After getting engaged in the city of lights, this adorable Brooklyn couple decided to infuse a little touch of Paris into their big day. And so with tons of help from friends and family they created the most beautiful and personal DIY wedding ever with a Paris meets Brooklyn vibe. Agaton Strom Photography captured all the pretty, little details and there’s so much more to see right here in the full gallery!
From the Bride… Michael and I met, fell in love, and currently live in Brooklyn. After we got engaged, we talked a lot about where we would like to get married. Ultimately we decided that the most meaningful location would be the borough where our love was established and developed. After an extensive search, I finally walked into MyMoon Restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and immediately knew it was the place. Aside from the fact that it is a naturally beautiful, calming, and interesting space — which meant we didn’t have to do much to it and just add our own personal touches — it also happens to be just blocks away from the tree under which Michael and I shared our first kiss. We knew we wanted Brooklyn to be a big theme in our wedding, and the other huge element we wanted to incorporate was Paris, the city where we got engaged. Getting engaged in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower is such a cliche right? But when he proposed, in front of those blinking lights and the beautiful night sky, it was one of the most magical moments of our lives. And so, our theme became Brooklyn Meets Paris. My mom drew a picture for us of the Brooklyn Bridge leading to the Paris skyline, and this pretty much encapsulated our day.
We decided not to hire a florist, as I wasn’t really interested in big flower centerpieces, so we created our own centerpieces. The evening we got engaged, we drank an E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone wine, and we were lucky enough to find a liquor store in Greenpoint that sells the same wine! So we bought several bottles, and over several months we drank it all and used the bottles as our centerpieces. I came across some cool battery-operated pussy willow branch lights that reminded me of the lights of the Eiffel Tower, so we put these in the wine bottles with some fabric and voila! I dyed an old tapestry dark purple and cut it into table runners for the outside tables. Instead of escort cards, we found a great old door with window panes at a thrift store called Junk in Williamsburg. Michael spent days sanding it to perfection, and I painted a note on the top and bottom and added the guest names to each window pane. I liked the idea of having small flower arrangements scattered throughout the space for color, so the day before the wedding, Michael’s stepfather, Patric, helped me pick out a bunch of beautiful flowers at the wholesale flower market in Manhattan, and he created about 40 mini arrangements that afternoon. I created my and my bridesmaids bouquets from these same flowers, and Michael’s mom, Jane, made the boutonnieres and corsages. I couldn’t find a dress I liked and was overwhelmed with the dress-finding process, so I found a designer, Kathryn Conover, who created my dream wedding dress based on a picture of a non-wedding dress I had cut out of a magazine. Michael was dead set on having his ring made out of meteorite (a rock from outer space!), so he found an online jeweler specializing in meteorite and designed it himself. My ring was custom made to match my beautiful vintage engagement ring that belonged to Michael’s great-great aunt. Michael works for Converse, so of course he and his groomsmen rocked Converse high tops, and he had each pair embellished with a unique, custom design. Our designer friend Anna made my beautiful headpiece and veil, and I made the belt that I wore during the reception. I also designed and made our programs and menus. Our ceremony was put together piece by piece, including our own vows and a soil ceremony in which our families brought dirt from our respective home states that we incorporated with some Brooklyn dirt and a cherry blossom seed to represent our lives before and the combining of our lives together. Our processional music was from “Amelie,” a nod to Paris and also one of our favorite movies as a couple. And Michael’s best friend Chris was our officiant.
This wedding could not have happened without the love, support and help of our family and friends. My mom saved my life in the days before by helping me make so many of the decorations (and doing a better job, actually!), and our wonderful friends were there to step in and help throughout the process. My biggest advice to other DIY couples is to be extremely organized from the very beginning and plan your time wisely. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Even if you think you can do it all yourself, you just can’t, and you shouldn’t. You want to enjoy the big day and breathe it all in, because that’s what it’s all about. Even though it was stressful at times, I was converted from an anti-bride dreading the wedding planning process to a blushing bride falling in love with all the little details. Our wedding was a magical day, and as I sat there with my soul mate looking out at all of the people we love in one room together, it really felt like us.
Wedding Photography: Agaton Strom Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: MyMoon Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York / Wedding Cake + Cupcakes by Baked NYC / Doughnuts: Doughnut Plant / Other Desserts: MyMoon Restaurant / Wedding Stationery: Minted, Paper Presentation + MOO / Photo Booth: Luckystar Photobooth / Wedding Dress: Custom by Kathryn Conover Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles / Bride’s Head Piece + Veil: Handmade by Anna Bechtol, A Friend of the Bride / Bride’s Belt: Handmade by the Bride / Bride’s Necklace + Bracelets: Family Heirlooms / Bride’s Earrings: A SoHo Street Vendor / Bride’s Ring: Custom by DVVS Jewelry / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Men’s Shoes: Converse / Groom’s Ring: Custom by Boone Rings