Marios + Steve’s urban rustic wedding was set in New York in old foundry which had been converted into an event space. An old red-brick building with tons of original details and located at the foot of the Queensborough bridge with views of Manhattan, the location perfectly fit their theme of “urban and rustic”. They also wanted to make things easy and stay local as much as possible, so all of their vendors were located nearby.
The boys went the non-traditional road for their ceremony – “we walked down the aisle together, instead of being escorted. A close friend became a minister and officiated a non-religious ceremony. We had three close friends read something they wrote during the ceremony. We wrote our own vows but didn’t share them with each other until the ceremony.”
“We wanted suits and in the spirit of staying local, had them made by Craig Robinson, a men’s designer who has a store a few blocks from our apartment. We didn’t want the suits to be exactly the same, so we went with different colors, but we wanted them to look similar, so they had the same design.”
The ceremony and reception were both in the old foundry. “We went with a tapas style dinner instead of a plated, sit down dinner. People started eating right after the ceremony and kept eating all through the cake cutting. It enabled people to move around, dance, talk with everyone there and never feel tied to a location at a table. It also meant we didn’t have to worry about seating charts. Our DJ was fantastic at getting everyone on the dance floor. He met with us ahead of time and asked us for songs/artists we liked and which ones we didn’t like. He was also good at accommodating a few requests by the guests throughout the night.”
“We hit on Erica’s website and all her wedding photographs were so visceral and so honest that we both found ourselves teary eyed. Her experience as a travel photographer works incredibly well because she documents the whole experience, instead of just taking formal wedding photos. During the ceremony and the reception, we were completely unaware she was there. She was really good at being ‘invisible’ but managing to record everything that happened.”
“Don’t forget to make this a fun day for you. Avoid unnecessary complexities. Keeping things/vendors local made it really easy for us to deal with them. We created a website with all the information for our guests, including details on weekend activities we organized for everyone. It helped give them a central place to go for information.”
Photographer: Erica Camille Productions | Attire: Craig Robinson | Cake + Catering: Tip Of The Tongue | Favours: Mast Brothers | Flowers: Sprout Home | Music: DJ Sparber | Rings: Stuart Moore | Venue: The Foundry