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This Bride Wore Lela Rose to Her Autumn Wedding in Brooklyn

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Redfield Photography

|Planning by 

The Union Studio

Emily Gaynor, editorial creative director of a popular makeup brand and former beauty editor at Teen Vogue, Lucky, and Glamour, and Jason Bergman, a director and photographer, met on a photoshoot set for “I knew about him but had never met him until the shoot at YouTube studios,” she says. The two didn’t start dating until she Facebook messaged him six months later, and he immediately responded. 

After two years together, he proposed to her on San Juan Island, while on a trip to visit her aunt and grandmother. “I knew it would mean a lot to Emily to take the next step in our lives together while she was with the most important female figures in her life,” Jason says. The morning of the flight from JFK, he was so nervous that he left a bag at security. He luckily got his bag back, and after a six-hour flight, three-hour car ride, and one-hour ferry ride, they finally arrived to Friday Harbor. On a Saturday morning, they took a drive just the two of them along the Pacific, and on a large, uneven rock, he got down on one knee.

To say, “I do,” Emily wore the first wedding dress she tried on at Ceremony Bridal Shop in Boston—a sleeveless, deep V-neck Lela Rose gown. And to complete her look, she also wore a short Sara Gabriel veil and comfortable Badgley Mischka heels. On the day-of, the bride got ready with makeup artist Carolina Dalí-Trites, who she had worked on with editorials at Teen Vogue, and hair stylist Heather Packer to create her natural, fresh, Old Hollywood-esque beauty look.

The engaged couple decided to get married in Brooklyn, where they’d been living for years. They discovered the Middle Eastern restaurant Glasserie and were instantly intrigued by their wedding services. The two worked with them to secure their venue, Greenpoint Loft. “It’s a really special space that feels almost barn-like while being in the middle of Brooklyn,” Emily explains. To help with everything, they hired Amanda O’Callaghan of The Union Studio as a month-of planner. 

The ceremony took place inside under a baby’s breath cloud puff centerpiece by Rawan Rihani of Aurora Botanica. Emily walked down the aisle with her parents to a violinist and guitarist playing “Canon in D.” And her childhood rabbi married them under the floral-adorned chuppah. “Jason is a beacon of positivity, so seeing him smiling at me was a reminder of why we were there and what the night was actually about,” the bride remarks. Once the two were announced as a married couple, their reception kicked off with DJ James Arnold of 74 Events.

The delicious dinner ended with a Milk Bar Birthday Cake, as the wedding cake, and the newlyweds took to the dance floor for their first dance to “Angels” by The xx. “We went to one of their concerts early on in our relationship, and it felt like a significant night,” Emily says. And at one point in the night, they pulled off the Horah spectacularly, and to Jason’s surprise, he did not fall out of the chair. 

The after-party was held around the corner at the upstairs of cocktail bar Ramona, where friends and family continued the celebration until late. “Once everyone started to trickle home, we went right back to our apartment and told our cat about the night,” the bride says.