I knew our wedding was a success when the first thing Demond said the next morning was “can we do it all again?”. I could not have agreed more. The entire experience was more than we could have ever imagined, filled with so much love and happiness. We truly could not have done it without the support of our amazing family and friends…fortunately we know some pretty talented people to boot! We were on a major wedding budget so when it came time to start planning, we narrowed down to what we could actually afford then enlisted the help of several of our friends for everything else. We really wanted to keep it modern and fun so we tossed the traditions and really focused on things we would appreciate (i.e. food and music). One of my favorite memories from the evening is scarfing down a giant burrito in my wedding dress.
We didn’t spend a lot of time hunting for the perfect venue. The Jupiter Hotel was the second place we visited, and after meeting with their event coordinator we both knew that was it. They let us use the space however we saw fit and gave us the freedom to choose our own caterers. We already had our heart set on using our favorite food truck, Koi Fusion, so this was a huge plus in our book. We were fortunate enough to run across our florist and photographer through referrals, both of whom completely got the vibe we were going for. Once we got the “big stuff” out of the way everything else slowly fell into place. We tried to keep the planning process as stress free as possible with little celebrations when we crossed something off the list (this may or may not have been an excuse to crack a bottle of wine on a Tuesday).
I feel so fortunate to have had resources such as Pinterest and wedding blogs to search for inspiration (seriously, what did brides do before the internet?!) but there also came a time when I felt completely overwhelmed with all the ideas floating around. My advice to brides who are planning is to pick a few things that are really important to you and your vision and stick with it. You don’t need to do it all. When your day finally arrives, it’s so important to just let go and soak it all up, cause it goes by quick. Some of the best memories are the ones that aren’t planned — a surprise serenade by grandma during speeches, the giggle of our ring bearer during our first kiss as bride and groom, the sound of dads voice during our father-daughter dance. Embrace every moment because it’s really freaking awesome.
Photographer: Hazelwood Photo
Venue: The Jupiter Hotel
Catering: Koi Fusion
Cake: made by family member
Gelato: Bonta Natural Artison Gelato
Bridal dress: Maggie Sottero purchased at Bella Brides
Bouquet and boutonnieres: Solabee Flowers
Terrarium Centerpieces: DIY (all materials purchased at Solabee)
Chevron Table Runners rentals: Ultrapom
Groom Suit: Men’s Wherehouse
Ties/Bowties: Speak Louder (Etsy)
Guys shoes/pants: Nike Shoes & JCrew
Groomsmen ties from Etsy seller: Speak Louder
Gals shoes: Urban Outfitters
Invitations and programs: designed by Jessica Steiert (friend of bride) / printed through Zazzle
DJ: Street Dream Mobile DJ’s
Wedding Day Coordinator: Amy Davidson (friend of the bride and groom)
Officiant: Andrew Swalko (friend of groom)
[images from Hazelwood Photo]
What started out as an “engagement party” turned into the actual wedding, to the surprise of Alexis & Chris’s guests! The Wythe Hotel acted as the perfect backdrop, with a stunning suspended floral display by non-other than BB contributor Michelle Edgemont!
The guests of this awesome wedding at The Wythe hotel were under the impression that they were arriving for Alexis and Chris’s engagement party. Surprise! An hour into the party, their loved ones were let in on the secret – they were really there for a wedding. The faces on their guests were the best I’ve ever seen at a wedding. Surprised and full of love! A sweet and loving ceremony under a cascade of globe lights was followed by a shower of metallic star confetti, jello shots, ice cream sandwiches, a beat boxer, and a lot of Instax photos.
Inspired by the roaring parties of the 1920s, candle light in metallic glasses lit the room. Vintage couches, coffee tables, rugs, side tables, and lamps gave the industrial room at The Wythe Hotel a homey, lounge feeling. Wild flowers of purple thistle, burgundy peonies, fiddle head ferm, and magenta carnations were accented by green succulents and custom made ikat table runners. The showstopper of the room was a hanging floral installation above the bar constructed out of hundreds of magenta carnations. Throughout the night, a photographer dedicated to only Instax photos captured the speakeasy party turned wedding.
