Oh, Brooklyn. A borough filled with so much inspiration and creativity, it’s no wonder that it was chosen for the backdrop of a picnic-social inspired wedding. The bride, a designer herself, had many DIY tricks up her sleeve including throwing a garden party where her favorite gals helped create beautiful florals purchased at the local Chelsea flower district. These gorgeous pops of color were captured by the talented Trent Bailey, who continues to keep us in awe with every snap he takes. And as you wander down love lane with this gorgeous couple, stop by the gallery for more of these breathtaking photographs.
From the Bride… As we began scheming for our big day, we both agreed that our lives needed to be meaningfully interwoven into the wedding ceremony and reception. From season, to location, to flowers, to desserts, we wanted to provide a glimpse of our hearts and show our deep appreciation for the family and friends walking with us into our marriage. Since Derek and I met in New York and would call Brooklyn our home, we thought our wedding would be a great excuse to bring both our families here to the city to celebrate. And what better way to kick off our favorite season – summer – by ushering in the sunshine with a good ol’ picnic-social inspired wedding?
The ceremony was held in a quiet garden attached to Plymouth Church, a historical site in Brooklyn Heights. With one side of the garden bordering Orange Street, we were able to exchange our vows in front of family, friends and all of the Brooklynites who happened to take a sunny stroll that morning. The Green Building, which I first discovered in a Style Me Pretty post, seemed like the perfect venue to host an airy dawn-of-summer cocktail brunch to follow. The large windows, whitewashed walls, swung-open doors and friendly staff are all that what we had hoped for.
As a designer by trade, the aesthetics of the day came together with numerous DIY projects that I spearheaded with friends and my mom. The flowers were bright arrangements of coral peonies, english roses and other happy bursts of color. All their arranging was done at a garden party with my favorite ladies a couple days before the wedding. Our guests brunched at long tables set with white crocheted runners, antique colored glass and seersucker napkins. A street jazz band, Baby Soda, played alongside a rustic table laden with homemade pies and desserts, all baked by dear friends.
Our favorite part of the reception was months in the making. Derek and I penned individual letters of welcome and gratitude to each and every one of our guests. Our intent was to do our best to out-love these amazing people who came to celebrate our new marriage. We cannot be more grateful for our talented friends’ help in bringing this all together. Trent, our photographer and friend, captured the day beautifully, allowing us to continue to enjoy and share these wonderful memories.
Wedding Photography: Trent Bailey Photography / Wedding Venue: The Green Building in Brooklyn, New York / Floral Design: Purchased in Chelsea Flower District, DIY Arrangement by Bride + Friends / Day-of Coordinator: Latoyia of Breuckelen and Honey / Wedding Cinematography: Josh Itiola / Wedding Catering: Danny of Bottino / Wedding Stationery: Tracey King / Desserts + Pies: Liz Harrison of Somewhere North / Music: Baby Soda Jazz Band / Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster via Lovely Bridal / Bride’s Turquoise Earrings: Bounkit / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Tie: William Coburn / Groom’s Wingtips: Ralph Lauren / Wedding Bands: Doyle & Doyle / Engagement Ring: Antique