by Joanna Citrinbaum, 06/24/2011
Courtesy, The Foundry
To Loft, Honor and Obey
If you want the vibe of your wedding to feel more like that of a gathering at a chic New York City apartment, you'll want to check out converted industrial spaces. One such venue is Studio 450, a duplex penthouse loft in what was once a chocolate factory in Chelsea. Even with stark white walls and a floor to match, this bright place can pull off a white-on-white wedding—but it is colors, oftentimes the most basic of them, that truly stand out in contrast with the surroundings. Take advantage of the natural light that floods the airy space during the day or the orange glow that permeates at sunset, or choose bold color combinations when selecting lighting for an evening function. There's also a rooftop area here with a glass-enclosed room that's available year-round. If you're looking for a loftlike venue with a raw, 19th-century feel, you'll find it at The Foundry in Long Island City. With brick walls, high ceilings, skylights and a mezzanine level, the interior of this renovated former varnish factory and steel foundry is a special site for a ceremony or reception. For the other half of the wedding and for cocktail hour, clients have the option of renting one or two of The Foundry's three ancillary spaces—an ivy-lined courtyard in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge, a rooftop terrace with City views and a quaint greenhouse, which is located next door. The venue's Albra Room, which can be rented separately or in conjuction with the main space, accommodates up to 70 for cocktails and 40 for dinner. Each of these spots, including the interior, can be decorated as simply or as elaborately as desired.