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Two Broadway Actors Tie The Knot At The Coolest Brooklyn Venue!

Inspired by their travel, this Broadway couple chose to say I Do at the Greenpoint Loft, an industrial Brooklyn venue with the coolest vibe! “Raw and untamed, married with soft and romantic,” was how wedding planner Callista & Co. described their day and we couldn’t have said it better! With a large installation of stunning greenery by Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht, the bride and groom tied the knot and danced the night away! Check out all of Rebecca Yale Photography‘s magical photos (as always) and read all about how they met below!

From the Bride…How and when did you meet? December 25th, 2012. Hannah’s mom was doing a show called White Christmas with Shane. On Christmas Day Hannah was skyping with her Mom and met Shane over Skype. They met for the first time in person at an audition in September of 2013. Then another year later Shane messaged Hannah on Facebook to congratulate her on her show, SideShow, that was about to open on Broadway. The two ended up messaging and then texting all night until Hannah asked Shane to go on a date the next night. Shane agreed. The two met the next night Black and White Bar in the East Village. Shane said he almost got off the train twice because he was so nervous, but he made it there, and thank goodness he did. The two said they knew almost instantly that there was something really special between them. 

What was your vision for your wedding?…We wanted it to feel like us. We are always surprising each other, traveling and exploring cities across the globe. So that was where the raw and industrial vibe came from. We mixed that with our romanticism and vulnerability we both allow ourselves to feel when we are together and it created this perfect expression of our relationship.

From Callista & CompanyIn the beginning, it’s my goal to gather as much information about the bride and groom as possible so that I can narrow planning and design decisions for them and make the right suggestions all along the way. We met early on to get to know each other and explore high-level ideas, then we delved into the design with venue walkthroughs, rental showroom visits, and countless conference calls. Our design transformed along the way, but we ended up with a beautiful balance of raw and untamed, married with soft and romantic.

It was a collaborative effort with Hannah and Shane’s friend and ultra-talented florist, Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht of Wild Bloom. Kristen captured Hannah and Shane’s vision so perfectly and completely elevated the Greenpoint Loft space. We chose our tablescape rentals carefully to create a perfectly refined yet stylish setting. Romantic gold-rimmed charger plates were accented by sleek black flatware and stemless glassware. A handmade paper place card with contemporary calligraphy adorned each plate along with a sprig of greenery that felt plucked from the dinner table arrangements. The flowers were lush and textural in the most gorgeous palette, and nude tapers glimmered for guests to dine in candlelight.

From Kristen Griffith-VanderYachtFor Hannah and Shane we wanted to create a floral installation that was as arresting as it was beautiful. Hannah loves greenery so we created a 40-foot long canopy of hanging vines and branches. We then added a suspended arch of crafted of vines to frame Hannah and Shane for the ceremony and then the sweetheart table at the reception.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Videographer: Love + Brain Films | Videographer: Sasithon Photography of The Wedding Artists Co. | Event Planning & Design: Callista & Company | Floral Design: Wild Bloom Floral | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Wild Flour Bakery | Invitations: Callista & Company | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Engagement Ring: Facets Park Slope | Jewelry: Cat Bird | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Naturally Delicious | Hair and Makeup: Rob Harmon | Calligraphy: Libby Tipton | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Favors: Broadway Cares | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Luxor Limo | Wedding Venue: Greenpoint Loft | Getting Ready & Accommodations: Wythe Hotel | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Mother of the Bride Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Paper Goods: Libby Tipton | Photo Booth: The Bosco | Rentals: Universal Light And Sound | Rentals: Patina | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

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Style, Fun & An Ever-Flowing Champagne Tower Complete This Brooklyn Wedding!

I LOVE a fun, modern wedding…especially when it takes place in Brooklyn and at one of THE coolest boutique hotels, The Wythe. But when the bride and groom shared their one request with DM Events, an ever-flowing champagne tower, I love it even more! DM Events got to work to keep the champagne flowing and the florals overflowing with the help of Ivie Joy Flowers, creating one of the most gorgeous ceremony backdrops with an array of soft blooms against a contrasting brick wall. Take a peek at all of the style and fun, captured stunningly by Samm Blake Photography!

From DM EventsFrom the instant we met Misoo and Damien, we knew that their wedding would be as special an event as they are a couple. With their innate sense of style guiding the design process, it was an amazing collaboration from the start. The minute Misoo shared with us her only request – an ever-flowing champagne tower- it was instant love!

When you have a couple who embody style and fun, the Wythe Hotel is the only choice to host their wedding. Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Wythe is a true boutique hotel housed in a meticulously restored 100-year old textile factory. The space features tons of exposed bricks, wooden beams, and steel columns. While the natural aesthetic of the hotel is industrial and masculine, it is also romantic and charming. In order to highlight these features, we focused on a delicate ambiance to balance the industrial feel and soften the architectural design. We worked with the talented Ivie Joy Flowers layering the beautiful spring wedding details with soft white and blush blooms, tons of candlelight, and beautiful linen runners.

Misoo’s stunning wedding dress from Berta was followed by a playful reception dress by Kalmanovich. Damien opted for a custom tux from Michael Andrews Bespoke paired with Louboutin velvet loafers. Also, in true Damien form, a barber was onsite for fresh shaves and cuts for him and the groomsmen. Who says it has to be all about the bride?!

Photography is always a place we tell clients to splurge because it’s so incredibly important! Samm Blake from The Wedding Artists Co. was such a pleasure to work with and captured all of the details so beautifully! We didn’t want to give Samm all the fun, though, so we also had Neeko Booths on-site to make sure all of the guests were enjoying the floral-lined photo booth and the dance floor Boomerang booth!

The night ended with our one must-have: the champagne tower! The bubbly was, indeed, flowing! There’s something so special about having a natural connection to a couple. Misoo and Damien were a dream to work with and we know their life together will flow with as much excitement as that ever-flowing champagne tower!

Photography: Samm Blake | Florist: Ivie Joy Flowers | Reception Venue: Wythe Hotel | DJ: Mon Amie Events | Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Officiant: Jeffrey Kaufman | Ceremony Music: Fleur Seule | Barber: Cassie Kurtz | Bridal Dress: Berta | Bridal Salon: L'Fay Bridal | Bridal Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood | Groom's Shoes: Louboutin | Hair and Make-up: Beautini | Photo Booth: Neeko Booths | Planning & Design: DM Events & Design

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Soft & Romantic Photography Mixed With the City of Brooklyn Make For A Modern Urban Fairytale

This morning’s inspiration shoot will have you booking your next trip to Brooklyn…we promise you! Planned by Wildflower Events + Design, they combined the perfect amount of urban, city life with a soft, romantic vibe with blooms of baby’s breath as the ceremony backdrop by Buds of Brooklyn against the industrial setting at The Wythe Hotel. Take a look below and check out the full gallery here, to see how Joanna Fisher Photography captured the real-life happy couple, as they made their way through the Brooklyn streets!

