Mingie and Takeshi’s day was split in half, between a sweet and intimate backyard wedding at Frankies Spuntino and a casual reception at Fawkner with a denim outfit and a collector baseball hat. I personally love when a couple finds ways to be fully themselves, with all its contradictions and many facets. Mingie and Tak’s day was very genuine, and to me that’s what made it so beautiful.
The wedding ceremony was beautiful and included the couple’s family and Mingie’s best friend, who played the cello as the bride walked down the aisle. Followed by the ceremony was a gorgeous brunch in the garden with cheese, bread, and olive oil (the French in me LOVES this!). The bride’s sister Juju and her boyfriend did most of the work at Frankies Spuntino by gathering flowers at a Park Slope deli the day prior to the big day to make homemade flower arrangement in mismatched vases. Juju was also Mingie and Tak’s officiant.
After a little break, they all headed to Fawkner in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn for a fun reception with all their friends. Mingie and Tak changed in their evening outfits, which included a gorgeous denim cowgirl outfit for the bride with her favorite Patsy Cline’s lyrics embroidered on it. They had delicious cakes and bar finger food, as well as a sweet video retracing their lives playing in the backroom. Fawkner was filled with love for those two.
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About a month ago, I gathered a few badass ladies I know from the wedding industry and together we brought this minimalist, gem-loving industrial styled wedding shoot to life at a gorgeous loft in Red Hook, the Jupiter House.
My friends Lucie and Brian, who have been married for a few years, played the game and put on their fanciest outfits (A Huge Boss suit for him, a gorgeous backless Loulette Bride dress for her) to become bride and groom again.
I wanted this shoot to be as minimalistic as possible to focus on textures and colors. Blue agates were used as simple plate decoration, and mirrored the gems displayed all over the gorgeous loft. The flower arrangements by Liv Florally were so astonishingly beautiful that they stool out all on their own as the center of focus of the table. The warm colors of the bouquet and centerpieces contrasted with the industrial vibes of the loft, and they gave a pop of color to a rather dark set up.
Check the images below as well as the full list of vendors at the end of this blog post!
Thank you to all the amazing ladies who share their talent for this minimalist, gem-loving wedding styled shoot!
Who hasn’t dreamt of having a French wedding in a chateau? And who hasn’t dreamt of SHOOTING one? Anne-Laure and Richard trusted me to capture their special day, and boy am I glad they did. As soon as all the details were nailed down I packed my gear bag and a suitcase, I crossed the Atlantic, and off I went to witness their beautiful religious ceremony followed by an unforgettable wedding reception at the Chateau de Bois le Roi.
Anne-Laure and Richard wore their hearts on their sleeves so the day was full of very palpable emotions, and it was truly beautiful to watch all of it unfold. As someone who is more interested in the raw emotions than overly directed poses, these two were the perfect clients. They let go of everything and enjoyed the day fully with all its tears and laughters.
The chateau itself was a gorgeous setting and a treat to work in. It had the prettiest garden with statues and fountains and a great reception room that opened on an adorable courtyard. It was a perfect spot for a summer celebration.
I will never forget this beautiful French wedding at the Chateau de Bois le Roi. And who knows, maybe my pictures will inspire you to say I do in France!
PLANNING A SMALL WEDDING IN NEW-YORK AND LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT VENUE? READ ON…
It is no secret at this point that intimate weddings are my jam. I shoot dozens a year and I even had one myself, and couldn’t have been happier with my choice.
Don’t get me wrong, I love big weddings too, and I might even write a blog post about some of my favorite venues in New York to have a big raging dance party. But for now, let’s take a look at some of the best Brooklyn venues to have an intimate wedding with your loved ones.
I discovered Naturally Delicious in 2018 and I was immediately charmed by its vibe. The restaurant is very cosy and their garden, where you can hold your ceremony and cocktail hour, is absolutely adorable. You can exchange your vows among some of the herbs used in the kitchen and some wild flowers for a colorful touch. It is also located in prime Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn, so you can easily stroll around the neighborhood for some authentic Brooklyn shots in tree lined streets after your ceremony. Naturally Delicious is also a caterer, so you can hire them to make delicious farm-to-table food for your wedding elsewhere.
It is located at 487 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11231, off the Carroll Street stop on the F/G lines.
Frankie’s is a famous spot among the Brooklyn wedding world. A few blocks from Naturally Delicious, it manages to have a rustic vibe in the middle of bustling Brooklyn. Frankie’s offers two separate spaces in their backyard, so you can have your ceremony in one and your sit down dinner in the other. It has red bricks, vines, and both spaces are covered so you don’t have to worry about the rain. And since the reception area is semi-closed, you can get married in Winter as well. Which is perfect, since Frankie’s has delicious Italian comfort food. Just like Naturally Delicious, Frankie’s is tucked between a few adorable tree-tined streets for some nice portraits. And if you don’t want to night to end, there are dozens of great bars to have one (or ten) last drinks nearby.
It is located at 457 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11231, off the Carroll Street stop on the F/G lines.
MAISON-MAY: PERFECT FOR A FRENCH TOUCH IN A BROWNSTONE (80 GUESTS)
I have a soft spot for Maison-May because it’s a French restaurant with a true French vibe and delicious French food (think quiches and typical pies). As a French person myself, I feel drawn to it, and it almost feels like home over there. Maison-May has a very cute backyard as well, but its strongest asset is the gorgeous interiors. Couples can have their sit-down dinner downstairs in the cosy room with warm lights, and their dance parties upstairs on the gorgeous parlor floor. All original details from the brownstone have been preserved, so for anyone looking for authentic architecture, Maison-May is absolutely perfect.
It is located at 246 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205, off the Fulton or Classon Avenue G line.
Located on the fun part of Atlantic Avenue between cool bars, restaurants and shops (hi Sahadi’s!), Bacchus has all the charms of a French café. There is a very cute terrace out front and a gorgeous wood interior, but the strength of Bacchus lays in the back of the building. Their backyard can hold 80 people, which means couples can married under the trees with all their loved ones. It is also located in prime Cobble Hill, so taking pictures in the beautiful tree-tines streets right South of the restaurant is a treat. Their food is also delicious, so if you’re a fan of homemade pasta and tiramisu, this place is for you.
It is located at 409 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217, off the Atlantic-Barclay Center 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R, W lines (yes, all those)
Its name says it all, the Jalopy is a theater and music space. It has a vintage stage with red velvet curtains and a big skylight for some dramatic, natural light. Couples can have their ceremony on stage, so if you like the idea of being in a play for a few minutes, this is the perfect place to do it (I can totally see myself exchange my vows on that stage, and say them Hamlet-style). The venue has seen many great musicians and artists alike perform and show their work, so it truly transpires with creativity. It is located in Red Hook, an up and coming neighborhood of Brooklyn with lots of awesome industrial architecture around. And if you have time before or after your ceremony, you can take a quick cab ride to the water for some photos with the city and the Statue of Liberty.
It is located at 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 off the Smith-9th Street or Carroll Street F/G lines (but it is a bit of a walk).