A Vintage, Speakeasy-Inspired Wedding at The Green Room in Brooklyn, New York

After originally planning to elope, Heather Lean (33 and an attorney) and Brian Harloff (40 and an officer) decided they couldn’t tie the knot without

After originally planning to elope, Heather Lean (33 and an attorney) and Brian Harloff (40 and an officer) decided they couldn’t tie the knot without their closest family and friends. To celebrate their union, the couple planned a festive speakeasy-inspired affair at The Green Building in Brooklyn, New York. There couldn't have been a better setting than the former brass foundry, with exposed brick walls and wooden beams, brass chandeliers and a hidden speakeasy room dressed with vintage decor and red velvet curtains. Parties N’All crafted a specialty cocktail list with 1920s libations for the cocktail hour, to get guests in the mood to party, and guests were sent home with miniature bottles of whiskey decked out in art-deco-inspired gift tags to play up the prohibition theme. Boos Floral Showcase decorated the tables with beautiful tall arrangements of roses, hydrangeas, dusty miller and ivy and lots of warm candlelight to give the industrial warehouse space a romantic, ambient vibe. Heather and Brian combined traditions from their Jewish and Protestant backgrounds (like Irish hand-fasting and a stomping of the glass), and wrote their own vows to give the ceremony personal and sentimental flair. As a late-night treat, Heather and Brian surprised guests with a visit from the Wafels & Dinges truck, who served piping-hot Belgian-style waffles with an array of decadent toppings. A tip for the taking from Heather: “Something is bound to go wrong, someone is going to forget to bring something, you might be falling behind schedule, etc. And there is one thing you obviously can't control, and that is mother nature. But in the end, the little things don't matter. The big picture is a day filled with love, laughter and wonderful people. It also helps to have amazing vendors by your side to deal with the little hiccups that are sure to come up, so you don't have to.”

Classic Gold Wedding Bands
Boos Floral filled Heather’s bouquet with a mix of ivory roses, eucalyptus, wax flowers, dusty miller and silver brunia for a textured, elegant effect. The bouquet was wrapped with cascading ivory lace ribbon and a locket that Brian had given her. “Inside the locket was a picture of my mom and me,” Heather says. “My mom, who is suffering with Alzheimer's, couldn't attend my wedding, so having something to carry down the aisle that symbolized her being there with me was so touching.”
To give her look a touch of glitz and glamour, Heather went all out with her shoes, walking down the aisle in a pair of shimmery silver Miu Miu Heels. A crystal and bead-embellished belt, crystal drop earrings and a Marchesa evening bag, all of which were from Rent the Runway, played up the glam theme, while still keeping Heather’s bridal look feeling timeless and elegant.
Heather wore two dresses for the wedding. For the ceremony, Heather wanted to honor her mother, who was unable to attend the wedding because of illness, by wearing a lace gown as a nod to the one her mother wore on her own wedding day. She found a stunning lace mermaid gown by Danielle Caprese for Kleinfeld at The Bridal Garden in New York City, a nonprofit bridal boutique whose proceeds go toward educating disadvantaged children. "It was awesome to know that my purchase went to such a terrific cause. I bought it off the rack and it fit me almost perfectly,” Heather says.
Instead of having his groomsmen dish out for new suits for the wedding, Brian had his guys rent classic gray suits from The Black Tux. They paired the look with white button-down shirts, skinny black ties and dress shoes for a polished, modern look. For his own wedding attire, Brian opted for a three-piece Hugo Boss suit and brown wing-tip brogues.
Formal Charcoal Gray Jenny Yoo Dresses
Butler's Pantry Hand-Calligraphed Escort Cards
Inspired by their venue, the couple dreamed up a fun, festive and glam speakeasy theme for their wedding. While the venue itself packed plenty of Prohibition-era charm, Heather and Brian played up the theme, with 1920s cocktails and miniature bottles of whiskey for the wedding favors, decorated with black-and-gold art-deco-inspired gift tags.
Whimsical Gold Wedding Paper Diva Programs
Vintage Postcard Guest Book Alternative
After visiting The Green Building in Brooklyn, New York, Heather and Brian were sold. “We fell in love with its effortlessly beautiful interior and the vintage flair,” Heather says. The former brass foundry’s exposed brick walls and wooden beams, brass chandeliers and speakeasy room equipped with vintage decor perfectly matched their wedding’s Prohibition-era theme.
Hand-Stitched Ring Bearer Sign
Traditional Green Building Ceremony Processional
It was important to Heather and Brian to combine their Jewish and Protestant backgrounds into their wedding ceremony. The couple chose their favorite traditions, like Irish hand-fasting and the breaking of the glass, to incorporate into the interfaith ceremony. They also wrote their own vows as an extra-special and meaningful touch that gave the day personal flair.
Green Building Ceremony Recessional
1920s-Inspired Signature Cocktails
Gold-Feather Place Cards
After a cocktail hour out on the terrace, where the newlyweds and their guests snacked on freshly made sushi from Soto Sushi and mouth-watering canapés like Piedmontese beef meatballs, mini latkes with smoked salmon and grilled polenta and mozzarella on rosemary skewers, everyone headed back inside for dinner and dancing. They enjoyed a menu of market green salad, filet mignon, roasted chicken and roasted brook trout before hitting the dance floor.
Boos Floral Hydrangea and Rose Centerpieces
In the months before the ceremony, Heather scoured Etsy for details -- like vintage Brooklyn stamps, marquee lighting, a vintage “Bar” light and a sequin tablecloth for the cake display -- to bring the wedding’s vintage speakeasy theme to life. Each hand-picked element added to the wedding’s one-of-a-kind flair.
Infused Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Hour Drinks
For the reception, Heather decided to switch up her look and changed into a light and airy Marchesa gown, which was perfect for taking a twirl or two out on the dance floor. Heather had originally spotted the stunning crystal-embellished gown in Marchesa’s 2012 collection, but had a hard time finding one. “I knew it would perfectly fit the vintage metallic theme for my reception.  As fate would have it, I found a seller on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com just a couple of months before my wedding, who was selling this very same gown, never worn, at an amazing price,” Heather says. “I found a talented tailor who was able to tailor the very delicate dress to my body.”
First Dance at the Green Building
Family Wedding Photos and Vintage Props
Customized Coasters and Cocktail Napkins
At the end of the night, Heather and Brian surprised their guests with a visit from Wafels & Dinges. The food truck dished out delectable sweet treats, like Belgian-style waffles with all the fixings, a much-needed snack after hours of lively dancing. Along with their waffles, guests enjoyed after-dinner drinks and cigars under the night sky.