This Brooklyn Botanic Garden wedding is gorgeous all on its own – no question about it. But when it just so happens to be that time of year when the city is blanketed in cherry blossoms, it makes for a pinch-me-perfect setting you HAVE to see for yourself. Thanks to Photo Pink (so appropriately named!) springtime nuptials have never looked sooo good.
From the Bride… As native New Yorkers, we wanted to create a wedding that was incredibly romantic yet iconic to our great city. The Palm House in Spring had all of the elements to create the magical night we envisioned. Guests were greeted with champagne and a string quartet playing melodiously in the stunning magnolia plaza. The Art Deco facade of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was the perfect backdrop to create a classic Hollywood vibe. With the groom’s Oscar night worthy bow tie, the bride’s Monique Lhuillier lace wedding dress, and a jazz band playing the cocktail hour made our wedding feel timeless. The glass Palm House captured the essence of romance with candlelight and an early spring sunset greeting our guests as they entered for the reception.
We wanted our ceremony to be special for us as well as our guests. So, Tom and I got down on one knee and proposed to my sister and asked her to marry us! Kiera created a ceremony that was undeniably memorable, filled with humor, heartfelt sentiments and really engaged our guests. Most notably, she incorporated elements from Native American traditions, such as the invocation of the directions, which allowed our guests to feel a part of the ceremony by reminding us to stay in the present and to focus everyone on what was happening. Tom and I used Steven Curtis Chapman’s “I Will be Here” for our vows. Kiera gave us a beautiful Pendleton blanket as a wedding gift, and it was used in the ceremony to wrap us for the moment we became husband and wife.
Our “let love grow” theme really came to life with the selected readings for the ceremony and was complimented by being outside in a beautiful botanic garden surrounded by all the trees and flowers coming to life for the season. The ceremony concluded with a surprise reading of Dr. Seuss “Oh the Places You’ll Go” which was made extra special by the participation of a dear friend and our 2.5 year old nephew.
Tom and I both were excited to have our reveal at the Prospect Park Carousel! I felt so giddy waiting to see him, the excitement had been building after it took us an inexplicably long time to arrive due to some afternoon traffic. I’ll never forget the moment when he turned around and we saw each other for the first time! Feeling so excited and it was all really about to happen. WIth our bridal party standing by we laughed and hugged and let it all sink in.
I’ll never forget the sweet smell of the magnolias as I entered the magnolia plaza. They rustled ever so softly in the breeze creating an inviting atmosphere for us and our guests. As we exited the plaza after the ceremony it was a surreal moment, everything and everyone disappeared and it was just the two of us, a moment of total happiness and love.
At the end of the evening Liesl and Randy came to get us to come outside for some pictures, it was about to rain and the sky was the most magnificent shade of orange! It was magical and an incredibly special way to end the night.
Photography: Photo Pink | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes | Reception Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Twobirds | Catering: Charles Sally Charles | DJ: DJ Gaza | Groom's Attire: Kenneth Cole | Groomsmen's Attire: Kenneth Cole | Officiant: Kiera Nagle | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother