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This is How You Do a Wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

It may only be mid-January, but this Brooklyn fete has me daydreaming of warmer spring days to come. Planned by Viva Max Weddings and featuring some pretty fab LBBers (including Wythe Hotel, Jackie Schneider Beauty and 74 Events) it’s a fete that is absolutely bursting at the seams with blooms by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design and dotted with city skyline views like this. Thanks to a guy + a girl photography‘s stunning work behind the lens, we can soak in the warmer season to come in The Vault!

From Viva Max WeddingsBefore throwing themselves into wedding planning, Taylor and Dan prioritized two things: to have a wedding that was uniquely theirs – true to their style, their relationship, and the things they love – and to throw a killer party for their friends and family. The level of personalization for their wedding was intense – from a bee motif used throughout their décor items from molded butter to stationery, R2D2 cake toppers (a nod to their love of Star Wars), and a monogrammed corn hole board (a homage to their college football tailgating days at Boston College)!

The couple had a full schedule packed for their wedding weekend, as Dan’s family flew in from Minnesota. Rehearsal dinner was at Tavern on the Green in Central Park, and the Minnesotans had a special Hudson River tour on a historic boat the morning of the wedding for the ultimate New York experience. Taylor started her day at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, with her bridesmaids (and a bridesman!) getting back massages from a masseuse throughout the morning. Dan and his guys were at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott, where their gifts from the couple were funky socks that matched each groomsman’s personalities.

Taylor and Dan tied the knot at the Brooklyn Botanic, with their friend Brennan Carley officiating. Guests sipped signature cocktails with bee-motif’d cocktail stirrers as they signed in on Jenga blocks with advice for the couple. The color palette was also super complex – mint, grey, ivory, black, and gold throughout, with pops of color in light pink champagne glasses, contrasting brights in bouquets, and deep hues of purple and burgundy in the centerpieces. Taylor and Dan’s attention to detail and creativity came together for a spectacular and unique wedding that nobody is sure to forget!

From the Bride… Prior planning the wedding, before I got immersed in all the amazing, fun decor details and vendor choices, my two biggest priorities in my vision were that Dan and I had a wedding that was uniquely ours – true to our style, our relationship and the things we love, and that we threw a killer party for our friends and family. I wanted people to walk in and think – this could only be Dan and Taylor’s wedding.

My color palette was a bit all over the place. I incorporated soft greens, and mints, grey, and ivory with black and gold details at the reception, through our table top decor, alongside various pops of color throughout the event that primarily came from the flowers, which truly were a focal point of the wedding. The flowers pulled in deep purples and reds, grey roses and even some flowers that were truly almost black. The bridesmaids bouquets incorporated yellow and orange hues, with funky feathers, which were one of my favorite details! I never envisioned having such a colorful wedding (I basically have an entirely black and grey wardrobe), but once I started picking decor and flowers, I realized that’s what really felt right! We also had beautiful light pink glass champagne glasses that were served with champagne or mint / cucumber seltzer water, given to guests as a welcome cocktail before the ceremony – we got a lot of compliments on that fun color detail!

We had a lot of unique and DIY details. R2D2 cake toppers (Dan and I both love Star Wars), a bee motif that was present throughout the wedding (a bee was on our monogram that we used on napkins, invitation suite, etc) and we also used bee butter molds alongside honey comb at each table for guests to eat with their bread! We had two games of corn hole at the cocktail hour to pay homage to our college football tailgating days at Boston College and fun signature cocktails!

My favorite moment (other than marrying my best friend) was cutting the cake. Even though people were watching, it felt like a more intimate, fun moment that Dan and I enjoyed together during an evening that’s filled with a lot of mingling and chatting with guests!

