Photos by:

Amber Gress

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.

long island city wedding - photo 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.

bride getting ready - photo by Amber Gress -

bride getting ready - photo by Amber Gress

crystal wedding shoes - photo by Amber Gress -

romantic boutonnieres - photo by Amber Gress -

glam wedding details - photo by Amber Gress

bride getting ready - photo by Amber Gress -

red wedding bouquet - photo by Amber Gress -
Bouquet recipe: Peonies, Anemones, Dutch Hydrangeas, Lambs Ear… plus a mix of lots of other beautiful florals.

metropolitan building ceremony - photo by Amber Gress -

tassel garlands - photo by Amber Gress

sophisticated wedding ceremony - photo by Amber Gress -

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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!

white escort cards - photo by Amber Gress -

hanging seating charts - photo by Amber Gress

indoor wedding reception - photo by Amber Gress -

sophisticated wedding reception - photo by Amber Gress -

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!

purple reception centerpieces - photo by Amber Gress -

family style reception - photo by Amber Gress

sophisticated wedding reception - photo by Amber Gress -

three tier wedding cake - photo by Amber Gress -

new york weddings - photo by Amber Gress

wedding entertainment - photo by Amber Gress -

sophisticated reception - photo by Amber Gress

cake cutting - photo by Amber Gress -

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Wedding Music:
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

  • Love the Bride’s shoes! The wedding venue is gorgeous as well!

  • Always love being featured on your beautiful blog!!


  • That’s great! Thank you for inspiring me so deeply. I am wedding planner in Tuscany, Italy and vintage is one of my favorite style. Vintage is different in any country and even in any region, but I think that the details of this weddings and the way in which they have been put together are simply wonderful.

  • ADORE the artsy feel of this wedding. It’s playful meets sophisticated.

  • bonus points for that vintage DJ!

  • Love the fur shoulder cape, and the grammerphone DJ, brilliant!! and those shoes. THOSE.SHOES. What a gorgeous and very vintage wedding. Congrats Marisa and Chris, this looks amazing. x

  • The special touches that were interwoven in the elements of this wedding really made this celebration stand out!