Real Weddings

Modern Brooklyn Wedding: Brianne + Alex

brooklyn wedding

Brianne + Alex established from the beginning that they wanted their wedding to feel like a dressed up dinner party, with a clear sense of intimacy + familiarity. For these two, the big day wasn’t only about them. They wanted to celebrate the fact that almost everyone they cared about was in the same place at the same time. A pretty amazing fringe benefit of throwing a wedding, in our opinion. Their petite guest list helped further lend an intimate feel to the day, and Tinsel and Twine created a warm, family-style atmosphere with lush florals + loads of candelight. Brianne tells us Having a small wedding was one way for us to share the day with each and every guest.

We love how Brianne + Alex crafted their wedding to feel uniquely them. And as you’re about to see firsthand, their sweet, laid back + undeniably cool personalities shine through in Amber Gress‘ stunning images from the day!

modern invitation

classic white heels

modern square ring

Alex actually designed Brianne’s ring in tandem with local NYC jewelers, Ken & Dana Design. Isn’t it gorge? Way to go, Alex!

boutonnieres

Houghton wedding dress

modern first look

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding

We’re completely obsessed with Brianne’s gorgeous, minimal Houghton dress. These two seriously make such a stylish couple!

brooklyn wedding

Houghton wedding dress

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding

ceremony program

industrial chairs

indoor Brooklyn ceremony

indoor Brooklyn ceremony

indoor Brooklyn ceremony

garland arbor

indoor Brooklyn ceremony

indoor Brooklyn ceremony

Brianne: I feel like everyone says this, but it’s impossible to pick just one! I have my top 10. Or maybe 20...But here’s two that come to mind: The moment I saw Alex at the end of the aisle. I was awestruck! My music had started, I was walking up the stairs with my mom and dad, and when Alex came into view every single other thing melted away, all the little stresses of the day, anything other than how excited I was to get up there and marry him.

Second moment was dancing with my mom and two sisters to Manic Monday by the Bangles, a record that prompted a lot of living room dance parties when I was growing up. When Alex and I got engaged, my older sister was battling leukemia, and we were scared she wouldn’t be able to travel for the wedding. Not only did she make it (and officiate) but she was and still is in remission. Having both my sisters and my mom with me the day I married the love of my life, all of us able to jump around and sing our hearts out: pure joy.

Alex: I can’t pick just one moment either. It’s too hard! So here’s two as well:
When I first saw Brianne walking down the aisle — she appeared at the top of the stairs and it was like the rest of the world went blurry. Then she started toward me, and everyone stood, and it was like walls rising up, blocking out everything and everyone... I only saw her.

Walking back together hand in hand — we kissed at the end of the ceremony, and an uncontrollable sense of happiness swept through me. The music started playing, all our friends and family threw confetti, and it was absolutely magical as we almost danced back down the aisle together. I was the happiest man on earth.

indoor Brooklyn ceremony

garland arbor

Brooklyn Wedding

Brooklyn Wedding

Brooklyn Wedding

Brooklyn Wedding

Brooklyn Wedding

Their sunset cocktail hour took place at Jane’s Carousel and involved lobster rolls and Dark N’ Stormy floats. B + A say it was one of their favorite parts of the entire day. And these carousel shots of them are just way too cute!

carousel

Brooklyn skyline

industrial reception

For the reception, Tinsel and Twine set the long farm tables with lengths of flowering garlands and the glow of clustered candles, creating such a cozy dinner party feel.

industrial reception

garland runner

garland runner

industrial reception

table number

Processional: Groom + Bridal Party: Married Life – Michael Giacchino (from the movie 'Up'); Bride: Hysteric – the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Recessional: Boom Boom – The Animals

First Dance: A Sunday Kind of Love – Etta James

dancing

spakrler cake

Try not to worry about what anyone else thinks a wedding should look like. All your guests want is for you to be happy (and, in our case, also an open bar and a whole lot of 90s rap to shake it to). Also, you will probably spend more money than you thought you would and DIY less. Don’t be hard on yourselves!

photography: Amber Gress // venue: Smack Mellon Brooklyn, New York // planning, design + florals: Tinsel and Twine // dress: Houghton // bridesmaids dresses: Rebecca Taylor // groomsmen: Ben Sherman // makeup: David Maderich // suit: Brooklyn Tailors // bride’s shoes: Vince // groom’s shoes: Paul Smith // invitations: Designed by Bride and Groom Printed by Swayspace // rings: Designed by Groom and made by Ken & Dana Design // lounge furtniture: Patina Rentals // dj: Beat Train // cake: One Girl Cookies

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DIY: Holiday Centerpiece with Mistletoe, Poinsettia & Garden Roses

DIY Holiday Centerpiece

Today we are excited to have Kiana Underwood of Tulipina share with us how to make a killer holiday centerpiece! Can you believe Christmas is next week? Here’s what Kiana had to say about this DIY:

“As a fairly non-traditional floral designer, I am constantly thinking of ways to buck tradition and design interesting things. This includes playing with color palettes and floral varieties that people may not associate with a particular season.

