Real wedding: Jo + Simon

The all-white space of Studio 450 really created the perfect backdrop for this utterly modern affair….

We were married at 4pm on the roof terrace on July 30th, a perfect hot summer’s day, I chose to arrive at the ceremony via the freight elevator with my father walking me out and down the “aisle” with my bridesmaids and flower girls following, the elevator opens right on to the roof terrace and it just seemed a little more theatrical and fun than the traditional way of walking up the stairs! Before the ceremony each guest was given a glass of white sangria and a wicker fan with the order of service attached to it. We had a State officiant marry us as neither of us are religious and we wanted to write our own vows and create our own ceremony. We had a lady – Kelly Lemons – marry us, as we’d been to a lot of weddings officiated by men so we thought why not mix it up a bit! We wrote our vows at one of our favorite restaurants (Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens) on a paper tablecloth which we’ve now framed and hung in our apartment. Our dear friend Cariad Harmon performed a song she had written for us with a guitar accompaniment, we’d asked her to keep it as a surprise and it brought the house down! We had two readings performed by friends, one was Us Two by A. A. Milne and the other was an excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

After the ceremony guests mingled for a couple of hours and photos were taken on the roof terrace which has an indoors and outdoors area. We had the Lobster Place from Chelsea market set up a raw bar with three different types of local oysters they shucked in front of guests and a central table set up with different charcuterie, cheeses and antipasti for nibbles while guests drank prosecco, beer, wine or cocktails. At around 7pm (we timed it for the sunset) guests were taken downstairs to the main loft space for dinner and speeches. The meal was served family style to ensure it stayed casual and fun and to enable people to try and share lots of different dishes. We had nine dishes in total, including lamb with mint sauce, duck fat smashed potatoes, roasted asparagus with quail eggs, hangar steak with chimichurri sauce and crab cakes with three different types of remoulade – guests were fat and happy by the end!  We decided against having a wedding cake and chose instead to cut the first slice of a Key Lime Pie while backstage ten other pies were being cut and brought out for dessert. We finished with shards of dark chocolate on glass blocks being brought out with coffee and a shot of frangelico for everyone to enjoy as the best men did their speech.

We knew we wanted to keep it simple it terms of look and feel, the views at Studio D really are the best backdrop and décor that you could ask for. We just had white balloons to decorate the roof terrace and the flowers for the tables, bars and bouquets were very simple and fresh consisting of white roses, freesias and an assortment of green leaves. We had 250 votive candles to light the space at night and the sunset was sensational, bouncing off the all white space with incredible colors!

After the dinner we went back upstairs to the roof terrace and penthouse for drinking and dancing until 2am, if only it could’ve been longer!


Location: Studio 450
Caterer:  Michael Zulli Catering, NYC; The Lobster Place for the oyster raw bar.
Florist: Spruce, Chelsea NYC
Hair/makeup:  Hair: Kristan Serafino  Makeup: Lauren Cosenza
Dress:  Nicole Miller  
Shoes:  Christian Louboutin 
Men’s suits: Groom: Paul Smith; Best Men: Zara 
Bridesmaids dresses:  Various boutiques in London, UK
Flower girl dresses: Gap (!)

[images from Tory Williams Photography]

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Real wedding: Sarah + Nick

The dress and shoes make this wedding for me…love the sparkle with tiny detailed petals fluttering all over the dress!

Venue: W Union Square
Catering: Todd English’s Olives
The W was the second place I looked at with my mother and our search ended there. The staff would have sold us if the space weren’t beautiful enough. Between the excellent onsite coordinator and quality of the food service, we felt like we were in great hands! And Nick and I are foodies, so guest expectations were pretty high.
Cake: LuLu Bakery
Cake Topper:
I have been told this was the most delicious cake some people ever ate. I was not surprised.
Photography: Tory Williams
Before anyone even saw our photos, we got rave reviews about our photographer. She was always in the thick of things, but never in anyone’s way. She’s a photo ninja.
Florist: Denise Fasanello
Denise is a joy to work with. I wanted the wedding to be full or rich jewel tones and didn’t want to have to stick with a boring palette of two or three colors. Then I asked for food in my flowers. None of this threw her for a loop. She put together rich, lush arrangements dotted with rosemary, artichokes, pomegranates, sprays of olive branch, and berries.
Chuppah: my mom
Denise was wonderful in working with my mom on the chuppah. She kept the structure very simple and modern so that it didn’t complete with the beautiful tree of life design my mom created.
Ketubah: Rachel Deitsch
We decided to echo the tree of life theme in our interfaith egalitarian ketubah. Rachel is an amazing artist and so easy to work with on customization.
Invitations: Umi from Village Invites
I adore letterpress stationery, but found that invitations suites in letterpress were way out of budget. So I was thrilled when the incredible Linda at Village Invites told me that Elum Letterpress also makes a line of flatprinted cards!
Conversation starter guest books: Kate’s Paperie + DIY (inspiration from Martha Stewart!)

Bride –
Dress: Theia
Veil: Sara Gabriel
Necklace: Alexis Bittar (sample sale!)
Hair and Makeup: Blow NYC
Engagement ring: D’Errico Jewelry

Groom’s suit, shirt, tie: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen: their own suits. Ties from Century 21
Bridesmaids: J. Crew and Ralph Lauren

Wedding bands: Tiffany
Ceremony and cocktail hour music: Juliana Riccardi music
Reception music: Scratch Weddings

[images from Tory Williams]

Tory Williams & Denise Fasanello are members of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listing.

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Real wedding: Emily + Adam

We chose Bedell Cellars in the North Fork because we wanted a venue that reflected our love for the outdoors and wine, of course. Adam’s parents have been vacationing in the North Fork for years and we thought that it would be fun to introduce our friends and family to the wine country of Long Island at what we called a “mini-destination wedding” with a weekend of events in Greenport and Cutchogue. The house we rented in Greenport was a gorgeous restored boathouse from the 1800s with huge doors at either end of the house and was a great gathering spot for the wedding party all weekend.

Fortunately, Mother Nature cooperated on the day of the wedding and it couldn’t be any more glorious! The day was perfect in every way… good food, wine, friends and The Stingers had the entire party dancing from the minute they started. I absolutely loved the “Audiobooth” — I’ve watched it over and over again! We also set up a pie bar for dessert with five of our favorite fresh fruit pies from Briermere Farms in Riverhead, which was a big hit.

A piece of advice for brides-to-be is that the bridesmaids, my mom and I were so glad we had Merrell, the make-up artist, on hand for touch-ups throughout the night. She was fabulous and I felt like a million bucks. All of our vendors were incredible. Brooklyn Bride was a great resource and inspiration during the planning.


Dress – Lela Rose
Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Necklace – Badgley Mischka
Make-Up – Merrell Smith from Space NK

Groom’s Suit – Michael Andrews Bespoke

Bridemaid Dresses – J. Crew

Flowers – Denise Fasanello
Catering – Brent Newsom Catering

Cake & Pie Bar – Butta’ Cakes, Greenport; Briemere Farms, Riverhead
Cake Topper – Fancie Fannie’s (the topper includes our dog and cat!)

Music – The Stingers Band

Calligraphy – Goodhue Designs

Invitations, programs, table numbers, menus – I designed them, but the “Emily & Adam” logo was by Emilie Friday calligraphy and letterpress (for invites) was by Ajalon Printing.

Venue – Bedell Cellars
Photographer – Tory Williams

[images from Tory Williams Photography]

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