“Olmsted is on our block—we wanted to keep it local,” Allison Deutsch says of her May wedding with Alex Beer at the popular Brooklyn, New York restaurant. The pair, who live down the street, didn’t immediately know they wanted to say “I do” at a restaurant. But after waving on venues ranging from the New York City courthouse to a villa in Tuscany, it was the idea of celebrating their home that won out. “Being true to ourselves was paramount,” Allison says of the restaurant versus a traditional venue. “It has a gorgeous garden and unique food—important to us.”
On their wedding day, food did take center stage. Olmsted holds a Michelin star, and the wedding menu reflected that, with dishes like kale crab rangoon, lobster crackers with fennel pollen, snap pea sushi, and duck liver mousse. Both the ceremony and reception took place in the restaurant’s garden, where the chefs grow and source many of their ingredients. Though the area is small, it worked out perfectly for the couple’s 60 guests to mix-and-mingle in a cocktail-style reception. Olmsted even baked the strawberry shortcake and rosemary vanilla-flavored cake for the party.
Everything down to the florals and playlist was low-key, except for one special surprise during cocktails: “Announcing to our friends who didn’t know that we were pregnant,” Allison says of the big moment. “Alex was charged with drinking enough for the both of us!”
Read on for all the details of Allison and Alex’s garden-chic wedding in Brooklyn, New York, as planned by the couple and photographed by Matt Mendelsohn Photography.
“Flutter sleeves!” Allison exclaims of her Marchesa Notte gown. “It felt girly and chic all at once.” The romantic gown also featured a flirtatious slit and deep neck, giving it a modern twist.
Allison got ready at her apartment building with the help of friends. Since she didn’t enlist a wedding party, she invited anyone and everyone to stop by as she got dolled up. “We bribed them with some lunch,” Allison says with a laugh.
Allison admits searching for a dress was a somewhat daunting process given the fact she was pregnant and wouldn’t know her wedding day size. “The tailoring had to be done last minute, but it all worked out,” she says. She paired the gown with Stuart Weitzman heels and a diamond tennis bracelet from her grandmother.
Allison carried a bouquet of pastel-hued flowers, including roses, ranunculus, baby’s breath, and anthurium.
Alex, in a custom suit by Ian Rios, and Allison count the moments alone with close family in the private dining room of the restaurant as one of the best memories of the day. “While signing the ketubah and wedding license, we got to hear a few people give a tiny toast to us and settle before the ceremony started,” the bride says.
The couple relied on Olmsted’s garden’s natural décor to accent the day, including the bountiful garden and a living plant wall. Guests were asked to document the day on digital cameras—and their iPhones, of course!
Allison entered, solo, to “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood. The couple made their own playlists for the day, a task Allison describes as “a headache.” It worked out though, as they could control the genres of music, including avoiding everything Bruno Mars.
Mimosa Floral Design designed the natural arbor with pampas grass accents for Olmsted’s garden.
“We said some sweet words to each other privately, but didn’t want to extend the ceremony or make that public,” Allison says of sticking to traditional Jewish vows for the ceremony led by a local rabbi.
Guests were certainly surprised when the couple interrupted cocktails (and Nashville hot soft-shell crab with radish coleslaw!) to announce they were expecting. “Don’t feel pressure to do anything traditional if that’s not you,” Allison says.
The couple cut into a three-tiered cake featuring decadent flavors, caramelized strawberries, and a Maraschino and vanilla cream. They also had guests roast s’ mores in the garden toward the end of the reception.
After the cocktail party, the couple and guests relocated to the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, for a night of dancing with a DJ, open bar, and late-night snacks like burgers and fries. “It was a great balance because we got to get a bit wild later into the evening,” Allison adds.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Olmsted
After-Party Venue: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Officiant: Cantor Nancy Bach
Bride's Dress: Marchesa Notte
Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Hair & Makeup: LRN Beauty
Mother of the Bride Dress: Ted Baker
Groom’s Attire: Ian Rios Suits
Floral Design: Mimosa Floral Design
Catering & Cake: Olmsted
Photography: Matt Mendelsohn Photography