What They Did Right: Rachel & Glenn at Angel Orensanz

Posted by on Nov 24, 2009 in Decor & Details | 3 Comments

I was so excited when Shira Weinberger sent over the link to her blog of photos of Rachel & Glenn’s wedding, which Always a Bridesmaid coordinated last month.  Rachel & Glenn were referred to me by someone in the industry (which is always such a compliment to be recommended by fellow event professionals) and I was blown away by how a) lovely and b) low key they were about the whole wedding thing they were.  As I got to know them, I realized that it wasn’t so much that they were low key, as much as they simply had their priorities for the day extremely in order: this was about celebrating their love and faith in front of friends and family.  They could decide on the linens later, and white always appealed to the bride for flowers, but making sure that their guests were there for the ceremony,  well fed, comfortable and  having a great time- that was the thing!  My team just adored them and was so thrilled to be  a part of their day.

So, besides keeping people first, what else did they do right? Well, for one, they gave themselves plenty of time with Shira to take photos. They really took advantage of their weddings backdrop- the awesome city!  They hit up Grand Central and the South Street Seaport before heading to Angel Orensanz.  This venue can give people a bit of sticker shock when they first hear the price, but it’s actually possibly one of the greatest wedding deals in the city. Not only do you get this amazing gothic backdrop that is RICH and DEEP with history, but you get the phenomenal lighting that you will see below.


Additionally, Rachel and Glen worked with Melanie of MelaRosa to create floral pieces that were at once modern and yet still warm and fitting with the venue.  I think they did a fantastic job. Their wedding was rich with Jewish traditions, starting with a Tish and including Ketubah, Mothers breaking of the plate, Bedenkin, Ceremony, Yichud, Horah, and Mezuika.  I actually had only recently learned about the “breaking of the plate” by the mothers of the bride and the groom tradition from a Rabbi this past summer: it indicates that just as the broken plate is final and can’t be pieced together again, so is the marriage… similar to the tradition of breaking the glass.


Thanks again to Shira for sending me these- she did a spectacular job!  There are a lot more pics from this wedding on her blog.

And MANY many blessings to Rachel & Glenn!  Congratulations on your marriage!


  1. Randy Pena
    November 24, 2009

    Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago on Technorati and have been reading it over the past few days.

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  3. Stacey Ilyse Photography
    December 7, 2009

    I love Grand Central weddings..there’s something so crisp and lovely about that shot on the steps. beautiful.


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