A Secret Garden for a Sweet Ceremony

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories

For smaller or mid-sized weddings, restaurants may offer a perfect venue location, allowing for space for the ceremony and dinner reception.  Such was the case of a recently simple, but elegant ceremony, for Erin and David. 
The bride and groom live in—and love—Brooklyn.  So when it came time to pick a location for their nuptials, they selected a local spot in Fort Greene, iCi, situated on DeKalb street.  Since the groom is in the hospitality industry, he was certain to find a place that was not only physically appealing, but one that would serve top-notch food for the reception and dinner following the reception.  iCi’s philosophy is simple:  the best-tasting food is naturally grown and harvested in ways that are ecologically sound and socially responsible by people who are taking care of the land for future generations.   Under the direction of Chef Nate Cortland, iCi develops menus that change with the seasons, using exclusively fresh, naturally grown ingredients of the highest quality from the local farms and markets.   

The bride and groom expected several dozen close friends and family members, from near and far, for their sweet ceremony.  And, the garden area of the restaurant was an ideal backdrop for the exchange of vows.  Theatre style seating allowed the truly stunning bridal party to make a grand entrance for their dashing escorts.  And, with such an intimate gathering every single guest had a “front row seat” to catch the emotional ceremony. 

Following the wedding, guests were treated to cocktails and appetizers in the garden.  As the sun set, the scattered overhead lights set the mood for an evening of fun and festivities.  The second floor of the restaurant was perfectly pitched for the fashion model turned photographer bride and European groom.  Simple decorations, white fixtures, billowy sheer draperies, and streamlined seating gave the feel of a resort getaway, far from the hectic streets of New York.  The entire affair had carefully chosen splashes of subtle color in hues of dusty lilac, soft pink, and slate grey. 

I was delighted to work with this very gracious couple and happy to learn about a secret garden in Fort Greene.