From Wildflower Events + DesignThe inspiration for this wedding styled shoot all started with this special, authentic, diverse borough, everything this team of vendors wanted to represent for this wedding styled shoot. Joanna Fisher, the talented photographer, based out of Fairfield, CT wanted to bring her soft and romantic edit to the hard streets of Brooklyn. With a simple Instastory shout out, she connected with Lindsey and Dara, the team behind Wildflower Events + Design to rally a rad and creative team, down for an adventure, up for major collaboration and lastly, teamwork!

Brooklyn has experienced its own metamorphosis from gritty to glam. Once seen as one of the nation’s preeminent industrial cities, characterized by factories and working-class families, it has now undergone this cultural shift defined by hipsters mixed with local Brooklynites who’ve clung to the remaining pieces of ungentrified blocks, young families and creative types, who all live peacefully amongst one another. The Wythe Hotel, situated in the heart of Williamsburg, the epicenter of hipsterness, embodies the perfect combination of the old and new Brooklyn. Once the home to a sugar factory, the Wythe leans into those cool industrial vibes by showcasing its original exposed brick walls, old wood beams and cast-iron columns, yet still radiates cool and trendy with its beautiful rooms and its numerous event and restaurant spaces.

The cool industrial feel of The Wythe Hotel was the perfect juxtaposition against the soft, romantic and ethereal vibes designed by Wildflower Events + Design. Highlighting the hotel’s Garden Terrace, the ceremony set up, which was effortlessly created by Buds of Brooklyn was an effervescent cloud explosion of soft pink baby’s breath climbing up the exposed brick walls. Incorporating Borrowed Blu’s modern, yet soft ceramic tableware perfectly complemented Wildflower and Bud’s collaborative design. Truly emulating Brookyln’s no-nonsense attitude, Cat Wilcox, the boss lady behind Cat Wilcox Designs created the most fitting invitation suite for this occasion (check that invitation liner)! Adding a much-needed pop of forest green to the tablescape, Cat tied all the table decor together perfectly with her beautifully designed place cards and menus! Everthine Bridal, located in the quaint town of Madison, CT, styled the two beautiful brides. Continuing the hard and soft theme, Brit wore a romantic bohemian-inspired dress, from dress designer, Flora Bridal, while her wife Bethany wore a cool, sleek and trendy Alexandra Grecco pant set that highlighted her amazingly sculpted arms and back. Michelle and Chelsey from Willow House Beauty completed the elegant, yet romantic bridal look, nailing those 1920s inspired romantic soft curls and gorgeous dewy makeup.

Just like Brooklyn’s authentic vibes, the shoot required a real-life, open, no BS couple to emulate those similar feelings. Brit, a social media influencer and writer behind Lively Co. Blog and wife of 2 years, Bethany, founder of Outlay Apparel Co. absolutely radiated on and off-screen! Their love is described as honest and open is totally evident. Every single vendor was swooning over their cute and flirty energy and stunning beauty! These ladies were game for anything! Despite their long drive into Brooklyn (they live in CT), these gals didn’t hesitate to jump on a ferry to Dumbo, take over an ice cream truck or run through the streets to get the shot! Their game time attitude kept the team inspired and moving despite the hot humid August weather! It’s days like these that keep wedding vendors inspired! With none of the vendors working together prior to this shoot, an instant community was created. It showed the power of creativity and love! We all came together to show how all love is beautiful and worth celebrating. As Brit eloquently said, “My passion is sharing my story and I’ll never stray away from doing that, as long as there are people out there who need to hear it.” It can be confidently said that the entire team of vendors truly feels that way about their own passions. We love to help couples celebrate and share their stories and love!

Photography: Joanna Fisher Photography | Event Planning: Wildflower Events and Design | Floral Design: Buds of Brooklyn | Wedding Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Wedding Dress: Eli By Flora | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Invitations: Cat Wilcox Watercolor and Calligraphy | Hair and Makeup: Willow House Beauty | Hotel: Wythe Hotel | Table: borrowed BLU

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You’re Going to Want to Steal This Touching and Adorable Escort Card Idea!

Take one look at the towering trees, green grass and lush gardens surrounding this gorgeous venue and you’d never guess it’s located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. The bride’s regal cape, their creative lantern escort cards and the jaw-droppingly beautiful reception are just a few of our favorite things about this wedding day planned to perfection by Details by Gina. Get your pinning fingers ready and head to the full gallery captured by Merari Teruel Photography for s major dose of inspo.

From Merari Teruel PhotographyLindsay and Jay had a very specific vision for their wedding day: beautiful, classic and natural. They chose to host their big day at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and opted for a fresh, greenery-filled vibe to compliment the venue. 

Despite having an outdoor garden wedding, Lindsay and Jay still wanted to keep the event sophisticated. Lindsay’s gorgeous Pronovias gown and cape helped them do just that! They also brought in a swing band that played classic crooner and swing music throughout cocktail hour and the reception.

Designs by Ahn helped them keep the event fresh and elegant into the reception at the Palm House by infusing clean and crisp white linens and chairs with complimentary white, ivory and green centerpieces of varying heights and shapes. 

Their escort card was placed in the middle of the dance floor and each guest had a designated lantern that guided them into their table, named after a particular city that was close to Jay and Lindsay’s hearts. 

With just their siblings as their wedding party, they exchanged vows in front of a gorgeous tree and then spent the night dancing the night away with their loved ones. Exactly what they had wanted all along!

Photography: Merari Photography | Event Planning: Details Wedding Coordination | Florist: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Catering: Patina Events at Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Band: New York City Swing | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Video: Reel Feels Production

A Romantic Sunrise Engagement Session on the Brooklyn Bridge

As Carrie Bradshaw once said… “Year after year, twenty-something women come to New York in search of the two ‘L’s: Labels & Love.” Well, this gorgeous engagement session from Erika Parker Photography is the perfect combination of both! The minute we laid eyes on this stunning dusty blue Carol Hannah gown we were instantly blown away by it’s romantic movement and ethereal style. This dress paired with the iconic location of the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise and there you have it – the most romantic NYC photo shoot ever.

From Erika Parker Photography… The Brooklyn Bridge is an icon in New York City. It’s a remarkable work of architecture. It evokes emotions of nostalgia, romance, but is also very industrial, and urban. Carol Hannah makes beautiful gowns, that flow and have such incredible personalities. They Myrina gown made by Carol Hannah is one of my favorites. I love it because its not traditional, yet is so elegant and ethereal.

