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Garden Chic Brooklyn Winery Spring Wedding

This neighborhood fête from the lens of Rima Brindamour is celebration of local loveliness. For when these reconnected childhood sweethearts married on their 7 year anniversary (!!) the Brooklyn Winery proved to be the perfect place. Striking a balance of spring florals and industrial beauty, every detail is downright delicious (including their menu options) and you can see it all in the gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride… Alex and I met on vacation with our families in Bermuda when I was 9 and he was 12. We didn’t see each other for nearly 12 years when we reconnected at a family function in 2008. We immediately hit it off, dated long distance for a year until he moved to New York, and then moved in together a few months after I graduated from college. In September 2013, Alex proposed during a trip to Europe, in front of the Eiffel Tower where we enjoyed a surprise picnic with our friends. Upon our return from Europe, we started planning the wedding, hoping to be married the following September in Westchester.

When our original venue fell through in January 2014, we were sent back to the drawing boards. Our thoughts immediately fell on the Brooklyn Winery, which we’ve lived next to for the past 4 years. It’s been a part of our story, as we shared a glass of wine there when we signed our lease on our current apartment, we frequent the wine bar on a regular basis, and we always admire the beauty and uniqueness of their weddings every time we walk by. We set up a meeting as soon as we could and booked the venue for May 30, 2015, which also happens to be our 7 year anniversary. We could not wait to bring our friends and family from near and far to experience our corner of the world for a weekend to celebrate our nuptials. It also didn’t hurt living half a block away from the venue, on top of having a year and a half to plan the wedding.

We wanted to strike a certain balance between a spring, floral themed wedding with the industrial beauty of the venue, and I think we did a wonderful job. We tried to maintain a springy, natural palette of peachy pinks and neutrals with bright floral greens. Since we weren’t having an outdoor wedding like we originally wanted, we tried to bring the outdoors inside by having lots of flowers and succulents to give a romantic, rustic, “garden-party” feeling to the venue. By sprinkling votives and hurricanes throughout the venue, we perfectly achieved that look, especially in the atrium, where the glass roof makes it feel like you’re underneath the stars. The venue itself is so beautiful that we didn’t need to go overboard with the decor, but it provides a great canvas to make it what you want it to be.

It was really important for us to choose vendors who were either friends/family or locally based, as we really wanted the wedding to be a celebration of us, our neighborhood, and our favorite things. One of our favorite vendors was our stationer, Swiss Cottage Designs, located in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn. I cannot sing enough praise for these ladies! Courtney and her team perfectly captured the look we were going for and created some of the most unique and beautiful invitations we’ve ever seen!

Some vendors we knew personally were our DJ, JusB, a friend and former co-worker of Alex’s; my uncle, David Clason at Betteridge in Vail, Colorado, who designed and made my engagement ring and our wedding bands; our florist, Maureen Lanning at Bedford Village Florist in Westchester, a long time friend and colleague of my aunt, who did an absolutely amazing job and is a true artist in her craft; and Alex’s client, Anna Kim, who served as our Day of Coordinator. To keep it local, we ordered our cake from Momofuku Milk Bar in Williamsburg, and crafted our place card holders out of succulents purchased from Sprout Home, also in Williamsburg. Our welcome bags that we gave to guests staying at Le Jolie and the Wythe include local treats such as McClure’s pickle flavored potato chips and cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar.

We didn’t go overboard with the DIYing, but we loved how everything we did turned out. I work at an advertising agency and one of our producers had a bistro chalkboard left over from a shoot, much like the one that Brooklyn Winery places outside during their weddings with the couple’s names written in chalk on it. I knew it would fit in perfectly with the rustic chalkboard theme of the venue, so I took it home and used it to list our seating arrangements. Also, with the help of one of our amazing groomsmen, we spent the day before the wedding potting miniature succulents in adorable silver buckets to serve as our place cards, decor for the table, and favors.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was the dress! I had my eye on the Reem Acra beauty since before we got engaged. My aunt and I went to Bergdorf’s one afternoon to see if we could score a same-day appointment. The woman at the front desk kindly told us we would have to come back another day, but when I spotted my dream dress hanging out front, she was so nice and fit us in for a super quick appointment. We were in and out of there in 45 minutes – I think I set some world records! Somehow I knew that the cap sleeves and twisted bodice would suit my body type perfectly, and as soon as I tried it on, I knew I had found my dress. Joan at Bergdorf’s couldn’t have been nicer, and I would highly recommend any of their saleswomen to assist with finding your dream dress!

