Modern Brooklyn Waterfront Wedding: Sara + Steffen

brooklyn waterfront wedding

The twinkling of city lights, mingling with the idyllic vibe of waterfront harbor might be one of our fave juxtapositions of all time. And for New Yorkers like Sara + Steffen, who split their time between the city and a sleepy beach town, the unsurpassed setting provided by The River Cafe in Brooklyn was just so right. We love timeless, modern feel of their celebration + their fashion picks are totally winning us over. Just wait ’til you get a close up on Sara’s Alexander Wang shoes + Stone Fox Bride dress. Oh-so ideal….

A few words from Sara, Steffen and I split our time living in Brooklyn, NY and the eastern tip of Long Island, NY – a little beach town called Montauk. We knew we wanted to incorporate the juxtaposition of a rustic, natural vibe alongside a sophisticated, classic “city” feel. Our location and venue of course provided the city element. Our hand-written ceremony, attire, flowers and small details incorporated the more natural elements – succulents, sand and rocks hand picked from our favorite beach in Montauk. Thanks so much to Lev Kuperman for the lovely photos and congrats to Sara + Steffen on a beautiful wedding!

dress in the window

bow heels

wythe hotel

dad seeing bride

first look

boutonniere

Such a cool city spot for a first look!

brooklyn first look

brooklyn first look

brooklyn first look

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

Texture, texture, texture in Sara’s beautiful bouquet made by Steffen’s mother!

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

rock place cards

rock place cards

ceremony program

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

The CEREMONY! Our best friend, Louise Storey, from the time that we lived in London together married us in a Humanist Ceremony. Louise and the two of us collaborated to write the entire ceremony, which incorporated a moving letter from Steffen's late father, answers to secret love questions that were unveiled on our wedding day and personally written vows. Louise put a voice to our hearts, values, told our story and what matters the most to the both of us in life.

 

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

fall colored flowers

striped chairs

orange centerpieces

orange centerpieces

table number

brooklyn waterfront wedding

What a dream…

brooklyn waterfront wedding

brooklyn waterfront wedding

Break down the planning into manageable monthly to-dos, no need to overwhelm yourself and lose sight of the most important outcome of all of the work - your marriage and love for your partner. Be decisive - do not over think the little things, go with your gut. Stay calm throughout, be present and protect your energy and where it is going - during the planning process and on the big day.

 

photographer: Lev Kuperman // venue + catering: The River Cafe Brooklyn, New York // event design: Sara & Steffen Ringelmann (the bride & groom) // second photographer: Justin Lee // event planner: Sara Spieker Ringelmann (the bride) and Luke Vossen (Manager of The River Cafe) // florals: Maureen Andariese, of The River Cafe, Bride, Groom + family bouquets and boutonnieres by the groom’s mother, Cheryl Ringelmann // celebrant: Louise Storey // wedding dress: Custom Nomia Dress designed by the bride and Stone Fox Bride // floral hairpiece: Red Rose and Lavender // bride’s shoes: Alexander Wang // groom’s shoes: Mr. B’s for Aldo // bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew // hair + makeup: The Karcher // groom suit: Jil Sander // paper goods: Kimberly Canale, Inspired Goodness // ice cream sundae bar: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory //music: Jazz Trio during cocktail hour – Lapis Luna, and DJ for dancing – Kevin Manning (DJ Consuelo)

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryLev Kuperman Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Elopement Under a Bridge in Portland: Jillian + Colin

elopement under a bridge

One of our most favorite things about elopements (aside from the fact that they’re just so sweet!) is the flexibility to exchange your vows in a unique place. It’s not so easy to transport a bunch of your guests to a remote mountain top, alongside a secluded waterfall – or in this case – under a bridge in Cathedral Park in Portland, but when it’s just the two of you, all the rules can fly out the window and you can really focus on what you want as a couple. For Jillian + Colin, the phrase, “we want a marriage not a wedding” kept popping up in conversation, so after months of deliberating they decided to plan an intimate marriage ceremony and throw a party a few months afterward so they could devote all their energy to each event separately. So smart, right? Jillian shares a bit more with us about why she + Colin decided to do things their way below:

The primary reason came down to the fact that we wanted to focus on each other and what we were about to enter into in the clearest and least distracted way possible. Given our personalities, we were concerned that if we had a traditional wedding we might end up getting absorbed in the details of trying to be good hosts and worry about everyone else which potentially could detract from our focus on each other. In our experience, you can’t do everything all at once without the quality of some component being compromised to a degree.

