Laura & Michael's blue winter wedding in Brooklyn #Real Weddings: Northeast US#bar wedding#brooklyn#new york#new york city#secular#spring#winter May 19 2014 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Konrad Brattke Photos by Konrad Brattke The Offbeat Bride: Laura, Business Manager Her offbeat partner: Michael, TV Producer Date and location of wedding: reBar, Brooklyn, NY — December 8, 2013 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Our wedding philosophy was that if you give people food, booze, and some good music to dance to, they'll have a good time. We also wanted to keep the planning as stress-free as possible. We started by finding a venue that did a lot of the work for us, reBar (now closed with significant scandal) in Brooklyn. They provided the space, the food, the bar, the DJ, flowers, and candles — plus, it was open seating. If we'd wanted to, we could have limited our involvement to inviting people, finding an officiant, and showing up! With so much taken care of for us, we were able to do some fun side projects. I handmade my bouquet and Michael's boutonniere. Michael created a website for us, including a slideshow of our awkward teenage pictures. My mom planted and grew 100+ succulents, and my sister made "L&M" flags to stick in the pots. The plants did double duty as decor/favors. We didn't have bridesmaids or groomsmen, and I did my own hair and makeup. We tried not to over-think things. Tell us about the ceremony: We wanted to keep our ceremony short, not too sentimental, and secular — but it was important to some family members that the ceremony include the Jewish tradition of breaking a glass. We struggled with how to include it in a way we were comfortable with, but finally thought of a way to frame it so it was more about tradition than religion. We passed the idea by the interested parties to make sure no one would be offended, and luckily, they thought it was hilarious. Here's what we had our officiant say: Today, Laura and Michael's families come together on this chilly December morning here in Brooklyn. Almost forty years ago, Michael's parents exchanged vows in a Philadelphia synagogue on a snowy March evening. And a few years later, Laura's parents were married in a backyard on a sunny August morning, had a potluck, and played croquet. To celebrate the families that have helped shape them, to honor tradition , and because smashing things is fun, Michael will now perform the Jewish custom of breaking a glass – but he will do it with a croquet mallet. Related Post Wedding Ceremony 101: Crafting your own wedding ceremonies from scratch This is basically the best post ever written about how to build a wedding ceremony from the ground up. While there's a bit of ritual... Read more Our biggest challenge: It turns out, if you take a standard wedding ceremony and remove everything trite, sentimental, or religious, you wind up with a blank document. It was a huge struggle to build the right words from scratch, and we were still making tweaks the night before. But people laughed in the right places, got teary when I got teary, and if anyone didn't like it… well, they only had to suffer through it for four-and-a-half minutes! My favorite moment: My sister and her boyfriend prepared a ukelele/harmonica duet of the Magnetic Fields "Book of Love," and both of our fathers gave lovely toasts. We loved those moments. My funniest moment: Years ago, Michael made a "Cake Inspector" shirt for one of his high school friends. As soon as our wedding cake rolled out, this friend unbuttoned his shirt and struck a pose: he'd come prepared. Luckily, the cake passed inspection. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Konrad Brattke Guestbook: Blurb Groom's suit: Hockerty Groom's scarf: Woven by the Baker Bride's dress: Macy's Bride's shoes: Zappos Bride's headband: Nordstrom Bride's earmuffs and gloves: American Apparel Coat buttons: M&J Trimming Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Couple.me is the communication app that can help you plan your wedding and kiss each other from miles away NEXT If I'm not stressing, why is everyone else stressing? (And how the answer changed everything) Show/Hide comments [ 21 ] Beautiful wedding!! you can not go wrong with blue, love your whole winter wedding outfits. I see you lucked out on no heavy snow or snow storm to deal with. Here in Ohio we get them as early as November! Congratulations!! Reply OBB, you might not be aware of this, but reBar closed suddenly a couple weeks ago. The owner was in the midst of a criminal investigation, and he walked away with over $150,000 in deposits from couples getting married at reBar, screwing over a BUNCH of couples who were supposed to get married there in the coming weeks and months. (here's a link: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/dumbo-hot-spot-owner-hot-water-article-1.1789876) The owner's now been arrested. Anyway, I know reBar was an OBB vendor (although their website is dead, so the links in their vendor profile don't work anymore), so I just wanted brides reading this to know that reBar's no longer an option for them/anyone. 