I felt very strongly about my bridesmaids choosing dresses that made them feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. We tried on some great dresses but realized that they just wouldn’t work for everyone’s body types, and I wanted to avoid having one or two girls feel uncomfortable in the dress we chose. I ended up giving them a color scheme, a very loose theme and a Pinterest page to give them some guidance. In the end, I was so pleasantly surprised by how beautiful everyone looked both individually and as a group. Even though the dresses did not perfectly match, the hair, makeup and accessories brought everything together perfectly to create a cohesive look. I still can’t get over how gorgeous and glowing they were!

We held our rehearsal dinner at the Wythe Hotel, where we also stayed in the North 8th loft (we live on North 8th Street, so found it quite fitting). The loft has a beautiful private terrace, where we had a quick rehearsal with our family and bridal party before heading down to the private dining room in the cellar of the hotel. Reynard, the hotel’s restaurant, created an absolutely spectacular family style meal that set the tone for the weekend. Following the dinner, we headed over to Nita Nita, just a few blocks from the Wythe, where we enjoyed after dinner cocktails with family, our bridal party, and out of town guests. The following morning, the bridal party showed up bright and early to the Wythe where we relaxed and were pampered by our amazingly talented hair and makeup team, consisting of our hairstylist, Henry de la Paz (also a friend), and our makeup artist, Shai, who has become a friend in the process and just launched her own makeup line, Josephine Cosmetics! Alex and his groomsmen got ready at our apartment, enjoying Best Pizza (if you live in Williamsburg, you know it’s the best) and local Brooklyn Brewery beers.

Following our first look photos, taken in the courtyard of the Wythe, the bridal party ordered Uber SUV’s (because who needs rented limos anymore when you have them at the click of a button?) that took us over to the Brooklyn Winery. Prior to the ceremony, in between taking photos with the bridal party and family, we relaxed in the bride and groom’s suites as the guests trickled in. The Winery really has perfected the flow of their weddings – some of the compliments we heard the most from guests were that they were never without a drink (they offered glasses of sparkling wine as they entered the ceremony) and they never stood around wondering what was going to happen next. Immediately following the ceremony, we were swooped up to the parlor where the staff brought us sparkling wine and a sampling of all of our hors d’oeuvres. We then mingled with the guests for cocktail hour, and they brought us into the atrium to see the dinner set up before any of the guests. This was really a special moment for us as it looked so much better than we could have ever dreamt!

One of the reasons we chose Brooklyn Winery was for the delicious food. I can’t sing enough praises for their food! We tried to play with the stereotypical chicken and steak often served at weddings and chose buttermilk fried chicken and leg of lamb. Our guests were floored by how delicious everything was. Following dinner, we gave a quick toast, cut the cake, and headed to the dance floor for our first dance, “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green (we saw him live at BB King’s a few years back, so this song has always been special to us). We danced our booties off (so much so that the cap sleeve of my gown ripped and I ran to my apartment to change into my after party dress early!) Following the reception, we walked down the block to Roebling Sporting Club, where we had an open bar and munchies like sliders and fries for our guests. We ended up heading to a friend’s rooftop a few blocks away for a surprise after-after-party, where they had a full DJ setup that kept us dancing until the wee hours of the morning! The following day, we checked out of the Wythe, had brunch at Rye with our siblings and best man, and headed to the airport to jet off to Hawaii for our honeymoon.

