Gaby and Timah celebrated their union in this colorful Brooklyn stoop micro-wedding. Surrounded by 12 of their closest loved ones, cars slowed, neighborhoods opened their windows, and the ceremony culminated with a violin rendition of “True love will find you in the end” by Daniel Johnston – unforgettable.
Who are Gaby & Timah?
T: I’m a multidisciplinary creative; primarily a visual designer, writer and strategist. I’ve built the core of my career experience in the social impact space, at the intersection of design and technology. I’m into food documentaries, making and collecting art, and trash TV
G: I’m a counselor, advocate, and expressive arts therapist specialized in serving survivors of partner abuse in the LGBTQ+, kink, and polyamorous communities. I love tapping into my voice by exploring different forms of creative expression. I currently feel most connected to dance, spoken word, and getting messy with some oil pastels.
And where did you two meet?
G & L: We’ve been together for two and a half years. We connected on OkCupid and met at a record store in Central Square in Cambridge, MA.
You had a memorable third date together, tell us about that day.
G: On our third date, we went to this old school movie theater in Providence, Rhode Island, that has actually closed since then. Timah had last been there over ten years ago, when she spent a Summer at Rhode Island School of Design.
We watched RBG and pretended we weren’t dying to make out.
Afterward, we walked to a neighborhood restaurant and proceeded to order the worst smelling and tasting charcuterie board. Turns out fermented cauliflower is not a vibe – but it didn’t matter! We literally sat there for hours laughing and having the richest conversations about our cultures, our families, and the unexpected connections and overlaps.
On the drive back, the conversation continued. I fell hard over the way Timah talked about cultivating a gratitude practice and the way the golden hour sunlight bounced off her cheekbones.
Tell us about the proposal.
G & T: We’d talked about wanting to get married, so we were on the same page. The proposal itself was a surprise. Timah loves a big gesture and thinking of thoughtful gifts/experiences that make a person feel fully seen, so she knew she wanted to make the proposal memorable for both of us. The month leading up was stressful. Timah worked hard to find the perfect location and the perfect ring. They put together an elaborate plan, all without being able to ask Gaby about her opinion. She ended up proposing in upstate NY at a beautiful estate.
She had eight small gifts leading up to the day, each of them accompanied by an envelope holding a “reason why I fell in love with you.”
Timah had the last envelope mailed to the upstate Airbnb homeowner, who taped it to the front door so we would see it as soon as we arrived.
We’d spent the morning picking wildflowers and were trying to beat the impending rain, but as soon as we got to the creek, it started to pour. We ran up to the house and battling the biggest wave of nerves, Timah proposed. We then spontaneously headed to New York City to celebrate with friends and catch a rooftop concert.
That same weekend when we returned to our home in Cambridge, MA. That’s where Gaby turned the living room into a light and candle-filled oasis and proposed back to Timah.
And, you actually won your micro-wedding!
G & T: We didn’t end up doing an at-home elopement, but rather a small Brooklyn stoop ceremony with 12 friends and family members (and the rest on Instagram live).
We were the very lucky winners of a stoop wedding giveaway led by some incredible wedding vendors!
Give us all the details of your stoop wedding!
G & T: At the start of our wedding day, our photographer met us at our apartment to document us getting ready and to take shots of us in our home, on our balcony, and with our pup, River. Then we proceeded to a different neighborhood (Park Slope) where the florist, baker, planner, and musician were setting up.
The flowers were really the focal point of the day. Liza made Gaby a flower crown and Timah a bouquet, and she utterly transformed the front of the Brooklyn brownstone. We began the ceremony by building an altar that included past and future items we’ve made for each other, as “Something” by The Beatles played in the background.
We then climbed to the top of the stairs where our friend and officiant led the ceremony, and we exchanged vows. As a part of her vows, Gaby sang “Hay Amores.” Cars slowed, neighborhoods opened their windows, and the ceremony culminated with a violin rendition of “True love will find you in the end” by Daniel Johnston.
We spent the next hour laughing and taking pictures in the street, eating cake, and spending time with friends and family who had traveled from within and outside of the city to be with us.
A note from Florist, Liza from Peartree Flowers
As you know, 2020 has been a wild year for events. Pretty much 100% of the weddings I had been working on for 2020 were postponed or canceled. Back in July, I was hired to create a floral installation for a reimagined stoop wedding in Manhattan. My experience creating it offered some much-needed heart medicine. Not only was the couple so sweet, kind, and in love, but the entire neighborhood became a part of the experience. People walked by and simply absorbed the beauty of the flowers. Others asked when the ceremony was starting so they could come by with champagne. I was so overcome by the positivity and warmth New Yorkers were showing despite and despite pandemic living.
That planted a seed that even though my own business has suffered greatly, I wanted to give back to NYC. I wanted to help a lucky couple celebrate their wedding and add more of the positive ripple into the city’s vibration. That’s when I reached out to this creative bunch to bring this Brooklyn stoop wedding to life.
Photography by Karen Obrist Photography
Cake Lael Cakes
Eco-friendly Breakdown Garbage Goddess
Flowers Peartree Flowers
Planning Brita Olsen Creative
Shoes Cole Haan, Rag & Bone
Tailoring The Wedding Dresser
Watch The Horse