Both architects, Emily & Brad knew they needed a location that spoke to them in a design sense. Within the very first seconds of walking into Brooklyn Winery in Brooklyn, New York they knew it was the right fit for the overall look and feel of the wedding they were looking to achieve. They loved the idea of the exposed brick, reclaimed wood walls, industrial doors, and rustic wooden tables and stools. As a matter of fact, it was spot on with their personal aesthetic. After meeting with the event manager they confirmed it would be a great fit and we confident they would do an amazing job with their wedding day and vision.
by Keith Stein
The Big Reveal
First-Look in Brooklyn Bridge Park
The anticipation of seeing your loved one on your wedding day is certainly a special one. Emily & Brad opted for a reveal/first-look in Brooklyn Bridge Park with their family & friends looking on. It was a special moment that we captured and giving them the space so they can really enjoy the moment.
They say, that despite missing out on seeing each other down the aisle for the first time they were more than pleased with the way things turned out and are convinced it was one of the smartest decisions they made on their wedding day.
Designed with love
All of the beautiful details of Emily & Brad’s wedding were well thought out and hand-picked or hand-crafted. They had a pretty distinct vision of their wedding and wanted to show their personalities in as many of the details as possible. The dress, designed by Oscar de la Renta, was a clear cut choice as it was clean and streamlined to lend to the straight line design of a lot of the elements of the wedding. Emily’s Tahari shoes were also a perfect compliment to the design with their lines and neutral dark grey in color. Brad went with a clean slate gray look with his suit from Jos. A. Bank. All of which were accented beautifully with rust colored accents in the tie and pocket fold. The bridesmaids wore slate grey Jenny Yoo dresses which also blended nicely with the bride & groom attire.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Classic Architecture for a Classic Couple
Brooklyn Bridge Park was a great choice for portrait location since it leant well to the look and feel of Emily & Brad's wedding. We went for some simple posing in front of textures that would compliment their wedding. Overall, they ended up with some really awesome portraits that stuck true to who they were. Nothing over the top, but refined and absolutely represented the love they share for one another.
Although Emily & Brad both envisioned an outdoor ceremony, they were both completely pleased with the outcome and would change nothing about when, where, and how their ceremony took place. The unpredictability of Mother Nature was the main reason for this choice and was conflicting with Emily's type A personality. The neutral tones of the indoor space were gorgeous and were lit beautifully by the ambient light through the large windows behind them. Everyone looked on from natural wooden chairs and observed a program designed by Brad's sister Jessica Smith of Peace.Love.Design. Of course, they went with a program that was clean in design and matched perfectly with the couples career choice.
Emily & Brad quite possibly had some of the most personal details at a wedding. They themselves hand-crafted many vases and planters out of cement and copper piping. It was a project that the two of them worked on together. They said this process really brought them together as it was a shared idea and one they really loved doing. At the end of the night, each of their guests got to walk away with one of their very own handmade treasures. We were also luck enough to get one of each of them for our home.
Emily & Brad closed out the evening beautifully with a lovely first-dance. Maybe in this moment they talked about their day and how awesome it had been. There is always some chatter between a bride & groom during their first dance. They may have reflected on the moments getting ready in the morning with their families or about the pizza they would be eating back in their room at 2am. Either way, we know they had a fantastic day since most of what is written here are their exact words.
Since their wedding we have had the opportunity to become dear friends of theirs and we would not change a thing either. Emily & Brad have been a blessing to our lives and we are thankful they are a part of ours. They are a phenomenal couple and we look forward to the many years we will have together getting to know them and spending time with them both.
Catering: Brooklyn Winery
Cake: Baked NYC
Music/Entertainment: DJ – James Mulry of 74 Events / Ceremony – Alexandra Moiseeva
Floral Design: Tracey Reynolds Floral Design
Hair & Make-Up: Naho Sawada of Dvir Salon
Planning & Coordination: Emily of Brooklyn Winery
Paper Goods: Jessica Smith of Peace.Love.Design
Attire: Bride – Oscar de la Renta, Groom – Jos. A. Bank, Bridesmaids – Jenny Yoo, Groomsmen – Jos. A. Bank