My flowers were absolutely out of this world. I still gush about them and day dream about them. I knew that flowers were going to be extremely important to me during the planning process, and my florist really delivered. They set the tone for the decor and vibe that I wanted – a true mix of elegant and whimsical. When I first walked into the room before the ceremony, they took my breath away. I wanted texture and color to be paired together in a way that was truly unique – and I think the flowers definitely accomplished that! Throughout the cocktail hour there were beautiful smaller arrangements and lanterns scattered around the space, the escort table arrangement was stunning, and all the bouquets were absolutely stunning alongside the sea foam-y color of the bridesmaids dresses. The groomsmen boutonnieres were so unique and fun! Our floral ombre on the cake is probably another favorite detail of mine. It was totally dreamy…

The gown I ended up buying was the 3rd dress out of 8 that I tried on. I immediately fell in love with it – I knew right away that it was my dress. I wanted something classic, with a bit of sexiness. I went into my dress appointment at Kleinfelds with an open mind and I couldn’t have imagined a better dress for me!

Our wedding favors were mini bottles of mango habanero jelly from Shelbourne Farms in Burlington, Vermont. Dan and I took a long weekend trip to Burlington last year to celebrate our anniversary we visited Shelbourne Farms on a beautiful, chilly sunny day. We ended up in the gift shop stuffing our faces with their home made mango habanero jelly on crackers for about 15 minutes, and bought a ton to bring home. We loved it, and thought it would be a fun, unique gift that people would actually want! I wanted our favors to be useful – or edible.

One piece of advice that I would give brides-to-be: Take in every moment of your special day – from the minute you wake up until the minute you go to sleep. Take it all in!

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Photography: a guy + a girl photography | Event Planning: Viva Max Weddings | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Cake: Patina Catering | Invitations: GubbaGumma Studio | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: JACKIE SCHNEIDER BEAUTY | Calligraphy: maggie burdge | DJ: 74 Events | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Hotel: Wythe Hotel | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Hair Piece: jennifer behr | Rentals: Octavia & Brown | Wedding rings: Peter Germano

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A Modern Wedding with a French Fry Bar = Total Goals

Incase you wanted proof that the 501 Union is just about the coolest place to tie the knot, then let Dina and Dustin’s wedding celebration captured by Rebecca Yale Photography be all the evidence needed. Complete with a french fry bar (!!), fab florals from DESIGNS BY AHN, the sweetest fur baby AND a few carousel portraits, we’ve got it all (including those beautiful Jenny Yoo gowns), waiting for you in The Vault!

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From Rebecca Yale PhotographyDina and Dustin were married on a beautiful Fall day at Brooklyn’s 501 Union. The bride and groom were surrounded by their friends and family, and their adorable fur-baby, Mochi, who walked down the aisle with the groom. The couple began their morning getting ready at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park City where they did a romantic first look in a garden just the two of them before heading over to Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO for portraits. The couple had a traditional Chinese tea ceremony in private with their parents and the bride’s grandmother, followed by the ceremony officiated by a friend set against a backdrop installation of green, white and gold foliage and roses created by Ahn Designs. After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers at the bar before a family style dinner at long banquet tables in the dining room followed by an evening of dancing the night away!

From the Bride…After a year and a half of long distance dating, Dustin and I got engaged and the countdown towards ending our separation across country began. It was decided that following the wedding, I’d relocate to Dallas. Dustin knew that moving was a big decision for me as I had lived in Brooklyn my entire life – and how hard it is to leave New York City, a place like no other. To honor that, we decided our wedding would take place in Brooklyn so that I could say goodbye.

501 Union came across my Instagram feed right before Dustin proposed. It was the first venue I reached out to as it definitely fit the look we were going for: industrial with a bit of history and a modern vibe. 501 Union was our first stop and it ended up being the only venue we looked at because Dustin said, “I can see myself marrying you here.” I wanted to roll my eyes and say that there were still other appointments. Even though I thought we should look at more places, I felt the same. It was decided then 501 Union would be the place we’d say I do.

Autumn is my favorite time of year in NYC. We chose a date in early October, which was deemed auspicious in the lunar calendar by my traditional Chinese family. As a self-proclaimed non-girly girl who tends to prefer dark monochromatic colors, we went with navy, grey, ivory, and gold for our industrial chic theme.

After checking venue off the list, we began building our D+D wedding dream team! The first member to join was the effervescent Rebecca Yale, who we both fangirl’d over after our first meeting. It was not just over her portfolio, but how at ease we both felt with her. Over the next year, Rebecca was a rainbow of a person to correspond with, and I am grateful to have built a friendship with her in that time. Dustin and I couldn’t have been more blessed to have her document one of the biggest days of our lives.

