A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the transformation of a ceremony space at Le Parker Meridien. I thought I would follow up with showing you the entire wonderful event!
When we began the planning process, the couple was sure that they wanted to keep this all in a hotel. The reason? Most of their guests were coming in from out of town and they wanted people to be able to bump into each other in the hotel. We approached it as a destination wedding, only in our own city! This meant that we took great efforts to ensure that guests felt welcome. We spent a great amount of time designing guest gift bags that they received when they arrived on site. We also prepared lists of activities and places that the couple loved to do in the city and had these distributed to guests.
Rebecca & Trevor loved the penthouse ballroom, but were not as sold on the layout. They hated the chairs and didn’t like the feel of the round tables. They also were not sure how their color scheme would look in the room.
Since we had a smaller guest count, we choose to stick to long tables in a horseshoe shape. This would ensure that everyone felt close to the dance floor and close to the action. Rebecca also the place to feel light and airy, without going all white, so we opted for a light grey/silver color with purple/eggplant accents and florals. This gave her the color that she wanted, while still keeping things light and airy. We brought in rental chairs, charger plates (that the bride fell in love with at my office), and upgraded her china and champagne flutes to make the table setting a little more interesting.
Rebecca wanted a little height in the floral arrangements, but was afraid that large tall arrangements would steal the thunder of the view (the reason that they loved the place in the first place!). Jessy from Fleurs created a floral design that gave us some height, but also have us tons of color throughout the long tables in the colors that Rebecca loved. LOVED the cool silver containers!
The lovely couple on top of the world. What beats these views?
I was going through some past emails today and I came across an email from a client who walked down the aisle earlier this year. It made me miss her! From the first day that Rebecca & Trevor walked through our door, I was in love with them. They wanted something small and romantic, and since most of his family was going to be traveling from England they also wanted it to be in a hotel to make it easier for people.
After looking through a few venues we decided on the Parker Meridien. They fell in love with the small and intimate ballroom…with killer views! Rebecca’s one hesitation was the room used for ceremonies. The bright orange curtains, industrial style chairs, and bright lighting scared her a bit. She wanted the room to feel soft and romantic, but still have a clean and simple look. I assured her that we could achieve that!
Although their color palette was grey and purple, we decided to keep the ceremony different and go all white. Lighting, rental chairs, and fabulous florals by Jessy at Fleurs, helped transform the corporate ballroom into the romantic setting the bride had imagined.
My favorite detail were the mercury lanterns hanging from the white draping. It created the light and romantic candlelight effect that the bride wanted without using open flame, which the venue didn’t allow. Oh, the wonders of LED lights!
Thanks to Robert Wagner for these wonderful photos!
A few months ago I got a call from a lovely bride to be, Diane. She lived in Ireland and wanted to elope, but wanted to make sure that the wedding was special, and didn’t trust the internet when making decisions for such an important day. She wanted to have someone who she could talk to, who would guide her a help them create a wonderful wedding day from start to finish. I had worked on something similar before and LOVED it, so I was happy to come on board.
First, in order to set the tone for this wonderful vacation, we booked a suite at The Standard Hotel. Since we were essentially working on a wedding and honeymoon in one, we knew that the backdrop to this occasion should be special. The selling point? This freestanding tub overlooking the Hudson.
I wanted her “getting ready” experience to be special. Isn’t that part of being a bride? So we hired hair and make-up artist Maira Ortiz to glam her up. To ensure that she would love it on her wedding day, we also set up a trial as soon as she arrived in town. Maira (first name spelled different, but pronounced just like mine:) went all out on the wedding day and brought in her special chair and some upbeat music that made the process feel festive.
Next, we had to choose a setting for the actual wedding. After some back and forth, we opted for the Brooklyn Bridge. We hired Rev. Fleenor before the couple arrived in town, and they worked with him over email and with a few phone calls to create a ceremony that was unique to them. Even though it had rained all week, the skies cleared up for their picture perfect ceremony!
After the ceremony, a town car whisked them away to continue their photo session around the city with our photographer, Robert Wagner.We made sure to include the usual (Central Park) but also stopped at some places that had special meaning for them as a couple (Pastis, where they had been having every meal on their trip:).
After the photosession with Robert, we arranged for a private dinner for the happy couple at a fabulous restaurant in the city. Isn’t this a great way to get married? A day truly dedicated to each other. Congratulations to the happy couple!
We are so excited to have one of our former brides gracing the pages of The Knot Magazine!! Serah was selected to be featured in the Style Stalker section. The honor was well deserved. As gorgeous as she looks in this photo, she looked even more beautiful in person on her wedding day!
As always, Robert Wagner Photography did a wonderful job capturing the day!
My very first professional event that I planned after college was in May of 2000. It was a black tie dinner/ afterparty for The Clio Awards and we held it at The Altman Building on W. 18th Street. I fell in love with the space and always wanted to do a wedding there… but somehow, the chance kept alluding us. So when Mary & Jason decided that they wanted to have their cocktail style wedding reception there, I was so excited!
Mary and Jason really wanted to have a big ol’ party. Jason owns Bourbon Street, a bar uptown, so a good party was important. They knew from the beginning they wanted a cocktail party vs. a sit down dinner, with a great cover band and a DJ later on. And that is exactly what they had- AFTER their beautiful church ceremony uptown. The party was SO good in fact that 1) Mayra declared it “the best cake she’d ever had” 2)The DJing and Dancing evolved into Karaoke with dance routines 3) the Franciscan priest who married them was there dancing up a storm in his robes AND kept it moving to the after party. And maybe some of us did too.. but I’m not naming names.
Mary was so much fun to work with! She used a navy palette to keep the wedding chic but sophisticated. Verde created several composite pieces for each table as well as these stunning accent pieces made of gigantic balls of floral. Guests mixed and mingled all night, and as these photos tell… danced. Their photographer, Robert Wagner once again did an OUTSTANDING job!
We loved Mary so much, she’s been working with us on weekends! She was so excited to start, her first wedding was the day after she got back from her honeymoon! So congratulations to the happy couple and Welcome to the team Mary!