Spring is happening now, right? I can’t see much from my apartment window, and since I have only left my abode at night for the grocery store, I couldn’t tell you. Anyway, since spring is supposed to be here, I thought we might celebrate by checking out Max and John’s fantastic Greenpoint Loft wedding photos. I mean, if you can’t actually go to a park, you might as well see photos from a wedding with enough flowers to start their own park, no?
Meet Max & John
Let’s start this blog post with an introduction to Max and John. These two met by chance at the corner of 48th Street and 10th Avenue during Pride weekend in NYC. Max asked for directions, then completely forgot his original destination after John asked him to visit a different bar. It was meant to be, because they have been together ever since. Indeed, the proposal took place on the same exact corner: Max brought John back to the place they met in order to ask for his hand in marriage. He said ‘yes.’
Greenpoint Loft Wedding Photos
With such a ‘meet cute’ story, I could not wait to get started with Max and John’s wedding photography. The day began at the Brooklyn Bridge Hotel, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge Park. The couple got ready in the same suite, which had a sweeping view over both the park and the NYC skyline. If you have never visited the Brooklyn Bridge Park – and this was my first visit – you should know there are beautiful plants growing everywhere around the hotel. I took advantage of the lush vegetation for a few detail shots and also used the wall of plants on the patio for portraits.
One note for anyone planning to get ready at the Brooklyn Bridge Hotel, the hotel does not allow any photos in the lobby. As with most hotels in New York, this is to avoid upsetting other guests and to keep a lock on their public relations image. The hotel does allow photos in the outside patio, and this is exactly where we headed for the portraits. The hotel patio was the perfect starting point before heading into the park and over to St. Ann’s Warehouse.
The next set of photos was taken at Greenpoint Loft. Max and John wanted to have plenty of time between the portraits and the ceremony so that they could relax with friends and family. Everyone had a great time during the portrait session, which started in Greenpoint Loft. The family photos were taken on the roof, and for the bridal party photos we used the luxurious couches set up by the event planning company for a Vanity Fair-style shoot. The outside photos were taken on Milton Street, in front of a colorful graffiti mural.
If the Greenpoint Loft is the venue for your event, you have one other option for outdoor photos: the WNYC Transmitter Park at the end of Greenpoint Avenue. This park is small, but offers stunning views of the NYC skyline. There isn’t a lot of shade, but there is an interesting mural on the side of the brick building adjacent to the park. The park can get very crowded during the summer, but if you time it right, you can have the place all to yourself, as Kate and Nick did for a first look before their Greenpoint Loft wedding.
The most breathtaking detail of Max and John’s wedding was undeniably the flowers. The entrance wall to the Greenpoint Loft demands a statement piece, and this wedding provided just that. The wall was covered in beautiful flowers, when then led the eye to the altarpiece that was overflowing in blossoms. For the reception, individual tables smaller centerpieces and large displays of intricate candles.
Speaking of candles, large vases of candles lit each row of chairs during the ceremony. And while the display was beautiful, unfortunately a guest did trip over one of the candles and broke the vase as the grooms walked up to the altar. It provided a light moment and no one was hurt, but the danger was real. Having seen several long dresses nearly catch fire before the ceremony began, my personal recommendation is that you skip open flames as a decorative element.
For the reception, the event planner brought in beautiful couches and chairs. The exotic, Moroccan lounge feel created by the furniture meshed perfectly with the industrial blank landscape of the Greenpoint Loft. The place was comfortable for every guest, yet provided an escape from the every day.
The ceremony was truly touching. Max and John walked with each respective set of parents to the center of the aisle, and then embraced each other to show the merging of their families. The couple then forged their own path by walking together, hand-in-hand up the aisle and to the altar. THIS is how you start a ceremony.
One recommendation I have, and I have mentioned this in previous Jewish ceremonies featuring large chuppahs, is to find a way to light the interior of the altar area. In the case of Max and John, their altar area had no religious significance, so all the action happened just outside the altar area, allowing everything to be properly lit. But if this was a Jewish ceremony and all the action was taking place underneath, this would have been a problem because there was no additional lighting. Without an additional interior light, you are essentially saying your vows in a cave.
Cocktail Hour & Reception
After the ceremony, it was time for cocktails on the roof. Guests enjoyed both an amazing sunset and a stunning view of the Empire State Building. Next, guests headed downstairs for a rockin’ reception that included both grooms owning the dance floor.
Enjoy the photos, and next week I’ll have images from Niya’s maternity shoot and a few photo tips for expectant mothers.
- Ceremony & reception venue – Greenpoint Loft
- Event planner – Urban Art and Design, Inc.
- Caterer – JPO Concepts Inc.
- Florist – Bride & Blossom
- Cake – Luckybird Bakery (wedding cake); Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies (additional dessert)
- Guest favors – Urban Art & Design
- Grooms’ attire – Suit Supply
- Grooms’ shoes – Magnanni
- Rings – Greenwich Street Jewelers
- DJ – 74 Events
- Invitations – A Little Card Company LLC
Would you like to see more Greenpoint Loft wedding photos? Check out images from Kate and Nick’s wedding here.
Are you planning to tie the knot soon? Drop me a line and let’s talk about your photography needs.
If you would like to see more images from my portfolio, then please visit my website — KellyWilliamsPhotographer.com.