An Eclectic, Vintage-Inspired Wedding at Deity in Brooklyn, New York

Beth Nagalski (34 and an attorney) and David Cooperstein (33 and an attorney) planned a fun, rustic affair with vintage flair at Deity in Brooklyn, NY

Beth Nagalski (34 and an attorney) and David Cooperstein (33 and an attorney) planned a fun, rustic affair with vintage flair at Deity in Brooklyn, NY. The repurposed, 150-year-old synagogue offered the ultimate location for the event, with its abundance of local artwork and distinctive event spaces on three different floors. “The ceremony and dinner were in the loft on the top floor, the cocktail hour in a lounge on the middle floor and finally we moved into the basement for a dance party,” says Beth. The couple filled the historic venue with unique, personal touches like terrarium centerpieces with playful scenes of the couple hiking and biking, two of Beth and David’s favorite activities, a robot cake topper and a heritage table with family wedding photos displayed in vintage bottles. “I love moss and terrariums and hate how wedding flowers just get thrown away,” says Beth, “so we had terrariums as centerpieces that people could take home afterwards.” A close friend, the very same one that introduced the two, officiated the ceremony and Beth and David exchanged vows they’d written themselves, as well as one they’d each written for each other. New twists on wedding traditions offered another personal element to the winter wedding, like Beth’s glam, sequined Badgley Mischka gown and a tower of decadent doughnuts from local icon, Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop. A “gypsy jazz” band provided a lively soundtrack for cocktail hour and after dinner the newlyweds hosted a dance party of epic proportions in the Deity Cellar, an exposed brick subterranean space with a gold coffered ceiling.   

After Beth and David exchanged vows in a ceremony in Deity’s top-floor loft officiated by their close friend — the very one that introduced the two — the newlyweds whisked their guests off to Deity’s second floor lounge for cocktail hour. The band Padam Swing kicked off the nights festivities with gypsy swing tunes and got guests in the mood to party.
Located only a block away from their apartment in Brooklyn, NY, Deity offered the ultimate location for the couple’s eclectic, vintage affair. The 150-year-old former synagogue was transformed into a unique, modern venue in the early 2000s filled with artwork, stained glass and light fixtures from local artists. The couple made use of all three of the venue’s distinctive floors, hosting the each portion of the day on a different level. “The ceremony and dinner were in the loft on the top floor, the cocktail hour in a lounge on the middle floor and finally we moved into the basement for a dance party,” says Beth.
A traditional cake just wasn’t going to cut it for Beth and David and the pair decided to skip the classic confection, serving guests doughnuts from Peter Pan Donut and Pastry shop, a Brooklyn, NY institution, instead. The pair opted for chocolate, red velvet and vanilla glazed varieties, displaying them on a tall cake tower topped with bride and groom robots.
Custom Vintage-Inspired Wedding Invitations
Beth and David’s winter wedding called for something a little different when it came to the florals, with many classic varieties being out of season. For Beth’s bouquet, Opalia Flowers put together a stunning arrangement of succulents, brunia berries, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus and a few blush roses that fused modern and classic styles, while playing up the winter season.
With an anything-but-average Badgley Mischka gown taking the place of a classic white dress, Beth knew her accessories had to be just as fabulous. Instead of a traditional veil, she added a feathery hairpiece to her classic updo and completed her look with a vintage fur wrap.
In addition to their terrarium centerpieces, the couple put a creative twist on the traditional heritage table. They took vintage family photos of their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents and displayed them on their card table, placing each picture in a vintage glass bottle.
The standard white dress simply wouldn’t do for Beth’s wedding day look. Wanting something glam and unexpected, she decided to skip the bridal salon and found a striking off-the-rack Badgley Mischka gown in shimmery rose gold fabric — the perfect fit for the wedding’s glam, wintry style.
Exchanging Vows at Deity Brooklyn
Vintage-Inspired Seating Chart
A subtle natural, organic theme carried throughout the decor, touching everything from Beth’s bouquet to the centerpieces and even the favors. At each guests’ seat, Beth and David placed a pint-sized vial of moss and stones to which they attached seed-paper tags, which could later be planted to grow wildflowers.
Instead of decking out their reception tables with arrangements of soft, romantic blooms, Beth and David decided to think a little outside the box when it came to their decor. “I love moss and terrariums and hate how wedding flowers just get thrown away,” says Beth, “so we had terrariums as centerpieces that people could take home afterwards.” The terrariums were made with vintage-inspired apothecary jars, each one unique and displaying a type of outdoor scene. The terrariums were placed on tree slices and surrounded by earthy moss and votive candles in birch holders.
Bride and Groom Robot Cake Topper