Diana & Mariano’s wedding was so full of industrial charm that you’d never guess these two high school sweethearts had their friends come together to make this a very DIY and special celebration! When we told Diana that she would be featured on Style Me Pretty (which has since closed), she was over the moon about it, which naturally made us all the more excited about their feature!
From the Bride…
We have a very talented group of friends, so rather than hiring vendors, many of the people who made our day a reality were friend vendors “friendors” which made the day so personal and intimate. Our wedding signage and day-of coordination were completely done by friends. Two of our friends who are amazing musicians sang for our wedding ceremony, and our wedding band was comprised of friends as well. One of my bridesmaids went to college with me at FIT. She now works in fashion design and so graciously designed and custom created my nine mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses and stood by me as a bridesmaid on her birthday. Another bridesmaid did an amazing job on my hair and makeup while the rest of the bridesmaids did their own. I am so thankful for these amazing friends who came together to help make this day so perfect!
Our photographer is a good friend, and as a huge photo person, I originally thought those would be my priority and that the video would be secondary so I was so conflicted about having a wedding video. Nonetheless, I still wanted to get a trailer film made to look back on our day and discovered NST Pictures. The moment we received our trailer, it was like the day came rushing back. Obviously, pictures will bring back memories but NST did such a beautiful job editing and making the day come to life in those five minutes of captured moments. When we watch the video, it pours out the whole spirit and heart behind that day all over again. When it comes to picking a videographer, I would definitely say don’t skimp out or settle. You need to find someone who understands your vision and who will understand how you want to remember this day forever. Mariano and I knew for a fact we did not want a cookie-cutter video. We wanted something different that was more of a cinematic experience that told a story, and NST did such a great job at capturing us as a couple in those few moments!
We love warehouses and industrial spaces so we knew right away Brooklyn was where it would all take place. We like the raw and urban look of brick walls, metal beams, and open spaces. So when we walked into 26 Bridge for the first time, we knew we had found exactly what we were looking for. When it comes to colors, we are pretty minimalistic. We wanted to keep everything very earthy and neutral with small pops of color to tie in the fall season. I wanted our decor to revolve around more foliage than florals so we decided to incorporate a lot of greens into the bouquets, as well as, half-size eucalyptus garlands on our dinner tables – wooden farm tables to tie into the earthy tones – decorated with mix-and-match glass bottles which we collected (the bottles were actually our favorite sparkling water and cold brew coffees which we felt added a little quirk and personality to centerpieces!). The little flowers that we did have were white, blush, and nude mixed with the green foliage and I also had hanging burgundy pieces to match my wine-colored velvet heels that complemented my custom dress by Sarah Seven (Mariano wore an H&M suit with Saint Laurent shoes – the ultimate high/low combination!). My crown was actually my mom’s from her wedding – it was the perfect something borrowed that completed my look that day.
We are now blogging about married life on LifeasLeoncziks.com. As high school sweethearts, we ended up getting married at the age of 23 and moving in together after the wedding which is not a scenario you hear about as often nowadays! We like to blog about what married life has been like and share our experience as two young people chasing our dreams as husband and wife!
Venue: 26 Bridge | Photography: Michael Tabuzo | Floral Design: Rosewood Productions | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Dulce de Leche Bakery | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dayra Galarza | Catering: Creative Foods Caterings | Band: Brian Beckford | Groom’s Suit: H&M | Groom’s Shoes: Saint Laurent | Ceremony Music: Gabriella Chavez & Charlie Sztyk | Hair & Makeup Artist: Courtney Androsiglio | Wedding Signage: Sabrina La Salle