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.
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
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.
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.