If you guys ever wondered why it was that I opt to work with New York wedding photographer Melissa Kruse Photography as often as I can for all of our beauty features, today’s utterly stunning wedding will serve as photographic gospel to her voice. Its one thing to turn up, simply observe the elements around you, and photographically register them. Its an otherworldly person who takes these very same elements around them and turns them into art. Whether its seeing light in a way that no one else is, capturing a moment from an angle no one else considered, or something as delicate as displaying details in a way that romances every marital notion that we have. Melissa’s delicate eye is what captivates not just myself but her sweetly romantic couples as well. Such is the case of the dreamy Brooklyn Dumbo wedding of Alana & Christopher, one that serves as a dream wedding wish list! Wanting to host their wedding in the city that started it all for them, the couple found the most grand & wonderfully iconic space at the Smack Mellon Gallery in the Dumbo area of Brooklyn. With its pristine raw beams, exposed brick, loft ceilings and gallery windows offering up a close and personal view of the Manhattan Bridge, Alana & Christopher set to work marrying such a stunning urban setting with an indoor forest like feel. In a mix of details that honored both of the couple’s diverse backgrounds, the deep south & Tokyo, earthy elements like long farm wood tables, over-sized cut branch centerpieces were mixed with silver rimmed plates & metal chairs. This is easily one of my favorite weddings period, the mix of gorgeous sophistication, urban locale and earthy undertones are enough to make me swoon for a life time, my guy tells me you’re going to agree right along with me!
Novella of the Bride…
Chris is originally from Texas, and I from Tokyo. When Chris and I met, he worked for the State Department and traveled frequently. As an Air Force brat, I also traveled my whole life. When his job took him away to Washington D.C. that fall, our relationship took on a militaristic theme, traveling frequently to be together and also for fun. We often laugh at our nomadic lifestyle, but always agree that no matter where you are, home is wherever your heart is.
We knew we wanted to get married in New York, as it is the city where we live and fell in love. Also, we thought it would be a fun destination wedding for our family, who came in from Oregon, Texas, and Virginia. After researching the countless NYC venues, we visited Smack Mellon and knew it was perfect–the beautiful exposed brick walls, concrete columns, lofty ceilings, and huge gallery windows overlooking the NYC skyline was exactly what we were looking for. It was also the perfect size for our intimate wedding of 50 guests. After learning that Smack Mellon supports primarily female, emerging artists in NY, we also felt like we were supporting a great cause.
For our wedding day, we wanted to combine rustic, earthy details to show Chris’s love of the South, in an urban gallery setting to reflect my love of Tokyo, and of course, New York City–the city that made it all possible! We wanted our guests to feel like they were in the middle of the woods while looking out over the NYC skyline, so we used lots of moss details, barnwood tables and wooden decor. Lastly, we used lots of Japanese touches to reflect my culture- from the paper cranes my flower girl tossed, to the wooden “kokeshi” cake toppers and the paper fans handed to the guests, to the traditional sake ceremony.
A Little Help From Their Friends ~ Every one of my guests played a special role in our wedding. For example, I was having trouble finding the perfect wooden centerpieces, and our close family friends saw tree trunks along the road one day. Each member of their family drove by and picked up a tree trunk, and then my dad chainsawed them into wooden slices and hauled them to NYC. Additionally, my good friend handmade the beautiful candle favors from scratch. Also, we had planned that my Maid of Honor could not attend, as she was pregnant and went into labor the week before my wedding. When she surprised me by showing up at my hotel room an hour before the wedding, my good friend scrambled to make a last minute bouquet that was absolutely beautiful. Our invitations asked each guest to request a song for our DJ to play at our reception so everyone could hear their favorite music. Last, but definitely not least, Chris and I wanted someone close to us to marry us, so my father got ordained. We kept it a secret from everyone, so it was quite a surprise when he walked me down the aisle, and then turned around to marry us!
Favorite Moments ~ By far my favorite moment was during the reception when Chris stood up after the Maid of Honor and Best Man speeches and gave the most heartfelt speech. I did not realize he was saying anything, and he addressed almost every person at the reception, complete with anecdotes and jokes, and made everyone feel very special.
Photographer: Melissa Kruse Photography | Venue: Smack Mellon Gallery | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair: Parlor Hair Salon | Makeup: Beauty By Clarah Oh | Groom’s Attire: Jos A. Bank | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Transportation: NYC Yellow Cab | Music: Enrique Colon Of Bigger Than Life DJs & The Julliard School | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Florist: Barbara Bell Designs | Caterer: The Raging Skillet | Baker: Buttercup Bake Shop