Bride: Tovah Tian Robinson; Footwear Designer

Groom: Alex Robinson; IT Specialist

Wedding Date: 07/12/2013

Wedding Venue: The Dumbo Loft

Photography: Liesl and Randy of Photopink NYC

Day of Coordinator: Alexandra C. Townsend of The Dedicated New Yorker

The bride on their special day:

I wanted to have a NYC wedding, with a non-NYC price tag, so I opted to plan it myself. I'm the Footwear Designer for BCBGMaxazria and my husband is an IT specialist, so with my creativity and his practicality we teamed up to create the event of our dreams. 

I bought several books to learn everything and anything about each element of a wedding. I kept a timeline, and spent a lot of time researching, coordinating, and of course negotiating. Luckily we had a lot of creative friends and family to help us execute our vision. It was a true friends and family event, and everything turned out more beautifully than we even imagined. It was all DIY. And please believe I did take the opportunity to design my own wedding shoes!

I'm not into formalities, so I wanted the wedding to have a more laid-back, party vibe. A friend of mine spun at our wedding so that helped to make it feel more like a house party. We got married in a loft in Dumbo, Brooklyn, that was an old factory converted into raw event space. It had a lot of character, pre-war detailing like exposed brick, wooden beams, and enormous windows with views of the Manhattan bridge that's right next door. We incorporated elements like our vinyl record seating chart, photo clothesline, and menu chalkboards to give it a cozy and rustic feel. One of my bridesmaid's father even chopped down a tree for the wood slices at each centerpiece.

 Alex and I love old school Soul and R&B music, so we wanted to incorporate that into the wedding. Our wedding invitations were CDs that looked like little vinyl records. We put labels on them and loaded them up with our favorite songs from the years that we were born. The wedding details were screen printed onto the outer envelope, which was a cardboard sleeve that resembled an album cover. For the wedding, we displayed real vinyl records with each guest's name written on the album that corresponded with their table name. We named each table by artist name instead of numbering.

 Along with our wedding party we set everything up ourselves the night before, with my florist and day-of-coordinator adding the finishing touches on the actual day.

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