A Modern Summer Wedding at reBar in Brooklyn, New York

Karen McDermott (30, a managing partner at Cuisine Cube) and Joshua Holly (33, a wine sales professional at Al Selections) dated for 8 years before th

Karen McDermott (30, a managing partner at Cuisine Cube) and Joshua Holly (33, a wine sales professional at Al Selections) dated for 8 years before they got engaged.“We met in 2004 when we were waiting tables at a restaurant on the Upper East Side,” Karen says. “He had just moved to NYC from Portland, Oregon, and I was still in college. I grew up in Queens, and even though I found him very funny and good-looking, I thought this ‘West coaster’ was so not my type. I had a boyfriend at the time, but Josh kept inviting me to do things with him. I finally accepted when he invited me to the opening night party of the new Museum of Modern Art where he had landed a day job, which I just couldn't say no to -- I was studying painting in school. After that my ‘boyfriend’ sort of disappeared and we were hanging out a lot -- and eventually dating. Josh proposed to me on my birthday in 2012 at a little Italian restaurant that is next door to the restaurant we worked at together. It was a total surprise since I never expected a proposal on my birthday. We got married at the now infamous Rebar (which closed). We wanted a non-traditional wedding where guests were not seated at tables. The ceremony was on the Granite Prospect steps on the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge with a great view of the city from Dumbo. We had two great musical performances during the cocktail hour - a friend's band, Brandi and the Alexanders played motown covers which was a huge hit. Josh's sister sang Bob Dylan's 'To Make You Feel My Love,' which was really special.”

Rustic Green Groomsmen Boutonnieres
The bride's bouquet was a bright, summery arrangement full of pink, white and peach florals with sage-green accents. So pretty!
The bridesmaids bouquet mirrored the bridal bouquet with soft peach-colored roses and sage-colored greens.
"I wore a BHLDN dress which was actually my second wedding dress after I learned the hard way not to have someone make a wedding dress for you on the Internet!" Karen says. "I loved it though! My jewelry was all from an Etsy seller."
"Josh wore a Hugo Boss suit and a vintage tie," Karen says.
"We gave our ceremony guests white paper parasols since it was June and really hot and sunny that day," says Karen. "The overall feeling was soft, romantic and summery."
Karen and Joshua married at the Granite Prospect underneath an arch. We love the rustic look of the ceremony, even though it's situated in Brooklyn.
"Our bridesmaids wore mismatched pink and nude colored dresses that they picked themselves," Karen says.  "I bought handmade bow ties from a seller on Etsy for the guys which were sage green, and my sister-in-law stood on Josh's side wearing a sage green dress."
"The music was the best reflection of who we are," Karen says. "Our friends Brandi and the Alexanders rocked the house so that everyone was dancing already when we made our entrance. They had to stop to pay attention to us! The dancing went all night, and everyone was all sweaty by the end."
"Dinner was a buffet of fish and steak with awesome sides," Karen says. "It was all very casual, but the food was really more tasty than usual wedding food."
"The food was all done by reBar and it was great," Karen says. "The cocktail hour was our favorite with mini sliders, bacon-wrapped scallops and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus being some of the highlights."