A ’60s Inspired Brooklyn Wedding


Till the wheels come off!

Liz, Dance Educator & Tim, Actor

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: With a ’60s inspired design and contributions from many of our super talented friends and family members, our wedding was a fun-filled evening of music, dancing, and good food and drink—a magical celebration of the ten years we had already spent together and the many more to come.

Soundtrack for reading: “Picture in a Frame” by Tom Waits

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Tim and I met doing experimental theater in New York in 2003, so we were familiar with the process of putting on an event and saw our wedding as one of our more exciting collaborations. Decisions were based on what had been important to us throughout our ten years together. Brooklyn was where we fell in love and lived together in our first apartment. We felt, and still feel, so lucky to have such talented friends with whom we’ve had a chance to perform and create and grow as artists and individuals, so we had our friends in various roles throughout the evening—playing live music, officiating the wedding, and singing “Picture in a Frame” as we walked down the aisle. We adopted a line from the song, “Till the Wheels Come Off,” as a sort of “title” for the wedding. We had another dear, creative friend, and notable mixologist, create customized drinks for the party. My super crafty sister and brother-in-law made heart-shaped oatmeal lavender soaps as favors, and Tim put together a “mix-tape” for our guests. Guests were also invited to take the knit cacti I made for the tables at the end of the night. Why cacti? Well, because now we live in L.A. and it seemed the West Coast merited some kind of representation.

We also took inspiration from our family histories. When I chose to wear my mother’s wedding dress (from 1966 with some alterations), we embraced a vintage ’60s feel. This worked perfectly with our selection of the Vintage DJ and then we collaborated with Michelle Edgemont to come up with a color scheme, floral design, and overall look that was in line as well. One of the more fun aspects of preparing the wedding was choosing the vintage album covers to use as table assignments and then selecting which guests were assigned to each album cover. Also, finding a legitimate 1969 Lite-Brite proved a fun little challenge for Michelle and me. Finally, our love of performing could not be denied for this special occasion. During the ceremony, after an amazingly eloquent and touching introduction by our friend—and professor—Michael Smart, we recited W.H Auden’s poem “Foxtrot From a Play.” Shortly afterwards, we performed our wedding dance which we had created with a choreographer in L.A. and included a few lifts—for the fun of it.

And, of course, the dancing did not end there. After Tim’s buddies had us all cracking up with a PowerPoint history of their very long friendship (he has known some of his groomsmen since kindergarten), my bridesmaids surprised me with an unbelievable and, I think it’s safe to say, unprecedented knitting needle flash mob dance. Then we all just danced the night away!

Favorite Thing About The Wedding

It’s impossible to decide on a single thing. But I think our experience can be summed up by the fact that as the DJ finished up his last tune and some guests started filing out, we DID NOT WANT IT TO END. And, well, it didn’t really end right away anyway because we headed over to Sunny’s, a good old neighborhood dive bar across the street, for an after party. We feel lucky that we really got to enjoy the celebration! And then to enjoy it over and over again as we revisit it through photos, conversation, and, in a way, each day that we spend together.


The Info:

Photographer: Monica Valenzuela, Hart & Sol East APW Sponsor | Location: Brooklyn, NY | Venue: Liberty Warehouse | Liz’s Dress: Her mom’s wedding dress from 1966, remade by the incredibly talented Aleece of Beverly Hills | Tim’s Suit: Marc Jacobs | Flowers, Décor, and Details: Michelle Edgemont APW Sponsor | DJ: The couple’s friend, Jonathan Jacobs, known as the Vintage DJ | Cupcakes: Baked, a Red Hook favorite | Makeup: Morgan Gates | Hair: Laureen Krause at Styles on B | Rings: Custom made by VRAM | Stationery: Laura Wing-Kamoosi, formerly of Red Table Stationary, though she is sadly no longer doing stationery design | Choreography: Larisa Bates of L.A. Dance Events choreographed the wedding dance to A.A. Bondy’s “Lover’s Waltz” | After Party: Sunny’s Bar

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  • http://readingandthensome.blogspot.com/ Martha Smith

    That dress is vintage??????? NO WAY. It’s gorgeous!!!!!

    • vegankitchendiaries

      I can’t believe it either! Mind = blown

      Too pretty!

    • Meg Keene

      It’s modified! It wasn’t strapless to begin with, I’m 99% sure.

    • madlo

      That skirt… that color… I just need it!

  • KitBee

    Tom Waits and W.H. Auden in the same post?! I literally flailed a little bit at my desk.

  • KC

    I am somewhat stunned that, in the first photo, the lite-brite is real and the cacti isn’t. Also, amazing dress. Also, looks like a ton of fun. :-) (but knit cacti!!!)

  • ap

    You and your mom have great style – I love both of her dresses, your wedding dress and the fantastic gold number she’s wearing. Rock on!

  • Caitlin_DD

    Short haired bride and knitted favors– I love it!

  • EF

    short haired bride! YAY!

  • http://www.morgangates.com Morgan Gates

    What a lovely surprise to see Liz & Tim’s wedding pop up in my blog feed today. I had the pleasure of doing Liz’s makeup for her big day and these two were one of the most fun couples I have ever worked with. I was so in awe of how much love they put into everything, and can truly say I feel lucky to have met them. Congrats again you two!

  • Class of 1980

    Now I can’t get the Lite-Brite commercial jingle out of my head.

    “Lite-Brite, making things with light. What a sight. Making things with Lite-Brite.”

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