Kiss the Bride Wedding Guide: Viva la Venue
We’re passionate about venues — the architecture, ambiance and energy of a space. More so than perhaps any other element of your wedding, the venue provides an avenue for the expression of your style, aesthetic and attitude. The physical space is the framework, the context — the stage you set for the celebration of yourselves and your love for each other.
As professional wedding cinematographers, we’re in the unique position of experiencing, every weekend and in real time, these celebrations — the events you’ve carefully planned and curated and conceptualized.
Here, we’d like to share our thoughts on some of the venues that compel and inspire us — the spaces, their potential and the ways you’ve transformed them.
Two of our absolute favorite spaces in one day? Yes, please!
We’re based in Williamsburg. We love Brooklyn, and when the proprietors of Marlow & Sons (our favorite for brunch), and Diner(heartbreakingly good dinner) announced the opening of a luxury hotel in the heart of our neighborhood, we were practically first in line for their rooftop cocktail lounge. Since we’re right down the street, it (sadly) doesn’t make much sense for us to stage get-aways in their super-stylish suites.
But luckily our super-stylish clients book the Wythe Hotel‘s carefully curated rooms for their getting-ready sessions. With custom toile wallpaper featuring tableaux of the ‘hood, impeccable rustic/industrial accoutrements, exposed wood and cast iron beams, the aesthetic inside this renovated cooperage is almost as breathtaking as its panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline.
Seriously, what’s not to love about the Green Building? Located in Carroll Gardens (really, does Brooklyn get any prettier?) this former brass foundry, with its exposed brick, gorgeous wood and sparkling chandeliers, lends itself to creativity.
Ashley & Dan took advantage of the natural light and created an intimate vibe with persian carpets, family-style wood plank tables, framed family photos, hanging candles and plenty of love and laughter.
No. 241 West 14th Street New York City
Last weekend, we had the awesome opportunity to collaborate with one of our favorite photographers in one of Manhattan’s most amazing spaces.
Photo Pink and Norwood are the perfect match: both the studio and the venue are distinctive, chic, sophisticated, and a little avant garde.
The Norwood House is a New York City landmark — literally. The residence, circa 1847, is recognized by the New York City Preservation Commission and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Norwood is elegant, yes — and luxe! Brownstone, stained glass, cast-iron, mahogany, intricate crown molding and Carrarra marble all vouch for the clout and cache of these four storeys. But, while immaculately maintained and remarkably preserved, there’s nothing staid or conservative about this Victorian beauty, which features Greek Revival and Italianate architecture.
The “Club,” the state-side sister of Blacks in London, is a rendez-vous point for creatives; painters, musicians, writers, fashion designers, and collectors. Owners Alan Linn and Steve Ruggi collaborated with Simon Costin to update the space, but they did it with integrity — and plenty of sex appeal. With a rich, decadent palette and textures, the urban, edgy design pushes the envelope just far enough… and the colorful history of the house only adds to its singular and sensual ambiance.
So when Photo Pink asked if we wanted to do a behind the scenes shoot for their Bridal Fashion Shoot at the Norwood Club, our answer was a quick and easy YES!
Liesl and Randy created the mood, in keeping with the unique aesthetic of the space.
They wanted to play it a little naughty and a little nice…
Photography by PhotoPink
Styling by Roey Mitzrahi
Hair and make up by Sharon Becker
Flowers by Foxglove Floral Design Studio
Dresses and Accessories by Designer Loft & BHLDN
Suits by G. Alexander
Urban, edgy, gothic.
Here are some of the extraordinary images from Photo Pink. Their aesthetic and artistry are unparalleled and they are just the best to work with. Fun, genuine, creative and so, so talented.