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Whimsical Brooklyn Wedding

As crazy cool as this wedding is (and it’s awesome), it’s the couple at the center of it all that really grabs your attention.  A duo that is crafty enough to place Super 8 cameras around their venue and ask their amazingly talented friends to capture every moment.  The result?  A beautiful film unlike any other, and the perfect compliment to their gorgeous day captured by Feather & Twine Photography.  See it all here.


From the Bride… Sitting down to write about our day brings up such happy memories. The best part was that James was very involved in the planning with me. It meant so much to me to be able to put this together with him.

All we wanted was for our guests to enjoy a comfortable atmosphere, delicious food, and good music. And the most important thing – beautiful photographs to last forever.

It was held at The Green Building in Brooklyn – a big open space with chandeliers, exposed brick and french doors leading to a beautiful outdoor area. It was perfect. The idea that we could decorate this empty space was so exciting! Despite a big guest list, we still wanted it to feel casual and for our guests to make friends, enjoy themselves and feel right at home. We had a blast working with Molly from Glitter + Rye to make the space feel cozy and intimate.

Our vendors were all exceptional and went beyond our expectations. We worked with Shannon from Naturally Delicious to cater the evening. She made us feel like anything was possible and helped us plan the wedding of our dreams – a never-ending cocktail party, with an abundance of passed hors d’ oeuvres and comfort food stations.

Our all vinyl DJ, Michael Antonia – The Human Jukebox, kept the dance party going all night. He mixed old throwbacks with new music, and people still tell me what a great time they had on the dance floor. He also played some very old music which I’d requested, specifically for my grandfather to enjoy. I remember a moment during the night when I heard one of my grandpa’s favorite songs start playing. I ran over to him, and even though he couldn’t dance with me, we stood together and I held him tight. And now, only three months since the wedding, my sweet grandpa is no longer with us. But he was happy and healthy on my wedding day, and I just have to hold on to that. I’ll always be able to look back and cherish the precious moment he and I shared in the midst of the reception because our amazing photographers were right there to capture it.

Our floral arrangements were done by Sarah Bedford of Bedford & Co. Sarah was lovely to work with and her subtle, but striking flower design looked effortless. Sarah also created my beautiful flower crown.

My make-up artist, Mandy Bisesti, made me feel natural and beautiful, like myself but flawless. My hair stylist Seventy Jane Arniotis, gave me loose waves with a braided crown. Woven into my braid was a gold chain my grandmother had left to me.

And now, my dress. It was a blush Sarah Seven gown, purchased at New York’s Lovely Bride. I adored it and our entire wedding color scheme was based on the color of this dress. I intended to make it lighter, but the designer wasn’t available to work with me. I had it altered by layering sheer, ivory fabrics overtop with the help of Rebecca Schoneveld. She was a dream. I sent her my ideas via Pinterest, drew up sketches for her and she helped me bring everything together.

My bridesmaids were all mismatched, dolled up in Jenny Yoo’s Bridesmaid and Social Collections. Each of the girls chose a dress that suited her, with a few guidelines – it had to be neutral, short and the more sparkles the better. To compliment and contrast, my maid of honor wore a gorgeous, candy green Ceremony gown by Joanna August. James was in charge of the guys, who were also free to mismatch.

To capture video footage, we bought four Super8 cameras and placed them around The Green Building, with a balloon attached so they could be spotted easily and a note with instructions, just in case the camera was new to any of the guests. We encouraged people to pick them up, take some footage and pass it along. After the wedding, we digitized the film and edited together a fun party video for ourselves.

We are so lucky to have been surrounded by so much love and support. My mother’s poem she wrote for us brought tears to my eyes. And my sister gave such an endearing speech, telling sweet stories about me and my James. All of the toasts were very special. I’ll always remember their thoughtful words.

That was our wonderful day. And I’m excited for the rest of our days. James is more than my best friend, he is my heart. He treats our love as something special and important. He lifts me up and lights up my life with laughter. His happiness is precious to me and I’ll always try to make him smile and laugh for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Feather & Twine Photography | Gown: Sarah Seven Via Lovely Bride | Invitations: Jason Chiusano | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Engagement Ring: Eliana Designs (Custom Designed By The Groom) | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Naturally Delicious | Event Design: Glitter + Rye | Make-up: Mandy Bisesti | Hair: Seventy Jane Arniotis | DJ: The Human Jukebox | Favors: Gentle Brew | Audio Rentals: RheeWind | Balloons: NY Balloon & Basket Co. | Bride's Wedding Band: Dawes Designs At The Clay Pot | Cake, Desserts And Cookie Favors: Milk Bar | Doughnut Desserts: Doughnut Plant | Florals: Bedford & Co. | Flower Girl Dresses: The Little Pea Boutique | Furniture Rentals: It's An Occasion | Groom's Band: In God We Trust | Maid Of Honor Dress: Joanna August | Programs, Thank You Notes, Signs: Heather Francovitch | Tailoring: Rebecca Schoneveld | Tenting: NYFF Events | Transportation: The NY Trolley Company | Venue: The Green Building

