These Grooms Wore Matching Midnight Blue Suits to Their Winter Wedding in Brooklyn
Seven years before they got together, Guillermo and Christopher met at a mutual friend's barbecue. In the summer of 2015, the pair turned their friendship into an official relationship, and after two-and-a-half years together, Guillermo decided to plan a Christmas proposal in Paris.
The couple—who reside in Queens, New York—were spending Christmas Eve with their families before kicking off a trip to France the next day, and although the plan was to pop the question abroad, Guillermo jumped the gun. "I was so excited about the trip and pending proposal that I couldn't wait until we got to Paris, so I ended up proposing to Chris in our apartment after our families left and right before we left for the airport," he says. The couple spent the next 10 days exploring Paris and celebrating the major moment.
Their engagement spanned two years, during which Guillermo and Christopher found their dream team of vendors. "My tip for a couple planning their wedding is to make sure they feel completely comfortable with all of their wedding vendors," Guillermo says. "Wedding vendors really do make your dreams come true the day of the wedding and we have no regrets." They invited 85 guests to join them at 501 Union in Brooklyn, New York, for their formal, moody, and modern nuptials on February 3, 2018. They were drawn to the venue's industrial look, masculine Art Deco vibe, and dark colors, which played nicely into their deep red, blue, and gold color scheme.
Guillermo and Christopher worked with Blue Nile to customize their engagement and wedding rings. "Chris really wanted a solitaire engagement ring, which aren't typically designed for men, so we looked all over but couldn't find one," Guillermo says. "This took us on our journey to design four custom rings, which makes them so special to us."
Christopher, a high school art teacher, took on the task of creating the wedding invitations and stationery, which featured several blue hues and bold gold lettering. "I found that trying to find time to design the various pieces while working and scheduling various wedding-related activities could quickly become frustrating," he shares, "But having Guillermo's support—he would sit next to me and pour us a glass of wine while I worked—made this a fun experience. I rejected his design ideas but still appreciated him being there!"
Getting Ready Together
Instead of having a first look, these grooms got ready together at 1 Brooklyn Bridge, where their photographer captured the intimate moments leading up to the ceremony.
Guillermo and Christopher loved shopping for their tuxedos because it was a part of the wedding planning process they were able to do together. They chose matching custom suits from Black Lapel in a midnight blue hue and accessorized with black bow ties.
The Ceremony Focal Point
Their evening ceremony took place in the venue's covered atrium, where rows of gold Chiavari chairs were set up facing a simple floral embellished arch and hanging vines illuminated with string lights.
The Chair Decorations
Every other chair along the aisle was embellished with one red and pink rose, along with some greenery, which mirrored the flowers seen in the ceremony arch and throughout the reception centerpieces.
The Atrium Ceremony
Each groom was accompanied by his mother down the aisle while "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran was played on a violin and a cello; Guillermo's sister officiated the service.
"We chose not to have a bridal party because we wanted all of our guests to enjoy themselves and not to worry about anything," the couple shares. Both Guillermo and Christopher remember turning around and seeing their guests crying as one of the most memorable parts of the entire day: "We were so emotional during the ceremony and the energy—and love—in the room was just so amazing."
The Cocktail Hour
Guests moved to the lounge area at 501 Union for the cocktail hour, where they enjoyed Latin-inspired hors d'oeuvres, including shrimp ceviche and beef empanadas, along with signature cocktails named after hit songs from 2008, the year the pair met. "Our thinking was that these songs were probably playing at the party we met at in 2008," the couple says.
The Seating Chart
Guests found their tables via a seating chart that Christopher created himself, which was placed in the lounge during the cocktail hour. The seating chart featured a logo that incorporated both of their initials.
An Intimate Reception
Three long rows of wooden farm tables were set up throughout the reception space, offering an intimate feel. Guillermo and Christopher sat right in the middle of their guests so they could enjoy their company during dinner.
The Tall Centerpieces
Flowers were one of Christopher's top priorities, so the couple chose different types of centerpieces, along with large flower arrangements that defined both bars. When Christopher had the idea of "floating" flowers, the couple's florist created pedestals to give the florals height without preventing guests from talking to each other across the table.
The Bud Centerpieces
Along with an array of shorter centerpieces scattered throughout the tables, Guillermo and Christopher incorporated single buds in tiny vases for a unique touch.
The Table Numbers
Solid gold table numbers were placed on each table. "We fell in love with them when we were doing our final walkthrough—they were setting up for another wedding at the venue and we tracked them down at the last minute," Guillermo says.
The Celebratory Dinner
Guillermo and Christopher wanted to offer a seasonal, comforting meal for their guests. Dinner started with a gem salad with pumpkin seeds, cloth bound cheddar, apples, and an apple cider vinaigrette followed by an entrée course of smoked chicken served with an onion purée, braised short ribs with a red wine demi-glace, or a sunchoke and winter squash lasagna.
The First Dance
Looking for an entirely unique first dance song, Guillermo and Christopher ultimately chose "Love" by Kendrick Lamar. "This song really spoke to us and we had fun dancing to it together," Christopher says.
The Nontraditional Toss
While the couple steered clear of most wedding traditions to keep the vibe laid back, they did opt to throw small floral bouquets to their guests.