An Industrial, Multicultural Wedding at 501 Union in Brooklyn, New York

Considering Elizabeth Rootberg Mealey (26 and a freelance photographer and filmmaker) and Joab Omondi Ochoro (32 and an occupational therapist) met wh

Considering Elizabeth Rootberg Mealey (26 and a freelance photographer and filmmaker) and Joab Omondi Ochoro (32 and an occupational therapist) met while studying abroad in Germany (she was from the United States, he was from Kenya), it only made sense that their Brooklyn wedding was an international affair—though that was no easy task. "We had guests coming from Kenya, Germany, Norway and both coasts of the US," Elizabeth says. Still in Germany, Joab handled guests' travel arrangements, while Elizabeth ran point on venue tours and nailing down the décor. "I wanted vibrant and industrial with a splash of Afro vibes," she says. Red, a traditional Kenyan wedding shade and one of Elizabeth's favorite colors, filled the day, and Afrobeats kept guests grooving at the reception. 

Art Deco-Inspired Invitation with Red Floral Illustration
Bouquet with Red Dahlias, Peonies and Banana Leaves
Wedding Party in Red by Brooklyn Graffiti Wall
Industrial Ceremony at 501 Union in Brooklyn, New York
As soon as Elizabeth and Joab got engaged, she began to assemble her vendor squad—and did so thoughtfully. "I wanted to intentionally hire as many women and people of color as possible," Elizabeth says. "We are a multicultural couple, and I love working with women, so I had those specifics in mind." To find her dream team, Elizabeth made the rounds on pro-related Facebook groups. "After seeing LaParis's portfolio, which was full of Afro-centric designs, I knew I wanted that for my wedding," Elizabeth says. "The greenery served as a multicultural accent and brought those African vibes."
Modern Fondant Cake with Gold Geometric Details
Couple's First Dance at 501 Union in Brooklyn, New York