The fabric moves in a way that doesn’t seem like its from this Earth. I always see this dress photographed at the beach, or on a beautiful mountain top. These venues absolutely do it justice, but I wanted to show that an urban setting can be equally as spectacular. Not every bride can have a wedding in the mountains or at the beach, and there are a lot of ways to be creative in your own environment.

For years I’ve wanted to do a sunrise shoot on the Brooklyn Bridge, and this shoot was everything I’d hoped it would be. True, we were up at 3am to start hair and make up, but it was oh so worth it. The sun crept up over the bridge, making the sky pink, and slowly warmed into yellow. It was truly an incredible morning. I want couples to be inspired by this shoot, and to realize that they can also do something like this, if it is planned correctly.

Photography: Erika Parker Photography | Gown: Carol Hannah | Hair and Make Up: SB Beauty | Accessories: Mickey Lynn | Model: Natalia Harris | Model: Nick Zibz

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Ethereal Brooklyn Wedding at Prospect Park Boathouse

Can we talk about boathouse weddings for a sec? They’re kind of the best of both worlds if you ask me. Waterfront, check. Charm, check. City vibe, check. Well, the latter is definitely the case for this Brooklyn affair at Prospect Park Boathouse! Jing and Chiyoon called on Brilliant Event Planning to elevate their Big Day, while Sophie Kaye and Elysium Productions documented every detail and every smile so beautifully. You can feel the love jumping right off the screen—have a look here for even more.

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From Brilliant Event Planning… Jing and Chiyoon got married on a perfect July day in Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Boathouse! They first got ready at The Lotte NY Palace. Both the bride and the groom had two wedding day looks. The groom wore a classic black tux for the ceremony and then changed into a white tux for the reception. The bride wore a ballgown and veil for the ceremony and then changed into a simpler dress for dancing.

The day had oodles of special details! The color palette was grey, green, ivory, and a touch of blush, which complemented the green tiled ceiling of the boathouse. The menus were custom and printed directly onto cloth napkins. The escort card display was designed with wax seal, deckled edge escort cards with gold calligraphy. At each place setting, guests had a small gift waiting for them – rosé gummies with hand calligraphy on ribbons for place cards. Gifting candy is a Chinese wedding tradition!

Poppies and Posies decked out the staircase in a cascading floral treatment complete with pillar candles, which gave the whole room a romantic glow in the evening! They also designed modern, lush floral tablescapes, utilizing gold brushed vessels to coordinate with the gold flatware from borrowed BLU. During dancing, guests had the opportunity to get a fashion-style sketch of them in their gowns and everyone went home with a keepsake piece of artwork!

Photography: Sophie Kaye Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Floral Design: Poppies & Posies | Cake: A Simple Cake | Stationery: Regas | Reception Venue: Prospect Park Boathouse | Hair and Makeup: VickyC5 | Officiant: Christopher Frost Shelley | Transportation: All Star Limo | Favor: Sugarfina | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Live Painters: Drawn Together NYC | Music: Generation Events | Planning: Brilliant Event Planning | Rentals: borrowed BLU

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Moody + Neutral Boho Wedding Inspiration at 501 Union in Brooklyn

We don’t often see the words moody, neutral and boho strung together, but that’s why we love today’s wedding inspiration so much—especially when we see rich tones and moody vibes taking center stage in 2019. Styled by Stylish Details Events and set at 501 Union, the marriage of deep hued walls and that iconic wallpaper make way for a gorgeously dark canvas where the Bride pops in her Schone gowns and florals transform the space into a tropical bohemian love shack. Join us in the full gallery from Sara Joan for more.

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From Stylish Details Events… This styled wedding photo-shoot was inspired by the mid-century design of 501 Union. This Brooklyn venue is a hot spot for couples who are looking for a unique and stylish space to say “I-do”, while skipping the bustle of the city. Sophie Mae of Stylish Details Events wanted to highlight the industrial vibe of the venue, while incorporating the soft color tones of the moment. She chose some of the best vendors from the East and West Coast to execute the vision!

The editorial was captured by Brooklyn local Sarah Joan of Sarah Joan Studio. Her photography style was perfect for the overall look and feel of the shoot, which was classic with an modern edge. The highlight film was shot by Emma of Emma Lynn Cinema. We love how Emma brought the shoot to life in her film!

We partnered with the wonderful ladies of Designs by Ahn, the Manhattan based florist who specializes in intricate and whimsical designs. We loved how she mixed classic floral selections with unexpected blooms to create a unique tables cape that offered an outside of the box “wow factor”. We opted for ice grey velvet linen from Luxe Linen to add texture to the tabletop rentals provided by Signature Party Rentals.

The marble table was custom designed by the talented team at RentQuest NYC. They also provided the dreamy velvet chairs which complimented the tableware to perfection. We especially loved the hand crafted menus and place cards created by Emily of Eclaire Paperie.

Photography: Sara Joan Studio | Videographer: Emma Lynn Cinema | Event Styling : Stylish Details | Florist : DESIGNS BY AHN | Hair and Makeup: MG Hair & Makeup | Venue: 501 Union | Gowns: Schone Bride | Jewels : The Jewel Princess | Linens : Luxe Linen | Model: Kiara Ailene | Model : Isaac McKinley | Rentals : RentQuest | Stationary and Paper Goods: Eclaire Paperie | Tabletop : Signature Party Rentals

Inside Sharleen Joynt And Andy Levine’s Romantic Wedding Anniversary

If you’re in need of a few romantic ways to celebrate your wedding anniversary – leave it to Bachelor alum Sharleen Joynt and husband Andy Levine to give you all the inspiration you’ve been looking for. These two adorable NYC residents knew exactly how to take advantage of all the city has to offer for their one-year anniversary, from an intimate lunch date in Brooklyn to an exciting night on the town, all captured by Judy Pak Studio. But our favorite part of their special day… it has to be the incredibly thoughtful anniversary gift Andy gave to Sharleen.

The romantic date. Sharleen looked so effortlessly gorg (per usual) in an elegant little black sweater dress from Sezane paired with Zara booties to meet her husband for their anniversary lunch date. The handsome couple met at The Osprey at 1 Hotel in Brooklyn, it was the perfect place for an intimate evening where they could reminisce for hours about their amazing first year as a married couple. Andy, being the perfect gentleman that he is, greeted Sharleen with the most beautiful bouquet of flowers from B Floral and a gift wrapped in shimmering gold ribbon.

