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May 31, 2017

Venues We Love: The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn

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Bride & Blossom has had the opportunity to work at the most iconic wedding venues in New York City. Out of all the decisions a bride must make, choosing where she will get married is one of the most important. And nothing brings us more joy than collaborating with a bride to transform a space into a beautiful, wedding-perfect setting that expresses her style, personality, and love.

 

Amanda and Donald - Ceremony View - Liberty Warehouse - Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Ceremony View – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

We are excited to announce the Venues We Love series, weekly blog posts profiling the top places for a wedding in the NYC area. First up is The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

What makes the Liberty Warehouse so special is its history, charm, and versatility. Located on Pier 41, the building dates to the 1850s and offers sweeping views of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Couples can plan their wedding here around the use of multiple rooms and a waterside promenade. They have the option of having an outdoor ceremony on the promenade or a more intimate ceremony in a room inside. Reserved for receptions, the main, large room has floor-to-ceiling windows, which flood the space with natural light. Raw wooden beams and exposed brick add to the interior’s relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

The Liberty Warehouse strikes the perfect balance between beauty and comfort. The abundance of natural light and wood enhance floral design and styling to stunning effect. Every bride is unique. And we love how the look and feel of this venue can go from classic elegance to vintage romance to urban garden.

Chuppahs and Wedding Arches: A focal point of the ceremony, chuppahs and wedding arches are a statement made by the couple as they enter their new life together. For outdoor ceremonies at The Liberty Warehouse, these symbolic structures are set up at the promenade’s apex where guests look on as the couple exchanges vows against a picturesque backdrop. A lovely chuppah made of white birch branches adorned with yellow and white blooms and lush greenery expresses nature’s splendor. A floral arch of pink and white roses encapsulates a modern day fairy tale. A small, indoor ceremony showcases a chuppah embellished with a romantic palette of red, pink, and white flowers with greenery accents.

 

 

Ambiance: One of the most distinct aspects of The Liberty Warehouse is how the interior’s mood changes, depending on the season and time of day. During a ceremony and reception, it’s remarkable to watch as the dazzling sunlight gives way to evening’s soft, golden glow.

 

 

Table Décor: The venue’s adaptability offers creative room to play. This means table décor can be expressive and full of sentiment. High, round centerpieces exude sophisticated elegance. Medium size arrangements mixing colorful blossoms with fresh greenery radiate an air of natural grace. Low centerpieces of vibrant, seasonal flowers create a garden of enchantment for guests to enjoy.

 

 

Unique Features: The Liberty Warehouse is marked with unique features that can be worked into wedding décor and activities. The ladies can look forward to getting ready in a bridal party suite, which is fully equipped and perfect for memorable “before” photos. For outdoor ceremonies, adorn the white chairs that line the aisle with gorgeous floral accents. During indoor ceremonies, illuminate the aisle with pillar candles.

 

 

The Liberty Warehouse has much to offer a bride and groom on their special day. The history and beauty make it one of New York City’s most beloved wedding venues. And let’s not forget about those views! Just think about how stunning your wedding photos will be!

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January 31, 2017

Winter Wedding Venues in NYC

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Jamie & John / The Liberty Warehouse / Ben Lau Photography

Jamie & John / The Liberty Warehouse / Ben Lau Photography

 

As the winter months come and go, color changes in the sky, and the smell of pine and fireplaces capture our hearts. It is easy to fall in love with the winter season for its magic, its charm, and its warmth despite the cold. We know this is why so many couples choose to get married in wintertime.

Choosing to get married in the winter opens up many options for venues and vendors.  Since summer is the busiest wedding season, it can be much easier to secure the venue and vendors you want in the winter season. Today we look at a few New York venues that truly shine in the winter months, and  bring out the festivity and wonder of every winter bride’s dreams.  Winter in New York is cherished around the world, and there’s no denying a certain magic in the air when walking through the city in the coldest months of the year. And not only is New York beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside.  These venues welcome you in from the cold and into the perfect space to build your winter wonderland.

