01/17/17 11:31am
Bridal party styled by MG Hair and Makeup. Photo by Lauren Fair.

Bridal party styled by MG Hair and Makeup. Photo by Lauren Fair.

MG Hair and Makeup is one of the nation’s leading, award-winning on-site hair and makeup services for weddings and special events, in-home and at-work blowouts and everyday hair and makeup. As the oldest and largest national agency specializing in weddings since 2003, they were inducted into The Knot’s Hall of Fame for Best of Weddings and have won awards from WeddingWire and The Knot over the past decade-plus for making brides look themselves–only better!

They take the stress out of getting ready on your big day with packages for both the bride and bridal party. You can choose from Wedding Day only or a Total Beauty package including a trial run. MG Hair and Makeup also travels to wherever you are getting ready.

Founder and Director Megan Garmers is often quoted in beauty articles for The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Bridal Pulse and other various publications and has collaborated with The Knot China as their Western Beauty Expert. As one a top wedding vendor, she was chosen as an Ambassador for The Knot and sits on the Make-up Designory Advisory Committee and was the beauty expert for The Knot speaking at the multi-city tour of their National Night of Beauty. Her talents take her across the country teaching classes and speaking at the country’s top schools, cosmetic brands and industry events, such as the International Beauty Show, the International Makeup Artist Trade Show, The Makeup Show, Wedding MBA and many more.

Featured in: CNBC, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Loverly, Brides Magazine, Inside Weddings, New York Magazine, Ceci New York, Carats & Cake, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Every Last Detail, Black Sheep Bride, Aisle Society, Equally Wed, 2Brides2Be, One Fine Day, World Bride Magazine, Bridal Pulse, Bridal Guide Magazine, Real Simple, Dose, Pure Wow, Gilt Group, Bloom.com, The Knot LIVE, The Knot’s national and regional magazines, TheWeddingChannel, WeddingWire, WEtv’s Get Married, Girl Meets Gown and David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding, TLC’s Randy to the Rescue and Curvy Brides, the national tour of  Unveiled Wedding Event, The Knot’s Dream Wedding and the runways of NY Bridal Fashion Week.

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12/12/16 6:14am

Raging Skillet

The Raging Skillet,” a well-guarded secret within the world of NYC entertaining and weddings, has actually been catering non-traditional weddings, international soirees and fabulous holiday bashes for over 27 years.

They are perhaps best known as the anti-caterer–everything is personalized down to the menu and style of service. Tired of old fashioned sit-downs? Try family style, table-side French service or Chef Rossi’s fave, The Floating Supper!

The food reflects fusions from Korea, Japan, Thailand, Cuba, South Carolina, New Orleans, Morocco, Jamaica, India, Puerto Rico, the Southwest, the Middle East, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and Chef Rossi’s mother’s Hungarian Yiddish home cooking. All menus and budgets are tailored to each and every client.

New York Magazine singled them out as one of the “Hottest Caterers of New York” and New York Weddings named them best wedding caterer for 20 years running. Raging Skillet was also featured on The Food Network, called “eclectic, ethnic and off the wall” by the Zagat Survey who gave The Raging Skillet their very highest rating; The New York Times profiled them as the new “Rebel Anti-Caterer” and on WeddingWire they received the Couple’s Award for favorite caterer. The Raging Skillet has also been voted one of New York’s Top Wedding Caterers by The Knot in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2016!

Molds are a wonderful thing to break!

09/23/16 11:34pm

Nestled squarely between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, The Bell House is a state of the art 8,000 square foot facility with separate performance space and lounge.

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Crafted out of a 1920’s printing factory and featuring an 88 foot long, 25 foot high magnificent wooden barrel vault ceiling, The Bell House has quickly become a major hub for arts and performance in Brownstone Brooklyn.

Located directly in the front of the building, the Front Lounge of The Bell House retains a warm and intimate character while still comfortably accommodating up to 150 people. This space features a gorgeous 26 foot oak bar serving handcrafted and local beers and a full wine and liquor selection. Groups large and small can lounge on vintage furniture and mingle in soft lighting showcased through large windows allowing sunlight in the day and starry views at night.

The Main Room at The Bell House boasts 25 foot wooden arched ceilings, a 450 square foot stage, and unobstructed views of the stage from any part of the room, making it an ideal space for weddings and celebrations of all kinds. This space easily accommodates 400 standing.

