Cynthia & Kyle’s Prospect Park Wedding!

This past Saturday was a beautiful summer day for an outdoor wedding at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. This extravagant mansion was built in 1900 by Manhattan architect William B. Tubby, and was the perfect backdrop for Cynthia and Kyle’s wedding.

The wedding began with the ceremony located in the garden area next to the venue. The bride looked beautiful in her white gown with gorgeous lace details.

Cocktail hour included passed hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails catered by Sips & Bites. Guests also had the opportunity to write a special message in Cynthia and Kyle’s custom photo guest book.

After cocktail hour, food trucks from Domo Taco and Milk arrived as dinner options for the guests. Domo Taco offered Asian inspired Mexican cuisine, while Milk offered gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni and cheese.

The dinner tables were decorated with mason jars filled with white summer flowers, votive candles and white rose petals sprinkled about. Each place setting included a personalized package of seeds placed on a blue linen napkin for each guest.

To create even more ambiance, white paper lanterns were hung throughout the tent.

After dinner the party moved inside to the dance floor where the bride and groom shared their first dance. The dance area was decorated with fairy lights, votive candles and rose petals sprinkled across the mantles.

After dancing it was time to cut the cake! The couple opted for two cakes; one that was white with magnolia flowers, and one that was an ombre blue with a custom bobblehead cake topper that resembled the couple.

After the cake cutting, the couple and their guests danced the night away!

The KBNY team loved helping make Cynthia and Kyle’s wedding a night to remember!

Beer: Brooklyn Beer & Soda
Catering: Sips & Bites, Domo Taco Truck, The Milk Truck
Cake: Whole Foods
Florist: Elan Flowers
Hair: Foster Glorioso
Officiant: Shannon Van Loon
Photographer: Joshua D’Hondt
Staff: Staffing 911
Tent: ACE Party Rentals
Venue: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, Brooklyn
Wine: Astor Wines

Written by Emily Grosser, Intern. 
KBNY team: Karen Brown, George Martino, Event Manager, Rene Beight, Day-of Assistant and Emily Grosser, Intern

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Get to know a Wedding Client: Betty & David

For some, their wedding day is one of the most important days they’ll experience. The process of planning for a wedding allows us to really get to know a client and understand the vision they have for their special day. We had a great time working with Betty and David, and making their Brooklyn wedding a day to remember! It was an indoor wedding at an artsy venue with a rooftop that allowed for gorgeous photos with the Brooklyn Bridge as the backdrop! We are happy to share their story with you.

How did you two meet?

Betty: The short story is that we met through a mutual friend, Mike. This is the long story: David was at UMass Amherst and I was at NYU. It was winter break of our freshman year of college, and since David had nothing to do he spontaneously hopped on a bus to visit his good friend Mike from high school, who was also attending NYU at the time. Mike told me his friend Dave was in town and I could be the NY tour guide. We instantly hit it off when we met, and the rest is history. We’re now together for a total of ten years. It was a long distance relationship for the first five years, where we became regulars of Fung Wah Bus, Peter Pan Bus, Greyhound, and all the other bus companies that run between New York and Boston. We do miss Fung Wah. Lots of memories.

Tell us about the proposal.

Betty: The Saturday two weeks before Christmas, David took me to our favorite steakhouse in Midtown. I was not in a good mood that day, so I didn’t really enjoy dinner. As we were walking through the park where he first asked me out, he pulled out the engagement ring. I was completely surprised and also impressed that he found a ring that I liked! That park, in Chinatown, was under construction then and I remembered rats jumping over the construction materials as he proposed. He didn’t plan the rats.

Why did you decide to hire a wedding planner and why did you choose Karen Brown New York to help plan your special day?

Betty: David and I had been engaged for two years, but there was no rush to get married. I also had an extremely demanding job and thought that having a planner will help me get organized. Karen helped me with so much, from choosing the venue to the right shoes to wear! I really liked that she kept me on schedule and reminded me about certain deadlines.

Were there any hurdles that had to be overcome during the planning process?

Betty: Several months after we started planning the wedding, I accepted a job in Boston and moved there immediately. The hardest part was planning this long distance, but since we hired Karen it really wasn’t an issue since we were in constant communication and met up on the weekends I was in town.

What was the most important aspect of your wedding?

Betty: The most important aspect of our wedding was probably the food and casual atmosphere. We didn’t want a fancy wedding, just a party where our friends and family could have fun. The food was the most important, because we’ve been to too many weddings where the food was mediocre. We actually chose the venue because of its great food and casual bar environment.

What is most memorable about your wedding day?

Betty: I think it was getting married at the altar. I didn’t think I would get emotional, but I did. And so did David! It was probably one of the most exciting and happiest day of my life.

Do you have a favorite photo from your wedding day that you would like to share?

Betty: Now there’s quite a story when it comes to our wedding photography! Karen seriously saved the day when our original photographer couldn’t show up at our wedding. Karen’s crisis management skills were incredible. We would have had to make do with someone’s iPhone pics if it weren’t for her finding another photographer at the last minute. We couldn’t have been more grateful for having her as our planner that day. She took care of that amazingly well: the original photographer called her the night before explaining he was stuck in another country and couldn’t come, Karen then immediately contacted another photographer, who was thankfully available, and booked her that same night. She handled the crisis before she told me on the morning of the wedding so that I didn’t have one more thing to worry about.

You can visit our Facebook page to see more of their wedding pictures!

Lina Jang Photography

Lina Jang Photography

5% Goes to ASPCA!

After working with my clients Betty & David to plan their Brooklyn wedding at reBar on April 14 , they chose ASPCA for their 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” While there are SPCAs and humane societies all over the country, the ASPCA is not directly affiliated with them. However, the ASPCA works nationally to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with many shelters across the country.”

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