From Kerry Ann Stokes – “This shoot was inspired by a vintage, and wildly inspiring Brooklyn neighborhood, Coney Island, and it was brought to life by a variety of Brooklyn & New York City vendors.
The story began from a collection of photographs that I have of my grandparents in the 1940’s on the beach at Coney Island. They were young Brooklinites in love…and that was enough inspiration to begin telling a story. The mood of the shoot is light, dreamy, and whimsical for a present day (and REAL!) Brooklyn couple. Pinky pastels and cotton candy blues are accented with gold throughout the shoot. Being an accessories designer, I knew that I wanted the details to tell the story—this is where Coney Island shines through.”
From Kerry Ann Stokes – “I’m really excited about mixing the old with the new in pieces like the pink ombré dip-dyed veil and the mixed media metallic gold flower crown. I find tradition inspiring, but feel that it’s important to make any tradition you are following your own.
Combining unexpected materials together that have different textures and purposes is one way that I like to modernize classic accessories. I believe that things like adding gold paint to the handmade silk chiffon flowers, or pairing metallic gold leather with silk create real dimension and beauty.”
From Kerry Ann Stokes – “When pulling inspiration from a vintage amusement park that had everything from freak shows to classic carousals, I wanted to maintain a kitschy and playful look to some beautiful elements. I think it’s great for people to see these quirky details in a lovely and delicate way. We added a gold cat-eye to the bride when she transitioned into her reception look. I incorporated nostalgic treats, like cotton candy, salt-water taffy, popcorn, and rock candy to nod to a good ole’ fashioned boardwalk date night full of sweets. The shoot took place at a Wine & Cheese Bar in Williamsburg full of vintage details that suited the shoot perfectly. I found paper mache animals and painted them gold, along with the cotton candy cones that I added some sparkle to.
The tables were decorated with circular confetti, which matched the pink and gold letterpress invitations and was combined gorgeously with the whimsical flowers. The bridesmaids wore matching 14k yellow gold elephant necklaces. The rings are gold + rose gold and custom engraved, one with the date and the other with names. The “His, Hers & Ours” decanter set uses a vintage inspired engraving and classic rocks glasses. The macaroon tower was decorated with abstract gold brush strokes across the tops. Vintage plates and glassware were collected from thrift shops around the neighborhood. The groom wore a handkerchief embroidered with the bride’s initials in his pocket. It’s so wonderful to see what all of these details created when combined!”
From Kerry Ann Stokes – “This shoot was an amazing project to pull together—mostly for working with so many crazily talented vendors. I feel like it embodies a Brooklyn spirit, and am so excited to share it with you. This inspiration shoot highlights a nostalgic real life present day couple. They are modern-day, bohemian and sentimental. The shoot values the locally created and handmade, along with a sense of community. It’s so important to know where different pieces of your wedding day come from, and to know that they come from a creative environment and are well made is a beautiful thing!”
Photography: The Melideos // Planning, Styling, Design, hair Accessories & Veil: Kerry Ann Stokes // Florist: Rosehip Social // Wedding Dresses: Leanne Marshall & Sarah Janks from Lovely Bride // Groom’s Attire: Bonobos // Bridesmaids Dresses: Alice & Olivia + Erin Fetherston // Jewelry + Liquor Decanter: Love & Victory // Invitations: Sesame Letter Press // Makeup: Ivey Haber // Hair: Nora Croft of Foxy Salon // Macaron Tower: Sugar Couture // Cotton Candy + Vintage Candies: Handsome Dan’s // Venue: Tuffet in NYC.