A Modern Wedding With Serious Flow
May 8, 2017
Tri State
ModernIndustrialFall Weddings
From the ceremony to the late night snack (s'mores by the fire pit – yum!), each activity of this modern wedding flowed through the different spaces of The Foundry in New York. We adore the views during the dinner, which took place in the tented courtyard beneath the Queensboro Bridge, and the industrial vibe of the main building where the couple held a full out dance party lead by Jarrell Entertainment. See how they used each space in this gallery of photographs by Bia Sampaio and Jason Walz – there's a whole lot of pretty from beginning to end.
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From Bia Sampaio Photography... Liz and Hadi wanted to plan a personalized and meaningful celebration despite having busy schedules. In the end, their time limitations forced them to stay focused on what mattered most and make quick, intuitive decisions that reflected their sensibilities.

From the Bride... We really wanted it to be a fun, intimate party that reflected our personalities. We originally came to The Foundry because we loved the industrial feel of the main room. We then also fell in love with the greenhouse and the ivy that covers the building; the space seemed both edgy and romantic. We loved that the event could flow through the different spaces at The Foundry with a surprise around every corner: dinner in the beautiful tent under the Queensboro Bridge, dancing and the photo booth in the main space, and then make your own s'mores by the fire pit.

DJ Ray Jarrell (of Jarrell Entertainment) was amazing – we were told by many friends that it was the best dance party they'd been to, and their feet hurt for days! Originally, we were so focused on the party that we did think about the ceremony itself. However, the ceremony was really a highlight for us. We worked with our officiant, Alice Soloway (of Alice Soloway Weddings), to create a ceremony that was light, personal, and funny. I did not expect to laugh so much, and we felt so much love from everyone there.

For the decor, while we gravitated towards the industrial space, we also wanted a more modern vibe and incorporated geometric shapes wherever we could. I loved using the geodes (which we bought from different sources online) as a way to add color, and our florist Melanie (of Melarosa) was amazing.

My advice to other brides is this:

  1. Don't sweat the small stuff. Think about all the weddings you've been to – you probably never noticed the type of glass they had! Soak in every moment of your wedding. Our officiant had us stand and face our guests during the ceremony to acknowledge all who came there for us; it was one of the most moving and overwhelming (in a positive way!) moments for me.

  2. Enjoy the process. We had so much fun at our tasting and coming up with (read: tasting) our speciality cocktails. Even picking out table settings turned out to be enjoyable; Hadi picked the napkin color, which really pulled together the entire place setting (he is still so proud of himself).

  3. Eat and drink. Our food (courtesy of Marcy Brownstein Catering and Events) was incredible. Many guests said it was the best meal they'd ever had. I would have been so bummed if I'd missed eating such a great meal!

  4. Hire vendors whose work you like, but also who you like as people. They're going to be a part of your special day! Our photographer (Bia Sampaio Photography) was so easy going and relaxed – she made me feel so comfortable throughout the day. We had discussed in advance pictures I knew I wanted taken/people we wanted to make sure to get pictures with – I would highly recommend doing this!

  5. Hire a wedding planner. We hired a wedding planner for the month of our wedding, and it was the best investment we made. José Rolón (of José Rolón Events) and his team were incredible and thought of every detail. If you are very organized and have the time, then perhaps this is not a must, but for us, it was one of the best decisions we could have made.

  6. Finally, stay true to who you are a couple. It is your day!