You probably can’t tell from the pictures, but I was sick with bronchitis throughout the entire weekend! With a little help from our friend who is a doctor, and so much love from all of our friends and families, we were able to overlook this slight inconvenience and have the absolute best weekend of our lives! The best part about getting married in our neighborhood is that every time we walk around Williamsburg and past our venues, it brings back all of the best memories and puts a huge smile on our faces.

Photography: Rima Brindamour | Floral Design: Bedford Village Florist | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs | Bride's Shoes: Butter Shoes | Makeup: Sholayide Otugalu | Hair: Henry De La Paz | DJ: JusB | Grooms Attire: JCrew | Groomsmen's Attire: JCrew | Hotel: Wythe Hotel | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Winery | After Party: Roebling Sporting Club | After Party Dress: Alice + Oliva | Bride's Bracelet: Ben-Amun | Bride's Clutch: Whiting & Davis Bags | Cake Topper: Alexis Mattox Design | Day Of Stationary: Yao Cheng For Minted | Engagement Ring, Wedding Bands, Bride's Earrings: David Clason At Betteridge | Photobooth: Brindamour Booth | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Wythe Hotel | Succulents: Sprout Home | Welcome Drinks: Nita Nita

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Classically Elegant Summer Wedding at New York Botanical Garden

“To infinity and beyond”… while yes, this phrase may tap into my love for childhood movies but besides that, it’s also one pretty fabulous motto, wouldn’t you say so yourself? This cute couple used it throughout their special day, bringing an air of whimsy and fun to their elegant affair, captured by Bia Sampaio Photographs and The Candi Project. See every pretty pic (from the ladies in their gorgeous Twobird Bridesmaid dresses to one adorable flower girl) right this way!

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From the Bride… My overall vision was to create a day that felt romantic but with a wink, and didn’t take itself too seriously, even though getting married itself was obviously a serious decision. I wanted to create something that felt timeless, classic and beautiful, but also infused the silly sides of our personalities (ie: cornhole at cocktail hour, photo scavenger game during dinner, booth with crazy props during reception, etc).

It was very important to me that everything about my wedding aesthetic felt timeless and classic, even down to the colors. I didn’t want to look back at pictures 10 or 20 years down the line and wonder what I was thinking! My friends teased me when I said my wedding style was romantic with a wink, but my point was, that I wanted everything to be pretty, but not to take us too seriously! In general I love grey and white with an accent color, but wanted it to feel more special for the wedding. So I thought a silvery grey and ivory combination, would balance feminine pops of pink!

When John and I first started dating, we spent a lot of time in the West Village. And over time, frequently ran into a Japanese artist, Katsu, who painted beautiful watercolor scenes of the neighborhood, several of which we purchased. We had always talked about purchasing an original painting, but couldn’t justify the expense. When we started talking about wedding invitations, I suggested that we have Katsu paint us into a scene on one of our favorite tree-lined streets, and the painting would be a wedding gift to each other, and also serve as a design element within our wedding invitation. The original hangs over our bed now, and serves as a beautiful piece of art, and a nice nod to our wedding, and we had the invitation designers include it within the wedding invitation suite. It wasn’t obviously that it was John and I in the painting, but I appreciated the subtlety.

I love the traditions rooted within the saying, “something old, something borrowed, something blue, and something new.” I took my something borrowed and something old very seriously – and so from my Mom, I borrowed my Nanny’s wedding band, as well as her 10th wedding anniversary band, and wore those stacked with a 25th anniversary band of my Grandma’s, who had recently passed away and left me the ring. To know how many years of love I wore on my right hand, and whose lives those rings had been a part of, and that I got to share them all at once, meant the world to me.

