A Joyful, Summer Wedding at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Photography: Dreamscape Studio Photography | Band: Soulfarm | Florist: Flowers by Special Arrangement | Catering: Simply Divine | Officiant: Rabbi Jon Leener

When you live in a bustling city like New York, it’s always a breath of fresh air to go to the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Ben and Eugene decided to celebrate their nuptials at this iconic venue, and I was so excited to be a part of it. Their wedding was a traditional Jewish wedding that featured many customs and traditions that were all so beautiful. Let’s dive in!

To start the day, Ben and Eugene decided to get ready together at their home in Brooklyn. As surprising as it sounds, you will rarely get moments to be with just your spouse on your wedding day. Taking this intentional time to prepare for the day together is always a smart idea. Luckily, their building had a gorgeous rooftop where they took portraits and some friends and family photos.

After they were done, we all headed over to the gardens for more portraits and to get things set up. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has so many gorgeous corners for photos and the two grooms looked so dapper and in love! They opted to do things a little differently than a typical wedding, so we started with cocktail hour out on the garden terrace. About halfway through cocktail hour, we started their Tisch. A Tisch is where they sign the Jewish marriage license (called a Ketubah). Their loved ones sang and blessed the marriage before heading over to the Water Garden for their formal ceremony. The timing was perfect as they said their “I do’s” under a beautiful sunset.

Once the ceremony was complete, guests ushered them back to the iconic Palm House for dinner and dancing. Soulfarm kept the dance floor going for a festive Hora. As a fun surprise, Ben’s friend dressed up as his favorite animal, a panda, and danced with them. Everyone had such a great time celebrating the two grooms. Ben and Eugene were the sweetest and you could feel the love in the air all around. Congratulations you two!

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