The gift exchange. Throughout the entire date, Andy couldn’t help but be anxious for Sharleen to finally open his anniversary gift – a brand new bottle of perfume that she absolutely adores, Beautiful Belle by Estée Lauder. Sharleen just can’t get enough of it and wears it practically every single day… how could she not when it smells as lovely as it does! Beautiful Belle is an irreverent blend of Lychee, Mimosa, Rose Petals, Orange Flower, Gardenia and Marzipan Musk. Of course Sharleen absolutely loved it… there may have even been a happy tear or two.

The night out on the town. After their lunch date and tear-filled gift exchange, Sharleen changed into the most stunning all-white Alexandra Grecco jumpsuit that made her feel like a bride all over again – complete with a fresh spritz of Beautiful Belle of course! The two roamed the charming cobble-stone streets of Dumbo hand-in-hand, caught some breathtaking views of the Brooklyn Bridge and danced the night away on cloud nine. We couldn’t dream up a more magical way to celebrate the happiest of endings.

Photography: Judy Pak Studio | Flowers: B Floral | Dress: Sézane | Shoes: Zara | Creative Direction & Wardrobe Styling: Veronica Rogers | Hair & Make UP: Anna Breeding | Jewlery/Clutch: lele sadoughi | Jumpsuit: Alexandra Grecco | Perfume: Estee Lauder | Restaurant: The Osprey at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Bright Summer Elegance at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

We’re back in the New York groove on SMP! Since this adorable duo got engaged in the West Village and tied the knot in Brooklyn, they decided to incorporate all of their favorite NYC sips and eats on their wedding day. We’re talking New York pizza, Momofuku birthday cake balls and a specialty cocktail from their go-to West Village bar! With a little help from Sasithon Photography of The Wedding Artists Co., NST Pictures (their video is MUST-see!), Jove Meyer Events and DESIGNS BY AHN… their wedding was everything they could have dreamed of and more.

From the Bride… Our wedding was an elegant, black-tie affair at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on a perfect summer evening. The Palm House is all glass, with an open, organic feel that we wanted to keep consistent with our décor, which was sophisticated with bursts of color and plentiful flowers.

We had so many special touches that made our wedding uniquely ours. Our specialty cocktails were mementos of our relationship: the Matahari (Nick’s favorite) is an invention of a West Village bar we frequent, and the Aperol spritz (Amanda’s) is one we enjoyed on our trip to Italy a few years ago.

Before we go any further, check out this amazing video from NST Pictures!
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We got engaged in the West Village in NYC, where we live, so we wanted to incorporate some of our favorite spots, especially for our out-of-town guests. Towards the end of the night, guests had amazing New York pizza – and Joe & Sal’s crushed it with their famous garlic knots! For our wedding favors, we gave guests our favorite Momofuku birthday cake balls. When the band finished its amazing set, our guests sent us off with rose petals to a party bus, where our bridal party and families joined us! Our entire wedding day was perfect in every way.

Photographer: Sasithon Photography of The Wedding Artists Co. | Videographer: NST Pictures | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Cake: Nine Cakes | Stationery: Julia Bez | Ceremony Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Reception Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Lighting: Universal Light And Sound | Band: Elan Artists | Wedding Favors: Momofuku Milk Bar | Officiant: Peter Boruchowitz | Bride's Hair: Jessica Gillin | Bridesmaid's Hair: Glamsquad | Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths | Planning: Jove Meyer Events | Rentals: Party Rental LTD

This Coney Island Engagement is Guaranteed to Make You Smile

This Coney Island engagement complete with happiest yellow dress will give you life. Or, at the very last, plant a big, huge smile on your face. It has the carefree Summer vibes of a day spent by the sea, with a couple who’s happiness is contagious and a photographer who’s images capture that love and light so beautifully. Dive in to all of Kati Rosado‘s pretty pics right here.

Bill and Taeler met 8 years ago in NYC when their mutual friend invited Bill to a performance at the Bryant Park Dance Festival where Taeler would be performing. Following the performance, they greeted Taeler backstage where she was surrounded by friends that had come to view the performance. Bill remembers being “paralyzed” by her smile, her graciousness, and her sincerity, as she thanked everyone for coming.

They saw each other when out with friends a few times over the next few months, but Taeler was often between legs of her tour, and Bill was in a relationship. One day on a whim, Taeler sent a Facebook chat to Bill, while on tour. It read, “Hiya!” and Bill remembers instantly feeling like all of the butterflies in the known universe were besieging his stomach.

 He asked when she was returning, and for her number. She got a call on a rainy day a few weeks later. It was Bill. He said, he had a friend in town, and was wondering if she’d like to join them for dinner. At the end of the night, Bill asked if he could see her the next day, and she said, only if he wasn’t tired of her. Something must have clicked, because they’ve been together since that day! Their wedding will be next summer in New York City!

Photographer: Kati Rosado Photography | Dress: Reformation | Shoes: Aldo | Earrings: KT Collection, NYC

Radiant Pops of Red For the Win With This Brooklyn Bash

I’m all for a good pop of color and these bursts of red are beyond perfect. With a vintage chic vibe, this Brooklyn wedding wows from start to finish with color and style, and Brklyn View Photography captured all the chic and sweet looks that make this a real winner. See it all here – and be prepared to start pinning pretty red bridesmaid dresses pronto (so good, right?!)!


From Brklyn View Photography… On a perfect day in Brooklyn, Jenna and Evan prepared to get married in front of their closest family and friends at 501 Union. Jenna is an artist by trade and designed the couples intricate and beautiful wedding invitations. The Bride wore a detailed lace wedding dress with a mix of vintage and modern flare adorned with her grandmother’s clutch, mother’s earrings and crystal encrusted headpiece. Jenna’s engagement ring is a stunner! The diamond and slightly ovaled shaped diamond is a family heirloom that Evan had created into her engagement ring – so romantic!!

The bridesmaids each picked our their own dress in similar vibrant hues of red and coral creating such a lovely pop of color among the bridal party. Stems Brooklyn constructed an incredible floral Chuppah that had a tropical twist.

For the couples first look, we walked over the Gowanus Canal to find a bit of greenery in Brooklyn which made for absolutely perfect portraits. Their Jewish wedding ceremony was filled with honored traditions, lots of love and even a few happy tears.

Simple and elegant touches decorated the reception space at 501 Union while guest enjoyed cocktail hour at the bar and danced the night away under the disco ball. It was truly a magical wedding day and I’m so honored to have been there with them to capture all the special and shared moments.



Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | Coordination: Modern Kicks | Floral Design: Stems Brooklyn | Wedding Invitations: Jenna Stempel-Lobell | Bride's Shoes: Altuzarra | Catering: Purslane Catering | Hair + Makeup: Rouge NY | DJ: Love Junkies | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | String Quartet: Lucy Music | Wedding Venue: 501 Union | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop | Bride's Headband: Lovely Bridal Shop | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden Wedding That Barely Beat The Rain

From Jainé at Brklyn View PhotographyA week before Sue and Chris’s wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, the weather called for rain and heavy thunderstorms. We started to prepare for the worst. The happy couple purchased very cute clear umbrella’s from Kate Spade New York and went into their wedding day with positive attitudes hoping for the best. And guess, what happened? We beat the rain! As Sue began to put on her beautiful wedding dress from Rivini By Rita Vinieris at the Marriott Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge, the drizzle started to slow down. By the time we arrived at The Palm House, the rain had completely stopped! We were in luck!!

It was an emotional first look between Sue and Chris inside the stunning Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Afterwards, we walked the gardens making stops at Bluebell Wood, the Rose Garden and Magnolia Plaza during their bridal portraits. As I photographed the very last family photo, the rain started again. It was divine timing if I have ever seen it! Our two hour window for photos was absolutely rain-free!!

Sue and Chris held their wedding ceremony inside the breathtaking Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. They recently renovated the space and it’s so much lighter and brighter now which of course, I absolutely love. What an incredible wedding venue to say your vows and become husband and wife.

The newlyweds shared their first kiss and celebrated their marriage with their closest family and friends. Hank Lane’s Sugar Lane Band brought the house down as everyone danced the night away!

Sue and Chris are a perfect match and it was so incredible to be part of their wedding from their engagement session to capturing their wonderful wedding day. I cannot wait to see where these two go (they are always traveling!) and I hope to stay part of their lives capturing all their important moments as husband and wife! Congratulations Newlyweds!! Xo ~ Jainé

See more of Brklyn View’s fantastic work in their Style Me Pretty Portfolio and on their blog!

Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | Floral Design: X-Quisite flowers & events, inc. | Invitations: Lion in the Sun | Reception: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Brides Shoes: Badgely Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Patina Catering | Hair & Makeup : Mg Beauty | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: SRG Fashion | Groomsmen's Attire: SRG Fashion | Officiant: Christopher Frost Shelley | Brides Dress: Rivini | Getting Ready: Marriott Downtown Brooklyn

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Brooklyn Rustic Chic Wedding at 26 Bridge

From the Bride… If I had to pick a word to describe our wedding it would be ‘true’. Right from the start, Jeremy and I wanted our wedding to be true to who we were and what we believed. We met in college and our relationship naturally grew from a wonderful and true friendship. This idea of authenticity and truth carried over into every thought that went into the wedding between our party, venue, ceremony, and all details in between. ~ Cynthia Chung Weddings

We chose to get married in New York City not only because it was more convenient for both of our families than Washington, D. C., but because Jeremy knew that it would be incredibly special for me to be home. New York is filled with so many beautiful venues, but it still took some time to find a venue that felt ‘true’ to us, until we stumbled upon 26Bridge!

Located a hop, skip, and a jump away from Brooklyn Bridge park, the historic metal factory, now an open event venue, was a perfect fit for us. Visually, we loved that the space spoke for itself. Going into the planning season, I was inspired less by colors and more by textures like brick, metal, glass, and greenery, which helped to organically develop the neutral color theme that we went perfectly with the space.

Another highlight of working with 26Bridge was that we weren’t limited to a preferred vendors list, which allowed us to choose who we wanted to work with. One of my favorite aspects of our wedding was that everyone seemed to be personally connected to us in one way or another. Between our floral designer from DC, my makeup artist, our photographer, and more, I was not only working with people whom I greatly respected, but people that I knew and appreciated on a deep level. Sarena Edenfield, my hair and makeup artist, perfectly nailed the natural look that I had wanted.

On the other hand, I had been following the work of Cynthia Chung, our photographer, for years so it was a dream to be able to have her capture moments throughout the day. In many ways, getting to work with these phenomenal, yet familiar people made the whole planning and day-of process feel so much more like a family event. In the same vein, while Jeremy and I didn’t do a lot of craft DIY decor, we still executed many things on our own.

Katy Gale, our floral designer, helped order our flowers and create “recipe cards” for me to use so that my dear friend, Chanhee, and I could arrange all bouquets and boutonnieres. This allowed us to order flowers through a wholesaler and do our own floral arranging, while getting Katy’s expertise and guidance in floral design.

Another favorite part of my wedding was our stationery. My dream job would be to have my own stationery store because I love all things paper, but most of my favorite stationery brands were incredibly expensive. One of my bridesmaids had a logo made for Jeremy and me by one of my favorite graphic designers, Jessie Schnall. We used this and a custom font from Minted to design our own invitation, program, seating chart, and table numbers. I have loved Jessie’s work for years now, so it was such a joy to be able to use something specifically designed for us in almost all of our stationery pieces. I particularly loved our wedding program because aside from the ceremony details and lyrics, we included a hand drawn map of the nearby DUMBO area that Jeremy drew so that our guests could explore the area during our cocktail hour.

Overall, the day was filled with so much joy and we felt so grateful to have shared it with so many people that we love.

Photography: Cynthia Chung Photography | Floral Design: Praiseworthy Petals | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Ceremony Venue: 26 Bridge | Reception Venue: 26 Bridge | Shoes : H&M | Rings: Brilliant Earth | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vow To Be Chic | Catering : Delicious Moments | Makeup: Christine From Salon 718 | Groomsmen's Attire: H&M | Hotel: The Tillary Hotel | Graphic/Logo Design: Jessie Schnall | Stationery Font: Minted

The Most Perfect Fall Day To Say “I Do”

I have a thing for fall weddings and this romantic Brooklyn bash is exactly why. A warm October day, with the leaves just beginning to change colors… is there any setting more suited for these two cuties to say “I do”!? Cassi Claire and NST Pictures captured the autumn allure and all the sweet details of their boathouse wedding, leaving us with a gallery of goodies to explore. Happy Friday indeed!

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From the Bride… My fiancé and I always knew we wanted to get married locally (we live in Brooklyn), and when we stumbled on the historic Prospect Park Boathouse we knew it was the perfect venue for us. We fell in love with the building – the incredible green tiled vaulted ceilings, the chevron floors, and the stunning views of the lake and surrounding park. So we kept the rest simple to let the beauty of the boathouse shine, sticking to neutral white flowers with lots of greenery to play off the ceiling, and touches of rose gold as a nod to our weddings rings (also rose gold!). And when the day came, it was more incredible than I could have imagined – it was 78 degrees in October, the leaves had just starting changing, and we were married by my best friend right on lake, in front of our closest family and friends. It was the perfect beginning to a wonderful life with my new husband – I’ve never felt luckier.