Personalizing the wedding down to the last detail was something we took very seriously, even creating our own logo and working with art designers to design the entire wedding suite. As a marketer, having a logo seemed instinctual, but I wanted to “stamp” the occasion with something memorable but that was rooted in our every day lives. I often say to John, “I love you to infinity & beyond,” which was the inspiration for the logo (a version of an infinity symbol + our initials) that we threaded throughout the event, from invitations, to wedding day decor. I even worked with our photo booth operators to custom select a backdrop that worked with our color scheme, and designed the printouts to match our wedding suite – logo and all. Our guests were assigned to tables, not by number, but by neighborhoods in Manhattan that had special meanings in our lives. Signage at the table included a note about why that neighborhood was special to us. A friend of ours built us a corn hole set that John painted and branded with our logo, and ordered bean bags with each of our Alma Matters, UNC for me, and UB for John!

One of our favorite things to do as a couple is to cook and to eat, so food had to be an unspoken guest at the wedding! For our wedding favors, John, my parents and I spent many weekends in our assembly line around the kitchen table – stuffing spice jars with pink Himalayan sea salt, tying silver bows and tags with the words, Live.Love.Eat, and filling little pouches with an odd number of sugared almonds, an Italian tradition, and coiling a special poem around each one. John and I each designed custom drinks to suit our tastes – and had signage made for the bar, calling each drink by a nickname.

I loved walking on to the dance floor and seeing our bridal party lined up and making a bridge for us to enter through. That was the signal for me that the fun was about to start.

I felt like Cinderella going to the ball when I put on my Reem Acra dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. I loved the fitted beaded bodice, and delicate layers that were reminiscent of flower petals.

John wore a black tux, groom mustache socks, a pink and white striped bow-tie, and boat-propeller cufflinks that I had given him as a wedding gift. Groomsmen also wore black tuxes, and John gave each of them matching groomsmen mustache socks, and pink and white striped ties.

Our ring bearers wore black tuxes and classic Converse, and our flower girls wore white JCrew dresses and silver sparkly Toms. I wanted the kids to have items that they could wear again, and I love the juxtaposition of fancy attire with casual footwear!

I needed to find a dress that would be flattering on my bridal party whose bodies are all so different, so I went with a TwoBirds dress, that could be tied numerous ways, and looked good on everyone!

John and I frequent Momofuku Milk Bar in the East Village, so it was no question that when we got married, that we would have a Momofuku wedding cake. It is literally like eating funfetti from your childhood, but the grown up, decadent version of it.

Murphy’s law… believe in it. You can be the best planner in the world, but all the planning can not account for Murphy’s Law. Just know that despite that, it will all be ok, because you’ll have your life partner in crime, by your side, getting through it with you. And don’t sweat the small stuff (even if the small stuff happens to be your wedding bands falling down an air conditioning vent before the ceremony!)

Photography: Bia Sampaio Photographs | Cinematography: The Candi Project | Floral Design: Bowman Dahl | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Church | Reception Venue: New York Botanical Garden | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Twobirds Bridesmaid | Hair: Daniele Searing | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Flower Girl's Dresses: JCrew | Flower Girl's Shoes: Toms | Getting Ready Location: Grammercy Park Hotel | Ring Bearer's Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Ring Bearer's Shoes: Converse

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Lush Rooftop Wedding at Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel

This is the kind of wedding that makes me want to get out of my chair and applaud. It’s different, yet classic all at the same time – leaving us with a one-of-a-kind affair that is sure to inspire. Hosted at the gorgeously unique Gallow Green At The McKittrick Hotel with breathtaking florals from Fox Fodder Farm, these images from Christine Han Photography are just beyond. See them all here.

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From Christine Han PhotographyGet ready because you have never seen a venue like this! Talk about sophisticated, stylish, hip, and just plain beautiful. Caitlin and Josh chose Gallow Green, which is the incredible, set-designed rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel. (The McKittrick Hotel is the home of Sleep No More, an interactive theatrical experience in Chelsea. It’s not a real hotel; it’s a performance space that has been “restored” with set-designed rooms to become the 1930’s era hotel in which the play takes place. It makes for quite an interesting, macabre experience for theater-goers!)

Only in NYC does a place like this exist, a rooftop dripping in greenery and housing an old railway car, staffed by beautiful people dressed in period costume serving up delicious cocktails. The ladies of Fox Fodder Farm enhanced the existing space with their stunning florals, which you just have to see to believe!