Thanks so much to Jay Eads for the lovely photos + congratulations to the newlyweds on a day that was just right for them!

portland elopement

portland elopement

Colin and I talk a lot about our memorable moments and the lack of distraction in an elopement, but the planning can still be hectic and frazzled and, let’s face it, forgetable. So what I did, as a way to be reflective and mindful each step of the way, was write a letter to Colin for each big moment – when we got engaged, when we applied for our license, when I slipped into “the dress,” when we picked out our rings, the one week countdown, all of those events and decisions reflected upon and down on paper. The morning of our wedding, rather than giving Colin one letter to tell him how happy and excited I was to be his bride and best friend (that’s what my vows were for,) I gave him that stack of letters. Now we can look back at the entire process, not just the one day and never feel far away from it.

portland elopement

first look

first look

bridge car ride

We’re in love with Jillian’s Theia dress from Saks Fifth Avenue. So perfect for her city elopement!

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

Jillian: One of the joys of an elopement is that every moment is memorable since there’s nothing else to distract you, so to narrow it down to one is nearly impossible! There was the moment we picked up our license, distractedly trying to write down our vows while giggling with one another, my last deep breaths of anticipation before I walked up to Colin as his bride, raising my arms in celebration as strangers in the park cheered for us the moment we became husband and wife, finally making our way into a photobooth for that goofy set of pictures we’ve always wanted, every moment was memorable and every day when I look back, a different moment stands out to me. One of my favorite moments was walking into Ava Genes’s and knowing that every eye was on us and feeling our love and joy and excitement fill up the crowded room. Even with so much attention and distraction, I couldn’t focus on anything but my new husband and the amazing adventure we’d just set off on together.

Colin: The whole day was a whirlwind experience and I’ll never forget the anticipation waiting to see Jillian for the first time on our big day and the feeling of surprise when she walked up behind me and put her hand on my back to get my attention, It nearly took my breath away! Another really cool moment came from total strangers. As we were walking back to the hotel through the park at the end of the day, there was couple walking in the distance that could obviously tell we were just married. They cheerfully yelled out to us “ Way to dive in! It’ll be the best decision you ever made!” It totally resonated with me and that felt really good.

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement bouquet

Such a gorge spot to marry the love of your life!

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

yellow striped bow tie

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

elopement under a bridge

ace hotel

A stop by The Ace for some photobooth snaps was a given…

photo strip

drinks

keep portland weird

elopement under a bridge

An elopement, or a micro wedding can be a sensitive topic because people could potentially feel left out. We decided to tell our immediate families and no one else so our advice is that if you decide to tell anyone prior to the event, be totally honest and open about everything because they are the ones who actually know and still aren’t attending. Including them in the discussion of plans will really help make them feel like they are involved and participating since they can’t be there.

photography: Jay Eads // location: Ceremony at Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon // other locations: Hoyt Arboretum, Pittock Mansion, Ace Hotel, Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park // florals: Gina of Bohemian Bouquets // wedding dress: Theia from Saks Fifth Avenue // shoes: Nine West // hair + makeup: done by the bride // groom’s suit: DKNY // shirt: Ted Baker London // tie + pocket square: WB Thamm // boots: Frye // socks: Happy Socks // elopement dinner: Ava Genes, SE Division Street // bride’s ring: custom made by Joanna Lingnau // officiant: Anthony Behrens // transportation: Tesla Model S, Prestige Limousines // driver: Gary

