What They Did Right: Diane & Stuart

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Blog | 5 Comments

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!

BrooklynBridgeCeremonyAfter 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:).

PhotosinthecityAfter 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!


  1. Sara
    July 19, 2010

    that hotel room is stunning! i am sure it was the perfect spot for a wedding-moon! i love her dress… and jean jacket with a corona! the couple looks so in love, and happy!

  2. Aly
    July 19, 2010

    I think some people get so caught up in all the details that they sometimes forget that the wedding is really about the couple. What a wonderful story, thank you so much for sharing. Congrats to Diane and Stuart!

  3. weddinginvitationkits
    July 19, 2010

    A perfect day from start to finish! A wedding-moon; great idea!

  4. Maira Ortiz
    July 19, 2010

    This is so wonderful! Diane was so beautiful and happy, it was great to be part of it. Mayra you did an AMAZING job!

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