Industrial meets elegant in this New York City wedding photographed by Levi Stolove Photography. The couple showed their love not only for each other, but for literature, too, by incorporating classic books, library cards and a typewriter into the decor amongst the fresh floral design, hanging lights and gorgeous green ivy.
From the bride, Adriana: Alex and I both loved the character of the Foundry… the brick, the arches, the ivy growing on the outside. We wanted to have small details, pops of color, etc. that would compliment the colors and structure of the venue. We also wanted our wedding to feel small and intimate.
We actually didn’t have a theme when we started out, but one did develop organically. Alex and I met while working at a bookstore, so books and the written word wound up making its way into many elements of our wedding. We used classic book titles in place of table numbers, library book check-out cards in place of guest cards, and a typewriter in place of a guestbook. We created a cards for guests saying that we had donated to charity in lieu of a favor, but on each card I selected a line of poetry from several of my favorite poems for each guest. It felt really special to be able to share some of my favorite words with my guests. Not related to theme but equally special was that my husband Alex designed our wedding invitation, including original artwork (we reused the artwork he made again on the menu card we made for guests).
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Having great vendors is key. For the most part, our vendors had a command over the planning, put us at ease, and made sure the day went off smoothly. Before we had settled on our vendors, we did spoke with some who seemed disorganized . You don’t want to have to worry a week before the wedding whether a vendor knows your vision and what to do. Another thing that I’m sure everyone says but that is really important is not to lose sight of the big picture, what the day is really supposed to be about. One night a week before the wedding I was nervous about all the small details coming together, and Alex and I took a walk to a spot in our neighborhood that has a view of the Queensboro Bridge (which is right near the Foundry). We took a deep breath, reoriented our thinking, and decided to relax and enjoy this moment in our lives.
Reception Entrance: “Dreams,” Passion Pit (remix)
First Dance: “Unthinkable,” Alicia Keyes
Wedding location: New York, NY / Photographer: Levi Stolove Photography / Wedding Venue: The Foundry / Event Planning: Jose Rolon Events / Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Wedding Caterer: DISH Food & Events / Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar / DJ: Scratch DJ