“I tried to ignore traditional wedding guides and checklists,” says Monica about her nuptials to David, whom she met when they both worked in the music industry for Sony. Monica and David wanted a “cheery and fun” look and feel for their Summer wedding, so they set out to find a setting that would give them just that. “I used to explore DUMBO before it was trendy,” Monica tells Twirl New York. “I remember walking by an old warehouse and seeing this enormous carousel under construction. I was so enchanted with the idea of this decades-old carousel being restored. When I heard they were placing it in the park, I was over the moon. Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park set the tone for our big day. We had a lot of out-of-town guests, so having the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and skyline as our backdrop was phenomenal.”
Having the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and skyline as our backdrop was phenomenal.—Monica
While the famous New York City skyline served as a wondrous backdrop for their wedding, it was an it takes a village feeling of love from friends, family and last minute vendor changes that really brought this affair together. When their first venue closed down just weeks before their wedding,(where they had already placed a sizable deposit and were unable to recover the money), they scrambled to find another venue.
Luckily for Monica and David the manager at Bacchus was sympathetic to their situation and offered them an amazing deal to relocate there. The couple’s former-event-manager-turned-instant-wedding-coordinator, Tyler Lindsey, was committed to seeing things through with all the couples he had been assigned to help and Bacchus became an even better venue for them. And if the last minute venue change wasn’t bad enough, they also had a last minute cancellation from the original band they hired, but Lucky Chops brass band replaced the original band and, says the bride, “Crushed! They really brought the party to Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
I wanted to throw a party where I could enjoy every moment with our guests.
The bride let her bridesmaids choose their own bridesmaid dresses in any of the following colors: mauve, gold, blush and jade, and asked a friend to make the bouquets the women would carry. “I had no idea what it would look like until two hours before the ceremony,” remembers Monica. “But all the colors came together just right. Both the ceremony and reception were outdoors, so the setting provided a great palette for a rainbowed affair.”
Family was of utmost importance at this celebration. Sisters of the bride and groom served as matron of honor and best woman, and the couple really appreciated having them stand beside them at the ceremony. And because David’s mother passed away just months before their wedding, Monica had photo pins made for David and his immediate family. “It was a way to keep her memory close to us on our special day. We suspect that her spirit had something to do with the absolute perfect weather we had that day,” she shares.
Ceremony Venue Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Reception Venue Bacchus Brooklyn
Coordinator Tyler Lindsay, former reBar coordinator
Wedding Dress Designer Claire LaFaye
Bridal Salon Lovely Bride
Bride’s Earrings J.Crew
Groom’s Suit John Varvatos
Matron of Honor and Best Woman’s Attire BHLDN
Brass band at ceremony Lucky Chops
Bossa Nova Trio at cocktail hour Carlota & Jose Gurascier
Guest Accommodations NU Hotel
Hair Patrice Levine, Stylist extraordinaire at SOON Beauty Lab
Makeup Brittany Malenczuk