This wedding has definitely made us fans of the circular ceremony. When you see and hear from Kendel how special it was to them, and how fun it looks to be completely enveloped by friends & family as you make such intimate vows, you’ll probably feel the same way too. Their unique wedding venue, The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn was the perfect space for their ceremony and afternoon tea. All it needed was to feel a little warmer, so they brought in a few tissue pom poms, white Christmas lights and plenty of Confetti System garland.
Kendel’s bridal bouquet recipe (gorge, right?): cafe au lait dahlias, roses, juliet garden roses, clematis, blushing bride, andromeda, astilbe, astrantia, dusty miller russian olive, sedum, ranunculus, and jasmine.
Their processional song was the instrumental version of “Spread Your Wings” by Spiritualized and their first dance song was Donna Summer’s, “I Feel Love”.
One thing we knew we wanted from the start was for to friends and family to be active participants in the ceremony and wedding. As our advocates, supporters, and the people who have helped make us who we are individually (and now as a family of our own), we wanted each guest to have a hand in marrying us. So, once our friend and officiant signed the paperwork that made us State of New York official, she asked – on our behalf – for the entire room to pronounce us married. Everyone stood with their confetti packets in hand, and on the count of three and yelled: “We now pronounce you husband and wife!” It was incredibly special to us, and we’ll forever remember the warmth, love, and happiness that moment brought.
From Kendel… Because we chose a free-form, secular ceremony, it was up to us to craft every last detail and transition, down to the minute. Having to focus on the ceremony added a layer of planning and required a lot of discussion and creative thinking. The result was well worth it: friends and family surrounded us, gave speeches, told stories, and were truly part of the experience. There was a lot of laughter, tears, and so much love in the room.
Photographer: Lauren Slusher of Bonnie & Lauren / Venue: The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn / Day-of coordinator: Anna Leath at Just About Married / Hair: Daniel Rechelbacher, at Salon 2b / Florist: Kathleen Hyppolite, Katflower / Cake: friend Jane Lerner / Catering: Cobblestone Catering / Invitation Designer: couple collaborated on the design with Dever Thomas / Rentals: Party Rental Ltd / Ring Pillow: made by friend Kate Durkin / DJ: friends Piotr Orlov and Eric Demby / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham purchased at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier / Shoes: BHLDN / Engagement Ring: custom made by Anna Sheffield / Wedding Ring: Greenwich Jewelers / Earrings & Bracelet: Ben Amun / Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith / Shoes: Barney’s / Tie: Hugo Boss, Shipley & Halmos / Wedding Party Boutonnieres: ban.do / Flower Girl Hair Clips: Anthropologie / Ring Bearer & Best Man Suits: J. Crew