The Wedding Files

When we ask newlyweds to think back on what they wanted most for their big day — and we’ve interviewed hundreds of them over the years — the most common response is “For it not to feel like a wedding!” Gathering with old friends and eating mini grilled cheeses in formalwear to celebrate love feels more special these days than ever, even downright miraculous. And the betrothed have never been less attached to the old wedding handbook — or the need to please their great-aunt. So in a flurry of pampas grass and perfectly mismatched-to-match bridesmaid dresses, how do you pull off a non-cookie-cutter affair? For the answers, we decided to interrogate the cool couples whose weddings we would actually want to steal, right down to the tiger-shaped cake toppers.

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A Cobble Hill Wedding With an Air of Goodfellas

“What if we could keep everything super-local and only go to places we can walk to?”

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    A Wedding for the Girls and the GaysWith an after-party at a queer rave in a Bushwick warehouse.
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    In the City That Never Sleeps, a Wedding That Never EndsZabar’s for breakfast, the Odeon for dinner, and partying at the Boom Boom Room all night.
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    A Newark Wedding With No Fewer Than 3 DJ SetsIn a former transformer factory in Newark, guests enjoyed vegan soul food and plenty of pre-batch cocktails.
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    A ‘Western Chic’ Wedding in the WoodsThe groom jumped the gun and immediately said, “I do!” during their vows.
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    A Vibrant Chinatown WeddingThe grooms celebrated their love, their shared culture, and the community they’ve built in New York City.
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    How an Attention-Averse Couple Gets Married“Every time we went to a wedding together, we’d be like, ‘I don’t want to be walking down an aisle with everyone staring at me.’”
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    A Low-key Wedding for a Type-A Bride“Otherwise I would have stressed myself to death.”
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    A Red-Sauce Joint, a Warehouse, and 6 Dessert OptionsHow a restaurant owner and a food publicist get married.
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    A DIY Wedding on Martha’s VineyardFriends supplied the flowers, the food, the oyster-shell calligraphy, and more.
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    A Gastrophile’s Dream WeddingAt the Michelin-starred Musket Room, guests dined on za’atar-fried quail and sweetbread.
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    A Cosmic, Future Nostalgia–Style Wedding in the Catskills“There aren’t a lot of Pinterest boards for ‘space disco.’”
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    ‘Gay Great Gatsby Meets Beauty and the Beast’ at This Plaza Wedding“We don’t like to do anything low-key.”
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    At Syndicated Theater, a Wedding Fit for FelliniThe bridesmaids were on stilts, the officiant was a drag performer, and an aerialist entertained during cocktail hour.
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    At Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch, an ‘Epic’ WeddingNo speeches, just dancing.
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    A Twice-Rescheduled Midweek Wedding in the Hudson Valley“We’re not really ‘farm wedding’ people, so that limited our options.”
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    A Brooklyn Waterfront Wedding That Was ‘Honestly Just a Hang’The bride prioritized working with vendors who were people of color.
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    A Jet-Age Wedding at the TWA Hotel“It would be like getting married in A Space Odyssey.”
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    The Design-Minded Couple Who Didn’t Want to Try Too HardThe bride got a wonderful surprise the morning of her wedding.
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    A Costa Rica Wedding During the Rainy SeasonThunder roared during the toasts.
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    A San Francisco Wedding at a Big, Empty PierThe bride changed into crushed-velvet pants for the disco-infused reception.
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    An Elopement Among the Lupines in IcelandThe late afternoon was spent snapping photos near waterfalls and black beaches.
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    A Pennsylvania Potluck for 280 People“I looked at her for the first time and had this feeling like, You. I know you.
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    A Dance Party Under Puerto Rican Palm TreesBad Bunny blasted and pitorro flowed.
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    A Zoom Wedding Only Two Digital Creatives Could ProduceThe couple coordinated multiple video segments, breakout rooms, and a dance party.
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    The Anti-Spectacle Wedding That Turned Into a SpectacleBrooklyn Bridge Park was the site of their first date, proposal, and wedding.
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    A Night at the Philadelphia Museum of ArtThe flowers were specially treated to protect the masterpieces.
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    The Indian Wedding That Stopped Traffic on Fifth Avenue“Hordes and hordes of tourists were elbowing our family out of the way to film Tyler on the horse.”
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    A Tropical-Flowered Fête in Brooklyn“Our aim was ‘very colorful and very local.’”
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    The Grooms Wore Masks at the Jersey ShoreTheir jobs made them uniquely aware of public health.
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    The Childhood Sweethearts Who Eloped to the MountainsTheir families joined later for hot pot and cake.
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    The Brides Served Umbrella Donuts and Balloon Cakes“I knew we were never going to get married if I didn’t do it my way.”
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    A Wedding on 3 Hours’ Notice in a City Park“People in masks were applauding from a safe distance.”
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    A Joyous, Musical, Multicultural WeddingFrankies 457 pizza and masala-chai ice cream were served.
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    A California Wedding With Confetti CannonsThe groom crumpled up his vows mid-ceremony.
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    A Sangria-Fueled Community Wedding in BrooklynAnyone who felt moved to speak could take part in the ceremony.
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    A Wedding That Combined Brooklyn’s Oldest Synagogue and Its Wildest Nightclub“We wanted to throw the biggest party that we’d ever thrown.”
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    A Wedding in Los Angeles’ Most Beautiful BuildingThe groom got locked on a fire escape in pursuit of a good photo.
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    A Scientist and a Minister Walk Into a Furniture StoreThe ceremony quoted Albert Einstein and Walt Whitman.
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    A Woodsy Wedding in the Pacific NorthwestGuests ate salmon caught by the bride’s grandfather.
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