View Posts By:




Cultural Wedding at The Foundry

If ever there were a sweet couple meant for The Foundry‘s rustic bare beauty, this bride and groom would be it. They took their cultural backgrounds, layered in color and elegance and the result is a vibrant day with touches of grace. Click here for so much more from Karen Wise Photography.


From Mario Rivera, Lifestyle Event GroupCamille and Jonathan’s concept for their wedding developed over time. They knew they wanted a Spring rustic and elegant wedding, however, during the process we learned more about the couple which revealed a lot about their current relationship and what their union would signify; the joining of their own little families to become one big family and their deep but very different cultural roots.

The Foundry in Long Island City, a beautiful bare venue built during the 19th century was found to host Camille and Jonathan’s day of events. Their ceremony highlighted both cultures, Jonathan’s mother flew plumerias and orchids in from Hawaii to put together traditional Samoan leis for the bridal party, and Camille’s mother chose a poem written by her favorite Puerto Rican poet that she read in Spanish and English to the wedding guests.

For their reception, the design of the room highlighted the bride’s desire for a graceful rustic wedding. Guests sat at mahogany wood tables adorned with antique glass, spring flowers, ambient candle lighting and handmade kraft paper menus to display the family style menu selection. Our chef composed a menu that carefully combined cuisine from both sides of their worlds for guests to enjoy as a family.

Guests danced the night away under the incandescent lighting, took silly pictures in the photo booth, soaked in the views of the city from the rooftop garden and enjoyed the groom’s family’s special Samoan performance.

Photography: Karen Wise Photography | Event Planning: Mario Rivera - Lifestyle Event Group | Wedding Dress: Alita Graham For Kleinfeld Kollection | Cake: Cheryl Kleinman Cakes | Catering: Lifestyle Event Group | DJ: Upscale Sound | Grooms Attire: Vera Wang | Designer: Sibel Kurun | Leis: Handmade With Love + Shipped From Hawaii By Groom's Mother | Sister+Mom's Performance Dresses: Handmade With Love By Groom's Mother + Sister | The Foundry: The Foundry, L.I.C.

Karen Wise Photography is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
Karen Wise Photography


You'll love these vendors in New York

DJ Bri Swatek
View Portfolio
1. Art Beauty Life : Jenny Ebe...
View Portfolio
Frost Photography
View Portfolio
Encore Events
View Portfolio
Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry
View Portfolio
View Portfolio
Modern Long Island City Wedding

Despite an awe-inducing love story literally made for the movies (read: summer camp sweethearts), when it came to wedding planning, this gorgeous bride had one priority in mind: absolutely no “wedding cheesiness.”  To help orchestrate her vision, she hired the uber-talented VAvoom Events to create a chevron meets gold meets modern dream come true.  See it all captured by Hannah Persson right here.

And a crazy cool film from Orr Bortman


From the Bride… Throughout our 16-month long engagement and planning process, my mind changed several times, but one thing always remained: I was trying to avoid as much wedding cheesiness as possible. The problem with that, however, was that the story of how Jesse and I met just oozes “aww’s” and “ahh’s.” My now-husband and I met when we were 12 and 14, respectively, at sleep-away summer camp in upstate Massachusetts. We were smitten back then but that relationship quickly faded as most pre-teen summer flings tend to do. Go ahead, get the “aww’s” out of your system now!

Fast forward about 15 years, and through the magic of Facebook we reconnected. After about 10 months of dating, Jesse proposed to me on a beautiful balcony overlooking the ocean in Mexico. We were over-the-moon.

After returning home and feeling very overwhelmed, we knew we needed help and immediately hired our amazing wedding planner, Amanda Pierce from VaVoom Events. Amanda totally “got” my vision of a (non-cheesy) New York City whimsical wedding day and pointed me in the direction of Studio Square Events, an amazing loft-like event space in Long Island City with floor to ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline. Jesse and I knew this was our place. As a bonus, the ground floor is an open to the public outdoor beer garden which was perfect for our September wedding after-party.

