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Being able to say you're the one who introduced a happy couple is a big deal, but also being able to say you're the one who married them? Well, that's a new level of esteem and honor. Though it took five years for Julie Williams and Mathieu Zarbatany to officially become a couple and two more years for them to be engaged, they knew right where to go when selecting an officiant, tapping their friend Alex, who'd first brought them together.
On September 4, 2016, the fashionable pair hosted 95 friends at a wedding that fit them perfectly. It was a modern, understated affair at Brooklyn cocktail bar and event space Kinfolk 94. вЂњIt wasn't super fancy, had the perfect dance floor, and is walking-distance from our house,вЂќ Julie says. In short: It was the just the right place for them to get creative and let loose. Keep reading to have serious fashion and venue envy after you see Paul O'Reilly Photography's shots of this fabulously memorable bash!Photo by Paul O'Reilly Photo by Paul O'Reilly
The fashion stylist bride went straight to the runway to choose what she'd wear down the aisle, passing on traditional gowns in favor of this edgy Proenza Schouler number. Tiered ruffles, bell sleeves, and a cutout on the back made it a fun dress for an all-night dance party. вЂњI shopped alone, trusting the cool salesgirl at Barney's to give an objective opinion,вЂќ says Julie. вЂњI was so excited when I got home that I put it on and showed Mathieu right away!вЂќ
Mathieu headed down the aisle in a T-shirt and sneakers, though you know his stylist bride had him dressed to the nines. His suit and shirt were from Acne Studios, and those spotless white kicks are Jil Sander.Photo by Paul O'Reilly
She paired her flirty frock with a cascading bouquet of lilies and orchids.
After the couple's вЂњGlitter Girl,вЂќ Mia, walked down the aisle tossing glitter, Julie and her mother entered arm-in-arm as the DJ played the Rolling Stones's cover of Otis Redding's вЂњThat's How Strong My Love Is.вЂќ вЂњEveryone cheered when we came down the aisle,вЂќ she says.
Julie and Mathieu wrote the ceremony together, filling it with one-liners referencing everything from mixed martial arts to piles of unopened mail. The bride is Jewish, so the proceedings ended with Mathieu breaking a glass-followed by even more confetti!Photo by Paul O'Reilly Photo by Paul O'Reilly
After the ceremony, the bride and groom took some time alone to pose (and dance!) in the venue's surrounding streets.
вЂњThe hardest part of planning our wedding was the guest list,вЂќ says Julie. вЂњThe venue is small and our budget was limited. It was so hard not to invite lifelong friends we don't see often, but we had to be realistic.вЂќ
The venue, Kinfolk 94, features wooden dome-like structures and curved cement walls that created вЂњorganic nooks,вЂќ where guests could gather and sip the couple's signature cocktails-a Paloma for Julie, and a Moscow Mule for Mathieu. вЂњWe wanted all of our guests to have an epic night, to dance and eat themselves silly and truly connect,вЂќ says the bride.
The couple's florist filled the event space with tropical flowers and greenery, from bird-of-paradise flowers and orchids to king proteas and potted palms.
Artist Lindsay Mound painted portraits of the bride and groom, which were used on everything from paper plates to coasters set out with bottles of Miller High Life-or as it's called, "the champagne of beer"!Photo by Paul O'Reilly Photo by Paul O'Reilly
Instead of traditional catering, the pair turned to Mile End Delicatessen for poutine, smoked meat, latkes, and whitefish. вЂњMathieu is French Canadian and I'm a New York Jew, so it felt right on,вЂќ says the bride.Photo by Paul O'Reilly
DJ Lindsay played everything from Morrissey and Pink Floyd to trap house and disco. вЂњWe also played a lot of '60s music to honor my late father,вЂќ says Julie. And you can bet people danced! вЂњThere was even a supermodel walk-off on the dance floor,вЂќ the bride recalls.
Mathieu and Julie are a perfect example of why some вЂњrulesвЂќ really should be thrown out the window. вЂњDon't go by the book, do it your own way,вЂќ she says. вЂњJust be sure to feed people, and let them dance!вЂќ
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Kinfolk Store || Catering: Mile End Deli || Event Planner: Elise at Starling on Bond || Bride's Dress: Proenza Schouler || Veil: Yestadt Millinery || Bride's Shoes: Gianvito Rossi, Aquazzura, Jil Sander || Hair: Amber Duarte || Makeup: Erin Green || Groom's Attire: Acne Studios || Floral Design: Extrafloral || Wedding Bands: Anna Sheffield, Mociun || Paper Product Illustrations: Lindsay Mound || Printing: Minute Man Press || Music: DJ Lindsey || Cake: Empire Cake || Photography: Paul O'Reilly