A Hip, Vintage Americana Wedding at TBD Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York

After returning home from an unforgettable trip through South East Asia, where Chris Wiezorek (32 and a first assistant camera) asked Jen Pyle (32 and

After returning home from an unforgettable trip through South East Asia, where Chris Wiezorek (32 and a first assistant camera) asked Jen Pyle (32 and a hairstylist and graphic designer) at sunrise at the legendary Angkor Wat temple to marry him, the couple dove headfirst into planning a fun summertime affair in Brooklyn, NY. With Jen’s family living in California and only having the summer months free to travel, the pair knew a summer wedding was a must. Not wanting to wait until the following year to say, “I do,” Jen and Chris decided to throw caution to the wind and plan the entire event in only three-and-a-half months. TBD Brooklyn in Greenpoint offered the cool, casual atmosphere they were after and allowed the couple to introduce their family and friends to their neighborhood and home. A vintage Americana theme was chosen for the day and Jen spent months collecting vintage trays, bottles, flags, postcards and apple crates to the give the decor a charming, rustic vibe. Shades of navy, white and gold dominated the wedding’s color palette, introducing an element of romance and elegance to the overall design, while arrangements of eucalyptus and white blooms softened the urban-industrial feel of the venue. Jen put her design credentials to work, creating all of the wedding’s stationery, from the invitations to the programs and menu cards, each detail reflecting the day’s vintage theme. The couple kept the ceremony short and sweet, then kicked off the celebrations with some classic down-home cooking and lots of dancing. Pies 'n’ Thigh’s served up a delicious spread of fried chicken, catfish, mac and cheese, biscuits and more, followed by their famous apple, banana cream, key lime and s’mores pies, which went over big with guests. The newlyweds and their guests danced the night away under the stars to an upbeat mix of classic rock, indie dance and throwback hits and ended the night on a high note with the New York City Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show. A tip for the taking from Jen: “At first I was stressed that we decided to have a short engagement, but I think it made the planning easier because we didn’t have as much time to change our minds about the wedding details and designs. Being a perfectionist and designer myself I could have driven myself crazy if I had too much time. We just chose what came to mind right away and in the end it was so perfectly us and it all came together beautifully.” Check out the images below photographed by Edward Winter at READYLUCK.

Wanting the flowers to match the wedding’s white, gold and blue color palette, Jen had the florists at Homecoming in Brooklyn, NY create bouquets of white, pale peach and silvery green blooms, including garden roses, peonies, proteas, anemones, lisianthuses, silver dollar eucalyptus and dusty miller for both herself and her bridesmaids. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were tied loosely together with twine, while Jen’s was wrapped in navy ribbon to match the groomsmen.
Instead of a traditional guest book, Jen and Chris asked their guests to write their well wishes on the back of Polaroid photos and place them in a vintage suitcase. Making the most of their unique space, the pair used the vibrant “Welcome to Greenpoint” postcard mural as the backdrop for the photos. “It tied in perfectly with my vintage postcard escort cards that I picked out personally for each guest. Each card represented their home state,” says Jen.
The transition to the reception was effortless with both parts of the evening taking place in TBD Brooklyn’s outdoor beer garden. Wooden picnic tables dressed with burlap runners and vintage medicine bottles filled with fresh white flowers set a laid-back tone for the evening, while strings of bistro lights added warmth and ambiance to the intimate space.
To play up the vintage Americana theme, Jen collected Mason Jars and vintage medicine bottles for the reception centerpieces. The florists at Homecoming in Brooklyn, NY then filled the rustic vessels with arrangements of bright white flowers including anemones, peonies, garden roses and eucalyptus.
Jen put her graphic design expertise to work to create all of the wedding’s stationery. The day’s vintage theme served as the inspiration for everything from the invitations to the escort cards and menus. Jen created a postage themed logo for each element, which created a sense of cohesion throughout the evening. “The invitation was a simple postcard style 4x6 card,” says Jen. “We took a fun photo of us in front of the “Greeting from Greenpoint” sign at TBD Brooklyn and I designed a back that was stamped with the postage themed logo I designed. The simple postcard was a great money saver.”
From the invitations to the menus and escort cards, Jen designed each of the day’s stationery elements herself with a vintage postcard theme in mind. For the escort cards, she hunted down postcards that represented the home states of each guest and paired each with a hand-stamped kraft paper tag bearing both the guest’s seating assignment and the couple’s personal logo. Jen and Chris’s friends and family members could use the cards to write well wishes to the newlyweds and deposit them in a vintage suitcase next to the escort card display.
Though Jen and Chris had Ovenly whip up a red velvet confection for a traditional cake cutting, they opted for something a little different for their guests. The couple’s family members and friends indulged in vanilla and pomegranate and Brooklyn Blackout cupcakes, as well as Pies 'n’ Thighs’ famous banana cream, apple, key lime and s’mores pies.
The ceremony took place in TBD Brooklyn’s backyard beer garden at 5:30PM, the very same place the reception would take place only minutes later. Guests took their places at wooden picnic tables dressed with burlap runners and fresh white blooms arranged in vintage bottles, a postcard-inspired program placed at each setting. The couple exchanged vows against a backdrop of reclaimed doors, vintage milk crates and silver dollar eucalyptus, with pails of baby’s breath lining the aisles and playful bunting hung overhead.
Jen’s six bridesmaids wore short navy dresses of their choosing from Modcloth, Forever21 and Gather & Gown with metallic shoes and their own jewelry. “I wanted them to look comfortable and not overdressed for the wedding’s casual vibe,” says Jen. “Fun sunglasses were encouraged.”
The menu was a huge success both in terms of taste and style. After their original caterer backed out at the last minute, Pies 'n’ Thighs swept in to save the day and totally knocked it out of the park. From mini fried chicken and biscuit sliders to catfish and watermelon salad, the delicious comfort food menu fit perfectly with the wedding’s laid-back, Americana vibe. “The cocktail hour food was the best!” says Jen. “Pies 'n’ Thighs was an amazing choice and all the guests loved it.”
With the wedding taking place on the 4th of July, Jen and Chris decided to get guests in the holiday spirit with a fun playlist of freedom and classic rock hits. Their DJ, Alfie Paleo, also incorporated a mix of the couple’s favorite indie rock, ‘90s rap, ‘80s pop and soul hits that kept guests dancing all night long.
Before leaving the venue to go watch the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display, the newlyweds and their guests lit sparklers on the TBD Brooklyn rooftop, illuminating the outdoor space with brilliant light and festive energy. “The firework show and sparkler lighting made for a very memorable wedding and 4th of July for all!” says Jen. “I couldn’t have asked for better entertainment for my guests. The venue was in walking distance to the Greenpoint waterfront and close by rooftops to watch the show.”