Take two crafty college sweethearts with an appreciation of their surroundings and what do you get? A love story where slow and steady wins the race. So was the situation for Elana and Amit, who were married blocks from their Brooklyn apartment, after dating 14 years (they were, after all, college sweethearts, who met freshman year at New York University). “We both fell in love with New York before we fell in love with each other. Since we met our freshman year at New York University, it felt like our relationship to the city and each other grew in tandem. They’re sort of inseparable,” Elana tells Twirl New York.
Both the bride and groom work at Etsy, so design elements and execution were important to them. Using their location for inspiration, they designed wedding elements with the park and Boathouse in mind. From the handmade paper peonies on each invitation to the programs that referenced the Boathouse’s Audubon legacy to the coaster favors, which also served as place cards, not one detail went undone.
Many personal touches (and relationships) were infused into the ceremony. The traditional Jewish Seven Blessings were each interpreted and read by a family member, and in lieu of a flower girl, the couple’s dog Teddy, was escorted down the aisle by the bride’s brother. Poppies & Posies created a modern floral chuppah and guests used parasols and paper fans to keep cool under the summer sun.
The celebration continued with a family-style luncheon at a single long banquet table, which created a relaxed garden party vibe. Highlights of the reception included gorgeous peony centerpieces and garlands, and everyone enjoyed the music from Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra.
Because the couple loves a good dessert, they couldn’t choose just one for their guests. Instead, a spread of cakes and cookies from their favorite local vendors including One Girl Cookies, Four & Twenty Blackbirds and BklynLarder was offered for degustation.
“There was something so special about having our friends and family together, around us on that day to celebrate and support our love,” Elana adds. “It was an incredibly memorable milestone on our path together.”
Event Designer Melangerie
Day-of Event Planner Just About Married
Venue Prospect Park Boathouse
Floral Design Poppies & Posies
Wedding Dress Designer Nicole Miller
Bridal Salon Lovely
Bride’s necklace Heirloom from bride’s paternal grandmother
Catering Moveable Feast
Bakers for desserts One Girl Cookies
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Music Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra
Groom’s Attire Custom Suit from Freeman’s Sporting Club
Hair Jackie Schneider Beauty
Makeup Jessa Blades
Favors letterpress floral coasters from Sesame Letterpress