That set the tone with all the other wonderful vendors we’d come to find, and we were beyond lucky and privileged to have them be a part of our wedding day. I’d like to thank all the amazing ladies (and a few gentlemen) that Dustin and I interacted with during our wedding planning that helped make our wedding day so memorable.

Special thanks to Caroline and Holly (aka 14 carat) of Fig and Pig for answering our millions of emails; Ashley Chamblin for being an absolute coordination boss bae; Victoria and the DBA team for dealing with a bride who was very particular with flower colors; and lastly, Jennifer at 501 Union for being our wedding guardian angel. As a bride who never ended up making a Pinterest board and had the added difficulty of planning a wedding during a long distance engagement, I couldn’t have done it without you BAE-yonces. Thank you for helping create the wedding of my dreams and giving me the ultimate goodbye to Brooklyn. For it is said, by Notorious B.I.G, to “Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way,” and it was a magical night where we were able to share our love with family and friends in Brooklyn.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Cinematography: Atomic Tangerine | Coordination: Ashley Chamblin Events | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Lucky Bird Bakes | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Tiffany & Co | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Fig And Pig Catering | Makeup: Anny Chow | Hair: Andy Tseng | DJ: DJ PHILMATIC | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Venue: 501 Union | Bride's Band: Cat Bird | Bride's Veil: Sara Gabriel | Dog's Bow Tie: Crew Lala | Flower Girl Dress: Nellystella | Groom's Ring: Blue Nile | Groom's Shoes: Bruno Magli | Groom's Tie: The Tie Bar | Groom's Watch: Rolex | Hair Accesories: BHLDN | Photo Booth: Lumi8 | Signs and Escort Cards: Janet Yang Calligraphy | Vow Books: Seniman Calligraphy

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Mint Green + Gold Sweet Brooklyn Winery Wedding

Cozy, chic and as sweet as the cake they sliced at the end of the night. This wedding may have been in the Big Apple but it was warm and welcoming, removed from the hustle and bustle at Brooklyn Winery. Soft mint greens and golds decked out the space and Brklyn View Photography captured it all for our eyes’ delight – see it all in our Vault right this way!

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From Brklyn View PhotographySometimes when you meet the right person, you instantly click and you know in your heart you were meant to be together. For Sammie and Tomer, that was exactly the case. These two wonderful people are deeply in love, you immediately notice how they light up the room with laughter and smiles! Celebrating their wedding with delicious food, amazing wine and awesome music was very important and once they visited the Brooklyn Winery, they were smitten with the venue!

The bride wore a stunning lace gown and drool worthy, crystal encrusted heels by Badgley Mischka. The House of Makeup kept Sammie camera ready throughout the day which was an amazing treat for any bride-to-be. This sweet couple had their first look in Brooklyn Heights before heading over to Brooklyn Winery for their wedding ceremony and reception. Violet and Verde’s mix of white and green flowers created a beautiful muted color palette which helped bring their cozy chic vibe to life. Each bridesmaid wore a soft pale green dress by J. Crew and a unique gold bracelets engraved with the latitude and longitude coordinates where each lady first met the bride. How wonderful is that? Sammie and Tomer stood under the floral Chuppah as they exchanged their vows to become husband and wife. The newlyweds danced to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” for their first dance and were simultaneously serenaded by all of Sammie’s bridesmaids. It was such a sweet and touching moment! Words cannot express how much being part of Sammie and Tomer’s wedding has meant to me. They are two of the kindest, sweetest and most fun couples I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. I knew from the very first moment when we spoke, I was meant to be their wedding photographer and part of their love story forever.

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Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Coordination: Whimsy Weddings | Floral Design: Violet and Verde | Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Confetti Grey | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Engagement Ring: Diamonds Doing Good | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: The House Of Makeup | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Groom's Attire: Sean Vokshoor, Zohreh Inc | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Brooklyn Winery | Getting Ready Venue: The Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge

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