The Bell House is located in what has long been a quiet stronghold for artists and musicians. The Gowanus neighborhood, with its early twentieth century red brick warehouses, has been a haven for artists seeking space for creative endeavors. The Bell House is thrilled to be a part of 7th Street, a block made up of numerous artist work spaces, galleries and businesses including Gowanus Studio Space and the Pace Paper Studio. Three quick blocks from the F, R and G trains and within walking distance of Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and Boerum Hill. 200-250 seated theater style, or 100-140 seated at round banquet tables. Guests can also enjoy birds-eye views from the raised platform of the beautiful 30’ wooden bar along the West wall. This space can be combined with use of the Front Lounge to accommodate up to 550 guests for standing events.

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Facebook: The Bell House
Instagram: @bellhouseny
Twitter: @BellHouseNY
Website: thebellhouseny.com

08/12/16 9:29am

Luck is being ready–in life and in love, as we carry ourselves along with open eyes, hearts, and minds.

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Readyluck is a collective of photographers whose passions lie in creative, articulate storytelling told through a diversity of talents. To be in the right place at the right time involves preparation and an acute awareness of light, form, and detail. It also requires an agreement of chance, of unknown paths crossing, a coming together. Being invited into your life to document the immensity of this miracle is a privilege that’s not lost on us.

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03/07/16 12:10pm
Belly up to the Bulleit bourbon bar on Sunday at Wedding Crashers, and take the edge off wedding planning. Photo: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey

Belly up to the Bulleit bourbon bar on Sunday at Wedding Crashers, and take the edge off of wedding planning. Photo: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey

If you’re planning a wedding this year, join us on Sunday for an event that will inspire you more than any Pinterest board: Wedding Crashers. Our annual wedding show returns to The Green Building and 501 Union on March 13 with so many excellent vendors it will be hard to decide where to begin. Should you stop first at the Bulleit bar, for a quick cocktail?  Or see the best independent gown designers from Schone Bride? You’ll definitely need a treat from one of our 14—that’s right 14!—caterers, food trucks and cake studios to perk you up, so that you can find a photographer you’ll click with (which should be no problem because we have 8 for you to meet).

Our best advice for making the most of the fair? Set your clocks forward the night before (it’s daylight savings!), skip brunch in the morning because there is more than enough food for you, and take your time touring both venues, which are each filled with the best wedding pros in Brooklyn and beyond.

And when you’re deciding on which type of ticket to get, here’s why you should spring for a VIP pass or pack of raffle entries—both give you a shot at winning one of 14 fantastic prizes, from a wedding day and engagement photo package from Dutton + James to a $400 gift card from Snowe.

Get your tickets to the biggest Wedding Crashers yet and get ready for an excellent day of wedding planning!

01/21/16 9:58am

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In the midst of wedding planning, the average couple will spend over 1,000 hours on Pinterest. We just made that stat up, but it’s probably close! Those pretty pictures won’t help you put the pieces of your celebration together, though. You need to meet the vendors who will bring your day to life, and our wedding fairs, Wedding Crashers and Wedding Crashers Live, will turn you on to the most talented, original wedding pros in Brooklyn and beyond.

Monday, Feb. 22 at The Bell House, Wedding Crashers LIVE brings together the city’s best live wedding talent in one venue. Over the course of the night, you’ll hear from The Affections, The Dexter Lake Club Band, 45 Riots and MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters. These bands are not just great at playing weddings–these are kick-ass bands, period, filled with musicians who have performed with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Willie Nelson, David Byrne, Lauryn Hill, and more. In between, you’ll hear sets by DJ Colleen Crumbcake of Sugartown Industries, whose clients include J. Crew, Madewell and the Renegade Craft Fair, and meet creative performers and vendors that will make a lasting impression on your guests, from Antique Phonograph DJ Mac to live poets The Haiku Guys and Gals to tarot reader Naomi Rosenblatt to The Booth’s GIF photobooth. Doors open at 6:30pm, and tickets are $10 in advance.

Then on March 13, the 8th annual Wedding Crashers returns to 501 Union and The Green Building, with over 50 fabulous vendors. Tickets are on sale now—get one of our limited VIP tickets to reserve yourself a goody-filled tote and an entry in our grand prize raffle. Considering the vendors you’ll meet and all the food you’ll get to sample, it’s a win no matter what.

