After more than seven years of dating, Alyssa and Nic (who first met on MySpace!) decided to make it official and tied the knot at the Brooklyn Courthouse with just their immediate family as witnesses. Later, they broke the happy news to friends and extended family by mailing marriage announcements (from Minted, natch!), then invited everyone to the Brooklyn Winery in Williamsburg eight months later for a wedding reception and party. The celebration featured deep-red tones and French-themed details (a jazz band performed “La Vie en Rose” for the couple’s first dance; guests were given boxes of Ladurée macarons as favors) and the winery’s collection of vintage, mismatched china perfectly complemented the look.
Bride and groom: Alyssa Mozdzen & Nic diPierro
Occupations: Freelance IT tech, actor, and writer (Nic); literary agency assistant (Alyssa) and graduate student (she will be attending graduate school for writing in the fall)
Based in: Brooklyn, NY
Wedding ceremony: December 12, 2014 at the Brooklyn Courthouse
Wedding reception: August 9, 2015 at the Brooklyn Winery
Number of guests: About 130
Minted wedding invitation: “Johannis” by Jack Knoebber (letterpressed)
Wedding gown: Rembo Styling, purchased from VeKa Bridal in Brooklyn
Florist: Faye + Renee
Musicians: Avalon Jazz Band
Photographer: Bia Sampaio
How did you and Nic meet?
Through MySpace! We’ve been together a very long time…
Tell us about the proposal…
We’d been together for more than seven years before deciding to make it official, so there really wasn’t a formal proposal. Getting married was never really something either of us were dying to do. We’re supremely happy together, and knew we’d spend the rest of our lives together regardless of whether or not we were married. But after crunching the numbers and deciding we wanted that official security of marriage, we figured we might as well! My parents had already planned a visit to New York in December, so we got married while they were in town. Nic’s mom signed as our witness, and we didn’t tell anyone but our immediate families. We broke the news to all of our friends and extended family in late January by mailing marriage announcements (using Minted!). It made the whole reveal so much more personal than simply posting something on social media. We got so many texts and phone calls after people opened their mail and saw the good news!
How did you find your wedding venues?
The Brooklyn Courthouse was purely for convenience: we live within walking distance! And we found Brooklyn Winery after doing some research on Brooklyn venues that fit not only our budget, but our style and size. Plus, they make it so easy by providing the food, wine, and a day-of planner to help assist coordinating all your vendors.
What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
My mom came in from out of town and my sister (who lives in Brooklyn as well) joined me in searching for the perfect dress. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted because I knew exactly what I didn’t want: no strapless, no ball gown, no white—I really wanted a blue dress. We must have looked at about five or six different locations over a few days, but found this one at the first place we looked, Veka Bridal in Brooklyn. The designer was Rembo Styling and it fit everything on my wish list: vintage looking, simple, unique, and, most importantly, a lovely shade of light blue peeking out through the white lace.
And what about your accessories?
I carried a book-themed clutch by Kate Spade. Since I didn’t have a bouquet, I wanted my clutch to have some significance, and since I work in publishing, that clutch was perfect.
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How did you choose your reception invitation (“Johannis” by Jack Knoebber)?
I’d used Minted in the past for business cards after seeing an advertisement in Real Simple magazine years ago. The professionalism and fresh, clean styles drew me back to Minted for our invitations. I wanted something that was simple, easy to read, and fit the tone of our party: classic, a bit Parisian, and timeless. And I’m very pleased to report that a lot of our guests complimented us on the invitations!
Were your invitations letterpressed or flat-printed?
Letterpressed. Since they were simple, I wanted a little something extra, and the letterpress really made them stand out. I added a red-and-cream striped ribbon (also purchased from Minted) wrapped around the invitation and RSVP package. I also added a matching red-and-cream striped liner for the envelopes (also from Minted).
How did the invitation tie in to the wedding’s overall look and feel?
Since we didn’t have a formal ceremony and just had a party to celebrate, I wanted something nice but not too formal. I was looking for an invitation that conveyed simplicity and elegance with a touch of vintage in the lettering, and this invitation was perfect.
Did you incorporate any other Minted elements into your wedding?
Yes! We used Minted not only for our surprise marriage announcements, but for our save-the-dates (“We’ve done the marrying, now it’s time for the partying!”), escort cards, place cards, table-number signs, and thank-you notes.
What inspired the Parisian theme for the reception?
I’ve always been a bit of a Francophile, and became even more of one after spending an entire month in Paris one summer studying drawing through Parsons. But it was actually Nic who inspired me to create a Parisian theme. We were discussing music, and neither of us wanted a DJ, but I had no idea where to start looking for a band. Nic suggested we find a band to play old standards and classic French jazz music. As soon as we found the Avalon Jazz Band, everything else fell into place! The classic feel of a Parisian wedding was exactly what we both wanted, and Brooklyn Winery’s venue as well their vintage, mismatched china fit in perfectly.
What were some of your favorite wedding-day details?
The Avalon Jazz Band has to be my favorite part of the entire party! But I also loved all the vintage French books I collected over the course of a few months that were scattered over the tables. The wonderful team at Faye + Renee did an extraordinary job of incorporating those books and their gorgeous flowers. Nic’s favorite part was seeing the dining room for the first time in all its splendor, with the beautiful natural light shining through! Also, instead of a traditional guest book, we used photographer Nichole Robertson’s “Paris in Love” book and had guests sign in the blank spaces around the photos.
What were some of your fondest memories from the day?
The wonderful thing about weddings is getting people from all facets of your life together: old and new friends, co-workers, immediate family, extended family, family you haven’t seen in years… Having all those people together in one place, celebrating, was really extraordinary. My 90-year-old Grandma came all the way from Michigan, too! Our first dance was also something special. We didn’t do any real wedding traditions (no bouquet toss, no cake cutting), but we wanted to have a dance together. The Avalon Jazz Band performed “La Vie en Rose.”
Did you incorporate any family or cultural traditions into the wedding day?
When we got married at the courthouse, I wore my grandmother’s rose charm, which my mom also wore when she got married (it was my “something borrowed” and “something old”—my dress was the new and blue). Nic’s father passed away a few years ago, so I wanted his presence represented at the reception. I framed a photo of Nic’s parents on their wedding day, and my parents on theirs, and had those out for the party. My mom also made us a scrapbook of our relationship through the years, which was fun for people to look through. Also, the diamond of my wedding ring was from Nic’s mom’s engagement ring—so a part of Nic’s father is always with us in that diamond.
Did you make/DIY any of the wedding decorations/elements?
Aside from collecting the vintage French books for the tables, I also found a vintage library card catalog set of drawers, which we used as our card box. And while we used Minted for the place cards and seating cards, I hand stamped them with the table numbers, which made planning the seating arrangements more flexible than if we had them all printed at once.
Did you have any after-party?
No after party—we’re both introverts! A full day of photographs, partying, and socializing was plenty of excitement for us.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We haven’t gone quite yet, but are planning a two-week honeymoon in July in, where else, Paris!
Any advice for brides who are starting to plan their wedding?
Don’t sweat the small stuff! Everyone at your wedding is there because they love you—they’ll be happy to help if anything goes wrong, but they also will just be happy to see you (and won’t notice if the ink on a place card is smudged). Also, be sure to plan a wedding that fits you. Don’t feel pressured to do anything “traditional” you don’t want to do—have the kind of party and wedding you would want to go to. We did our ceremony privately, and had a lovely and perfect party for all of our loved ones. In fact, many of our guests said this was their favorite wedding because it was simply a celebration with great food, great wine, and fantastic music!
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