[images from Stacey Simpson for Levi Stolove Photography]
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OK, I’m REALLY excited for this one guys….I’m so happy to show off a very special wedding! Wanna know why? Because Robin and I went to elementary school together (or was it middle school? Who can remember anymore??!?!) Its been such a pleasure to see her rise in the ranks as a wedding photographer in her own right, so I wish Robin and Carly all the best!
Carly and I weren’t originally planning on having a formal wedding. We couldn’t resist the gorgeous rooftop garden and the 1930’s speakeasy-style bar at the McKittrick Hotel, site of Sleep No More, an off-broadway interactive theatre experience. Since I also frequently photograph weddings, I had lots of ideas on how to keep my ceremony and party simple and cut out unnecessary stresses and expenses. I didn’t want a huge wedding dress, I wanted something simple, elegant, and timeless, so I chose an Alice and Olivia maxi dress in a bone color. I bought $24 red with gold detail vintage shoes and a leather clutch from Etsy to go with the leather detail in my dress. Carly bought a deep red GANT jacket and paired it with gray pants and Ben Sherman shoes. We tried to stick to a color scheme of reds, off-whites, gold and navy, which felt very fall to us.
We’ve been together for five years and have lots of mutual friends and family in the area. Since our plan was to move to Los Angeles this winter, we wanted to have a big New York party with our friends and family and get legally married in the amazing city where we met and fell in love.
We hired the wonderful Jessie Blum to help us construct our personal ceremony complete with our own meaningful vows and chosen quotes. I also made sure we had Kelly Kollar, a friend and colleague, there to flawlessly photograph the day.
The space is so beautiful, we didn’t need to add much in the way of decorations. Our friends made the flags for our ceremony and added colorful mason jars. I also had an illustrator, Rosa Middleton, do the drawing of myself and Carly for display at the wedding. We served mulled wine at the outdoor ceremony and provided wool blankets for anyone who was feeling chilly. We had a violin player there as guests arrived. After the noon ceremony we continued inside where we had an amazing band perform. We decided to have a buffet style lunch and a candy bar with jars filled with our immediate family members candy along with stamped bags.
We chose not to do anything formally at the reception. Our best friends gave short toasts, we danced spontaneously with our family and with each other and the last hour of the reception, after the band was done, we put on an ipod full of dance music. After our lunch reception, we continued on to our karaoke after-party. For me, it was the perfect wedding and a day neither of us will ever forget.
Ceremony & reception venue: McKittrick Hotel
Added decorations: Designed by friends
Robin’s dress: Alice and Olivia
Carly’s jacket: GANT Rugger
Hair Stylist: Kristin Jones from The Parlour Brooklyn
Makeup Artist: Christina Natale
Robin shoes, clutch, earrings: Vintage
Robin’s gold hair piece: Eddera
Carly’s shoes: Ben Sherman
[images from Kelly Kollar]
To us, our wedding was like a fun day with a bunch family and good friends. The only difference was that we got to dress up! We did most of the planning ourselves and had the help of family and friends. We chose the green building because it was in such a beautiful open space and we loved the fact that it was right in the neighborhood we lived.We were on a bit of a budget so we put together most of the decor ourselves even though the green building is pretty enough by itself. The top three priorities for our wedding were photography, music, and food. We are so blessed to have found LES LOUPS because they are rock star team of photographer and DJ. We were overjoyed at how beautifully she captured the day. Kenan did an awesome job spinning the songs we love as well as pleasing the crowd. We couldn’t have picked a better DJ. Jonathan and I has so much fun dancing we probably forgot we were at our own wedding! The best part was having a photo booth set up because that’s where we got to see the guests have fun.We are so happy with how our wedding turned out especially because we actually got to enjoy it. The best part was when my husband surprised me with a song while playing the ukele. His friend harmonized with him and it was so sweet I was speechless. The guests loved it!My advice for couples on their wedding day is to try to relax, eat, and really spend time hanging out with all our family and friends. Oh yes , and sparklers add a really nice touch for pictures.
[images from Les Loups]
If you haven’t been to BLDG 92 in the Brooklyn Navy Yards yet, you should definitely look it up as a potential wedding venue, because its pretty damn awesome (as these photos can attest). Its got the rustic, its got the modern, and this couple really worked both in perfectly.
[images from Isabelle Selby]
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