03/19/15 1:13pm
Photo: Charlie Juliet

Photo: Charlie Juliet

1. Rock the Wedding Bells, Wednesday, March 25: Your wedding will be most meaningful event you throw together, so your soundtrack better be stellar. As Love Inc. put it, “Some of your most memorable photos of the night will stem from songs, whether it’s walking down the aisle to a dramatic ballad or grandma getting her groove on on the dance floor.” You want to hear songs that will move you, too, so to guarantee that you find the most kick-ass band for your big day, we’ve lined up eight of the city’s best wedding bands to play live at The Bell House next Wednesday, while Red Table Catering serves small bites. None of these bands are cheesy, Wedding Singer material–they’re great bands, period, filled with gigging musicians who’ve performed with Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, David Byrne, Norah Jones and more. Check out the lineup and see videos of the bands here to time your night right (if you know you want a string ensemble, arrive early, if it’s a dance band you’re after, show up a little later) and then get a ticket! It’s $10 in advance but use this discount link to get them half off. 

2. Open Venues BK, Sunday, March 22 – Sunday, March 29: If you are searching for the perfect place to get married, Open Venues BK can help. Over the course of the week you can take an in-person look at roughly 50 Brooklyn venues that can host your wedding (or conference or Bar Mitzvah or holiday party—any gathering really) by visiting the site and RSVPing for a free tour.

Photo: Charlie Juliet

Photo: Charlie Juliet

3. Wedding Crashers, Sunday, March 22: If you are engaged, you have a lot of decisions to make, and we can help you make them all this Sunday at our annual wedding fair, Wedding Crashers, held at both 501 Union and across the street at The Green Building this year. We’ve never had as much room for as many caterers, photographers, bridal gown and bridesmaid dress designers, and all the creative wedding pros you need for your big day. In both venues, you’ll find 60 of the city’s best vendors who will help you bring your vision to life, while also catering to the particular people on your guest list. Just be sure to get tickets in advance—general admission is more at the door and a VIP ticket ensures early entrance at 11:30, a goody bag, and an invite to our happy hour from 3-4pm with vendors.

10/08/14 2:23pm

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This was the second year we hosted a fall wedding fair, and the first time we brought Wedding Crashers out of Gowanus and into Williamsburg, to the gorgeous Wythe Hotel last Thursday. Its various spaces, from the outdoor garden area to the Main Hall to the speakeasy bar downstairs, where Brooklyn Brewery poured glasses of Local 1, were a ton of fun to play with. Having Tribute String Quartet play in the Private Dining Room, and Baby Soda Jazz Band in the speakeasy was an extra treat. And of course the food, from ReynardBetty BrooklynDelaney BarbecueLuke’s Lobster and Naturally Delicious, was amazing. You can check out all our vendors links here.

We had a lot of help giving the venue the Wedding Crashers makeover. Patina Rentals used their amazing Color Conditions, shimmery streamers that cascaded down from the ceilings and the outside gates. Universal Light and Sound strung lights in the tent and main hall. Sprout Home provided striking centerpieces like their sculptural, air plant “candelabras” atop the hotel’s bar. Lilli of Mimosa Floral Design Studio did our chalkboard art, and the following people and vendors provided great wedding planning tips in the screening room downstairs: Mark O’Connell, Rose Red & LavenderNaturally DeliciousLion in the Sun / PostScript Brooklynkerry Quade.5 West StudiosAmber Gress PhotographyPhotomuseReadyluckStylish & Hip Weddings, followed by a fashion show by Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal Design featuring Brooklyn brides who wore the dresses she designed for them, with hair and makeup by Glamsquad.

Take a peek at the photos, by Rebecca Hales. And save the date: our spring fair is coming up Sunday, March 22, followed by our wedding band showcase on March 25.

 

 

03/13/14 3:49pm

This video by Love + Brain Films makes it easy to recap this year’s spring Wedding Crashers, which took place in three fab venues this year: The Green Building, Show Room Gowanus and 501 Union. Take a peek, you’ll see it was a blast.

Wedding Crashers from Courtney Arcese on Vimeo.

Below, Andrea Fischman Photography and Amy Sims for Moss + Isaac captured our vendors and guests in depth. We have even more photos on our Facebook page.

Thanks again to our sponsors: Squarespace (Receive 10% off your first purchase of Squarespace with code CRASHERS14), Lover.ly, Prym Rum, Heights Chateau, Mionetto Prosecco, and Brooklyn Brewery and to Be Better Studios, who designed our programs and signage.

