Phoebe Arnold Westwood and Benjamin Nicholson Brown were married on Aug. 5, 2012, in New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park, with a view of lower Manhattan between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. The Rev. Jenny Rankin of Concord, Mass., a Unitarian Universalist minister and cousin of the bride, officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Wendy and Jefferson Westwood of Fredonia and is a 2003 graduate of Fredonia High School. The groom is the son of Linda Henry Brown of Abingdon, Md., and Ron Brown of Northumberland, Pa.
The bride wore an heirloom Belgian lace veil that her maternal grandmother had purchased in Brussels in 1947 for her own wedding. She was the sixth bride in the family to wear the veil since that 1948 wedding of Barbara G. Rosenburg and T. Harrison Stanton. A bouquet of magenta dahlias was carried.
Benjamin Brown and Phoebe Westwood
Several family members provided music and readings, and parents of the couple shared words of blessing. Attendants were the bride's sister, Adrienne Westwood, and friends Samantha Lee and Moira Horowitz; the groom's brothers Josh and Chris Brown, and best man Christopher "Sev" Severino.
The reception was held near the park at reBar, a restaurant and bar in a renovated 1800s-era tea factory in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood.
The bride is a graduate student at Bank Street College of Education in New York. She earned a bachelor of arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from Goucher College, then volunteered for two years of national service in New York City public schools through City Year, an AmeriCorps program. For three summers she co-directed the Junior High Camp at Rowe Camp and Conference Center in Massachusetts.
The groom is a freelance software consultant for such clients as Major League Baseball, Bloomberg Sports and Turner Sports. He is a year 2000 graduate of the University of Richmond (Virginia), where he earned two degrees: a bachelor of arts in music and a bachelor of science in computer science.
The couple traveled to Italy for their honeymoon, spending several days each in Venice and Rome and a week in a Tuscan villa. They reside in Park Slope, Brooklyn.