While the calendars may say it’s officially Spring, you would never know it by looking outside in our part of the woods! While we’re ready for warmer weather, we’re still relishing keeping nice and cozy indoors. This wedding reminds us of all the good elements of winter — keeping warm with good food, good friends, and good music. Christian and Natasha have a venue to die for, and Natasha plucked the perfect vintage wedding gown for her jazz-infused wedding celebration. Don’t miss all photos in the gallery!
From the bride, Natasha: Our wedding was on February 21st, during the snowiest winter I can remember. Our wedding style was a little all over the place. We’re romantics and pretty creative, so we had a lot of ideas, but little direction. We just wanted to streamline everything so there were fewer details to miss, but still add some personal touches.
We had originally planned a simple, intimate, restaurant wedding, but when we couldn’t keep the guest list under 100, we had to expand to a bigger, more traditional wedding. Our theme was mostly about our love for music and our love for all things “old” or “vintage.” We wanted it to be fun and personal but still beautiful and special. Also, since it was in the dead of winter I wanted something casual and warm and not so formal in case our guests had to travel in bad weather. We decided to try our best to express all these same things in a larger space. We were so lucky to stumble on the Green Building in Brooklyn, NY. It was the perfect embodiment of the ‘casual, warm, beautiful, old’ we were looking for. After that, everything else kind of fell into place.
I chose the colors blue and gold from an inspiration board I saw once that had ice blue fabrics against gold embellishments. I thought it was stunning but I didn’t want my friends to be too uniform or bridesmaid-y. So they wore whatever dress they wanted, in any shade of blue. My husband wore a grey suit, so we asked the groomsmen to wear whatever they wanted in shades of grey.
I bought my sample Angel Sanchez gown at The Bridal Garden, NY. It was the only wedding dress I tried where I didn’t feel like I was wearing a costume. It was damaged and off color when we purchased it. Since it’s an older dress, there was little chance of finding it anywhere else. I was completely smitten by the layered lace and I took a chance and bought it anyway. A family friend repaired the damages. My veil came from the hat my mother wore for her wedding. Christian’s suit was bought before anything else; it was a black and white tweed.
To try and keep the restaurant feel, we set up the space into rows of square cocktail tables. We had the ceremony right where the tables were and afterwards served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, instead of a sit-down dinner. The biggest hit was a photo booth we set up with props. When guests weren’t dancing or eating they were posing for photos, which we used as our guestbook and favors. For family and friends who couldn’t attend, Christian streamed our wedding and blasted the link online.
Thankfully, we’re surrounded by the most amazing, creative people. The rest of the wedding details were gifts from friends. Our band and DJ consisted of our brilliant, musician friends. The caterer, another family friend, worked with us to make a cocktail menu that included soups and other cold-weather goodies. Our cake and cupcakes were a gift from a friend who has a baking business. Lastly, our amazing florist/friend magically combined 150 paper, sheet-music flowers, I had been collecting for six months, with fresh flower arrangements, on 2 weeks’ notice. In the end, with the help of friends and family, all of our loose ends came together perfectly.
Wedding Vendors (New York):
Ceremony and reception venue: The Green Building on Union, NY / Wedding Photography: Brookelyn Photography and Lev Kuperman / Photobooth: We Love Photobooths / Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez / Groom: Nom de Guerre / Jewelry: J. Crew / Makeup: Jessica Rodriguez / Florist: Ambiente Florist, NY / Catering: 4J’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Jossie Pacheco Cakes / Wedding invitations: Two Yellow Shoes