Real Wedding Album: A Cinema-Inspired Fantasy Fête

Photo: Sara Wight Photography

Krista Dresbach, a hat designer, and Andy Chen, a project manager for a pharmaceutical company, threw an over-the-top affair inspired by their favorite movies, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Labyrinth, when they wed last summer. “We wanted everything to feel magical and otherworldly, as if Marie Antoinette were hosting the party,” says Krista, 34. The Green Building in Gowanus served as a blank canvas for the couple, who decorated the raw space with candelabras and draped cream-colored fabric over the chandeliers. The Wonderland theme extended to the wedding party, who wore whimsical pocket squares and masks handcrafted by the bride. “My sister, Jen, wears Banana Republic almost exclusively, so she was hesitant about putting on a corset,” says Andy, 37. “But when she tried everything on—the patterned tights, the tutu Krista sewed herself—she was pretty excited.”

The Details:
Flowers: Mimosa Floral Design
Dress: Paola D’Onofrio
Suit: My.Suit
Event planner: Megan Southerland of the Green Building
Invitations: Katie Skau Illustration
Catering: The Simple Chef
Desserts: Knead Baked Goods
Photographs by Sara Wight Photography

*This article appears in the Winter 2015 issue of New York Weddings.

Real Wedding Album: A Fantasy Fête