Growing up in Montana, I used to spend hours daydreaming of running off to New York, making it big (as a Broadway songstress, of course) and living in some hip, up and coming neighborhood in an uber-amazing loft. I dreamt big. So, whenever I have the privilege of writing a New York-based post for you all, the inner 15-year-old in me gets just a tad bit excited. Especially when that post is a wedding held at The Foundry with a sweet vintage vibe and beyond impeccable styling from loli events. That’s what we call a trifecta of wedding goodness – and you can see every last moment captured by Weddings By Two in the full gallery right here.
Bask in even more of this gorgeous day with this amazing film from Hello Super 8. Enjoy!
From the Bride… I think some of my initial inspiration came from looking at old photographs of my parents’ wedding and Josh’s grandparents’ wedding. When I looked at some of the pictures, I remember thinking to myself, “I want that.” I wanted an understated, timeless, elegant affair. It started by finding the perfect venue: The Foundry in Long Island City. There is nothing ordinary about it, and it exudes that sort of timeless vintage feel that Josh and I like. Then we settled on June 23 as a date. I wanted the day to be one of the longest days of the year, for obvious reasons. That helped with the inspiration for flowers and colors. As a summer wedding, we wanted everything to be in season, fresh and light. Josh’s grandmother lives on Nantucket and has the most beautiful hydrangeas around her house. As sort of a nod to Josh’s grandmother, it was important to me that hydrangeas, which are in bloom in June, were part of the arrangements. I let our florist decide everything else. They suggested white peonies, lavender, poppy pods and berries, and they also talked about café lights over the dance floor and candles — basically they blew me away.
Once the aesthetic details were taken care of, it came down to the most important aspects of a wedding: food and music! For music I would have gone with all Sinatra, all the time (that vintage timeless thing again) but obviously that didn’t go over well with Josh. When I explained to our band the desire to have a 1940’s French café-type ambiance to the cocktails and dinner followed by a rocking dance party, they made it happen. For the processional they managed to play Blue Danube, which was very important to my mother. It was the first song that played on the car’s radio when my parents took me home from the hospital after I was born.
Another source of inspiration was my Slovak heritage. It was very important to me to include Slovak traditions throughout the wedding. Both of my parents are Slovak, and a lot of my family from Slovakia came to the wedding. So from the ceremony where I broke a plate and Josh swept it up, to the dinner which began with shots of Slivovica (plum brandy), to dancing to Slovak folk songs, and to the party gifts of handmade Slovak corn husk dolls (which my mother brought back in her suitcase over several trips back and forth from our village in Slovakia), I felt like my heritage was weaved throughout the evening.
Lastly, a big source of our inspiration was our Brooklyn lifestyle. As I mentioned before we’re into the local food and vintage stuff craze that is omnipresent in the great borough of Brooklyn. Josh and I also brew our own beer and pickle and build stuff. We wanted to share our love of beer and our hipster skills by brewing our own beer for the wedding — we called it “Something Bottled, Something Brewed.” We also had Brooklyn Candy as place holders and party favors. My dad even joined in on the fun and brought cigars from Miami (my hometown) that he designed the labels for. On a more personal note, Josh and I also took a jewelry making course and made our own wedding bands. We now know how to solder.
Wedding Photography: Weddings By Two / Wedding Venue: The Foundry in Long Island City, New York / Event Design + Planning: loli events / Floral Design: Poppies & Posies / Wedding Cinematography: Hello Super 8 / Catering: Feast & Fetes / Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar / Vintage Cab: Silver Star Limo / Wedding Dress: Paula Varsalona via Sposabella Couture / Alterations: Esin of Sew Elegant (212-764-1701)