Laura & Jake’s Pioneer Works Wedding!

Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn was once the largest machine manufacturers in America back in 1866. Today the space has been transformed and reimagined into a gallery space used for performance art and exhibitions. It also doubles as an amazing backdrop for a wedding and our client chose this magical space to tie the knot amongst their beloved family and friends.

The day began around noon for the Karen Brown New York team where we joined together with the bride and her friends to begin adding personal touches to the space. What began with just art on the walls quickly transformed into a room filled with fresh wild flowers, tables covered in festive saris, bright colorful linen napkins and DIY decorations that were made with love by the bride’s mother and sister. Did I mention there was also a pinata!


As the finishing touches were being added, Pioneer Works began to come alive with the sweet musical stylings of steel drummer Val Lewis as he played into the sunset while the guests began to take their seats for the ceremony.

The chuppa then made its way down the aisle and was carried by four of the couple’s friends, with Jake and his best man following behind. Our bride Laura was happily waiting in the wings with her father on her arm. Adorned in her mother’s wedding dress and a custom made veil, they began walking down the aisle while the guitarists strummed “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.


The ring bearer was a fun surprise for the guests; a picture of their cat on a remote control car!

Once the ceremony was complete and Laura and Jake were pronounced husband and wife, we got the party started! With our friends from Night Kitchen cooking in the backyard, the aroma of their tantalizing food took over Red Hook. Tables were wrapped in butchers paper and covered in family style cuisine. From jumbo shrimp to mini pizzas, the guests began to mingle and indulge on light bites while congratulating the happy couple on their nuptials.


Once the sun began to set, the room lit up with the glow of candlelight throughout the space and warm uplighting provided by our friends from Pegasus Productions.


Next up was the amazing dinner and drinks and dancing….Oh My!!!  Continuing with the family style theme, the Night Kitchen servers began to emerge with platters full of delicious, rustic food. Guests were delighted with chicken and steak with basmati rice and fresh vegetables.


It was then time for a toast and limoncello, followed by cake!

The bride kicked off the dancing by breaking into a custom made pinata that exploded confetti and candy in the air for everyone.

The guests all took to the dance floor and once again celebrated the newlyweds into the wee hours of the night. Congratulations Laura and Jake!  We wish you lifetime of happiness!

You can read about the couple in the New York Times.

Beer: Six Point Brewery
Cake: Kathryn Yang
Catering: Night Kitchen
DJ: Shawn Regruto, Nathan Corbin, Leah Giblin
Florist: Maguerite Wade & Whole Foods Columbus Circle
Limoncello: Astor Wines
Pies: Steve’s AUTHENTIC
Music Val Lewis (steel drum), Joachim Kearns and Ezra Feinberg (guitarists)
Officiant: Sam Waymon
Photographer: Herb Bardavid
Tech: James Clark
Videographer: Nelson Walker III
Venue: Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Wine: Chamber Street Wine

Written by George Martino, Event Manager. 
KBNY team: Kathryn Moise, Event Manager and Rene Beight, Day-of Assistant