An Annual Retreat


A conference for the wedding industry featuring opportunities for
co-working, collaboration, learning and play.


What is the Love Union?

It’s a chance for wedding industry creatives to refresh and recharge before heading into busy season. Mornings are dedicated to group yoga, meditation and goal setting; during the day 501 Union’s light filled main space is set up for co-working and collaboration, networking and mingling. There will also be opportunities for attendees to treat themselves, via complimentary onsite massages and manicures, hair and make-up touch ups for new head shots, bottomless Stumptown Coffee and snack attacks to keep your energy up.

We’ll also have workshops and panels throughout the week, opportunities to create and get messy together, and lots of other special events, including Wedding War Stories 2.0, a Moth style storytelling hour for wedding professionals to share their craziest stories from the battlefield of weddings and events.

It’s all of the things we like about retreats, and none of the things we don’t - no weird icebreaker games here. It’s also (mostly) FREE — it’s our way of showing love back to all of the vendors who fill our space during the year with their hard work. We want you to enjoy an event that’s just for you, in the space where you work so hard to make others happy.


Who Attends?

Planners, caterers, florists, designers, photographers, videographers, DJs, bloggers, make-up artists, bakers, etc. Change makers, rule breakers, community builders.


The Organizers


Gowanus Hospitality Group is the home to a group of gathering spaces (The Green Building and 501 Union) located in the historic neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn, and luxury boutique hotel Hasbrouck House in upstate New York. We host weddings, live performances, intimate gatherings, blowout bashes, milestone celebrations, creative conferences, community events and more.

We are prideful of the Brooklyn community in which we live and eagerly endeavor to provide a variety of soulful forums for working, dining, and celebrating life. We thrive on authentic, intimate, and memorable connections, whether for two people or two hundred.

501 UNION 

Tucked among five distinct Brooklyn neighborhoods – Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boreum Hill, and Park Slope – 501 Union has become a hub for the community to gather, celebrate, educate, and learn. Whether you're hosting a party, a conference, or a popup market, we invite you to make our space entirely yours for the evening. 

The building dates back to 1916 and once served as a classic car restoration shop. It was transformed into a private events venue in 2013 and now provides a unique backdrop for stylish weddings, corporate events, and photo shoots. 

Starling on Bond 

Starling on Bond is the design branch of Gowanus Hospitality Group.  Services include event planning and styling, floral and graphic design, and prop rental. Whether you’re a busy New Yorker in need of someone to take full reins of the design process or you would like guidance in honing your signature style, Starling on Bond would love to help bring your vision to fruition.