It's the wedding we can't get enough of! Elaine Welteroth (who you may know as a New York Times best-selling author, Project Runway judge and former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue) and her future husband, musician Jonathan Singletary, had something completely different in mind for their wedding day.
E + J met as children in the Church in California and came back together in New York years later when Jonathan came to the city for an interview. Elaine called it "one of those unexpectedly fun, typical New York nights that keep getting better until they become unforgettable." (For more information on the couple's radical history, see Vogue!)
Fast forward – the event location was booked, the topic was fixed and plans started. And then … met COVID. After facing the reality that things have to change, E + J decided to postpone it. Realizing that their Brooklyn staircase had become a haven during the quarantine, they were excited about the idea of taking their vows right in front of their home! The mantra was, "Do the best you can with what you have." From then on, the socially distant block party wedding took shape!
From a soul train to a dance party, this wedding was full of JOY. A true proof of the feeling that LOVE IS NOT CANCELED! Let's take a look at the photos from Belathée Photography!
Elaine's bridal look
Elaine counted on her lifelong "hair husband" Vernon François, who led her through a live wedding hair tutorial!
For her dress, Elaine chose a white dress without a label that has been hanging in her closet for three years. She wore her mother's veil as something borrowed – beautiful and meaningful!
A #FlowerFlash stoop
Do you know these breathtaking flower installations that appear in the most unexpected places in New York? These beautiful "gifts to New Yorkers" are thanks to Lewis Miller Design – whose team installed a whimsical flower arch to frame the front door of the Brownstone of the E + J!
Jonathan wore a vintage white blazer he'd borrowed from a friend, along with white linen pants and sneakers.
A soul train wedding gear!
Before Elaine walked down the "aisle", they distributed invitations to the neighbors and invited them to join them from their stoops! 200 family members and friends celebrated virtually via zoom, and a small group of local relatives personally joined.
Here it comes! All IRL guests (hi, Karli Kloss!) Received a marker to stand on and a FaceTime buddy that Elaine could see as she danced down the corridor!
On the big day, our guests formed a walk on the sidewalk as planned. When I walked up to Jonathan, who was waiting on our stairs, I saw my grandmother's face, the faces of my in-laws …
From a distance, every person in the corridor became a physical portal for our closest loved ones. The people we love the most have made new connections with each other. It was really, really special and so emotional for everyone.
Elaine + Jonathan were asked by their longtime pastor in California about Zoom!
Get it out on the street
The guests (in real life and virtually) received a purely white dress code!
Elaine shared a powerful story about her first dance on her Instagram:
During our quarantine wedding, our pastor announced via Zoom: "You can kiss the bride!" A NYPD police car approached our house with flashing lights and booming horns. The worst scenarios I saw between blacks and the police flashed before my eyes.
But then I saw Jonathan's smile and our whole community that held us in love with happy tears dripping into their masks. And we decided that at that moment we would not let anything or anyone deprive us of our joy. We held hands and danced on the street in the face of very real fear, fear and insecurity.
Suddenly, by the grace of God in the most unlikely wedding miracles, the cops turned off their sirens. They stopped screaming. And they just drove past when the whole block burst into cheers.
When they came by, my knees gave way and I fell to the floor. Waves of relief and disbelief flooded me as I melted into tears. When I got up, our song started all over and we had to repeat our first dance. This time without fear for our lives and the safety of a community that knows only too well how unlikely this result was on a mostly black block in BK.
Now, just 4 (long) weeks later, I know for sure that in a country where black people are murdered every day, much less than (safely) gathering in a pandemic – our first dance was an act of Resistance.
The guests received heart-shaped bubbles in gift bags as well as gloves, masks, mini tambourines, packages with flower seeds and homemade brownies according to Elaine's mother's family recipe.
Brooklyn Block Party
Elaine danced with friends like Lupita Nyong & # 39; o and Aurora James, the founder of Brother Vellies (who also designed Elaine's shoes for the day).
The couple sent their wedding party playlist in advance to everyone so they could attend the dance party!
The most beautiful day. Full of love. Full resilience! It is the wedding we all need now. Thank you, Elaine + Jonathan, for sharing your breathtaking day with the world!
Photography: Belathée Photography // Flowers: Lewis Miller Design // Bridal shoes: Custom Brother Vellies // Videography: Sacred Pact // Second photographer: Micaiah Carter // DJ: Adeline Bolden