Judy and Mike were married on a beautiful day at MyMoon in Brooklyn. The day was filled with friends, family, and lots of love, along with an appearance by their French bulldog puppy, Zoe, a combining of their cultures with a chuppah and Chinese tea ceremony, and lots and lots of dancing!
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Judy and Mike shared a first look outside of MyMoon.
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Judy shares, “Mike and I were able to incorporate our Jewish and Chinese cultures into our wedding, which made it really special for both our families. We got married under a beautiful chuppah and followed that with a Chinese tea ceremony where we served tea to our parents and aunts and uncles to show respect and appreciation. We also surprised Mike’s parents by getting a small replica of their wedding cake made. Mike’s mom was thrilled when she saw it; her reaction was priceless! Thirty seconds later, after realizing what he was staring at, Mike’s dad was ecstatic as well.

We wanted the wedding to be fun and for everyone to have a good time, and I think we set the tone with Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” as our processional song. I loved that we had funny moments during our ceremony, including Mike getting dizzy from circling me seven times during the seven blessings. Although we didn’t get to spend much time with her, I was so happy that Zoe, our French bulldog puppy, made an appearance and was able to walk down the aisle and be a part of our wedding day.”

Mike shares his favorite moments, “While there are many moments to choose from there were a few that stood out for me. Dancing with Judy surrounded by our friends and family was a moment when we were able to acknowledge the love and support in our lives. Staring into her eyes smiling, giggling, and dancing was pure joy. The party bus to the after-party was unforgettable as well. Everyone was radiating positive vibes and energy, and we were so happy that everyone was having a great time.

Also, instead of getting a wedding cake, we decided to mix things up with our favorite doughnuts from Dough. They were a huge hit…who doesn’t love a good doughnut?!”
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My Moon wedding
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After the ceremony, cocktail hour began and the Chinese tea ceremony took place under the chuppah.
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The Chinese tea ceremony includes an exchange of tea and blessings between the bride and groom and close family. Judy’s parents also gave gold jewelry to each of them.
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Judy shares why they chose MyMoon, “We both wanted a rustic urban vibe, and MyMoon was perfect. With dark wooden tables, high ceilings, amber lighting, and exposed brick all around, we kept our own decorations to a minimum because it was already so beautiful inside. The outdoor patio provided a great contrast for the ceremony with its lush greenery.”
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MyMoon wedding brooklyn
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Judy and Mike shared their first dance to the Drake cover of ASTR’s “Hold On We’re Going Home.”
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Congratulations Judy and Mike!
Also, check out their engagement photos on the Lower East Side.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: MyMoon, Coordinator: Lee Chappell
Doughnuts: Dough
Cake: Sugar Couture
DJs: Dash Speaks and NSR
Florist: Stems Brooklyn
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Makeup and Hair: Love Your Face Beauty
Mike’s Ring: David Yurman
Judy’s Ring: Anna Sheffield
Bride’s Dress Designer: Jenny Packham at Gabriella
Bride’s Shoes: Pink Paradox London
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Jewelry: Engagement necklace from Mike’s mom, earrings purchased in Hong Kong by Judy’s mom
Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS
Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: My.Suit
Groom’s bow tie: Suited Man; Groomsmen’s bow ties: The Tie Bar
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography

Ashlee and Elmo are known for taking the untraditional approach. They created a beautiful Brooklyn garden wedding surrounded by twinkly lights, natural dried lavender touches, excellent Italian food and lots of love.

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Williamsburg Brooklyn wedding

The ceremony and reception were held in the beautiful Williamsburg restaurant, Acqua Santa. The ceremony began with the song Love Minus Zero by Bob Dylan and the bride’s entrance to Forever Young by Joan Baez.

