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Modern Yellow Warehouse Wedding on the Brooklyn Waterfront

I am so excited to feature today’s wedding for many reasons: first off, its gorgeous! Secondly, the bride has been a long time reader of Modernly Wed and used this site for inspiration… so wonderful! Captured by With Love and Embers, Meaghan and Bruce were married on an October day in a chic warehouse space in Brooklyn, New York. The couple had a laid back wedding bursting with personal details. A lovely color palette of yellow, gray and shades of green tied together the attire and decor. Be sure to read more about the day from the bride!

A few words from the bride:

Although not technically “high-school sweethearts,” having gone to the same schools for 6 years, Bruce and I officially connected at a party three weeks before our High School graduation. Despite the timing seeming completely off, Bruce and I were virtually inseparable at the party, and by the first week of that summer, we were dating. Nine years together — Bruce planned an elaborate proposal scheme over many months. Using my sister’s birthday as a cover, he asked me to marry him in my parent’s backyard, in an inflatable bouncy-house (it’s as great of a story as it sounds). It was perfect, and we couldn’t have been more excited to finally marry each other.

When I began to plan our wedding, Bruce and I made a list of our top priorities for the big day. Overall, we wanted to make sure our wedding reflected who we are as a pair, and we knew we didn’t want it to feel like a stuffy affair for our guests. We wanted everyone to have a blast, and feel relaxed and happy while celebrating with us. Bruce and I both love great food and craft beers, so the menu became one of our top priorities when looking for our venue. We also knew that we wanted to get married in a non-traditional setting, and wanted our wedding to be in Brooklyn, to truly give our guests a unique New York experience. With both of us being from New Jersey, a lot of our family and friends have grown up exploring “the city,” but that really only included Manhattan. Brooklyn was the borough I had been living in for quite some time, and it was where Bruce and I rekindled our love for each other, and New York, so we really wanted to share that with the people most important to us.

While we didn’t have a theme to the wedding itself, I relied on the use of color to create a uniformed look, and carried our palette of yellows, shades of gray, and natural green throughout, with accents of white and black. I designed a geometric pattern inspired from aluminum letters I had bought, and used it as a detail in our invitation suite. I also designed a large-scale poster which we used as our guest book. It was a really resourceful idea because not only did it allow me to use one of our professional engagement photographs, but it also became a casual piece of art after the wedding (it is now hanging in our apartment with everyone’s beautiful messages written on the glass).

We agreed on sharing a first look together with our photographers prior to our wedding ceremony. While this certainly isn’t for every bride and groom, it was one of the best decisions we made. Our first look together was the most intimate time we had with each other the whole wedding day, and it allowed us to enjoy our cocktail hour with our guests since we didn’t have to spend that time taking pictures! It was a really beautiful and genuine time between the two of us. We were so excited about marrying each other, and it was wonderful to just calm our nerves a bit and be together.

The best part of our wedding was when Bruce surprised me with a vocal performance I Will Follow You Into the Dark, by Death Cab for Cutie accompanied by my cousin’s boyfriend on the acoustic guitar. It was incredible, romantic, and magical, and there was not a single dry eye in the place! I could not believe that my husband was up there in front of all our guests totally sounding like a rock star. I will never ever forget that moment, and how full of love that room and my heart felt.

Photographer: With Love and Embers // Ceremony + Reception Venue, Catering: The Liberty Warehouse // Bridal Gown Designer: Lela Rose // Bridal Gown Store: Elizabeth Johns // Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridal Veil/Headpiece + Jewelry: Maria Elena // Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: Alfred Sung // Bridesmaids’ Dress Store: Bella Bridesmaids // Groom’s + Groomsmen’s Attire: BLACK by Vera Wang // Groom’s Cufflinks + Bridesmaids’ bracelets: J. Crew // Cake Designer: Pink Cake Box // Floral Designer: Rose Red and Lavender // Makeup Artist: Aline Djecki // Hair Stylist:Jessica Chapman // Invitation Designer: Meaghan Button, the bride // DJ: Expressway Music // Succulents: The Succulent Source // Officiant: Rev. Mary-Rose Engle // All images by With Love and Embers

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Adorable Farewell Brooklyn Session

I love the idea of doing a neighborhood session before a big move! Captured by Betsi Ewing Studio, Melissa and Raul spent a January day visiting a few favorite spots in their Brooklyn, New York neighborhood. The couple relocated to Mexico City (the day after the shoot!) and wanted to do a “farewell New York” session before their departure. Melissa and Raul eloped last May in a simple and sweet event at City Hall in NYC.

