A Classic, Natural Wedding at The Ben in West Palm Beach, Florida
When Meredith Feig and Tony Stern booked their wedding venue, it didn't exist yet. "We reserved our date at The Ben sight unseen, and it was just a concrete structure when we first toured it in hard hats in August 2019," Meredith says. "We knew it would be risky, but the minute we saw the 180-degree water views from the rooftop ballroom, we knew we had made the right decision." They were the first couple to wed at the venue, and they chose to decorate the industrial space with classic whites, lots of greenery, and black and wood accents. The ceremony took place inside a room with exposed ductwork, concrete floors and an entire wall of roll-up garage door windows. To embrace the setting, the couple set up a 10-foot black wood chuppah and covered it in white flowers and greenery. Plants in woven baskets added pops of color, while ghost chairs allowed the other architectural elements to take the spotlight. Tony sported a custom tuxedo with a black velvet jacket and black velvet smoking slippers. After an alterations fiasco one month before the wedding, Meredith ended up with a gorgeous fit-and-flare gown with floral appliqué details, detachable lace sleeves and a dramatic train. The rooftop ballroom reception boasted views of the city and ocean. "We rented long wood dining tables and wood chairs to bring warmth to the space, and we covered the tables in varying floral arrangements of white flowers and greenery, plus lots of candles to create a romantic ambience," Meredith says. Black slate chargers, as well as a black bar, added a modern twist. Meredith and Tony also wrapped the dance floor in white vinyl with a thick black border. Other memorable details included a large escort display wall and a hanging flower installation that covered the dance floor.