I can’t blame you if you’ve never heard of the Brooklyn wedding venue, Deity. The venue is in fact a former synagogue and aside from the name outside the door, you would never know that inside is one of New York City’s best wedding venue secrets. In today’s blog post, I’ll share with you everything you need to know about the venue and of course, Christine and Nigel‘s beautiful Deity wedding photos.
Meet Christine and Nigel
So let’s of course begin by getting to know the couple, Christine and Nigel. You might remember Christine from her epic family portrait session in the Poconos. Her family has got to be one of the most photogenic group of people I have ever had jump in front of my camera. I so enjoyed photographing the entire clan, and it was fantastic to get the band back together again, so to speak, for Christine‘s big day.
Christine and Nigel met a few years ago while working together. As their family joked during the speeches, everyone else around them always knew that they were perfect for each other. It just took Christine and Nigel a few years to finally realize that fact. The slow roll of their romantic relationship equally carried over to the proposal. While at dinner on the beach in Tulum, Mexico, Nigel asked Christine to marry him.
Deity Wedding Venue Details
Christine and Nigel are a sophisticated, unique pair, so of course their wedding venue had to reflect their own taste. Deity certainly fits the bill. The venue is spread across four levels, plus a roof deck for photos. While going up and down the stairs is certainly not for the faint of heart, the distinctiveness of each room is worth the trek.
Getting Ready in the Bridal Suite
We began the day in the bridal suite. The spacious room includes some very original furniture. Best of all it has a wonderful terrace with lots of natural light. There is also a brick wall and curtains separating the kitchen from the main space. Both of these served as fantastic backdrops for our family photos.
First Look on the Roof
The first look took place on the roof. This was also where I took family portraits of Christine and Nigel with her son. While there is quite a bit of industrial infrastructure up on the roof, the space has great views over downtown Brooklyn. There is also a side lounge patio which could be good for photos.
Deity Wedding Photos – Bride and Groom Portraits
For Christine and Nigel’s portraits, the roof was more than sufficient. If you would like to venture further a field, however, you’re in a bit of a tight spot. Deity is centrally located in the heart of the Boerum Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn. However, there aren’t any other typical photo locations nearby. Pacific Street, located just behind Deity, is a lovely, tree-lined neighborhood with lots of brownstones. This street would be great for photos, but otherwise it would be a tough commute to the nearest park, Fort Greene Park. Your best bet is to use the different spaces offered within Deity for all of your portrait needs.
With all of the portraits complete, it was time for the bride to walk down the aisle. The ceremony was very touching, and Christine’s father gave some great words of wisdom.
The space used for the ceremony is also the space used for the main dining area. Cocktail hour is held one floor below in the bar and guests need to go up and down the stairs to get to each event.
The Cocktail Hour
The lounge area used for the cocktail hour is quite eye-catching. In the center of the room is a large faux tree that is the focal point of the room. The space is quite dark, so you’ve been warned ahead of time.
The evening ended with a bang in the basement. The cellar of Deity is party central for the venue and this is where the dancing and cake cutting occurs. It’s quite a cozy little space, with some fun Brooklyn-centric signage. The niche in the front of the room has a large mirror which is great for photos. As with the room for the cocktail hour, the reception room is quite dark. I brought an extra light on a light stand with me and it was helpful.
Christine and Nigel had a great wedding, and I know all of their guests enjoyed themselves. I can’t wait to see what Christine’s family comes up with next for me to photograph. Enjoy the images, and I’ll have more photo adventures for you next week!
- Ceremony & reception venue – Deity Events
- Bride’s hair stylist – Jenise Ariane Studio
- Couple’s attire – David’s Bridal
- Rings – David Yurman
- Florist – Flowers by Richard
- Cake – City Cakes
- Guest favors – customized tea, Etsy
- Invitation – Paperless Post
Getting married soon? Looking to create your own set of Deity wedding photos? Drop me a line, and let’s chat about your photography needs.
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