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Acqua Santa Brooklyn wedding

Acqua Santa Brooklyn wedding

Acqua Santa Brooklyn wedding

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Acqua Santa wedding ceremony

Elmo had to ask Ashlee to marry him more than once before he got it right, and planned the perfect proposal. Ashlee shares, “Not being known for our traditional approach, marriage got a bit lost in the shuffle for the two of us. After starting a family the subject naturally came to the surface on occasion. Elmo found ways to ask me for my hand in marriage that seemed less than romantic, thus was denied. A few examples? While nursing our new daughter at the end of a long day, this new mother tired and just wanting to take a shower would hear Elmo (whilst taking a beer from the fridge) say, “We should just get married!” or, Elmo mentioning how silly it was to note her as “girlfriend” on his contact information for work, would state, “Let’s just get married!” Ever the romantic!

On July 5th, 2015, while visiting Elmo’s family in Alabama everything changed. We were taking the annual Ranelli family photos.  Elmo, diapering their daughter, Iris, said something about getting a beer and disappeared just when it was their turn for individual family pictures. When he finally emerged with Iris, being carried facing him, I noticed that she was no longer wearing her purposefully selected outfit. Instead she was in a plain white onesie. My reaction was to ask, over and over, “What had happened to her outfit?” as any mother would, fearing the worst, but was given no response. Confused by Elmo’s silence I found myself getting a bit frustrated, until he was about a foot away from me. At that point, he turned Iris around, held her up in the air (Lion King style) and dropped down on one knee. It was at that moment, I noticed the ring painted on the front of her onsie and I heard the simple question that followed from the man I loved, “Will you marry me now!?” Of course, the answer was finally yes!”

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Ashlee and Elmo wanted to be surrounded by a small group of the people they loved the most, they wanted to laugh and relax and they wanted lots and lots of good food!  Ashlee shares, “We visited Acqua Santa and fell in love immediately. The space already had the magical garden setting that we knew would be the perfect backdrop and the food was amazing. We wanted a day where things seemed natural and easy, the style for the wedding reflected that with dried lavender and touches of sage and wheat and a fall garden with lots of sparkle coming from twinkling lights and candles. It also felt a bit bohemian with a touch of sophistication and class.”

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Congratulations Ashlee and Elmo!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Acqua Santa
Flowers: Paula Jeans Garden, Etsy
Dress Designer: BLHLDN
Shoes: BeholdenBridal, Etsy
Makeup & Hair: Park Suhyun
Bride’s Ring: Catbird, Groom’s Ring: RobertWBruce, Etsy
Suit Designer:  Calvin Klein
Bride’s Earrings, Head Piece, Purse: Pippen Vintage Jewelry
Cake: Baked
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

Cathy and Adrian were married on a gorgeous summer day in Brooklyn. They began the day at the Andaz Hotel with friends and family.

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The couple shared a first look outside of their venue, Brooklyn’s 501 Union. The art deco lamps, retro palms wallpaper and skylight make this venue one of my absolute FAVORITES!

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501 union wedding

Cathy, you look STUNNING!

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Just down the street is the Gowanus Canal–a perfect stop for some photos. As I was snapping away, people on bikes and in cars drove by cheering and honking for the couple!

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501 union wedding photography, gowanus canal, brooklyn

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501 union wedding

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While I was photographing the bridesmaids and groomsmen, Eric, my awesome second shooter and amazing husband, took these wonderful portraits of the ring bearer and flower girl.

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The ceremony took place at the Saint Agnes Roman Catholic Church.

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After the couple said “I DO!” they traveled back to 501 for the cocktail hour and reception.

Cathy shares, “When Adrian and I started the wedding planning process, we knew we didn’t want a formal, seated dinner. We wanted our reception to be a big party, so we decided to go with a cocktail-style reception, with lots of random seating scattered throughout the venue. We visited tons of wedding venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan, but none of them felt right to us. Then we heard about a new venue opening in our neighborhood – 501 Union. We went to a wedding fair at 501, and fell in love with the venue. It’s such a unique and interesting space, and we knew it would really lend itself to a cocktail-style reception. Plus, we loved the fact that it was in our neighborhood, allowing us to share that part of our lives with our guests.

