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 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.”