Photography: Cassi Claire | Videography: NST Pictures | Event Planning: By Amanda Event Studio | Floral Design: Ashley Drago | Wedding Dress: Made With Love Bridal | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Cake: Junior's | Bride's Shoes: Raye | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Bon Soir Caterers | Make Up: Gab Reyes | Hair: Emily Carcaramo | DJ: Jay McElfresh | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Prospect Park Boathouse

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Saturday Morning Movie: Creative + Personalized Fall Brooklyn Wedding

What do I have to do to get in on this tribe? The friends of this Bride and Groom came together to create an uber creative and personalized wedding, taking care of everything from the bridesmaids’ dresses to the ceremony music. But when it came time to capture the magic live, this couple chose wisely and had NST Pictures film their special day. And one viewing of their highlight film right here and it’s evident that they made the right choice. Don’t you agree!?

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From the Bride… We have a very talented group of friends, so rather than hiring vendors, many of the people who made our day a reality were friend vendors “friendors” which made the day so personal and intimate. Our wedding signage and day-of coordination were completely done by friends. Two of our friends who are amazing musicians sang for our wedding ceremony, and our wedding band was comprised of friends as well. One of my bridesmaids went to college with me at FIT. She now works in fashion design and so graciously designed and custom created my nine mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses and stood by me as a bridesmaid on her birthday. Another bridesmaid did an amazing job on my hair and makeup while the rest of the bridesmaids did their own. I am so thankful for these amazing friends who came together to help make this day so perfect!

Our photographer is a good friend, and as a huge photo person, I originally thought those would be my priority and that the video would be secondary so I was so conflicted about having a wedding video. Nonetheless, I still wanted to get a trailer film made to look back on our day and discovered NST Pictures. The moment we received our trailer, it was like the day came rushing back. Obviously, pictures will bring back memories but NST did such a beautiful job editing and making the day come to life in those five minutes of captured moments. When we watch the video, it pours out the whole spirit and heart behind that day all over again. When it comes to picking a videographer, I would definitely say don’t skimp out or settle. You need to find someone who understands your vision and who will understand how you want to remember this day forever. Mariano and I knew for a fact we did not want a cookie-cutter video. We wanted something different that was more of a cinematic experience that told a story, and NST did such a great job at capturing us as a couple in those few moments!

We love warehouses and industrial spaces so we knew right away Brooklyn was where it would all take place. We like the raw and urban look of brick walls, metal beams, and open spaces. So when we walked into 26 Bridge for the first time, we knew we had found exactly what we were looking for. When it comes to colors, we are pretty minimalistic. We wanted to keep everything very earthy and neutral with small pops of color to tie in the fall season. I wanted our decor to revolve around more foliage than florals so we decided to incorporate a lot of greens into the bouquets, as well as, half-size eucalyptus garlands on our dinner tables – wooden farm tables to tie into the earthy tones – decorated with mix-and-match glass bottles which we collected (the bottles were actually our favorite sparkling water and cold brew coffees which we felt added a little quirk and personality to centerpieces!). The little flowers that we did have were white, blush, and nude mixed with the green foliage and I also had hanging burgundy pieces to match my wine-colored velvet heels that complemented my custom dress by Sarah Seven (Mariano wore an H&M suit with Saint Laurent shoes – the ultimate high/low combination!). My crown was actually my mom’s from her wedding – it was the perfect something borrowed that completed my look that day.

We are now blogging about married life on As high school sweethearts, we ended up getting married at the age of 23 and moving in together after the wedding which is not a scenario you hear about as often nowadays! We like to blog about what married life has been like and share our experience as two young people chasing our dreams as husband and wife!



Photography: Michael Tabuzo | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Floral Design: The Rosewood Girl | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Dulce de Leche Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dayra Galarza | Catering: Creative Foods Caterings | Band: Brian Beckford | Groom's Suit: H&M | Ceremony Music: Gabriella Chavez + Charlie Sztyk | Wedding Venue: 26 Bridge | Day-Of Coordination: Angelena Hreczny | Groom's Shoes: Saint Laurent | Hair + Makeup Artist: Courtney Androsiglio | Wedding Signage: Sabrina La Salle

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One Weekend is All You Need to Plan That Dream Wedding

If we’re being honest, finding the right wedding venue can be a little tricky. It takes time, patience and maybe a lucky break or two. That’s why we are so excited for the 5th annual Wedding Show Weekend happening on March 10th and 11th. Hosted by the venue-finding geniuses at Country Club Receptions, it features over 35 country clubs and golf courses across the country (including three in New York and one in New Jersey). In other words? It’s your chance to find that perfect venue all in one weekend – for free.

We know there are a lot of wedding shows out there, but Wedding Show Weekend is different. It’s stress-free, convenient and free – and with two fab country clubs in New York and one in New Jersey, you’re sure to find the right venue for you and yours. Like one of the Wedding Show Weekend’s coolest venues, the Dyker Beach Golf Course. It’s a historic Brooklyn icon that opened over 100+ years ago and the elegant decor + 6,000-square-foot patio are awesome. Also on our love list? The Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Courses, aka, two Bronx treasures that originally opened in 1901. If you love anything and everything Art Deco, the ballrooms will floor you. Oh, and speaking of ballrooms – the Beaver Brook Country Club in Hunterdon County, New Jersey is a one-of-a-kind venue that can host 180 guests. Plus, the views are insanely gorgeous.

Whether you’re planning the celebration of a lifetime in New York or New Jersey, the Wedding Show Weekend is your one-stop venue shop with four country clubs and golf courses that are perfect for hosting your big event. Also perfect? Not taking weeks upon weeks to find that venue of your dreams and literally filling one amazing weekend with all of the locales you’ve been eyeing, so you can start planning. Not to mention the amazing vendors, on-site directors and tasty cuisine for you to sample.

Ready to meet the venue + vendor team that will make your dream day happen? RSVP for free on the Wedding Show Weekend’s website and start planning your two days of venue hopping. And be sure to visit their Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for even more inspiration.

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Bowling, Margaritas + A 90s Cover Band: We SO Wish We Were Invited To This Wedding!

I am insanely jealous that I was not a guest at this wedding. Held at the fabulous Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, this Bride and Groom celebrated with some of the best wedding food and drink I’ve ever heard of. We’re talking fried chicken and frozen margaritas… at the cocktail hour alone! Oh and that cocktail hour? It was held at the Brooklyn Bowl across the street from the Wythe. This wedding just keeps getting better and better with every new detail (designed by Lavender Grey Events)… and with every one of Adam Barnes’ photos. See more from the best party in town right this way!

