A Rustic, Industrial Wedding at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York

Xeni Fragakis (a writer and teacher) and Glenn Head (a cartoonist) gathered their closest family members and friends at the Wythe Hotel for an intimat

Xeni Fragakis (a writer and teacher) and Glenn Head (a cartoonist) gathered their closest family members and friends at the Wythe Hotel for an intimate celebration in Brooklyn, New York. The venue’s rustic-industrial aesthetic perfectly channeled the Williamsburg neighborhood's cool old-school vibe, with its painted brick walls, lofty ceilings and exposed duct work. Before the festivities got into full swing, Xeni and Glenn exchanged vows in Wythe’s courtyard garden under an arch of bright pink blooms and lush wild greenery. As a nod to Xeni’s roots, the couple performed a traditional Greek Orthodox crowning custom during the ceremony. They tapped Tin Can Studios to soften the Wythe’s rough-around-the-edges appeal with bountiful bouquets of roses and ranunculus in brilliant shades of burgundy, coral, peach and blush displayed in pewter vases. Hundreds of ivory candles were sprinkled throughout the space, the warm golden light setting an undeniably romantic tone for the evening. Brass accents and vintage-inspired signs brought a subtle touch of early-20th-century elegance to the decor. “I wanted flowers that had brightness and presence and tended toward the pinky end of the spectrum,” Xeni says. “I liked Tin Can Studios's arrangements, which were lovely and unfussy without looking messy.” To play up the intimacy of the evening, the couple opted for a family-style meal that encouraged guests to mix and mingle. Champagne cocktails and old-fashioneds flowed all evening, and classic wedding cake provided a sweet finish to dinner. —Libby MacCarthy

For their rings, Xeni and Glenn opted for a minimalist, modern aesthetic. A textured finish gave Glenn’s wedding band a bold yet earthy edge, while Xeni’s ring featured a sleek, geometric design and diamonds for a hint of bling.
At once elegant and unfussy, Xeni’s bridal bouquet brought a healthy dose of romantic drama to her modern wedding day look. The arrangement was filled with fresh ranunculus and roses in contrasting shades of peach, coral, burgundy and blush. “I wanted flowers that had brightness and presence,” Xeni says.
While Xeni intended to take the traditional route when it came to her down-the-aisle duds, she quickly changed gears. “I tried on a few wedding dresses, found myself swimming in all of them and opted for a short dress,” Xeni says. “Prayers for unseasonably warm November weather followed—and were honored.” She settled on a ballet-inspired A-line Vera Wang dress with an ethereal organza skirt and illusion back and neckline.
After saying “I do,” Xeni and Glenn took photos around the Williamsburg area. To keep the chilly autumn air at bay, Xeni cozied up in a leather jacket that added the perfect punch of cool-girl flair to her short-and-sweet Vera Wang dress.
The evening kicked off with an intimate ceremony in the outdoor garden, where Xeni and Glenn exchanged vows under a simple wooden arch adorned with bundles of bright pink peonies, blush roses and lush greenery. As a nod to Xeni’s roots, the couple performed a traditional Greek Orthodox crowning custom during the ceremony.
Before sitting down to dinner, the newlyweds and their guests mixed, mingled and sipped on signature drinks, including champagne cocktails, daiquiris and old-fashioneds. For a hint of old-world glamour, the drinks were served in vintage-inspired coupes set on silver trays.
“Our guests are still talking about them and were more than glad to walk away with the arrangements at the end of the evening,” Xeni says of the eye-catching centerpieces at the reception at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York. Dramatic arrangements of pink, burgundy, coral and blush blooms infused the rustic-industrial space with vibrancy, while flickering votive candles filled the Wythe Hotel with warm, ambient light.
The long wooden tables were topped with fresh roses and ranunculus arranged in footed pewter bowls, which called to mind the old-world grandeur of a still life painting. The couple opted for classic white dinnerware to complement the fuss-free feel of their family-style meal, adorning each place setting with a sprig of olive leaves for a touch of Tuscan appeal.
Lion by the Sun injected a sense of 1930s glamour into the soiree with simple yet elegant signs styled alongside brass holders.
The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York, catered the entire meal, delighting guests' palettes with a menu rich in nontraditional fare. “It was served family style and, in spite of including ingredients like kale, was extremely tasty even by the standards of nonwedding food,” Xeni says. After dinner, the couple treated guests to a slice of wedding cake. The three-tier confection featured combed ivory buttercream topped with an unexpected zombie bride and groom.