Updated: Jul 22, 2021
The Foundry in Long Island City, NY
The Foundry is an industrial wedding venue located in Long Island City, NY. It is in Queens, a borough of New York City. It was a steel foundry in the 1800’s. It provided metal for the nearby New York City waterfront. There are still many original finishes and details throughout the venue.
The Foundry is located in a trendy neighborhood. It is next door to a high rise luxury hotel. Long Island City is right across the river from Manhattan. The city is a short subway ride away. The Foundry regularly turns up in TV shows, magazines and online articles. It is one of the most sought after wedding venues in New York City.
It has several connecting rooms which can be rented for events:
The Main Room
The Main Room is a long double height room. It has a catwalk and changing room on the second floor. The catwalk is a great place for your photographer to get shots from above. Sometimes the DJ booth is up there too. This room is decorated with bistro string lights.
It is used for all parts of a wedding including ceremony, dinner and dancing.
The Greenhouse is a beautiful room full of plants. It is often used for cocktail hour and also for dancing sometimes.
The Foundry has a huge Courtyard where you can have your dinner during the warmer months. A tent can be put in this area.
There are at least two other rooms at the Foundry. One Is the Albra Room. It is a white room behind the Greenhouse where you can have your ceremony. And the Pool Room behind the Courtyard. The Pool Room is a small room with a pool table in it.
Lauryn and Mike
I met Lauryn and Mike over 2 years before their wedding date. They booked me for a date in 2020. They postponed it because of the pandemic. Finally we got to celebrate on May 14, 2021. A few weeks before the wedding they sent me a long playlist with about a dozen genres in it. Their parents loved wedding classics, but their favorites were rock and hip-hop. I based their playlists on those genres.
Lauryn and Mike had their ceremony in the Main Room. They had a string trio provide music.
Cocktail Hour and Dinner
After the ceremony, guests moved to the Greenhouse for cocktail hour. There was a bar set up outside with a partition to separate it from the rest of the Courtyard. Guests sipped on cocktails and snacked on appetizers. I played chill and rare hip-hop and indie songs from their playlist for this part of the event.
Dinner began under the tent in the Courtyard. There were five toasts by guests. The couple gave a short thank you speech. All of them used my handheld mic on a mic stand. I played sing along classic rock songs during dinner. Many of their guests were swaying along while waiting on the buffet line. I saw quite a few dancing in their seats.
Dance Set and Music
After dinner, guests moved inside for introductions. Usually introductions are done into dinner. Usually dinner and dancing are in the same space. But the Foundry is a very special place so some things are done differently.
Guests stood around the dance floor of the main space. I announced the parents, honor people and a large wedding party. The wedding party was made up of Lauryn and Mike’s many close friends. Each pair who walked in was met with loud applause and cheers. Each pair or group had a different song:
Lauryn’s parents: “Celebrate Good Times” - Funktown America
Mike’s parents: “Love Never Felt So Good” - Michael Jackson
The wedding party: “HYFR” - Drake
The couple: “Poppin Bottles” - T.I, Drake
The introductions were followed by the first dance and parent dances:
First dance: “Come Away With Me” - Norah Jones
Lauryn’s dance with her dad: “When You Need Me” - Bruce Springsteen
Mike’s dance with his mom: “Rocket Man” - Elton John
As soon as the special dances were done they danced for the rest of the evening. We started off with classic wedding songs. We followed it up with 90’s rock and emo. But most of the dance set was late 2000’s and early 2010’s hip-hop from artists like Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. It was really fun.
Mike and Lauryn booked my digital photo booth. Their guests really loved it. They used it for the entire event. For the border of the photos they chose to put their names and wedding date. I emailed them an online gallery where they could download all photos taken by their guests. I also sent an audio recording of their speeches and dance set.
Thank You Lauryn and Mike for letting me be a part of your
I had the pleasure of working with the following vendors:
Venue: Angela Ortiz of The Foundry
Officiant: Father Richard Nelson
Event Planner: Christine Viola of EAP Weddings
Photographer/Videographer: Sam and Nick of Sam Bufalo Photography