Modern Brooklyn Wedding

Modern Weddings

We’ve never made a secret of the fact that we just adore New York weddings – especially ones in Brooklyn. Lindsey and Brett are originally from the Midwest, but fell in love with the charm of New York instantaneously and wanted their wedding day to reflect the relaxed coolness with which Brooklyn has become synonymous. I’m telling you, Chaz Cruz, Jove Meyer, and Sprout Home absolutely nailed this one.

modern Brooklyn wedding - photo by Chaz Cruz

From the bride, Lindsey: For our wedding inspiration we tried to keep things simple and inviting. We are both designers and wanted to not overwhelm ourselves with designing every detail. We are both from the Midwest and moved to New York and fell in love with it. We live in Williamsburg and love the mood and the food of restaurants like Diner, Dumont and Le Barricou. It was important to us to have our wedding in the city we call home, and we were very excited to be inviting our guest to our city and really wanted to make it feel like home for them – I think that was our main inspiration.

wedding bands - photo by Chaz Cruz

vintage inspired newlyweds - photo by Chaz Cruz

wedding first looks - photo by Chaz Cruz

wedding first looks - photo by Chaz Cruz

bridesmaid bouquets - photo by Chaz Cruz

garden rose bouquet - photo by Chaz Cruz

wedding flowers - photo by Chaz Cruz

black bridesmaids dresses - photo by Chaz Cruz

We wanted it to make our guest feel at home in the city we call home. We mainly tried to keep things as simple as possible. Throughout our wedding planning process we tried to keep as many things local and simple as we could. For the decorations we opted for simple wild looking arrangements on the tables and around the venue. I worked with a friend on coming up with the general look I wanted and then had a group help assemble the day of. We gathered our flowers from all over. We got our main flowers from the flower district an the Union Square Green Market. Then for foliage we took clippings from the Southside Community Garden, where we are members. We also bought a rosemary bush that we took clippings of to place in the napkin of our silver wear setting.

industrial wedding ceremonies - photo by Chaz Cruz

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Chaz Cruz

peach wedding bouquet - photo by Chaz Cruz

industrial wedding ceremonies - photo by Chaz Cruz

ceremony kiss - photo by Chaz Cruz

wedding recessionals - photo by Chaz Cruz

Other simple touches we had were: a polaroid guest book, name cards that we hand typed on my grandfathers typewriter. Table numbers done by a friend. And another fun activity we set out was a sketchbook from the Brooklyn library Sketchbook Project. We had everyone do a little doodle and then submitted our sketchbook to the tour.. Our welcome gift for our out of town guest, which was a neighborhood guide we created and a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery (another local favorite of ours). My personal favorite thing we did was our guest gifts. We loved the idea of all the cheesy NYC tourist gifts and wanted to create one of our own. So everyone at our wedding got a mug that said, “I went to Lindsey and Brett’s wedding and all I got was this lousy mug.”

escort cards - photo by Chaz Cruz

brooklyn wedding decor - photo by Chaz Cruz

wildflower centerpieces - photo by Chaz Cruz

modern wedding ideas - photo by Chaz Cruz

simple elegant receptions - photo by Chaz Cruz

modern wedding inspiration - photo by Chaz Cruz

modern Brooklyn wedding - photo by Chaz Cruz

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Keep it simple and outsource! As designers in a 5-month engagement we knew we could drive ourselves crazy trying to design ever detail, so we outsourced as much as we could and picked a few areas that were important for us to add our touch.

modern Brooklyn wedding - photo by Chaz Cruz

organic inspired reception - photo by Chaz Cruz

unique wedding favors - photo by Chaz Cruz

brooklyn wedding reception - photo by Chaz Cruz

first dance - photo by Chaz Cruz

modern Brooklyn wedding - photo by Chaz Cruz

modern Brooklyn wedding - photo by Chaz Cruz

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Big Ship,” Brian Eno and “You Make me Weak at the Knees,” Electrelane
Recessional: “Lorelei,” Cocteau Twins
First Dance: “With a Girl Like You,” The Troggs
Last Song: “This Must be the Place (Naive Melody),” Talking Heads

Wedding Location: New York City, NY / Photographer: Chaz Cruz / Day-of Coordination: Jove Meyer / Headpiece and Bouquet Flowers: Sprout Home / Flowers for Decorations: Union Square Green Market, NYC Flower District, Southside Community Garden / Venue: 501 Union / Wedding Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld / Groom’s Suit: Brooklyn Tailors / Caterer: Betty Brooklyn / DJ: DJ Maximum Shine / Wedding Invites: Greenwich Letterpress

  1. iris jones

    Such a lovely wedding! Congrats!

  2. Confeti en los bolsillos

    Me gusta ver una boda diferente a la q estamos ahora acostumbrados.
    Una boda que rompe un poco con el típico romanticismo que abarrotan las paginas de boda.

  3. Party Rentals Irvine {Apex Tent and Party}

    A unique and a beautiful wedding! Loved each and every details. The reception area decor is so beautifully done with lights.

  4. Camille Albrecht

    Simply lovely! You can feel the joy the bride and groom have and I just love all the color done in a simplistic way. Bravo!

  5. Jaci

    LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this! I would love to have more specific info on the location!

    • Jove Meyer

      The venue is called 501 Union, its in Gowanus Brooklyn you can check out the website –

  6. Eleni Love4Wed

    So beautiful & modern! I love the B&W photos!

  7. Opaline Pictures

    Love the details of this wedding. The bride and groom are such a good looking couple. Congrats!

  8. theresa

    Looks beautiful!! Can you tell me what kind of lights you used for the ceremony backdrop? Did you put them up yourselves?

  9. Kay

    Can you let me know what vendor made the favors? I love the mug idea. Thank you!

    • June Mango Design Boutique

      Hi Kay!

      I don’t happen to know who created these particular favors, but my design boutique, June Mango, can easily create custom favors like this. I would love to help make your big day special!

      Feel free to get in touch at


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