A Small, Sweet Brooklyn Wedding with an Unforgettable City Backdrop
Almost three years after mutual friends introduced Celeste and Alex, the couple sealed their engagement with a private proposal at home—and then they hit the ground running. "Our original plan was to marry in Greece in September 2020," says the duo. "We had a beautiful venue by the water and a gorgeous church. When the international travel ban happened, we decided to cancel and host a small ceremony locally."
Celeste, a supply chain professional, and Alex, a consultant, traded their beautiful European location for an equally stunning New York spot: Mediterranean restaurant Celestine, in DUMBO, with stunning views of the iconic Manhattan skyline and bridges. "We picked this spot because it was the place we celebrated our first anniversary as a couple," notes the pair. "Also, it has a beautiful view of New York City and an outdoor terrace."
So, on August 8, 2020—after just two weeks of planning—the couple exchanged vows at the waterfront restaurant, and then celebrated by eating and drinking alongside 18 of their nearest and dearest, a mix of family and close friends. They took advantage of the quintessential location, too, and spent some time with their photographer posing around some of the area's most scenic spots—along DUMBO's cobblestone streets and in front of the Brooklyn Bridge, a monument in its own rite. And while planning their big day on that short a timeline, they say, meant that, "unfortunately, nothing was easy," the stress paid off. Ultimately, one of the couple's biggest takeaways from their celebration is simple: "Having a semi-normal day during the pandemic," they say, "with our friends and family!"
Her Winning Gown
Celeste wore a Sarah Seven wedding dress with an illusion neckline, button detailing, and three-quarter length sleeves in an exquisite lace fabric—her first choice, she says, because of the style and fit. Luckily, after a two-week scramble, the ensemble was ready: "Timelines became really short due to COVID, but Sarah Seven really pulled through," notes the bride.
Bow-topped Salvatore Ferragamo shoes—perfect for posing on the streets of New York City—and pearl studs that belonged to her mother brought chic touches to Celeste's wedding-day look.
Two of a Kind
Celeste and Alex kept their big-day flowers from JR Floral Design simple and elegant: She carried a bouquet of all calla lilies; he matched her with a calla lily boutonnière.
All the Feelings
Celeste and Alex agreed to meet on the terrace of their hotel room before the ceremony for their first look. "I felt stress but excited," says Alex, "but once I turned around and I saw Celeste, I could not have been happier. It was a great moment."
The couple marked their big day with portraits in some of the neighborhood's prettiest spots, including a brick-paved avenue where they paused to savor the moment.
Celestine's outdoor terrace provided a secluded spot for a ceremony with an urban oasis vibe.
Defining the Altar
Oversized floral arrangements in shades of white and pink sat on gold stands, marking the altar area, while lush landscaping contrasted with the city's iconic bridge.
Celeste's father escorted her down the aisle to an instrumental violin version of "La Vie En Rose." "It was very special to be in that amazing location watching Celeste walk towards me," says Alex. The bride and groom wrote their own vows—the centerpiece of their ceremony—which they found surprisingly touching. "The vows we shared," says the couple, "were more emotional than expected!"
Raise a Glass
Dining tables set up on the terrace offered space for the post-ceremony meal, which started with two signature cocktails: "'Celeste's Eight-Eight,' with vodka, St. Germain, lemon, cucumber, simple syrup, mint, and soda," says Alex, "and mine: 'Sunset in DUMBO,' with spiced rum, Campari, lime, pineapple, and demerara syrup."
A personalized note board by Miss Design Berry—complete with the couple's digitized likenesses—allowed guests to write warm wishes to and words of wisdom for the newlyweds.
On the Menu
The evening's Mediterranean menu included a mezze of hummus, pistachio feta spread, and whipped labne; baby kale salad; entrées of roasted chicken, branzino, or braised short rib schwarma; and orange olive oil cake.
One Girl Cookies provided the couple's three-tier dessert, made with vanilla bean cake, vanilla icing, and raspberry jam filling—and adorned with a precious Swiss dot pattern.
With golden hour light on the water and the iconic bridge towering in the background, the newlyweds commemorated their first few minutes as husband and wife with a few photos, just them two.
Photography, Rebecca Ou Photography
Flowers, JR Floral Designs
Cake, One Girl Cookies
Bride's Gown, Sarah Seven
Bride's Shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo
Hair and Makeup, Bespoke Beauty and Bridal
Groom's Suit, Suit Supply
Groom's Shoes, Jimmy Choo
Transportation, Ultimate Black Car
Guest Book, Miss Design Berry
Rings, Brilliant Earth
Rentals, John Hubela of City Disc Jockey
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