A special thanks to our vendors, too, who transformed The Green Building and Show Room Gowanus into a gorgeous, inspiring showcase of all the creative elements you can incorporate into your wedding. One bride-to-be, Katy Fuoco, actually took the time to email us and say what a great time she had at our fair.

“We’re getting married in October and I’ve been to a couple fairs so far that have been so dull, generic, and boring,” she wrote. “I finally felt like someone ‘got me’ at the Wedding Crashers event on Sunday. Such creativity, thoughtfulness, and great, amazing vendors.”

Visit all of our fabulous vendors’ links after the slideshow, and happy wedding planning! (more…)

03/05/14 9:16am

Wedding Crashers is back and bigger than ever this year, taking place in both The Green Building and SHOW ROOM Gowanus next door. Photo: Readyluck

Wedding Crashers is back and bigger than ever this year, taking place in both The Green Building and SHOW ROOM Gowanus next door. Photo: Readyluck

There are a million ways to throw a wedding. You could book the coolest Brooklyn venue, hold your ceremony in a Catskills barn, or make yours Wes Anderson-themed (yes, this is a thing). But unless you elope, you need pros to pull it off, and you’ll find them all at our wedding fair, Wedding Crashers, this Sunday starting at noon, with early admission for our VIP guests.

Whether you’re looking for a fabulous photographer or photobooth, an original suit or gown, real or paper flowers, you’ll meet 70 of the best wedding vendors in New York at the Green Building and its next-door gallery, SHOW ROOM Gowanus. Don’t fill up on brunch, because we’ve also got hors d’oeuvres, sweets and food truck fare from a dozen caterers, plus Mionetto Prosecco from Heights ChateauBrooklyn Brewery ales, and Prym cocktails. Following the fair, amble across the street at 2:30 for an after party at 501 Union with light bites from Purslane, more drinks and fun, plus a chance to win giveaways like a night’s stay in a suite at the Nu Hotel, dinner for two at neighborhood restaurant Rucola and a free game for four with cocktails from the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.

Just be sure to get your ticket in advance–it’s $5 more at the door.

Wedding Crashers is sponsored by Squarespace (Receive 10% off your first purchase of Squarespace with code CRASHERS14), LoverlyBrooklyn BreweryHeights ChateauMionetto Prosecco, and Pyrm rum

2014 Wedding Crashers Spring Fair Vendors:

Accommodations: Nu Hotel
Bridal & Engagement Jewelry: Liloveve Jewelry
Bridal Fashion and Grooms’ Attire: Anna Mains Designs, The Cotton Bride, Gabriella New York Bridal SalonRebecca Schoneveld Bridal Design, RenegadoA Suit That Fits
Cakes and Confections: CoolhausOvenly
Caterers and Food Trucks: Dish Food and Events, Fig and Pig, Landhaus, Naturally Delicious, Marcey Brownstein Catering & Events, Pies ‘n’ Thighs, Purslane Catering, Red Hook Lobster TruckRed Table Catering, Wafels and Dinges
DJs and Bands: Because the Night, Lucy Music, Scratch Weddings
Drinks: Brooklyn Brewery, Heights ChateauLudlows Cocktail Co., Mionetto Prosecco, Pyrm rum
Event Design: Starling on Bond
Favors: By Brooklyn
Floral Designers: Foxglove Floral Design Studio, Mimosa Floral Design Studio, Paper Portrayals, Rose Red & Lavender, QuatreCoeur
Guest Lists and Seating Arrangements: AllSeated
Hair and Makeup: Soon Beauty Lab, The Parlour Brooklyn
Invitations: Inspired Goodness, Lion in the SunPostablePostScript Brooklyn
Lighting: Stortz Lighting
Makeup: NYC Faces
Officiants: A More Perfect Union-Hope Mirlis, Love’s Witness
Photographers, Photobooths and Videographers: Amber Gress PhotographyDutton + James, Heather Phelps-Lipton:WEDDINGSJBM Wedding Photography, Josh Strauss StudiosLove + Brain Films, Magnolia Photo Booth Company, Moss + IsaacPhillip Van Nostrand, PhotomuseReadyluck, Shootbooth
Registries: CityBird Registry, la Terrine
Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals, Octavia & Brown
Staffing: Superlative Staff Events
Venues: The Green Building501 UnionSHOW ROOM Gowanus
Wedding Planners: Events by Melissa McNeeley, Jove Meyer Events, Julia Lake Parties!Viva Max Weddings
Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace

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