One of the best things about 501 Union is that food trucks can drive right into the front garden area, so we knew we wanted to have a food truck at some point in our reception.  We were already working with a great caterer (Marcey Brownstein), so we decided to use the pizza truck as a fun late-night snack for our guests.  There are tons of great food truck options in New York, but pizza is my favorite food so it was a pretty easy choice for me!”

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Cathy and Adrian shared their first dance to Led Zeppelin’s Thank You.

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Then it was time to PARTY!

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Congratulations Cathy and Adrian!

For more photos, check out the slideshow:

Also, check out their Brooklyn engagement photos here.

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Church: Saint Agnes Roman Catholic Church
Venue: 501 Union, Brooklyn
Officiant: Deacon Leroy Branch
Caterer: Marcey Brownstein Catering & Events
Cake: One Girl
Cake Topper: Etsy’s Licorice Wits
Band: Just the Tip
Florist: Seaport Flowers
Invitations: Bella Figura

Signage: Sharp Shooter Signs

Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth
Makeup: Candace Henderson of Lo & Co.
Hair: Dennis Trotta of Pierre Michel Salon
Rings: Michael F. & Co.
Bride’s Dress Designer: Allure Bridals
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Tuxedo Designer and Bow Tie: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Tuxedo Designer: Calvin Klein/Men’s Wearhouse

Jill and Josh were married at The Foundry, a gorgeous, historic metal factory in Long Island City.

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The couple shared a first look before the wedding ceremony. They were SO excited to see each other!

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The Foundry wedding, LIC NYC

The Foundry wedding, long island city NYC

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Jill and Josh had a maid of honor and best man and then asked all of their friends to be included in some fun portraits before the wedding.

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NYC wedding The Foundry LIC

NYC wedding The Foundry LIC

Jill shares, “When it comes to our wedding style, we really loved the idea of an art deco/1940’s feel for the wedding, but we also wanted it to be simple and personal. We had fun adding the personal touches like my grandma’s gooey butter cake, cocktails named after people we love, and then bringing New York City into the mix by making our own Chuppah. It began hanging over us, and then we attached balloons that turned it into the NYC skyline as our backdrop. Our friends Lloyd and Michael made the design of the Chuppah possible, and Josh and I spent two full Saturdays painting it!”

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NYC wedding Long Island city photography

The band, led by the amazingly talented Corin Ashley, was awesome!

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Ah! I love a champagne fountain! So glamorous and romantic!

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I asked the couple about their favorite moments from the day and they answered, “It was great having so many people we love in one place, and they were there to celebrate US!? Can’t ask for much more.”

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Congratulations Jill and Josh! For more photos check out the slideshow:

Check out their engagement photos in SoHo here.

Special thanks to the team: Venue: The Foundry
Caterer: Indiana Catering
Officiants: Rabbi Paris & Reverend Kessler
Flowers: Village Flowers
Lighting: Universal Light and Sound
Band: Corin Ashley, Murray Hill Talent
Hair: Ernesto Aquino, Tres Jolie Salon

Make-up: Sally Biondo in North Port Long Island

Cupcakes: Sweets First Bakeshoppe

Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller, Bride’s shoes: Rachel Simpson, Fur Coat: Antique Store

Groom’s Suit: John Varvatos

Chuppah: Josh and Jill with “expert instruction and hand holding” from Lloyd Marks and Michael Tavano of MT Customs

Rings: Designed by the bride and groom, made at De Hago

Party favors: Metropolis Soap Company: “We gave everyone organic lip balm (lavender and spearmint for the ladies and anise and spearmint for the men) and a pair of gloves… wintertime necessities! Megan at Metropolis really came through for us and custom designed the labels – all of their products are great quality and made in LIC!”

Photography by: Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz

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