It wasn’t love at first sight for Anomalie bride Brittany and her husband, Brian, but that’s ok–there are a lot of love stories that begin slowly, like most Jane Austen novels, nearly every romance in Love Actually, and, most famously, the movie When Harry Met Sally. Brittany and Brian were friends first, but no doubt meant to be. Their bohemian-inspired New York City wedding is romantic, beautiful, and has us in love at first sight with Brittany’s style. Here’s how she DIYed her wedding and customized the perfect purple dress for her with Anomalie.
First, tell us how you and your husband met!
Our story was not romantic at the beginning. We knew each other for over five years through a mutual friend before we actually started dating. We had gone away to Atlantic City to celebrate our mutual friend’s birthday, and I had just gotten out of a long-term relationship. Brian was very interested, sending quite a few inappropriate texts to our mutual friend, but I was not having it. A few months later, we went away again with all the same friends, and a few drinks into the first night, there was some flirting and some kissing. Then I was my anti-relationship-self at the time and decided to kiss someone else on the trip–in front of Brian. Oops. He was still interested, so a few weeks later at the San Gennaro Festival in NYC, we exchanged numbers. I helped him pick a location for his birthday, since he wanted to have it in my neighborhood, and he later asked me out on our first date for the day after his birthday party. I was very hesitant, because I was not sure I was ready for anything serious. One of our good friends pushed me to just go for it. After our first, impressive date to a Jets game, filled with all my favorite foods, snacks and drinks, I never looked back! I guess you could say the name of our love story should be, “Unexpected,” as neither of us expected to find true love, a new best friend, and a marriage to come out of such a crazy beginning!
What part of the vision came first—your wedding theme or your wedding dress?
I think a little bit of both. I knew I wanted a bohemian-themed wedding that featured vines and glass in a unique wedding venue. I also knew I wanted lace to tie in with that bohemian feel, so the dress and theme began to blend together.
Why did you decide to get a custom gown and how did Anomalie come into the picture?
I am a very particular person. I knew once I had my vision in my head, custom was the only way to go. I did some research, and Anomalie stuck out to me.
What was the most valuable tool when it came to bringing your idea to life?
Pinterest! Once I had a venue and a theme, I pieced it all together. I made most of my decor or had it custom made to fit my vision! I took bits and pieces from various wedding inspiration posts, and I made them my own.
Pro Stylist Tip: Anomalie provides brides with a “pinterest-like” lookbook for brides to upload their wedding dress inspiration photos and to help chat through your wedding dress vision with your dedicated stylist.
What did you love the most about your gown and the dress creation process?
It was so easy! Everything, from changes to questions, was clear, and, most of all, it came out exactly how I wanted it!
Now for the most important part–your wedding! How did everything turn out on your wedding day? What was the most unexpected, but incredible moment of your day?
Everything was perfect; although, it went so fast that I wish we could do it again! The weather was freezing, but that did not even phase our happiness. We went very untraditional: We had tequila shots for our unity ceremony and no seated dinner. We hosted a split cocktail hour followed by food trucks, a Prosecco truck, and no cake cutting. We wanted a party, and that is exactly what it was.
I think the most unexpected thing for me was how much of a blabbing mess I was when I saw my dad! I had a hard time keeping it together. We also wrote our own vows, and after I finished, Brian actually whispered in a panic, “Did you read mine before this?” because they were so unbelievable similar.
Your wedding pics are beyond romantic. We’re sure your unique customizations didn’t stop with your wedding dress. What other elements did you include in your big day to make it more unique and personal to you and your spouse?
We were married at The Foundry, an old steel factory in Long Island City. The building is industrial, but has vine walls and glass ceilings. I did my best to tie the vines and metal into our bohemian theme. I painted our vases copper, we used marble tiles as the base, and we wrapped fresh vines in-between for centerpieces. I also had all of our signs custom made to tie in the marble and copper throughout the venue.
The most important piece to us were these giant hoops I made with lace, vines and copper that featured pictures of our grandparents who have passed. They hung in the front entry, and it really felt like they were there with us that day.
How did your husband and guests react to your wedding dress?
Brian’s jaw dropped. His exact words were: “Of course, you had the perfect dress in your head, and it came to life.” All of our guests loved my dress, and almost all of my close friends said that it is exactly what they expected me to create. It was so exciting to see it come to life and how it truly matched my personality.
Stylist Tip: Lace is synonymous with boho bride. From guipure to geometric, we’ve got it all. We get how important lace detail is to our brides! Schedule a call with Anomalie today to discuss how we can incorporate the perfect lace for your gown.
Photographers: Lenny and Melissa
Venue: The Foundry
Caterer/Wedding Planner: David Josephs Catering
Food Truck: Takumi Taco Truck
Food Truck: Eddie’s Pizza Truck
Prosecco Truck: The Roving Bar
Florist: Always Bloomin’
Baker: Frosted Tier
DJ/Photobooth: 2nd to None Entertainment
Signs: Mom and Mel Creations
Hair: Nikki Lee
Makeup: Stephanie Michelle Beauty
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