In terms of wedding venues, New York’s Wythe Hotel never disappoints – that’s just a fact. It’s the perfect home for modern events with just the right touch of vintage nostalgia, as you’ll see in this styled shoot from Events by Melissa McNeeley, Tom Borgese, and Amber Gress. How fantastic is the indigo and gold painted wedding cake?
From the event designer, Melissa of Events by Melissa McNeeley: The idea for this styled shoot was to show that you can put have a small wedding (under 40 guests) in one of their private lofts (ceremony on the terrace, cocktails in the hotel room/loft, followed my dinner and dancing in the Wythe’s smaller private dining room) and still have all the special and luxe elements of a larger wedding – maybe more so since you can put more of your budget toward decor items and have really good food since you’re feeding less people!
I was inspired by one of my favorite stores, The End of History, which carries tons of mid century glass and ceramics. I am amazed that this store exists and is full of so much beauty right in the middle of the west village. They were kind enough to loan me items for the bar and dinner and what I chose worked really nicely with my violet, navy and gold palette. We painted vintage poetry books as place cards, used vintage mid-century tea towels (from eBay) as napkins and vintage furniture from Patina. I felt that something “outer space-ish” fit in with the mid-century feel, especially with such and imaginary outer space print that I found on eBay. There is something sort of wholesome and fun and vintage yet totally modern about it and plus those colors are so flattering as a backdrop!
I wanted it to feel fun and alive so we had an amazing DJ and really wonderful Cellist for the ceremony and cocktail hour. My only complaint is that the day went too fast. We had such a great time shooting this and there was an endless supply of great music that I didn’t want it to end!
Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: Amber Gress / Event Design and Styling: Events by Melissa McNeeley / Florist: Tom Borgese / Venue: Wythe Hotel / Wedding Dress: “The Lovely One” via Lovely Bride / Makeup: Jessa Blades of Blades Natural Beauty / Groom and Best Man’s Suits and Accessories: Against Nature / Catering and Wedding Cake: Reynard (The Wythe’s caterer) / Vintage Furniture, Props and Television: Patina Rentals / Mid Century Glass and Ceramics for bar and dining tables: The End of History / Poetry Book Place Cards: painted by Tiny Victory Designs / DJ: TJ Ryan of Mister Saturday Night / Cellist: Andrew Carter (carter.sounds @ gmail.com) / Wedding Invitations and Change of Address Cards: Alix Sorrell / Models: Melissa McNeeley’s good looking friends