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. 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.