Studio Square also works exclusively with Sterling Caterers, who truly and deliciously fulfilled our vision of eclectic NYC-style cuisine (complete with a Bacon Bar in cocktail hour and NYC street cart dinner station).

Next, we began the search for a photographer who could capture our day in the not-so-typical fashion we craved. Again at the suggestion of Amanda, we found Hannah Persson after seeing several of her weddings featured on Style Me Pretty, and immediately fell in love with her artsy style and upbeat, infectious personality. Check.

The rest of the planning process was a blur of Pinterest, google searches, chevron, chevron, and more chevron. And as a little homage to my golf-obsessed hubby, we planned a little surprise for him during the reception – a full putting green setup complete with personalized golf balls.

Our wedding day really was everything we hoped it would be and so, so much more. We are so lucky to have found and worked with the vendors we worked with, as they truly made our dreams come true. We could not have asked for a more perfect day.

From Hannah Persson… I was so excited when Ali the bride, and Amanda, the event planner/designer called me, saying they had seen my work on Style Me Pretty and had to have me shoot the wedding! As soon as I began to hear about all the details — the jumbo balloons, the chevron aisle runner, the pink champagne with gold sugar rims, the L-O-V-E balloons, the GORGEOUS venue Studio Square — I was anticipating this day from the get-go! It’s an added bonus for the photog when everything takes place in one space. The awesome videographer and I were running up and down floors – it was really cool that the cocktail hour space, the ceremony, and the reception each had it’s own floor in the awesome converted warehouse in the upcoming LIC. The bride got ready at the W Manhattan, and then we did the perfect photoshoot at Gantry Park with the vintage Pepsi Cola sign. Everything was planned to perfection because of Amanda at VAvoom events. She really outdid herself with this one, and we are all so happy with the day. It couldn’t have been more magical. Witnessing the sun set behind the beautiful Manhattan skyline was one of the coolest wedding experiences I’ve had. And the couple is so incredibly sweet, along with their entire family. Pretty perfect day.

Photography: Hannah Persson | Floral Design: Pedastals Florist | Catering: Sterling Affair | Band: Times Square Orchestra | Event Design & Planning: Amanda Pierce Of VAvoom Events | Photobooth: NY Digital Memories | Venue: Studio Square Event Space | Video: Orr Bortman | Video: Orr Bortman

Modern Foundry Wedding

If you haven’t already been introduced to The Foundry and it’s insane level of awesomeness, then today’s the day you fall head over heels in love with all things industrial and amazing.  Because pair this modern meets romantic locale with the talents of Exquisite Affairs Productions and Marcey Brownstein and only magical things happen.  See it all captured by Agaton Strom right here.


From Exquisite Affairs Productions… The bride, a Long Island Native and the groom, from Vermont, wanted to make sure they incorporated their roots throughout their wedding.

The guests were greeted by cheeses from Vermont upon the reception, before guests left for the evening with smiles spanning their faces, they were treated to a slice of cake and a bag of coffee from Blue Bottle.

We remembered their loved ones with white balloons, guests showed their love by circling words in a dictionary to describe Shawna and Wes.

The bride, a fashionista and television personality, wore a stunning couture gown with swoon-worthy blue suede shoes.

Photographer: Agaton Strom | Wedding Planner: Exquisite Affairs Productions | Florist: Atlas Floral Decorators | Cake: City Sweets & Confectionary | Caterer: Marcey Brownstein | Lighting: Prestige Lighting Events | DJ: Sugartown Industries | Band: Tribute String Quartet | Officiant: Jesse Hendrich | Invitations & Stationery: Type & Love Paperie | Music: Lucy Music | Transportation: Silver Star Limos | Venue: The Foundry

Marcey Brownstein Catering & Events and Lucy Music are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
Marcey Brownstein Catering & E...

Lucy Music