Amber and Andy met on Bumble, and ever since then have always had a relaxed, sweet and silly relationship. For starters, Andy got a kernel of corn stuck in his hair on their first date (he has no idea how this happened and still frequently gets food on himself!) which took him down a peg and helped her relax and let her guard down. Throughout their relationship it was always understood that things would progress but there was never any pressure, it just always felt right. Exactly how it should be!
After a beautiful and relaxed welcome dinner at Brooklyn Grange, which featured a crab boil and stunning sunset, Amber and Andy’s wedding planned by the inimitable Jove Meyer, was held at 99 Scott in Brooklyn, NY just a handful of blocks from the couple’s apartment, giving it a neighborly and familiar feel. They wanted to showcase and enhance special features of the existing space, like ceremony flowers by Buds of Brooklyn that added to the courtyard’s existing landscaping, as well as the WOW moment of the reception: a custom stained glass installation by Bombshell Graphics that added color and dimension throughout – just wait until you see it! The couple wanted everyone to feel comfortable and at ease (like they had walked into a warm hug, as cheesy as that sounds) and like they could really relax and let loose.
And needless to say… that’s exactly how their day played out! We’re excited to show you these stunning shots by photographer Sylvie Rosokoff and give you a look at this gorgeous Brooklyn wedding!
Welcome to New York
Well, we already know we are in for a colorful day just by the looks of these mismatched bridesmaid gowns! They’ve almost got the whole rainbow covered!!
Obsessing over this DRESS! We asked Amber to share with us how she picked this beauty: “I had been a longtime follower of Hermione de Paula on Instagram, as her embroidery was so unique and beautiful! Despite that, she wasn’t really on my radar as a possibility, as she is based out of the UK. In a total strike of luck I happened to be in LA , already planning to go to LOHO Bride, when unbeknownst to me she was having a trunk show there. Upon arrival, I saw her samples and excitedly tried some on…
The process progressed from there as I worked with her and her team to create a semi-custom piece that featured a puffy sleeve. I’m a sucker for a cool sleeve! The embroidery details included several Queen Anne’s Lace flowers, a favorite flower of my mom and grandma that I also have tattooed on my side, as well as a few embroideries unique to Andy and I – our wedding date and our initials as my something blue.”
Andy wore a green Indochino Suit for the big day and looks terrific! We love that he paired it with a floral shirt – so fun!
A Wildflower Aisle for the Ceremony
How gorgeous is this wedding aisle decor!! The floral arch at the alter really paired well with the natural design of the couple’s big day!
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Processional: Watermelon in Easter Hay - Frank Zappa
Recessional: I Always Knew - The Vaccines
First Dance: The Best - Tina Turner
During the precessional Andy spontaneously high-fived the guests as he entered. I didn't see that of course but could hear it and it really got the crowd excited! By the time I entered everyone was on their feet cheering and clapping and honestly I was in disbelief! While I knew our day would be filled with love and excitement I could never have anticipated how warm, welcoming, and loved our crowd of family and friends would truly make us feel. I will never forget the absolute love and support our guests poured onto us, a true reminder of how truly lucky and grateful we are to have them in our lives.
A simple bouquet with pops of purple! So lovely!
Find Your Seat, It’s Time to Celebrate!
“We both entered the planning process with a preference for less traditional wedding elements, such as bright colors, wildflowers, wedding pie, and rock music. Jove took all of these elements in stride and helped us marry our preferences into the perfect day! While we wanted to create a visually interesting event, the stained glass windows totally knocked that goal out of that park, our priority was to make sure we hosted an event that felt welcoming and fun for all of our guests. From the ceremony through to the reception we tried, and thanks to Jove and our guests we think succeeded, in creating a wedding that felt above all fun, easygoing, and celebratory, culminating in a dance party that no one wanted to end!”
Amber collected vintage marbles with her mom, combined with some that her late mother/her late grandmother had collected and given her, to decorate tables and play off of the stained glass feature. Such a beautiful addition to her tablescape design!
Talk about those stain glassed windows! This unique addition really took the reception design up a whole notch!
As an added environmental inspiration, A + A wanted to keep waste down as best they could, minimizing the number of paper and other “extra” items included throughout the day.
“For example, we created a single seating chart instead of individual cards, placed guests’ names on top of menus to consolidate place settings, planted trees in guests’ honor instead of favors, and composted all flowers at the end of the day.”
There was a pie table instead of cake, and a killer dance floor all night – everyone joined in and didn’t stop moving until the last song!
A First Dance under twinkling lights and disco balls?! What could be better than that!?
We were pretty lucky in that the process, aside from some Covid considerations, went quite smoothly. While some hiccups naturally came up we tried to pick our battles and prioritize the general feel and enjoyment of the day overall. If you can figure out what is really important to you, then picking your battles should hopefully be somewhat simple. We, for example, felt that our best wedding day would be one in which we spent the day with our partner, families and friends we love most, ideally with some good food, drink and dancing mixed in. At the end of the day, if you can bring all those people together the rest will fall into place and some of the details that seemed big lose their importance when you see everyone you love coming together in support of your union.
There is a lot of pressure and expectations around weddings in terms of how you will feel and how “perfect” the day will be but try not to worry too much if you can. Andy and Amber felt that it was an amazing but also normal day because they would be spending it together, and nothing felt more normal to them than that.
They leave us with these final words: “While it may sound anticlimactic to some, we share it as a reminder that people process big events differently, so don’t worry about how you feel about your wedding day, as long as you feel right about the person you are choosing to experience it with.”
Beautifully said! Congrats to you both and thank you for sharing your magnificent day with us here at Green Wedding Shoes! And don’t forget to check out this epic compilation of their day by Lovebrain Films!
photography: Sylvie Rosokoff // venue name: 99 Scott, Brooklyn, NY, USA // event design: Jove Meyer // planning: Jove Meyer // florals: Buds of Brooklyn // wedding dress: Hermione de Paula // wedding dress boutique: LOHO Bride // bride's shoes: Mansur Gavriel // getting ready robes: vintage, sourced by bride // hair stylist: SB Beauty // makeup artist: SB Beauty // groom attire: Indochino (suit) and Walker Slater (shirt) // groom's shoes: custom Converse // groom's ring: I can get this info! // videography: Lovebrain Films // paper goods: Fourteen-Forty // catering: Real Food Catering // tabletop rentals: Broadway Party Rentals // specialty rentals: Patina (lounge rentals) // music: Jay McElfresh (DJ) // lighting: Universal Light and Sound // photo booth: Out Snapped