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I capture the unspoken — the glances, the silences — drawing from New York's pulse and the richness of global cultures. Every wedding is its own intricate narrative. Rooted in theatre and life's everyday rhythms, I document moments both transient and timeless. 

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Wedding at 501 Union in Brooklyn

Locations : Williamsburg Hotel, 501 Union, Aurora, Gran Torino

Team : Event Design and Coordination : Blossom Events, Hair: Broome Street, Makeup: Glamsquad + Isabel Rosado, Florist: Dearest Rachel, Catering: Raging Skillet, DJ: DJ Neza, Ceremony Musicians: New York Orchestra, Videography: Zephyr, Cake: Pip n Bits, Transportation: New York Trolley Co., Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

Are you in search of a private venue with multiple space options for your wedding in Brooklyn? The uniquely beautiful event spaces of the 501 Union wedding venue provide stunning architectural and design elements. The service and collaboration with the venue’s events team offer peace of mind to any couple.  

About The 501 Union Wedding Venue

501 Union is located at 501 Union Street and offers several different venue spaces. The space is also a member of Gowanus Hospitality Group. 

Originally built in 1916 and previously a classic car restoration shop, 501 Union was transformed into its current glory after 2013. It served as a private events venue and now is a unique venue for weddings, corporate events, and even photoshoots. 

Details of the Grounds

501 Union is a wonderfully unique venue with style flairs, such as locally sourced design elements like customized Flavor Wallpaper, Modo chandeliers by Jason Miller, and vaulted skylights. The venue has three spaces available for rent; a cocktail lounge, a reception hall, and a covered atrium. 

The Lounge is perfect for cocktail hour and offers a cozy atmosphere with a 15 ft Carrara marble top bar. The Lounge provides 1,400 square feet and features brass fixtures, detailed woodwork, and a white tin ceiling lit with pendant fixtures on dimmers. 

The covered Atrium is full of natural light. It can host ceremonies, mingling, and even food trucks if you want a unique flair for your wedding. Featuring walls of glass, greenery, and seasonal plants, the Atrium extends out from the Lounge. Moreover, it offers another 1,400 square feet of mingling space. 

501 Union has the perfect spot for dancing and traditional sit-down reception dinners in their Reception Hall, warmly lit to set the perfect romantic tone. 

The Reception Hall features a lofted ceiling with a custom-built 50 ft skylight, 15ft Carrara marble top bar, exposed brick, hardwoods, and Jason Miller Modo chandeliers and sconces on dimmers. The main room offers 3,000 square feet, leaving a ton of space for you and your wedding party.

The Amenities 

501 Union also has a kitchen equipped with a commercial-grade convection oven, double-door chest refrigerator, chest freezer, three-compartment sink, and an ice machine, as well as offering over 100 square feet of workable counter space available for use during your event. 

The 501 Union wedding venue’s max capacity for a fully seated wedding ceremony is 144 in the Atrium or 250 guests in the main space. Depending on furniture and layout, the max capacity for a fully seated dinner with a dance floor is 140-160 guests. 

Cocktail parties can host 200-250 guests, and standing events can accommodate 299. 501 Union also provides a private suite equipped with a restroom for dressing needs or can serve as a green room and offers 700 square feet of space, as well as eight total bathrooms throughout the venue. 

Photography Opportunities

501 Union has a beautiful layout and room features, making it an excellent place for photo opportunities, mainly since it is already used as a photography background! 501 Union is perfect for photo opportunities, from posed portraits to candid wide shots. The rustic hardwoods and exposed brick make for a tasteful homey feel while providing a warm aura and atmosphere full of comfort. 

The Atrium is an attractive option for naturally lit images, featuring fresh greenery and the presence of life with plants surrounding the space. The Lounge offers an intimate space that could capture a cozy and warmly lit atmosphere, perfect for those moody photos that are full of fun and perfect for reminiscing on.

Dimmable lighting in each room makes the lighting possibilities range from bright and airy to dim and moody and anywhere in between. With each room having its own incredible unique features and custom details, the space offers so many different backgrounds and setting options for any kind of beautiful wedding photos to put into your wedding album!

Wedding Details

501 Union allows you to choose your vendors except for beverage services, linens, flatware, etc., as the venue provides these services. Beverage services offered through their in-house bar program include several tiers and options to cater to their clients and bar packages. 

Bar package choices include a brunch and bar, which include: 

  • a collection of daytime cocktails like mimosas and bloody marys, 
  • a beer and wine package including bottled beer and ciders, 
  • tap beers, and fine wines, and 
  • an ultra-luxe package that features two seasonal cocktails. 

501 Union’s only exclusive vendor, Broadway Party Rentals, will provide:

  • the kitchen items,
  • linens,
  • flatware,
  • tables,
  • chairs,
  • basic audio/visual needs, and
  • more.

501 Union specifically provides a few audio and visual system services, such as an integrated in-house sound system, three stereo XLR access points throughout the space, independent volume control between rooms, two wireless microphones, a high-definition projector with screen, and an in-house audio technician. 

The venue rental also includes:

  • cleaning before and after your event,
  • a pre-event support manager,
  • a four-part mobile stage,
  • use of coat check room,
  • in-house rentals mentioned above, and
  • a day of event staff including a venue coordinator, operations manager, and host.

The venue does have a preferred list of caterers and vendors that are already familiar with the venue. Still, they do allow outside vendors as long as they have a certificate of insurance. 

There are no pre-formulated packages for weddings, as the venue has basic offerings for all events. You can select specific caterers and vendors. You maintain the ability to decorate to your heart’s content and make the space yours. 

All three rooms/areas are perfect for any wedding, wedding décor, and the desired atmosphere you want to create! 

501 Union Wedding

The 501 Union wedding venue is a beautiful multi-space option perfect for couples who want a brilliant space to decorate and customize for their wedding day! Turn the wedding of your dreams into a reality with this highly flexible and customizable event space, ideal for any and every aesthetic vision.


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