This 1920s Wedding In A Brooklyn Speakeasy Is So Awesome

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The 1920s, speakeasy-style weddings are one of our favorites. The fashion, hairstyles, typography, music — it’s such a fab era to play around with. We always love to see how the couple dressed up, and if the guests followed suit. The couple also had the best of both worlds because they actually eloped two months prior. An intimate day for themselves followed by this sparkly celebration with friends, captured by Chris Spira Photography? It’s the perfect way to go.
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Click through to see photos from Kate and Andries gorgeous wedding!
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"We actually eloped two months prior, so weren’t planning to have a real ceremony at our July wedding. The morning of, Andries and I decided we really should do something symbolic for our friends and family — we sat at a diner in Brooklyn and started throwing around some ideas of what we could do/say. It turned into us MCing our post-cocktail hour very unconventional ceremony — it was light and fun, yet heartfelt and emotional. Our good friend David acted as officiant, and added some humor and beautiful insight. It ended up being a 30 minutes long — very unexpected, but one of the highlights of the night for us." Groom’s Pants: Tom Ford, Groom's Jacket: Armani; Shoes: Hugo Boss
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Kate dressed up her Anyi Lu slingbacks with vintage 1920′s shoe clips that she found on Etsy. Wedding Dress: Manuel Mota for Pronovias; Shoes: Anyi Lu; Headband: Jennifer Behr; Earrings: Lulu Frost
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Hair and Makeup: Bride
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How fab are these guests?
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"We wanted to create an atmosphere that was not too serious and tradition-based, but still felt like a wedding. We kept it more casual by doing family style dinner, dessert trucks, having cocktails before getting into the “serious” stuff. Also, the decor wasn't too precious. The idea was for it to look “lived in” and encourage interaction. It was also an incredibly diverse international group. We had people from many different countries which added to the dynamic." Table and Chalkboard Signage: Sharp Shooter Signs; Books and Glass Bottles: Little Vintage Rentals
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Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Green Building
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Love how they used tea-stained music sheets as their table runner. Such an inexpensive idea! Florist: Tom Borgese
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Rightfully so, they splashed their cash on two of the things that were most important to them: the amazing Carte Blanche from Elan Artists, their DJ, Justin from Mister Saturday Sound, and good food. Band: Carte Blanche from Elan Artists; DJ: Justin from Mister Saturday Sound
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Catering: Betty Brooklyn
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Such a fun soiree. Congratulations, you guys! Photographer: Chris Spira; Event Planner: Melissa McNeeley; Invitation Designer: Bride (with help from her mother); Rentals: Broadway Rentals and Patina Vintage Rentals
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