A Classic, Vintage-Inspired Wedding at the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City, New York
The Metropolitan Building is an event space that serves as a backdrop for many photo shoots and films. "One of the biggest reasons we ended choosing our venue was its amazing rustic décor," Lin You says of her wedding to Joey Shum. "There was so much vintage furniture to decorate the space, such as chairs, tables, birdcages, suitcases, mirrors, columns and more." The ceremony took place in a loft with gray walls, a glamorous chandelier and cozy accents. Modern flower arrangements lined the aisle, and guests sat on sleek white folding chairs. Joey paired his tapered navy-blue suit with a dark gray tie, a white shirt and brown oxford shoes. Lin stunned in a classic off-the-shoulder dress with minimalistic details. "The one tradition we squeezed into our wedding was the Chinese tea ceremony, which was at the request of our families," the couple says. Afterward, guests attended a reception with round tables, neutral linens and plenty of string lights. The simple centerpieces were stacks of books with simple paper table numbers. Guests took mini succulents as wedding favors, and they ate a single-tier semi-naked wedding cake for dessert. "We chose specific songs that we knew guests would gravitate to (mostly '90s music)," Lin says. "A few of our favorite parts of the wedding included the sparkler exit, photo shoot with our bridal party and getting down at the reception."