Dobbin St – Spring Wedding
Khaki Bedford Studio Photography
I love weddings, I truly do, more importantly, I love the personal connections and being a part of a special day. This past spring we had the pleasure of working in a new venue in Brooklyn called Dobbin St. It was at the height of peony season and those beautiful blooms were captured by one of my favorite photographers, Khaki Bedford. When I found out that Dish Catering was providing the food, I knew it was going to be a great party.
Mia and Eshan were such a lovely couple to work with. When I met with Mia, we became instant friends. Eshan’s family is Persian and we discussed some of the traditions in persian weddings, especially the Sofret which dates back to ancient times. The Sofret is a table set with fruits, nuts, honey and spices and is meant to remind the bride and groom of where they came from and think about their lives in the future.
Mia told me a story about how her first flowers that Eshan gave her came from our shop in Williamsburg. It was really touching and she gracefully wrote a guest blog post about her experience. It really was touching how we could continue to be a part of people’s lives through flowers.
There have been a lot of new venues opening up and I really love working in new places. It is like traveling to a new country. Yes, of course I have my favorites, but each one has their own personality and attracts a unique type of person. Dobbin St is located steps from McCarren Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It is located in a former mechanics garage, but other than the cinder-block exterior, no sign of its former occupation remain. The interior has soaring ceilings with exposed beams and the bathrooms are outfitted with chic fixtures and matte Mexican tile. The best part is the roof deck which offers incredible views of Williamsburg and Manhattan and creates an epic backdrop for the ceremony and a nice place to catch a breath during the reception. The team at Dobbin St go out of their way to make sure that every detail is perfect.
Peonies are at their prime in May and June. Mia’s June wedding was the perfect opportunity to showcase those stunning blooms. At that time of year they are grown locally and to get the best blooms, we purchase whole cases of 100 blooms each in order to select the biggest, and billowiest available. Mia had one request for her bouquet, “Make it Epic”. Now that’s speaking my language. We combined more traditional elements like the urns with floating candles and garland and lots and lots of candles to create a backdrop for a terrific party.
Khaki Bedford is a wonderful photographer and she really makes a personal connection with the people that she is working with. I love how she captures little moments, like Mia and her Grandmother. These pictures will be the ones that she cherishes for years to come. Eshan was such a sweetheart and when his mother pinned on his boutonniere, he started to cry. I started to cry, his mom started to cry, I think everyone needed a tissue at that moment.
I love working with Dish Catering. They really pay a lot of attention to the details. Betty and I have known each other for years, she is such a warm and genuinely nice person and makes a great addition to the Dish team. They really do an amazing job of styling a table, and really take the expression, “You eat with your eyes” to heart. Their speciality is charcuterie and they really put out a nice and delicious presentation. This plated trout is a work of art. I love how the sauce matches the flowers.