A Spooky, Sultry Wedding at 501 Union

Venue: 501 Union | Florist: Olivia Howard Designs | Photo + Video: Megan and Kenneth | Catering: Night Kitchen | DJ: Allison Kinney | Brass Band: The Shaghorns | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Paper Goods: Paper Cliche | Makeup Artist: Glamour by Drita | Hair Stylist: Facetime Beauty | Bakery: Velvet Valley Cakes | Officiant: Rabbi Marsha | Valet: Elite Parking Systems

When Chana and Zach came to me with the notion of a spooky, sultry Halloween weekend wedding, I was immediately hooked. As a Scorpio myself, I have always loved the month of October, and what better way to ring in Spooky Season than with an “I do”? Chana and Zach’s wedding day was a moody, sexy, and vibey reflection of their love, and I loved getting to help plan their 501 Union wedding.

The Little Details

Wedding invitations are the first impression your guests get into your wedding day- and I’m so glad we got to work with Dani at Paper Cliche to design all of the paper goods for Chana and Zach. Chana was really drawn to deckle edge paper, and for good reason. It gives a very romantic, intimate tone- almost like a handwritten love letter. We carried this same texture into the table numbers to nod back to the first paper guests received.

Zach works as an artist, so we incorporated his artwork into the bar signs with illustrations of their signature drinks. We also added in custom cocktail napkins and the groomsmen’s socks with his very own designs! One of my favorite personal touches of the day had to do with the boutonnieres. Each of the groomsmen had a single flower boutonniere, and Zach’s pocket square incorporated each of the groomsmen’s flowers. He wanted a way to show off how all of his friends have made him who he is today, and I loved this symbolism so much.

We toured a number of venues around Brooklyn, but the moment we stepped into 501 Union, all bets were off. The moody black interiors with an art deco flair were the PERFECT setting for their nuptials. A 501 Union wedding was a match made in heaven! We used the space to influence a lot of design decisions, including utilizing the dark atmosphere to our advantage. Nothing screams spooky and sultry more than candlelight, so we brought in black linens black paper menus, and black candlesticks to make the ambient light really shine. To contrast, Olivia Howard brought in the most stunning burgundy, green, and blush flowers with anemone accents. Then, in the ceremony space, she designed a chuppah with gorgeous draping flowers all over. The theme continued in the reception, with a beautiful skylight installation of greenery and hanging amaranthus.

Guest Experience

From the beginning, Chana and Zach kept their guest experience at top of mind. For a unique musical moment, we had a DJ fusion- featuring DJ Allison Kinney and The Shaghorns. A brass band accompanying the DJ made for a really fun and upbeat party! They made a custom arrangement for the Hora, and played some epic renditions of their favorite songs throughout the night. Guests loved having an interactive music component while not being limited to a set list of a typical wedding band. Finally, the party ended with the Shaghorns on the dance floor playing, “Last Dance”, which felt kismet for these disco lovers.

Congratulations Chana and Zach!! It was such a joy getting to work with you to plan this spooky, vibey celebration.

Left photo: Close up shot of the groom adjusting his watch. 
Right photo: Close up shot of the groom adjusting his bow tie.
Close up shot of the groom and groomsmen's quirky socks.
Full shot of the bride and her bridesmaids looking excited on a bed.
Close up shot of the bride's engagement and wedding rings.
Close up shot of the couple's custom wax seal.
Left photo: Close up shot of wedding details, including jewelry, flowers, and a wedding invitation. 
Right photo: Close up shot of a printed Arthur Conan Doyle quote, as well as flowers and the groom's wedding ring.
Left photo: Close up shot of the bride's mother buttoning up the bride's dress.
Right photo: Shot of the bride and her mother smiling at each other as the bride's mother does up the bride's wedding dress.
Close up shot of a basket full of custom wedding kippahs.
Left photo: Shot of the groom seeing the bride for the first time during their first look.
Right photo: Shot of the bride and groom getting emotional during their first look.
Shot of the bride and groom getting emotional during their first look.
Left photo: Upper body shot of the couple sharing a kiss. 
Right photo: Full body shot of the bride and groom posing for the camera.
Left photo: Full body shot of the groom smiling at the bride. 
Right photo: Full body shot of the bride and groom sharing a kiss.
Full shot of the groom and his groomsmen posing in front of the ceremony chuppah.
Full shot of the bride and groom posing in front of the ceremony chuppah with their entire bridal party.
Full shot of the bride and her bridesmaids posing in front of the ceremony chuppah.
Left photo: Shot of a welcome sign featuring the couple's names and wedding date. 
Right photo: Close up shot of the bride's bouquet.
Shot of the bride and groom being all smiles as they sit down to sign the ketubah.
Shot of the bride and groom smiling as they sit down to sign the ketubah.
Close up shot of the ketubah.
Shot of the ceremony space.
Left photo: Shot of the ceremony chuppah. 
Right photo: Close up shot of the signed ketubah.
Left photo: Photo of the bride and her mother walking down the aisle. Shot from behind. 
Right photo: Full body shot of the bride's mother walking the bride down the aisle.
Left photo: Shot of the bride smiling at the groom as they stand beneath the chuppah. 
Right photo: Shot of the groom smiling at the bride as they stand beneath the chuppah.
Full shot of the wedding guests looking on as the bride and groom stand beneath the chuppah.
Full shot of the wedding guests looking on as the bride and groom stand beneath the chuppah.
Shot of the newly married bride and groom smiling wide as they walk back down the aisle.
Close up shot of hors d'oeuvres.
Shot of framed photos featuring the couple's lost loved ones.
Left photo: Shot of the couple's custom cocktail napkins which say, "Cha Cha gets a grip." 
Right photo: Shot of a custom cocktail napkin being presented with hors d'oeuvres.
Shot of hors d'oeuvres being presented on a tray.
Left photo: Shot of two of the fully set reception tables.
Right photo: Shot of a fully set reception table.
Close up shot of a reception table place setting, including a napkin, glasses, cutlery, flower arrangements, and a place card.

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