The Foundry in Long Island City, New York is filled with lush greenery — ivy spills over the brick walls, and industrial-inspired lights create a warm ambiance. When Diana + Carlos saw it, they knew it was the PERFECT place to have their wedding, as they wanted to create the feeling of having a big dinner party in an overgrown garden.
Diana tells us While our guest count was high (165), intimacy was a crucial element. We opted for long barn tables and sat with our families and friends. Our dinner was served family style, as we wanted everyone to socialize with one another. The planning process all revolved around the wedding dress. Once I got my dress everything else became clear. I knew I did not want the traditional white dress and opted for the blush Holly gown by Vera Wang. From there I pinned down the color scheme: variations of grey, deep shades of blue, dark masala and gold which all complemented blush very nicely.
Oh and… Diana shares a sweet tidbit about how Carlos proposed below! Now let’s see all the pretty captured by Chaz Cruz Photographers!
So elegant + refined. These black + gold calligraphy invites are by Written Word Calligraphy.
HOLY SMOKES — that Vera Wang gown is out of this world (in the best way possible!).
This stunning bouquet by Ivie Joy Flowers was fashioned around a king protea. How gorgeous are the dark + bold accents that complement the bride’s dress?
Hello dapper groom! Carlos wore a navy blue suit by Ephraim Wuensch.
They are officially the cutest!!
Diana shares a little about the proposal: It began with dinner at Tapeo in NYC — another couple was suppose to join us but ended up “cancelling” at the very last minute. Coincidentally, Tapeo is where we had our first date six years ago… But at the moment, nothing seemed suspicious! Dining alone, we reminisced about first date when we stayed so late that the restaurant closed and we had to get dessert elsewhere. We ended up at a creperie called Crooked Tree and continued our date over sweet crepes and wine. Present day, we took a spontaneous (or so I thought) trip back to Crooked Tree.
Just before arriving, Carlos pulled me aside and started whispering sentimental things. I was getting antsy, as I really wanted dessert! Suddenly, Carlos dropped down to one knee and proposed – but the sweetest part about this was after asking, he stood up so quickly in his excitement to show me the ring that he did not wait for my answer! I had to compose myself for a moment, and finally I said yes. When we arrived at Crooked Tree, Carlos surprised me and had all our friends and family there to celebrate.
Rounding out the blush tones, Diana’s maids wore gowns in a charcoal hue from The Wedding Library. We’re pretty darn fond of this color palette!
We filled the venue with draping greens and floral giving it an organic look. We used pink and deep purple ranunculus, Juliet roses, trailing jasmines, astilbes and proteas just to name a few.
It was important for us, and our families, to feature both our cultures and traditions. Carlos is from the Dominican Republic and my family is Chinese. Immediately after our wedding ceremony, Carlos and I changed into a traditional Chinese wedding attire to perform the Chinese Tea Ceremony amongst all of our guests. In addition, we hired a band that specialized in Latin music to play during our reception.
One of the highlights of the night was our first dance. It was a very emotional moment as minutes before our first dance, Carlos's grandmother fainted due to dehydration and was sent to the hospital along with his mother. We both were a bit distraught and did not now how to continue on with the night. With the support of all our friends and family they assured us that his grandmother was in great hands and reminded that everyone was here on this day for us and the show must go on. Carlos's Father surprised us all and sang a bilingual rendition of "Unchained Melody" for our first dance...that man can sing his heart out. Although Carlos did not get to dance with his mother, he invited his niece to join him on the dance floor in her place. At this point, everyone in the room was an emotional wreck.
The style was modern with vintage touches, and romantic but with a whimsical feeling. Much like my father, I have always had an appreciation for antiques and industrial décor. We rented vintage furniture to give the space an old-school vibe and look that’s timeless. I actually brought some of my own vintage props from home, such as my gramophone, crystal decanters and vintage mirror, which we inscribed with our signature drinks for the bar.
While this entire wedding felt like my DIY project, the favors were the biggest DIY of all. I was inspired by cork-topped glass bottles that I found on Etsy. I had no idea what I was going to put in them, but because of their intricate etching and design, I knew I had to have them. Carlos and I both love truffle oil, so we decided we’d fill the bottles with white truffle oil and tie a name tag on each one to double as a place setting. Two birds killed with one stone!
A nod to their first date — they included stacked crepe cakes!
Our caterer told us that the parties are usually better when the grooms are more involved. So Carlos gave me his two cents, his only request/big piece of input was to have warm pretzel bread at dinner – it must be warm. Till this day, we still get complements on how the warm pretzel bread was a great touch!
No matter how much you plan, how much of a perfectionist you are, your plans will change. It’s important to remember that people are there to celebrate you, and your happiness – no one will notice the imperfections, they will only notice your energy. Take a breather, take your time. Plan and fret as much as you want leading up to the big day, but on that day, let it all go, because it will go by so fast.
What a day… Congrats Diana + Carlos!!
For a bit more, check out this clip by A&Y Videography.
photography: Chaz Cruz Photographers // venue name: The Foundry, Long Island City, New York, USA // event design: Diana Lin // planning: Diana Lin // florals: Ivie Joy Flowers // wedding dress: Vera Wang // bride's shoes: Christian Louboutin // bridesmaid dresses: The Wedding Library // hair stylist: Andy Tseng // makeup artist: Anny Chow // groom attire: Ephraim Wuensch // videography: A&Y Videography // calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy // catering: Real Food Catering // cake: Silk Cakes // furniture rentals: Patina Rental // linen rentals: Broadway Party Rentals // music: EV Band // officiant: Best Man - George // lighting: Universal Light and Sound // furniture rentals : Octavia & Brown // second photographer: Silvia Foz