Emily & Colm

* Emily, Nonprofit & Colm, Finance * Photographer: Paul Rowley and Family & Friends * Soundtrack for reading, officially: “Rainy Night in Soho” by The Pogues * Soundtrack for reading, unofficially: “Call Me Maybe” by the inimitable Carly Rae Jepsen *

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: A debaucherous celebration of our international romance featuring a Brooklyn backdrop and buckets o’ beer.

The Info—PhotographyPaul Rowley (the groom’s cousin); Family & Friends / VenueJackie’s Fifth Amendment / Emily’s Dress: ASOS / Emily’s Shoes: Petunia by Seychelles / Emily’s Hair: Easy Braided Updo, executed by a friend / Colm’s Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt / Colm’s Shoes: Park Avenue by Allen Edmonds

Other cool stuff we should know about: If you’re curious as to why this looks like the most informal, drunken mess of a wedding, I’m going to blame it on the fact that my husband is Irish. Cultural stereotypes aside, we decided to do a civil ceremony celebration on September 28th so we could get started on Green Card paperwork as Colm’s work visa runs out next summer before our more family-oriented (read: Catholic with billions of cousins) wedding at my parents’ home in July. The ceremony was an excellent opportunity to bring all of our friends in NYC together in the Better Borough and share our love and everything that makes Brooklyn great.

We obviously started out at the Marriage Bureau in Downtown Brooklyn which is basically like the DMV with a pleasant, friendly staff who don’t seem like they want to gouge their eyes out with rusty spoons even though they do the same thing every damn day. From there we went to brunch at Fort Defiance in Red Hook, our favorite BK hood. After brunch, we headed down to Louis Valentino Jr. Pier to take some Instagram-worthy photos of front of Lady Liberty. As you can see, Colm’s cousin Paul did a beautiful job—it definitely doesn’t hurt that he happens to be an award-winning filmmaker. (He generally doesn’t do wedding photography but I included his website in case anyone’s interested in checking out his other work.)

Our last stop in Red Hook was (of course) at the Irish pub Rocky O’Sullivan’s. From there we tried to make friends with a bunch of feral cats in the vacant lot next door and having failed at that went on to our final destination in Park Slope which is the now-infamous Jackie’s Fifth Amendment. The bar staff had decorated the back room with loads of amazingly kitschy figurines and garlands. We ordered about fifteen pizzas and probably hundreds of buckets of nips (or ponies depending on your provenance). We danced to Robyn, Carly Rae, Collective Soul, you name it. All in all, it was a blast and we’re so lucky to have such awesome friends.

Favorite thing about the wedding: Shoving pizza into each other’s faces instead of cake.

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  • KATE

    I love it! I am planning a very similar wedding in a few months. I only hope the employees at our Marriage Bureau are as happily resigned to their fate as yours were.

  • Jashshea

    So. F*cking. Awesome.

  • “— From there we tried to make friends with a bunch of feral cats in the vacant lot next door and having failed at that went on to our final destination..”

    So funny, that would be me trying to touch cats. All the joy to you .

  • KB

    I read the first line of the text and cracked up – this wedding looks like SO MUCH FUN!!

  • Margaret

    My friend got married at the Brooklyn Marriage Bureau! We have many of the same pictures of them. It was a beautiful place to get married. The building is really really gorgeous.

    Congratulations–what a joyful wedding!

  • meg

    Crazy, crazy adorable. I must get my ass back to Brooklyn immediately. Well, as soon as the kid can travel.

    And a little pre-Sandy Red Hook. Sniffle.

    • Rebecca

      I LOVE your dress. And I have a very large soft spot for Rainy Night in Soho – it was our first dance song :)

      Best to you both.

  • marbella

    Congratulations from one lady-who-married-an-Irishman to another! Good luck with all the visa paperwork, stay strong, it will be done soon! Love the pics and especially the feral kitty petting, very much something I would do too ;)

  • The employees of the DC Marriage Bureau are, for the most part, extremely surly. Glad to hear that things are better in Brooklyn! This looks like pretty much the most fun wedding ever.

  • zoe

    This is the only wordless wedding I’ve ever commented on, and I’ve got to say: awesome.

  • So simple and quick, that’s a real unconventional couple… congrats!

  • Kat

    I’m smiling so much looking at this, and I’m definitely re-evaluating my idea of my “dream wedding.” Love it!

  • Emily

    Hey everyone! This is Emily of “Pizza Wedding” infamy. Thanks so much for your lovely comments! It was an amazing, mostly stress-free day and I’m so glad I got the chance to share it with the awesome APW community. Cheers!

  • Oh my god- you had me at Carly Rae, and really sealed the deal with the shot of you crouching in the alley trying to pet the cats. Best wishes on your marriage!

  • Jackie

    This makes me smile!! I absolutely love it!!

  • Denzi

    I LOVE THE PIZZA. Oh man. We achieved it in a different way, but the shoving-pizza-in-each-other’s-faces is pretty much exactly the same feeling we wanted to create at our wedding. (I smeared his face ALL OVER with our ice cream cake instead. *grin* )

  • GAWD I love city hall weddings. This looks like so much down-to-earth fun and is a welcome respite from my daily diet of WIC wedding porn (hazard of the job)

    If I had it to do all over again, I swear….

  • I love the photos as you progressed through your day— cats!! Congrats to both of you. :)

  • My reaction to the first photo: Yay! I love that umbrella! (I have it in red.) Funny the things we latch onto, eh?

    I love the pictures with you and the cats. That is totally, exactly what my fiance does any time he runs across a cat. :)