 

The Liberty Warehouse

The Liberty Warehouse is a hidden gem on Pier 41 in historic Red Hook, Brooklyn.. The 15,000 square foot space was built in the 1850’s, and was recently renovated to host a variety of stunning events. The Liberty Warehouse features spectacular panoramic views of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, with a waterside promenade perfect for a photo shoot. Inside, the Liberty Warehouse offers three different spaces; The Governors Room, The Harbor Room and The Bridge Room, each with its own charm and color palette. Every room offers sweeping high ceilings, tall windows, and rustic details like exposed brick and wood ceilings. This large-scale venue offers a very cozy feeling due to its warm color scheme, traditional wood accents and hardware.

 

This makes it a great venue for brides leaning towards a rustic, vintage theme, and an excellent choice for a holiday wedding.  Fireplaces, brick mantles, and dramatic pillars make an elegant, natural backdrop for holiday-themed décor. One of the best features this venue offers is the floor to celing windows looking out over the water.  At night, the moonlight reflecting off the waves is simply unforgettable, and brings an intimate, warm ambiance to the Warehouse.

An outdoor balcony allows for amazing photos with the harbor in the background.  At our most recent wedding at the Liberty Warehouse, there was a beautiful snowfall that made for some stuning photos and looked incredible from the reception windows.

 

Brooklyn Winery

This venue offers a very different and distant feel compared to other New York venues. While it’s in the middle of Williamsburg with taxis and tourist walking around right outside, once you step through the front doors, you’re in a whole new world.

The Brooklyn Winery offers a rustic cabin feel in the big city. From the moment you  walk through two big oak doors you feel you’ve been transported to another place. The space is intimate and romantic, immersive and completely unique, with wood paneled walls, resorted shiplap tables, a garden atrium, and of course a functioning winery.

With wooden wall panels, wine barrels, stools and picnic tables, the Brooklyn Wintery almost feels like it could be in the middle of the forest.  This makes it a great candidate for a winter wedding venue if brides are looking for a rustic, woodland feel. With cozy booths and old-fashioned lighting, the Brooklyn Wintery begs for cozy candlelight and holiday décor and is ready to host a one-of-a-kind winter celebration.

 

Gotham Hall

Located in Midtown Manhattan, this former New York Savings Bank is known for its unique space and timeless elegance.  The large ballroom offers towering 70-foot ceilings and a round frame that still houses the old bank teller windows.  A stained glass window lights the impressive 17,500 foot ballroom space, in neutral colors that offer a romantic atmosphere that’s a flexible backdrop for your color scheme and décor style.

That said, Gotham Hall is so striking in its height and size that it requires very little to  create the look of an enchanted castle. The grand ballroom is perfect for accentuating winter whites in flowers, drapery and décor.

 

 

There are so many wonderful options for fulfilling your winter wedding dreams here in New York City.  We hope these venues offer inspiration to brides-to-be looking forward to another beautiful New York winter.

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November 8, 2016

Blooms For Keeps : Preserving Your Bridal Bouquet

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One year ago, we provided flowers for Paul and Jennifer’s beautiful ceremony at The Liberty Warehouse. As their first anniversary rolled around, we received an adorable request from Paul. Jennifer had loved her bridal bouquet and planned to preserve and keep it, but apparently over the course of the celebration, the bouquet was misplaced!

 

Bridal Bouquet / Jennifer & Paul / The Liberty Warehouse / Agaton Strom

Bridal Bouquet / Jennifer & Paul / The Liberty Warehouse / Agaton Strom

 

Paul contacted us to request a replacement to surprise Jennifer the day of their anniversary. He was happy to report everything went without a hitch.  She was shocked and delighted, and bought a shadow box right then and there to preserve her thoughtful keepsake.

 

 

When it comes to preserving your bouquet, there are a few options to keep your memorable blooms intact.  One is getting them pressed and framed, or doing so yourself.  This is a great option especially if you’re looking to preserve just a few flowers to accompany a set of photos or an invitation.  Of course, you can do this at home with just a thick book, but if you’re looking to press many into stylish patterns, you may need a professional framer if you want a more polished look.

 

Pressed Flowers via Garden Therapy

Pressed Flowers via Garden Therapy

 

Feeling crafty? Check out this inspiring guide to modern flower pressing via Garden Therapy.

