Aldrin and Mike were married at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City on February 16. “When we first arrived to the Lighthouse, it was exactly a year prior to our wedding day,” Aldrin said. “The sun filled the gorgeous venue, and the views of the Hudson were absolutely breathtaking. Mike and I had to book it!” The ceremony was officiated by the couple’s good friend, who also is a stand-up comedian. “Our guests kept complementing us on how different and personal it was,” he said. “We all laughed and cried — it was perfect.” They also placed three bottles of wine into a wooden box to open on their first, fifth, and tenth anniversaries to symbolize their unity. The reception started with their first dance to Beyonce’s “Love on Top.” “It was a great transition to what became a huge dance party,” Aldrin said. Tables were decorated with green hydrangea and pink orchid centerpieces, along with an navy blue embossed menu card at each setting. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Take a 15-minute breather in the middle of your reception — together and alone — to soak in the day,” he said.
Lisa and Chris were married at the Inn at West Settlement in Roxbury, N.Y. on August 17. “The view was stunning in every direction,” Lisa said. Especially of the Catskill Mountain peaks and spring-fed pond! As guests arrived to the ceremony, they were asked to “Today, two families become one, pick a seat not a side.” The bride walked down the aisle wearing a v-neck wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom stood waiting next to the fabric-draped chuppah wearing a dark gray suit, accessorized with no tie. “The sound of everyone we love laughing and cheering” was the newlyweds’ favorite moment. The reception followed inside the barn lit with paper lanterns. Tables were decorated with vintage vessels and vases filled with wildflower bouquets and even every chair was different. A do-it-yourself photo booth was setup for Instagram. Of course, the hashtag was #lisaandchris4eva. In lieu of a guest book, names and messages were written on hearts and dropped into a frame to hang in their home.
Alisa and Allan were married at Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, N.Y. on June 15. “Allan wanted to have our wedding close to our home in Queens,” Alisa said. “I really wanted the ceremony to be outdoors and to have the reception at the same location as the ceremony. The wedding garden in the Queens Botanical Garden was the perfect oasis but was close enough to hotels and transit for our guests.” She wore a tea-length wedding dress with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a gray suit with a cap. The couple’s favorite details? “Exchanging our vows and hearing our officiant read the words we’d written about what marriage means to us,” she said. The tented reception followed with the newlyweds first dance to “Rainbow Connection” by the Muppets. Tables were decorated with antique blue mason jars, purple roses and hydrangeas, and the cake featured two peas in a pod!
Preet and Inder were married at the Sikh Cultural Society in Queens, N.Y. on January 26 followed by a reception at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington in Melville, N.Y. on January 27. Despite the snow, the couple didn’t shy away from taking outdoor pictures in their bright attire and opulent jewels. We couldn’t help but notice the intricate henna on the bride’s hands and feet too, which is traditionally conducted the night before during the Mehendi ritual. The reception’s ceiling was uplit with the couple’s names, walls were uplit with polka dots, and tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces. All in all, a luxurious-inspired affair!
Judy and Neil were married at Aurora Ristorante in Brooklyn, N.Y. on October 20. Prior to the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look under the Brooklyn Bridge. The bride wore a sweetheart ruffled wedding gown, accessorized with a sparkly sash, pearl necklace, and drop earrings. Her bouquet featured red and pink dahlias and white calla lilies and roses. One of her favorite details? Her now husband’s suit! Following the traditional Jewish ceremony, the reception began with delicious food and wine. “It was amazing to have all our friends and family in one place,” Judy said. “The horah was pretty great too!”