Rebecca and Josh were married on August 5th, with a ceremony and reception at the Brooklyn Winery.
On the day of the wedding, Rebecca got ready at the Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, near their home, where Josh got ready. That way, we were able to use the balcony connected to the hotel room for a unique first look that turned out amazingly.
From there, we headed out into the neighborhood, surrounded by the smell of pastrami from Katz’ Delicatessen, the mecca of meat on Houston Street. We got some pictures out front and, of course, next to their dumpsters before we hopped on a bus to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for the ceremony itself.
The venue, Brooklyn Winery, is an artisanal, urban winery that sources from New York State and Sonoma in California. The guests were all seated in the area that, during harvest, is filled with barrels and tanks, grapes and wine equipment—all of which had to be cleared out to make room for the wedding. It looked absolutely stunning, especially with beautiful weather outside casting the perfect soft light on the ceremony and easing into the warm glow of candlelight from the tall taper candles everywhere.
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also celebrate Molly Oliver, the florist, whose work helped to shape the atmosphere there. Her work is 100% local and sustainable, and she is an organic farmer herself who sometimes cuts her flowers mere hours before she puts them together for weddings. The whole vibe of the setup was warm and rustic—yet right in the middle of one of the coolest neighborhoods in Brooklyn! The smell of oak barrels was somehow relaxing, and the ambient light in the room allowed us to preserve that organic feel to the entire day.
After the ceremony, it was time for a celebratory feast, where a family-style Southern menu was served. I get hungry just looking at the images of some of this food and remembering how amazing it was. Lots of venues in Brooklyn are leaning lately toward non-traditional wedding cuisine, and the guests just love it. Crispy fried chicken after saying “I do”? Yes, please.
After dinner, the guests moved back into the bar area to meet up with the band and dance the night away. I particularly loved seeing Josh, who is a reserved guy, light up as they were lifted up in chairs during the hora part of the dancing!
During the reception, Josh stopped to say ‘hi’ to his parents, and one of my favorite images was captured as they told him how proud they were of him and how amazing his wedding was. My favorite aspect of my job is the chance to see families join together and to see loved ones express their pride and joy, so I’m always touched by these little stolen moments.
Rebecca & Josh, thank you for trusting me with your photography for this exciting time in your lives! It’s been so fun to get to know you more and more since the engagement shoot in your neighborhood and now coming full circle to your fun, rustic wedding!
Venue – Brooklyn Winery
Florist – Molly Oliver
Cake – Nine Cakes
Band – Dexter’s Lake Club Band