A Romantic, Book-Themed Wedding at Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York


                    For Rebecca "Becky" Teitel (a documentary producer and director) and Brian Mahanna (an attorney for Zuckerman Spaeder) who met a

For Rebecca "Becky" Teitel (a documentary producer and director) and Brian Mahanna (an attorney for Zuckerman Spaeder) who met as undergraduates at NYU, New York City has always been home. "It just felt like the right place for us to get married," says Becky. The couple chose Brooklyn's Liberty Warehouse (an industrial building on the water in Red Hook) because it felt like the perfect combination of the things they love most about the Big Apple: its romance and grit. With their venue solidified, Becky and Brian went about creating the timeless, romantic vibe they envisioned for their wedding. They pulled it off with organic shades of white, lush floral arrangements, plenty of candles and subtle nods to their favorite pastime: reading. "We aren’t formal people, so we didn’t want anything to feel formal or forced. What we like is romantic, vintage and natural, so we tried to make everything align with those images and feelings," explains Becky. After a sunset ceremony with the Statue of Liberty as their backdrop, guests enjoyed an open air cocktail hour on the water followed by a three-course meal and a wild dance party. "The dance floor was packed the entire night," recalls Becky.

Brian and his groomsmen keep their looks simple and classic in traditional black tuxes and satin bow ties.
Ivory and Blush Peony Bridesmaid Bouquets with Ribbon
Dahlia, Peonies and Greenery Bridal Bouquet
Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
Becky's Annasul Y wedding dress had Gatsbyesque beading with a simple cut and low back. "It felt very classic and romantic—like the type of dress that you could have worn to a wedding 50 years ago and could wear to a wedding 50 years from now."
Rose Groom Boutonniere
Seven of Becky's nine bridesmaids wore the white dress of their choice. "I really wanted to recognize each of them for who are, which is hard when you take a group of individuals and put them in the same dress. I decided that I really wanted them all to be in a different dress of their own choosing, the only requirement was to wear white," she explains. "It looked beautiful and everyone still stood out because who else would wear white to a wedding?
Becky and Brian displayed the library card escort cards in vintage wooden library card catalogue drawers.
Liberty Warehouse Waterfront Cocktail Hour
Becky's Annasul Y wedding dress had Gatsbyesque beading with a simple cut and low back. "It felt very classic and romantic—like the type of dress that you could have worn to a wedding 50 years ago and could wear to a wedding 50 years from now."
Bookmark ceremony programs nodded to Becky and Brian's subtle book motif.
Book-Themed Table Numbers
White Peony and Vintage Book Decor
White Table Linens and Low Floral Centerpiece Reception Decor
Love White Garden Rose Centerpiece with Pops of Pink
"I am an avid reader—and love all things books—so instead of doing table numbers, we assigned book names to each table," says Becky. "Each book was a reflection of the people who were at the table—or of their relationship to us. It felt like a much more personal way to name the tables than random numbers."
Vintage Wood Drinks Cart
White Dahlia and Greenery Floral Arrangement
"The food was truly, truly excellent," says Brian. "Everyone we see still raves about how great it was."
Small White and Green Centerpiece
"We looked around at a bunch of different venues, but we just keep coming back to Liberty Warehouse," recalls Becky. "It had the perfect blend of romance (the beautiful view of the water, the exposed brick inside, the fireplaces, etc.) and the gritty New York City that we also love."