501 Union Wedding: Congratulations Cathy and Adrian

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

bridesmaids purple and pink bouquets

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501 union wedding

501 union wedding photography, brooklyn

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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St Agnes, wedding brooklyn catholic church

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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501 union cocktails bar

501 union

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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brooklyn wedding

wedding cake with bride groom and dog topper

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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


  1. Cathy and Adrian look so happy and inspiring… I really admire your talent, Jessica. You’re the best!

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  3. Chad Lewis says:

    Hey Jess,

    Great pics, you’re truly a pro. It was our pleasure to work alongside of you and thanks for sharing your work.



  4. Jennie says:

    oh wow, these flowers are amazing! Also I love all the different locations you took the bride and groom to. You’re an exceptional photographer, Jess and it shows in your work. What a great story!

  5. Sherry says:

    What a great time. And an awesome couple. So glad to have Cathy as part of our family now.










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