And the gorgeous couple! The bride has been a friend of my husband’s since high school, so this wedding was special to me. Caitlin and Josh are the couple you wish you could be; stylish, beautiful, in love, and laid back.

The bride got ready at The High Line Hotel, another incredible NYC venue that used to be a seminary. The folks who work there are super nice, and we were able to do portraits inside their hall to avoid the rain. The bride was classic and fresh in her J. Crew dress, and I loved her practically-heeled Prada shoes!

The evening was filled with top-notch food and drink by the chefs at Gallow Green, and live music was provided by jazz band Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess, whose sound and aesthetic fit right into the vibe of the night. This was one of my favorite weddings of all time! Everyone had a blast.

Photography: Christine Han Photography | Floral Design: Fox Fodder Farm | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Catering: Gallow Green At The McKittrick Hotel | Hair Stylist: Sara Gilmore | Groom's Suit: Paul Smith Exclusive from Barney's | Bride's Dress: J. Crew | Ceremony & Reception: Gallow Green At The McKittrick Hotel | Getting Ready: The High Line Hotel | Jazz Band: Jessy Carolina And The Hot Mess

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Manhattan Garden Party-Inspired Wedding

Overflowing with mimosas and merriment, this brunching pair planned the ultimate daytime ceremony. Complete with cocktails and a church ceremony, it’s a take on tradition that proves to be truly romantic. Readyluck was behind the scenes snapping up the gallery, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite moments below!

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From the beautiful Bride… Philip and I met when we both lived in Atlanta, but since then, we have lived in Chicago together and we also rent a place in NYC’s West Village. We both travel a ton for work and for pleasure, s o when we sat down to plan our wedding, we started with what we didn’t want, and went from there.

We knew we didn’t want to spend tons of money on things that didn’t matter to us, and we knew the money we had would go towards the things that did. We didn’t want a traditional dinner reception, and we wanted the whole day to be fun.

One of our favorite ways to pass the time is a lazy, hazy, NYC brunch day, and that’s what we ended up deciding on. We got married at noon, kicked off cocktails at 1:30, and danced the day and night away. The party continued well into the night! There were some pieces of our wedding that we kept traditional because tradition means a lot to us. We got married in the Catholic Church, we ended up having a bridal party (though I only picked a soft neutral scheme, not the dress), and we had the reception (even if it was a brunch). It was perfect!

Photography: Jacqueline Schlossman | Coordination: GYSTplease | Floral Design: West Village Florist | Wedding Dress: Sara Gabriel | Cake: Nine Cakes | Invitations: emDOTzee Designs | Ceremony Venue: St. Anthony's Of Padua | Reception Venue: The Park | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Artichoke's Basille | Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Hair: Alixx Hetzel | Band: 45 Riots | Favors: Jack's Stir Brew Coffee | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Getting Ready Hotel: The Ritz Carlton - Battery Park | Veil: Sara Gabriel

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Industrial Chic Brooklyn Food Truck Wedding

A Movable Feast sounds like the sort of fete I was made to attend. Add in the craft beer patio and tacos galore and it’s pretty much my version of paradise. But what I really love about this celebration is that this creative couple made their wedding 100% THEM. It was authentic and awesome. Katie Osgood captured it all and if these pics don’t give you party envy, I’m not sure what would. See it all this way!

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From the Bride… Throwing a food truck wedding seems like the kind of event a couple would set out to deliberately host. You know – the kind of idea that had been brewing for some time, with photos pinned to a secret Pinterest board and specific food trucks already on deck. But for Dov and me, the idea was a solution – a really delicious one – to the planning problems many couples typically face.

When Dov and I sat down to plan, we considered food, alcohol and music the holy trinity of our reception – the trifecta that truly makes for a great party. We also learned within a hot second that these were among the most expensive elements of any wedding. So to keep our guest list at 200 people, we made some decisions early on: we would search for a venue where we could stock our own bar, we wouldn’t use a traditional caterer and we would find the most fun DJ NYC could offer.

