of ours so we went to talk to them about doing ours. Tassy and Lea were great, we had a basic idea of what we wanted and they really worked with us to come up with something special. We made the birch bark wrapped vases and dropped them off at Sprout the week before. I had also been making paper confetti from flower shaped craft punchers and they took care of setting that up on the tables for us as well. I kept looking around and couldn’t believe how great it all looked! The flowers were gorgeous, the bouquet, the centerpieces, the boutonnieres and corsages, everything was perfect. They have an amazing aesthetic, are so easy to work with and the store is fantastic.

And last but certainly not least, our photographer Kimberly Hurst. Kimberly is fantastic, an amazing photographer and so sweet too! We loved her portfolio, her sense of lighting and composition and then we met her and just felt really comfortable with her and that sealed the deal. We’re pretty photophobic but she made it as painless as possible for us and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  She was great with capturing the candid moments and the more set up shots as well. She and her assistant Candice went above and beyond and were so helpful throughout the whole day. They were with me every step of the way before the ceremony, helped to keep me calm and they even helped me track down the rings when I realized they weren’t with our officiant! She’s such a talent, and I’m so thankful I found her, and thankful to the wedding blogs where I found her!  I  can’t thank everyone enough, we were both beyond happy with the way everything turned out and it was the most incredible day…

Nicole Miller

Fitzgerald Jewelry
174 N 11th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211

Aki at Commune Salon
191 Grand Street Brooklyn NY 718.384.7412

New Leaf Cafe
One Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 212.568.5323

Sprout Home
44 Grand Street Brooklyn NY 718.388.4440

Kumquat Cupcakery

Kimberly Hurst

[images by Kimberly Hurst]

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