A Glamorous, Spring Wedding at The Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York

Hayley Miskiewicz (29 and an attorney) and Jared Newman (29 and an attorney) planned a romantic, glamorous affair at The Libery Warehouse in Brooklyn,

Hayley Miskiewicz (29 and an attorney) and Jared Newman (29 and an attorney) planned a romantic, glamorous affair at The Libery Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY in the height of spring. The day started with a waterfront ceremony, where the couple exchanged vows under an elaborate floral chuppah, featuring a handmade tallit lovingly made by the groom’s late mother and garlands of white blooms and lush green vines. Funk brass band Lucky Chops led the bridal party down the aisle to a rousing rendition of “Hey Soul Sister,” by Train, after which Jared’s uncle Danny Siegel officiated the ultimate, nontraditional and highly personalized ceremony. “It was personal, sweet and to the point,” says Hayley. “Jared and I met at Brooklyn Law School and, as two attorneys, we felt that it was important for us to draft our own vows.” After saying their “I do’s,” the evening’s festivities kicked off with a lively outdoor cocktail hour, complete with upbeat tunes provided by Lucky Chops, signature cocktails and a decadent spread of passed apps. The reception was a feast for the eyes, with the Liberty Warehouse dressed to the nines with over-the-top cherry blossom arrangements and strands of Edison bulbs illuminating the dining area and dance floor. “We wanted the room to feel like a forest and Luis K did exactly that,” says Hayley. “He added candles to the branches of cherry blossoms that made the centerpieces feel delicate and ethereal.” After dinner guests indulged in a mouthwatering selection of ice cream cake, then headed to the dance floor where the 74 Events brought the house down all night long. “I’m a huge ice cream fan, so we worked closely with the staff at Ample Hills Creamery to design our wedding cake,” says Hayley. “This involved two cake tastings of over 20 flavors, sketching our vision of a rustic, unfrosted wedding cake. Although we chose four flavors for the cake, for fun, we served an additional two flavors to our guests at dessert time.” A tip for the taking from Hayley: “Take risks and have fun!”

When it came to choosing a gown, Hayley knew she wanted a mermaid silhouette and plenty of bling. A Stephen Yearick mermaid gown with beaded embellishments, floral appliques and a feathered organza skirt fit the bill. “I think I only tried on three or four gowns before selecting ‘the one,’” says Haley. “It was unlike anything I had ever seen. It was fashion-forward, but still bridal.” She accessorized with a diamond tennis bracelet that had belonged to Jared’s mother and a crystal headband for a bit of added glitz. “I never got to meet Jared’s mother, but it felt really special to have a part of her with us on our wedding day,” she says.
While Hayley’s bridal bouquet was classic in color, a bright shade of brilliant white, the standout arrangement was just as stunning as her glam Stephen Yearick dress. Dozens of white orchids, roses and green hypericum berries were gathered into a cascading bundle that was both elegant and modern.
Hayley’s sister and cousin stood by her side as she exchanged vows with Jared. To complement the ornate, glamorous feel of Hayley’s gown, the girls donned floor-length gowns from Eleanor Schain in a soft nude hue, each adorned with hand-painted metallic details. “The dress store was able to contact the designer and request two custom gowns made in the same material with similar paintings, but different styles, so that each bridesmaid had a unique gown," says Hayley.
Not being particularly religious, Hayley and Jared knew they wanted neither a traditional ceremony nor to meet a rabbi for the first time for their wedding. “We wanted someone whom we know and love to marry us,” says Hayley. The pair ultimately asked Jared’s uncle Danny Siegel to officiate the ceremony, who was able to provide a personal dimension to the proceedings. “Jared and I also wrote our own vows and although it seemed like a daunting task at first, we were glad we took on the challenge, because they were so meaningful and special,” she adds. “We heard them for the first time at the ceremony.”
Hayley and Jared exchanged personalized vows under an elaborate floral and vine-draped chuppah. As an extra special touch, they included a tallit handmade by Jared’s late mother in her remembrance. “Elaine made the tallit for her brother’s wedding more than 20 years ago. Her brother saved it and upon learning that it had been preserved, we asked to borrow it for our ceremony,” says Hayley. “We embroidered our names of he tallit, next to the other couples’ names. It meant a lot to us to get married under the chuppah made by Elaine. We felt that she was there with us at the wedding ceremony.”
Growing up, Hayley had a cherry tree that would brighten up her backyard with beautiful pink blooms every spring. Knowing that cherry blossoms would be in bloom at the time of the wedding, the bride-to-be envisioned the reception as a breathtaking floral forest filled with the pretty petals. Louis Konstantinos Floral Decor took her vision and ran with it, creating dozens of skyward reaching arrangements of cherry blooms and white hydrangeas, the lush centerpieces punctuated with hanging candles that added a note of romance and ambiance. “My jaw dropped when I saw the room,” says Hayley. “The room just felt magical and I think our guests were in awe.”
While the cherry blossom centerpieces were an essential component in bring the couple’s vision to life, strands of Edison bulbs carefully positioned throughout the room by Pegasus lighting were key in infusing the room with warmth and ambiance.
Hayley and Jared ditched tradition for their ceremony and had the bras band Lucky Chops to get guests in the mood to celebrate. “We actually found them at a food and wine event six months earlier and thought they were just so amazing,” says Hayley. “We asked them right then and there if they would play our wedding. They walked down the aisle first, setting the mood for the wedding party to follow. I walked down the aisle to ‘Stand By Me’ with my parents and for the recessional we walked to ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ by Stevie Wonder.” The band also provided the background music for cocktail hour.
In lieu of classic wedding cake, Hayley and Jared treated guests to a custom ice cream cake. “We love Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn, NY and had them make a customized ice cream cake,” says Hayley. “They were a pleasure to work with and the cake was delicious!” The cake featured four different flavors and the couple chose a naked design to show off the different layers and flavors.