From the Bride… When we decided to have our wedding on the east coast, close to our families, we knew that New York City was our ideal location. Our guests would be coming from all over – California to New Zealand – so a location with lodging and activities was the top of our list. We loved that Williamsburg and Wythe Hotel offered just that. Joe and I created an accommodations book of our favorite bars, restaurants, sights, hotels, and shopping that we included in our invitation designed by Sloane Harmony. We included things like my all-time favorite view of Manhattan (from the Staten Island Ferry at night), and Rough Trade (Joe’s favorite place to go digging for vinyl). We both just wanted our guests to have an unforgettable weekend in the city we love.

I spent the night before the wedding with my Maid of Honor and best friend of 10 years, Alexandria. In a beautiful room at the Wythe with a stunning view of Manhattan, we talked about my soon-to-be hubby and drank champagne… it was a good, old fashioned sleepover. When the morning arrived and my bridesmaids joined us, the fun and excitement continued. Joe spent the morning with his family – the men got straight razor shaves, followed by lunch at Reynard – and the afternoon with his groomsmen getting ready while we had bagels and mimosas two floors down. My old friend and fantastic makeup and hair stylist, Nicole Amaducci glammed my girls, while I was pampered by Michiko Boorberg and Clarissa Luna. Alexandria’s mom adorned the softest robes with gorgeous geometrical lace for myself and the bridesmaids, and I presented vintage handkerchiefs (I had a feeling it would be a tearful day). Joe gifted his groomsmen with his favorite book inscribed with a note to each. Joe and I decided not to do a first look because I always had this idea of catching the look on my groom’s face as I walked down the aisle towards him with all of our loved ones supporting us, so instead, our wonderful photographer Adam Barnes caught a first look for both my mom and my dad.

Guests were welcomed by a 3-piece jazz band and a pre-ceremony bar marked by a big wooden sign we created. Joe’s parents brought the wood and his great grandmother, artist Ilonka Karasz’s easels, and I (along with my favorite Cricut machine) created vinyl lettering and transfers of artwork done by my Maid of Honor – to create bar menus and signage to be used later. La Petite Gardenia dressed the space with decadent foliage garlands full with pods and berries for texture.

Walking down that aisle towards Joe was everything I imagined. As we both fought back tears (I was right about needing the handkerchiefs), all I could think about was that this is what every little girl dreams about. It really was the fairytale. We were married by Alexandria’s father, someone we greatly admire and who opened his heart to us both over the years. We read vows that made each other laugh and cry and we finished our walk back down the aisle with a toast of our favorite champagne. It was perfect.

We did something a bit different for our cocktail hour – we led all of our 115 guests across the street to Brooklyn Bowl. Here we used another of the signs we created to encourage guests to follow us into the bowling alley. At Brooklyn Bowl, they enjoyed Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, cocktails, and the Bowl’s famous frozen margaritas while showing off their skills at a few frames. After cocktail hour, the sign was flipped to “Let’s Eat” and guests were welcomed back to the Wythe for the reception.

The Outdoor Garden had transformed from our ceremony space to the soon-to-be dance floor, but first, guests were invited into the Main Hall for dinner after stopping to pick up their escort cards. Immediately after Joe and I got engaged at the United Artists Theatre DTLA, we went for a celebratory drink at The Ace Hotel. We came across their photo booth and took a few pictures to capture our excitement. Now every time we see a photo booth, we have to go in to add to our collection – but back to the escort cards. We had the two photo strips from our engagement reproduced and Ivory Plum Lettering wrote everyone’s names and table numbers on them for us. My dad and I built the wall they were attached to. The reception began with our first dance. My dad and I shared the second, followed by Joe and his mom. These are some of my favorite pictures of the whole night: Joe doing a merengue with his mother, my dad and I fighting back tears…

After dinner and four beautiful speeches, the doors to the Outdoor Garden opened and our beyond fantastic 90’s cover band, Jeff From Accounting, drew the crowd outside. I had created a big sign as a surprise for Joe (with the help of my dad and a long time family friend) with a piece of our story on it. After he saw, I snuck upstairs for a costume change. I also surprised him with a cigarette girl who passed cigarettes, cigars, and custom matches with Alexandria’s drawing of our dog, Dylan, that said “Congrats Mom and Dad”. Joe’s favorite movie is the Sound of Music, so there was even a little joke with the signage. We didn’t do the traditional bouquet or garter toss, but after an amazing dance / scream your face off to your favorite 90’s song (i.e. Say It Ain’t So, Hey Jealousy, etc.) set, we cut a small cake and bite sized desserts were brought out on concession trays I had created so that guests didn’t have to leave the dance floor. The band had ended and our wonderful DJ played an inspired mix of popular music from the 70’s through the early 2000’s, kicking it off with amazing disco. The night ended with our guests getting to take home a night cap. Rocks glasses, mini bottles of alcohol, and mixers were set up on two bookshelves and guests could grab their ingredients on the way out the door. For those that wanted to keep the party going, Schimanski Nightclub opened it’s doors to our guests.

It was everything I dreamed it would be. Our guests had an amazing time, we were surrounded by amazing friends and family, the food was delicious, the music was wonderful, we bowled, I got to marry my best friend… it was incredible. I’ll never forget standing in the middle of the dance floor, looking up at the glow of the string lights and the moon beyond, and thinking “this is what complete happiness feels like”. Thank you to all who shared in and made our day possible. We love you.



Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Coordination: Baskin Events | Event Design: Lavender Grey Events | Floral Design: La Petite Gardenia | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Sloane Harmony Design | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Calligraphy: Ivory Plum Lettering | DJ: Daniel Moose | Groom's Attire: Topman | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Wythe Hotel | 90s Cover Band: Jeff From Accounting | Bride's Hair: Michiko Boorberg | Bride's Makeup: Clarissa Luna | Bride's Party Dress: Herve Leger | Bride's Party Earrings: Brittany Leslie | Bride's Party Shoes: Schutz | Bridesmaids' Hair + Makeup: Nicole Makeup And Hair | Cocktail Hour Venue: Brooklyn Bowl | Groom's Shoes: Common Projects | Rentals: Patina

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Organic, Soft, Minimalist… And Oh So Magical!

I’ve been to the 1Hotel in Miami before so when this Bride stated that her and her future hubby were inspired by its gorgeous space… I knew exactly what she meant (it’s stunning to say the least). With that style in mind, they went ahead creating a wedding that was minimalist yet so magical. Kate Ignatoskwi captured it all for our lucky eyes – see more pics below and in our gallery right this way!

From the Bride… To be honest, when we started thinking about planning our wedding, all we knew was that we wanted to throw an awesome party and have a vibe that would be true to us as a couple: simple and fun!