We also had some stylistic preferences of our own. We wanted a wedding that was simple and informal. Dov grew up in Los Angeles, so we wanted our wedding to incorporate some of that casual elegance native to California. As a lifestyle editor who grew up in New York, I’ve seen just how elaborate and stunning weddings can become. But that level of grandeur just isn’t me (I skipped the veil and ditched the bouquet), and it certainly isn’t us. It was challenging to find vendors that had similarly restrained approaches, and it wasn’t until we decided to work with food trucks that we found some awesome collaborators.

Dov and I opted for a cocktail-style reception so guests would be up and about. We looked into some loft spaces but preferred a venue that shined on its own and only needed a few subtle, seasonal details. We came across a former foundry called The Green Building on a quiet street in Brooklyn and fell in love with its exposed brick, vintage charm and sky-high ceilings.

Since we weren’t using a traditional caterer, we had more freedom to serve the kind of food people love to eat – like grilled cheese, fish tacos and falafel. We thought about using some local Brooklyn restaurants to cater the food, but we wanted such a variety of options that no one restaurant made sense. We initially came across the concept of food trucks as something couples used as an extra element, like for dessert or as a late-night snack. But food trucks were our answer for the whole reception, allowing us to serve the kind of food we love to eat and cutting our food and alcohol budget by more than 60 percent.

We included a card in our wedding invitation informing guests that the reception would be “A Moveable Feast, featuring vegetarian fare from our favorite New York City food trucks.” We hired trucks that served four different types of grilled cheese and handmade sodas, Middle-Eastern cuisine, roasted local vegetables, fish tacos and customizable chipwiches for dessert. To top it all off, my mom made the wedding cake and additional pies, while the groom’s mom individually wrapped dozens of her homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. And as a final detail, we served coffee and tea in to-go Anthora cups, as a final nod to New York City and the casual dining we love. The trucks were placed in the patio area of the venue, as well as on the street right outside. Guests were able to move from the patio to the reception room, and out to the street with ease.

For the bar, we chose our favorite top-shelf liquor combined with delicious wine, champagne and the craft beers we love. We set up a self-serve “craft beer garden” in the patio, so guests could help themselves to nine different types of beer — which included some local brews, ciders and seasonal ales — throughout the night.

And when it came to music, our friend Allyson Levine at Bob Gail Special Events recommended DJ James Mulry, who spins at the Wythe Hotel, for some great tunes. James was especially awesome on the big day – somehow incorporating my love for jazz and old standards with music that people actually want to get up and dance to. He also kept our wedding – both the ceremony and the reception – on schedule.

Planning a food truck wedding for 200 people was certainly a logistical nightmare at times – you basically quadruple the amount of vendors you’re dealing with, and how is one supposed to know how many fish tacos to order vs. falafels vs. pounds of roasted bokchoy?! But it’s pretty amazing to know that we designed every single element of our wedding ourselves, which seemed like the right way to kick off sharing a life together.

Photography: Katie Osgood | Floral Design: Joseph Richard Florals | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | DJ: James Mulry | Officiant: Rabbi Richard Camras | Venue: The Green Building | Alcohol Vendor: Warehouse Wines & Spirits | Beer Vendor: DeCicco's in Armonk | Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bride and MOB Hair Stylist: Halli Bivona | Chuppah: Gail Kogen (Groom's mom) | Cookies: Gail Kogen (Groom's Mom) | Food Truck: The Taco Truck | Food Truck: Morris Truck | Food Truck: Toum | Groom's Stylist: Geronimo De Ocampo Desumala III | Groom's Tie and Pocket Square: Paul Stuart | Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus | Invitation Calligraphy: Ashley Curry | Ketubah: Stephanie Caplan | Local Vegetable Station: Westville | Menu Cards & Programs: Bride & Groom | Paper Products Printer: B Squared | Photobooth: We Love Photobooths! | Venue Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Wedding Cake & Pies: Marya Shapiro (Bride's Mom)

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Brooklyn Wedding at The Green Building

Inspired by their beautiful and vibrant backyard, Brooklyn, this couple and their talented team of vendors created a day I am absolutely sure their guests are still talking about today. With gorgeous design (and expert planning) by Jove Meyer Events, lovely florals from Rebecca Shepherd, a Momofuku Milk Bar, and Sasithon Photography – this stunner at The Green Building captured by Sasithon Photography is just everything. See it all here.