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Whimsical Rainbow-Inspired Wedding: Inez + Greg

rainbow bridesmaids

Not everyone can pull off a rainbow-inspired wedding, but hats off (big time!) to those who can! Like today’s adorable duo, Inez + Greg! I + G are a playful couple who wanted their wedding day to reflect their fun vibe. Says Inez, We wanted something bright, happy and colorful, but not over-the-top. Well we think that’s exactly what they created! And we’ve gotta point out that the Stow House in Goleta, California couldn’t have been a more perfect backdrop for all the colorful, geometric-style details dreamt up by the two of them! (Just wait ’til you see!) Here’s a bit more about the inspiration + setting from Inez:

I have always been obsessed with rainbows and anything multicolored, so I loved this idea of a rainbow wedding. Why not pick all the colors? We weren’t sure if we could pull it off and had these doubts throughout the entire process, but things finally started coming together and we could start visualizing it. Many of the geometric elements were inspired by the rainbow prism paper we used to line the invitation envelopes. This whole process was really about taking small ideas and building off of them, and then building off of those new ideas. Ultimately, we just wanted a fun and colorful day of celebration with our closest family and friends!

Big thanks to Maddy + Felicia of I Heart My Groom for the gorgeous captures from the day + cheers to the happy the couple! :)

rainbow invitation

square ring

triangle necklace

rainbow wedding

groom

For all the fellas looking to channel Greg’s wedding day look, we found a very similar driving cap + prism-inspired tie!

first touch

first touch

rainbow nails

rainbow bridesmaids

Inez “assigned” each of her bridesmaids a color + let them select the dress of their choice! The girls totally rocked it, right?! If you’re planning a rainbow-inspired day, or are just looking for a fun, bright dress for a party, here is a sampling of some of our absolute fave rainbow hued frocks:

rainbow bridesmaids

rainbow bridesmaids

LOVE the shots of the ‘maids with their matching bouquets above, and those fun rainbow laces for the guys below!

rainbow laces

rainbow paper gems

rainbow wedding ceremony

rainbow wedding ceremony

rainbow wedding ceremony

Processional: Bridal Party: We Are Going to Be Friends – The White Stripes; Bride: Everlasting Light – The Black Keys

Recessional: You Know Me – Air Traffic Controller

First Dance: Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground – The White Stripes

rainbow wedding ceremony

rainbow wedding party

rainbow wedding

rainbow triangle escort card display

Obsessed with their ultra colorful + graphic escort display!

rainbow triangle escort card display

guest book

rainbow centerpieces

What really helped our vision come together was using burlap or natural, woodsy colors to help offset the pops of color. I could joke that Greg is like the burlap that complements my crazy rainbow – we balance each other out yet bring out the best in one another.

dipped pretzel stick

rainbow centerpieces

triangle foldable

first dance

photo booth

rainbow wedding

Isn’t Inez the prettiest bride? We love her look! To achieve a similar feel, try Badgley Mischka’s timeless Gazar Ball Gown paired with this Metallic Carat Belt + Dolce Vita’s Shandy Wedges, and top it off with a fun aztec wrap!

rainbow wedding

paper gem backdrop and bride

rainbow wedding

ring

rainbow wedding

rainbow wedding

Seems like a no-brainer, but surround yourself with people who are going to help and support you leading up to and your special day – not stress you out. Whether it's helping with DIY projects, being a person to bounce ideas off of, or even just providing reassurance that things will be okay, your friends and family will help you keep your sanity and get things done! Coordinators are also an awesome idea!

photography: Maddy Hunter and Felicia Greenwald, I Heart My Groom // venue: Stow House Goleta, California // day-of coordinator: Dalina Klan, Once in a Lifetime // florals: Deb Useldinger and Laurel Harvey // wedding dress: Galina gown, David’s Bridal // hairpieces: fresh flowers from our aunts, placed into the bride’s hair by stylist Jasmine Rivas // shoes: Dolce Vita “Shandy” wedges // bridesmaid dresses: I assigned each of my maids her own color and let them choose their own dresses // hair: Jasmine Rivas (family friend)  // makeup: Sahar Yakhi, Dreamcatcher Artistry // groom suit: Kenneth Cole // wedding rings: Madelynn Cassin Designs // paper goods: printed by Paper Source, overall design by the bride // catering: Country Catering // desserts + savory pie s: Jacqui Wou, Tartisan // music: comprehensive Spotify playlist created by the bride + Jensen Audio

 

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