Heather and Brian’s Speakeasy-Style Industrial Wedding
By Shannen Hofheimer | Photography by Zorz Studios
Everything about Heather and Brian's special day exudes an “effortless cool” in the best way possible. Their stunning wedding photos, taken by the talented Zorz Studios, dramatically and artistically depict every memorable facet of their celebration, from the vintage, speakeasy-inspired decor of Brooklyn‘s Green Building, to passionate tears flowing during the ceremony to friends and loved ones tearing it up on the dance floor. For this gorgeous couple, their wedding day was infused with both sentimentality, fierce celebration and everything in between.
The Love Story
Often, all it takes is one initial meeting for the spark of true love to be ignited. For years, Heather and Brian both worked for an insurance company in the same building but never crossed paths, partly due to the fact that Brian worked as an outside rep and didn't frequent the office. However, after meeting each other at a company-sponsored event, they found that their love was meant-to-be and quickly became inseparable.
Heather and Brian fell in love with The Green Building for their venue as easily as they fell in love with each other. Previously a brass foundry, this Brooklyn-favorite venue boasts brick walls, exposed beam ceilings and gold chandeliers, giving the interior a vintage, urban flair. The back speakeasy room is decorated with red velvet curtains to complete the building's old-timey, intimate vibe, which the couple embraced and ran with.
The lovebirds exchanged vows in front of a beautiful high brick wall under a stunningly lit chandelier before their loved ones and friends. “The rabbi read our vows, which expressed why we wanted to marry each other,” Heather tells us. “The touching vows Brian wrote brought me to tears. My favorite part during the ceremony was when Brian reached over to wipe my tears away,” the bride reminisces. “I am Jewish and Brian is Protestant, so we decided to fuse our backgrounds by incorporating an Irish hand-fasting and a stomping of the glass — both beautiful traditions and incredibly sentimental.”
Heather got ready with her beautiful bridesmaids at The Wythe Hotel, featuring a staircase that led to a private terrace and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that exposed Manhattan's skyline. For the ceremony, Heather looked stunning in a gorgeous lace mermaid-style gown which she unearthed at The Bridal Garden, a not-for-profit bridal boutique in New York City that gives all proceeds to fund education for disadvantaged children. “It was awesome to know my purchase went to such a terrific cause! I bought it off the rack and it fit me almost perfectly,” Heather gushes.
Heather and Brian did a fantastic job of incorporating vintage decor and personal, sentimental touches into their special day. Keeping their decor classy and simple with hues of white and gold, the couple decorated the venue with old photos of family, postcards for to guests write loving messages and vintage valises and books. Paying homage to the speakeasy theme, guests got to take home little bottles of whiskey.
Brian gifted Heather a locket containing a picture of she and her mother, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago and was physically unable to attend the wedding. This was extremely difficult for the bride, but the support, understanding and love of her new husband allowed her to persevere and enjoy the day.
Despite the skies opening up, the couple and their guests had a fabulous time capturing incredible moments in the pouring rain on Jane's Carousel and breaking out their most impressive moves on the dance floor. “After the dinner, dancing and cake, we ended with a food truck by Wafels & Dinges, which was a huge hit,” the happy couple tells us. Nothing calls for celebration like breakfast at night!
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