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From The Bride…I grew up in New York and Marc grew up in the DC area. We have lived in Brooklyn for several years now, and really wanted to get married “in our backyard.” Roughly half of the guests would have to travel for our wedding, regardless of whether it was in DC or Brooklyn, so we decided to keep it local. Our focus from the beginning was to make sure the wedding didn’t feel overly stuffy. We didn’t want it to be just another formal affair. Looking back to other fun weddings we’ve been to, three things remain constant: great food, great music, and great people. So that’s what we focused on!

From the moment we walked into The Green Building we knew it was the perfect setting. We loved the vibe and feel of the building, and thought it really exemplified our borough. Jove Meyer Events was our wedding planner and he did an unbelievable job of helping us flesh out our vision. Not only did Jove help steer the design of the wedding, but he also coordinated all of the vendors and served as the day-of coordinator too. He was cool, calm, and collected throughout the entire process and we couldn’t have done it without him. Through Jove we were introduced to Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design and Patina. Rebecca was amazing and so easy to work with! We left much of the decision making up to both Rebecca and Jove, and they worked flawlessly together to create beautiful floral arrangements, tablescapes, the chuppah, and ceremony backdrop. Patina provided the Swag from The Color Condition, which we loved! It really brought a different feel to the room. For the food we went with Garces Catering, and this was actually their first NYC wedding. We got rave reviews all night long about the food and cocktail hour, and were so happy with the service we received. We were fortunate enough to have Sasithon Photography capture the day for us. We actually found her on Style Me Pretty! Sas is a truly remarkable person, both personally and professionally, and the quality of her work is exceptional. From the moment we met her we immediately clicked, and trusted her to take the creative lead from start to finish. She far exceeded our expectations.

Most of the design elements in the wedding as well as leading up to the wedding were inspired by our neighborhood and the venue. Once we settled on The Green Building, we found an amazing artist, Chase Kettl, to do our wedding invitations. We loved the laser engraved wooden invitations so much that it inspired several other details in the wedding such as the bar menu, table menus, table numbers, and place cards. Each individual guests’ first name was carved in wood and served as both the place card as well as the wedding favor. I didn’t want the bridesmaids to have another dress added to the “back of the closet” collection, so I gave them freedom to pick their own dress, so long as it was a shade of grey. To further the fun and casual tone of the wedding, we did away with suit rentals for the groomsmen, and simply provided them with the matching ties and suspenders.

Everyone says that something will go wrong on your wedding day and you just need to expect it and roll with the punches. Through the hard work of everyone involved in making our special day a reality, I can truly say that everything went off without a hitch. We couldn’t have been happier with how the evening turned out. One and a half years of planning was over in five and a half hours, and we loved every second of it!

Photography: Sasithon Photography | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Chase Kettl | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Catering: Garces Events | Makeup: Rachel Wood Makeup | Hair: Pamela Baumgartner | DJ: Scott Melker | Band: Veronica Jokel Music | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Suit: Canali | Venue: The Green Building | Bride Engagement Ring: Victor Canera | Bride Wedding Ring: Memoire | Cake Topper: MrMunny | Chalkboard Art: Sharp Shooter Signs And Designs | Getting Ready Location: Wythe Hotel | Groom And Groomsmen Ties: Bonobos | Groom Wedding Ring: Tiffany's | Groomsmen Suspenders: Fine And Dandy | Pizza Truck: Pizza Luca | Seltzer Bottles: Brooklyn Seltzer Boys | Swag By The Color Condition: Patina Rentals | Wedding Planner / Designer: Jove Meyer Events

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