Chic Weddings/Elopement

Country Western Meets Hip Brooklyn Elopement

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Three cheers for the hippest, raddest, Brooklyn couple!

Okay, so being a Brooklynite myself, I can think of a quite a few that fit that category, that being said, it’s been a while since I’ve seen an intimate wedding such as this country western party that speaks so true to the individualistic style of this fashionable borough.

A vintage-style, knee-length gown (found with sartorial finesse on ASOS!), a cowboy hat, blue velvet heels, a bolo tie, a wildflower bouquet, and “pimpin’ ain’t easy” socks – today’s real couple are beyond stylish. Clearly cool with their own point of view, the whole scene is very “country western meets Brooklyn hip” and we’re all about it.

The two originally planned a slightly larger wedding with a proper destination venue, and of course, life intervened and the two gracefully rolled with the punches and planned this wild, intimate, and “totally Brooklyn” wedding – we think you’ll see the fun in Common Dove‘s candid and vibrant photos!

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Our Love Story

We met on spring break our freshman year of college and remained friends for many years. Six years ago we both moved from the east coast to California and we were finally united. We realized the love and adoration we held for each other and the rest is history.

He was very adamant about walking across the Brooklyn Bridge one cold and blustering day. With a story about walking to meet his friends, we set out across the bridge. Before we reached the middle he stopped to take in the view. It was then that he started a speech about sneaking around behind my back and lying to me about what he was doing while I was away on business. Great…right, I totally thought he was cheating. Then he whipped out the ring. He was searching for the perfect ring and had been sneaking around NYC to find it. It was a beautiful antique emerald ring from the 1920s. I could not be more elated. It was perfect.

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The Dress & Attire

For the wedding dress, I wanted something festive and unique. I did not want a traditional wedding dress and I was not even set on white. However, when I saw this dress online at ASOS and I fell in love.

For the groom, all he cared about was having his outback hat. I let him go wild with his pants and shirt, and he picked out the blue pieces. The bolo tie was a total spur of the moment idea, that happened after a few glasses of wine.

My mother had earrings handmade with stones from seven generations of women in my family. They were show-stopping, but we didn’t get any pictures of them. This made them even more intimate in meaningful.

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I told GRDN Brooklyn I wanted a hand full of wildflowers, like I had picked them from a garden.

– Bride Kaitlyn, the flowers

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The Planning

We started out envisioning a 30 person wedding of our closest friends and family. We found the perfect destination. We found the perfect venue. We found the perfect officiant. We had the perfect bridal party. Although, the universe had different plans for us. We found out we were moving back to California! Everything changed. We bumped up our wedding seven months and decided to do it with just our immediate family.

We had no real expectations for our wedding, so making all of our choices ended up being really fun. We sat down at our computers with bevs and researched all our options. Joe was really sweet in letting me make most of the decisions, but he surprised me when his ideas flowed. The whole process was really enjoyable.

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Favorite Moments

We got to run all around the city with Jess from Common Dove Photography. Being flexible with our day allowed us some freedom to escape and really get some breathtaking moments.

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Advice to Other Couples

It’s just a day, have fun. Drink lightly…at first. Have a moment to yourself to take it in.

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