Jenny Yoo and Joanna August are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Jenny Yoo, Lovely Bridal Shop, Naturally Delicious and Feather & Twine Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Organic DIY Wedding in Brooklyn

I remember when I first heard the term DIT. Not DIY. But DI-T. Doing it together. And I thought that it was so much more appropriate for the weddings we feature because rarely are the projects involved a solo act. Weddings just like this one – held in a loft in Brooklyn – where every element was made by the hands of friends. Click here for more from photographer Loreto Caceres.

From the bride…Ken and I got married on a perfect, sunny day on September 14th in Dumbo, Brooklyn, surrounded by our family and closest friends. The wedding itself was relaxed and fun and, looking back on it, I truly feel like one of the reasons it was so wonderful is that so many of our friends pitched-in in different ways – to help make it happen.

One of our closest friends, Lindsey, officiated our wedding and she put together a service that was personal, honest, funny and romantic. As I look through the photos, I’m struck by how much laughter there was during our ceremony. We wrote our own vows – and I was sure to include in mine the promise never to call Han Solo “Hans Solo” mistakenly again; because Ken is a huge Star Wars fan and has been HORRIFIED to hear me mess up that name on more than one occasion.

When we were dating, we spent a lot of time exploring Brooklyn on our bikes – and getting married in Dumbo, and taking our pictures in the park we’ve ridden to and under the bridge we’ve ridden over so many times made the whole day feel familiar and closely-tied to some of our very fond memories.

As I said – our friends really pitched in a lot to make this wedding happen! And there were a lot of DIY elements that brought this day together. Dumbo Loft is a raw space, so we were able to bring in whatever we wanted to make it really feel like our own. We had a traditional wedding, but we did little things differently, in ways that were important to us, so that it felt unique and true to us. Instead of walking down the aisle with my parents, Ken came out and got me and we walked down together – so that instead of him waiting for me to come to him, we were entering into this day jointly. And instead of using a traditional processional song, we chose Yr Face by Oberhofer – which is romantic and uplifting, simple and sweet.

My college roommate, Lana, along with her mother, offered to design and arrange the bouquets and centerpieces for our wedding. For vases, they coffered coffee tins with birch bark they found in the woods in upstate NY – and the resulting effect was so stunning, you’d never have known that they were handmade and basically cost nothing. After asking me about a color scheme (green and white) and the kinds of flowers I like and don’t like, Lana came up with a concept that was rustic, romantic and quirky all at once using primarily dahlias, antique hydrangeas, foxtail, hydrangea, kale flowers, white snowberries, queen anne’s lace, peppergrass and other local greens. Among the photos we have of the wedding, the ones of our flowers are some of my favorite – not only because they were even more beautiful than I’d imagined, but because the represent the love and hard work of a very good friend — who I gave very little direction and put together something that was exactly what I wanted and absolutely perfect.

For the altar area, another old friend – Jothan, who Ken knows from college – offered to make us a structure as his wedding gift to us. Based on what we liked and didn’t like, he found birch beams to purchase (to tie together with the birch bark vases of our flower arrangements) and built an awning-like structure that he then draped with white fabric to create an airy, light and romantic mood.

We flew the caterer – also a friend of Ken’s – in from Wisconsin to make the delicious farm-to-table food that we’d had twice at his pop-up-restaurants in New York (those were great dates!) OUR FOOD WAS DELICIOUS. For appetizers we served three Underground meats salamis served with pickles, mustard and crackers, three cheeses served with crackers and jam, cut vegetables served with a white bean puree, and romesco. For the main meal, smoked pork, two types of sausages and roasted pork loin, tomato and herb salad with sweet corn and grey sea salt, green bean salad, with oven dried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and shaved gruyere, braised kale with fall onions and bacon and wheat berry, with grilled onions, carrots and parsnips. And for dessert – instead of cake – we had pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds, lemon chess, birch beer float and fig & plum crumble.

Our engagement photos (not pictured here) were taken by our friend Dave Bunting. Our DJ, James Mulry, is an old friend of Ken’s and he hit every note perfectly – and had people dancing that I’ve never seen dance before! Ken designed our save the dates – using pictures from a photo shoot we set up ourselves in our basement. And he designed our wedding programs (written by me!) Our place cards were handwritten by one of our out-of-town guests, two nights before our wedding, using sparkly stickers she bought for dollars at a stationery store.

