The MNY Spotlight
Leah Brzyski, Opera Singer, Wears Mestiza for her Micro-Wedding
Meet Leah Brzyski, half of the Two Scoops of Style identical twin duo! Check out how Leah styled one of our iconic Chinoiserie dresses for her micro-wedding and read her full interview below!
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
My fiancé Colin and I met at Michigan State while getting our music education degrees. Even though we had gone to school together for 4 years we never had officially met until my identical twin sister introduced us at his recital. Her boyfriend (now husband) and Colin were performing a trombone recital together and even from the audience I couldnt help but think he was so cute! Little did I know he told his family the same day that he had noticed me and was planning on asking me out. We started dating soon after and I was completely won over when he drove across the county to see me perform in a summer music festival. We moved together to CT when I began my Masters in Opera at Yale and the rest is history!
When did you get engaged?
We got engaged on July 13 2019 when Colin came to visit me in Colorado where I was singing for a summer opera season. We went to take a sunrise glacier hike and when I turned around from admiring the view, he was on one knee.
Location of the wedding?
Because of Covid-19 our originally planned wedding in my hometown of Rochester, MI has been rescheduled and we’re planning a micro wedding at Bea’s cafe rooftop venue in Detroit, MI.
How has wedding planning been through COVID-19? What made you decide to pursue a micro-wedding?
Planning through Covid-19 has been a whirlwind, but we agreed from the beginning that we wanted to get married on our original date no matter what. We didn’t want to wait another year to officially say “I do.” When our original indoor venue told us we would only be able to host 10 people for our wedding, we decided to plan something more intimate and save our big party for a safer time for everyone. We researched several outdoor elopement options and decided Bea’s rooftop venue would be perfect for our small family group. We also loved the idea of having it around sunset!
What are some sources of inspiration when planning your wedding?
I love candles so I saw this picture of Beas where someone had planned a proposal with all of these candles lighting the way up to the rooftop and I knew I wanted to recreate that image. Luminous and romantic were our goals!
Who are some of your favorite vendors you’ve come across while planning for your wedding?
I have been working with Adrianna Papell for quite a few months now with my sister and my Instagram @two_scoops_of_style and I love their art deco styles. They are such a caring, quality company and I have loved working with them for various styles. Christines cakes and pastries in Shelby Twp, MI has also been amazing for our wedding cake. Even with all of the current limitations they were able to give me cake samples on short notice and help create our tasty couples cake.
What do you believe are some wedding must-haves?
For me, a great photographer is a wedding must have. Colin and I spent the largest amount of time searching for a photographer that suited our personal taste. As a musician, I also think music is so important to create an ambiance. Colin and I are having one of our close friends play violin for our intimate wedding.
In quarantine, many are struggling to make their big day everything they wanted. Do you have any suggestions on how to get through this time being a bride? What tips/tricks do you have when planning?
It’s hard to accept sometimes that the wedding you’ve been planning for months isn’t possible right now. I think it’s helpful to sit down with your partner and each come up with one or two things that you feel you have to have to create the image of your special day. Sometimes all the bells and whistles aren’t needed when you get down to the heart of it. I knew I wanted a specific song played while I walked down the aisle and that I wanted us to write our own vows and we’ve been able to stick with those.
What are some of your favorite Mestiza NY pieces for brides and wedding guests?
I love how fresh and fun all of Mestiza NY pieces are! I’ve always loved China blue so the puff puff midi and Georgiana gown are fun ways of incorporating the idea of “something blue” into your wedding/rehearsal.
What’s next for you?! What are you working on?
I’m an opera singer and fashion blogger and my next big adventure is singing as a resident artist with Minnesota Opera! I’m moving to Minneapolis to dive in with an amazing company and create some great music together.