Sofia and Ben’s awesomely, beautifully fun wedding is exactly what we all need on a Monday morning – not just the smiles of the bride and groom, the cheery yellow and white palette, and the boat rides, but also Sofia and Ben’s attitude about the whole thing. Like this little nugget of wisdom: “A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly.”

Brilliant.

Don’t you love this idea for bridesmaids! Sofia had yellow skirts made for them, and they each chose a white top to go with it.

From the couple: “We are both lucky enough to be close to our families. Sofia’s younger brother was ordained so that he could perform the ceremony and her grandmother wrote a poem to read, and Ben’s cousin played classical guitar and his other cousin Emily gave a reading. Our families live all over the country, so we may never again have the opportunity to have everyone in the same place at the same time. That alone was really special.”

Guests had the chance to enjoy boat rides around the lagoon – “Probably people’s favorite part of the day,” say Sofia and Ben.

Sofia and Ben collection vintage postcards of the Boathouse which they scanned and printed for a guest book alternative.

Sofia and Ben are graphic designers, so they designed all of the stationery and favors, then had it printed by Studio On Fire. Favors were tote bags, folded inside of berry baskets and tied with twine. For centerpieces, Juliette and Sierra from Poppies and Posies (who, Sofia says, “are the nicest girls in Brooklyn, and possibly the planet”) arranged a variety of blooms in vintage yellow pitchers and Bulleit Bourbon bottles that Sofia and Ben collected throughout the year.

Friends helped to bring the day together, including one who made linen table runners for the tables, one who acted as DJ and MC, and two who helped to organize the day: “On they day of the wedding, two of our sweet friends and wedding guests art directed the setup – it was so nice to have people we trusted making last minute decisions.” And the music? “We spent a lot of time choosing music and dancing around our kitchen the year of our wedding. Then our cool friend and former neighbor who was our DJ/MC also picked a lot of great songs for the night.”

How much do you love this wedding! And you’re going to love all these little tidbits that Ben and Sofia were sweet enough to share with us:

Why did you choose this for your wedding? I don’t think either of us thought we would have a wedding wedding but we are so happy we did. Choosing the Boathouse (which we live close to) was the first big decision we made. It was always a place that felt romantic to us. It is so iconically Brooklyn but still feels like an escape from the city – we are so glad our guests were able to enjoy Brooklyn in an unexpected way. And we loved that it wasn’t a huge space and we could have our medium sized wedding in a location that felt intimate.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The boathouse itself. Brooklyn. Summertime. Blogs like Snippet & Ink!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Prioritize. You will have a million ideas at the onset (vintage taxi! photo booth! chuppah! and so on….), but choose what you can afford and what you actually have time to organize. A wedding doesn’t have to be a photoshoot. As much as we enjoyed creating personal details for the day it wasn’t worth it to us to go overboard with decorations and create things that would be thrown away after 5 hours of use. If you can’t eat it or take it home with you it may not be worth spending money on. I think all a successful party needs is good food and drinkables, good friends, good music. Everything else is just extras.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? There were so many including waking up together in our home and having brunch just the two us, seeing my grandparents (who have been married 60 years) dance together. But our favorite moment without a doubt was running upstairs alone right after the ceremony and feeling this mixed sense of relief and joy about what had just happened. It was like the adrenaline had worn off and it felt…real.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? One anecdote about things not going smoothly but ending up fun: We decided just to take local car service to the wedding to save on an expensive car rental and driver. We took some photos in Grand Army Plaza before heading to the boathouse. When we finished we realized that the car had abandoned us! Anyone who has been to Grand Army knows it is not the easiest place to find a cab. A complete stranger noticed our distress, let us hop in his car and he drove us to the wedding. Thank you to him for rescuing us and to his friends for squishing all the way in the back to make room!

 

Summer Wedding Menu

Dinner Zucchini Fritters // Heirloom Tomato Salad // Fish Tacos // Pulled Pork with the Groom’s Grandmother’s Barbecue Sauce // Red Velvet Whoopie Pies // Miniature Key Lime Pies // Chocolate, Vanilla, Espresso Chip, and Coconut Ice Cream

 

Thank you so much to Oh, Darling! for sending over these beautiful photos, and to Sofia and Ben for sharing all these wonderful details. Best wishes to the two of you for a lifetime of happiness together!

 

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Photography: Oh, Darling! / Venue: The Boathouse in Prospect Park, Brooklyn / Bride’s dress: Elizabeth Dye, purchased at Lovely Bride / Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom’s ensemble: J.Crew / Custom bridesmaid skirts: Jill St. Coeur / Flowers: Poppies & Posies / Stationery design: Sofia and Ben / Letterpress: Studio On Fire / Catering: Movable Feast / Dessert: Trois Pommes Patisserie / Ice cream: Blue Marble
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  • Playful Wedding at Prospect Park Boathouse

    8 August 2011
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    1. Martine@martinelouisedesign

      Beautiful wedding Kathryn. Love, love the boathouse building. I used to cycle in Prospect park but sadly never visited the boat house – mistake! The bridesmaid outfits are adorable, great idea. I posted about a super sweet DIY English wedding this weekend – thought you’d like it (and her great photographer!)

      http://martinelouisedesign.blogspot.com/2011/08/diy-english-wedding.html

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    2. Paper Moss

      What a gorgeous day! Thanks for sharing all of these sentimental details- they’re truly inspiring!!!

