A Minimalistic, Modern Wedding in Brooklyn

Who needs flowers, anyway?

Bride and groom stand next to river

Photo by Chaz Cruz

When Jane Eun and Moo Young Cho started planning their April 15, 2016, wedding, they had one vision in mind: a big, fun party! So they searched for a planner who could really make it happen (in the perfect venue, of course). Enter Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events, who transformed the blank canvas of 501 Union in Brooklyn, New York, to fit the couple’s clean and simple aesthetic. “He really made the process fun for us,” says the bride. And with greenery, candles, and flowing fabric lining the tables and walls of the space, they didn't even need flowers. Take a peek into this minimalist city celebration, photographed by Chaz Cruz, below!

Bride Getting Ready with Bridesmaids
Photo by Chaz Cruz

Jane and her ‘maids rocked matching PJs while they got glammed up for the day in the bridal suite. As a thank you gift to her girls, the bride surprised them with gifts from Hermès.

Bride sitting with bouquet
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Bride Manolo Blahnik Shoes
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“I think I tried on every dress out there,” says Jane. “I was certain I wanted lots of lace and a cap sleeve, but it just didn’t work on my body shape!" With this knowledge, the bride went in the opposite direction—clean and simple to match the wedding—and found the perfect dress: a strapless Monique Lhuillier gown with a slim silhouette and an architectural train.

As both her something-blue and something-new, Jane wore indigo Manolo Blahnik mules, complete with crystal embellishments, which were a gift from her mother. The bride's final accessory was a nosegay of lily of the valley.

And lucky for Jane, she got extra time with the photographer: "We were a bit behind schedule but it was because the groom was running late," she says. " It worked out for me since I got a lot of more solo shots with the photographer!"

Wood panel background
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Bride and groom standing on pier
Photo by Chaz Cruz

Moo wore a custom blue suit from Houndstooth in Kansas City. “That’s where Moo is from, and he has so much hometown pride that having a suit made there was perfect,” Jane says.

For the portraits, the bride topped her gown with a denim jacket that read “bride” across the back. (Brides, this is a big trend right now so take note!)

Bridal party wearing jean jackets
Photo by Chaz Cruz
Bridal party
Photo by Chaz Cruz

Jane didn’t want her bridesmaids in puffy tulle so she opted for curve-hugging designs from White by Vera Wang. Each girl in her bridal squad also rocked a a denim jacket with her name embroidered on the back. "We got married mid-April and we really didn’t know how the weather would hold-up so I thought this was a great accessory for pictures and to keep my amazing bridesmaids warm," says the bride.

As a nod to the her own mother’s wedding, Jane had her bridesmaids carry bouquets of chamomile flowers.

Minimalist ceremony venue with lights
Photo by Chaz Cruz
Minimalist wedding reception
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Inside 501 Union, silk fabric hung from the high ceiling, which was interspersed with garlands of greenery and string lights to make a picture-perfect backdrop.

Wedding ceremony
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Bride and groom during ceremony
Photo by Chaz Cruz

“It was amazing to stand up at our ceremony and see everything come to fruition,” Jane says. “It seemed like the ceremony was over in just a moment, but in that moment everything around us disappeared. It was just the two of us up there, sharing such a peaceful connection.”

Table numbers
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The entire space was decorated with greenery, except for the garden-inspired escort card display that was a bed of roses and tulips. “It was a nod to the approaching spring season,” Jane says.

Reception Dinner
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While it was a challenge, the bride and groom managed to keep their guest list to 140 people, which meant they were able to spend time with every single person in attendance. “We opted for long tables to make sure everyone felt like a part of the celebration,” the bride explains.

Photo by Chaz Cruz
Place setting
Photo by Chaz Cruz

Dinner tables were topped with crisp white linens, more garlands of greenery and ferns, and lots of candlelight, while rose-gold flatware and floral-patterned china added pops of color to the minimalist design.

Two tier wedding cake
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“I really wanted a naked cake, but Moo insisted on something more traditional,” says Jane. “It’s the one decision I let him make!” The couple’s two-tiered funfetti and lavender cake was frosted in buttercream and decorated with jasmine vine and hellebores.

Bride and groom during first dance
Photo by Chaz Cruz

When Jane removed her veil after the ceremony, she dressed up her flowing waves with a sparkling hairpiece. “I decided to wear my hair down, like I do every day, to feel more like myself,” she says.

Bride and groom dancing
Photo by Chaz Cruz

Later in the evening, Jane swapped her gown for a two-piece outfit by Rachel Comey. She says, “I wanted something super comfortable that I could really dance in, and pants was the way to go!” And after dancing, Jane surprised Moo with a cigar roller—a nod to their mini-moon in Cuba. The night ended with late-night pizza bites and doughnuts on the dance floor.

“It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and stressed while you’re planning,” Jane says. “Take some time to remember how lucky you are to be celebrating your love!”

Wedding Team

Wedding Planner: Jove Meyer Events

Venue: 501 Union

Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier, Rachel Comey

Bride's Veil & Jewelry: Monique Lhuillier

Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Hair: Christine Ku of Zoku Salon

Bridesmaids' Dresses: White by Vera Wang

Groom's Attire: Houndstooth KC

Groomsmen's Attire: Kenneth Cole

Wedding Bands: Cartier, Custom

Floral Design: Lindsay Rae Design

Paper Products: Minted

Catering: Real Food Catering

Cake: Nine Cakes

Entertainment: DJ James Mulry

Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

Videography: AY Video

Photography: Chaz Cruz

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