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Moody + Romantic Brooklyn Warehouse Wedding

Looking for the chic, modern place to be? Head over to Brooklyn where bashes go all night and Brides like this shine bright. Lindsay Hite of Readyluck got the invite to capture every moment of this warehouse wedding and lucky for us, her pics are in our VAULT, from the NYC views to Bella Grafia’s pretty calligraphy topped off with one amazing sparkler; your Pinterest boards will thank us later!

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Elegant

From the Bride… I was definitely not the girl who had my entire wedding dreamed up by age 15, so I was pretty lax on the planning, which drove my poor Mother crazy! Luckily, I managed to choose some of the most amazing vendors who made sure our day was as special and memorable as possible. From Jeffrey Torem at Liberty Warehouse, who is incredibly professional and patient, to Lindsay Hite of READYLUCK who took the most gorgeous photographs and has the absolute best laid-back vibe, to Lidia at Mark Ingram who helped me find the most insanely gorgeous Marchesa gown that I typically would never have dreamed of wearing, to the guys of The Bailsmen who helped make part of my wedding night feel as though we were in a Woody Allen film, to the absolute best DJ ever, DJ Neza, who had everyone (including the Bride and Groom) dancing all night….

We never knew that we could have so much fun at our own wedding! Seriously. We were warned by others, “You don’t have as much fun at your own wedding as you do when you’re a guest.” Don’t listen to these people! We had one of the best nights of our lives.

The day started off brilliantly. We woke up and the summer sun was shining so bright and beautifully. We chose The Liberty Warehouse as our venue because it has this incredibly cool industrial feel that we loved. It also has this incredible terrace right on the water that looks out onto the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan. I was convinced that there was no way I was going to get married outside though, because open waters = lots of wind! But after waking up and walking outside to literally perfect weather, I knew we had no other choice.

We got married to each other against an absolutely beautiful setting sun. The ceremony was purposefully personal and filled with our own words to each other. We laughed a lot and cried a lot. Kissed. And said “we do.” It was amazing.

The reception wasn’t too bad either. The food was delicious, music was perfection, and lucky for us we got married on “National Tequila Day,” so everyone literally had the best time ever. I danced my makeup off and my hair down. If it were up to me I wouldn’t have cut the cake at my own wedding because I was too busy on the dance floor! Good thing there are professionals around who make sure to drag you off for all the important photo-ops!

My advice to brides-to-be is hire good professionals, and make sure to have fun.

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Photography: Lindsay Hite / READYLUCK | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Empire Cake | Bride's Shoes: Miu Miu | Catering: Liberty Warehouse | Makeup: Francis Rodriguez Of NARS Cosmetics | Hair: Lisa Caccavale | Calligraphy: Bella Grafia Calligraphy | Lighting: Pegasus Productions | DJ: DJ Neza | Band: The Bailsmen | Officiant: Monsignor Jim Lisante + Rabbi Allen Block | Venue: Liberty Warehouse | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier | Photography - Assistance: Eddie Winter / READYLUCK

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Romantic Art Deco Wedding at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

A vintage-inspired love fest awash in beautiful jewel tones is sort of my happy place.  Especially when that aforementioned love fest is sprinkled with DIY craftiness and some of the most beautiful details you will ever lay your eyes upon.  Think lush + romantic florals from Denise Fasanello, a stunning Reem Acra gown and an entire world of breathtaking images from Brian Dorsey Studios.  Head to THE VAULT for every moment, then press play on the film from Lux Photos below for even more pretty.

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From Brian Dorsey Studios… Scott proposed to Marianna on their couch, after some take-out Chinese food, while watching Mrs. Doubtfire on December 21st, 2012. Sounds like a pretty ordinary evening, but our groom set the tone of creativity for this entire wedding by popping the question on the night of the (predicted) Mayan Apocalypse. “Til the end of time,” right?

We absolutely loved this couple and their wedding which was largely DIY thanks to Marianna’s Interior Design degree. The luxe, Art Deco vibe of the day was inspired largely by our bride’s 1920’s Estate ring that came from a Vintage Boutique in Cape May, NJ. The bride herself did the graphic design of most of her stationery to match that vintage theme, with help from Elle New York.

Born in Brooklyn (but a Jersey Girl thereafter), Marianna wanted to center her whole wedding around her roots, so she hired the brilliant and Brooklyn-Based Denise Fasanello to add bold, jewel-toned hues of floral throughout her entire event – which was held at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a venue we love shooting at – and a venue her guests described as “magical.” (We’d have to agree.)

There’s something so decisive about this bride’s personality – she just knows what she wants, and from there the wedding was seamlessly executed. After meeting the team at Brian Dorsey Studios, she cancelled all of her other appointments and booked us on the spot… Same goes for her Reem Acra gown, which was the first dress she tried on – and her venue, the only one she even viewed in person. It’s hard to believe a wedding so stylized was done in such an easy, fun, and lighthearted way! And that’s why we at BDS feel Marianna’s wedding deserves some kudos.

Our feature bride’s favorite moment was her “First Look ” with Scott, which she had been anticipating the whole day up until she finally was able to see him in person. “If I could tell future brides/couples one thing… it would be that when you know you’re marrying ‘The One’ – nothing else – no small hiccup can possibly ruin that day, so do your best to be stress free. Get excited. Enjoy it. It goes by so fast.”