If, like Jennifer, you want to preserve the bouquet’s shape as well as its petals, you can house it in a shadow box or glass dome. There are two methods professionals use for three-dimensional bouquet preservation.  The first is freeze-drying, in which the flowers are vacuum-sealed and slowly dehydrated. The other is burying the fresh bouquet in silica gel until it is dried completely.  The blooms are then sealed in the container of your choosing.

 

Shadow Box Bouquet via Petals by Xavi

Shadow Box Bouquet via Petals by Xavi

 

 

Shadow Box Roses via Esla Moda

Shadow Box Roses via Esla Moda

 

If dried flowers simply aren’t your style, we know a wonderful Pittsburgh-based illustrator Ashley Cecil, who specializes in rendering bride’s bouquets in her magical, distinctive style.  Simply send a photo of your bouquet at its best and brightest. Read our interview with Ashley here.

 

 

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August 24, 2016

Something Blue

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Happy Couple / Andrea & John / The Liberty Warehouse / Popography

Happy Couple / Andrea & John / The Liberty Warehouse / Popography

 

“Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.”

We all know this little rhyme, listing what a bride’s to have with her on her wedding day to insure a long and prosperous marriage, but where did it come from?  And why something blue?

The rhyme dates back to 19th century England, when each of these tokens symbolized something the bride’s friends and family wished upon her partnership.  “Something old” insured the bride would never forget where she came from, “something new” for the times ahead, and “something borrowed” from a happily married friend or family member, in hopes her happiness would be passed over.

Centerpiece / Shoshana & Michael / Carlyle on the Green / Susan Stripling Photography

Centerpiece / Shoshana & Michael / Carlyle on the Green / Susan Stripling Photography

 

As for “something blue,” blue has a long history of appearing at weddings. In Ancient Rome, brides wore blue as a symbol of loyalty and tranquility, of the rise and fall of the sea and sky.  Blue was a popular color for wedding gowns for centuries after, hence the proverb, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”

 

Today, brides are finding more and more creative ways of incorporating a touch of blue into their bridal ensemble.  From anklets, shoelaces, bouquet ribbons, monogrammed gowns, garters, bridesmaids dresses, and simply blue blooms, women today are taking this centuries-old tradition to the next level.

Be sure to visit us this week on INSTAGRAM, for all things #somethingblue.

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August 12, 2016

Bouquet Recipe: Rustic Romance

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Andrea's Bridal Bouquet / Andrea & John / The Liberty Warehouse / POPography

Andrea’s Bridal Bouquet / Andrea & John / The Liberty Warehouse / POPography

 

This lush, dimensional bouquet, with soft peonies and roses playing against textured greenery, paired perfectly with the stunning, rustic interiors of The Liberty Warehouse.

 

Venue: Liberty Warehouse
Photographer: POPography

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April 22, 2016

Pretty in Pink

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We know “wedding whites” and “something blue,” but there’s a third color that dominates the wedding industry: pink. This hue can show up anywhere from over-arching color schemes to non-traditional bridal gowns and, of course, flowers. Because so many blooms naturally occur in this hue, it’s no surprise that we have used a ton of pink flowers over the years at Bride & Blossom.

 

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Venue: Liberty Warehouse
Photographer: Kris Rae Photography

More on This Wedding: Romantic Floral Arch at The Liberty Warehouse

“There are so many choices and decisions that brides have to make on their style and decor, and such a wide variety of options,” says our Director of Events, Elianna Phelps.

“We get to know our brides very intimately and work hard to capture their unique vision, and we play a big role in setting the mood. This arch really suited this bride, venue, and wedding so harmoniously, and the images remind us of those happy moments that we get to be a part of.”

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While we try not to play favorites when it comes to our own floral designs, there are a few elements, like the one above, that tend to stick with us.

 

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Venue: Oak Tree Country Club
Photographer: Anna Lee Media 

More on This Wedding: Summer Country Club Wedding

This aisle of pink petals (leading up to a gorgeous adorned gazebo) at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, OK, is one of my all-time favorite Bride & Blossom moments. I love how much fun the flower girl here is having, just sitting in the grass, playing with the petals! And of course, I couldn’t think of a more beautiful place for the Bride & Groom to say their vows.

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The color pink is known to represent compassion, nurturing, and that most important of wedding virtues: love.

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