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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From the bride:
Paul and I met at a show where the band he was tour managing, and the band I was working with, were playing together. The meeting was brief but he struck me as warm and kind, making sure that our friends were taken care of with goodies from backstage while still running around looking after his band. Our second, proper meeting was after an Arcade Fire show that I went to with my friends, one of whom proposed meeting up with their friend Paul at a bar afterwards as he had a bit of a layover in town while on tour. This series of events kicked off our whole wonderful, exciting journey together, and three and a half years later, we were planning a wedding! Our ceremony was held at the beautiful Church of the Transfiguration, an amazing, historic church in Manhattan. We had a dinner primarily for the families and out-of-towners at Dos Caminos. We had a large number of family and friends flying in from far-away lands, especially with Paul’s immediate family all living in Ireland; what better way is there to thank the Irish than with Mexican food? It’s safe to say that we turned a great deal of people on to guacamole that night! After dinner, we packed friends and (adventurous) family into Bowery Electric for the cake cutting and some live music and dancing. We were so excited to have Charm City Cakes (of Ace of Cakes fame) create our most delicious dream wedding cake, complete with mini piñata cake topper. My 10 year old self would have been super stoked to know that I had a smores-flavored cake at my wedding. Mariachi El Bronx played an awesome set while the movie “Purple Rain” was projected on the wall next to them, and then Gogol Bordello jumped on stage to play a couple songs (one of which being a cover from one of Paul’s favorite bands, Clutch, who were also in attendance – Paul turned into a teenage fan-boy when the singer jumped onstage to finish the song with them). The wedding was what I always wanted it to be. Us.
[images from Brandon Chesbro]
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