A Contemporary, Architecturally Inspired Wedding at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York

Annie Scheel (33 and an architect) and Paul Coughlin’s (38 and an architect) wedding was an understated, modern affair with undeniable architectural flair. After their original venue closed, Annie and Paul had only six months to replan their wedding and half their original budget. Despite the challenges, the couple, with the help of their families and friends, were able to pull off a fun, festive evening that spoke to their personalities and was reflective of their strong support network. Luckily, they were able to find a venue in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, where the original wedding was set to take place. The historic Powerhouse Arena offered a raw space for the couple to make their own, as well as impressive views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. “We didn’t really have a theme for our wedding, we were just trying to do things as simply as possible and have a great party,” Annie says. “We let our design aesthetics, the location and the venue dictate everything.” The couple chose architecturally inspired colors and materials to dress up the modern space, and took on a number of DIY projects to introduce a hint of personal flair. Annie’s sister Becky custom designed all the Brooklyn-inspired stationery, and her parents and aunt were instrumental in creating many of the decorative details, including a zip-tie display and all the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces. After exchanging vows in a personalized ceremony officiated by one of Paul’s closest friends, guests toured the venue’s galleries while sipping on prosecco and noshing on an impressive spread of hors d’oeuvres, snacks, smoked salmon and filet mignon catered by Fairway Market. The newlyweds and their guests then spent the rest of the night on the dance floor, busting a move to a set list of Annie and Paul’s favorite dance music.