Wedding Tips for the Nontraditional Bride

karen cunningham wedding photography NYC!

Every girl dreams of her wedding day. Except you. Luckily, we did the research for you.

Something Blue
Trade overly staged family portraits for Karen Cunningham’s blue-tinged, vintage-feeling cyanotypes, which The New York Times “Vows” section alum just added to her professional repertoire. If kitschy beach nuptials are more your vibe, go with husband-and-wife team Tim and Merrill Melideo’s Sweet Little Photographs. Their groovy surfer sensibility and sun-splashed exposures will make it look like you had a beach wedding even if you got married at City Hall.

Blooms for Every Stylethe orangerie wedding flowers nyc!
Jenny Bayly of The Orangerie was technical director at Frankies, helped to open Cafe Pedlar and Prime Meats, and did all their flowers. Her aesthetic is old-fashioned without being rustic (think grand metal urns and glass globes) — and inexpensive to boot (bouquets start at $125). For a quaint, country approach, turn to Poppies & Posies. Partners Sierra Yaun and Juliet Totten arrange classic stems (poppies, lily of the valley) in wooden crates, vintage tobacco tins, and perfume bottles, and add unexpected elements like antique brooches.

bittersweets nyc wedding twig jewelry!Spirited Gems
Local jewelry line Bittersweets just launched a bridal collection. The Twig style, seen here, is particularly sweet: A branch-cast setting cradles a diamond; the band mimics a twisty vine. Available in rose, white, or yellow gold or platinum, the ring is a delicate and more affordable spin on the classic four-prong setting. For eye-catching, decolletage-enhancing pieces, try Juliet & Company’s chic pearl necklaces — which are, bonus, nearly all under $100. (DailyCandy readers use code DC25 for 25 percent off everything on the website.)

Paper Pushersxoxo paper letterpress park slope!
At her spacious Red Hook location, Jane Buck of Foxy & Winston creates custom letterpress and hand-silk-screened invitations. Also in the works: boxed wedding cards and R.S.V.P.s for those on tighter budgets. Boutique stationery shop Paper XOXO carries a charming collection of vintage cards that might help inspire the necessary thank-you notes. Owner Alison Alfandre will work with you on sweet custom letterpress invites.

c. chauchat bow ties nyc!Suit Up
Your gown is a done deal (go to Lovely, the new bridal atelier), but your fiancé looks like his dad when he wears a tux. Encourage your beloved to ditch the bow-tie ensemble in favor of an Alton Lane bespoke suit. He can choose from numerous fabric, button, and style options; and the whole thing is less than $500. Finish the look with a handmade tie from C. Chauchat. Layers of fabric create a slightly hypnotizing iridescent pattern, and the company’s chiffon scarves make elegant pocket squares.

Space Invaderone hanson old bank venue nyc!
Avoid a catering hall feel at Skylight One Hanson, which opened in January. The massive restored bank, current home of the Brooklyn Flea, recalls the opulence of the Roaring Twenties. With such striking architecture — tiled ceilings, rows of columns, 40-foot windows — decoration is superfluous. The vault downstairs will open soon as a ceremony option. Want less marble, more cozy? Nest Event Loft, the production studio for Hatch Creative Studio, is branching out as a venue. With stunning views, an entryway skylight, and a movable wood bar, the 2,000-square-foot space has a rawer, cooler, downtown loft feeling.

eat cake be merry wedding cakes!Upside-Down Cake
Not craving a six-story ziggurat? Eat Cake Be Merry’s confections are adorned with colorful piping, bright flowers, and kissing bluebirds. Or DIY, with a basic store-bought cake and some of Sean Kenney’s charmingly goofy Lego toppers. You can even choose the toy bride and groom’s hair colors.

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Photos: Karen Cunningham; Courtesy of The Orangerie; Courtesy of Bittersweets NYC; Courtesy of XOXO Paper: Ann Woo / Courtesy of C. Chauhat; Courtesy of Skylight; Courtesy of Eat Cake Be Merry

Foxy & Winston
392 Van Brunt St
bt Dikeman & Coffey Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11231
1 Hanson Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11243
Poppies & Posies
132 W 88th St
bt Amsterdam & Columbus Aves
New York, NY 10024
Alton Lane
11 W 25th St, flr 5
bt Broadway & 6th Ave
New York, NY 10010
Paper XOXO
178 Lincoln Pl
@ 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Nest Event Loft
920 Broadway
@ E 21st St
New York, NY 10010
313 W 4th St
bt Bank & W 12th Sts
New York, NY 10014