I am constantly inspired by the creative weddings that come out of Brooklyn. It is the hip hub of fantastically unique celebrations that show off the trend-setting styles and charming personalities of its inhabitants. This Montauk Club wedding by Weddings by Two does just that with a look seeped in history and bursting with dapper details. See it all in the full gallery!
Weddings by Two took this darling duo out on the town for an adorable and chic session through the streets of Brooklyn. I adore her elegantly chic outfit and his dashing ensemble.
From the bride… The Montauk Club is such an incredible relic of old New York. We were so drawn to the architecture and humble details of the space, and it seemed that once we decided on the venue, all other aspects of our planning easily fell into order, inspired by the building’s aesthetics.
Milton and I are from different family backgrounds — his family is from southern Alabama, and mine is from Massachusetts. Thinking of how we were bringing our families together, we were inspired to incorporate some elements of our families’ histories into the wedding and décor. We collected our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos and framed them for display in the lobby. (My grandmother only had four photographs from her wedding in 1950 because their photographer forgot to load his camera, and these were the first time her snapshots were scanned, enlarged and framed!) Additionally, each table was a combination of family objects: lace from Milton’s mother’s family was paired with a collection of books that were from my father’s great grandfather’s lending library. Rebecca Shepherd created marvelous still lifes with these objects, adding her collection of vintage bottles and vases with poppies and tulips. The table numbers were old German playing cards with a beautiful design that we incorporated into our stationery. We decided to do our own invitations by hand — the text was a combination of a 1940s Smith-Corona typewriter that we have bought together and a script font based on Jane Austen’s handwriting. We had rubber stamps made and hand-stamped each invitation over the course of a long evening watching “Some Like it Hot,” “To Have and Have Not” and “Bringing Up Baby.”
Overall, we had the most amazing vendors who were willing to collaborate with us, work with our ideas, and be incredibly creative. Penguin Music preformed the most wonderful guitar/cello rendition of John Lennon’s “Dear Yoko” upon our request. The Montauk Club’s Chef Mark Usewicz’s phenomenal menu pleased our mix of meat-loving southerners and pescatarian/vegetarian/vegan Brooklynites. Betsy Thorleifson of Nine Cakes worked with us to create four of the most amazing cakes we have ever had: triple citrus (coconut cake layered with orange, lemon, and lime buttercream fillings), red velvet (with both cream cheese buttercream sweetened with white chocolate and a hidden layer of red raspberry buttercream) mint chip (chocolate cake with mint buttercream, mint-infused ganache, and chocolate chips sprinkled throughout ) and “Sweet & Salty Little Turtle” (Valrhona dark chocolate cake with layers of caramel buttercream, sprinkled with toasted pecans and fleur de sel). And finally, Laura of Weddings by Two went so far above and beyond anything we could have hoped for with her remarkable photography. Despite there never being quite enough time that day for all we wished to take in, she managed to capture every moment with style — portraits we will forever be proud of (inspired by John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Madame X and Jacques-Louis David’s portrait of Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and Marie-Anne-Pierrette Paulze), as well as candid shots that document the day’s most touching and funniest moments perfectly.
Wedding Photography: Laura Miller and Fiona Conrad of Weddings by Two / Wedding Venue: The Montauk Club in Brooklyn / Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Bride’s Shoes: Loeffler Randall / Headpiece: Lo Boheme / Groom’s Suit + Tie: J.Crew / Pocket Square + Tie Clip: J. Press / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Cakes: Nine Cakes / Duet: Penguin Music / Officiant: David Fleenor / Rings: Gray & Davis / Hair + Makeup: Naho Sawada of Dvir Salon / After-Party Dress: Alice + Olivia / Stationery: DIY