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.
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.
I love everything about this simple, modern wedding! Captured by Julia Newman Photography, Inna and Mehul were married on a beautiful, sunny day last May in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York. Surrounded by friends and family, the couple was united in a ceremony overlooking the Hudson River with amazing views toward Liberty Island. Next, Inna, Mehul and their guests headed into the unique Liberty Warehouse for dinner and dancing. I love how the simple, white decor is paired with wonderful cultural traditions for a truly one of a kind event. Be sure to take a look at Inna’s description of the day, as well as the wonderful wedding video at the end of the post!
A few words from the bride:
My husband and I have a very modern aesthetic and from the start, we wanted our wedding to radiate simple elegance. Equally important, we wanted it to be the most fun night of our lives. While we set the bar high, we kept a very open mind and focused on hiring vendors who understood our vision and who we knew would strive for excellence.
We picked the Liberty Warehouse because it felt like the perfect blend of the cities that we’ve lived in – New York, London and San Francisco. Immediately we were blown away by the gorgeous views and the surprisingly unpretentious metropolitan vibe. We’re also big foodies and we knew that catering by the River Cafe would ensure that the night was a huge success from a gastronomical standpoint.
From there, we found the incredibly talented and inspired Julia Newman who we just knew would perfectly capture the beauty of the evening. Our florist Melanie from Melarosa brought our clean, modern vision to life with gorgeous white flower arrangements that combined different textural elements. My husband comes from an Indian background and my family is Russian Jewish so music was very important for us. Heartbeart Dance Band did not disappoint – our guests did not stop dancing all night long. The best part was that we never worried about a thing; our planner Roey Mizrahi and her team took care of every single detail so that my husband and I could breathe easy and enjoy each second of this unforgettable night. The highlight you ask? WIthout a doubt it was seeing the looks on our guest’s faces when, to their surprise, my husband’s two kids joined us in the middle of our first dance for a choreographed hip hop routine to the Black Eyed Peas. Priceless!