For this non-traditional holiday centerpiece, I found a lovely shade of garden rose, which helped to define the pink palette of this design. I also absolutely love the different shades of poinsettia that are available this time of year – such beautiful shades of pink, peach, and cream – in addition to all of the lovely reds. I added these as well. And finally, what would a holiday arrangement be without mistletoe?! Does it get anymore beautiful than those delicate and glassy little berries?

Don’t be afraid to be a little non-traditional in your holiday decorating this year – you may be surprised and pleased with what you create!”

DIY Holiday Centerpiece

What You’ll Need:
• Flowers (from left to right): Dogwood (fruit), Poinsettia, Amaryllis, Geranium, Euphorbia, Garden Rose, Mistletoe
• Vase of your choice
• Scissors

DIY Holiday Centerpiece

Step 1: Begin with the geranium and dogwood fruit branches.

Step 2: Add the mistletoe. These will be the base of the arrangement, but you can add some more to reinforce their presence at the end.

Step 3: Continue with the euphorbia and poinsettia.

Step 4: And finally, I added the amaryllis and arranged all of my roses throughout the centerpiece.

DIY Holiday Centerpiece

DIY Holiday Centerpiece

DIY Holiday Centerpiece

So pretty + bright for a holiday centerpiece! If you create your own holiday floral centerpiece, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thanks so much to Kiana Underwood of Tulipina for the DIY, florals + styling, and Nathan Underwood for the photos!

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Vogue-Inspired Surprise Elopement

Italian Vogue Elopement

The total girlie-girl in us is ALL ABOUT this insanely romantic, total dream of an editorial created by Debbie Lourens Photography + Green Goddess Flower Studio in Cape Town, South Africa. Ladies, imagine your guy not only proposing to you (WEE!) but asking if you’d marry him in a secret elopement that very same afternoon! Well, that’s the premise of the super sweet story the ladies dreamt up + are sharing with us today. Let’s hear more about it from Coral of Green Goddess:

The couple are stylish Americans who were going out for lunch in the city of Cape Town, whilst on a visit to South Africa. The romantic groom has planned a secret elopement and hired a photographer to capture the scene. The ‘groom’ asks the ‘bride’ to dress up and they wander through the streets of Cape Town supposedly on their way to lunch. When they enter a square, he has arranged for a wedding planner to be waiting with some cards saying ‘will you marry me’. He lifts her up onto a stone plinth in the square, then she looks down at him as he shows her the cards asking her to marry him TODAY! There is a Yes and No option – she says Yes of course! Then he presents her with a gift box (decorated with flowers) and inside is a flower ring (allowing the stylish bride to choose her own ring later). They rush off to the church and get married – the planner has bouquets, bouts and stationery (saying they eloped) all ready for them including a selection of bouquets for the bride. Then the lunch turns out to be a small reception planned for them with a small dessert and cookie bar and martini tray. After lunch, they wander through the city some more looking at the amazing architecture and reveling in their special moments.

Italian bouquet

Italian elopement invitation

black tulle skirt

The team wanted the shoot to have the feel of a sexy 1950’s/1960’s Vogue magazine spread. So, nods to the fashion + details of the era are seen throughout the shoot and in the bride’s beautiful get-up by Gavin Rajah Couture.

Italian inspired cascading bouquet

Italian Vogue Elopement

ombrella with flowers

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Such pretty images + we LOVE that floral-adorned umbrella!

umbrella + initials

artist palette of flowers

boutonniere

Italian Vogue Elopement

ring box

will you marry me?

proposal

Girls, can you even imagine?!!

will you marry me?

proposal

Italian Vogue Elopement

Italian Vogue Elopement

We think Marnel Toerien Makeup Artist and Hairstylist channeled the look of vintage Vogue just perfectly for the bride.

gold globe candle holders

black laser cut charger

black laser cut charger

white bud vases

cocktail

cake and cookies

And don’t all of the cakes, petit fours + cupcakes by Pastry Parlour look almost too good to eat?! So pretty!

cake and cookies

Italian cakes

Italian Vogue Elopement

Debbie, Coral + the rest of the team wanted to create something non-vintage, non-lacey, and non-traditional, but still very beautiful + desirable. We think they pulled that off like the pros that they are! Pin away, friends! We definitely will be :)

photography: Debbie Lourens Photography // planning, design + florals: Green Goddess Flower Studio // venue: The Daddy Cool Bar at the Grand Daddy Hotel Cape Town, South Africa // hair + makeup: Marnel Toerien Makeup Artist and Hairstylist // stationery: Secret Diary Designs // bride’s outfits: Gavin Rajah Couture // groom’s outfit: Fabiani // jewelry: Kays Antiques // cakes, petit fours + cupcakes: Pastry Parlour // iced biscuits + macaroons: Sugar Doodle

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