I love air plants. So we decided to give assorted air plants as wedding favors. I didn’t realize that some of them were going to flower – and it was such a nice surprise when, a few weeks after our wedding, guests started sending us photos of their newly-flowering air plants.

My dress. I love my dress! After scouring the internet for dress ideas, I found this Rebecca Taylor gown (it’s not traditionally a wedding dress… and it also comes in dark blue) and decided that I had to have it. I went to the Rebecca Taylor boutique in Tribeca with a few friends, tried it on and loved it. Two days later, I went back with my Mom, saw her get tears in her eyes when I put it on, and bought it on the spot. I tried on one and only one wedding dress and never looked back.

The bridesmaids dresses were much harder to figure out. Initially, I wanted navy blue dresses with little cap sleeves. Somehow, we wound up with stone gray and apricot wrap dresses from BHLDN and I love them!

Anyway – clearly I could go on and on! It was a perfect day. I felt so much love and so much in love. Make sure to check out the awesome photo our photographer captured of a woman with a screaming baby walking in front our group shot of the wedding. That was a priceless, hilarious moment. Loreto Caceres did a great job of capturing lovely, candid moments and all the tiny details that I want to remember forever. I’m so happy to share all of these pictures… the wedding was truly a collaboration between many of the people who are big, important parts of our lives and dear friends.

Dress: Rebecca Taylor | Flowers: Lana Klemeyer & Linda Maier | Wedding Invitations: Blue Tulip Design | Ceremony Venue: The Dumbo Loft | Reception Venue: Dumbo Loft | Engagement Ring: Carrie Bilbo | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Jonny Hunter - Underground Food Collective & Forequarter Restaurant | DJ: James Mulry | Groom's Suit: JCrew | Accomodations: Sheraton Brooklyn | After Party: Last Exit Bar | Altar Structure: Jothan Cashero | Boutonnieres/Air Plant favors: Eucca | Bridal Shoes: BHLDN | Dessert/Pie: Four & Twenty Blackbirds | Engagement Photography: David Bunting Photography | Guest Book: Artists and Fleas | Hair Accessories (Bride): Twigs & Honey | Hair/Makeup (Bride): Lucy Flint (Miss Harlequin) | Hair/Makeup (Bridesmaids): Sara Noerper | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: ReBar | Wedding Photography: Loreto Caceres Photography | Wedding Programs, Save-the-dates and website: Ken Stanek (The Groom!) | Wedding Rings: Bario Neal

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Colorful Brooklyn Wedding at The Liberty Warehouse

Industrial spaces are some of my favorite places ever to say “I do.”  I mean, besides the fact that they make one crazy cool backdrop, there’s just something about mixing romantic details with exposed brick walls and wooden beams that simply screams “amazing.”  Add in lush blooms by Michelle Edgemont and an entire gallery of beautiful images from Sara Wight and it’s serious perfection, lovelies.  See it here.


From the Bride… After finding out that the venue we were interested in was no longer holding weddings, we found The Liberty Warehouse through a few quick Google searches. We walked from our home in Carroll Gardens to Red Hook to visit The Liberty Warehouse on one of the first days of spring. After walking down the long stretch of warehouses, we were shocked at the beautiful views offered at the venue. We fell in love with the wooden beams and exposed brick, the overall feeling of industrial yet cozy.

Our wedding day was at the tail end of a brutal NYC heat wave, yet our close proximity to the water helped to cool everyone off. Michelle Edgemont decorated the space beautifully with bright, summery flowers. We said our vows under a gorgeous early evening sky with Kim Worley officiating a truly personal and meaningful ceremony. The rest of the night was spent eating delicious food and dancing on the constantly packed dance floor. Our photographer, Sara Wight, captured the energy and excitement of the night perfectly. At the end of the night we had ice cream sundaes from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory carts. As a take-home treat there were key lime pies from Steve’s and pickles from Brooklyn Brine. We made a conscious effort to seek out vendors that were local, Brooklyn-based. Everything about the night felt like a true reflection of us as a couple and we had so much fun celebrating.

Photography: Sara Wight Photography | Dress: Nicole Miller | Floral Design: Michelle Edgemont | Shoes: Nina | Hair and Makeup: Lucy Flint | Entertainment: DJ Gaza | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Officiant: Kim Worley | Fan Programs: Hoopla Love | Ice Cream Cart: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory | Key Lime Pie: Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie | Pickles: Brooklyn Brine | Venue and Catering: The Liberty Warehouse

J.Crew is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Michelle Edgemont is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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