While we are both coincidentally from Singapore, Andrew and I were set up on a blind date here in NYC and knew we wanted to celebrate somewhere in the city (also for the convenience factor!). We had went on vacation to Miami where we stayed at the 1Hotel and were obsessed with the space: minimalist, eco-friendly, and truly thoughtful service. When we found out they would be opening a 1Hotel by the Brooklyn Bridge in 2017, we knew that would be the perfect venue for our wedding. During our first visit to the event space, we wore construction hats in the dead of winter, but could already tell that it would be beautiful upon completion. The actual event space was even more beautiful than we had imagined, with marble, concrete and wood embedded with lush greenery.

Our personal aesthetic is modern: I love neutral tones, greys, asymmetry, and natural light. We left most of the actual planning to my super helpful planner, Melissa, who was able to take our idea of a “minimalist space” and turn it into a reality. On the day itself, the weather turned out perfect, and we were able to do our ceremony semi-outside overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge in front of a cool floral installation on the rocks by our fantastic florist Bourgeon. The wedding day itself flew by because we were having SO much fun with our family and friends! Fortunately, we have the most beautiful photographs by Kate to remember ALL the moments. The food, drinks, cake, service were all amazing – everyone was happily fed and hydrated. :)



Photography: Kate Ignatowski Photography | Event Planning: Bespoke Only | Floral Design: Bourgeon | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Nine Cakes | Stationery: Refine Studio | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair + Makeup: VickyC5 | DJ: 74 Events | Wedding Venue: 1 Hotel South Beach | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Groom's Tux: Michael Andrews Bespoke

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Blending Heritages Made This Thoughtful + Colorful Wedding Unforgettable

The bride is from Chile and is Catholic. The groom is from Australia and is Jewish. They met in South America and now call New York home. Brilliant Event Planning – along with a fantastic team including Face Time Beauty Concierge, Alicia Swedenborg, and Generation Events – brought all those influences together, and the result is this bright and beautiful, totally personalized botanic garden wedding! Before checking out the full gallery, be sure to read all the details below – there are so many thoughtful touches you won’t want to miss!


From Brilliant Event PlanningRomina and Alexander wanted their wedding to feel happy and to be a celebration with their family and friends, many of whom had to travel from around the world to be with them. They merged Alexander’s Australian and Jewish heritage with Romina’s Chilean and Catholic roots, and the result is this bright, colorful wedding that is packed with personal touches!

The day started with Romina getting ready with her family and Alexander with his at his parent’s home. Our favorite detail from the morning is their invitation suite by Ellen Weldon. It was done completely in hand calligraphy and paired with a hand-drawn map of NYC containing little icons for all of the places important to the wedding weekend! As soon as everyone was dressed, they headed to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for photos. They lucked out – the weather that day was incredible!

After a teary first look and lots of pictures in the garden, it was time for the ceremony. A cello and piano duo played as Romina made her entrance. During the ceremony, the couple merged Jewish and Catholic traditions. There was a chuppah and, of course, breaking glass at the end of the ceremony, as well as a unity candle. The ceremony was completely bilingual and officiated by two of their closest friends. Romina really wanted the flowers to be bright and colorful, but still elegant. Denise Fasanello, the florist, couldn’t have gotten this more perfectly!

Romina designed and created a massive escort display to represent Chile, which is not only where she is from, but it’s also where she met Alexander. Each guest received a card that placed them at a table named after a different city in Chile. The display was accented with custom NYC taxi cabs, a nod to the city Romina and Alexander call home. Each cab had their names and wedding date, written in hand-calligraphy. Later in the evening, the couple surprised their guests with a sala performance! After a standing ovation, their DJ, Jason of Generation Events, took over the dance floor with a hybrid music performance – a DJ paired with drums and a sax. The trio kept the dance floor on fire until 1am! At the end of the night, guests gave Romina and Alexander a sparkler send-off, and the newlyweds drove off to the Brooklyn Bridge in a vintage NYC checker cab.



Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Cinematography: Kiss The Bride Films | Event Planning: Brilliant Event Planning | Floral Design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design | Invitations: ellen weldon | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | DJ: Generation Events | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Photo Booth: Hipstr Photobooth | Salsa: Casa Brazilia


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This Wedding Is the Definition of Industrial Chic

I think you can get to know a lot about the kind of love a Bride and Groom just by their smiles. And these two? Well, their smiles say it all. Working with a handful of our fabulous Little Black Book Members including Polka Dot Events, 501 Union, Cobblestone Catering, Face Time Beauty Concierge and Isabelle Selby, they pulled off an industrial chic wedding for the books. Join us for allll the moody romance, over in the full gallery!

From Tracey at Polka Dot Events… Though both New York City born and bred, it took a move to Washington D. C. For law school at Georgetown University for Manhattanite Caroline and Staten Island native Max to meet and begin their relationship. The two were engaged by graduation and soon moved back to NYC where they settled in Brooklyn with their adorable doodle puppy named Edna. Caroline, an advocate and attorney, and Max, also an attorney, decided to hold their wedding at 501 Union, a former supper club with a swanky New York vibe, and teamed up with Tracey Goldstein of Polka Dot Events and Sachi Rose Design to transform the space, and plan an event that was uniquely “them.”

From their Staten Island Ferry Save The Dates (with Edna as the Captain) to their Earth-Day influenced favors (complete with Baggu reusable bags, ACLU bookmarks, the US Constitution, and seed packets) each detail of the wedding embodied Caroline and Max’s unique touch and personalities. Groupings of wildflowers lined the aisle leading up to a wild and asymmetrical cherry blossom chuppah with colorful orange, green and burgundy floral accents. Caroline, her mother and brother walked down the aisle to Sweet Caroline as the room smiled and giggled at the song choice. The ceremony was officiated by Cantor Nancy Bach, and Caroline and Max recited their own vows. Inside the reception, a large greenery installation was created to look as it was creeping out from 501’s skylights, and large wood tables were decorated with lush and colorful urn centerpieces and still-life accents of greenery and fruit. At each place setting sat natural linen napkins, sprigs of rosemary and a combined menu-placecard complete with an illustration of Edna in her dinner gear. The night was full of delicious new American style food from Cobblestone Catering and ended with a delicious dessert table of sweet bites and a small cutting cake from Luckybird Bakery.

Photography: Isabelle Selby Photography | Planner: Polka Dot Events | Florist: Sachi Rose Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Cake: Lucky Bird Bakes | Ceremony Venue: 501 Union | Reception Venue: 501 Union | Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood | Caterer: Cobblestone Catering | Hair and Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Lighting: Baron Pro Sound | Band: Elan Artists | Hotel: The Ludlow Hotel | Invitations/Escort Cards/Table Numbers: Venamour Stationery & Ephemera | Menus/Favor Tags: Lion in the Sun | Party Dress: Rachel Comey | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Save the Dates: Swiss Cottage Designs