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A Trip to the Movies in Brooklyn

Morgan Reis and Leland James. Photo: Chellise Michael

A Gilt Groupe voucher for a matchmaker led Morgan Reis, 37, to meet her husband, Leland James, 34. Their second date was at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, and it was at Nitehawk where he proposed, two years later. “That night, the staff told us they had just started hosting events, including weddings,” says Reis, who’s in sales at OpenTable. “There was never another venue for us.” On a Thursday afternoon, 85 guests settled in for a screening of Tootsie, during which they were fed tater tots and prosecco. When the movie was over, Reis and James, an editor at CNN, stepped out from under the theater’s curtain and were married before the crowd. Then guests boarded a tour bus to party for the rest of the evening at the Guadalupe Inn in Bushwick. “Weddings can be boring for everyone,” James says. “Our friends were like, ‘Well, yeah, I’ll watch a movie and get drunk on a Thursday afternoon!’ ”

The Details
Dress: Gucci
Suit: Brooklyn Tailors
Flowers: Sprout Home
Makeup: Vicky Modica
Planner: Ashley M. Chamblin
Photographs By: Chellise Michael

“I don’t even own a white T-shirt. A big white dress wouldn’t be right for me,” Reis says of her vibrant wedding dress. Photo: Chellise Michael
Photo: Chellise Michael
Photo: Chellise Michael
Photo: Chellise Michael

*This article appears in the winter 2018 issue of New York Weddings.

Real Wedding Album: A Trip to the Movies in Brooklyn