New Yorkers Bria and Nate kept things super small and intimate for their wedding, with one exception: the NYC element. Yep, the Big Apple itself played a huge part in the couple’s wedding ceremony, first look and even the decor. Red brick buildings, cobblestone streets and one ah-mazing, intricate iron bridge? This wedding’s got it all, plus some sweet DIY wedding ideas to boot. Read on to get the lowdown on this special small wedding in the Big City.
1. Superman to the Rescue: To bride Bria, her groom Nate is most definitely a “superman,” so a shot in front of this inflatable Superman on the streets of NYC was an absolute must. And in terms of outfits, we must say that Nate channels that Clark-Kent style perfectly with the sharp suit and polka-dot tie.
2. Matching Maids: Bria wanted a quintessential New York experience for her guests, especially her bridesmaids. That included pampering at DryBar in Tribeca and Pucker makeup studio in Soho. How adorable are those comfy pajama sets? Looking New York pretty, ladies!
3. Sweet City Ceremony: Talk about a dreamy ceremony. Nate and Bria got hitched on top of the Granite Prospect steps in Brooklyn Bridge Park with the Manhattan Skyline providing the dramatic backdrop. And with a location this stunning, you don’t need a ton of extras.
4. Bubble Trouble: The one ceremony extra that was totally worth it? Bubbles! They’re a little more fun and floaty than throwing rice, after all. Post-ceremony, Bria and Nate made their escape to their reception location in the most New York way possible: They took the ferry from Brooklyn to Manhattan and then hailed cab to Little Italy.
5. Table for 20: With a guest list of just 20, the private and cozy (and oh-so delicious) reception was held in the intimate loft-like space of The Kitchen Table. Guests sipped on New York beers and wines while the chef cooked up Long Island sea bass and other inspired dishes chock-full of local ingredients. Can you say “yum”?
6. Personal Touches: Keeping with the New York theme, the cake topper honors Nate and Bria’s move from Arizona (where they first met) to the city. Bria made the cupcake flags by wrapping stickers from Minted around fun patterned straws. And instead of a traditional guest book, the couple collected guests’ signatures on Jenga blocks. Now game night will bring back such sweet memories!
7. Photo Tree: The biggest talking point of the night? This photo tree that Bria put together herself using photos that she printed from Social Print Studio. She made sure to include a photo of each of the guests, and then pinned them to a rustic twig arrangement using teeny tiny clothes pins. Guests had a blast trying to find themselves in the photos.
8. Wedding White Accents: Nate put his Photoshop skills to work by designing a clean, crisp menu for each guests’ place setting. To complete the table decor, Bria hung simple white “his” and “hers” arrow signs across the backs of her and Nate’s chairs. And the plain white porcelain plates provided the perfect backdrop for the scrumptious meal.
9. First Look Magic: The best part of Bria’s big day, though? It was definitely the couple’s first look before the ceremony on the streets of New York. “Like many brides, I was overwhelmed with emotions that day,” said Bria. “But seeing Nate after a night away from him was such a relief and from then on I couldn’t stop smiling. I couldn’t wait to marry him.” A sweet bride, a super groom and one stunning bridge? That’s one New York night to remember.
Congrats, Bria and Nate!
Photography: Stylish and Hip Weddings, Jenny MacFarlane
Wedding Coordinator: Anthony Zaccone, ADZ Events
Caterer: Linda Sarris, The Cheeky Chef
Cake: Baked in Red Hook, Brooklyn
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