A Rare Find in New York City
An excellent place to get married
The Brooklyn Winery is a rare find in New York City. I have to say it is one of my favorite venues to work in.
Venues, like people, have their own personalities and charm. Each has its own feeling and un-told story.
When I walk into Brooklyn Winery, I just feel calm. Maybe it’s the wood paneling, the attention to detail, or all of the life that is inside.
The atrium is a place of peace for me, one side of the wall is covered with wood and living plants.
I especially enjoy the afternoons spent setting up wedding ceremonies in the hushed quiet before the winery team comes in and the preparations of the party to begin. There is always a faint smell in the air of must, growth, and life.
The Brooklyn Winery is a winery after all, during the week, the atrium is transformed into a working winery with bottles clinking and wine being moved from giant vats to barrels and then to bottles.
Harvest is an especially fun time, when the grapes come in and the whole process starts all over.
I see it so often in its off-season, so to speak. When it mainly serves events and weddings. I onced asked the owner, why not move production to a larger facility, he answered, then it wouldn’t be a winery. DUH!!
Getting married in such a special place serves as an excellent metaphor for life. It’s exciting in the beginning, you go through phases and it gets better and better as time goes on. The end looks nothing like the beginning, but the heart, the essence is still strong.
I love all of the found items, the mis-matched vintage china, and vintage candlesticks. There is a certain patina, and memories of happy times past that are carried into the present. They do an excellent job of balancing modern sophistication with the old world. That juxtaposition is the perfect parallel to the Williamsburg neighborhood.
The people who work there have purpose and passion. Everyone is genuinely kind and soulful. They care deeply about each and every event and the purpose behind it. I am honored to have been a part of many memorable events at Brooklyn Winery.
Here are some images from a wedding we did this past winter, long before the grapes on the vines started growing and gathering life into each little orb. Alexis and Jon were kind enough to share them with me. As always, Erica from Clean Plate Pictures did an excellent job of capturing fleeting moments.
I love the wild growth of the chuppah and the romantic touches of roses and peonies. Everything looks grown into place. Understated elegance. More importantly I love how happy everyone looks and truly know that they have started their life together at an exceptional place.
Venue: The Brooklyn Winery
Photography: Clean Plate Pictures
Decor: Rose Red & Lavender
Getting Ready: Hoxton Hotel