… And it did, but not without a ton of laughter and some awesome photos to show for it!

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Photography: Brian Dorsey Studios | Cinematography: Lux Photos | Floral Design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Stationery: Elle New York | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Eve Whittington | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Hotel: NY Marriott @ The Brooklyn Bridge | Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Hair Accessories: Suzanne Couture Millinery

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Modern Brooklyn Winery Winter Wedding

It may have been one of the chilliest days of the year but that didn’t stop these two from throwing one chic celebration and warming our hearts. From the beautiful gown from Lovely Bride to some of my fav getting ready pics at the Wythe Hotel, Ashley Caroline and Cullen Studio captured every second as these New Yorkers said “I do” at Brooklyn Winery. Get all cozy with our pics in the VAULT right this way!

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From the Bride… “New York, New York so good they named it twice” is a quote that hangs on the gallery wall in our living room and embodies everything we wanted for our wedding. New York City is the place we met, fell in love, and built a life together, so what better place to have all our favorite people join us to celebrate the beginning of our next chapter as husband and wife!

Having a winter wedding wasn’t something we originally planned for, or even thought of, but it turned out to be exactly what we wanted the weekend to be – all about our guests celebrating with us! With family and friends traveling from all over the country (and world!) New York City was the perfect international hub that allowed easy access for everyone and endless possibilities for places to stay and things to do. Using the Riley & Grey wedding website platform allowed for guests to RSVP online and find all our our weekend information in one place.

What we wanted more than anything was to spend time with our guests and for guests to feel like they were a part of our weekend and not just another number on the list. We hosted a welcome dinner the night before, the main event, a casual after party, and the day following the wedding we rented out a laid back neighborhood bar for everyone to gather and swap stories over pizza and brunch cocktails.

Guesterly books allowed us to “introduce” the guests to each other by sharing a photo, their connection to the bride and groom, where they were from, and a fun fact about each and every one. Many guests told us later that they carried them around all weekend and would make connections or speak to people they saw in “the book” that they may have never met without it.

When we decided to have a New York City winter wedding, the venue was the first decision we made. We searched for a venue that could host the ceremony and reception to cut down on transitions and everyone having to bundle up and go back out in the cold.

Once we discovered the Brooklyn Winery, we immediately loved the vibe of the space and set up a time to check it out. Their Director of Sales, Rachel, gave us a tour and broke down how the event would run; every detail she shared seemed to be better than the last! She understood our vision and made us feel that this was the place for us. They took care of everything from the food, to bar, to table settings, and candles which made the logistics of the day so much easier.

The space itself has so much character so keeping it simple with the flowers and decor was the way to go. With the addition of striped table runners, white florals, and an abundance of candlelight, the venue felt welcoming and romantic. The string lights that we chose were the perfect touch on a dark winter night.

Photography was the most important thing to me and I wanted to find someone who could capture us as a couple as well as all the small, in-between moments of the day. Some photographers looked too formal, some too predictable, but when I came across Ashley Caroline, her work blew me away. Andy loved that the couple’s looked comfortable and that she focused on using natural light as much as possible. The images are so special because they live on after that one day in our lives and bring us back to so many happy moments. Ashley’s calm demeanor and personable approach made the day go incredibly smoothly even when it ended up being the coldest February 20th in NYC history and we had to stay inside for all the photos! Luckily the incredible floor to ceiling windows at the Wythe allowed for the beautiful light to pour in and accommodate 25+ people and even our dog.

Since I did not want a strapless dress, my selections were more limited. The staff at Lovely allowed me to browse their selections and choose a variety of styles. I fell in love with Rosa Clara’s designs because of the intricate beading and attention to detail. The low back balanced the high neckline and it was unlike any dress I had seen before.

I am so lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life who also happen to be in the business of weddings. From my sorority sister who helped design our invitations and personalized logo that we used throughout the weekend, to my friends from high school who each have Etsy stores of their own for welcome bags and chalkboard signs, to a childhood friend who brought our floral vision to life! Working with friends made the day that much more special and memorable. Our videographer filmed two of my best friend’s wedding earlier in the year, so I knew he was going to capture the day perfectly and he didn’t let us down!

When discussing how we wanted the day to be, Andy and I kept coming back to the idea of a unique experience for our guests with our family and friends at the heart of it. We had a small bridal party with just our siblings and important children in our lives. My uncle and friend sang an amazing rendition of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” while we walked down the aisle and our guests sipped cocktails in their seats. We wrote each guest a personalized note that served as their place card sharing memories and the reception was free of long speeches with only my parents and me and Andy saying a few short words of thanks. We wanted it to be a fun, unforgettable party celebrating the beginning of our married life together.

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Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography | Cinematography: Cullen Studio | Florist: Emily Reid Events | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clará | Invitations: Seaside Paperie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Daniela Rodriguez NYC | Band: The A Band | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Winery | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride | Bridesmaid Belts: Lucy Bridal Boutique | Flower Girls: Nordstrom | Getting Ready Venue: Wythe Hotel | Guest Event Guide: Guesterly | Signage: East To West Studio | Welcome Bags: Paper Peony Designs | Welcome Bags: Distance To The Moon

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