Monday, June 17, 2013

Kara + Alan | iCi Restaurant Brooklyn Wedding

It finally came! The day I have personally anticipated since my cousin first walked through the front door of my apartment saying, "This is 'California'. He's just a friend from work." I didn't know much about him yet. I didn't even know his real name. But I knew they were meant to be together.

In just one night I could see the way he looked at her. The way she lit up whenever he returned to her side. The way he anticipated her every move... and begrudgingly left the party without her when I insisted she stay behind for a cousin-only sleepover. Their first official date wasn't until 2 months later, but I feigned girly surprise when she "revealed" to me that they finally went out for a pre-meditated dinner for two ;)

As for their destined big day, every last impecable detail was imagined, created, and coordinated by the bride herself - and with remarkably calm elegance at that. From their white-washed wonder of a venue, iCi Restaurant in Forte Greene Brooklyn, to the champagne inspiration all around (the girl loves her bubbly... I can attest to that!), the day was light, bright, and so incredibly happy. Thirty Five of their closest friends and family lept at the opportunity to fly from all corners of the world and lend a hand in any way they could to create a celebration of their love that would be just as warm and festive as they are.

And I had the joy and honor of being one of them. Attending as both guest and photographer, it was amazing to be a part of this special day and be by their sides every step of the way.

This is the story of a fun-loving girl from Escanaba, Michigan and a super super sweet boy from Brazil, fated to cross stars in New York, one of the biggest cities in the world...

A stunning hair masterpiece crafted by Ai Sakai of Ai Love Hair.
The bride's gift, a darling bud vase, from the groom. 

Pink and Peach... down to the very last detail :)
The unique beauty of a champagne dress set the tone for a light and bright colour palette.

Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park was the perfect spot for their "First Look".

Custom cufflinks, the Groom's gift, celebrate New York living combined with his Brazilian roots.

A myriad of peach Juliet Roses and ivory Peonies designed by Kana Togashi of Saffron.

An ultra fun detail: Acoustic Brazilian Guitar for cocktail hour.

Taking a moment to be on the other side of the camera WITH the bride and groom :)

And then there were four... 
iCi Restaurant in Brooklyn's Forte Greene neighborhood is a white dream!
Escort stones individually adressed by the bride were the sweetest touch :)

Save the dates, invitations, programs, dinner & cocktail hour menus and all signs were designed by a very (VERY) good friend!

Message Books at the reception tables posed questions prompting guests to share memories of (and with) the couple!

The prettiest ombre Macaron Tower Cake from Macaron Café

A Guest Tree (in lieu of a book) - so clever!

Sparkler Send Off... my absolute favourite!

Venue & Catering: ICI Restaurant, Brooklyn NY | Flowers: Saffron Makeup & Hair: Ai Sakai of Ai Love Hair | Cake: Macaron Café, NYC | Bride's Gown: Kaira’s Bridal | Bride's Jewelry: Nicole Miller | Shoes: Aldo Bridesmaid Dress: Teddy Paper Garlands: Giddy4Paisley & Paper White Designs | Burlap Table Runners: Anto Arts | Bud Vases: CB2 | Message Books & Guest Book Tree: Envelopper | Paper Design: Dan Lowery | Menu Frames: Saturday Morning Love  Groom's Custom Cuff Links: Skinner Studio | Bride's Rings: Beautiful Petra | Groom's Ring: Richardson Jewelers

And many MANY thanks to my 2nd shooter of the day, Bethany Michaela Jones!

Can't get enough? Check out their engagement session in Brooklyn's Prospect Park & Brooklyn Bridge Park last autumn.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous photos Melissa! Thank you so much for sharing this day with all of us & for capturing all the special moments. You did an impeccable job! Love the pics & love you! Denby