A Simple, Rustic Wedding at Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn, New York

After visiting several New York City venues, Candice Valetutti (28 and the head bartender at Batard) and Edouard Bourgeois (31 and the head sommelier at Cafe Boulud) still hadn’t found the perfect spot to say their “I dos”—until Candice went to see the Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn, New York. The pre-World War II rope factory provided an intimate backdrop for the couple’s early-fall affair, with its cathedral ceilings, exposed wooden beams and views of the Manhattan skyline. “The funny part was that Edouard didn’t see the venue until our wedding day. He saw pictures, but it was magical walking in with him for the first time.” Twinkling bistro lights strung across the ceiling infused the cozy loft with warm ambient light, while cross-back chairs and bundles of fresh white and yellow florals exuded rustic charm. The aesthetic may have been understated, but the finer details truly gave the evening a personalized flair: bold custom-designed suits, a postdinner performance, paper airplane escort cards, croquembouche. a decadent, inspired menu designed by Fig & Pig. A tip from Candice: “Hire a day-of coordinator, or make sure your venue has someone who will take care of in-the-moment decisions so you can enjoy your day with your new spouse. And don’t be late!” —Libby MacCarthy