Shotgun wedding: Nadia + Benjamin

Nadia and Benjamin decided to get married on a whim in Williamsburg Brooklyn at Berry Park, apparently a very cool beer garden with a super-duper roof top.  Very low key, lots of friends and family, and most importantly, cupcakes!  Their friend, Charles David and his wife captured the day.

[images from A Wrinkle in Time Photography]

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Engagement shoot: Purim + Hoek

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God, I love my ‘hood.  And this couple just makes it look better than ever!

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I MUST find out where this wall is!

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[images from Kyle Hale]

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Real wedding: Regan + Anders

Chad and I had some of our pre-wedding pictures shot at powerHouse books in DUMBO so when I saw you could actually get married there, I totally jumped on this wedding!  I’m loving the urban 20′s feel to it!  More from Regan below…

Within a month of becoming engaged, Anders and I pledged to hold our wedding in the big beautiful borough of Brooklyn where we have lived together since 2002. Our wedding theme was loosely inspired by the 1920s, an era of progress, rebellion, glamour—a time for optimism and hope: a perfect way to begin a marriage. We designed the save the dates ourselves, Polaroid mug shots of us holding up boards that read: “Regan and Anders: For Life.”

We were married in the evening on August 15, 2009 at powerHouse Books, a huge loft-like space with amphitheater seating, in DUMBO. Anders’s second cousin, the Reverend Dr. John Michael (Jack) DiMatteo, presided over a ceremony that allowed us to literally be “surrounded” by our friends and family. Our close friend Jen Weiers sang “Marry Me” for the bridal processional, a sweet, playful song by Suburban Kids with Biblical Names and Ken Beasley accompanied on the guitar.

The cocktail hour and reception was held at powerHouse, too, and we hired as many Brooklyn vendors as possible. Our caterer was Naturally Delicious and Loren Michelle put together a delicious Mexican inspired menu (tamales, ceviche, tacos, and salsa bar) with margaritas, white sangria, and cava to round out the cocktail hour. Our friend Jessica Sagert made homemade chocolates for all the guests, and our chocolate and salted caramel wedding cake topper was customized by Goose Grease. Loren recommended a terrific DJ, Ray Jarrell, who didn’t miss a step all evening. Wedding guests stayed at the Nu Hotel on Smith Street.

Our good friend Gabrielle Cali styled the event with floral in white, blues, and light greens. In lieu of escort cards, two days before the wedding, I wrote out the seating assignments on a giant mirror. Karen Wong designed an awesome large-scale invitation inspired by a 20s movie poster and our wedding program that doubled as a fan.

Anders and I don’t believe in many wedding traditions – especially the one that says you can’t see your fiancée before the ceremony! Instead, we met up early at the New Museum on the Bowery where our fantastic photographer Elizabeth Bick shot portraits of us in the museum’s Sky Room and around SoHo. She also set up a terrific photo booth at the reception which our guests loved.

My dress was Jenny Packham and my sister, Jana, wore David’s Bridal. David Jones, from Salon de Quartier in DUMBO, styled our hair which held up surprisingly well through an epic night of dancing.

[images from kissmeido photography]

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Engagement shoot: Irina + Robb

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This engagement shoot was a really refreshing change from the one I usually see shot in Brooklyn…you can’t always get shots done at the Tobacco Warehouse so these were particularly nice to see!

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I would frame this one in a second…an amazing shot featuring the lesser photographed Manhattan Bridge.

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I love this one shot in the reflection…make a rainy day not so bad after all.

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I’m a sucker for shoots including pets, ESPECIALLY Frenchies!

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[images from Comfort Studio]

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Blossom & Branch

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Who knew such loveliness was coming from the Brooklyn Navy Yards?  Check out the rest of Blossom & Branch‘s work on their newly revamped website…

And don’t forget, for those of you doing the card swap, cards need to be mailed by Tuesday, Dec. 15.  If you haven’t included a recipe with your card, you can email me with it and I’ll be putting together a pdf to send to all participants with the recipes!

[images from Blossom & Branch]

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