Real elopement: Suzanna + Nick

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I love the idea of a guerrilla-style wedding at one of the most magical places in NYC: the Metropolitan Museum of Art!  Would have loved to have stumbled onto that quick ceremony.  More details below…

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Nick and Suzanna swiftly led us through the maze of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the location they’d selected a few weeks before. A ten-minute ceremony, a kiss, and a signature. Done. Married. No permission, no permits, no catering decisions.  Absent-mind museum-goers stopped in their tracks as they grasped what they’d stumbled upon. Many paused to watch from afar and applauded timidly as the newlyweds kissed. I waited for the security guard in the corner to interrupt, but as long as we didn’t try to walk off with the Lichtenstein, no one seemed to mind; sitting on the staircase appears to be a much bigger offense in The Met than a little guerrilla wedding ceremony!

Suzanna on Lichtenstein’s Stepping Out: “We wanted a contemporary piece that resonated with us. It does. It’s about love and the complexities therein without being too simple or too dark. There is a balance and truthfulness in the piece that, I think, struck a cord with both of us. Also, it just looks really cool and very much meets our aesthetic.”

Suzanna asked her mom to send her the bracelet and her dad for one of his handkerchiefs to complete her Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. Her father included an arrowhead and a silver dollar minted the year he and her mother were married, all of which she held during the ceremony. 

[images from Buena Lane Photography]

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Real Brooklyn wedding: Abby + Bill

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How amazing is Abby’s black Alexander McQueen dress?  If you scroll all the way to the bottom, you’ll see how well it shows off her rad tattoo….

Are you daring enough to wear black for your wedding?

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VENDORS

Floral Designer:  Sprout Home Brooklyn
Dress Designer:  Alexander McQueen
Makeup Artist:  NYC Faces
Shoes:  Cole Haan
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Calvin Klein
Bakery:  Momofuku Milk Bar
Event Venue:  Brooklyn Winery

[images from Clean Plate Pictures]

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Real wedding: Michael + Andy

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When you match up a lawyer with an architect (who happens to be handy with graphic design!) and they’re getting married in Brooklyn, you’ve got a recipe for a cool ass wedding!  See more details below…

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Andy is a civil rights attorney and Michael is an architect. The ceremony and reception took place at the LePerq space at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with a cocktail hour in between held in the lobby of BAM. We wanted the evening to look like the wedding of two slightly nerdy boys – unfussy, but with beautiful but slightly strange flowers, which were mostly succulents, air plants and odd pods and seeds with clumps of moss on the table in between vessels that evoked lab glass. Similarly, the seating chart too the form of a large diagram with each guest’s name and table color coded, and their relation to us and the other guests mapped. Guests could figure out the “So, how do you know them?” question on their own.

For the photo booth we asked our friends to bring Brooklyn-styled props, so laser cut black mustaches, monocles, and pipes were available to pose with. And handcuffs, which were a big hit. And everyone danced. Josh was a superb DJ.

VENDORS

Officiant: The Hon Jerome B Simandle, Chief United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey (Andy was his law clerk)
Flowers: Liza Lubell of Peartree Flowers
Photographer: Agaton Strom
Catering: Great Performances
Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar
DJ: Josh Sparber/Twerking Hard
Venue: Brooklyn Academy of Music

[images from Agaton Strom]

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Real wedding: Angela + Jason

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Stunningly beautiful (and pregnant!) bride Angela and her husband got married at the Ace Hotel here in NYC, in a simple ceremony with friends and family.  Isn’t she positively glowing?

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VENDORS

Dress: Schone Bridal

Florals: Sprout Florals

Venue: Ace Hotel, NYC

Cake & favors: Momofuku Milk Bar

[images from Corey Torpie Photography]

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Real wedding for 2: Tracy + Ryan

This goes to show that you dont need anything crazy fancy for your wedding, much less tons of guests!  This couple pulled it off with a fancy limo, fabulous hotel room, a quiet church in lower Manhattan, and the photographers as witnesses.

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I can still picture Ryan, 8 years old at our town’s little league field, pecking me on the lips for our first kiss and quickly riding away on his bicycle down a long, dirt road. Fast forward 22 years, on that same dirt road, the excitement and love that I felt as Ryan proposed on bended knee, in two feet of snow none the less!

As we began to plan our wedding day, we spent time weighing our options for location, guests, theme etc. After many years of discussion, almost four to be exact, one thing became clear, our wedding day needed to be just about the two of us in the city that we love. Our goal was to focus on the long lasting love and commitment we have shared and will continue to share with each other for years to come.

Once we decided that our wedding would only include the two of us, having timeless pictures that we could share with family that reflected the joy of the day became a priority. When I saw the gorgeous photographs on Trent Bailey’s website I knew he was the photographer for us. From start to finish he was patient, kind and enthusiastic about shooting our wedding day and we couldn’t have asked for better photographers (his wife Dara is great too)!

We are so happy that we chose to have such an intimate wedding and could not imagine having it any other way. My only piece of advice to other brides is to create a day that makes you and your hubby happy. Whether it is large, small, or something in between your joy and love are what matters most.

Vendors

Photographer:  Trent Bailey Photography
Brides Dress: Jim Hjelm purchased at Adrienne’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Theory
Vintage Car: M & V Limousines Ltd.
Cake: Whole Foods

[images from Trent Bailey Photography]

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