Bakery: Farmacy
All images by Betsi Ewing Studio
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Modern Meets Vintage Wedding in Brooklyn

Wow, talk about an amazing ceremony backdrop! Captured by Agaton Strom Photographer, MaryLeigh and Sean were married this past October in Brooklyn in a beautiful ceremony on Pebble Beach, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York City skyline. The couple had a unique and musical ceremony, with all their guests joining them in singing “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests headed to a local restaurant for fabulous food and a night of dancing. Be sure to read about all the wonderful DIY details of the wedding below!

The story from the bride:

We met in Brooklyn in 2007, and live here together, so we wanted to have our wedding in the city and borough where our life together started, and for the wedding to highlight the things that we love about living in this city. We also have a shared passion for being on the water and spend most of our weekends in the summer on the Hudson, so all the events of the weekend took place on or near the water.

We wanted the look of our wedding to be very simple overall– we had the skyline and bridges surrounding us and didn’t think we needed much more. Everything that we had at the reception was meant to play more than one role. We love cheese, and so had “still life with cheese” centerpieces instead of flowers, which we told our guests to eat at dinner. The guest book was a pile of vintage NYC postcards that we had also used for our save the dates, and the escort cards doubled as little tokens for everyone to take home. The wooden planks that we made for runners we’ll be using to construct cabinets and shelves out of for our apartment.

The wedding was more hands on than we had expected, but it was really fun to plan and we were so lucky to have so many of our friends and family help us and contribute their amazing talents. My wonderful godmother did the calligraphy for the escort cards and the menus on each of the tables, and Sean’s sister created the table numbers out of extra invitations and also embellished my headpiece with extra stones and fabric from my dress to make it more special. My older sister hand painted all of the beautiful signs for the wedding after having her first baby the week before the wedding! Two of my best friends and bridesmaids took on the very important task of setting up the cheese centerpieces at Bubby’s, and made one of the most important details of the reception look perfect for us. We did some DIY work ourselves as well–Sean cut and stained the plank runners himself while I put together the escort cards using Muji City in a Bag figurines. We also spent a night gluing a larger tops on the centerpiece cake stands because they originally weren’t big enough for all the cheese we wanted! The crates for the pie table are vintage crates that we found upstate. Because we didn’t want to have a florist, my bridesmaids and I made our bouquets with flowers from our corner bodega in Crown Heights on the wedding day while we watched wedding movies and got ready, which was so fun.

At the ceremony, Sean’s brother officiated, our families stood behind us as witnesses, and our sisters gave readings, so it was very personal. We borrowed the idea of a sing-along from great friends who got married last year, and everyone attending sang “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys together. Later on we found out that strangers were stopping to sing along as well. We knew the ceremony was going to be a little wild, because on Pebble Beach the subway rattles by on the Manhattan Bridge pretty regularly and loudly. But we love that spot and hoped everyone would enjoy the view enough they wouldn’t mind everything else. Then my uncle surprised us in the middle of our vows by having an NYFD fire boat that he built come and put on a waterworks show on the East River. We had no idea that was going to happen, and it felt like a movie.

Photographer: Agaton Strom Photographer
Bridal Dress: Jenny Peckham
Bridal Dress Store: Jenny Packham Paris
Bridal Headpiece: Amanda Judge headband, hand embellished with extra jewels and fabric from the dress
Bridal Shoes: Loeffer Randall
Groom’s Suit + Shoes: Banana Republic Monogram
Groom’s tie:  French Connection, the same one he wore on their first date
Bridesmaid Dresses: solid color dress of their choice
Reception Venue + Catering: Bubby’s Brooklyn
Band: The Dreamland Orchestra with Todd Londagin
Invitation, Menu, Table Number Designer: Lion in the Sun Park Slope

All images by Agaton Strom Photographer


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