Brooklyn has a way, doesn’t it? A way of being oh-so-city yet soft at the same time. Stylish yet sweet. Chic yet charming. And that little borough always seems to host weddings that make you stop and stay awhile. Weddings precisely like this one from Brookelyn Photography. Hosted by a couple that is so in love and so in tune with their style, it all just seems effortless. But just one peek at the Bride’s description below and you know that she had the most beautiful vision for her big day…and one look at all the pretty in the gallery, and you’ll know that her vision came to life and then some. See it here.
And there is more beautiful Brooklyn and this stylish duo featured in the fabulous film from Kiss the Bride Films…
From the Bride… Our wedding day could not have happened on a more auspicious date – July 14, 2012, which also happens to be my parents’ wedding anniversary! It was very special to be able to kick off our marriage by celebrating 36 years of my parents’ own marriage. We wanted the wedding to be beautiful and elegant, but also quirky, fun, and unexpected. Both of our professional backgrounds and personal interests are rooted in food, design, and hospitality (he is a chef, I’m in restaurant branding/marketing, and now we work together), so there was a lot of pressure and expectation (mostly self-imposed!) to throw a great party! But what I really loved about our wedding was how very personal it was, and that so many of our friends and family were a part of it: amongst other things – my friend Travis designed our amazing invitations, Seamus’ sister-in-law Daria officiated the ceremony (cracking up the whole room when she opened with the “Mawwage…” line from The Princess Bride), her sister Kate played the cello, Seamus’ friend Craig Robinson designed his suit, my dear friend DJ did my hair, and our friend Joie Meffert (who also does all the flowers for our restaurant) did the gorgeous florals.
Perhaps most memorable of all was the food! The Brooklyn Winery very graciously allowed us to provide the food ourselves. We asked 4 of his chefs/protégés to do us the honor of cooking for our wedding, and asked a close chef friend of ours to oversee it. The food was amazing – all the guests were blown away and said it was the best food they’d ever had at a wedding! It was all the more special to us because our friends were behind it. For dessert, instead of having a cake, we had his and hers religieuses (mini stacked cream puffs) and macarons, gelato truffles and mini popsicles, and Stumptown Coffee provided bottled iced coffee, which was perfect for the warm July night!
I had a very clear vision of our wedding’s look and feel (and I have A LOT of mood boards to show for it!). I wanted it to be swank and sophisticated, with a bit of old-world glamour (hence getting ready at The Nomad Hotel, a stunning European-inspired boutique hotel in an old Beaux-Arts building), but also untraditional and different. We loved the Brooklyn Winery because the interior wine bar had a great antique feel with its pressed tin ceiling and vintage wallpaper, while the main space skewed more modern and industrial. I wanted it to look as if the set designer from Downtown Abbey took off with a truckload of props and set up shop in industrial Williamsburg!
I have 2 favorite parts of the wedding. The first was when Seamus surprised me with a ukulele serenade in the middle of his vows! He sang “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke, with a little help from the entire audience, led by our friend and talented musician Nick Africano. My second favorite part was my dance with my dad! We danced to “Wonderful World,” also by Sam Cooke, one of my favorite songs; my father is a professor and an academic, so the lyrics and all the mention of history, science, geometry, seemed too perfect to pass up! The wedding really was everything we had hoped for, to be surrounded by good food, good wine, and so much love.
Wedding Photography: Brookelyn Photography / Second Photographer: Katie Osgood Photography / Venue: Brooklyn Winery in Brooklyn, New York / Pre-Wedding Location: The NoMad Hotel in New York, New York / Wedding Planning + Design: The Bride / Floral Design: Joie Meffert / Wedding Coordination: Daughter of Design / Officiant: Daria Sanford / Wedding Cinematography: Kiss the Bride Films / Catering: Friends of the Bride & Groom / Desserts: Dominique Ansel Bakery + Il Laborotorio del Gelato / Coffee: Stumptown Coffee Roasters / Ceremony Music: Kate Sanford Spingarn / DJ: Tomas Delos Reyes / Wedding Invitations: Designed by Travis Schnupp + Printed by Peter Kruty Editions / Day-Of Stationery: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Bride’s Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat / Bride’s Jewelry: Kate Ketzal / Bride’s Hair: DJ Quintero / Bride’s Makeup: Andrew Sotomayor / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Suit: Custom Made by Craig Robinson / Groomsmen’s Suits: J.Crew