It took a Lower East Side apartment building to bring Quinn, who's from Los Angeles, and Tim, who hails from Essex, England, together. "A friend of mine from L.A. also lived in the building, and introduced me to Tim's roommate, who introduced me to Tim," remembers Quinn. "It was a bit like Friends!" Unlike the show's often ill-fated relationships, Quinn and Tim hit it off instantly, and have been together ever since.
Three years later, on New Years Eve, the couple headed to Rhinecliff, New York to ring in 2013 with friends. Tim asked Quinn to join him for a walk and, though the California girl in her wasn't thrilled about the freezing temperatures, she agreed. "We ended up in an open field covered in snow on the edge of the Hudson River, and Tim asked me if I wanted to do this forever," she remembers. Quinn said yes, and the pair took their time (17 months!) planning a quintessentially New York rooftop party for 75 friends and family members. It was totally fitting of their Williamsburg neighborhood — take a look at the photos by Karen Kristian to see for yourself!
It all started with the invitations, which Quinn designed herself. Coral, hot pink, and gold stripes brightened up the modernist design.
A pair of gold glitter Kate Spade pumps gave the bride a sweet-and-sassy style. "They were so comfortable, I never took them off once!" she says.
The bride chose romance with an edge for her wedding gown, wearing a Sarah Seven gown with a chiffon skirt, sweetheart corset top, and lace overlay. "I kept shopping after I tried it on, but couldn't get it out of my head. I went back with my maid of honor to try it again, and had that emotional moment everyone talks about," says Quinn. Instead of a veil, she wore a crown of fuchsia wax flowers. Her lush bouquet combined succulents, garden roses, peonies, and thistle.
Tim's black Hugo Boss suit was a timeless choice, which he paired with a succulent boutonniere. He carried his late aunt's silver dollar in his pocket. "It meant so much to Tim and his mother to have something of his aunt's with him on our wedding day," Quinn says.
The bridesmaids' dresses added color to the groomsmen's classic black look. The three women chose their own dresses in shades of coral and pink, all with unifying v-necklines. Their bouquets were smaller versions of the bride's.
The ceremony took place on the waterfront in Brooklyn's Grand Ferry Park. Says Quinn, "We really wanted to get married with a view of Manhattan in the background." The couple's friend was ordained for the occasion, and the three worked together to create a truly personal ceremony. Instead of musicians, Quinn and Tim found an old Boom Box on eBay and had the bride's brother cue the music. "He played the songs in the wrong order, but it was pretty funny and added to the casual feel," says Quinn. Chalk writing on the sidewalk led from the park to the nearby reception.
"There was something so special about getting married a short walk from where we live," says Quinn of choosing to wed in Williamsburg.
Up on the roof of The W Loft, guests gathered for an industrial-chic cocktail hour before heading inside for dinner.
The cocktail menu featured a Spicy Grapefruit Margarita (for the Los Angeles bride) and a gin Southside (for the British groom).
Tables were kept simple, with low arrangements of peonies, roses, and greenery in jars and bud vases. Gold chargers and votives were a glam contrast to the industrial metal chairs.
Each guest received two favors: A bottle of spicy tequila infused by the bride and groom (along with the recipe for Quinn's margarita) and a LEGO figurine, hand-selected by the newlyweds.
A DJ played indie and classic rock while guests ate wine-braised short rib and roasted sea bass, then Tim and Quinn shared their first dance to "This Will Be Our Year" by Zombies.
While the highlight of dessert was definitely the hibiscus and lemon poppy seed doughnuts from Dough, Quinn's maid of honor made sure the couple had something to cut into. She baked them a lemon cake with vanilla buttercream, which the bride and groom topped with LEGO figures.
"Keeping our guest list small was a challenge, but in the end, we were surrounded by the most special people in our lives, which made it so intimate," says Quinn. "My advice is to take more than a moment to step away together — try to stick together as much as you can throughout the day. You should celebrate with your guests, but make sure you celebrate together, too!"
Ceremony Venue: Grand Ferry Park || Reception Venue: The W Loft || Day-of Coordination & Catering: Five Spice || Bride's Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven || Shoes: Kate Spade || Hair & Makeup: Primp NYC || Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS || Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss || Engagement Ring: Erie Basin || Florist: Sprout Home || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Bride, Boxcar Press || Music: 74 Events || Doughnuts: Dough Brooklyn || Rentals: Patina Rentals || Photography: Karen Kristian
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