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    3. CAMILLE STYLES

      This wedding is pure FUN from start to finish. I’m especially loving the favors tied up in charming little berry baskets. Congrats to the happy couple!

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    4. Holly Schoenke, Simply Sweet Weddings

      Such a beautiful location and decor….love it all!

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    5. jacin {lovely little details}

      wow, love the color palette!

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    6. Sofia

      Thank you all so much for your comments! It was a really wonderful day.

      1 quick correction- Ben and I both designed all of our stationery and favors. We are graphic designers (we met in school!) so it was a really fun project for us to work on together. In fact, we are in the works to launch our own wedding line. Just wanted to give my guy his due credit, he was as in to the planning as I was. We had so much fun doing something creative together!

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    7. Dawn Gahan

      Sofia, where did the hanging birds come from? Just lovely. All of it.

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    8. Debbie @ Bridalhood

      Love the yellow bridesmaids skirts and the color scheme.

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    9. Sofia

      Hi Dawn-
      The birds are actually a permanent sculpture installed in the boathouse. That building is also called the Audubon Center, during the day it is open to the public and has education displays about the bird life in the park.

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    10. Rhiannon {Hey Gorg}

      Such a simple and beautiful wedding!

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    11. lydia {ever ours}

      what an amazing venue!

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    12. Ridgely's Radar

      SO pretty! Love the pops of yellow!

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    13. Lila

      Perfection! Beautifully detailed. Congratulations!

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    14. Lara

      We’re doing bags as favors as well, but I’m having a difficult time finding bags we like that aren’t that expensive. Where did you find yours?

      Beautiful wedding!! So many wonderful moments.

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      • Sofia

        Thanks Lara! We purchased the bags at Muji ($1 each, I believe you can even order them online) and had them printed at a local silkscreener. Keeping the number of colors down is always a huge cost cutter for silkscreen. We did 2 colors but I bet 1 color would be even more reasonable. I hope that helps!

    15. angela gaspar photography

      Such a pretty wedding, I love the bridesmaid dresses!

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    16. invitation consultants

      BEAUTIFUL!! love the ice cream cart too.
      matching bridesmaid skirts is a trend i’d love to see take off!

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    17. Absolute Media Productions

      Awesome bridesmaids dresses and I agree with the comment about the color pallette! I love the theme, and I think boathouse weddings are truly unique!

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    18. Corrie Anne

      Love the favors, and I’m so jealous of the ice cream truck!!!!! I searched high/low for one but could’t get one in my area!

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    19. Chloe

      So Beautiful! I had to comment because this looks so much like my dream wedding. I grew up near Prospect Park and I’ve always dreamed of a Boathouse wedding with lots of yellow; I really love the Beatrix dress too. AND my guy and I love Trois Pommes whoopie pies. The postcard guestbook is such a cool idea! Did you guys paint the yellow vases?

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      • Sofia

        Hi Chloe- thank you so much! We did not paint the vases, they are actually all vintage and made by the same company (frankoma) they happened to make many styles all in the same color!

    20. Calli

      Congratulations Sofia and Ben!

      I am so happy to have found your beautiful wedding on this page. My beloved and I are getting married at the Boathouse next September for many of the same reasons that you mentioned- Prospect Park is a very special place for us (and our dog!). Your wedding has reminded me why we chose the Boathouse and inspired me to think about how special it will be. I was suddenly nervous about all the details and timing of working with Movable Feast, but it seems that everything went beautifully on your special day. I would love to hear any insights or experiences you had with the Boathouse and caterer that you think might be helpful to us as we plan. It would be such a huge help! Thank you and best wishes!

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      • Sofia

        Hi Calli-
        I would be happy to answer any questions. you can email me at sofia.romps.across@gmail.com

        don’t stress!

    21. Ramona

      Ok… now this is were I love the yellow touches. It feels like this summer there has been so much yellow in weddings but this one does it fabulously! Beautiful beyond!
      Thanks for sharing!

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    22. janis - pinecone camp

      That is a seriously fabulous wedding! It makes me want to shoot weddings again. The little tote bags in baskets, the bridesmaid’s skirts are just the sweetest. Sofia and Ben make a very cute couple. Love her dress!

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    23. Linda

      Beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing the details of your very special day. I was noticing the tiny table tent next to the postcards and the hang tags, love the colors and the fonts. Would you mind sharing the font choices you made for those items? They give your printed pieces such an elegant and fresh look, love them!!

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    24. Bianca

      Love your bridesmaid idea. Who was the maker of the skirts????

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    25. Cara

      Wow so beautiful!! I will be in a wedding this August and we get to pick our shirts too which I think is fun and let’s your ladies show off their own style! Love it!!
      Please! I have to know where your bridesmaid got her shirt!!! I have to have it!!

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