A Bright Brooklyn Soirée
We're not sure about you, but it's time for winter to be over! That being said, this bright, airy wedding has us day dreaming! We love how intimate the space is & how perfectly coordinated the grooms are!
We asked the couple a few questions about how they met, fell in love & planned their wedding!
Tell us your love story!
We met while both working on the Broadway musical NEXT TO NORMAL in the spring of 2009. David was the Art Director for the ad agency on the show. Marc was the Company Manager of the show. We first met at an ad meeting. However, we didn't really speak to each other until a spring industry party several weeks later, when Marc spent a good twenty minutes talking with David, only to discover that David was there with a date. Oh well.
A week or two later, though, David showed up at the Booth Theatre with friends from out of town. They had matinee tickets for NEXT TO NORMAL, David did not, but he wanted to stay and watch part of the show. Marc had the house manager bring out a chair for David to sit in the back of the house as the performance was sold out. Even though Marc typically leaves the theatre about a half-hour after the performance start, he stayed through intermission to say "hi."
The next day David emailed Marc, wanting to buy him a “thank you” drink. Marc accepted and gave David his (now signature) drink order: Ketel One gimlet, light on the lime juice, straight up. In any case, they made a dinner date for June 1, 2009, which was supposed to be “strictly professional.” And the rest is history...
Tell us about the proposal!
David proposed to Marc on an icy winter day atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France in December of 2012. Marc, very happy, if cold, of course said “yes.”
David had come armed not with a ring, but rather with a red padlock engraved with their names on it (also known as a “lovelock”). Tradition has it that you lock it to one of the bridges over the Seine (once you eventually find room amongst all the other locks) and throw away the key, into the Seine itself.
You can find our lock in the middle of the Pont Du Notre Dame (Notre Dame Bridge).
David did have a moment of panic, sneaking the lock through the metal detector at the base of the Eiffel Tower. Luckily he did so, without the guards (or Marc) suspecting.
Tell us about your big day!
We wanted to get married in Brooklyn (ideally in our neighborhood). We wanted an outdoor element – though still primarily an indoor wedding, as we didn’t want to have to rely on the weather. Ici allowed us the best of all worlds: it’s in our hood; primarily indoors with a lovely garden; and large enough to hold our guest list of about 75-80 people.
We knew we wanted Marc's eldest brother to officiate the ceremony and that we wanted to keep the ceremony sweet, short and simple. We also knew we had to plan it ourselves and would rely on a small group of close friends to help with certain assigned elements, in advance and on the day of. Lastly (and this was more Marc's thing) we knew there would be no ties and no tuxes from day one when we were choosing our attire.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
Difficult: Since David is a Creative Director, he designed our invitations. Designing invitations that reflected him both professionally and personally presented a huge challenge – not to mention having his partner as his “client.” Finding the right tone and agreeing on the design/text took a while – and many, many drafts – however, once the invitations were done, they determined the style of everything else.
The other big challenge was the music. Instead of a band or a DJ, we created playlists in iTunes and used iPads to control the music throughout the evening. We had separate ones for the arrival, the procession, the cocktail hour, the dinner, and of course the dancing at the end of the night. Creating these playlists took months and months, since we wanted to set the right tone for each section. It also took awhile to pare down the lists. We didn’t finalize until days before!
Easy: We asked our friend Scot (who has impeccable taste) to help us handle the flowers. He worked with a florist friend (based on samples we’d provided) to create lovely arrangements. And he generously ended up giving us our arrangements as a wedding gift – so…the flowers were easy!
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Make sure people know there’s a favor to take at the end of the night! Even though we had them prominently displayed on the way out the door (or so we thought!), about half the guests left without them.
Also, if you are using iPads or iPods for music, test your equipment and playlists at the venue. Because of a glitch, the song we’d chosen as our processional song wouldn’t play. Ultimately, it didn’t matter, because most guests didn’t even realize and we were just happy to be walking down the aisle together. It did give us a good laugh later, since we’d spent months choosing the “right” song.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently?
We wished we had recorded the ceremony and the toasts. At the time we didn’t think we a videographer was that important. In hindsight, we would have liked to have a record of those two special moments so that we could revisit them.
Anything thing else you would like to add?
Do it your way – and make sure you have a great time – it’s your day.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day? Hearing each other read our vows was most special; absolutely the highlight of the day.
The toasts from our family and friends were a wonderful surprise. We certainly expected them to be funny (we have some pretty funny friends and family members), but we hadn’t expected them to be so moving.
Of course, the dance party at the end of the evening was also huge fun – it was the culmination of a festive evening of celebrating.
- Photography By Maggie Marguerite Photography
- Florals By Spruce
- Paper Goods, Signage & Printed Materials By David Barrineau
- Materials For Paper Goods By Paper Presentation
- Venue & Catering By ICI Restaurant
- Cupcakes By Joyce Baskeshop
- Decor Pieces By Brooklyn Flea
- Notecard Box By City Foundry
- Burlap Runners By The Ruffled Daisy
- Suits By J. Crew
- Shirts & Silk Boutonniere By Jack Spade
- Rings By DVVS Fine Jewelry