Denise and Jason were married at Gary’s Loft in New York, N.Y. on August 9. “This was the first and only venue we visited,” Denise said. “As soon as we stepped off of the elevator, we knew. It’s just this beautiful all-white loft. It was a blank canvas to really play with and make the space our own. And then, to look up and see the Empire State Building through the skylights was just more than we could dream.” The bride wore a custom-made lace sheath wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a pair of Christian Louboutin peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short black dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath.
The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 72 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, milk glass vase and vessel centerpieces, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “We really loved the seating chart,” she said. “Our layout was an L shape, and we were able to have two long sections with all the tables connected. We loved getting to mix all of our family and friends together. It became one large family. Fun fact: Jason surprised Denise by performing two songs! The first song was “When You Say Nothing At All” and the second song was handwritten personally. “We absolutely loved having music throughout the entire night,” Denise said. “It really helped transition the spaces and also kept the mood lively and fun. We had a string trio for the ceremony on the roof, and they played a mix of classic and current music before the ceremony and during cocktail hour. Then, we had an amazing French jazz band (Jason proposed to me in Paris and many of our first dates were to jazz clubs in the city, so it was a little nod to our journey together). Finally, everyone headed back up to the roof after dinner, where we had a DJ and danced the night away!”
Multiple two-tiered buttercream-frosted cakes were cut for dessert. “The milk glass vases, dishes, and cake stands were another favorite detail,” she said. “I had collected a few pieces here and there and really loved their look. So, we decided to incorporate them into the decor for the wedding. Well, thanks to our family, friends, and two summers of visiting many, many flea markets, we had more than enough pieces for every flower arrangement and dessert. After the wedding, we used them to decorate the tops of our kitchen cupboards. Everyday, we have a special reminder of our wedding.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “We highly recommend a day-of coordinator,” Denise said. “It was so nice to not have any family or friends running around or stressing, but instead, getting to really enjoy the entire wedding and activities. It was a relief to have someone there who knew our vision and made sure everything went as smooth as possible. Something is bound to happen that wasn’t planned for, or something will get missed. It put us at ease knowing we had someone there to take care of it.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Thailand.
Caroline and Kirk were married at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, N.Y. on June 29. “The first time we saw our venue, there was a tropical storm bearing down on the city,” Caroline said. “It still looked beautiful! It was the third one we had seen that day and non of the others could even compare.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, floor-length veil, sash, and a pair of Kate Spade high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. “We decided on an array of soft, spring-like colors,” she said. “Light blue, white, light pink, and peach.” The ceremony took place outside the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill, overlooking the Bronx River, nestled in the Thain Family Forest. “The entire day, from start to finish, was perfect,” Caroline said. “The day-of prep spent with close family and friends. Then, the ceremony. It went by so quickly, but I remember everything. Taking pictures with my new husband in the rose garden may be my favorite though.” They even enjoyed a ride on a golf cart too! The reception took place inside the Terrace Room. Tables were decorated with white linens, ginger jar centerpieces, gold numbers, and votive candles surrounded by chiavari chairs. Guests danced the night away with glow stick necklaces. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Trust that everyting will turn out,” she said. “There were definitely things that I stressed about, especially planning from afar. Would the flowers be okay? Would the tent look the way I had always pictured? Everything was better than I could have ever imagined.”
Teresa and Josh were married at Max at High Falls in Rochester, N.Y. on September 1. “When Josh proposed to me, we were living in an old apartment in downtown Los Angeles; so when we envisioned our ideal wedding celebration, we imagined it would be there: an urban, artsy loft with amazing windows and lots of light,” Teresa said. “Once we decided to get married in Josh’s hometown, we realized that a lot of the most popular venues in upstate New York highlighted either the beautiful lakes, vineyards, or woods in the area. But then we found Max at High Falls. It is a huge space with stone walls, high ceilings, giant glass windows, and metal crossbeams, plus a patio overlooking the center of the city and an old bar with wood floors and brass fixtures. It felt like walking into our own home, but with plenty of room for us to bring in our own style.” The bride wore a strapless trumpet wedding gown with a ruched bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with a blusher veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, amaranthus, eucalyptus, and dusty miller. “Our ceremony was incredible!” she said. “We had a dear family friend marry us, and we had spent many months carefully writing the entire thing with his guidance, which in itself was a treasured experience. And our amazing older siblings performed the readings.” It was then quickly turned into the reception. Tables were decorated with stacks of vintage books, music sheets, and numbers that represented a significant milestone in their relationship. For example, “18 was the day in September when Josh and Teresa first said, ‘I love you.'” “One of the sweetest moments in was our first dance to Paul McCartney’s version of ‘Til There Was You,'” Teresa said. “After we were introduced and walked on to the dance floor together, it suddenly dawned on us that we had given very little thought to this. We hadn’t thought at all about our first dance, we had no idea what we were doing, and we just started madly giggling. We had prepared for every single other second of our wedding rehearsal, ceremony, and reception, we thought about the choice of song in depth, but we didn’t know how to dance to it! So, we just laughed, kissed, hugged, and enjoyed this sweet, special little song.”
Ali and Liam were married at Bluefield Farm in Blauvelt, N.Y. on July 19. The bride wore a short lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a curly updo and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a tie. Her bouquet featured roses, dahlias, and thistles. Guests were greeted at the ceremony with the most colorful, handmade garland backdrop.”One of my best friends sang La Vie en Rose as I walked down the aisle, and it was gorgeous,” Ali said. “Another good friend from Argentina was supposed to do a reading (about friendship) during the ceremony, but when she came up to do it, she was so overcome with emotion that she literally wasn’t able to do it. After trying to read the first line a few times and not being able to stop crying, she just hugged us both and went back to her seat. It was incredibly touching.” Following the outdoor nuptials, lawn games such as cornhole, bocce ball, croquet, and ladder toss. The reception took place inside the barn. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, milk glass jar centerpieces, heart-stamped kraft paper placemats, and s’mores favor bags at each place setting. “The pulled pork from Dinousar BBQ, who catered the wedding, was delicious,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It’s worth the effort to personalize your wedding and make it your own,” Ali said. “It’s A LOT more work, but it makes the whole event more meaningful.
Reagan and Dan were married in a traditional church ceremony at Hamilton College followed by a reception at Harding Farm in Clinton, N.Y. on June 28. “There’s always something special about stepping back into the place where you first fell in love,” Christopher Szulwach, the photographer, said. “That’s exactly why these two traveled back to their alma mater from Washington, D.C. The beautiful chapel (the oldest of its style in the United States), and the Hamilton College’s campus was the perfect place to gather family and friends for the ceremony because of its rich history.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of pointe shoes, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a heart patterened tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of sunflowers wrapped in twine. Once the glass was broken, shouts of “mazel tov” could be heard, near and far. “Everyone then made the short, mile and half, trip to Harding Farm for the tented reception,” he said. A chalkboard sign directed them to “find a photo to find your table.” Tables were decoated with checkered linens, mason jar centerpieces, and origami folded napkins at each place setting. “The big day was full of personal touches: sunflowers everywhere in memory of Reagan’s father and her special memories planting them with him each year as a child, Dan’s tie tack, which was passed down to him from his father, who is also no longer with us, Reagan’s bouquet was wrapped in one of her father’s old ties, the custom embroidery in Dan’s suit, and the fun selection of pies instead of cake,” Christopher Szulwach, the photographer, said. “Now, this is a wedding I would call classicly trendy!”