When Dave proposed to Brandi on December 21, 2014 — on their way to a Brooklyn Nets game! — neither of them was expecting it. "We were walking down a brownstone-lined street in Brooklyn, and Dave got down on one knee. I was beyond shocked, and remember asking him what he was doing," Brandi says. "It turns out he'd picked the ring up earlier that day, and even though he'd had other plans, the ring was burning a hole in his pocket and he couldn't wait any longer." Not surprisingly, Brandi doesn't remember a moment from the game. "I was too busy calling my family and friends!"
The pair originally planned to wed in the fall of 2015, but when they couldn't find a Saturday that was available in the New York City area, they looked at the calendar again. They fell in love with The Metropolitan Building in Long Island City, which was just a 10 minute walk from their apartment, but the only available Saturday the property had was for August 8, 2015. "So we went for it!" Brandi says. Having less than eight months to plan may have helped in the long run, giving the couple no time to second-guess their decisions — they followed their guts and planned a creative, colorful celebration with a coral and teal color scheme. The venue's quirky styling played perfectly into their vision, and Nicki Sebastian photographed every vibrant detail.
Vintage-style postcards were used as the save-the-date, while invitations in coral and teal set the playful tone.
Brandi donned a washed silk gown with an embroidered lace bodice, created by Watters. "I was lucky enough to find my gown at my first appointment," she says. "It's not the posh experience you might expect — instead of champagne and cookies, you're half-naked and a stranger is using massive clips to get you into the samples. But I quickly got on-board and made do!"
She paired her gown with sparkling Jimmy Choo shoes and an ombré bouquet of roses and ranunculus, tied with a teal satin ribbon.
Dave wore a three-piece Calvin Klein suit with a skinny black tie. "He and his groomsmen had a Reservoir Dogs look going on," says Brandi. Her bridesmaids wore black dresses of their choosing, most selecting a stylish look from Rent the Runway. "Our wedding was so colorful, so it made sense to keep the wedding party more simple. Plus, my bridesmaids were all traveling in for the wedding, and I didn't want to make them buy dresses on top of paying for flights."
The ceremony took place in front of a dramatic backdrop of coral and peach ribbons, created by the bride's mother. Fairy lights were strung behind the ribbons and around the space to create a glow, and mason jars full of roses were tied to chairs along the aisle.
The couple's close friend, Nicole, had the hardest job of the day: Walking her one-year-old daughter Evy, the flower girl, and the couple's puppy-turned-ring bearer, Brutus, down the aisle. "Needless to say, no one walked in a straight line. Brutus wanted to say hi to everyone, and Evy wanted to play with the petals instead," says Brandi.
The pair wrote their own vows, keeping their words lively and lighthearted to set the tone for a playful evening. "We're not formal people, so we kept it true to us," says the bride. After the first kiss, the guests blew bubbles in celebration!
"Dave was so nervous the morning of the wedding, to the point that his groomsmen told me what a wreck he was," says Brandi. "He told me later that our first look really calmed him down and got him ready to enjoy the day."
Guests were seated at round tables topped with peach linens and teal napkins for the family-style meal of pepper-rubbed brisket, baby back ribs, and grits with mushroom gravy.
Centerpieces were gold-painted (or glitter!) wine bottles and peach and white roses. Each table was named after a city the bride and groom had visited together, and they displayed photo strips from their trips to give guests a peek into why each destination was so special.
The main dessert was a mixed berry cobbler, but the bride and groom had to have a cake to cut! They chose a gluten-free vanilla cake with champagne buttercream, topped with models of the bride (with an Ohio State pennant), the groom (in a Philadelphia Eagles jersey) and their puppy. "A few of our guests are also gluten-free, so we were happy to have a dessert option for them to enjoy," says Brandi.
Later in the evening, after the couple's first dance to "I'll Be There" by The Jackson 5, guests were treated to a Rita's Water Ice cart. "Our wedding was smaller, so we did everything to keep it personal," says the bride. "It wasn't too traditional, but it was so wonderful!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Metropolitan Building || Day-Of Coordinator: Green Apple Weddings & Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: Rent the Runway || Hair & Makeup: Asanda AVEDA Park Avenue || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent the Runway || Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein || Wedding Bands: The Jewelry Patch || Florist: Rosewood Productions || Invitations: Minted, Prairie Letter Shop || Ceremony Music: Allison McNeal || Reception Music: Ainslie Street Vibes || Catering: Blue Smoke || Cake: Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery || Cake Topper: Kadoodles Creation || Late-Night Snack: Rita's Water Ice || Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals, A-1 Tablecloth Company || Photography: Nicki Sebastian
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