Every time I see this wedding, I keep thinking how quintessentially Brooklyn it is…
What a classic portrait!
Photographer: Heather O’Brien of Oak Street Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Ceremony Venue: Greenpoint Shul
Reception Venue: Polonaise Terrace in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Band: Slavic Soul Party
Formal Photographs location: Le Grenier Antiques and Houseware in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
[images from Oak Street Studio]
I caught glimpses of Amanda’s wedding on Facebook, so when she sent me the pictures to post, I jumped at the chance! Its so sweet and simple, and I love that she did all her own florals, and thought about the personality of each bridesmaid for their bouquets.
What is special about a wedding is that it allows every detail and choice to reflect your personality. When Jeremy and I began the planning process we knew right away that we wanted to keep our guest list small and have a relaxed and informal wedding. We call Brooklyn home and we wanted our out-of-town family and friends to experience the best of Brooklyn as they celebrated with us.
A neighborhood garden on Bergen Street served as the perfect location for our ceremony and a pre-ceremony cocktail hour. We served fresh fruit and cold drinks and Jeremy and I were able to greet each person as they arrived. After everyone arrived we invited them to stand near us for the short ceremony. Afterwards everyone walked over to the Flatbush Farm for an amazing meal.
As a florist, I love so many different flowers and it was tough to decide what I wanted to use for the bouquets and centerpieces. My personal style tends to be very clean and simple, and I don’t like too many flowers mixed together. My bridesmaids carried bouquets of all one type of flower that I thought fit their personality. Jeremy wanted his boutonniere to be a dark flower– so I used a great summer flower called scabiosa. My bouquet was a bunch of white astilbe. For the centerpieces I filled mason jars with hosta leaves, fern, chamomile and millet grass.
Brides’ ring: St. Kilda
Grooms’ ring: Fly Rite Tattoo
Favors: black & white cookies from Mazzola Bakery
Officiant: Rev. Charles Gilmore
Photographer: Marisela Vargas
Reception dinner: Flatbush Farm
[iages from Marisela Vargas]
I’d love to attend a low-key, relaxed feeling wedding like this one at some point in my life…good food + good music = great marriage!
For our wedding we knew we wanted good food and good music and we wanted to make our friends and family feel welcome. We tried to focus on these big goals instead of sweating the small details. We delegated lots of things to our very helpful Mothers. (My mom took care of the tent rental and favors and seating chart, and Rafael’s mom found the mariachi band.) We were really lucky that our wonderful friends all chipped in and helped as well. Our old friend Molly Neuman did the incredibly delicious catering (we had tacos and margaritas), another friend, Justine Heilner, did the gorgeous flowers, and yet another talented friend Nicole Lang-Key made our delicious cake. With all this great help we were able to relax a bit and enjoy the evening.
Dress: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon – Dress designed by Renella de Fina.
Photos: Kelly Guenther
Catering: Molly Neuman/ Simple Social Kitchen
Flowers: Justine Heilner
Cake: Nicole Lang-Key
Sarah + Reed are 2 Brooklyn based graphic designers, so of course they have a super cool engagement shoot in their ‘hood!
[images from Jeremy Harris Weddings]