From the getting ready photos at the William Vale Hotel to the industrial ambiance of the Williamsburg waterfront, Danielle and Jon’s wedding at 26 Bridge had everything Brooklyn brides adore. Are you starting to plan your own hipster wedding? Then follow along in today’s blog for all the 26 Bridge wedding details.
The day started at the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. If you’re not familiar with the hotel and you are in the Brooklyn area, then you definitely should stop by and have a drink at the bar. (Better yet, check out photos from Niya and Gladimir’s elopement in their hotel room at the William Vale.) The boutique hotel is located across from the Wythe Hotel, and is a fantastic venue because of every room has a stunning view to the New York City skyline. Danielle and all of her bridesmaids got ready at the hotel, and while the room was a bit tight, it didn’t matter because of the wraparound terrace with stunning views of the city. Lots of windows equal lots of natural light in every room, and the bridal suite was the perfect spot to take care of hair and makeup. Even though the day looked like it was threatening to rain, the clouds added a unique dimension to Danielle‘s wedding day and we lucked out with no showers in sight.
Danielle had a unique vision for her wedding day: colorful flowers and natural greenery meets industrial chic. From the flower crowns in the little flower girls’ hair, to the beautiful boutonnieres and the floral branches used over the altar in the ceremony, the natural elements add a nice balance to the former metal factory frame of 26 Bridge. 26 Bridge is a rather barren venue space that you can completely transform into whatever you want – that’s the beauty of the space. Danielle did that and more with hanging flower wreaths that brought the eye up to the ceiling and complemented the bare brickwork of the venue. From a photography standpoint, you should know that the light in 26 Bridge is very dim. There are no windows, save the skylights up above, and especially on overcast days 26 Bridge basically morphs into a giant cave. My recommendation is that you consider adding additional light sources such as string lights overhead, as Danielle did, or uplighting around the sides of the venue.
In comparison, the lights were turned up for the ceremony and since it was earlier in the day we benefited from natural light coming in through the skylights. As a result, I did not need to use flash during the ceremony itself. One other quick note about the ceremony: I want to complement Danielle’s use of the floor to ceiling gauze curtain separating the ceremony space from the cocktail hour space. This was an elegant way to separate the two spaces, plus it was like cutting through a cloud as I photographed Danielle and Jon saying their vows from the other side of the curtain.
Speaking of the ceremony, Jon and Danielle’s you should know that it was officiated by none other than Mama Donna. Mama Donna calls herself an ‘urban shaman’ and she was great. During the ceremony she blessed the couple and Danielle and Jon then lit a candle to signify two souls becoming one.
One of my favorite aspects to this wedding was the choice of Pies and Thighs as the caterer. In my humble opinion, their fried chicken and spicy mac & cheese can’t be beat. Plus, they served their famous oversize biscuits that were a sight for sore eyes after a long day of taking photographs. In true Brooklyn fashion, the guest favors were tiny little succulents in pails, and while the wedding cake was from Momofuku Bakery, you can be sure there was also pie at the dessert table.
Finally, I want to make special note of the fact that Danielle and Jon‘s wedding was a joint birthday celebration for Jon’s 100-year-old grandmother, Bertha. After the cake cutting, Danielle and Jon bestowed a huge bouquet of flowers and a cake to Bertha. What a wonderful way to share a celebration and to wish her the best birthday ever.
This day would not of been possible without the organization and creativity of Hold Your Hand Events, who were the event planners for this 26 Bridge wedding. This will be, I believe, the sixth wedding we’ve done together. Here’s to many more!
Ceremony and reception venue: 26 Bridge
‘Getting ready’ hotel: The William Vale Hotel
Officiant: Donna Henes (‘Mama Donna’)
Caterer: Pies n’ Thighs
Event Planner: Hold Your Hand Events
Bridesmaids dresses: Hayley Paige
Hair and makeup: Glam Squad
Florist: Rosehip Social
Wedding cake: Momofuku Bakery
Alcohol: Michael Towne Wines & Spirits
Lighting: Universal Lighting & Sound
DJ: Phi Unit
Valet: Elite Parking & Hospitality
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