Long Island City’s Metropolitan Building is always an absolute stunner of a venue, but it’s even more stunning to see how couples come in and make it their own each time. Marisa and Chris put their own vintage-inspired spin on the wedding reception, which included mercury glass centerpieces and votive holders, with modern touches to keep it all current as captured by Amber Gress.
From the bride, Marisa: Honestly, we didn’t have a ‘vision’, we just wanted a wedding that felt true to us and our collective style. The venue really helped shape everything…. the second we walked into the Metropolitan Building, we knew that was where we wanted to get married; it just felt right. Everything else came together around that.
Our wedding was classic with a vintage feel. We didn’t have a theme or color scheme really. Chris designed the invites, programs and escort cards and I helped [a little :)] so that was fun. We also were able to select furniture from the venue to place throughout the room, which was really cool… luckily I have great friends with excellent taste who helped scour through their massive vintage furniture pieces to choose the right ones! Garrett was super resourceful and rescued some beautiful flowers that were going to be thrown away… they were the perfect colors so we were able to use them!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Choose vendors whose work you admire and who you trust, that is what truly makes it easier. And remember to take a step back and enjoy as many moments as you can… for the most part it should be a fun experience and if everything isn’t absolutely perfect, it’s OK, you are probably the only one who will notice!
Bridal Party Processional: String Version of “Wild Horses,” Rolling Stones
Bride’s Processional: String Version of “Never Tear Us Apart,” INXS
Recessional: “Is This Love,” Bob Marley
First Dance: “Never Tear Us Apart,” INXS
Wedding Location: Queens, NY / Photographer: Amber Gress / Flowers and Event Design: Garret Mastrogiovanni / Wedding Venue: Metropolitan Building / Wedding Dress: Dress: Monique Lhuillier via The Plumed Serpent Bridal / Veil: Bride’s mother / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridal Accessories: Hushed Commotion / Hair: Styles on B / Makeup: Jessa Blades / Bridesmaid’s Dress: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt / Wedding Caterer: Betty Brooklyn / Wedding Cake: Erin Kanagy-Loux / DJ: Michael Cumella / Rentals: Patina Vintage Rentals and Broadway Party Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Groom / Videographer: Love+Brain Films