Say yes to the dress and get ready for your big fat whatever wedding, ‘cause as they say, the more the merrier. Big weddings are the bomb, but often they can leave the bride and groom feeling bombed out. These days, people are getting married later in life, and a massive wedding often seems inappropriate past a certain age. Plus, many Brooklynites have a desire to elope, and keep things simple by inviting only a couple key people for a brief and intimate celebration. Living in New York is hectic enough, so let’s not make this too complicated, right? Also, wouldn’t it be nice to save your nest egg for oh, I don’t know… New York real estate? A trip around the world? A lifetime supply of La Croix?
More than a year ago local photographer Johnny Cirillo and his friend, officiant and planner Grace Steite started talking about the world of weddings, and realized that no one in Brooklyn was tuned in to the small wedding phenomenon—people were having the kind of low-key weddings that seem naturally suited to a neighborhood like Greenpoint, but no one was helping plan them. And so, Bodega Weddings was born. The pair focus on elopements and small weddings under 30 people (occasionally up to 50 on request), and “swoop in, get the romance of it, and then it’s over,” Cirillo says. Continue reading →
On January 28, make plans for your upstate escapes and Hudson Valley weddings at Wedding Travel Party!
Inside 501 Union, you’ll meet the teams behind some of the best Hudson Valley inns and venues, enjoy light bites and cocktails, and find all the resources you need to plan your upstate weddings, getaways, bachelor/ette parties. Just by attending, you’ll be entered to win excellent giveaways and getaways—starting with a private party for up to six friends inside 501 Union, where you can hang in a decked-out Terra Glamping tent, see a movie on the venue’s big screen, and enjoy snacks and prosecco from Purslane.
For additional chances to win, you can purchase $5 raffle tickets, the entire proceeds of which will be donated to the Prospect Park Alliance to benefit Brooklyn’s own backyard, Prospect Park. The winner will be notified Thursday, January 25 so you have plenty of time to invite your posse!
There will be many more prizes to hand out at the event, including:
A free night at Kingston’s Forsyth B&B and Barn, three-course breakfast included
A couples’ Relax and Restore package from cityWell
A pre-bachelorette blowout party from MG Hair and Makeup
Multiple free rides in ReachNow’s fleet of MINIs and BMWs parked in Brooklyn
And on Wedding Crashers Instagram, you can also win a gorgeous leather holdall from Kaufmann Mercantile to help you travel in style.
To say that Earl Kallemeyn is a throwback is an understatement. Earl’s firm, Kallemeyn Press (130 Dobbin Street), prints with the same technology that Gutenberg used to print his bibles in the early fifteenth century. You might imagine that a man who has built his business on such an obsolete technology would struggle to find business, but this is not so with Kallemeyn. Continue reading →
Perhaps, you’re newly engaged or are already immersed in wedding planning. Whatever stage you’re in, you probably have an idea that it involves a personal experience that showcases you and your beloved’s personalities. Diana Leahy’s Freeheart Project is a wonderful one-stop Calyer Street shop for brides who know what they want and how they want it. Continue reading →
Macha Jewelry is awesome because it’s an eclectic mix of dainty, sweet, rough, and hard edged. Basically, it’s everything I feel as a Greenpoint gal. Macha was London created, but now their studios are in West Street Studios building. Glorious.
Learn more about this delicious jewels and perhaps get a bauble of your own. Continue reading →
Love in the air? If you’re thinking of putting a ring on your awesome partner, perhaps you’ll want to check out these North Brooklyn based jewelry designers. From traditional, to no diamonds, platinum and rose gold, there’s something for every smitten kitten. Click through for boutiques and pricing.
Free yourself from the toxic chemicals you put on your skin everyday at a Beauty Liberation Party this Saturday from noon-8pm at Brooklyn Groove (102B Nassau Ave). Spring cleaning beings with your body, so throw away those harmful synthetic cosmetics and come to this non-toxic skin care party with lots of freebies!
Try natural beauty products, score a complimentary (that means FREE!) makeup consultation and check out a presentation of flawless long lasting airbrush makeup at 7pm. All brides-to-be (and your entourages) are welcome! Wait, there is more…
Enjoy a free mini facial and take your chance in a raffle to win prizes like cosmetics sets or brunch for two at Raizes, Greenpoint’s new Portuguese restaurant.
Not to mention there will be complimentary wine carefully selected by Vine Box and get grooved away with music by DJ DLP! Healthy make-up was NEVER this fun before.