Styled Shoot // Same-Sex Brooklyn Wedding Inspiration - with Sprinkles!

It's not very often that a new venue pops up in Brooklyn. The American Can Factory in Brooklyn is just that. It's a work-space turned exposed-brick-dream-wedding-venue on the weekends. We snagged it to feature this gorgeous real life couple, Alexia and Charm.

Charm, a Texan, is a new NYC transplant, and Alexia is a born and bred New Yorker. They're planning to get married in the near future, and they thought, why not try it out before the real thing? We happily obliged by planning them a day that reflected them, their love, and NYC vendors who celebrate LGBTQ love stories.

We kept them in focus with beautiful make-up with pops of color by Sharon Becker, gorgeous femme bridal gowns by Ash & Light, and pink balloons because why not? They enjoyed sprinkled cake by renowned Brooklyn bakers at Butter & Scotch, natural florals by Brooklyn's Hawk & Hare, gorgeous invitations by My Darlin', and then they rode off into the sunset on a Brooklyn Bicycle Co. bike. Not only that, they wore Brooklyn-based Hush Commotion accessories, dined with a BK favorite, Runner & Stone catering, and enjoyed New York's Jessie's Nutty Cups for a fun twist on favors. What started as a way to celebrate one love story become an even greater love story: the one between vendors and a city, celebrating it and the beautifully diverse love stories that thrive here — usually with an exposed brick background.

Words by planner Amy Shackelford of Modern Rebel and photos by Amber Marlow

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 lesbian brides with pink balloons
 lesbian bride in pink chair from gather & lounge
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 two brides wearing gowns by Ash & Light
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 bride holding a late summer bouquet by Hawk & Hare
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 bridal updo created by Sharon Becker
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 same-sex wedding at the Old American Can Factory
 Pink wedding cake with sprinkles by Butter & Scotch
 wedding cake from Butter & Scotch
 secular wedding officiant in NYC Marley Jay
 Floral Ceremony Backdrop by Hawk & Hare
 burgundy and green bouquet
 Green and white bouquet
 My Darlin' black and white invitation suite
 pink wedding ideas with florals and furniture
 wedding lounge furniture from gather and lounge
 ethical man-made diamond rings by Vrai & Oro
 Jessie's Nutty Cups candy wedding favors
 Menu cards from My Darlin'
 table decor by Modern Rebel & Co. featuring copper, blue, and kumquats
 table decor, coordinated by Modern Rebel & Co.
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Photographer | Amber Marlow
Planner | Modern Rebel
Catering | Runner & Stone
Furniture Rentals | Gather & Lounge
Cake | Butter & Scotch
Porcelain Bird Cake Topper | Gowanus Souvienier
Florals | Hawk & Hare
Officiant | Marley Jay
Favors | Jessie's Nutty Cups
Rings | Vrai & Oro
Videographer | Mae B. Films
Gowns | Ash & Light
Bridal accessories | Hushed Commotion
Hair & Make-up | Sharon Becker
Invite & Menu | My Darlin'
Model 1 | Alexia Castellano
Model 2 | Charm Jackson

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Event Planner/Coordinator Amy Shackelford is the Founder & Lead Planner at Modern Rebel & Co., an alternative event planning company that gives back to local NYC non-profits. In 2015, she started Modern Rebel with the belief that it was possible to "keep the pretty in perspective." She currently lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with her partner, John.

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Amber Marlow is a modern-meets-classic wedding photographer in New York City. In addition to thrilling over 100 couples with her photography, she has been featured in multiple publications, spoken at conferences about the intersection of "wokeness" and the wedding industry, hosts a monthly networking event for wedding vendors in NYC, and is the founder of Pineapple North, a business blog for women and minorities. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and rescue dog.