🙁 This looks like a beautiful wedding, congratulations Laura & Michael! Reply Great to know. I removed the links and we'll be in touch with them. Thanks, Tara! Reply I was just reading an article about that! Looks like the owner has had a slight issue with paying his taxes. Too bad, because they employees (see a couple of comments down) sound like the loveliest of lovely people. Reply Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding! This is, in broad strokes, similar to what my boyfriend and I have talked about doing. So, I was very excited to read this. Congratulations! Reply This is INDEED a beautiful wedding. I'm a displaced ReBar bride. My fiancé and I had scheduled a February wedding at ReBar for 2015 that will never happen. Thank you Tara for your comment. Brides, get wedding insurance! Please! Reply The owner might be a douchebag, but the employees are doing what they can to help the displaced couples, even though they no longer have jobs: https://shine.yahoo.com/love-sex/employees-of-a-closed-bar-help-couples-reschedule-their-weddings-150521143.html Reply I was just about to post this article too! Props to the former employees for trying their hardest to make a great day for those disappointed couples! Reply Another displaced reBar bride here. The employees have been incredibly amazing. They worked for free after losing their jobs and not getting paid because they wanted to make sure that the couples getting married the weekend after the closing had the weddings they deserved (and the place closed on a Friday). They've also helped us all get in contact with one another so that we can help each other out. There's a fundraising campaign going on to help them. Please give whatever you can: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/4km4/support-the-rebar-employees Reply LOVE the croquet mallet and glass breaking detail. What a loving, wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate both your families while still staying true to your secular desires. I love seeing that sort of give-and-take that parents will keep with them forever. Reply "Cake Inspector" – hilarious! Very classy and fun, and I love how you both dealt with the traditions of the mallet and the glass. Hats off to your families for being so awesome. Reply I am in a unhealthy amount of love with your wedding dress! And your whole wedding is lovely! Reply Ohmigod Cats. I love winter weddings, and this was adorable. Congrats! Reply Simply divine! Stunning wedding and documentation, lovely all the way around! Reply I love this wedding! I also love that the bride and groom are name twinsies with me an my fiance! Reply Come on. The owner of the venue featured in this story shut down the location and STOLE tens of thousands of dollars from hundreds of couples (who will likely NEVER get their money back), and this happened weeks ago and is all over the news in NY, and you STILL decided to run this particular wedding story? And all you did was note that it is "now closed"? Is that because reBar was an OBB vendor? Pretty freaking tasteless, you guys. I would expect a lot better from a site that usually claims to have a lot more integrity. Reply Hey, Comeon! I'm totally with you that we could have handled this better in terms of how we addressed the venue's closure. I've edited the post to link to one of the NY news articles you've mentioned. When we heard the news about reBar shutting down, we opted to feature this wedding anyway — because it's still an awesome wedding of an awesome offbeat couple. The cuteness that is Laura and Michael didn't deserve to get hidden just because their venue owner was apparently craptastic. Also, biz real talk: We don't have anything to gain by publishing this… honestly, if anything, reBar being a former advertiser makes us look pretty bad by association. If we were motivated by self-interest, we wouldn't have posted the wedding at all… but we didn't feel like it was right to punish Laura and Michael for a rogue vendor. Reply Hey, super super cool of you. Thank you so much. Reply the most beautiful wedding! Reply LOVE the flowers you made! Please share your technique and any tips you may have! I'm going to give it a shot. Reply Hey! I did write up a procedure for how I made the bouquet here. http://tribe.offbeatbride.com/journals/2013/10/ribbon-rose-bouquet#comments Good luck and let me know if you have any questions! Reply Leave a Reply to Megan Finley Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.